Vodafone Smart II
Price:£70 PAYG. Not available on contract.
Entry level Smartphone has useful apps pre-loaded,
3.2 inch screen and 3MP camera
If you just want a basic smartphone, which can you onto the web
using a 3G signal, catch up with Facebook and Twitter, take the odd
photo when on holiday, then the Vodafone Smart II will do the
Based on an Alcatel chassis, the Smart II comes in white or
grey, has a detachable backing plate so you can swap SIM/SD cards
or batteries easily and is compact, with a 3.2 inch
There's a 150MB of internal memory and the Smart II
holds a 32GB MicroSD card, so you can store plenty of music on the
SD. There's a built-in FM radio too. The camera is a basic 3MP one,
with VGA video capability, not HD. The camera has got a flash for
night shots however.
OK, this is a basic phone, ideal for a teenager perhaps, or
someone who just doesn't want to be tied to a contract but does
want the ability to get on the web occasionally. Reports online
suggest the battery life isn't that brilliant and the 800MHz
processor isn't anything too exciting either.
But it has got its plus points. If the phone is ringing and you
don't want to answer, just flip it face down - it'll stop. If the
phone senses that it's in a pocket, or handbag, it increases the
volume of the ringtone automatically too.
It also runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, so you have loads of
apps and games to choose from, plus Vodafone have customised some
of the apps already loaded in the Smart II.
There are lots of budget smartphones coming onto the UK market
now, so if you're shopping around then check out the following
£45 from Tesco
£60 from Tesco
£69 from 02
£79.99 from 02
Samsung Tocco Lite
£59.99 from Orange
To sum up, the Vodafone Smart II is a great value smartphone,
but at £70 it has lots of competition, so shop around for the best
Best Features:Compact, lightweight, very
Worst Features:So-so video and camera, not
brilliant on battery life
Area for Improvement:Altogether sharper, faster
browsing experience, plus an all day battery life, from the Smart
III would be cool.