Reviewing Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10


It was just about a year ago that I last tried using Windows 10 Mobile with my March Madness experiment. Since then we have seen very little from Microsoft in the world of phones and I had no plans to try one again, especially after Microsoft killed its wearable plan.

Last week I saw a Tweet that the T-Mobile Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 was available for just $288. That price included a VR headset and apps to test out VR on Windows 10. I called up my local T-Mobile store and was able to purchase the last one.

I have to admit, it felt good to get back on Windows on a phone with the Live Tiles, daily changing Bing images on the home screen, and some of my favorite XBox Live games.

Processor: Snapdragon 820 quad-core 2.15 GHz
Display: 5.5 inch 1920×1080 pixels resolution AMOLED
Operating system: Windows 10 Mobile
RAM: 3.5GB
Storage: 64GB internal with microSD expansion card slot
Cameras: Rear 21 megapixel f/2.0 aperture. Front 8 megapixel wide-angle and flash.
Battery: 3000 mAh
Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1
Sensors: Fingerprint, G-Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity
Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm and 152 grams
The Idol 4S does not have NFC, but since there is still no payment system in Windows 10 that’s really not an issue with this phone. The display resolution is also 1080p, but Windows Phone has always looked great on lower resolution displays and looks fantastic here with the AMOLED panel.

The BlackBerry model has a higher resolution 2K display, but half the internal storage.TCL made the BlackBerry DTEK60 I tested out in November and it turns out that the Alcatel Idol 4S is essentially the same hardware that runs Windows 10.

I loved the feel of the DTEK60 in my hand so as soon as I saw this available on T-Mobile for just $288 I quickly called up my local store to purchase the last one. The black front and back with Halo gold metal edges and highlights looks cool. This is a color scheme I’ve wanted to see on these new gold phones.