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Alcatel A3 XL smartphone review – big screen without the big price

Alcatel has made a habit of producing smartphones that punch well above their weight and that is continued with the new A3 XL that offers a massive 6-inch screen and loads of features.

If you love a big screen but don’t want to pay a big price this is the smartphone for you.

Priced at just $179, the Alcatel A3 XL is nicely designed with a thin build and a textured rear panel.

And, even at this low price, there is also a fingerprint reader which unlocks the phone in a second.

In terms of size, it’s not much bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus but it has a screen that is half an inch larger.

That 6-inch multi-touch display has a high definition resolution of 1280 x720 at 245ppi (pixels per inch).

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Apps, pictures and videos looked great on the big screen which is an ideal size for those who want to consume content, interact with social media and browse websites on the move.

In fact, a more accurate description of the device would be as a “phablet” – a phone that is not much smaller than a tablet.

The device is powered by a quad-core 1.1 GHz processor so it’s fairly responsive when opening apps and moving between screens.

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The Alcatel A3 XL is running the Android 7.0 operating system with no added layers of user interface to battle through.

It’s a much purer Android experience than a lot of other phones can offer.

And being Android means you can use all your favourite apps in the same way as phones that cost several hundreds of dollars more.

Another impressive feature is the front and rear cameras.

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The main camera on the back of a phone has an 8-megapixel resolution that captures decent images of a quality that will surprise you.

And if you’re into your selfies, then the Alcatel A3 XL will really impress.

The front camera has a 5-megapixel resolution and it also has a built-in flash so your images will great whether they’re taken on the beach or in a nightclub.

Image taken with the Alcatel A3 XL
Image taken with the Alcatel A3 XL
Image taken with the Alcatel A3 XL
Image taken with the Alcatel A3 XL

 

On the storage side, you will get 16 GB internal memory and that’s OK because there’s also a microSD card slot to expand that capacity.

Selfie taken with the Alcatel A3 XL - which has a front flash
Selfie taken with the Alcatel A3 XL – which has a front flash

The advantage of having a big device means you also have a big battery and that’s exactly what you get with the A3 XL – a 3000mAh battery that lasted for a day and half.

The Alcatel A3 XL is available now from Vodafone stores and comes with a free $30 Vodafone credit.

VERDICT

For $179, the Alcatel smartphone is excellent value. No, you’re not going to get all the bells and whistles of $1,000 phone but this device can surely hold its own.

It’s ideal for younger users and maybe a customer looking to invest in their first smartphone. And if you’re looking for a bargain, it’s perfect for you too.

Alcatel has made a habit of producing smartphones that punch well above their weight and that is continued with the new A3 XL that offers a massive 6-inch screen and loads of features. If you love a big screen but don't want to pay a big price this is the smartphone for you. Priced at just $179, the Alcatel A3 XL is nicely designed with a thin build and a textured rear panel. And, even at this low price, there is also a fingerprint reader which unlocks the phone in a second. In terms of size, it's not much bigger…

Alcatel A3 XL

Rating - 85%

85%

PROS: Affordable, excellent value, nice design, big 6-inch screen, selfie camera with flash, includes fingerprint reader, runs Android 7.0.

CONS: Lag on fingerprint reader sometimes.

VERDICT: For $179, the Alcatel smartphone is excellent value. No, you’re not going to get all the bells and whistles of a $1,000 phone but this device can surely hold its own. It's ideal for younger users and maybe a customer looking to invest in their first smartphone. And if you're looking for a bargain, it's perfect for you too.

User Rating: 4.42 ( 5 votes)

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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  • Michael MS

    $179.00 plus vodafone contract???? Locked to Vodaphone???

    • sue

      Its $179 outright. Its a prepaid phone .all prepaid phones are locked to their carrier

      • Michael MS

        however I don’t want to use it as a phone. I want to use solely as a media tablet.

  • Colin Duggan

    Where can I buy a Alcatel A3 XL phone without locking in to a Vodaphone contract. I wish to buy it outright