Vodafone Smart Prime 6 review

The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 may be a budget smartphone. Some may say it is bulky in comparison with the Apple iPhone 6, however it is thinner than its main rival the Moto E 4G, measuring in at 9mm in comparison with 12mm. The sides are curved to suit snuggly in your hand, ensuring that it does not turn into uncomfortable to use after lengthy periods of time or if it were being used one handed.

The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 boasts a 5 inch full 720p HD IPS display screen, which provides great clarity and detail at any viewing angle. The size of the display screen is good too, as it is large enough to enjoy playing games and watching videos with out it being uncomfortable to use one handed. It might be brighter however, as we struggled to see what we were doing when in direct daylight.

If you do not particularly wish to read through what’s going to be a long review document, however instead you are itching to jump to the conclusion: the Vodafone Smart prime 6 is more of a brilliant mid range than an average effort. There are some compromises, however very few. If I were seeking to improve my device, the quality of the Vodafone Smart prime 6 would make me consider moving to Vodafone. Yes; it is that good.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Design

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is a basic looking however not unattractive handset with a rear panel made of slightly textured, thin plastic and gently curving edges that help it really feel comfortable within the hand, despite its relatively large size. The display is a healthy 5 inches, however the phone is larger still, with a thick bezel on the top and bottom, making it really feel rather bigger than other units with similar sized screens — and at a sliver under 9 mm thick it isn’t particularly slimline.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Display

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

The display screen’s standard HD resolution manages a pixel count of 1,280 X 720, which boils down to 294ppi. That is not bad at all for this price, and if it does not have the levels of eye-popping sharpness we have come to expect from the better handsets, it is still perfectly nice for  communicating, viewing web pages and playing more basic games.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Camera

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

The Vodafone Smart prime 6 comes with a 8 MP rear camera backed up with a 2 MP front camera. Vodafone have given the Vodafone Smart prime 6 a simple interface and an acceptable camera. Camera efficiency is fine in brighter light however the camera struggles when things are getting dark. The flash helps, and you may activate the flash as a flashlight when taking photos too, however the Vodafone Smart prime 6’s camera is one of the weaker items of the smartphone.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Software

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

It is nice to see that Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is running Android 5.0 (Lollipop), which implies you will get all the advantages of this version of Google’s OS. Vodafone’s added its own applications of course, which are unnecessary for the most part and take up space on the phone that you’d probably prefer to fill with your individual application choices. ‘Discover’ tries to sell you special offers, ‘My Web’ offers you a Vodafone homepage and ‘Update’s gives you access to extra Vodafone applications. Mostly, though, Vodafone’s allowed Google to do its thing without getting in the best way and that is to be applauded, since Android 5.0 (Lollipop) is the slickest version of Android yet, and it does not really want any additional, manufacturer-added “enhancements”.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Battery

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

Battery life is a very personal factor because all of us have totally different applications, different habits, alerts and accessories. My own use of a smartphone is reasonably light-weight: I use it for calling and messaging both over the carrier or data connection utilizing Google Hangouts, usually near a couple of hours of conversations. In a typical day, I will have the display screen on for a couple of hours if I mobile video call. I keep all radios on, that being, NFC, Bluetooth, cellular data and WiFi. I keep location services enabled and my display screen is set to my automatic brightness.

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Specification

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Body: 141.7 x 71.9 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 155 g
  • Display: 720 x 1280 pixels , 5.0 inch
  • Memory: 8 GB internal, 64 expandable, 1 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
  • Camera: 8 MP, 2 MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

Vodafone Smart Prime 6: Verdict

Vodafone Smart Prime 6

The Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is a superb budget smartphone that we expect is worth greater than the £79 that Vodafone asks for it. Its processor may not be capable of compete with grey market smartphones just like the Doogee F1 Turbo Mini, however it handles day to day use simply nice with no noticeable lag. While the Motorola Moto E 4G carried out slightly better throughout our benchmarks, the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 has a bigger display screen, better camera and is £30 cheaper, making it our choice out of the 2 handsets.

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