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Too much money for too little phone

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Android Police (2 days ago)

There is nothing so terribly wrong with the Idol 4S. It has a great screen, solid performance, relatively bloat-free software with few unnecessary alterations, an OK camera, a robust set of speakers, and most of the major features you look in a modern smartphone. The problem is that the game has cha... More

There is nothing so terribly wrong with the Idol 4S. It has a great screen, solid performance, relatively bloat-free software with few unnecessary alterations, an OK camera, a robust set of speakers, and most of the major features you look in a modern smartphone. The problem is that the game has changed: Alcatel's competition at this price point for unlocked smartphone buyers in the US is unquestionably fierce. And when placed against that competition, it's clear that the Idol 4S is an inferior value in most respects.

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Alcatel Idol 4S

Alcatel Idol 4S

from PC Magazine (6 days ago)

The Alcatel Idol 4S is a unique unlocked Android phone that comes with a VR headset and plenty of other accessories, offering good value for the price.

The Alcatel Idol 4S is a unique unlocked Android phone that comes with a VR headset and plenty of other accessories, offering good value for the price.

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7/10

High-end design and mid-range specs

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Phone Scoop (7 days ago)

The phone by itself could easily fetch $299 and maybe even $329. It's that good. The design is attractive, the materials and build are pleasing, and the spec list performs way above its pay grade. Call quality, battery life, and data performance are average, but the screen is nice, the user interfac... More

The phone by itself could easily fetch $299 and maybe even $329. It's that good. The design is attractive, the materials and build are pleasing, and the spec list performs way above its pay grade. Call quality, battery life, and data performance are average, but the screen is nice, the user interface is clean, and the speakers provide some entertainment value.

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7/10

A stellar phone with a VR twist

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Tom's Guide (8 days ago)

Good battery life, booming speakers and a lush screen — all in an attractive design — alone would make the $399 Alcatel Idol 4S a strong unlocked phone deal. But on top of that, you get a VR headset bundled with the phone. Although Alcatel's included VR headset isn't as good as the Samsu... More

Good battery life, booming speakers and a lush screen — all in an attractive design — alone would make the $399 Alcatel Idol 4S a strong unlocked phone deal. But on top of that, you get a VR headset bundled with the phone. Although Alcatel's included VR headset isn't as good as the Samsung Gear VR, it's still a nice add-on that makes this phone an even better value. Plus, it comes with a phone case and a screen protector. When you put it all together, Alcatel's Idol 4S is a worthy option and one of the best unlocked phones on the market.

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8/10

May come with a VR headset, but it's still not a good deal

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Digital Trends (8 days ago)

The Idol 4S has an excellent display, a near-stock Android experience, comes with a VR headset, and offers decent battery life. Unfortunately, it also has an unimpressive camera, odd button placements, and the VR content that is pre-loaded on the phone is nauseating and of sub-par quality.

The Idol 4S has an excellent display, a near-stock Android experience, comes with a VR headset, and offers decent battery life. Unfortunately, it also has an unimpressive camera, odd button placements, and the VR content that is pre-loaded on the phone is nauseating and of sub-par quality.

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5/10

Doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't wow either

Alcatel Idol 4S

from The Verge (8 days ago)

It’s well made, performs well, and doesn’t have any major flaws. But I can say that about other phones that are priced similarly, which makes it tough for the Idol 4S to separate itself, even with its included VR viewer.

It’s well made, performs well, and doesn’t have any major flaws. But I can say that about other phones that are priced similarly, which makes it tough for the Idol 4S to separate itself, even with its included VR viewer.

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7.6/10

A great smartphone, needing a little refinement

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Android Authority (8 days ago)

The Idol 4S undoubtedly delivers several welcome improvements over the cheaper Idol 3 and a worthy successor it is, but in an increasingly-competitive industry, the Idol 4S may not be the best smartphone you can buy for $399.

The Idol 4S undoubtedly delivers several welcome improvements over the cheaper Idol 3 and a worthy successor it is, but in an increasingly-competitive industry, the Idol 4S may not be the best smartphone you can buy for $399.

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8.5/10

An excellent all-round phone

Alcatel Idol 4S

from Stuff (9 days ago)

That screen is gorgeous, the speakers are so insanely loud you don’t need Bluetooth to get the party started, and even though it doesn’t have the fastest CPU around, it still makes Android feel snappy. VR is a nice little bonus, even if it can’t quite keep the frame rates high enou... More

That screen is gorgeous, the speakers are so insanely loud you don’t need Bluetooth to get the party started, and even though it doesn’t have the fastest CPU around, it still makes Android feel snappy. VR is a nice little bonus, even if it can’t quite keep the frame rates high enough for the latest games.

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8/10

This cheap Windows Phone is just ok

Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL

from Tom's Guide (2 months ago)

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is a capable large-screen phone for those who don't want to spend a lot and like what Windows Phone 10 has to offer. While there's no standout feature, the device performs well for a budget phone. Be prepared for a lack of apps compared to Android and iOS (something Wi... More

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is a capable large-screen phone for those who don't want to spend a lot and like what Windows Phone 10 has to offer. While there's no standout feature, the device performs well for a budget phone. Be prepared for a lack of apps compared to Android and iOS (something Windows Phone fans have likely come to grips with) and a poor camera (something they shouldn't have to settle for). If you want to give Windows a whirl, though, the Fierce XL is an inexpensive way to do it.

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5/10

Affordable, latest software, expandable storage

Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL

from PC Magazine (2 months ago)

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is an otherwise capable phablet, and you won't find a device of a similar size and price in T-Mobile's lineup. But if you're willing to go the unlocked route, both the Blu Life One X and the Huawei Honor 5X offer better builds, faster hardware, nicer displays, and a mo... More

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is an otherwise capable phablet, and you won't find a device of a similar size and price in T-Mobile's lineup. But if you're willing to go the unlocked route, both the Blu Life One X and the Huawei Honor 5X offer better builds, faster hardware, nicer displays, and a more comprehensive Android app ecosystem for a similar price. Unless you're a true Windows enthusiast, you're better off picking an Android alternative.

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6/10

Very dissapointing! Avoid!

Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3 (4.5-inch)

(21 days ago)

So-called 5MP camera is poor quality CMOS. More like 2MP. No 'magnet' for compass apps. Small keypad keys - Inaccurate. Hangs easily. Often touch screen does not respond.

So-called 5MP camera is poor quality CMOS. More like 2MP. No 'magnet' for compass apps. Small keypad keys - Inaccurate. Hangs easily. Often touch screen does not respond.

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3/10

This phone is no good

Alcatel Authority

(about 1 month ago)

The battery dies very quickly, as it is of the cheap, hokey variety

The battery dies very quickly, as it is of the cheap, hokey variety

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2/10

I don't really love this

Alcatel Tribe 3000

(2 months ago)

I don't love it as it don't have all the features I need or want. It does play up a lot.

I don't love it as it don't have all the features I need or want. It does play up a lot.

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5/10

Free tablet that cost too much.. Take it off the market

Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3 (8-inch)

(3 months ago)

I got this junk from my carrier for free it has been worse than having none at all.. I spend more time waiting for it to load than I do using it as it's meant to be uses like reading reviews on searched on chrome.. Downloading apps texting etc.. I wish I had just paid a little more and gotten a dece... More

I got this junk from my carrier for free it has been worse than having none at all.. I spend more time waiting for it to load than I do using it as it's meant to be uses like reading reviews on searched on chrome.. Downloading apps texting etc.. I wish I had just paid a little more and gotten a decent one.. It has not uploaded to new android version... It won't root properly and it drags so bad that by the time the keyboard pops up the web page times out.. It's not used friendly... I had to change the keyboard it won't let me change sensitivity of display or speed.. I can't take off the junk apps that came preinstalled... I have wasted hours trying to get this junk to run that I want to throw it away because nobody in their right mind would buy this.

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1/10

Major Battery Problems

Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL

(4 months ago)

Battery in this phone is terrible..Fully charged it will not last a day not even 10 hours...Wish I never bought it...

Battery in this phone is terrible..Fully charged it will not last a day not even 10 hours...Wish I never bought it...

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4/10

I got a Horrible device and warranty service.

Alcatel Trek HD

(5 months ago)

Purchased middle of Jan., completely quit by Feb 8. With no return or exchange offered, Alcatel will repair it IF I mail it to them AND they determine I didn't do damage to it.

Purchased middle of Jan., completely quit by Feb 8. With no return or exchange offered, Alcatel will repair it IF I mail it to them AND they determine I didn't do damage to it.

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1/10

Many problems with the ringtones (601 2A)

Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

(5 months ago)

This phone notifies WITH RINGTONE you every time it finds a new WiFi connection. Most of these connections belong to people I don't know and they won't give me the password, so I really don't want to be notified about that. Imagine the situation, I'm walking down the street and every 50 meters I hea... More

This phone notifies WITH RINGTONE you every time it finds a new WiFi connection. Most of these connections belong to people I don't know and they won't give me the password, so I really don't want to be notified about that. Imagine the situation, I'm walking down the street and every 50 meters I hear a ringtone, I pick up the phone thinking it's something important and no, it's just another wifi connection which I cannot use. This is worse when I'm travelling by car or other vehicule. So I decided to put Silence as default ringtone. Then I wanted to have different ringtones for different things: one for whatsapp messages, another for whatsapp groups, another for email, another for SMS, etc. Gmail and SMS don't allow me to put a mp3 file I've downloaded, so I can only put the ringtones that come with the phone. Whatsapp does allow me to put mp3 ringtone so I chose some mp3 files I have. Apart from that, I put some personal ringtones for contacts calls (one for my boyfriend, another for my mom, etc). The problem is: The SD memory suddenly disconnects for no reason very often (I tried 3 different SDs so the problem is the phone). When this happens, all the ringtone settings from my mp3 files suddenly disappear... so they come back to default ringtone, which I mentioned before I put SILENCE. So this way I don't receive any message, because it doesn't sound. I tried downloading the ringtones to the phone memory instead of the SD, but it didn't work, the same happened over an over again and I'm tired of prepairing all the ringtones settings again and again.

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6/10

I dont like this phone

Alcatel One Touch Fling

(6 months ago)

Its not advanced at all

Its not advanced at all

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2/10

It's okay

Alcatel One Touch 983

(6 months ago)

In many ways it is TERRIBLE for example if you have one too many apps, the system WILL start to fail. This can only be fixed with a factory reset! Also the screen is TERRIBLE just one drop and it will crack, leaving you with a phone that is permanently out of calibration. In other ways it is okay... More

In many ways it is TERRIBLE for example if you have one too many apps, the system WILL start to fail. This can only be fixed with a factory reset! Also the screen is TERRIBLE just one drop and it will crack, leaving you with a phone that is permanently out of calibration. In other ways it is okay, it is cheap (was, this is not cheap in 2016) and out of all of my phones it has lasted the longest ( 4 years and that is quite a achivement!) The screen does shatter, but I can still use it. All together (as said before) it is okay.

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3/10

Great user phone

Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL

(8 months ago)

I have had this phone on Metro pcs since November 7 the only draw back is the battery life but other than that I have no issues runs great over 15 apps and still no issue with slowing down.

I have had this phone on Metro pcs since November 7 the only draw back is the battery life but other than that I have no issues runs great over 15 apps and still no issue with slowing down.

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9/10

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