I’m going to say something that will be controversial—and contrarian—within the tech blogosphere: the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is the best Android phone you can buy right now (read our comprehensive review). Now I’m not talking about bleeding-edge specs like the fastest processor or sharpest camera. Instead, I’m talking about the best value; the smartest purchase. For the price, the features on the Idol 3 are insanely great. Yes, you could spend more for a phone that’s going to be outdated before it’s two-year contract is up—but why? Here are five reasons why you should consider the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 over leading Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Huawei P8, Motorola Nexus 6 or LG G3. While the first three reasons are compelling, it’s the last two that really clinch the deal.
With a 5.5″ screen, the Idol 3 sports the same screen measurements as the mighty iPhone 6 Plus—but has a smaller overall footprint. That means that the phone gives you the screen you want but is in reality much easier to use than other phablets. The full HD display is bright, crisp and viewable from a variety of angles.
The Idol 3 has killer speakers for a phone. Supplied by JBL, the dual, front-facing cameras pump out great sounds—perfect for listening to music or watching Netflix on the go. Plus, since the speaker isn’t on the bottom of the phone (ahem, iPhone) you won’t be accidentally covering it up or needing to hold it a certain way just to hear the sound.
No other phone I’ve seen has the ability to be used “upside down” like the Idol 3. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pickup your phone and use it—without having to think about which way is up? Whether you are surfing the Internet or taking a phone call (there are two mics on this phone—one on top and one on the bottom), you can hold the phone however you’d like.
The Idol 3 comes fully unlocked: that means no contracts (woohoo), no installment plans (oh ya) and no waiting to upgrade (bam). Even phones with specs on the bleeding-edge are going to feel outdated before their 2-year contract period ends; with the Idol 3, you can upgrade whenever you want to—or keep using it for as long as you’d like.
The price of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is jaw-dropping—and perhaps the phone’s best feature in light of what it can do. It’s just $249 to own the Idol 3—that’s $500 cheaper than the cheapest unlocked iPhone 6 Plus (for comparison). No extra fees, no monthly payments—just $249 one time. That’s awesome.