The Alcatel OneTouch Pop 3 (5.5) is a proposal for users who want a large screen mobile without having to pay a lot for it. A balanced team that includes a 5.5-inch HD screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a quad-core processor to run the Android platform. All this with an elegant design in silver that fits well in the hand. And with several Alcatel own applications to improve the experience, among which a content portal with the latest news, the weather in our town and calendar events stands out. The 5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Pop 3 is available on the market for a starting price of about 145 euros. We have had the opportunity to test this model, we tell you our impressions.
A remarkable display
All life around a mobile phone revolves around its screen. This is a key aspect that marks a large part of the success of a terminal. And the Alcatel Pop 3 5.5-inch screen passes the test with good marks. We are facing a 5.5-inch IPS panel with HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. This resolution assumes a density of 267 dpi, sufficient for a good level of detail in common content.
Its brightness level is acceptable for normal use, although it is true that higher-end models tend to have a higher brightness. But what we liked the most without a doubt is the tactile response. This mobile responds very smoothly and delicately to touches and gestures such as zooming. A very important advantage to enjoy all the possibilities of the Android universe . On the contrary, what we have not liked so much is the ease with which the panel fills with fingerprints. IPS technology favors good viewing angles of up to 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically.
The 5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Pop 3 arrives in Spain in its silver configuration . This equipment uses a plastic casing of this color that reaches the sides, while the front panel appears in black. The overall appearance is elegant and the smartphone feels well balanced in the hand. The case can be removed to access the two SIM slots and the MicroSD card slot . Of course, the battery is not removable. Complete terminal measures are placed in 151 x 77.8 x 8.95 mm , with a weight of 170 grams. This is a competitive weight for a smartphone of this size.
Another point to note is the inclusion of the speaker in the housing right next to the camera. This placement does not seem the most ideal, but the truth is that we have not appreciated loss of power when placing the phablet on the table. Another point that we liked is the embossed "Pop" logo just below the lens, which adds a differential touch to the Alcatel mobile.
System and applications
Alcatel's mobile uses the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system . It is one of the latest versions of this platform, which has become the most popular on the market. One of the great novelties of this platform is the change that its general appearance has undergone, with rounded icons and more color. In addition, we have new features such as the ability to know the approximate charge time that the equipment has left to have a full battery.
Among Alcatel's own apps , the one that has given us the most game is Alcatel OneTouch Stream . It is a portal that shows both the latest news and the weather forecast of the place where we are and the calendar events. Its design is attractive, with a dark background and easy to switch between the different contents. We also have an app called DU Speed Booster . As its name suggests, this is a tool that speeds up mobile performance. This app works by cleaning the files that are not necessary or limiting the applications that start automatically with the mobile. In addition, it has a game accelerator.
Cameras for day to day
The 5.5-inch Alcatel OneTouch Pop 3 has a medium photographic set, which serves to get out of the way but is far from models like the Alcatel OneTouch Pop Up . Its rear lens has a resolution of 8 megapixels, LED flash and HDR mode. In addition, video can also be recorded in Full HD quality with Optical Stabilizer (EIS) so that scenes are not shaky. Moreover, the front camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels and noted for its way "Beauty", which enhances facial expression.
Power and multimedia
To function, this phone uses a quad-core processor with 1.3 GHz power. This chip is combined with a 1 GB RAM. It is a somewhat fair set, although in regular use we have not had problems. Of course, performance drops when trying to manage multiple tabs in the browser or when running more powerful apps and games. The internal memory of this model is placed at 8 GB , although once we remove the space for the system and the pre-installed apps we have 3.36 GB left . In case you have to expand this space, you can use a MicroSD memory card .
Within the multimedia section, a speaker is included in the housing that offers average audio quality. The power is good , although you do not enjoy great audio clarity. Enough to listen to YouTube videos or songs from the phone, although this is not a very powerful multimedia player. Wave lovers can enjoy the radio tool , which needs a pair of headphones.
One of the main attractions of the 5.5-inch Alcatel Pop 3 is the inclusion of a dual MicroSIM card slot . Thanks to this, two different numbers can be carried on the same phone. Of course, it must be borne in mind that this device is only compatible with high-speed 3G networks (up to 21 Mbps ). Users who want to opt for a higher network speed should opt for equipment such as the higher-end Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3C . To connect to the network we also have WiFi connectivity . Other available connections are Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and a MicroUSB port to charge the device.
Long autonomy, price and opinions
One of the most pleasant surprises that the 5.5-inch Pop 3 leaves us is its autonomy. Thanks to its 2,900 milliamp battery , this model achieves a usage time that passes the entire day without problems (we had to charge the phablet approximately every day and a half with regular use). This is a remarkable figure that equates it to the big names in the market. Its price is around 145 euros. In short, we are facing a perfect exponent of the basic range. A balanced team, with a good set of specifications and a careful design that works perfectly for day-to-day uses. Among its most outstanding points is the good tactile response of its screen or theautonomy reaching.
Alcatel Pop 3 5.5-inch
|Model||Alcatel Pop 3 5.5-inch|
|Resolution||HD 1,280 x 720 pixels|
|Dimensions||151 x 77.8 x 8.95 mm|
EIS Image Stabilization
Face Detection Beauty Mode
|Front camera||5 megapixels|
|Radio||Yes (with headphones)|
|Sound||Speaker and microphone|
|Operating system||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Extra applications||Google Apps|
File transfer over WiFi
DU Speed Booster
|CPU processor||1.3 Ghz quad-core processor|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||-|
|Internal memory||8 GB (3.36 GB available for personal files)|
|Extension||microSD up to 128GB|
|Mobile Network||3G HSPA + up to 21 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload|
|Wifi||WiFi 802.11 b / g / n|
|GPS location||GPS with A-GPS|
|Audio||3.5 mm minijack|
|Bands||GSM Quadband 850/900/1800/1900|
UMTS Dualband 900/2100
|Others||Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi tethering|
|Duration in use||A day and a half of use|