Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 ReviewAlcatel OneTouch POP 8 5.5
The OneTouch Pop 8 comes with a 4100mAh battery that is not user removable. Alcatel says the tablet can withstand up to 8 hours of non-stop browsing, which sounds good on paper. In our experience, though, the battery drained quicker than that, and that results in more regular visits to the charger.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 is a device that focuses on a budget price rather than specs. The version we tested (with mobile data on board) is competitively priced, and might lure in buyers who absolutely must have a mobile data-enabled tablet on the cheap. The price for that model of the Pop 8 is set at around €200 ($275), but that price may vary across markets. There might also be an even more affordable Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet that we did not test.
With that said, the OneTouch Pop 8 has some serious rivals that offer more advanced features in practically every other aspect. The Nexus 7 is a more powerful tablet with a vastly better 7-inch display and a more capable camera. In the world of 8-inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 outshines it with a more powerful processor and a much better camera (but it does not support mobile data). And if you are specifically looking for a device that supports mobile data, the LG G Pad 8.3 comes to mind - it’s slightly more expensive, but it offers a superior display, a very nice and sturdy aluminum body, zippier internals, and a better camera.
All in all, it's hard to recommend the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 for reasons other than price, and if you're looking for advanced features, there seem to be better alternatives out there.
- One of the most affordable tablets with mobile data (4G HSPA)
- A different user interface with colorful icons
- MediaTek chip does a fairly good job in terms of performance speed
- Two cameras
- Low-res display
- Camera shoots barely usable photographs and video, disappointing even for a tablet
- Dated version of Android
- Loudspeaker is too quiet
- Internal storage is very limited out of the box (but you can expand with microSD cards)
Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 Review - Battery and Conclusion