Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 review
A budget buy with plenty of character
Our Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 review uncovers a budget Android smartphone available in a vibrant colour range.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 has a compact build that is brightened up by a lively colour range that will be popular with younger smartphone users. There is however a black and a white version available for those who don’t wish to make such a bold fashion statement.
Fitting well within the mini sized bracket of budget smartphones the 4” WVGA display has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It weighs in at only 114g which is incredibly light for a smartphone and has a thickness of 12mm.
The phone is driven by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM. There is an internal memory of 4GB of which 1.9GB is user accessible. This will be enough to get you started but there is a MicroSD card slot for cards of up to 32GB and if you intend to store lots of pictures, videos, games and apps then a memory card will be an essential buy.
Phone Set Up
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 runs on the Android KitKat operating system so your setup will probably include visiting Google Play for your favourite apps. It is also worth checking out the pre-installed widgets at this point and these will enable you to get a live feed of your emails, the weather, social network updates and the latest news.
Skype will also run on the Pop D3. This is pretty handy as you can use a Wi-Fi network to chat, call and video call other Skype users for free, no matter where they are in the world.
Because the Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 is powered by Android you will find a bunch of Google apps built in. These include Gmail, Google Search, Play Music, Play Magazine, YouTube and Voice Search.
The Pop D3 can use either 3G or Wi-Fi to access the internet and webpages can be viewed in either landscape or portrait orientations. You will also find Bluetooth for wireless connectivity with accessories and GPS for location based services and navigation.
Camera & Video
The 5MP fixed focus camera has plenty of resolution and although there are smartphones with much bigger cameras this one is pretty generous for the phone’s price point.
There are plenty of features to help you get great photographic results and these include night mode, filters, panorama mode, HDR and a digital zoom.
To ensure you make the most of the Pop D3’s camera read our complete guide to smartphone photography
The camera package includes a QR-code scanner and there is a forward facing VGA camera for making video calls. Video recording is also possible at 720p high definition.
The 1,400mAh battery is small but then again so is the phone. Up to 9 hours of talk time is possible and if you have the phone just for emergencies then it will sit in standby for up to 400 hours, which is just over 16 days.
Music can be enjoyed continuously for up to 3 hours and there is a Micro USB cradle in the box for convenient charging. Alcatel OneTouch original Flip Covers are available for those who want to add a layer of protection or for those who keep their phone next to keys in bag.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop D3 verdict: If you are looking for a really budget friendly smartphone then the Pop D3 will fit into this bracket. Android KitKat gives you access to loads of free apps and this truly is one of the lightest and smallest smartphones on the market.
Written by: Michael Brown