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Hands On: Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3 (4.0) (Optus Prepaid)

2015-10-01 18.43.34Today we’re taking a look at a new budget 3G smartphone from Alcatel available on Optus Prepaid for $59.

In a recent sale at Woolworths, it was discounted to half price – $29.50, so I was very keen to see what less than $30 would buy you in terms of a smartphone.

What’s In The Box?

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In addition to the handset and removable battery, there’s also a 240V USB wall charger, USB to Micro USB charge/sync cable, headphones with microphone, quick start guide and a return satchel for your old phone to be recycled.

First Impressions

Like most of the budget handsets on the market, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 is a bit thicker than the much more expensive flagship phones, with an all plastic body. The back cover is a rather plain matte plastic, which feels a little slippery in the hand. I was, however, impressed that it included a flash for the rear camera and a front-facing selfie camera to allow video calling over applications like Skype to take place.

Software

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 runs Android 4.4.2, with a few customisations to the stock interface – most noticeably, Alcatel have loaded a custom icon set and installed a different lock screen that displays weather information.

By default, the phone activates the inbuilt vibration motor for any screen touches, although the length of the vibration seems to vary randomly.

It also comes pre-loaded with a number of apps including Chaatz (another OTT messaging app), Deezer (music streaming ap), XE Currency conversion, Dropbox, Clipboard, Kobo Books, SwiftKey Keyboard, Viber and Shazam – on top of the My Optus app that is loaded because it is an Optus Prepaid phone.

Hardware

For a $59 smartphone, the hardware in the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 is rather hit and miss. It includes a 1 GHz dual core processor but a disappointingly small 512MB of RAM and only 4GB of onboard storage, which means only about 1.8GB is available for the user after the operating system is installed which means you may have to add a MicroSD card if this is to become your daily phone.

On the AnTuTu Benchmark, the phone scored a very impressive 10,364 – a decent midway point between the result we got in our testing of the Samsung Galaxy Young 2 and the ZTE Fit 4G Smart.

Summary

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 is quite an impressive phone for the price bracket, especially when you consider the speed and performance and inclusion of important features on a smartphone in 2015 like a flash for the rear camera and a front-facing camera.

There are also unlock codes available on eBay for less than $2, which allow you to unlock the phone and use it on any network – perfect if you’re looking for a phone to use on Amaysim.

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