Alcatel POP 4 Plus is, despite the misleading name, we see the budget PHABLET in which the maximum saved on stuffing. There is a budget processor, although the scope of internal memory and is great for those decisions that someone might embarrass and confuse. It’s not exactly a balanced solution, it is entirely woven from compromise. In many ways, it was created in order to stand out from the mass of similar products. For example, people choosing PHABLET in the segment of up to 10 000 rubles, will look at the amount of internal memory and realize that there 16 GB, and 8 GB are not as many other solutions. And what would it mean? What do they pay attention to Alcatel POP 4 Plus. And, perhaps, close their eyes to other parts of the machine. In short, the model consisting of compromises that are acceptable in this price group.
In my opinion, this device is considered as a budget proposal PHABLET segment, although the number of such models and their diversity remains in the segment of up to 10 000 very small. Here the main thing – to decide how much you need a screen size and whether it is necessary to look at the 5-inch phones that offer a significant leap in performance and stuffing.
We are accustomed to the fact that smartphones are increasingly not folding, the body can not be opened. The POP 4S Plus the back cover can be easily removed, and the inside is a memory card slot, as well as two slots for SIM-cards (microSIM). The battery is thus made non-removable, so take it out will not work. Based on this collapsible body can not burn any pluses or minuses in, let’s take it a design feature.
As usual, the model will be available in different liveries, including the very bright, but by default it looks the same as in our review. In Russia, are available dark gray and silver casing.
The device lies well in the hand, but it is big and not suitable to all categories in PHABLET is always one of the conventional criticism (151h77h7.9 mm and weighs 156 grams).
Plastic design quality is excellent, but it is plastic, there is no metal. Thus, the lateral edge has a metal insert, but unique in this segment found as full metal body and metal frame, as in Samsung J7 2016. This makes POP 4S is not so attractive for those who eats in the details and want to get the maximum possible for their money.
MicroUSB connector submitted to the lower end, and on the right side is the volume rocker, and the on / off button. Connector 3.5 mm – at the upper end. Building on the fine, which is typical for Alcatel.
Based on the performance in front of us ordinary IPS-display with a diagonal of 5.5 inches, HD-resolution and automatic adjustment of brightness. No features have no screen, but it should be noted that it is a budget, in the bright sun can fade and blikovat, the picture becomes difficult to see. This is a typical low-end solution with all the consequences, if you are looking for high-quality screen for watching videos, then this price bracket and with a diagonal it will be difficult to find.
The device is able to work a full day, with an average load, the strength of 1.5-2 days if not almost use the device. Capacity Li-Ion Battery – 2500 mAh. Claimed battery life in standby mode – up to 500 hours, talk time – up to 15 hours.
Continuous video playback time – 5.5 hours.
The phone has a built-in utility for power limitation (disables certain functions), it is enabled by default when you reach 15% charge. Also there was a “Battery Optimization”, in fact it is the restriction of the background work application, you can add or remove them from the list, something similar we see on Samsung’s flagship.
Full charging time – about 100 minutes.
The device 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in (system and applications take up about 5 GB), can be expanded with memory cards up to 32 GB.
The chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, 4-core (4 core up to 1.1GHz) GPU Adreno 304. The performance of this solution is low, as can be seen in the synthetic benchmarks. But in everyday life, in the menu, you will not notice it, everything works fast enough, no freezes. This correlates well with the fact that the budgetary decisions on Android 6 working smartly.
The front camera has a flash for the Self, its resolution – 5 megapixels. The standard for the latest generation of devices have uluchshalki skin, oval face, and similar stuff. They can be turned off. Photo quality is good.
The main camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels. The picture quality is not perfect, but a different and difficult wait.
The model supports 4G (LTE FDD 1/3/7/8/20), also has Wi-Fi, BT 4.1, USB & BT Modem Tethering – in a word, a standard set of technologies, without any special features.
About the standard Android applications, there is no sense to speak separately, you can read about them in a separate review.
The Alcatel trying not much change the standard Android, but still bring their changes, including the Android 6. In the main menu mode from the icons have a circle, and when pressed opens a mini-window. Want to uncover the entire application – click on the button again.
The phone has FM-radio, a set of typical functions. Voice recorder, calculator, compass, and built-in memory manager.
On the role of music app launched “Mix”, it can not only listen to music, but also to mix it, apply different effects, turn the machine into a horizontal orientation sufficiently. Do I need it? For young people, such entertainment may be appropriate, but it is a toy, which should not be overestimated, become a DJ will not work with him, although understanding of this and can be formed. Unlike older IDOL, there is no separate EQ and volume control implemented poorer. Yes, and the device sounds simple, sound worse.
There is also a screen with various corporate news, exchange rates, and applications, you can customize it on your own.
No complaints on the voice quality is not, the ringer volume is very good, it was clean and vociferous. Vibrating alert is average in power.
The model is priced at 8.5 to 10 thousand rubles. If you try to find an analogue in cost and performance, then this occurs a small hitch. The market is Micromax Canvas Spark 3 Q385, which has the same screen, but it is built on a processor from Spreadtrum, does not support 4G, on the old version of Android and does not in competition asks, though it cost 8000 rubles.
The old man Lenovo A7000, is not a new version of Android, it has less internal memory, but 2GB of RAM and a slightly larger battery. But to take this old man in 2016 just not worth it, he could become obsolete in two years.
In my opinion, if you are not afraid of the lack of guarantees in this segment is to look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which in China is about 11 thousand rubles in Russia can be found in 12 000 rubles.
It is in every sense of the device, which is higher on the head than considered, and offers a completely different level of comfort, quality of performance. But if we talk about Alcatel POP 4 Plus is, no one does it a huge bet, it is a niche model, which has a modest sales. Oddly enough, direct competitors it does not have, either because of the unpopularity of PHABLET from B-brands, or because people prefer to 5 inches for 10 000 rubles.