The Vodafone Smart is one of the cheapest Android smart phones available today – if not the cheapest. Currently retailing for a fraction of the price of some of the better known high end Android devices, at these sort of prices, you can certainly forgive some shortcomings. But can you live with the shortcomings, lets take a look at some of the negatives first.
First of all, at the extremely low retail price on the Vodafone Smart, you have to accept you simply cannot get all the advantages of a top of the range smartphone costing 10 times as much. The first problem with the Vodafone Smart is the processor, its old school and not on par with the best in the market,but that being said, the 528MHz processor seems more than capable in normal everyday use, can you overload it trying to do too much at once, sure – but it doesn’t happen often, many would not even notice at all.
The second problem is no flash support, however this is not a problem unique to the Vodafone Smart, iPhone anyone? The final downside to this handset is the camera is not the best, a basic 2-megapixel unit which harks back to earlier times. But these problems aside, what do you get for your money with the Vodafone Smart? Lets look at some of the more positive aspects of the handset.
Firstly, the Smart does not look cheap, the construction appears solid and expensive. You get a decent capacitive touch screen (although multi touch gestures like the pinch and zoom found on high end devices is a no go), the traditional bank of Android-specific commands is present on the front screen, but in the case of the Vodafone Smart they’re touch-sensitive rather than keys you press (much like the Google Nexus S). In terms of data and connectivity you have GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Quadband, WiFi and 3G, GPS navigation, Vodafone Mobile Internet with Email and long battery life with standby time of up to 250 hours. In other words, you get an awful lot for your money.
The Vodafone Smart runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Although this is not the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, it is still perfectly capable of running the vast majority of Android applications available. The Smart comes pre loaded with a variety of applications, the most useful of which (bearing in mind the price of the phone ) will be the “pay as you go manager” which allows you to easily keep track of your balance and know when you next need to buy a top-up card.
Essentially all the main smart phone features for a fraction of the price, with the only real drawback being the rather poor camera with no LED flash.