At a time when many phone makers find themselves changing their flagship phones for change’s sake to help justify keeping their high price points, there continues to be a need for phones like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Instead of building for an eternal tomorrow, Alcatel realizes that it’s 2015, and that there’s too much capable smartphone tech for it to be unavailable to wide swaths of people. It also doesn’t tie you into the limiting pitfalls of a carrier contract.
The low-end doesn’t have to be a dumpster fire when so much of the high-end is diving deeper and deeper into the niche. The Idol 3 finds a middle ground between the two, and it turns out that’s plenty good enough. It’s cheaper than the OnePlus One, stronger than the Moto G, and actually on sale, unlike the Nexus 5. It also doesn’t tie you into the limiting pitfalls of a carrier contract. Ultimately, we’d say the One’s stronger processor keeps it as the best pure purchase on the market, but the Idol 3 is an outstanding value all the same.