The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 isn’t a super-expensive smartphone.
The diminutive 4” screen device that’s an excellent starter smartphone that’s great for your kids is competitively priced at US$60 to US$110.
Interestingly too, it’s a dual-SIM capable smartphone that accepts the regular mini-SIM (Deer, 2012, November 9), with the second SIM slot working in dual-standby mode.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – 4” screen that does the Camera Justice
Its features are what you’d expect at that price.
The 4” TFT capacitive touchscreen smartphone has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with 233 ppi pixel density. It’s capable of displaying some, 256,000 Colours, albeit you can’t see them all!
Strangely, it only comes in two (2) colours:
- Bluish Black
- Pure White
With dimensions of 122 x 64.4 x 12 mm (4.80 x 2.54 x 0.47 in) it’s kinda on the heavy side (GSMArena, 2014 July), weighing in at 116 g (4.09 oz) when compared to the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini (Deer, L, 2015, July 29) which weighs 110 g (3.88 oz).
That pretty little screen, unfortunately, has no supporting front-facing camera, as the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 only has a rear-facing 3.15 Megapixel camera that can take 2048 x 1536 pixels and shoot Standard definition Video (480p) at 30 fps.
Still, selfies don’t require a front-facing camera and you can do the screen justice by doing your selfies with the selfie-ready rear-facing camera!
Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Dual-Core for the Geography buffs and Fitness Freaks
There isn’t much to expect in terms of processor power, as the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 is powered by a Dual-Core 1.3 GHz Processor. The Google Android 4.3 Jellybean that runs the smartphone floats quite comfortably in 512 MB RAM with 4 GB of space being provided to store your apps.
TCL Corporation also crammed in an accelerometer, a GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. So at least you can use Google Maps and Google Earth (Deer, 2015, February 1), making this a great little Smartphone to go hiking.
Throw in a Fitness Tracker such as the Garmin Vivofit 2 (Deer, 2015, July 20) for the swim fans, a Fitbit Charge HR (Deer, 2015, July 9) for the competitive gym rats or the Garmin Forerunner 15 (Deer, 2015, July 13) that will bully you into fitness.
This isn’t so bad, especially when you consider that most thumb drives can hold just about 4 GB, with 32 GB still the exception in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Hence, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 packs a microSD that allows you to expand up to 32 GB. But this manages to be just enough to browse the Internet via 3G internet or Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Great Battery Life as you jam to your beats
You can also share Internet with up to five (5) of your friends and even share music files with other devices via the Wi-Fi Direct or Bluetooth 4.0.
As for the music player, it supports MP3, AAC+ and WAV formats and does a decent job of playing back MP4 and H.264 Video.
Your music will play quire loudly with the built-in loudspeakers, albeit for US$25, you can purchase an AmazonBasics (Deer, 2015, July 21) Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker to get better sound.
Still, it would be a good idea to spare everyone the torture of listening to your music and just jam with a great pair of US$119 Marshall Major II on-ear (Deer, 2015, April 26) headphones.
If your wallet is on a vacation, you can go with the more budget-friendly US$39 Shure SRH144 or (Deer, 2015, January 1) SRH145 Headphones plugged into the 3.5mm jack.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 also packs a Stereo FM Radio with a mini-speaker, so you’ll never miss a T-20 Cricket match at Kensington Oval or at Sabina Park. You’ll also be able to read your SMS Text and email quite comfortably on this device.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Reporter’s upgrade with Cloud Support for Storage
The Document viewer makes documents easy to read with an upgrade to Microsoft Office, Excel and Powerpoint (Deer, 2014, November 8) making your device a veritable Office-on-the-go.
Throw in a US$99 TextBlade from WayTools (Deer, 2015, January 16) and you’re basically graduated from just live tweeting and texting to filing reports on the go!
You can record audio with the Voice Recorder, albeit that 32 GD SD Card will fill up mighty fast!! Photo viewer and its limited editing options make posting online a snap, with Microsoft OneDrive (Deer, 2015, February 20) enabling you with the ability to expand your storage in the Cloud.
The Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery is a lot smaller in capacity than the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini, making it necessary for you to get a portable (Deer, 2014, July 6) battery charger.
Surprisingly, it outperforms the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini, besting its older sibling with 510 h of standby time while on the 2G Network and only 400 h standby time on the 3G Network.
Talk-time is also slightly longer with 13 h 30 min of talk-time while on the 2G Network and 9 h 30 min (3G) talk-time on the 3G Network.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – The Price is right despite being overweight
The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 might not be a top-of-the-line smartphone. But at the ultra-low price ranging from US$60 to US$110, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 manages to get great battery life while playing music and videos and balances in the basics done nicely, even though it’s a tad heavy.
In short, for a starter smartphone, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 manages to truly stay pop while remaining on a budget.
Here’s the link:
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