The competition between the budget Android phones is continuing to intensify, and the cheap Vodafone Smart has been one of the top budget smartphones lately. The Vodafone Smart features a capacitive screen and a solid construction. It offers a great way to enjoy Google’s mobile revolution, provided that you can take on a few compromises.
The Vodafone Smart is manufactured by Taiwan-based company Huawei. The phones frame may lack frame, but the weight gives you the feeling that it is solid, making other rival phones seem lightweight.
One of the phone’s unique aspects allows you to personalize the back plate with a design of your own. Vodafone has an online design package, where you can create your own designs with very little effort. This procedure costs £10, which does not really hurt your pocket but seems very 2000 all the same.
The Smart also has a capacitive touchscreen. This is better compared to to other low-end Android phones like the Acer beTouch E210 and T-Mobile Pulse Mini, which rely on pressure-sensitive displays. The Smart’s touchscreen does not support multi-touch gestures, though.
The Smart doesn’t have any buttons on its front, just like the Google Nexus S. The only physical buttons are the volume controls and the power switch.
The quality of photos taken from its 2-megapixel camera won’t win some awards, though. Images seem to be washed-out and dull. The videos it records are acceptable for emailing and multimedia messaging only.
Performance and Memory
The phone runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Although its not the latest Android OS, it can still run a majority of applications in the Android Market.
It has a 528 MHz processor, which is okay for a phone in its price range. If you have some apps running simultaneously, you’ll notice a drop on its performance.
Like almost all Android phones, the Smart has a microSD slot complete with a 2GB card, and the memory is expandable up to 32 GB.
Considering its low price, you can forgive the Vodafone Smart’s shortcomings. It is in the same price range of more basic phones, like the Nokia C2-01 and Motorola Gleam. For those people on a tight budget but wants to enjoy the benefits of an Android-powered phone, the Vodafone Smart is for you.