Kindly sent to us by Vodafone for an honest and unbiased review, we have the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 4G Android smartphone.

The Smart Prime 6 is Vodafone’s answer to the budget mobile market. Coming in at only £80 off contract and with 4G this phone has a price that is certainly going to catch the eyes of consumers. However even with this low price you need to be willing to switch to the Vodafone network if you aren’t already part of it.

Watch the unboxing below:

 

Technical Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 Quad core processor @1.2 GHz
  • 1 GB Ram
  • Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU
  • 8 GB of onboard storage
  • Support for MicroSD’s up to 64 GB
  • 2,500 mAh Li Ion built-in battery (Average of 18 hours talk time)
  • Connectivity: 4G,3G,2G,NFC,Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi
  • 8 Megapixel rear camera
  • 2 Megapixel front facing camera
  • 5″ 720p IPS display (1280 x 720 with 294 PPI)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop at time of this review

Design:

For a phone that only costs £80 (Off contract) the Smart Prime 6 really is a nice to look at phone and in my opinion could easily beat the designs of some of the more premium phones out there. Around the front you have the usual stuff (screen, front facing camera, earpiece, sensors, LED notification light and some massive soft touch buttons that light up when the phone is in use). I should note that I’m not a fan of these soft touch button and feel that are slightly too big and that a phone like this would be better with on-screen buttons instead.

 

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Around the back of the phone is a thin yet very sturdy plastic cover that lifts off to reveal the sim card and MicroSD slots, unfortunately though the battery in this phone isn’t user removable. At the top of the rear is the 8 megapixel camera surrounded by a small chrome ring to add some more character to the design, below the camera is a small LED flash, whilst slightly further down is a thumb sized Vodafone logo in chrome and at the bottom to the left is the phones loud speaker.

The left side of the phone remains bare, while the right side is home to the phones volume rocker and power button. Along the top is a 3.5 mm headphone jack aligned to the centre with a small microphone to its right and along the bottom aligned to the left is the Micro USB port for data transfer and charging with another microphone to the left.

I really do love the design of this phone and as I said before my only real issue in terms of design are those big soft touch buttons, which would be better off as on-screen buttons instead. I just think they are too big and spoil the beautiful design of this phone.

In hand the phone really is a pleasure to hold. Weighing 155g it’s not too light and not too heavy which means your less likely to drop it out of your hand (As seems to be a problem with lighter phones).

Screen:

This phone comes with a 720p IPS panel screen. The display is clear and crisp in my opinion and is great at producing text and other on screen items with ease and clarity. Out side the screen visibility is great even in bright sunlight. Its a great screen for the price of the phone and I really have no issues with it myself.

Performance:

Being a budget phone, the Smart Prime 6 isn’t going to be wowing you too much with its specifications and the performance produced by them. However at this price point these specifications are quite good (Most phones with similar specifications retail at over £100, however a note to remember is that of course this phone is locked to Vodafone which is one main reasons for the low pricing as network locked phones tend to be cheaper).

With the help of the Qualcomm quad core processor @ 1.2 GHz and the modest 1 GB of ram, the Smart Prime 6 can handle most tasks thrown at it, however it is in multitasking where the weakness of these system specifications shine. Try running a few apps in the background and things will get laggy, unresponsive and overall rough. I wouldn’t say this should be too much of an issue however as the phone is obviously not targeted towards ”Power users”.

Using the phone for gaming was a pleasure where the screen is concerned, thanks to massive 5″ of screen estate available. More screen means less chance of your thumbs getting in the way of the game play. The first game I tested was Jetpack Joyride, which played on the phone like a charm, throughout gameplay I experienced no issues such as lag or rendering problems. The colours of the game were bright and the image crisp, thanks to the 720p IPS panel of this phone. The next game I tested is a bit more of a resource hog………. Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

The performance on NFS:MW on the Smart Prime 6 is overall great. I had no issues playing and the phone made the most use of its specifications to ensure the game ran smoothly. Controls were responsive and the tilt feature was smooth as I would expect. Graphically, the game was bright, clear and smooth with no stutters or rendering issues.

I have to say that for a phone that cost less than £100, the performance and specifications are very surprising indeed. For the price this phone really has got to be one of the best on the market.

User Interface:

Quite possibly one the major reason I myself would consider buying this phone is the U.I. Vodafone has opted to go ‘Vanilla’ with their phones OS. This means that instead of adding their own custom skin on top Android, they kept Android as Google released it. Opting to only install their own applications (AKA Bloatware) instead. These applications are can also be un-installed which is a bonus as it means you don’t have to have apps you may never use taking up the 8 GB of on board storage. Of course I should note that apps such as the messenger app have been a coat of red as a reminder of the network this phone is locked to.

A major advantage of using Stock Android over a skinned version is that, particularly for phones with specifications like these, Stock doesn’t use nearly as much of the phones resources as a skinned version of Android may use.

Battery:

The Prime 6 has a non user removable 2,500 mAh Li ion battery capable of producing on average 18 hours of talk time. I would say that throughout each day I have had this phone in my possession I have used it roughly about 2 hours and gone through about 15 to 20 % of battery, while using it for messaging, checking emails and short browsing sessions. Using the phone while connected to a Bluetooth headset while out on an hour run, I got back to find that only 5% of battery had been taken. Watching a 120 minute video at full brightness only took the battery percentage down by 15% which was quite a surprise to me as I have always thought that phone batteries drain way to fast.

Camera:

For such a low price point, a cheap phones got to have a drawback and on this one I’d say its the camera. Don’t get me wrong, it works and can produce some ok shots (Better than the shots produced by my Moto X 2013) but don’t expect them to be the best. At this price point you are pretty much getting a decent enough, but by no means great camera. At 8 megapixels it at least gets the job done, but greatly suffers from noise and is just terrible in low light situations.

Photos taken during the day are good enough, but not exactly award winning, however in this respect, I never expect too much from a phone camera anyway and find the ones produced here good enough for sharing on Facebook or other social platforms, just don’t try to enter them in any photography contests.

 

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If taking photos at night is your thing then you’ll be happy to know there is a flash installed on this phone. Which really is good as photos taken in low light without the flash on are just terrible. With the flash they are a much better.

Videos can be recorded in full HD and are of an ok quality when done, again don’t expect too much, but do remember at this price bracket it could still be alot worse.

There is also a 2 megapixel front facing camera which is good enough for selfies and video calls over Skype.

The user Interface of the camera is certainly well designed though, its clean and simplistic. With various settings to choose from and a great layout, this is really a decent interface, even if the camera is ‘basic’. You can see what the interface looks like below.

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Pros:

  • Great Price
  • Stock Android
  • Brilliant Battery
  • Great design

Cons:

  • Lacklustre camera
  • Those soft touch buttons
  • Slight lag if over occupied

Overall:

For only £80 this phone really is hard not to recommend. With specifications that usually make a phone cost around £100, 4G, great design and amazing battery life, this phone has really impressed me. I found using this phone to be an enjoyable experience that was only ever really let down by one or two things such as the camera. Thanks to all of this the phone has managed to earn 4.6 out of 5 from our rating system and this means that it has managed to scoop a Gold Reviews Insider Star.

Buy it here:

Vodafone

RI Gold star temp

 

 

 

 

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