Alcatel Pop 4 Review

A sharper, cheaper phone

Alcatel, a French brand now licensed by a Chinese manufacturer, seems determined to keep the budget smartphone market alive, and we’re all for it. The Pop 4 costs just a tenner more than the 5in Pixi 4 and upgrades that model’s very coarse 854×480-pixel screen to 1280×720. It’s quite slim and light, and looks OK.

The raised lip around the front feels odd, but might help to protect the glass if dropped, and the camera also sticks out slightly.

Alcatel Pop 4 Review

The screen is sharp enough to make text easy to read, and has decent brightness and contrast. At 79 per cent of the sRGB range, it won’t win awards for color fidelity, but it’s not so bad that you’d notice without having a better phone handy to compare it with. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with Alcatel’s OneTouch Launcher, which is simple to use but can be replaced if you prefer an alternative launcher app. There’s little other clutter.

The Snapdragon 210 processor matches several other cheap devices. It’s not great: there’s a pause when switching between apps, web pages jitter when you scroll, and fancy games? Well, no. In fact, even the cheaper Pixi 4 felt faster.

But the Pop 4’s battery lasts a bit longer, giving us nine-and-a-half hours of video playback.

The battery is removable, something we don’t often see now, so you could carry a spare. Although the cameras aren’t great, they’re better than the Pixi 4’s.

SPECIFICATIONS

5in 1280×720-pixel screen • 8-megapixel rear camera • 5-megapixel front camera • 8GB flash storage • microSD card slot • 802.11n Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 4.0 • 3G/4G • 141x72x8mm (HxWxD) • 134g

VERDICT:

We’re not saying this is a fantastic phone, but if you definitely don’t want to pay any more, it’s good enough to be worth considering

ALTERNATIVE:

Vodafone Smart Prime 7

Processor speed, camera and battery are better, but it’ll cost to switch from Vodafone

8 Total Score
Alcatel Pop 4 Review

We’re not saying this is a fantastic phone, but if you definitely don’t want to pay any more, it’s good enough to be worth considering

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Last update was on: 2017-05-20 11:10 pm

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