Alcatel Idol 4 and 4s in the Test

Alcatel wants to catch up with the Idol and Idol 4 4s to the Smartphone elite. A difficult, for the two newcomers bring good conditions.

That was certainly not to expect in shape and hardly an Insider has dared to Alcatel to go Idol 4s in the full Idol 4 and the Phablet with your Smartphone. The manufacturer, which belongs to the Chinese Electronics giant TCL has released two really hot sweep at attractive prices and with clever packaging on the market. Let’s see whether the duo can annoy something the place deer in the fiercely competitive mobile market.

Elegant, classy and high quality

Already at the first glance is clear, it holds something special in the hand, because the idol 4 for 329 euro and the larger Idol 4S for 469 euros into clever plastic packaging, which is not as usual gather dust in the corner, but can be used as a virtual-reality glasses by simply sliding up the Smartphone or the Phablet. Also just played is an app for appropriate VR content.

Otherwise the mouth watering the haptics fan when unpacking. The hand reaches here for fine glass and quality aluminium, the eye is delighted by a particularly elegant design. To keep the pretty surfaces so beautiful, Alcatel puts a transparent back cover and a screen protector in the packaging. The metal frame is available, depending on the preference of the buyer in gold, silver, dark grey or even pink. The processing of the two test devices also presented itself at the highest level and is really not in the best in this discipline.

Fine display, fleet hardware

The same applies to the screens: the idol 4 has a 5.2-inch IPS display with full HD resolution, while the idol 4S with a 5.5-inch OLED touchscreen and a high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. As the contents are reproduced here brilliantly as well as color and contrast, with benefits in the idol 4s, which brings more fine photos and videos to view.

The display of the idol 4, however, depending on the system boasts a higher radiance of immense 596 cd/m2 compared with also good 380 cd/m2 for the Phablet. Alcatel uses really great displays in two top models.

But not only for the ads, there are large differences between the siblings, also under the fancy hoods are working different platforms and justify the high price difference between Idol 4 and 4S idol in total. Both are equipped with hardware from the House of Qualcomm and have to offer each a processor with eight cores and a lush 3 GB memory.

The Phablet comes with the MSM8976 platform and a maximum clocking of 1.8 GHz and about 23 GB of free space for users, while the idol 4 with the MSM8952 chipset, 1.7 GHz and only 9 GB of user memory. The benchmark app “Antutu” also speaks a clear language: the idol 4S wins the performance rating 80 961 points clear against the idol 4, which comes to 46 046 points. In everyday life we can both attest a very fleet operating speed without delays, but noticed we’re going and again an increased operating temperature – the rear area of the device was significantly warmed.

Then again the connectivity-equal: LTE cat.6, fast ac Wi-FI, NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 can serve both Idol-4 models. Only one modern C USB is missing, but it was then already.

Double phone boom effect

Alcatel Android of 6.0.1 on the latest version of Google sets as the operating system. The user interface also follows the current trend and is heavily based on the native Android, which she then simply actuates. Stand-alone software features and options are yet to find – in contrast to many competitors models in the two test specimens

These features include about the possibility, with the top and the bottom of the two phones to make calls, so that it does not matter, how to take the phone out of your pocket. Dual microphones and speakers in conjunction with the position sensor make this clever feature possible.

This “boom” button on the respective side joins as a highlight: depending on in which area or you are in the app, is the key for special functions. The home screen it shows about a weather animation, in the Gallery is a photo collage created, activated in the music app a sound improvement. From standby mode out can start completely fix the camera button and also go snap.

Focus on photos and music

Speaking of camera: also here Alcatel is evident in generous mood and indulge his two idols really high-quality hardware. Works in the idol 4 a copy with 13 megapixels resolution, in the idol 4S can be even with 16 megapixels to motive hunting. Photo light and the auto focus is common to both, equally proficient both HDR and panoramas. The image quality can be seen here as there, specifically the idol 4S shoots great images when the lighting conditions are good.

In addition, Alcatel has settled especially in terms of sound in the stuff. So, the music player offers a cool DJ function. That’s also the supplied in-ear – headphones from the famous hi-fi House JBL in the image watch. The eavesdropper sound with deep bass Foundation and otherwise quite balanced play and can see in the test at the first attempt. The dance of sound is completed by the dual stereo speakers: the Alcatel sound forward not only loud, but also backwards and are powered with 2 x 3.6 Watts also really strong.

See also the measured values

The duo gained points up here fed up, moment of truth still in our our own lab beats. But also in the cabins of the measurement, the Alcatel gave at all no approach to the review: excellent results for the transmission and reception properties, as well as a trouble-free acoustics on the phone to convince all along the line.

This applies also to the extended talk time of more than eight hours in the UMTS usage. Only in the practical operation of the display of the tester would wish more staying power because they reached 5:28 hours on the idol 4S and 4:43 hours at the idol 4 are only average. Great overall performance can not detract from but this small shortcoming.

Conclusion

Especially with the idol 4S Alcatel presents a strong alternative in the Phablet segment: 434 points, the judgment are great feel, brilliant display and rich facilities – at the end of “very good” and a top 5 ranking on the leader board on the clock.

But even the more compact and significantly cheaper Idol 4 is worth outside the mainstream more than a consideration. Alcatel has done very much right with its new champions in any case. Congratulations to this great result.

 

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