Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 preview: Dead software in a shiny phone?

The smartphone market is bizarre and almost completely unrecognisable from the state it was in just 5 years ago. In years gone by, the Windows Phone platform was tightly controlled by Microsoft, and available almost exclusively on just the Nokia Lumia phones. BlackBerry made phones with keyboards on its own operating system.

Now Microsoft’s mobile OS is available on hardware that looks exactly likeBlackBerry’s phones, which now run Android. Case in point: the new Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10.

We know the hardware is decent, but is the operating system even worth our time anymore?

We first got a glimpse at the Alcatel Idol 4S near the beginning of 2016 at MWC in Barcelona. So it’s probably no surprise that this Windows version looks almost exactly the same. The only real difference is the USB Type-C port on the bottom edge. Just like the Android model, it also comes with a budget VR kit in the box.

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