Review: Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10
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.
Jan 17, 2017
Alcatel today made its Idol 4S with Windows 10 smartphone available unlocked from the Microsoft Store. The Windows Idol 4S has a 5.5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C.
Nov 1, 2016
Alcatel today announced a new variant of the Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile on board. This handset carries over the chassis of the Android-based model, but changes a number of key specifications.
Oct 26, 2016
T-Mobile today listed the "Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 VR" on its web site. The unique version of the Idol 4S not only runs Windows 10, but sports many of the upgrades available in the related BlackBerry DTEK60, such as the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C connector, none of which are in the standard Idol 4S.
Oct 25, 2016
BlackBerry today announced the DTEK60, the company's new flagship non-keyboard phone. The DTEK60 is based on the Alcatel Idol 4S and looks similar, but actually has significantly upgraded specs in nearly every respect.
Jul 13, 2016
Alcatel today announced launch details for the Idol 4S phone. The company added a fingerprint sensor to the US variant of the phone, a feature not included when the Idol 4S was first announced in February.