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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro

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Possibly the most unusually timed gallery ever put on AAWP, this is the Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro, brand new in Europe, a Windows 10 Mobile flagship in mid-2017, against all the odds, or at least against the perception of the tech media. Following an (initially) one carrier, USA-only release in late 2016, we now have a tweaked version for the rest of the world, here in full retail form.

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Gallery: Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 (and VR)

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It's true that this gallery is somewhat out of time - the 'Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10' has been out for T-Mobile in the USA since November 2016 and available SIM-free in the USA generally for around a month. However, AAWP is based in the UK and we've had no access to this new Windows 10 Mobile flagship... until now. Guest contributor (and ex-pat) Anthony Fear lives in North America and brings us an initial IDOL 4S gallery, ahead of more detailed review coverage.

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Recent Podcasts

AAWP Insight #236: 'Surface Pro Mini' and Mixed Reality

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Rafe's busy this week, so in this special bonus podcast, I chat to MSCE Siavash Ghahremany about his device history (mainly Nokia and Microsoft), his current use of Windows 10 Mobile and his thoughts on what might happen in 2018 in terms of hardware and strategy.

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AAWP Insight #235: Of iPhones and Ideas

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In an extra length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chat about the iPhone X, Huawei's PC mode, and comparisons to Windows 10 Mobile solutions. We also talk about the future of the platform and the difficulty of getting hardware repaired. It's not all doom and gloom but hey, we're at least realistic...

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AAWP Insight #234: The Bricked Off Tunnel

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In this week's podcast, guest Anthony Fear chats about Windows 10 Mobile, iOS and Android in enterprises, we find a new 'Windows on phones is dead' metaphor, we chat about support until 2019, and what might have been if Microsoft had tried harder with the Lumia hardware. Plus more chat about sites versus apps.

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AAWP Insight #233: View from the developer dungeon

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With Rafe getting a week off, freelance developer Matt Lacey and I chew through some of the stories from the site in the last week, plus we hear the developer view on UWP applications, Joe B's tweets and an easier way of getting started with Windows projects. 

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AAWP Insight #232: Windows 10 Mobile dead? Not so fast!

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Rafe Blandford is back, by popular demand, with his take on recent tech tabloid stories regarding the 'death of Windows 10 Mobile'. Covering some of the last week's stories in passing, we muse on the current state of the OS and on the future of mobile, in a wider ranging than planned discussion(!)

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AAWP Insight #231: New branch, new support deadline!

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In this episode, guest Steve Heinrich joins me again to chat about the week's stories, including six more months added to the 2019 support deadline for Windows 10 Mobile, plus we debate the age old question: Lumia 950 or 950 XL?

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AAWP Insight #230: Highlighting Windows 10 Mobile

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In an extra length AAWP podcast, Rafe Blandford and I discuss "Why Windows 10 Mobile?" in a phone world that's increasingly being dominated by other mobile platforms, plus we give shout outs to Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro cases and some new UWP applications for Windows 10.

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AAWP Insight #229: Wake up, Alcatel USA!

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Anthony Fear and I chat about a few differences between the Windows 10 Mobile-powered IDOL 4S (in the USA) and IDOL 4 Pro (in the rest of the world), along with thoughts on the new Wileyfox Pro. 

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AAWP Insight #226: Emoji 5.0

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Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week's stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, including up to date Emojis (no, really), to a look at some new UWP apps. Plus we look back at the megapixel race and think about where camera phones have ended up.

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AAWP Insight #225: Updates still coming

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Rafe Blandford joins me again for a look back at the week's stories, from updates still appearing for various Windows 10 Mobile branches, to Word Flow, from new UWP applications to swish new features in the AAWP Universal application.

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AAWP Insight #223: The phablet that's a tablet?

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With Rafe on holiday, I roped Jason Snowden in to join me on the AAWP podcast - he lives the Windows 10 Mobile lifestyle exclusively and is the power user's power user. We chat about the Surface Mobile/Phone concept image, Windows 10 on ARM and what it needs, some new applications, plus that new Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro...

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AAWP Insight #222: Time to do that W10M upgrade!

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Rafe Blandford is back on the podcast, with plenty of industry (and historical) chat, looking in particular at the end of support for Windows Phone 8.1 and the recommended paths for owners of such handsets. Tying neatly into the Skype situation, since the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade seems to solve both issues, of course...

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AAWP Insight #220: Apps vs Web

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Rafe Blandford is back this week, with a detailed chat about the pros and cons of accessing Internet 'stuff' via dedicated applications or web browser instances, and how the balance changes as the form factor increase in size.

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AAWP Insight #219: Windows 10 S is the new Mobile

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Rafe is busy this week, so we've got another guest in - Tim Evans, from an enterprise virtualisation training background, proves an admirable contributor as we chat about the state of the Windows 10 world, new builds and where all this might end up... again!

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AAWP Insight #218: Windows and mobile in the business world

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Rafe Blandford is back and we start on a huge tangent, chatting about Windows in the business world and whether Continuum/DeX hot-desking could ever be made to work, before chatting about Message and Skype, and about that leaked Lumia 960 - or was it a Lumia 850?

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AAWP Insight #216: Visions of the future

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In this week's podcast, guest Jason Snowden and I mull over the future of mobile, via some listener 'letters' and comment on the stories published in the last week, including where Microsoft might like to throw a million dollars and why they should (or shouldn't) have closed down Lumia 950 manufacturing...

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AAWP Insight #215: Brought to you by the letters C and U

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In another extra-length podcast, Rafe Blandford and I talk over the Creators Update and its applicability to a pretty wide range of Nokia and Microsoft hardware - by one means or another. We also talk about some site news and the Microsoft hardware events of May.

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AAWP Insight #214: Upgrades and Mistakes

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In a special length bank holiday podcast, Rafe Blandford and I chew over Windows 10 Mobile and the update table that I came up with last week, plus Rafe responds to my take on Microsoft and Nokia's biggest mistakes...

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AAWP Insight #212: Material matters and Continuum vs DeX

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Rafe and I chat about Continuum vs Samsung's new DeX 'hack', the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update, plus we chat about one of our favourite subjects, old Nokias smartphone materials and design, and why the Lumia 930/830 design and DNA is worth revisiting.

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AAWP Insight #211: Nearly baked Redstone 2, Maps, and more

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In AAWP Insight #211, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about the latest Fast ring build, which suggests the release candidate for Redstone 2 isn't far away. We also talk through a Surface Phone concept and speculate on how Microsoft might innovate in the hardware and software realms. We then move on to talking about a recent Maps update, before concluding with some quick looks at a few recent UWP app releases.

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AAWP Insight #208: Google Drive, Maps and more...

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In this week's podcast, Rafe Blandford stops through on his way to MWC 2017 and we catch up with some of the features posted over the last week, including access to Google Drive and Google Photos, plus discussion of hands-free operation via Cortana when in the car.

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AAWP Insight #207: What's new in the Creators Update?

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In AAWP Insight #207, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we spend the main part of the podcast talking about what's new in the Creators Update (specifically) for Windows 10 Mobile. Key points include performance improvements, updates to Edge, and the importance of enabling technology. Other topics covered in the podcast include commentary on Steve's Elite x3 summary and a shout out for the (now much better value) Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard.

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AAWP Insight #205: Lap Dock rant and UWP podcatchers

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In AAWP Insight #205, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking hardware, specifcially the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10, which is now available SIM-free in the USA. Other hardware connected topics include sad news of the Acer Jade Primo and a recap of Steve's real world review of the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock.

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AAWP Insight #203: CES, future tech and the HP Lap Dock

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In an extra length AAWP Insight #203, hosted by Steve and Rafe, we start by talking about some of the Windows-themed news from CES. Rafe also covers the general themes and topics from the show, from voice to emotion. There's also a brief mention of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone announcement and progress in computational photography. We also chat about the HP Elite x3 Lap Dock, with some early hands-on thoughts from Steve.

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