The Idol 3's backing isn't removable -- and neither is the battery -- but you can insert a microSD card through a side tray. Can we go back to size for a minute? Good, because I think it's important here. These days, phones with larger screens are presumed better, but it's also true that not everyone wants a handset that's bigger than their hands. This one slips more easily into my pocket, adds less weight to my already shoulder-bending purse and is generally easy to handle and maneuver. I miss that in a phone.
On the other hand, the relatively smaller screen does mean you'll have a smaller keyboard to work with and you may find yourself either holding the phone closer to your face or craning your neck to get a closer look at websites, photos and videos, Editor's note: The OS is identical on the 5.5 version and on this 4.7-inch model here, Therefore, I took the liberty of lifting this section from my previous review, The rugged armor extra case for apple iphone x - matte black Idol, which was first announced last March, runs Android 5.0, It might not be the first of Alcatel's handsets to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow (the highest-end models typically see these first), but it's a fair assumption that it'll eventually acquire the new software, Android is recognizable beneath Alcatel's custom skin, though the company has added a few enhancements, Some are for the better, but a few tweaks are unnecessarily confusing or even hamper quick navigation, as if Alcatel wanted to make its mark, but wasn't sure exactly what to do, I'll point out a few..
A first for phones, Alcatel has made its interface "reversible," which means that the screen orients right-side-up even when you turn the phone upside-down, with the front-facing camera lens at the bottom. The dominant speakers and microphone also adjust to whichever side is "up," a must for making calls. Reversible mode is a clever idea that's also pretty convenient. I gave the phone's orientation much less thought when sticking it in my pocket or purse, and setting it down on or grabbing it up from a surface. The only moment of awkwardness was when I wanted to use the camera. Because of its placement on a corner, my finger got in the way much more easily when using the phone upside-down.
Turn on reversible mode from either the settings or from its rugged armor extra case for apple iphone x - matte black quick-access toggle on the notifications shade, In my opinion, every phone should have the option to turn the screen on and off by double-tapping, A few already do, and I'm happy to see it here on the Idol 3, It's a time-saver on its own, but essential if you're using the phone in reversible mode, since you won't have to grope around for that power/lock button if you forget which way is up, My two complaints are that you can't go dark from the lock screen or from the camera app, two oversights that seem to have no obvious cause..
Alcatel employs a sort of two-step notifications shade. Pull down as usual and you see your alerts, which you can dismiss one by one or sweep away en masse. Pull down again if you want to liberate the quick-access menu. I'd prefer to get this all in a single motion. Though there's a brightness slider, there's weirdly no selection for automatic brightness, which would adjust the screen in dark or sunlit environments. In some Android skins, a long press on the Wi-Fi icon takes you to the full list of networks in Settings, but not so here. Here, you have to press the text below the icon. Alcatel says this is a Lollipop convention, but in this case, borrowing from rival OEMs would have been the better call.