Got an Alcatel POP4 as a gift (incl 2 yr contract paid up) several months ago.
My first '2nd generation' smartphone. I don't like any mobiles because their intrusiveness outweighs their convenience for me. So I didn't rush to replace my stack of tiny phones.
But I'm a 20yr experienced tech with PCs/Laptops and Android tablets so I knew a lot already about how to tweak this device.
When I got it I immediately put a 32GB SD card in and uninstalled or disabled all the apps (most of the baked-in Google, games and Alcatel apps) I didn't want = frees up lots of space/memory. Plus restricted background data (stops a lot of apps secretly calling home and costing lots of money). That all saves battery.
Battery is good, despite all-day use, every day. Needs a boost once a day or a full charge every 2.5 days.
Installed all my tried and tested email/browser/search/security/games/utilities apps, photos, videos, music.
I use the POP4 mainly as a tablet and for vid calls overseas. I don't need any of the 'social media' and bloatware trash.
Everything works well/as I want and need it to. Photos are very good quality, Skype vid calls are great. Music and vid replay is great, sound is surprisingly good. Style is fine, build quality is great.
Have to emphasise how impressed I am with its solid all-round performance.
The two big bugbears with the POP4 are:
IMHO Alcatel made a BIG mistake in providing only a tiny 8GB internal memory. They would have sold many more and had fewer returns and complaints with a decent 16GB mem. This phone really does deserve more!
I've run into the 'insufficient space, can't install app' message like many others. Easy fix for this is to delete each app's data cache (but check that you're not deleting anything you need to save).
>SETTINGS>STORAGE>APPS> [choose and open apps individually]> CLICK CLEAR DATA [if you're sure you want to wipe it - most apps don't hold crucial info like photos or documents in cache, backup to SD card or other device via USB before wiping if so]
Don't forget, all this %^&*!ware is eating up your battery if you don't disable it at least. This is why people here are complaining about the battery drain. It's not the battery, it's all this rubbish calling home in the background.
Not going to convert the SD into internal memory. It becomes less flexible and less accessible/tweakable.
2. UNABLE TO WIPE BAKED-IN APPS (GOOGLE, ALCATEL AND OTHER BLOATWARE)
I can't root this phone because it invalidates the contract and warranty. Otherwise all this !*&%^ ware would be long gone!
If I owned this POP4 outright, I wouldn't hesitate to root it and get it kitted out exactly as I want it.
Alcatel should be ashamed of themselves for putting in a small internal memory and loading it with their own stuff on top of all the endless Google bloat (how many Google apps do people really use?!)
Apart from those 2 things, I reckon this is a great phone for the cost.
But you have to know how to workaround these unnecessary limitations.
Is there any video or guide about changing the outer glass of the screen?
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2017As far as I know, apps are downloaded to your phone first. (Of course, this means that your ph... moreThis version of android appears different to my earlier and doesn't permit lift and shift of apps to the SD card. Only files, mpegs, mp3 files etc can be moved or saved to sd. Even files saved from email attachments go to internal memory and have to be moved using file manager. If there isn't enough memory for apps it can be increased by formatting the SD card as internal. I haven't tried this yet, preferring to keep the SD as a standalone ext memory as I don't need more internal memory yet.
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2017Battery consumption depends on the applications you have installed on the phone and working in... moreAgreed, especially about using the browser for the apps. I'm using Opera mini to access Facebook, Google and messenger. This alone saves the 200Mb that the standalone messenger app occupies and is easy to switch off completely when not in use. Depends if you want apps running permanently in the background.
Bob, 18 Feb 2017Limited Memory and filled with bloat ware its a budget handset for a reason.I've disabled bloatware I don't want and only added apps I really need. I have 1.3Gb spare from the 8Gb installed. I could integrate the SD card to increase the apparent internal memory, potentially 40Gb total but not sure what effect this will have on the performance/speed. At the moment I think this is a great phone for the money!
Alspartan, 05 Mar 2017How do you merge the internal and external storage When you insert an SD card there is an option to format it as internal memory. It warns that you will not be able to use as a normal sd card after this action. I haven't tried it, preferring an sd separate from the internal but may go this route in the future. I'm concerned it may slow some of the core apps as it accesses the SD memory.
I just bought the phone ..till now I think that the phone is great good battery life and good for low budget
Pop 4 as a phone is pretty good.
What people overlook is the fact the Pop 4 is on Android v6.0
Android v6.0 allows you to merge your SD Card storage with the internal storage.
Doing so, will increase the overrall storage.
That combined with the low price point makes this phone great for a budget.
If storage is going to be a major issue, just invest in a 16gb (or over) SD Card, and you're golden.
(Tech Support Technician)
Limited Memory and filled with bloat ware its a budget handset for a reason.
AnonD-155795, 13 Feb 2017i have a very big issue with with the pop 4 cos after just a week the phone's screen is off. I'm not sure excactly what your problem is, you aren't being very specific. If yo could say what you have tried I could probably see what the problem is.
i have a very big issue with with the pop 4 cos after just a week the phone's screen is off.
its not a good device cos just a week and now the screen is gone.
This will probably only be relevant for some but my hands started getting itchy and cover in small bridgers. It was only in places I held the blue metallic phone cover.
I am allergic to my phone case!
Never had this problem before and have bought a cover now. I have read online of other phones before but not this model.
very bad cell phone, we got 4 of them as Christmas present for my family, they all been restart and never go on before 1 h doing this i hate this phone.
Ive never even bothered to review anything before but this is worth it.
The pop 4 is one of the best ,if not the best $99 dollar smartphone on the market currently.
My xperia z4 smashed and I needed something fast as a cheap replacement.
When I brought this I expected a really bad cheap phone bit I was absolutely shocked when I started using the device.
The first thing that struck me was the build quality. It felt good in the hand and was pretty comfortable.
Next and most importantly was the experience. I installed all the necessary apps ' Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram ect.' And they all launched very quickly really .and all have been working fine. The ui is nicely skined and it feels quite pure. This phone only rocks 1gb of RAM and 8gb of internal memory but it still manages quite well and it's also expandable.
The cameras are okay but struggle in low light but I have been able to get some impressive shots with the 8mp camera and the front facing 5mp is pretty good for selfies as well.Battery lasts a whole day as well.
In conclusion this phone is amazing for the price (people expect way to much out of something so cheap). And the experience is no where near as slow as some are claiming it's not the fastest thing but it's definitely not a snail. Coming from a flagship to a extreme budget phone was easy with the pop 4.
Would recommend to anyone.
All these comments against the pop 4 I think is wrong I've got one and it's fantastic can't say a word wrong about the phone very responsive memory is good no faults battery life is good I would recommend this phone to all can't find a thing wrong about this phone
caz, 09 Jan 2017i think the phone is okay no problem with it but the battery life is a bit short but i think t... moreBattery consumption depends on the applications you have installed on the phone and working in the background even if you do not use the phone. such as; facebook instagram messenger, etc and if you delete these apps and use them through the browser , thus saving up to 40% of the battery (day)life .
display put on minimum brightness and wi - fi, bluetooth, use it when you need.
but how to charge mobile phone battery;
li -ion batteries work better when you are not used to the end 0%,but most to 25 % and then put the battery to charge75-90% , ( why?)
lithium-ion batteries have a rated lifetime of somewhere between 500 and 1,500 charge cycles.
so if it reach 100% or less then 25% then it lose 1 cycle.(the user runs it down all the way to zero before recharging) can degrade to 70 percent of its original capacity in 300-500 cycles
With a DoD of 25 percent, where the user plugs it in as soon as it gets to 75 percent remain, that same battery could be charged up to 2,500 times before it starts to seriously degrade.
Charge a little bit whenever you can.
Lithium-ion batteries don't respond well to being charged all the way up and then run all the way down. They take much better to little bits of charge here and there.
What's far more dangerous to a battery's well-being is heat. Lithium-ion batteries despise heat.
for more space in the internal memory, do delete all the apps you do not use, but the ones that are installed along with the software and can not be deleted then do 'disable' and you will have more space for new apps