Alcatel 3V review

Headline features at a bargain-basement price

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It's not what you might call an all-rounder, but considering the very low price, the Alcatel 3V manages to offer more than you might expect.

The generously-sized FHD+ screen, fingerprint scanner and face unlock options are high points, and while the lower-end chipset, low RAM and limited storage mean the experience isn't always smooth, a microSD card and a bit of patience makes up for most of it.

Gamers and photography fans should look elsewhere, though, as should anyone who wants stylish hardware and software, or a long-lasting battery.

Who’s this for?

The Alcatel 3V is for either people who want a decent Oreo handset without spending too much, or people looking for a good spare phone for emergencies.

While it has a few high-end features, this is ultimately a fairly low-end phone, so not one for power users.

Should you buy it?

If you're looking for an affordable phone with the latest version of Android (albeit with some extra colors on top) and a brilliant screen for movies and videos, the Alcatel 3V should suit you perfectly. But do get a nice case to mitigate the feeling of using a child's toy.

First reviewed: May 2018