Video: Alcatel Idol 4S Review

Alcatel is back with another heavy hitting mid-range device, this time around dropping the OneTouch name from its moniker. The Alcatel Idol 4s is the latest from a company that has often specialized in mid-range to entry-level devices, and is easily their most premium device yet. This one features an absolutely incredible build quality that's all metal and glass, something you don't always find on the $350-400 price range. On top of that Alcatel is throwing in a fantastic VR headset that's not only comfortable to use, but features great lenses and two buttons to interact with the VR world, on top of a fully VR compatible UI that launches automatically when inserted.

JBL headphones and an Incipio case mark two additional accessories worth noting in this $400 package, and overall the value of this phone is far above many out there. With a Snapdragon 652 processor inside, the Idol 4s goes toe-to-toe in performance tests with 2015's flagship phones like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6P to name a few. It's also got 3GB of RAM inside, a 3,000mAh battery, a 16-megapixel camera on the back and even a front-facing camera with an LED flash for great low-light selfies. To round that out Alcatel has dropped in not one 3.6-watt speaker, but two, giving you true stereo sound on the front and rear of the phone thanks to the fully 360-degree grilles.

Not everything is rosy though as you might expect, and despite some incredible value and great overall performance, the Idol 4s does have a few negative points. Overall though this is definitely a phone to watch in 2016, especially if you aren't looking to drop nearly a thousand dollars on something like a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or any of Fall 2016's other big-hitting flagship devices. Be sure to watch our video review below to see what we thought of the phone overall in a nutshell, and be sure to check out our full review to get all the nitty gritty details we couldn't fit in the 7 minute video. Subscribe to us if you'd like to see more reviews and features, as we've always got plenty on board to deliver to you on a weekly basis!

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Nick has written for Androidheadlines since 2013, is Review Editor for the site, and has traveled to many tech events across the world. His background is as Systems Administrator and overall technology enthusiast. Nick loves to review all kind of different devices but specializes in Android smartphones, smartphone camera reviews, and all things VR, both here on the site and on our YouTube channel. He is very passionate about smartphones and the continued improvement they can bring into people’s lives and is an expert on many different types of technologies, including mobile devices, VR, and cameras. Contact him at [email protected]
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