Telus and Koodo get a new line up of phones and tablets.

Alcatel to bring One Touch Idol X+, One Touch

Pop Icon and Pop 8 Tablet to TELUS and Koodo

Yesterday, Alcatel announced it would be bringing these three devices to your local TELUS and Koodo outlets. This is

great news on all levels. Alcatel has broken ground in Canada before, with Bell and Virgin. But there is something about

this lineup that screams freshness to a market that so badly needs to have competition up here.

One Touch Idol X+


Specs and Thoughts

The One Touch Idol X+ is the flagship, go-to phone for your every need sort of consumer. So let’s break down the specs

on this one first. The main recipe to the phone is as follows:

× 5” 1080p (~441 ppi pixel density), protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2

× MediaTek 2GHz Octa-core processor

× 16GB / 32GB for internal storage, and 2GB for RAM

× Non-Removable 2500mAh Li-Ion battery

× 13.1MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels camera, with 1080p video recording, front is 2MP

× Android Jellybean v4.2.1 and is upgradable to KitKat v4.4.4

Now, these specs are pretty standard in today’s market. But I believe they are a solid set of numbers and stats that will

make this phone a contender in your phone choice at one of these retailers. It gives you everything you could want to

make it through your day, and enjoy the things you want most. It’s a great plus to the details of its predecessor the

simple Idol X.

Wallet Damage

The One Touch Idol X+ will be available for a very respectable $350 outright, and the subsidized cost of $0 for a 2-year

term with TELUS. Koodo will be selling the Idol X+ outright for $300, which is cheaper but to use elsewhere will net you

~$50 to unlock it. So the savings are null.

One Touch Pop Icon

Specs and Thoughts

The next phone in the line-up is the One Touch Pop Icon. This phone is a very good phone as well, but don’t expect it to

be outdoing most of the other options out there. What this will beat, is value. Koodo will be promoting this phone as

your go-to $0 phone option. It doesn’t have the specs of the above, but it does what it needs to do. Some pieces to its

build are:

× 5” 480 x 854 pixel resolution

× MediaTek 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor

× 4GB Internal Storage

× Non-removable 2000mAh Li-Ion battery

× 5+MP camera, VGA (640 x 480) on the front camera

× Android Jellybean v4.2, upgradable to KitKat v4.4 as well

Wallet Damage

Now as you see, the specs are a little below the standard. But if you need a device for doing what these were invented

for, then this would be a great choice as well. For either the $0 Tab price, or an outright buy at $150 this will do what

you expect it do.

Pop 8 Tablet

The last device in the announcement was a nice pair to either above phone, or any other mobile device for that matter.

The Alcatel Pop 8, which is a tablet. You guessed it, another one to the market. Now, most would think this is a bad

thing. But I see it as good. I’m one to match everything is my household of electronics. When you put together your

home theatre, do you go with different brand for each speaker? No! So neither should you for your mobile devices in

most cases.

Alcatel did a very decent job of putting the Pop 8 with these two at TELUS and Koodo. It’s very smart. Except for it

falling in the specifications world. I wish it came with a few more bells, and a little less whistles that are telling me to go

somewhere else. Details are found below:

Specs and Thoughts

× You guessed right, 8” screen! Who would have thought…?

× MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processer

× Lack of internal storage at 4GB, but microSD makes it possible for up to 64GB

× Camera is a very low 2MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels, front being VGA (640 x 480)

× 4100mAh Li-Ion battery, the feature I do like. Gives it up to 140h on 3G!

× Android Jellybean v4.2, upgradable to KitKat v4.4 as well

I hear what you’re saying. Those are the same specs as the phone above, the One Touch Pop Icon. That’s right, it pretty

much is. So if I were to suggest that you pick this up as well, I would pair it with the Idol X+. For the simple fact, it does

your basics very well. You can use your Idol X+ all day, and when the juice runs out, or you want that bigger space to

watch a movie, entertain the kids, or just simply play some games, then you turn to your tablet here.

Wallet Damage

The Pop 8 will be a device that TELUS will be able to add, and have you add the $10/Month share plan. I would suspect

there will be promos giving this tablet away, or for a very low price to purchase.

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