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Alcatel Idol 4S unboxing and first impressions

Alcatel’s latest flagship is here, and it offers a lot of bang for the buck.

The Idol 4S was unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016 in February, and it’s now ready for pre-order. It looks and feels like a high-end phone, but it isn’t priced like one. The Idol 4S features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED display, 16-megapixel camera, dual speakers, dual SIM slots, and more. It’s also bundled with a VR headset.

We’ve been playing with the phone for a couple of days already, so make sure to watch our unboxing video with our first impressions!

More: Read our first Idol 4S hands-on from MWC 2016!

Unboxing video

So, how about that box? This isn’t packaging that you’ll just crumple up and throw away, it’s functional! Check out the video to see how it all works.


If you needed a reminder, here’s an overview of the specs you can find inside the new Idol 4S:

Android 6.0 Marshmallow
5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED

Sony Xperia X Performance vs. Samsung Galaxy S7: Same price, different values

If you have $700 burning a hole in your pocket, there are plenty of phones to spend it on.

Sony and Samsung, among others, have phones at the very top of their range that are vying to be the perfect device to drop several hundred dollars on. In this case, it’s the Sony Xperia X Performance, and the Galaxy S7. Both are compact, powerful, feature-rich and very much flagship devices for their respective companies.

But for most of us, choosing a phone that’s this expensive isn’t a coin-toss sort of situation — there needs to be some serious thought about which one is best for your hard-earned money. The Xperia X performance was announced right alongside the Galaxy S7, but is now widely available — and that means it’s time to see what $700 gets you in these two phones. Read on.

Hardware, specs and features

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Moto Z and Moto Z Force — what’s the difference?

So, which Moto Z version is right for you? We have the details on the differences between models.

As was the case in 2015, Motorola has announced multiple versions of its flagship phone. This year, we have the Moto Z, but also a Moto Z Force — and then there are the “Droid Editions” of each. Thankfully for everyone, the difference between each model isn’t all that substantial — there are just a few key points differentiating the Moto Z from the Moto Z Force, and Verizon hasn’t changed things up too much in the Droid Edition versions either.

Ready to understand all of the fine details separating these models? Read on.

Moto Z vs. Moto Z Force

Motorola has done an admirable job in keeping the Moto Z and Moto Z Force very similar, save for the stand-out features of each that it chose to differentiate them with. Both phones have the same specs in terms of processor, screen size and resolution, RAM, storage, ports, radios and capabilities. Both charge and output audio over USB-…