Tracfone Alcatel One Touch Pop Icon

Specs – Tracfone Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon

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Dimensions Height 5.55″ x Width 2.84″ x Thickness .38″
Weight 5.30 Ounces
Form Factor Large Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology CDMA 3g data with WiFi/Activated with either Verizon or Sprint
Calling Plan Tracfone Android plan
Downloadable Apps Yes, all apps available through Google Play store. Comes with Youtube, Google Maps, GPS Navigation.
Processor 1.2 ghz Quad Core
SD Card/Internal Storage SD card not included/Capable of up to 32gb micro SD card
Android OS Android 4.4
Digital Camera 5 mega pixels/front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 5.0″ 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

149.99 Check Availability

About the OneTouch Pop Icon

Besides being  a mouthful to say, this Alcatel device is a large screened entry level device for the multimedia lovers out there. Highlight here is an enormous 5.0″ screen. One interesting feature on the phone is what they call “Simple Mode” which is designed with novice smartphone users in mind. When in “Simple Mode”, the icons become jumbo large and the navigation is simplified to 3 basic screens, the contacts screen, main home screen with phone dialer/text and the apps menu that displays all apps from A-Z in a running table similar to a contacts type view.

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Specs

For the price, the Pop Icon brings great specs to the Tracfone Android plan.  This phone is far superior to the basic Androids previously available. For starters, you get a quad core 1.2 ghz processor along with one of the newer Android versions in the form of Android 4.4.  The most obvious item of course is the huge 5.0″ screen which looks great when watching movies and the like. This is currently the largest screened device currently available direct from Tracfone.

The phone also has a great digital camera as it comes with a 5mp unit and built in LED flash. Additionally, you get a .3 mp front facing camera located in the upper right hand corner.

Last but not least, is the excellent speaker yielding great sound quality when on speaker or watching videos. The Pop Icon has a fairly large speaker on the bottom rear of the phone. For sure the best sound quality having Tracfone currently available.

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Design & Look Feel

The design is nothing super special here. It comes to us with the prototypical 3 button Android layout that has now become standard fare on entry level devices.  An all black plastic body highlights the simple and easy to use design.  The body is all black without any fancy chrome looking trims. The back battery cover is flat black with a bit of a rubberized feel to it. The bezel around the phone is satin black. As expected, the screen is also plastic so no Gorilla Glass on this one.

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Moving on the rest of the layout, on the top you find the usual 3.5mm headphone iPod style jack. The volume and power buttons are located on the right hand side and finally the charge port is located on the bottom. One thing to mention is that this one does not come with a preinstalled SD card so you will need to purchase one to store your music and the like. This one supports up to a 32gb card.

Ease of Use

One of the items worth mentioning on this phone is the ease of use feature called “Simple Mode”. What this does is to simply make navigation more intuitive by reducing the navigation down to 3 screens. The first screen is the contacts, the main screen contains the main phone dialer and text messaging icons and finally the last screen lists all of the apps in a running table similar to how you would see a contacts list. The phone comes configured with this out of the box.  Lastly, when in “Simple Mode”, the icons become jumbo large so they are easily visible without putting on your pair of reading glasses.  This feature can easily be defeated by by going into the Settings and turning the simple mode off. I have reviewed well over 100 phones and this is the first time I see this feature so it seems to be something unique to this specific model.

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Since you get a 5″ screen, the texting keyboard is quite easy to navigate because the icons are a bit larger than is typically found on smaller phones. The phone dialer also has large icons making that easy to navigate as well. One thing I will mention is that all other apps remain the same as far as navigation and ease use (or lack there of). The icons on the apps also remain the same size as if the phone were in regular mode.

Final Thoughts

I always like Alcatel phones because they have great features for the money. The OneTouch Pop Icon is no exception. For $149.99, you get excellent specs and a large screen.  Before you buy the OneTouch Pop Icon, be sure you are in a Verizon or Sprint calling area. Also keep in mind that this phone is 3g phone only.

Tracfone LG505 at a Glance

LG 505C

LG0505c, what’s so special about it you ask? Well, it’s another Tracfone touchscreen phone to choose from, that’s what. Except this one, has an extra bonus surprise for us, it’s got a full Keyboard so texting freaks will find this phone worth looking into. While not what you would call a smartphone by any means, this phone does have plenty of features to keep people satisfied.

For starters, it’s got a touchscreen. We all love touchscreens don’t we? For seconds, it’s got a sliding keyboard to boot.  Unlike most Tracfone’s before it, the LG505c actually has a pretty decent web browser. Not that you want to go burn up all your minutes but it’s fairly nice to be able to browse every so often.  Aren’t you just tired of getting punished by crappy devices just because your smart and don’t want to spend 100 bucks a month on your dumb cell phone? Well, the LG505c is a step forward in that department.

Another noteworthy item on the LG505c is the CDMA technology.  So the LG505c presets the first touchsreen phone of the CDMA variety for the Tracfone brand. While most people don’t care, so long as the phone works, some of us realize that we have better coverage of one type or the other. For example, in my area, I have excellent AT&T GSM signal, while not so good CDMA Verizon signal. For others it’s just the opposite, so a nice CDMA option is always a good thing. That’s precisely what the LG505C is, an excellent CDMA option for those of us with better CDMA coverage than GSM.  We find this interesting because most new popular Tracfones are always GSM while the CDMA crowd gets a bunch of crappy phones.

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say for this phone at the moment. If you are interested in learning a bit more about it before you spend your hard earned cash, you can visit it’s home page at LG505.com.