Straight Talk Alcatel Pop Star 2 LTE Review

Specs – Straight Talk Alcatel Pop Star 2 LTE

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Dimensions Height 4.75″ x Width 2.50″ x Thickness .49″
Weight 4.85 Ounces
Form Factor Small Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology GSM LTE with WiFi/Activated with AT&T
Calling Plan Straight Talk $45 Unlimited
Downloadable Apps Yes, all apps available through Google Play store. Comes with Youtube, Google Maps, GPS Navigation.
Processor 1.2 Quad Core
SD Card/Internal Storage SD card not included/Capable of up to 32gb micro SD card
Android OS 4.4 Kit Kat
Digital Camera 5 mega pixels/.3 mp front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 4.0″ Diagonal
Battery Life 15 days stand by & up to 11 hrs talk
Button Types Capacitive touch buttons
USB microUSB v4.0
Audio Jack & Charging Standard 3.5mm iPod type / micro usb charge/data
Price $79.99

About the Pop Star 2 LTE

In this post, we review another Straight Talk/Tracfone Alcatel sequel in the form of the Pop Star 2 LTE. The original Pop Star model came with the very popular 4″ screen size and was priced quite affordably for an LTE model. So despite different buttons and a slight increase in size, I am having a hard time detecting significant upgrades over the orginal Pop Star as both phones are LTE models that will be activated with AT&T.

As I touched on above, though the buttons look like the new Android 5.0 Lolipop buttons, this phone is indeed Android 4.4. As such, functionality remains about the same as the original Pop Star.

Essentially, the main highlight of this phone is the attractive price tag and the very compact size.

Design and Build Quality

The design and build quality on this phone is very much typical Android. I will say that other than the new cryptic button design, this phone is not any different than any other Android on the market.

One thing I will mention is the fact that the screen does have a bit of resistance to it when swiping the screen. Though very slight, it is worth mentioning and it is something that is quite typical on entry level plastic screened phones such as this. There is not much to speak of on the remainder of the design elements other than a slight rubberized battery cover and all new button design. The head phone jack and power/lock buttons are located at the top, the volume rocker is on the upper right and the charge port is at the bottom. There is nothing by way of fancy trim and the Android buttons are not backlit.

The one plus I will give this phone is the fact that the phone is quite compact for an LTE device. This may not sound like much but many of the LTE devices out there tend to be of the larger variety so it is always nice to find one that is not sized obnoxiously large.

Video  and Sound Quality

I was somewhat disappointed in the sound and video quality of this phone. The issue is that the video quality is not the best when viewed at slight angles, more so when the phone is viewed in landscape mode. Basically what I’m saying here is that you will notice some screen darkening unless the phone is viewed dead on.

The sound quality is below average as the speaker is small so this one has a tendency to sound somewhat like a hollow tin can. This is not surprising as many of these smaller screened devices have this problem.

Digital Camera

I was quite happy with the camera on this phone as it has many nice camera features. For one, you can take panoramic shots as well as having the ability to apply various filters and previewing them before you take your picture. Of particular note is the ability to see 9 different filter previews before taking your image. Additionally, you do get a front facing .3mp camera with an led flash.

Conclusion

While there is nothing truly outstanding here other than a few cool camera features, this phone is worth taking a look at because it is priced quite attractively considering it is an LTE device. The other item of note that may attract buyers is the fact that this is rare breed in that it is quite compact considering it is an LTE phone.