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Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 Review

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Camera

These are not the pictures you’d want to share with your friends.

Let’s make it clear - the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 is not a camera-centric device at all. It does feature a barebones 2-megapixel main camera (flash is nowhere to be found), and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera, but these are better suited for video chats rather than being a camera replacement.

The camera app itself opens quickly and is relatively simple, without any in-depth manual settings. Disappointingly, images captured on the 2-megapixel shooter look lifeless, lacking sorely in saturation, and unsurprisingly, detail is shockingly low. In fact, most of the images we shot appear downright blurry and very noisy even in broad daylight. These are not the pictures you’d want to share with your friends, unless there is some kind of necessity.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 3.2
3.5
674
No data
LG G Pad 8.3 3.7
5
605
No data
Alcatel OneTouch POP 8 4
No data
678
No data
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Video is captured in the 3GP file format with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, but don’t be fooled by the resolution - the quality of the recording is terrible, and it’s nothing like the sharp 1080p videos that you’re used to seeing. It has very low amount of detail and is choppy at just 20 frames per second. You can also shoot in 720p (“Fine quality” in the camera settings), and 480p (Normal), and both produce more reasonable framerates, but they also lack in detail, and the quality is sub-par.


The tablet also features a very basic, 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera that will come in handy in video chats. The actual quality of the recordings is nothing to write home about, but we appreciate the fact that at least there is a front-facing camera.

Multimedia

With great codec support and a spacious display, the OneTouch Pop 8 offers pleasing video watching experience, but sound from the loudspeaker is too quiet.

The 8-inch screen on the OneTouch Pop 8 is great for watching video on the go. Alcatel has bundled in support for all major codecs, so you’d be able to play most files straight from the built-in video app, without any additional downloads or tweaks. We managed to play 720p files with ease, and some 1080p files ran as well, but playback was stuttery for those higher-res clips. We should also remind you that the tablet features a native 16:10 ratio, so there is just a tiny letterbox for most videos (which are commonly in the 16:9 aspect ratio).

The music app that’s baked in gets the job done nicely - it categorizes all your music by genres, artists, songs, and albums, plus it has really neat full screen album art. You can also fine tune your music with an equalizer and some pre-sets.

Unfortunately, sound output via the single loudspeaker on the back of the tablet is just too quiet, with a disappointing, impure sound quality.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 0.97
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 0.47
LG G Pad 8.3 0.43
Alcatel OneTouch POP 8 0.22
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad mini 2 74
Google Nexus 7 (2013) 69.2
LG G Pad 8.3 81
Alcatel OneTouch POP 8 72
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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 09:41

1. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Hmm.. that's a totally one low rating. But to be honest, I think it's fair... Others might view it differently though.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:26

5. Ashoaib (Posts: 2282; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Wah,,, design is cool

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:05

2. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


the only thing that i don't agree on is the dated android version, when was the last time you saw a phone or tablet with a mediatek soc running on anything newer then 4.2. they've even violated the gpl v2 so i don't think mediatek give a rats arse about support.http://www.xda-developers.com/android/have-you-paid-your-linux-kernel-source-license-fee/ a link for anyone who wants to read it.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:24 1

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 386; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


5.5 for geek standards, 8.5 for average consumers.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 01:15

4. TuanGugu (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


True that! LOL. If only the memory is 8GB than that would be better~

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Display8.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT8382, Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size8.23 x 4.84 x 0.31 inches
(209 x 123 x 7.9 mm)
11.46 oz  (325 g)

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