Vodafone Smart II review
Not bad for £70, but it's slow and isn't good for viewing media
Review Date: 5 Sep 2012
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Reviewed By: Andrew Unsworth
The Vodafone Smart II is a re-packaged Alcatel V860 smartphone and at £70 on pay-as-you-go, it really is priced to sell. Its specification isn’t that exciting in comparison to the likes of the Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S3, but it’s not at all bad in the context of a £70 smartphone. The Smart II has an 800MHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 3.2in display with a 480x320 resolution.
Understandably, its storage is limited, with the Smart II only having 150MB of internal storage space, of which around 129MB is available for apps. Fortunately, the Smart II comes with a 2GB microSD card, so you do have some room for your media and documents.
The Smart II’s display may not have a high resolution, but it certainly doesn’t look that bad, especially when compared to that of the LG Optimus L3. Similarly, the 3.2in screen size doesn’t sound large, but it’s good enough for basic Android use. Annoyingly, its display is slightly reflective and it has very poor viewing angles, which means you have to look at it face-on or else you might not be able to see text properly.
The Smart II’s 3.2in screen makes web browsing hard work, but not as much as its virtual keyboard, which gave us more trouble than any other phone’s keyboard, with the possible exception of the BlackBerry Curve 9320’s physical keyboard. We regularly mistyped URLs in portrait orientation, and although we had better luck typing in landscape, we still couldn’t type as accurately on the Smart II as we can on other smartphones. The Smart II rendered the BBC News home page in 16 seconds. That’s slow in comparison to faster phones such as the Galaxy Ace 2, which rendered it in 10 seconds, but not too dissimilar to phones such as the LG Optimus L7.
Sadly, we sometimes we’d have to wait for what seemed an eternity before the Smart II responded to our commands. Typically, it’d be an amalgam of the commands that resulted in something we didn’t want to happen. The animations are jerky, too.
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