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Alcatel Idol 4 Mid Range Android 6 Smartphone w/ VR Headset!

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Alcatel Idol 4 is a mid range Android 6 smartphone that comes with a Virtual Reality headset, 16GB of phone storage, 3GB of memory RAM and other extras such as a screen protector, Matrix bumper case, SIM tray pin, USB cable/mains charger, JBL headphones and a clear bumper case.
Alcatel's Idol 4 is powered by the snapdragon 617 mobile processor which features Octa-Core CPUs (8 Cortex-A53 CPU cores) clocking between 1.5 GHz and 1.2 GHz processor speeds, making the Idol 4's user interface and applications very smooth and nippy to navigate.
the Idol 4 is similar in size to Alcatel's Pop Star
The build quality of the Idol 4 is top notch. You get a sleak silver metal trim around the edge of the phone as well as metal buttons.
micro USB port on the bottom of the phone
The graphics unit (GPU) Adreno 405 is also integrated with the main processors and memory on a single chip (SoC), delivering a graphics processing speed of around 550 MHz. 
Being an Android smartphone, the Alcatel Idol 4 runs on an Android operating system with the latest Android version 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
13MP back camera with dual flash
single button on the left side of the phone
Nano SIM/SD card is accessed via a tray on the side of the phone

The 2110mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery is built-in and while you cannot remove it, it offers several advantages including better battery life (15 hours talk-time), a slimmer smartphone (only 7.1 mm thick). Also, as the battery in non-removable it means the SIM/Nano SD card can be accessed without the need to turn off the phone, which is cool. 

1080 x 1920 pixel-display...the Nano SD card supports up to 256 GB
The 5.2-inch screen display is made of polycrystalline silicon using in-plane switching (IPS) screen technology which gives the Idol 4 LCD screen a faster response time, a wide viewing angle and higher-quality color reproduction.

The Idol 4's speaker system delivers super sound quality. You get twin 3.6W stereo speakers on the front and back of the phone, both of them delivering high-fidelity audio. You get dual band WiFi as well as WiFi Direct which allows easy connection to WiFi-enabled devices without the need of entering passphrases.

Other features you get with the Idol 4 Android 6 smartphone are FM radio, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and Quick Charge 2.0 fast battery charging (60% in just 30 minutes).
The Idol 4 Android 6 smartphone offers even more practical functionality with the Boom Key and Android Beam features. 
The Boom Key feature is accessed via the button located next to the SD /SIM card tray slot which allows you to do anything from taking a picture while the phone is locked, to turning the screen on while the screen is off. Depending on the screen content and applications, the Boom Key will have different functions.
You can also set the Boom Key to take an instant screenshot, launch the camera, or another application of your choice.
The Android Beam/NFC feature is also very handy as it allows you to automatically share photos and videos automatically by simply bumping your phone against another NFC-enabled phone.
With the Alcatel Idol 4, you also get a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. The rear camera photo quality can be adjusted down from 13 megapixels to 8 megapixels, which is nice.
As far as video quality, the rear camera can be set to Full HD 1080p, HD 720p and SD 480p (4:3 aspect ratio with a pixel resolution of 640 × 480 pixels).
From the camera settings, you can also enable/disable GPS tagging, shutter sound and grid. Antibanding can be set to off, auto, 50Hz or 60Hz and it's a handy feature to have in a camera to prevent flickering when taking photos of TV's or computer screens.
When recording video, you can choose from several video modes including slo-mo, micro-video and fyuse. Both camera and video mode can be performed in manual mode or auto mode. There is also pano (panoramic) mode for 360 degree pictures.
Slo-mode and Fyuse mode are cool video modes to have, in particular Fyuse which allows you to create cool 3D photos. You also get face detection and HDR (High-dynamic-range) imaging.
Another nifty camera feature you get with Alcatel's Idol 4 is phase detection autofocus (PDAF), which is similar technology used by DSLR cameras to automatically obtain the sharpest focus before locking focus.

Matrix bumper case





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