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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.