When you have a teen in the house, you really have to stay up to date on tech. Even as a blogger I find myself following lots of the great tech blogs to stay up to date on the latest innovations and what tech is perfect for the budget minded shopper. So I was super excited when I was asked to try out both Alcatel One Touch Idol 2S smartphone and the Alcaltel One Touch Pop 7 tablet to review and giveaway on my blog. Sweet, right? Alcaltel has just arrived in Canada ans one of the top ten mobile manufacturers I was eager to give it a try with my teen daughter’s assistance.
What’s the best way in on house to test out tech? Hand it to my teen. Last May, my teen lost her iPhone while aiding a woman who was hurt. The last call she made on that phone was to 911 for an ambulance. Even though she lost her phone while doing something good, it wasn’t in my budget to replace it right away. She really missed having a cell in the city. So I got her a very basic non smart cell phone when she went back to school in September, so she was super excited to play with a smartphone once again and as exams hit the tablet was great to have. In fact the tablet goes to school with her now every day. She loves it.
We have been both Android and iOS users for a long time now with us now really preferring the Android. Both of these devices are built on the Jelly Bean operating system which is to be expected for a budget friendly device. My teen quickly added her favorite widgets and apps in record time.
We were loving features on the Alcaltel one touch IDOL 2S like a great camera on the smartphone, my teen noted she wished it had a bit better audio as she loves to listen to her music on the way to school (which was easy to add to the phone with a small SD card). She said the audio was good not great. The phone as an 8MP camera and a large 5 inch screen. When I measured it beside my Samsung 5 I could hardly tell the difference. With Bell you also get the Bell TV app. My teen thought the motion detection technology was great as you could turn over the phone to turn off an alarm. She also found moving between apps and widgets a breeze.
Now the tablet does not have a great camera coming in at only 2 MP camera but my teen loves the vibrant HD display to play her games. She also downloaded the Microsoft Office apps which made grabbing school assignments easy at exam time. She also prefers the tablet for watching movies, and just because she could she even tried out the Bell TV app. She only wished she had a larger screen, but said it was good for on the streetcar. My teen loved how ultra slim and light it was which is why she chose it as her go to tablet.
Now as a mom on a budget getting a smartphone and tablet for under $500 seems like a great value for me. You can purchase the Idol S2 for $300 or you can get it for $30 down on a 2 year contract with Bell. Now the tablet it at a great price as well, an easy $180 for a 3G tablet, that’s a good value in my eyes. You can check these both out at your local Bell Canada location. The good thing about Bell Canada it has a huge LTE network so staying connected is no issue.
Now some great news I can give away both on my blog! So enter by leaving a comment and letting me know what do you look for when you are shopping for new tech?
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