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Published on May 16th, 2015 | by Gary Johnson

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Vodafone Smart First 6 review, Android on a budget

The Android platform has recently been seeing an increasing amount of cheaper handsets that are more suitable for the young or those that don’t want the latest flagships on offer. Today we have the Vodafone Smart First 6 for review, which brings Android on a budget.

Vodafone has long had some notable lower priced Android handsets available for its customers, and while the network recently announced the Smart Prime 6 that offers 4G data connections, they also have an even cheaper offering.

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The Vodafone Smart First 6 will only cost you £40 on Pay as you go, but what does this small price provide you? We have a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display at a resolution of 480 x 800 providing a pixel density of 233ppi.

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This is powered by a dual core MediaTek MT6572M processor clocked a 1GHz and paired with 512MB of RAM, while internal storage is only 4GB but this can be expanded by a further 32GB via microSD card. Camera wise the Smart First 6 only has a 2-megapixel rear camera with no flash with nothing around the front, but what do you expect for this price?

In the box you get a black and a white rear cover that takes up over half of the handset, while you also get a set of headphones, USB cable, and wall charger plug. Once switched on the user is taken through some set up procedures to get you going.

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For a cheap phone the touchscreen is pretty responsive although sometimes the software does suffer from some lag, and the handset comes running Android 4.4.2 KitKat straight from the box but we don’t know if this will ever see an update to Lollipop.

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The camera in daylight use provides OK images but obviously in low light or at night you’re out of luck due to the lack of a flash. It does have a reasonable zoom though for a handset so cheap, and while the handset is only powered by a 1,400 mAh battery it does seem to last for ages even when connected to the Internet via 3G.

Call quality is what you would expect from such a handset and it does the job amicably while ringtones and notifications were loud enough to be heard, but I would recommend downloading some more to provide something more likeable. Despite its small size the device did feel quite good in the hand with its rounded corners while being lightweight.

This Android smartphone would be ideal for a younger user’s first handset or someone that just wants a handset to make and receive calls and texts, while doing the odd bit of social media. But for £79 users can get the 4G Smart Prime 6 that has a bigger 5-inch display among other things so it remains to be seen how well the Smart First 6 sells.

Click here to find out more about the Vodafone Smart First 6.

Do you like the look of the Smart First 6? We have just reviewed this years version here.

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About the Author

has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. He also has a love for smartphones and loves spending time with his family.



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