This $8 case makes using the Alcatel Idol 4S even better

If you are committed to the Windows 10 Mobile space and are looking for one of the most beautiful phones around the Alcatel Idol 4S is your best bet.

Like many modern phones, however, it is an all metal and glass beauty. That also means it's slippery as all heck and prone to drops, or sliding off the couch.

In dropping my Idol 4S once and getting some chips, I made sure not to do it again. The Suensan "ultra-thin" case is just $8, and it is well worth it. Here is my quick review of why I think you should get one.

Design – Clean, thin, and thought out

I have a few of these "ultra-thin" shell cases for various phones including OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7 Plus, and Galaxy S7. Even my Elite x3 uses an HP-branded case. They are easily my preferred design for a few reasons.

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile review

The Suensan shell has a soft-touch rubber and matte look. To install, you just click the phone into it. There is space to add a magnetic badge for car mounts as well.

The right side has nearly full exposure for the volume keys and camera button. Unlike some designs that have special cuts out the Suensan is a bit more natural with a large elongated space for the keys. That makes it easy to find those buttons and – just as importantly – to press them without any structural hindrance from the case.

Likewise, for the top and bottom, where the case protection is focused on the corners. The case wraps slightly around the sides giving just enough of a lip to protect the screen when placed down. This lip design also means you can now put the Idol 4S display-down and not have it slide off hard surfaces – a very common occurrence with the rounded display.

It's about the fingerprint reader

The top reason I like the Suensan case – and similar designs – is for the fingerprint reader cutout. The Idol 4S's fingerprint reader is small and very flush with the back of the device. This design by Alcatel makes it troublesome to find the fingerprint reader when pulling the phone out of your pocket.

The Suensan case, however, has a very nice cutout for the reader making it so much easier to find blindly.

Besides the obvious protection, the Suensan offers this improved functionality of the fingerprint reader is a top reason to consider this case. It just makes using the Idol 4S so much better.

Improved grip

Another benefit of this light shell case is the improved grip. The Idol 4S is a very slippery phone. It's thin, is made of metal and glass, and it has a very slightly curved display.

With the Suensan shell on it, I can grip the phone much easier and feel confident when typing on it as well.

The uptick is the case is so thin that combined with the ample cutouts it does not depreciate the quality look and feel of the Idol 4S. Wrapping your phone in a thick silicone case defeats the purpose of an elegant design, and luckily this shell does not do that.

Fingerprint magnet

The only downside I have found with the Suensan case for the Idol 4S is the matte finish. While it looks great, it is prone to smudges and picking up hand grease. Sure, it's easy enough to wipe down, but I think a glossy design would prevent such a side effect.

Nonetheless, the other benefits – extra grip, mild protection, and ease of the fingerprint reader – are well worth the tradeoff.

Conclusion - For $8 this is a steal

The Suensan case for the Idol 4S is what I was looking for in a protective shell. It's thin and doesn't detract from the gorgeous look of the phone at all. I get added security knowing that my phone is now protected from mild drops and everyday bangs, plus turning it on with the fingerprint reader is just so much better.

Best of all, the case is just $8, and it comes in a variety of colors besides black including blue, clear, gold, and red. In hindsight, I think I would have ordered the clear version.

In fact, there is a combo package of the black and clear cases for $11.98 instead of paying $7.98 each.

If, like me, you love these thin shell cases then grab the Suensan. Not only will you protect your investment it will make using the phone daily much better.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • I always wonder why these companies don't build high end cases they designed to fit perfectly. Even more so, the screen protectors. None of the after market ones ever fit the screens perfect, especially like phones like the 1520 with the not-so-flat screens or even worse the new S8 line. People would be those screen protectors in droves.
  • I would like to see how the idol 4s can do in my home country in Thailand. We've a 33000 people strong community of Lumia and Windows Phone users that's keep buying the last of 950xl available in the market up to now. We even buy and ship to our friends in the group. Idol 4s price will not be much different so it should do well. May be that's too much to ask. Anyway, nice case there.
  • Althought I found it to be a very nice looking phone, I could not get used to the button placement on the Idol 4S and went back to my L950.  Since the power button is on the left side I kept taking a screenshot while trying to press it because the up vol button was on the right side.  The camera quality and lack of Qi also made my decision. 
  • Wow, that is a real community (with precise numbers) you guys have there, defending you're passion for Windows Phone OS devices. I salute you.
  •  Awesome timing on the article, Daniel. I had this case in my shopping cart on Amazon overnight and was heavily considering buying it. Bought after reading this. Thanks!
  • Is there an NFC and Qi case avaialble for this?  Would like to try this out but I am so vested in Qi right now its crazy.  Nice write up regardless.
  • Can I get the alcatel idol 4s? I dont mind paying for the case. :P
    Still hurts that I lost the contest for elite x3 in spite of being the top poster and liked posts in the forums. Nevermind. Lumia 830 of mine and dad's 950 are still gonna rock till I gather enough money to buy the next windows mobile.
    Man I crib so much. Sorry. :)
  • I have both the Black and the Clear. They're a great fit and really show off the phone. I use the clear for special occasions. Another really nice case for the Idol is the TPU case from Blackberry for the DTEK60. It's semi transparent, gives full coverage and just fits well. It doesn't have the rear opening for the speakers, but I've found that it helps the sound of the front openings.
  • I use a similar version.  I have the Blue one and don't use the attachable ring.  I've heard this case called the 'Cowboy'.  I love the texture and have it on both my Idol 4S and my iPhone 7 Plus.  Love the case.  It totally protects the Boom Key from accidental presses.  
  • Great....another S8 article!!!!!....oh wait...   /s
  • How can I apply for combo black and clear discount on this case for Idol 4s?
  • Same case i have love it
  • Great to know Dan still have some love for windows mobile 😂😂😂
  • This $8 alcatel 4s makes your case even better.
  • It's a decent looking case.
  • I recently picked up this phone. Was looking for a better case than the one I got. Thanks for the recommendation.