Windows Phone as a platform is going through a very difficult period these days, as the market share is collapsing, developers are switching focus to Android and iOS, and users abandon the operating system because of various reasons, including the lack of apps.
Microsoft, which is the only one that can change all of these, doesn’t seem to be very interested in saving Windows phones, so the company hasn’t launched any new flagship devices this year. Instead, the company prefers to continue improving Windows 10 Mobile and working with partners on launching their own devices.
Alcatel is one of the companies that believe in Windows phones, so it decided to embrace Windows 10 Mobile with a device that excels in terms of looks and specifications.
The Alcatel IDOL 4S is offered with Windows 10 Mobile after previously being launched with Android in an approach that we’ve already seen before at HTC. The company launched the HTC M8 with Windows Phone after originally having released the device with Android.
On paper, the Alcatel IDOL 4S seems to be one of the best Windows phones to date, so we decided to give it a try to see if this device is as good as so many people claim it to be. Read on to find what the Alcatel IDOL 4S is all about.
Before anything, it’s worth mentioning that the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 Mobile received several hardware upgrades over its Android sibling, so it comes with features that make it a flagship in all regards.
In terms of build quality, the IDOL 4S is a beautiful piece of art, and it comes with front and back glass panels and a metal frame. At first glance, the IDOL 4S looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S6, and there were many people here at Softpedia who thought we were actually testing a Samsung phone model.
This, however, contributes to a pretty exquisite look, and it’s nice to finally see such a premium feeling on a Windows 10 Mobile device. The same thing happened when we reviewed the HP Elite X3, so it’s living proof that Microsoft’s partners also have the know-how and the resources to build high-quality devices.