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Published on May 24th, 2016 | by Gary Johnson

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Vodafone Smart First 7, improving budget Android

Fans of the Android platform have a lot of choice when it comes to hardware that includes price levels as well. Over the last few years more affordable smartphones have improved and today we have a hands on review of the recently released Vodafone Smart First 7 budget Android handset.

The company recently released the Smart First 7 and the Smart Prime 7 for 2016, and we have been lucky enough to be sent an example of the Vodafone Smart First 7 to try out. The handset is available from the carrier for only £25 via Pay as you go, and will also come with the company’s 30 day money back guarantee.

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This type of handset is aimed at those that can’t afford the many flagship smartphones available, or don’t want to spend vast amounts of cash to get a smartphone experience. First up the handset is manufactured for Vodafone by ZTE and have upgraded the handset over last year’s offering, which we also reviewed.

Most things have remained the same such as the 2mp rear camera, (more on that later), but the Smart 7 is powered by a quad core 1.3GHz processor compared to last year’s dual core 1.0GHz chipset. We still have 512MB of RAM with 4GB of internal memory that is expandable to 64GB via microSD card but the new model comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box instead of KitKat.

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Surprisingly the screen has shrunk from 4-inches to 3.5 offering a resolution of 320×480 with a 165ppi, and again the smartphone is powered by a 1,400 mAh removable battery that reveals the slots for the SIM and microSD cards.

When you first power up the Smart First 7 you get various help screens along with the usual option of adding accounts such as Gmail, but once ready the main homescreen features quick links to things such as the camera, Chrome, and calling or messaging options.

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The handset does feel cheap and light in the hand but has to be expected given the low price but the capacitive display is pretty responsive to touch. The quad core processor keeps simple tasks moving along nicely while standard web browsing and Facebook use were pretty reasonable for a handset at this price level, and is helped by the fact certain areas can take advantage of the carriers 4G network.

Battery life was also rather good but that is helped by the size of the display and call quality was fine as well. The Smart First 7 only comes with a 2-megapixel rear camera that lacks support of a flash so very low light or night time shots will be out of the question.

Below you can see a sample image we took alongside one that was taken by the Samsung Galaxy S6, and while the two handsets are at different ends of the smartphone market the Smart 7 offers reasonable results given the price with both shooters just set to auto and taken in low light.

To sum up the Vodafone Smart First 7 won’t set any high standards in the smartphone world, but for only £25 it offers great value for money and is ideal for younger users or those that don’t want or need an expensive handset.

Click here to find out more or to purchase the Vodafone Smart First 7.

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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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