The "1-Minute" Review
- Muted and subdued display colors
- Mediocre battery life
- Small onboard storage
- Some pixilation on screen
Marketed at the budget crowd, the Alcatel One Touch Pop 8 manages to look like a decent device, at least on paper. When reviewers handled it for the first time, they found that its narrow and thin measurements make it incredibly easy to use one-handed. They also noticed that while the chassis was made of cheap, glossy plastic, the device itself had decent build quality.
As an entry-level device, most reviewers were not expecting too much from the 8-inch IPS display and it doesn't offer too much either. The low pixel density of 189ppi made it difficult for critics to read small fonts and get defined details on image. As well, they add that colors lacked the vivid pop of its competitors and instead ended up being muted and subdued.
With its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, the Pop 8 isn't in the running for the fastest tablet. Still, reviewers had no problems running basic tasks or casual games with minimal stutters. The problem arose for them when testing out more intense workloads. Many graphical games were barely playable, so they suggest sticking to more basic apps and games. Consumers will not be able to download too many apps, however, as the device only comes with 4GB of onboard storage. Luckily, the tablet does support expandable storage with cards of up to 64GB, though users can only transfer a handful of apps over to a microSD. As with the performance, battery life also falls in the mediocre category. While Alcatel clocks battery life at 8 hours, critics experienced a little over 6 hours life during moderate usage.
The Pop 8 isn't a device that lures people in because of its top specs. Instead, it focuses on attracting those concerned about money. Still, even at a lower entry point, Phone Arena states, " …it's hard to recommend the One Touch Pop 8 for reasons other than the price, and if you're looking for advanced features, there seem to be better alternatives out there."
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