- Tiny screen
- Horrible camera
- No personalized ringtones
Resembling phones from days gone by, the Alcatel Go Flip 3 is one of the latest basic flip phones on the market. It has some abilities we associate with the smartphones of today, and the price is great, but is the experience enough to make it competitive?
The design for the Alcatel Go Flip 3 couldn’t be simpler. It’s a flip phone like you might remember from years ago. It is a simple clamshell design made of plastic with a removable battery.
The phone has two displays, one for use when it’s closed and another on the inside. The outside case screen is 1.44-inch and the one on the inside is 2.8-inch. This is considerably smaller than any smartphone on the market, but perfect for slipping in a pocket.
Despite this, reviewers commented that not only was the screen too small for any real use that it was also incredibly grainy. So if you’re looking for anything more than basic calls, texting, and looking up the occasional website or social media post, you probably won’t find the phone suits your needs.
The Alcatel Go Flip 3 performed as well as can be expected from a flip phone but the reviewers said it works a lot faster than the company's previous flip phone. It’s a little sluggish on startup but chugs along well enough after.
Software & Storage
You have 4GB of storage to work with which isn’t too terrible given apps are limited and it comes with a MicroSD slot. The phone uses the KaiOS operating system with a small selection of ultra-basic apps and services.
There’s not much that could -- or should -- be said about the camera on the phone. It doesn't have a selfie cam, so you won't be able to video chat and the 2MP rear camera mostly results in blurry, grainy pictures.
When tested, reviewers found the Alcatel Go Flip 3 phone battery lasts around 7 hours when used heavily.
Reviewers said call quality on the phone is great. There were issues with the phone at top volume such as clipping and distortion. But in general, it did what it does best -- make phone calls.
Specs at a Glance
- Plastic clamshell chassis
- 1.44-inch outer screen
- 2.8-inch inner screen
- 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of storage space with microSD expansion option
- 2MP back-facing camera
- 1350 mAh battery
Nostalgia and affordability are what this phone offers.However, each phone has its place. This is one among the best for people looking for a phone that’s more about connections and communication and less about having a fun device to play with.
PC Magazine says, “The Alcatel Go Flip 3 is the feature phone we've been waiting for, with just enough smart features to make it convenient to use.”
TechAeris said, “It was fun using a flip phone again since the last time I used one was back in 2005. It brought back some memories but it doesn’t make me want to go back to one. With that being said, I did like the phone and what it could do.”
Digital Trends remarks, “The flip phone has returned. Again.”
What the Critics Are Saying...
Prices (Where to Buy)
The Go Flip 3 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Alcatel Go Flip 3 prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Alcatel Go Flip 3 user manual here.
Alcatel backs up the Go Flip 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Go Flip 3 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Alcatel support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Alcatel's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.