It's been a few months since we've seen the Alcatel Idol 4S but now that I've got the U.S. version in my hands it's easy to remember what I like so far about this 5.5 inch phone.
First, this little nugget on the left side It's called the Boom Key.
And you can program it to do certain things like wake the phone when it's locked or open the camera when the phone is on.
You go into the settings to change its button instructions.
Second, do you see what I'm doing right now?
I'm flipping the Idol 4S over.
Up is the new down and down is the new up.
They call this the reversible OS and it is completely optional.
But I like it, because you can just reach for the phone without having to worry about its screen orientation.
Identical speakers there on the top.
and the bottom also helps keep everything consistent.
A third thing that stands out is the finger print scanner on the back which you get on this North American model here.
The phone has NFC so you can use the reader to unlock the phone and to buy goods with the Android Pay.
The [unknown] runs Android 6.0 and will be upgradeable to Android's NOUGAT in the future.
It'll compete really aggressively against handsets like the excellent 1+3.