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Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon A564C Review

James Shisiah

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What we love

  • Powerful quad-core processor.
  • Large display
  • Hearing Aid Compatible


Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon A564C is a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat powered by a powerful quad-core processor. It is a CDMA phone and is activated by Verizon so be sure to check if you have Verizon network coverage in your home area. For an entry level gadget, I liked the display size, and think the resolution is great.



Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon A564C is a prepaid CDMA phone which you can order from Straight Talk. Opening the box, we have the Alcatel gadget, battery, a wall adapter, a standard USB cable, battery, a pair of headsets, service manuals and activation card. Installing the battery and doing the initial setups is pretty simple, I was done in under 10 minutes. I will go straight to the design. 



Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon A564C is a 5-inch device with rounded corners. The outside cover feels rubberish, although it's plastic. The back cover is removable - which gives you access to the battery and also the microSD and SIM slots.

The exterior design and layout of buttons is kind of typical. Both the power and volume buttons are located on the right-hand side of the device. At the bottom of the device, we have your mic as well as the USB port for charging and also for USB file transfer. Your headphone jack is located on the top side of the device.

The back cover holds the primary camera with a LED flash as well as your main speaker. Coming to the front you will find the 5-inch capacitive display. The upper part of the display we have the front camera. The lower part of the display, we have the navigation buttons. The phone has the three navigation buttons; the back button on the left, home button at the center and the recent apps button on the right. One thing that stands out is the large display and the rubberish texture when you hold the phone.



Alcatel OneTouch Pop Icon A564C comes with a 5MP back camera and a 0.3MP front camera. The back camera has a LED flash so you can take some shots in low light environments. It can capture videos, and you can as well apply filters on photos taken. The camera also has some pretty amazing features like digital zoom, autofocus, geotagging and face detection. The front camera though short on pixels comes in handy when you need to take selfies. It also supports video calling.



Imagine 5-inch screen size on an entry level phone. The Alcatel OneTouch POP Icon A564C gives you exactly that, at a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Photos and videos show up clearly on this device; I actually enjoy watching content from YouTube or my gallery on this device. A larger display also makes reading files on pdf and other document processing apps less of a hustle.



For the time I have had the phone, the 2000mAh capacity battery has been very supportive. 9 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby is pretty good, given it has a slightly larger screen. When playing games and intensive browsing, I have had to recharge some hours into the day. But with typical usage like texting, making calls, or replying to emails the battery survived through a day.



Alcatel OneTouch POP Icon A564C ships with 4GB of internal memory. Now, that may seem small, but it does hold many applications. If your internal storage get depleted, you can expand the capacity with an external microSD card of up to 32GB.



Alcatel OneTouch POP Icon A564C ships running Android 4.4 KitKat. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz. Onboard the device is 1GB of RAM. Alcatel includes Adreno 306 GPU on this gadget to handle graphics like video playing and gaming. This helps bring out clear videos, and also when gaming, characters appear sharp with no noticeable lag in animations.

The phone is incredibly responsive for a midrange device. It having a quad-core processor, you can be sure to run most intensive apps without experiencing any drag. Apps like Google maps load very fast and I found it very responsive on zooming in and out.

It's quite fast on internet speed, even though it's only 3G. Watching YouTube videos with minimum buffering on the a 5-inch display is something I loved, and I believe you would too. The sound quality is also great.

Switching between apps is pretty fast. We have the recent app's navigation button that brings in an element of multitasking which is impressive for an entry-level device. I have no issues with the phone and the overall performance is way above average for a phone in its price range

The phone comes installed with several apps ready to use. Mostly the Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, Google Plus, and Google Play are installed. You can still install more apps from Google Play store. Other connectivity features on the phone including Bluetooth 4.0, Proximity sensor, GPS for location services, and Accelerometer for controlling the phone by tilting or shaking.



  • 3G /Wi-Fi/ CDMA.
  • 5-inch Display.
  • 5MP back camera, 0.3MP front camera.
  • Battery capacity: 2000mAh. Talk time up to 9 hours, Standby time up to 15 days.
  • Internal storage 4GB, expandable with microSD card up to 32GB.
  • RAM: 1GB RAM.
  • 5.55''(Height) x 2.84''(Width) x 0.39''(Depth) inches
  • Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Technology.
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor.
  • GPS Capable.
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility.