Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 ReviewAlcatel OneTouch POP 8 5.5
These are not the pictures you’d want to share with your friends.
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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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.
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.
Headphones output power (Volts)
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Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
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Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 Review - Camera and Multimedia