Alcatel Idol 4 review
VR Goggles included
The Alcatel Idol 4 could become one of the most popular mid-range smartphones, due to its inclusion of VR Goggles and Boom Key enhancements.
Design - Coloured metal frame
The Alcatel Idol 4 has a very clean design that puts glass and metal together. The front and back remain black across the whole range and it is the metal frame that is coloured in either gold, rose gold, dark grey or metallic silver.
The display measures 5.2” and has Full HD resolution, which equates to 1080 x 1920 pixels. The screen uses IPS display technology and this is very good for viewing content on the display from wide viewing angles.
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The Alcatel Idol 4 is pretty slim at 7.1mm and lightweight at 135g. Inside a 1.7GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM powers the experience and this powerful processor will give a very impressive performance.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - VR, memory and gestures
The most innovative part of the Alcatel Idol 4 is its packaging. The packaging box converts into a pair of VR goggles, for Virtual Reality Content that can be download from the VR Store.
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The 16GB internal memory gives the end user 10GB and this can be expanded by inserting a microSD card of any value up to 512GB. When the display is off and locked, a Black Screen gesture of drawing a letter will open up an associated app. Otherwise, a double tap unlocks the screen.
The Idol 4 can be used either way up, operated in Glove Mode and with WallShuffle, owners can see a new wallpaper every time the phone is used.
Boom Key - Experience booster
The Boom Key on the Alcatel Idol 4 is another one of its innovations that will attract buyers. The function that the Boom Key carries out depends on what the phone is doing.
On the home screen the Boom Key can be used to show weather animations, while when viewing photos the Boom Key will create a photo collage. The Boom Key can also be set to instantly take a photo (800ms) or a long press and hold can be used to capture a burst of photos.
When listening to music, the Boom Key applies audio effects but the Boom Key is fully customisable, so it can be set to take a screenshot or run an app. Waves MaxxAudio Technology is built in and allows the user to set sound effects for music and movies. The audio is offered over dual stereo speakers, rated at 2 x 3.6W.
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The Android Marshmallow operating system is pre-loaded and this has a range of apps, such as Chrome, Maps, Voice Search and Google Play.
Camera & Video
Photography - Fyuse 360
The 13MP camera can be used with the pre-loaded Fyuse 360 Pictures app. This allows you to capture 3D images and then pan around the person or object by moving the phone or swiping in different directions.
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The Alcatel Idol 4 has a dual-tone LED flash, Instant Shot, Slo-mo and Panorama shooting modes. The 8MP selfie camera has its own flash and it is possible to add a real-time face beautification.
Power - Quick Charge 2.0
The 2,160mAh battery is well-sized for the 5.2” screen but heavy users will pleased to find Quick Charge version 2.0. This allows for the battery to be topped up quickly and from completely flat it can recharge the battery to full in just 120 minutes.
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Final Thoughts: The VR Goggles, 360 degrees photo app and Boom Key really make this a phone for those who are forward thinking, love tech gadgets and want something a little out of the ordinary.
Written by: Michael Brown