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The Infinix Hot 3 Review: The Simple Phone That Is Perfect As A Side Chick

Yes, not enough wow factor, but sometimes we (including myself) need to stop judging a book by its cover.

THE INFINIX HOT 3 REVIEW

DOES THIS HOTTIE TURN UP REAL FAST?

Nah, it takes about 42 seconds to power on. However, when you enable quick boot, (Quick boot is found in the settings, accessibility) You get a 33-second power on time!
 
waiting
However, on a rather impressive note, It takes less than 3 seconds to power off, yes that fast
startup time
How does Hot 3 fare against the competition?
 Power On stats

DEAR INFINIX.

They got it right with the 5.5-inch display, but the colors on the Infinix Hot 3 looks a little bit saturated.
Infinix Hot 3 Insidde
 
Like most devices today, operating the phone under direct sunlight means you need to turn up the brightness. The same goes for the Hot 3
infinix hot 3 outside


THE XUI

The Infinix Hot 3 doesn’t come with the Stock Android UI, instead, you have Infinix’s XUI which has nothing new, there is the system manager and a touch of the Stock android UI
 


 


SMART MOVE, INFINIX. I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING.

smart move Infinix
Remember how disappointed I was with the speaker placement? Well, I had no reason to be disappointed because of the brilliant move Infinix made.
infinix hot 3 speaker placement
With that, you won’t lose any quality in volume irrespective of the phone placement. Also, when it comes to the audio quality, I think it is way above average.


WHAT YOU WON’T NEED TO INSTALL WHEN YOU GET THE HOT 3

Not so important, but for those with little data to waste, you’d be glad to know that the Hot 3 already has some important apps preinstalled, these apps include Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, BBM, WPS Office, Opera mini and Xender.
apps


HOW HOT IS THE HOT 3?

In Sean Paul’s voice, The Infinix Hot 3 has got the right temperature for shelter.
sean paul temperature
Not too hot. Of course, most people won’t believe unless they see, so I decided to put that to test, see the temperature level of the Hot 3 after playing several games: You can also watch the video.
temperature
Fair enough?


THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE REASON THIS IS PERFECT

Well, perfect as a side chic, but honestly, depending on your preference, it can pass for the main chick.
Don’t understand? Let me explain, the Infinix Hot 3 hasn’t gotten that boom-boom-POW effect yet, but the battery is one thing that might leave you slightly impressed, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the battery is a Superman, but it can pass off as a Spiderman.
superman_vs_spiderman_wp_2_by_superman8193-d3dt55k
Talk is cheap, so see it in action:
1st Test: A locked Hot 3 left for 1 hour:


2nd Test: 19 minutes of using the HOT 3 with WIFI, Brightness, Bluetooth, 3G, and the camera working with the front flash switched on:

You also the ultra power mode that would give you more battery juice for those desperate days.
Infinix hot 3 ultra power


CAMERA ON THE PHONE, WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL.

You won’t be the fairest person with the Infinix Hot 3. However, one thing I love about the Hot 3 is the fact that it comes with some Pro camera functions like ISO and exposure. Tweaking these functions can make a huge difference.
camera settings
STILL ON THE CAMERA, SAY HI TO SOFT FLASH
The Hot 3’s tagline is a selfie with soft flash. However, with a 2MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera, you might be wondering what they were thinking before going with that tagline. But, unlike front flashlights that will give you a red eye, the Hot 3’s flashlight is perfect. (P.S: You can practically look directly into the flashlight without having to twitch your eye). I did a video showing the major difference between a soft flash and a non-flash, so ensure you check it out.
Without further ado, check out some camera samples.
Outdoor


Zoom Test
camera test 3 zoom test
 
FRONT CAMERA OUTDOOR:

NIGHT TEST

FRONT CAMERA TEST INDOOR

STILL ON THE CAMERA: BRING IN THE CAMERA FLAWS
1. For one, don’t use the beautification feature. Why? It obviously looks fake, like really fake!
2. NO OIS, so you might need to stable your hands well enough before taking any shot. (P.S:I had to make my hands stable for most of the pictures taken).
You can also watch the video below to see some live video recordings.


1GB IN 2016? YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!

Of course, this ruffled a couple of feathers. I am not going to come here and tell you that the 1GB is all right because, it isn’t, but to test it out, I played about 2 games + opened 2 apps and the results? Well, watch the video and let me know what you think.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKnqcx9TL9A
 


HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT TO  CHARGE?

For a full charge, you would need to wait for about an hour which isn’t bad considering that the J8 takes a lot more to charge.


BLOOPERS AND FLAWS

Not really important, but I noticed that the Infinix Hot 3 doesn’t have the Lollipop game
bloopers and flaws
Also, It is either the Hot 3 doesn’t have a notification sensor or it is really tiny (My bet is on the first) because I couldn’t get it to notify me of any missed call or message.
Infinix Hot 3 notifcation sensor
Like the Boom J8, no gorilla glass on the Hot 3, so it might be prone to scratches although nothing happened to the screen after  it fell from a reasonable height.
infinix hot 3 scratch
Lastly, I don’t know if this is from Infinix, but Antutu and Geekbench are saying the Infinix Hot 3 has an available 10GB ROM, meanwhile if you check the phone storage you can clearly see it is 16GB and finally, the Infinix Hot 3 doesn’t have a backlight for its capacitive buttons. Bummer!


UPGRADES AND ALL

The Infinix team claims that the Infinix Hot 3 will be upgraded to Marshmallow later on. However, when I used the device, I didn’t get any update, hopefully, the Hot 3 would be upgraded like the way Infinix upgraded their past devices
Infinix Hot 3 Update


DOES IT SUPPORT USB OTG?

Yas!
 
Infinix Hot 3 USB OTG


WHAT SENSORS COME WITH THE HOT 3

You have the Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, light, and Proximity sensor.
 


BRING IN THE BENCHMARKS.

Screenshot_2016-04-23-07-21-36
 
Check out other benchmarks:
 
benhmark
 


CONCLUSION:

 
Is this the best mid-range phone ever?
infinix hot 3 conclusion
 
Is this a worthy upgrade to the Hot 2?
infinix hot 3 conclusion 3
 
Is this good enough as a second device?
infinix hot 3 conclusion 2


OVERALL:

Infinix hot 3
 

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45 comments on “The Infinix Hot 3 Review: The Simple Phone That Is Perfect As A Side Chick

  1. prime says:

    Nice review tobi Lee. For me tho infinix u. I is beginning to annoy me. Even app launchers like Nova can’t completely eliminate it. It’s soooooo ugly. Any ideas how I can make it dark instead of white??
    Aff a beautifullll day.

  2. Bodexowen says:

    Its a wothy upgrade of the Hot2 and Its worthy of being even a MAIN chick. But no Lollipop game?. What’s now the chance of getting a Marshmallow upgrade?

  3. Stiiz says:

    Decent phone, but it’s not a worthy opponent of the Hot 2. I own a Hot 2 with 3000mAh battery & 2Gb of RAM + a 32GB SD card. That beats this device hands down. I’m running Marshmallow and i want to believe its more pure/tuned/lightweight than this Hot 3, seeing it has 1GB of RAM, no backlight for its nav. buttons, & no notification light.
    The Nova Launcher Prime I’m running is way functional & flexible in terms of customization than the XUI.
    So, thank you, but no thanks. I’ll pass. ???

  4. zita obeta says:

    The camera did well especially indoors, the downside is the 1gb ram.If i had a hot2, i won’t be ungrading it…you emoticon got me laughing. BTW is there 4g enable?

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      lol. It got me laughing too. Yes, but that comes with the 2GB RAM variant, not the one I reviewed.

  5. Demmyfranc says:

    1gb ram for hot 3? I think dey can do better wit d ram and battery life. I still dey enjoy my infinix zero though bat3 no too gud

  6. Viklin says:

    perfect review…weldone

  7. Paularge says:

    Nice review. I will like to know how does this phone compare with the hot 3 LTE

  8. Joshua says:

    Nice phone, but I’ll pass.. Too weak
    The hot 2 scored better on antutu… Looks weak

  9. Harrie says:

    Hehehe, this review got me giggling, y’know the gifs and emojis, digging it. Now I don’t know bout most of you folks, buh I use a hot 2, aaaand I don’t think hot 3 is worth upgrading to. No on screen buttons, no bigger battery, round edged, no difference at all… I sticking with my badarse… Least until some other ***cheaper badarse shows up. )))

  10. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, A GOOD PHONE AS A MID RANGER, BUT FOR ME, 1GB IS A NO NO NO…

  11. Ezekiel says:

    One thing that makes your review more interesting is the gif effect u use. Nice one Miss Tobi

  12. Kelvin says:

    Well detailed review. Thumbs up.
    BTW , I’ve been looking forward to your Galaxy S7 review. Did I miss it?

  13. Rapheal says:

    This review is sleek.. Thanks missTechy!

  14. Ajibola Bolaji says:

    Nice review but 1gb Ram is a NO for me when we already have 4gb Ram phones.

  15. KingAbsolute says:

    Nice review MissT, you’re getting better & better by the day.
    Nice specs, I like this phone, wouldn’t mind having it as main chic tho.

  16. Osakwe tochukwu says:

    Miss techy noce review..mu detailed it wella as well as remaining neutral. However i have a problem with the 1gig ram thingy. This is not an iphone neither does it run ios. Android needs lots of ram to function smoothly especially now that the apps are more heavier than usual. Another problem i hv is with the speaker placement. I hv a samsung galaxy s4 and its d same speaker placement like this device. Wen ur watching a movie or jamming some cool music on loud speaker with the device lying face up, the sound feels muffled…thats a flaw and i for 1 hate keeping ma phone face down. So in summary the speaker placement is wrong for me.

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      The speaker has two tiny dots placed on each end to ensure it is not blocking the sound. You can see the image for emphasis.

  17. Odira says:

    Great review! You are really doing a great work here.

  18. opeyemi says:

    you’re cute though.. very .. *wink wink* (not a perv)

  19. BENA NNANG says:

    DOES THIS PHONE HAVE AN HDMI PORT

  20. Azubuiky says:

    Nice review MissTechy, you did a great job here.
    But about the Android 5.1 game you talked about, mine plays it very well just like my Infinix Hot Note. I can record a short video and share with you (maybe here, on Facebook or Nairaland) if you like.

  21. OLADIPUPO says:

    Nice work…. But Pls I have one with me but d video always skip when ever am playing it… Don’t know if I have mistakenly press something… Help me Pls TOPE…….

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Does this apply to all videos or just a particular video. If yes, it is probably the fault of the video. If no. Then you should try using another video app.

  22. David Njoroge says:

    How about taking a screenshot on my hot 3?
    Someone help me…..

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      It is volume button (down) and power button

  23. Meeky says:

    Nice review MissTechy. I have a problem using apps like camera360 and cameraArt on my Hot3 (2GB variant), they just don’t launch at all. What could be the cause?

  24. Dan says:

    Hi Tobi, your review was amazing. Your use of the GIFs has definitely made my day today. Keep up the good work!!

  25. Elder P.A Olatunji says:

    My good brother, please, give us a good review of the just released infinix hot 4 x557. Looking forward to that reviews soon

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Yes, I will. Although I am a sister 🙂

  26. Spector says:

    Nice review.Kindly point out how to set up this devie,infinix hot 3, with my yahoomail acct?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I dont know how i messed up the colour setting of my fone ,now its looking almost black and white and i cant adjustvit to a more vibrant colour effect. Even after i went to the dIspaly settings,it doesnt go better tjan the dynamic feature. What do i do?

  28. Anthonia Ella says:

    I dont know how i messed up the colour setting of my fone ,now its looking almost black and white and i cant adjustvit to a more vibrant colour effect. Even after i went to the dIspaly settings,it doesnt go better tjan the dynamic feature. What do i do?

  29. Anonymous says:

    how did you make ur battery percentage show in the battery bar

  30. didi says:

    how did you make the battery percentage show in the battery bar and i searched for 4g on my hot 3 and it showed me enhanced 4g lte mode any thing on that

  31. Michael says:

    Mine just hang, I’ll have to reinsert the battery, it came back normal, I did factory setting and still its hanging.. what do I do?

  32. Reallry love you miss techy, you have helped me out a lot especially when it comes todevices. So ihave to ask, whichdevice do you think i should use that is mid ranged and cheap and very ok below 32K by the way

  33. ahmeed says:

    pls tobi epp o… why do network go off my hot 3?

  34. Lizzy says:

    pls sis, anytime I’m using my second sim card for browsing on my hot 3, my first sim which is my main line will stop receiving calls, it says unreachable. so many people have been complaining about my line not reachable. what can I do?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Comment Text*ever since I changed my hot 3 touch at a phone repair center my hot3 ,do go blind when am in a dark environment

  36. praise says:

    Comment Text* if I want to install a particular app on My phone it usually tell me app not installed…..pls what can I do

  37. Samuel says:

    Comment Text*pls my hot 3 always charge and stop frequently….. I’m using very good charger…. please help

  38. emmzy says:

    Comment Text*d
    did any of these hot3 has inbuilt battery??

  39. Chidi George says:

    Camera shots down when you click on camera settings. Rear camera shots are noisily blur. What can I do to rectify error.
    George C.

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