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Alcatel A3 XL

A PHABLET, TO BE SURE, BUT MEDIA MACHINE IT’S NOT.

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THERE’S A TENDENCY for phones to pack in more power as their screen size increases, particular­ly given the ‘Plus’-size trend prevalent in the big-name flagships, so your concern if you saw a 6-inch phablet for only $179 is justified. The Alcatel A3 XL is massive in size but certainly not in power. With nothing but Chrome open, the phone is more likely to chug away than run smoothly, and the battery life is middling at best, despite the lower demands on performanc­e. However, for anyone who’s after increased visibility without jumping to a phone for the elderly, the 720p resolution makes for an overall larger image when spread across the 6-inch display and features such as a slim design and (albeit flaky) fingerprin­t scanner hints at a premium experience. The A3 XL is only available locked into a Vodafone pre-paid contract in-store, but if you’re chasing a large, simple, easy-to-look-at and capable handset with little frills, this Alcatel is a decent choice.

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