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Review: Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10

Hardware Software Wrap-Up Comments  

The Alcatel Idol 4S is the best Windows phone for most people because it offers a good balance of performance from the cost. It's not as powerful nor as configurable as the HP Elite X3, but it's much better than the wilted crop of handsets from Microsoft.

Alcatel did a fine job crafting an appealing piece of hardware in the Idol 4S. The metal-and-glass design is attractive and well-made. It is slim, light, easy to use, and the physical controls all function perfectly.

I'm glad to have the speedier Snapdragon 820 processor and snappier 21-megapixel camera sensor aboard. I think the Idol 4S loses something by dropping the screen resolution from quad HD to full HD, but many may appreciate the better battery life that results.

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The Windows software functions fine. Microsoft's platform is workable and the productivity apps are top-notch. I wish the camera had more features and more marquee apps were available to the platform.

The Idol 4S does offer Windows Continuum, and it works, which may be a boon to busy business travelers.

The VR feature is stymied by the low-res screen and relative lack of content.

Saying the Alcatel Idol 4S is the best value of any modern Windows phone is easy, even at $480.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4
Reception
4
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
4
Display
4
Interface Speed
4
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 

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