I love devices, at first it doesn’t matter the shape or size I just have to try it. I was contacted to perform a review for a smart phone and tablet from Alcatel One Touch in which I had been reading about and following through social media already as well as their position at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (#CES2015). You will understand after reading why my answer was an undoubtedly YES and may even make you question your current device.
Alcatel One Touch is a brand of TCL Communication, a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation which is one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world. You may have been like myself when you read their name and thought, hmmm I’ve never heard of them. The fact of the matter is they are in the top ten fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers that offer devices that are not only easy to use but also fantastically designed both esthetically and technically. (Pretty & Useable as my mother would say!)
I was invited to try out both the Alcatel OneTouch “Pop 7 Tablet” as well as their “Idol 2 S” and overall if I were to give them a rating I couldn’t score them less than a 9 out of 10**. Reading through you will understand why I came up with this number. Feel free though to drop any question to me after reading, I’d be happy to help get you an answer.
Upon first testing a device of this type I look for a couple of things to see if I even want to go any farther with it; fit and finished as I’ve mentioned as well as operation speed both in the matter of boot time and running through everyday apps. The verdict: both passed the test with flying colors and I would certainly put them up against some high end manufacturers, of course comparing apples to apples. That being said, let me drop you some information and specs on the two devices I had the pleasure to review.
Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 Tablet (Aprox. value $299)
The operating system upon arrival is Android Jelly Bean 4.2, however, is upgradable by download to the most recent version as of today (Jan 2015). The 4G capable tablet has a CPU with a fantastic dual core 1.3 GHz with 4gb rom and 1gb ram for system memory. A huge factor for me is space and this baby has micro SD card support storage capacity up to 32GB which is extremely affordable at $24 currently at Costco and sometimes cheaper if you shop around. One thing I always like to note about memory is that if you have the choice to get a class 10 card, do so, as it is the speed in which the transfer rate happens between it and the device and makes a big difference. Fully functional Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n to keep you connected to your network and Bluetooth 4.0. Only 3 external interface keys which are for; powering and volume on and off. Lightweight at 285 grams and measures 192 x 113 x 8.9 mm. The Camera boasts front 0.3mpxl and rear 2mpl quality and you may say, “What, That doesn’t sound great?” The fact is as far as picture quality for a tablet, what we consider or have been brainwashed to believe is a high end brand doesn’t have a whole lot more and a low percentage of people even use them for that reason. (This had been the only reason I was originally going to dock off 5% from my original rating, then thought, apples to apples! See website to confirm details)** I attributed a loss of 1 point for this device due to the scrutiny from some for the camera, however, I’m ok with it.
End result for this device: Although Alcatel Onetouch can offer you another model, for their current entry level device it packed enough punch for me and I come from a mostly iOS background. The android operating system is quick, battery life is reasonable (a little over 6hrs), as of July 2014 there were 1.3 million apps to choose from so you will not be bored and its functionality overall for work or play is above average and will get the job done.
Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2 S (Aprox. value $179.95)
This 5” beauty boasts a HD 720 x 1280 pixel capacitive multi-touch display with an 8mp rear and 1.3mp front camera. It will capture and play video at 1080p and includes a video stabilizer (EIS). Arriving in your hand with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (Upgradeable) and works on the following GSM Quad Networks; (850/900/1800/1900) UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 DC HSPA+. A hard-core Quad core 1.2 GHz CPU, 4G Lte and has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, direct, display and extension mode. Capabilities also include; DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, E-compass and G-sensor. An internal 8 GB emmc upgradeable to 32 GB with a Micro SD card and 1 GB ram.
Great Sound capabilities that include a music player that will play multiple formats (See website), an FM Radio, HD sound, Noise cancellation, hands free and more. Great battery life which was incredibly important to me as being out a lot during the day and needing to access my website, email and more I need power when I need it. 400 hours of standby should you not need it much to keep you going or if you’re a talker it will allow 7hrs straight talking and that is on 4G! Included in the box is everything you need to get going; a slim charger head, micro usb cable, in-ear stereo headset, user guide and sim card removal tool. The total measurements of the device are 136.5 x 69.7 x 7.45mm, weighs in at only a mere 126g and is available in Full White or Slate. (See Website to confirm details)
End result for this device: I personally fell in deep infatuated love with this device. It does absolutely everything for me and more that I’ve spent 4 times the amount for in the past and received less functionality. At first, being an iOS guy I personally though uh oh but I gave it a little time to get used to and now to be completely honest, it currently takes precedent.
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In closing, now that I know the devices, they have opened my eyes quite widely at the options I now have without boundaries and you truly won’t know their full potential without trying one for yourself. In my honest tech savvy opinion, I’d pick up the Idol 2 S mobile phone in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone considering a smart phone as it is truly a brilliantly simple design, affordable LTE device without sacrificing quality and dependability. In regards to the Pop 7 tablet, it too being simple affordable and a 4G tablet what more do you want or need? The only answer I could give to that question is that if you have to ask that, Alcatel Onetouch does have other available options should you need them but it’s enough for me. (See Website) Alcatel Onetouch continues with their innovation today and I’ve seen such items as wearable tech and mobile broadband.
Oh yes, before you go on to read another post, would you like one for yourself? How about one of each! YES, that’s correct, thanks to Alcatel Onetouch I have also been given the opportunity to giveaway the same device package I received for review. I would love it if you would enter, share the love and be sure to show Alcatel Onetouch some love by following their accounts too.
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** Another the great bloggers are giving away this very same package “Tales of a Ranting Ginger” , “In R Dream“, as well as “Mommy Kat and Kids” so if I were you once you have done your browsing drop over and enter their giveaways too for another chance, tell them Tullyman sent you! Newly Added Feb 11th Check out Geek with Style’s review of the Alcatel OneTouch X+ and enter to win!
Disclosure: I received a sample of the product to facilitate my review and was not compensated in any other way. As always opinions and words are that of my own experience and opinions other than technical specifications taken directly from the manufacturer.