Alcatel 3L review
A fun Android phone with plenty of tweaks from Alcatel
Our Alcatel 3L review finds a good range of features and a few surprises in a handset that will cost around £130. There is quite a bit of Alcatel’s personality on show, resulting in a distinctive user experience.
The Alcatel 3L has a large 5.5” FullView HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) display. This display has extra rows of pixels so that you can see more of your social network feed or webpage.
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The 18:9 screen aspect ratio means that this phone is slimmer than a standard phone, making it far easier to hold. This is a real blessing in an era where phones with large screens are most desirable.
Radial effect and processor
This Alcatel phone has a 2.5D curved glass unibody with a radial effect. This effect gives the phone a premium look. The phone is 8.5mm thick, which is pretty typical, and it weighs 145g, which is light in comparison to most phones.
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A quad-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM powers the Alcatel 3L. This offers a pretty good experience with minimal lag, when the price tag is considered.
Phone Set Up
The Alcatel 3L comes with Face Key and in 0.5 seconds, the facial recognition software will unlock the phone. Face Key is pretty secure, checking 106 facial key points. It even works well when your face is at an angle to the phone, of up to 30 degrees radius.
Moving over your content
If you have photos, videos or docs to move over, then there is a 16GB memory for doing this. This isn’t huge but there is an up to 128GB microSD memory card slot.
The Alcatel 3L comes with a few pre-loaded features that are branded as Joy. These features include:
- JOY Lock Screen - This is linked to a theme store and lets you clean up junk files for better performance. There is a search tool for local (on-phone) apps, message and contacts, as well as an integrated search engine.
- Joy Dynamic Icons - These can display useful info from the calendar, clock, music and weather icons.
- Joy Touch - This is a floating dock for quick access to apps.
Further features from Alcatel include an App Cloner for those who have two social network accounts and a Private Mode to keep sensitive documents and photos locked away. DuraSpeed boosts app performance by restricting background activities and if you love music, then the 1 watt speaker with audio amplifier will be of interest to you.
The Alcatel 3L runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and this includes many apps, some of which include:
- Google Assistant
- Drive - Online cloud storage
- Duo - Video calling app
- Keep - Note taking app
Camera & Video
The Alcatel 3L has a 13MP camera that can shoot 1080p video. The 5MP portrait camera has a 84 degrees wide angle lens. To access the camera quickly, you can simply press the power button twice.
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Camera features include:
- Live Filters
- Night Mode
- Pano - Panorama
- Social Mode - Keep the viewfinder open in a split screen while you post the photo you have just taken on social media
- Burst Shot
- Light Trace
- One Hand Mode
- Selfie Album
- Face Beauty
- Time Lapse Video
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Great usage times
The Alcatel 3L gets a high capacity 3,000mAh battery and this really does perform well. You can expect to enjoy up to 25 hours of talk time or up to 19 days of standby. If you run the battery all the way down, then a full charge takes around 3.85 hours.
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Written by: Michael Brown