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Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8 Review

Alcatel OneTouch POP 8

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Interface and Functionality

It’s disappointing to see the dated 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Android on a new device. Alcatel’s skin, however, is minimalist ang good looking, and that’s a plus.

The OneTouch Pop 8 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a light and minimalist custom skin on top. Having such a dated version of Google’s operating on a new device is definitely a disappointment. What’s not so disappointing is Alcatel’s custom user interface that adorns stock Android with colorful, flat, rectangular icons and quirky buttons that look vastly different than popular skins from companies like, say, Samsung. If we had to compare the skin to something else, we’d say that it actually looks much like user interfaces tailor-made for China where such quirky looks are often adopted.

The interface itself is snappy, and it comes with both the traditional suite of Google applications, and Alcatel’s own custom apps (including a built-in weather app, which is nice).

We ought to once again warn you that while this tablet does come with a SIM card slot, it does not support voice calls. You can use the SIM card for mobile data, though, and there’s even a SMS text messaging app. The OneTouch Pop 8 ships with Google’s keyboard on board, and typing on it is effortless as buttons are large enough and well spaced.

Processor and Memory

The quad-core MediaTek chip under the hood does a good job in running basic tasks smoothly, but it’s not made for the hardcore gamer.

The OneTouch Pop 8 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek system chip, and it has 1GB of RAM on board. In daily use, just navigating around the interface and running basic apps like browser and email, it runs fairly smoothly, almost without a stutter.

While it is capable of running those common tasks with ease, the chip under the hood is not a powerhouse. The exact model of the chip is MediaTek MT8382, a quad-core solution with performance roughly on par with Nvidia’s Tegra 3. The four cores in the MT8382 are Cortex A7 based, and the whole chip is manufactured on a 28nm LP node.

In terms of graphics, we’re looking at the ever-popular Mali-400 GPU that has proven itself with time, as capable of running casual games without stuttering. More intense workloads are definitely challenging for it, though, so this tablet is not suitable for more graphical gaming.

One key thing you should know about the Pop 8 is that it comes with an extremely scarce internal storage allotment of just 4GB. Of those, only 2.4GB are actually available to the end user. We definitely advise you to get a microSD card - luckily, the tablet supports expandable storage with cards of up to 64GB.

Internet and Connectivity

The most prominent stand-out feature of the OneTouch Pop 8 is its support for mobile data with 4G HSPA at a very affordable price point.

Surfing the web on the Pop 8 happens via the built-in Android browser, and that is the only browser that’s pre-loaded on the device. It loads and renders pages swiftly, as you’d expect, and scrolling around and zooming in and out happens fairly smoothly, with just the occasional stutter here and there. The 8-inch screen size offers plenty of space for even desktop versions of some websites, but the low resolution makes it hard to read tinier fonts, so you’d still need to zoom in to be able to comfortably read most text.

So far, we have seen no true stand-out features of the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 8, but connectivity might be the one thing that makes it special. That’s because of the fact that this tablet features mobile data connectivity at a price point where most other manufacturers offer Wi-Fi-only solution. Here, we have 4G (HSPA, not LTE) connectivity with download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

Other connectivity options are standard, including Wi-Fi b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS, but there is no NFC on board.

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Display8.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (189 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera2 megapixels
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
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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