Android magazine looks at the Alcatel Idol 3 to find out if it’s worth the £200+ price tag
Alcatel OneTouch is slowly building up a reputation as a solid, reliable low-end phone manufacturer. Ranges such as the Pixi and Idol are unspectacular but solidly built and not that pricey. However, the Idol 3 seems to have broken the mould somewhat, breaking through the £200 barrier and firmly into mid-range territory where it comes up against the likes of the ZTE Blade S6 and the Asus Zenfone 2. This is exulted company indeed so Alcatel would have to pull out all the stops to compete.
Alcatel OneTouch has brought out two versions, one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with a 5.5-inch screen. We tested the 4.7-inch version, which has slightly inferior specs to its bigger brother in all areas apart from the rear-facing camera.
However, the spec sheet reads pretty well. The 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is gutsy and runs everything in double quick time. We never felt we were hanging around for anything, whether games or web pages. We ran a handful of common apps at the same time and didn’t notice any slowdown, so that’s a very big tick for the Idol 3. The screen is an impressive 312ppi and it felt crisp and clear when watching videos, pictures or browsing the web.
Discover what makes Google’s second-generation Chromebook Pixel a MacBook killer in our hands-on video
The Chromebook Pixel (2015) is available from the Google Store from £799. See how it compares to its nearest Chromebook rivals, including the Acer Chromebook 15 C910 and Asus Chromebook C300, in Android Magazine issue 54, which goes on sale 9 July 2015. Make sure you don’t miss the latest Android news and reviews by subscribing.
Vodafone signal expert Dr Rob tells Android magazine all the hottest signal secrets.
Signal is a mysterious beast. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you can be texting on top of a mountain and sometimes you have to recreate the opening scene of the Lion King just to get a single bar. So how do you explain all those little quirks and frustrations? You ask Vodafone’s signal expert Dr Rob to explain all. Here are ten of the most fascinating things we learned.
Discover all the amazing things you can do with the Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab series has been Samsung’s tablet range since the first one was released in 2010. There are now dozens of versions of the Galaxy Tab and with so many versions on the market it can be difficult to know what you can do with each model.
Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy Tab: The Complete Manual is here to help, with loads of helpful, easy-to-follow tutorials and guides. You can learn everything from the complete basics to how to pair it up with an Android Wear device as well as many more things besides.
You can buy Samsung Galaxy Tab: The Complete Manual in all good newsagents and supermarkets as well as online here.
The steps to sending the YouTube app to the back but keeping it playing.
One of the most frustrating things about using YouTube on your mobile is the fact that it always has to be the app in the forefront. If you want to do anything else your music grinds to a halt. This had to be rectified and now it has with this Xposed module: YouTube Background Playback. Follow the steps in this tutorial to learn how to push YouTube to the back and use other apps without disturbing your favourite tunes.Get the module
The YouTube app doesn’t let you play in the background. To fix this, go to: tinyurl.com/lh6xxnj
and download the module.
Battle aliens with Implosion, the tactical post-apocalyptic game from Rayark International
From the moment you witness the ultra-polished intro sequence, you know you’re in for a console-quality title with Implosion – Never Lose Hope.
This is just as well considering the premium price tag. While the game is free to download and try out the first six stages, you’ll need to shell out a one-off fee of £8.21/$9.99 to unlock the whole thing. You get a lot of game for your money, though, as indicated by its hefty 1.1GB size.
Your battle-suit-wearing character (codename Avalon) is sent to investigate a post-apocalyptic Earth overrun by alien life forms. The hack-and-slash action is reminiscent of Devil May Cry as you tap rhythmically to rack up multi-hit combos on waves of mutants. It’s pretty basic to start off with, as you hammer the strike button while performing the occasional dodge or special move – both of which need time to recharge a limited-ammo gun.