Kindly sent in to us by Vodafone for an honest and un-biased review, we have their Smart Ultra 6 4G Android Smart phone.

Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 Octa Core processor, One Quad Core 1.5 GHz Cortex  A53 and One Quad Core 1.O GHz Cortex A53
  • Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2 GB Ram
  • 16 GB of onboard storage
  • Support for MicroSD cards up to 64 GB
  • 3000 mAh li-ion built-in battery
  • Connectivity: 4G,3G,2G,NFC,Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi
  • 13 Mega-pixel rear camera
  • 5 Mega-pixel front facing camera
  • 5.5″ IPS display (1080 x 1920 with 401 PPI)
  • Android 5.0.2 at time of this review (Lollipop)
  • Available in two colours (Black and Silver)

Design:

It’s safe to say that in this day and age, cheaper phones are really starting to look as beautiful as some of the more premium phones out there. The Smart Ultra 6 is definitely no exception to this. For only £125 (Off contract) this is a beautifully designed phone. Being a 5.5″ phone, it really is quite big in hand, but to my surprise, it was surprisingly comfy to use and despite been used to phones around the 5″ mark, I really had no issues with the size of this phone.

The front of the phone is all black (if you choose the silver model, the front is white) with a chrome trim running around the edges of the device. In the top left hand corner is the front facing 5 Mega-pixel camera, to the middle is the earpiece and next to this barely visible are the sensors for light. Along the bezel at the bottom of the phone are three hidden capacitive buttons that light up blue when the phone is in use. These are quite small on this phone and unlike the Vodafone Smart Prime 6, I actually enjoyed the presence of these ones.

The back of the phone is made predominately from Plastic, but this doesn’t add any negatives to my opinion of the design, instead it actually makes the phone even better. It’s not flimsy like most plastic covers and it actually makes the phone feel even more sturdy. The back also plays host to the rear 13 Mega-pixel camera and flash in the top left corner, a big shiny Vodafone logo aligned in the centre, slightly towards the top and in the bottom right hand corner is the loudspeaker.

Along the left hand side of the phone is a tray for the MicroSD card. The right hand side plays host to the sim card tray, volume up/down rocker and the power button.

Towards the left hand side of the top of the phone is the 3.5 mm headphone jack, while along the bottom is the Micro USB charging port and a microphone .

In hand this phone really is comfortable to use, even during prolonged sessions of use. I always use to think phones bigger than 5″ would be a burden in the comfort department, but with the Ultra 6, Vodafone has managed to change my opinion. Not only has it proven to be quite comfortable to hold, but having a larger screen also has benefits in other areas such as movie watching or gaming.

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Screen:

Thanks to the 1080p IPS panel, the screen of this phone is not only clear and bright, but also manages to present content really well. Icons and text appear smooth and crisp with no roughness. Colours are presented well and appear lively on-screen. The fact that the screen is 5.5″ is also another great factor as it means there is more room for content to be displayed, a great thing, especially if you play alot of games on your phone.

Performance:

For a phone that cost £125 without a contract, the hardware powering this device is great. An Octa Core processor using four 1.5 GHz cores and four 1.0 GHz cores, paired with 2 GB ram and an Adreno 405 GPU plays the main role in the performance of this phone.

Using the device for everyday tasks presented no issues, of course with these specifications, you wouldn’t expect any issues anyway. Even multi tasking on the phone was smooth and that is owed much to the fact that 2 GB of ram has been used along side the Octa Core processor.

During gaming the phone performed exceptionally well. Games were responsive and issue free all in all to the amazing mid range specifications that back this phone, especially the Adreno 405 GPU, which in a phone of this price is as good as it gets. Games like Temple Run 2, Minion Rush and Goat Simulator all played like a charm for me on this device with no trouble what so ever.

I really enjoyed gaming alot on the large screen as it really did mean that my thumbs weren’t constantly getting in the way of the action and spoiling the game.

User Interface:

Just like the Vodafone Smart Prime , the Ultra 6 makes use of an un-skinned version of Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop). This is great as it means that the phones specifications aren’t being hogged by over the top skins or silly processes running in the background that you would probably never use. I really do have to commend Vodafone for not going down the root of slapping a skin on their Android Phones, it shows that do understand that consumers don’t want fancy yet unnecessary junk on their phone.

Battery:

The Ultra 6 is home to a built-in 3000 mAh li-ion battery which Vodafone claim can last around 2 days, of course that does mean of light use. The first thing I did to test the battery was run a 2 hour-long movie, starting from 100% battery life. Once the movie had ended I was left with 82% of battery, which in reality isn’t too bad. My next test was a full day of casual on and off use, involving texts, browsing, gaming, music and some phone calls. My day started with 100% battery at 6:30 am and consisted of casual use of the phone throughout the day, by about 8:30 that evening my battery was at 10%. From my tests I would say that with light usage, you can probably get about two days as stated by Vodafone.

Camera:

Packing a 13 Mega-pixel camera at this price point really is a rarity and a very pleasant surprise. Of course just because 13 Mega-pixels is a big number it doesn’t automatically mean the camera is going to be super awesome.

In low light situations the photos produced are fairly standard of a camera phone, not too much to be impressed by but good enough. The LED flash obviously helps here by providing some artificial light to help produce a more brighter photo, however with the flash off don’t be expecting your photo to be very bright. You can see from this photo of a Minion below just how dark it looks.

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In daytime usage, the camera performs in a way that not too bad, while at the same time being not that great either. Photos are clear and colours are produced at a good not too shabby rate. For a phone of this price point the camera isn’t actually too bad, but obviously you are not going to win any awards with it. In all honesty, if you are in to professional photography, you aren’t going to be using a camera phone for your hobby anyway.

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The front facing camera actually really impressed me. The photo was clear enough and overly impressive for a selfie I must say (Even though, I myself don’t like selfies). It was clear and attempting a group shot actually produced some great results.

Since the craze of the selfie took off a few years ago, phone manufacturers have been more and more interested in putting 5 Mega-pixel or above camera sensors in the front of their phones. Vodafone choice of a 5 Mega-pixel camera in this device just shows they are again paying attention to their audience.

Recording videos in 1080p was good and the end product was nice to view, but again don’t expect too much from a mobile camera in this department.

Overall:

For only £125, this phone has left me speechless, I’m impressed and rather disappointed that my time with it has come to an end. The specifications, the design and the overall feeling that I was using a phone that felt like it was a premium device all leave me no choice but to award this device 5 out of 5 and a Gold Reviews Insider Star. Again at this price point, you’d be insane to not give this device a chance. Of course the only thing stopping you might be your network, you would have to move to Vodafone if you are not already a Vodafone user to use this device, but right now I would easily give up my network to use this phone.

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