11-12-2016 02:59 PM
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  1. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I see no obvious reason why it needs new firmware. I think many of you just lump 'put magic things and improvements' into firmware. OS updates are much more important and relevant bar any existing hardware issues.
    Thanks Daniel. Waiting for your full review.

    Hope you can also talk about what good cases/ tempered glasses to go along with the device as well
    11-07-2016 05:11 PM
  2. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Better battery life, more RAM, nicer looking display (2.5D glass), front facing stereo speakers, fingerprint reader, and just a nicer looking phone, Wi-Fi Calling (T-Mo).

    Things you lose: Qi, NFC/Tap to pay, Iris scanner, better camera.
    Tap to pay is non existent where I live. Don't care for iris scanner and i'm not a big time photographer so the camera quality won't bother me.
    11-07-2016 05:12 PM
  3. jasqid's Avatar
    In theory, sure. I see no reason why that would be the case, however. I'll ask Alcatel directly, but if they're not listing NFC on the spec sheet I see no reason why something that simple would be turned on later. Fingerprint reader requires AU/RS1, making that an exception for the Elite x3. NFC though is pretty basic.

    Edit: Alcatel says no NFC. Firmware won't change that.
    So this phone is another stepping stone.
    I find it amazing that companies wont pack all the features into one device. They always have to leave something out to step fwd on something else.
    11-08-2016 11:17 PM
  4. badMojo69's Avatar
    Might get one on SWAPPA or when they take $150 off. Could not care less about VR.
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    11-10-2016 12:49 PM
  5. sketchy9's Avatar
    Idol 4s would have been my choice because of the snapdragon 820. The camera seems good enough. Lumia 950xl has one of the best cameras sure but does that really matter that much? We aren't professionals. You look at an iphone 6s photo it looks good, you look at a samsung photo it looks good. You only really know which camera is better if you compare side by side.
    The specs that sites are showing don't seem to be listing NFC (though the android version has it so it just may be windows sites leaving it out?). And seems MS is updating their wallet app with more banks. Granted here in Canada our debit cards support tap to pay but they are limited to 100 dollars due to no authentication occurring of any kind. So you lose your card anyone can just tap to pay for things before you realize.
    If tap to pay is something you may want in the future then I would investigate further to see if NFC really is missing. Otherwise go with the alcatel. Honestly the 950xl is great but it is a battery hog and the 810 chip can only do so much. It was plagued by issues of heat and throttling. Ms has done a marvelous job with it but no phone can get it tamed perfectly.




    If the device is great out of the box with no issues that would require firmware update then go for it. Not getting firmware updates isn't a big deal if the firmware is done well from the start. HP had some troubles but they are new to the phone business, Alcatel isn't.
    There is no NFC or Qi, presumable because of the metal/glass backing of the phone.
    11-11-2016 05:24 PM
  6. argenys's Avatar
    There is no NFC or Qi, presumable because of the metal/glass backing of the phone.
    Not to sound rude but that makes zero sense. All you have to do is look at a Samsung phone. The reasoning probably started and stopped at price.
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    11-11-2016 05:35 PM
  7. Sedp23's Avatar
    For me the Idol 4s has better speakers, and better processor, better design and slimmer

    The camera is good not the greatest or the worst just good.

    Here's a couple sample shots





    The last pic was kind of a rushed shot but I think the camera is perfectly capable

    Sent from mTalk
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    11-12-2016 07:08 AM
  8. MOBBAK's Avatar
    If you got Lumia 950 XL, then you will have:

    1- Better rear camera.
    2- NFC.
    3- Wireless Charging feature.
    4- Better display.
    5- Dual SIM card option.
    6- Bigger battery.
    7- Iris scan.
    8- More microphones.
    9- Got updates directly from Microsoft.
    10- Removable battery.



    If you got Idol 4s, then you will have:

    1- Faster Phone.
    2- High quality and very loud speakers.
    3- Better front facing camera.
    4- Excellent build quality.
    5- 4 GB of RAM.
    6- 64 GB internal memory.
    7- Better display sensor.
    8- Finger print.
    9- fast charging.
    10- Better battery life.
    11- Wi-Fi calling (T-Mobile).
    12- better Bluetooth antenna.
    13- Better on Wi-Fi and Mobile network gets better signals.
    14- VR.
    11-12-2016 11:27 AM
  9. argenys's Avatar
    I don't get your #7 under the idol 4s.
    11-12-2016 11:35 AM
  10. Sedp23's Avatar
    If you got Lumia 950 XL, then you will have:

    1- Better rear camera.
    2- NFC.
    3- Wireless Charging feature.
    4- Better display.
    5- Dual SIM card option.
    6- Bigger battery.
    7- Iris scan.
    8- More microphones.
    9- Got updates directly from Microsoft.
    10- Removable battery.



    If you got Idol 4s, then you will have:

    1- Faster Phone.
    2- High quality and very loud speakers.
    3- Better front facing camera.
    4- Excellent build quality.
    5- 4 GB of RAM.
    6- 64 GB internal memory.
    7- Better display sensor.
    8- Finger print.
    9- fast charging.
    10- Better battery life.
    11- Wi-Fi calling (T-Mobile).
    12- better Bluetooth antenna.
    13- Better on Wi-Fi and Mobile network gets better signals.
    14- VR.
    950 has fast charge

    Sent from mTalk
    11-12-2016 12:20 PM
  11. fatclue_98's Avatar
    If you got Lumia 950 XL, then you will have:

    1- Better rear camera.
    2- NFC.
    3- Wireless Charging feature.
    4- Better display.
    5- Dual SIM card option.
    6- Bigger battery.
    7- Iris scan.
    8- More microphones.
    9- Got updates directly from Microsoft.
    10- Removable battery.



    If you got Idol 4s, then you will have:

    1- Faster Phone.
    2- High quality and very loud speakers.
    3- Better front facing camera.
    4- Excellent build quality.
    5- 4 GB of RAM.
    6- 64 GB internal memory.
    7- Better display sensor.
    8- Finger print.
    9- fast charging.
    10- Better battery life.
    11- Wi-Fi calling (T-Mobile).
    12- better Bluetooth antenna.
    13- Better on Wi-Fi and Mobile network gets better signals.
    14- VR.

    You forgot to mention that with the 950XL you also get the worst power button placement in recorded history.
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    11-12-2016 12:35 PM
  12. MOBBAK's Avatar
    I don't get your #7 under the idol 4s.
    I mean that the ambient light sensor is so sensitive and quick change of high and low level screen brightness
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    11-12-2016 01:02 PM
  13. MOBBAK's Avatar
    950 has fast charge

    Sent from mTalk
    But it's quick charge 2.0 and Idol 4s has quick charge 3.0 and it's really faster than Lumia 950 XL
    Last edited by MOBBAK; 11-12-2016 at 01:19 PM.
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    11-12-2016 01:04 PM
  14. MOBBAK's Avatar
    You forgot to mention that with the 950XL you also get the worst power button placement in recorded history.
    That's actually personal opinion, and for me, the place of the power button doesn't bother me at all (I used to it). Actually, the power button location for the Idol 4S isn't good at all.
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    11-12-2016 01:06 PM
  15. fatclue_98's Avatar
    That's actually personal opinion, and for me, the place of the power button doesn't bother me at all (I used to it). Actually, the power button location for the Idol 4S isn't good at all.
    I'm not the only one who thinks the button placement is awful. As for the Idol's placement, as you said, it's quite subjective. My time with the BlackBerry Priv got me used to it so it hasn't been an issue at all. In fact, I'm thrilled about it. Those who upgrade from the Priv to the DTEK60 won't miss a beat.

    Sent from Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows via mTalk
    11-12-2016 02:55 PM
  16. argenys's Avatar
    I actually liked the placement of the buttons. A blind hit would result in hitting the button most of the times just because it's bigger and 100% of the time from feel. But what I enjoyed most was the volume buttons. If I slide down from top area I know it's volume up and slide up from bottom it's volume down. And all while not having to adjust my grip from holding a big phone.
    11-12-2016 02:59 PM
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