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Alcatel Idol 4s

Alcatel Idol 4s
alaScore 92

76 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Alcatel Idol 4s. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the usability and size. The design and price also get good comments.

performance, price, design, size, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Alcatel Idol 4s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Ajay Kumar (

Alcatel Idol 4S With Windows 10 VR


The Alcatel Idol 4S is a sleek Windows phone packed with powerful hardware, productivity features, and virtual reality capabilities. It's a great choice for T-Mobile users who can overlook the relatively limited app selection.

Fast performance. Attractive design. Crisp AMOLED display. Dual front and back speakers. Fingerprint sensor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and expandable storage. Comes with VR headset. Supports Windows Continuum.

Windows Mobile still lacks many major apps. Just-average network performance.

For $470, the Alcatel Idol 4S is the best Windows phone you can buy, offering T-Mobile users a sleek build, powerful hardware, VR capabilities, and extensive productivity features. The only other new Windows phone on the market, the HP Elite x3, is a...

Nov, 2016

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Alcatel Idol 4S dark grey


It's a very good midrange phone, but Alcatel's ambition to make it a sleeper value hit, like last year's deal-of-the-century Idol 3 , falls short. The price jumped up to $400 US (£385, AU$470 -- converted), but Alcatel includes among other things, a...

Alcatel's Idol 4S comes packed with features and accessories. It has a high-end design and build, a great camera, impressive display and a convenience button dubbed the Boom Key.

The Boom Key needs finessing: It's easy to accidentally activate. The fingerprint scanner is small and sometimes difficult to engage.

With a premium build, good camera and free accessories in the box, Alcatel's Idol 4S is a solid midrange buy.

Sep, 2016

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Mini review video: Our quick verdict on the Alcatel Idol 4S


The Alcatel Idol 4S' biggest selling point is not what came in the box, but the box itself, which doubles as a VR headset. The $350 (pre-order price) device comes with its own VR viewer so you can immediately start exploring immersive content when you...

Included VR goggles ; Affordable ; Loud, two-way speakers ; Bright, roomy display

Not as fast as competing phones ; Camera struggles in low light

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Ajay Kumar (

Alcatel Idol 4S


The Alcatel Idol 4S is a unique unlocked Android phone that comes with a VR headset and plenty of other accessories, offering good value for the price.

Relatively affordable. Attractive build. Gorgeous Quad HD display. Solid audio. Dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC. Latest Android software. Plentiful accessories.

Mediocre camera performance. Processor sometimes stutters while gaming. Heavy custom UI layer and some bloatware.

Conclusions The Alcatel Idol 4S is a sleek Android phone with a beautiful display and lots of useful accessories for the price. At $400, it's a relatively affordable way to get into VR, especially compared with buying a Gear VR and a pricey Samsung...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Seifert (

Alcatel Idol 4S review: it's hard out there for a phone


If you've thought of Alcatel at all, you've probably only thought of it as a budget smartphone maker, creating drops in a sea of low-end Android phones. But say you're Alcatel, how do you move up...

Great screen ; Fast performance ; Loud speakers

Design could use refinement ; Camera lacks stabilization ; VR experience is limited

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Julian Chokkattu (

Alcatel Idol 4S review


Alcatel's Idol 4S may come with a VR headset, but it's still not a good deal.

The Idol 4S has an excellent display, a near-stock Android experience, comes with a VR headset, and offers decent battery life. Unfortunately, it also has an unimpressive camera, odd button placements, and the VR content that is pre-loaded on the phone...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Stephen S. (

Alcatel Idol 4S Review


The smartphone market is all too often one of extremes. It's easy to throw down $700 on a new phone and expect screaming performance, innovative new features, and an attractive design incorporating plenty of premium-feeling materials. It's also easy to...

Fantastic stereo speakers ; Bundled VR headset and JBL earbuds are nice additions ; Solid battery life and fast recharge times ; Snapdragon 652 processor doesn't let us down

Better phones available for the same price ; Boom key tries to do way too much ; Hit-and-miss fingerprint scanner ; Camera adequate at best

The plastic VR viewer is sturdy, has nice optics, and as we'd only expect from a custom model like this, fits the Idol 4S really well. But it's also little more than a fancy (and not even that fancy) Google Cardboard headset, lacking the extra...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Philip Michaels (

Alcatel Idol 4S for Windows: A Virtual Disappointment


You interest in the Idol 4S will hinge largely on how much Continuum and virtual reality appeal to you. And while the Idol 4S can run Continuum for less than what it would cost you to get an HP Elite x3, you could save even more money, while trading...

Colorful screen ; Terrific audio ; VR headset comes with phone ; Continuum support on a sub-$500 phone

Camera takes overexposed photos ; Barely 6 hours of battery life ; Lack of apps for both phone and VR headset ; Dim display is hard to see in bright sunlight

The Idol 4S’s VR headset is unique for Windows phones, but not enough to make up for other flaws. Get an HP Elite x3 if you want a powerful Windows phone, or an inexpensive model if you want Continuum support.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Jamison Cush (brighthand)

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Review


The Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 arrives just in time for Windows phone fans. Before it, there were only three decent hardware options: the year-old Lumia 950 XL, and the expensive HP Elite X3. Here's hoping it's good.

Decent build and design ; Good battery ; Excellent performance ; Powerful speaker ; Decent build and design ; Good battery ; Excellent performance ; Powerful speakers

Mediocre camera ; Windows app gap ; Mediocre camera ; Windows 10 app gap

It has a great design, quality build, smooth performance, and decent battery life. Its speakers impress, while the display is good enough. Those are six good reasons to recommend the Alcatel Idol 4S with

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Eric M. Zeman (

Review: Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10


Alcatel modified its impressive Idol 4S and swapped Android for Windows. This high-end Windows 10 handset boasts a solid spec sheet, attractive design, good build quality, and a reasonable price point. Alcatel did, however, make several compromises...

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.

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera type:Single camera
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera


E-mail: Yes


GPS: Yes


2G standards:GSM
3G standards:HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM

Ports & interfaces

USB port: Yes