Hands On Reviews

Published on February 22nd, 2015 | by Gary Johnson


ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP D5 review, budget Android

Fans of the Android platform are lucky that the various manufacturers have a variety of devices on offer at varying price levels, and today we have a budget Android smartphone the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP D5 for review.

We reported previously that the POP D5 was available via high street retailer Argos for only £79.95 unlocked, and we were lucky enough to be sent one to see how the handset performs. The version we got doesn’t come with the free flip cover that is available with the unit that can be purchased from Argos.


What we did get was the handset itself long with a USB charging cable, wall plug, and a set of headphones. Once the battery and SIM card were inserted the handset was fired up but we were met with a system update being available to download.

This took quite a while to achieve via Wi-Fi but after everything was finished we were left with the POP D5 running Android KitKat 4.4.2. The main specifications of the handset include a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 854.


Under the hood is a quad core MT6582M processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 512MB of RAM, and internal storage is 4GB but with only 1.6GB available to the user but there is the option of a microSD card up to 32GB.

Camera wise we have a 5-megapexel unit on the back with LED flash, and a VGA shooter around the front. Picture quality is OK for a phone at this price level and fine for taking snaps in good light, but things do get slightly worse at night.


The touch screen was found to be pretty responsive with hardly any lag with the overall performance of the operating system to be fairly zippy. The messaging app became annoying though as every time I wanted to send an SMS message it kept saying that because data was switched off it would send it later, even though the message still got delivered.


Battery life was reasonable not going down too much when connecting to the Internet to use things such as Facebook or Twitter, the device comes with a 1,800 mAh battery that is promised to provide up to 9.5 hours of 3G talk time or 305 hours of standby.

To sum up the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP D5 I would say the device offers good value for money, as for only £80 you are getting a device that is unlocked and can work on any network with a flip cover case thrown in.

Obviously there are better devices out there but these cost more money with the likes of the Motorola Moto G 2 costing around £150, or the Moto E is available for an extra £10 but has a slightly smaller screen.

Do you like the look of the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP D5?


About the Author

has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. He also has a love for smartphones and loves spending time with his family.

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