Alcatel Pop 4 review
A cheap phone that should prove POPular
Fully laminated display
The 5” Full HD (1280 x 720 pixels) black crystal display is fully laminated and this means that a great viewing experience awaits. Laminated display do not have an air gap between the display and the glass and this reduces internal reflections, to give a clear viewing experience.
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With reduced reflection, owners will be able to enjoy the vibrancy of 16.7m colours, while an oleophobic coating reduces fingerprints, which typically ruin the look of the phone when the display is off.
Design and performance
The design of the Alcatel Pop 4 is pretty standard with a slim body of 7.99mm, a plastic casing and a weight of 156g. However, there is a slight curve to the body and a nice chrome coloured speaker grill and trim around the main camera lens. These are nice touches that improve the overall look substantially.
Inside, a quad-core 1.1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM powers the experience and this is strong enough for most operations, but serious gamers may want to look elsewhere.
Alcatel Pop 4 vs Lenovo K5 Vibe
Just a few days ago we took a look at another affordable smartphone, the Lenovo K5 Vibe. Fitting into the same pricing bracket for contract customers and just marginally more expensive SIM free, the Lenovo K5 Vibe boasts a 1.4GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, making it a more appealing option for serious gamers.
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The Lenovo K5 Vibe also has an aluminium frame and 13MP main camera.
Phone Set Up
It is pretty easy to get started with the Alcatel Pop 4. The Android OS offers PIN, password and pattern lock-screen security and if you use the Chrome browser, then your bookmarks and passwords will sync automatically.
The 8GB internal memory is a little stingy, even for a budget phone, but there is a 32GB microSD card slot, which offers a cheap way to boost the memory.
The Alcatel Pop 4 is powered by the Android Marshmallow operating system and this gives a rich and intuitive experience. Natural dialogue has become even more powerful with Marshmallow, letting owners make Google Voice Searches, set voice reminders with the Google Assistant and even use voice typing to creating emails or messages.
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The 4G internet connectivity is fast and very handy when the phone is not connected to a home’s Wi-Fi or local hotspot. GPS and Google Maps will take care of any navigational needs.
Now on Tap also forms part of the Android OS and can be activated on any screen with a long press of the home key. Once activated, this feature scans the information on the screen and a pop up then gives links to related content. These could be links to YouTube videos, Maps if a place is mentioned or reviews if a hotel or restaurant is mentioned somewhere on the screen.
Camera & Video
The Alcatel Pop 4 has an 8MP camera with a LED flash. HDR can be used to correctly expose images that have both light and dark detail within them, while a video zoom improves the video recording experience.
The 5MP selfie camera has a wide angle 84 degrees lens and this is useful for group selfies or capturing a selfie next to landmarks.
The 2,500mAh battery is a pleasant inclusion to find and this works well with the already power efficient Marshmallow OS. The battery can keep the phone in standby for up to 420 hours, whereas people who love media can enjoy up to 5 hours of video playback.
To fully recharge the Alcatel Pop 4 from empty, takes just 4 hours.
Final thoughts: Earlier in this Alcatel Pop 4 review we compared this phone to the Lenovo K5 Vibe. And, while the Lenovo may have slightly better hardware, the Alcatel has the latest version of Android. For non-gamers, this will probably be enough to convince them that the Alcatel Pop 4 is the right phone for them.
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Written by: Michael Brown