WELOVE: The New Alcatel Idol 4
Let’s be honest, we’re all a little obsessed with our smartphones. I can admit that I’m very attached to my device, but it’s because it isn’t just a phone; it’s a phone, camera, calendar, e-reader – essentially, it’s a mini-computer that disguises itself as a phone. With the advances in smartphones, I have been able to leave my camera at home and just take my phone with me, whether I’m going across the street for a coffee or hopping on a plane across the pond. My phone is my ultimate accessory and I was recently given the Alcatel Idol 4 to test drive, so let’s see if it lives up to the standard.
At first glance, the phone is simple and sleek With its metal frame and 7.1mm thick glass body, but the Idol 4 is more than what meets the eye. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core processor, offers a microSD expandable card slot and is preloaded with Android Marshmallow v6.0.1. It also features a 2,610 mAh battery and 3.6-watt speakers featuring Waves audio technology.
When it comes to a smartphone, my essentials are: the camera and battery life. I recently took the Alcatel Idol 4 with me around town and on a quick jaunt down south to see how the camera would hold up in different lighting conditions. The main/back camera is 13MB with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, while the front camera is 8MB with LED flash. The camera also features geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. Here are just a few of the shots I’ve taken with the Idol 4.
The battery life is just as impressive as the camera. The Idol 4 comes equipped with a non-removable Li-Ion 2610 mAh battery, which offers 15h of talk time and 520h of standby time. On a day-to-day basis, when I use my phone regularly, it lasts a whole day without charge (that includes, talk, text and lots of data usage). When I’m away on vacation, it lasts even longer. As it’s mainly used for photos and videos on vacation, I can usually go a day or two without requiring a charge.
Additionally, the Idol 4 features a ‘Boom Key,’ a dedicated button that can be used to create shortcuts to certain applications, as well as other tasks such as increasing the volume or instantly opening the camera app (obviously for me, it is the latter).
With its 5.2” Full HD 1080p display, microSD expandable card slot, a 13 MP camera and a long-lasting battery, it is a surprisingly capable smartphone at a very affordable price (the phone is available for $0 on a 2-year contract and $299.99 on a no term contract at Bell and Virgin Mobile). For a phone in the “budget smartphone” category, it is worth every penny, whether at home listening to music, across the globe or just snapping your latest lunch.
For more information on the specs and more details about the Alcatel Idol 4, go to alcatel-mobile.com.
– Chenessa Lam