Vodafone Smart Turbo 7
Android 6.1 - 4G - Wifi, Bluetooth
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Review of "Vodafone Smart Turbo 7"
Boys completely frozen out of Product of the Week competition then after 11 straight weeks of female cosmetic stuff
After my PAYG HTC Desire 310 finally packed up I had no choice but to buy a new phone. It was a nice durable simple 4.5 inch smart that did the job and lasted a good two years but the camera stopped working and then other apps and after a couple of reboots the android system refused to boot at all and that was that, not even a bluetooth link able to do an online rescue. Those high street Asian phone repair shops all asked £30 plus to send it off to God knows where to fix it and there was no way I was going to let anyone look at my naughty pictures and so a new one it was.My budget was limited to £50-75 and it would come out of my Amazon vouchers and so quickly narrowed down to the generic Vodafone range of own brand cheap smarts as not a lot else PAYG on there. It was between this one and the Vodafone Smart Prime 7, that one having a slightly better camera and faster android spec but for twenty quid more and the same 5 inch screen size and 8GB storage an easy chance to save £20 with this one.
The main thing I wanted was more storage than the HTC, that one just 4GB on offer, and similar phones in that 4.5 inch screen range, of which half was the operating system and preloaded apps. Once the apps are updated when you get your new phone up and running that’s another GB gone. It doesn’t leave you much for your own apps. So with 8 GB on offer here I should be able to get a lot more apps and messengers on it, right? Not so. I have already had a ‘memory low’ message and have less apps installed than I did on the 4GB phone! But you get what you pay for and that was a bigger screen in this case. Because I was always deleting apps and upgrades on the last phone so to upload new apps I needed, I now think that’s why it broke and that will happen here. This one looks lot more brittle than my HTC. The fact Vodafone don’t sell their own range in their shops is a worry. But it was only £50 so I should stop moaning, right?
First bootAfter first boot you get some annoying little idiot on screen messages to help you use the phone and then you explore your preloaded android apps. This phone is locked to Vodafone so you have some of theirs to. You can delete one or two to save space so some good news there. Facebook and Youtube etc are already on there and waiting for those greedy data chewing updates so make sure you’re on WIFI when you set up your new phone.
The phone is sluggish on my home WIFI and so are the navigation buttons but you just have to get used to the speed of different phones and be patient, considering the wonderful things phones can do now for just £50. The keyboard is too small and you press the letter ‘V’ more than the spacebar, which is very annoying, sticking all your sentences together. The desktop navigation buttons are rather too discreet and so feeling around in the dark to get used to that. It’s easy to set up the internet and the 6.0 android set up very familiar.
My HTC did not have a flash for some reason but this one does so recovers some ground there. It’s a 5MP FF back camera with Flash and a 2MP FF front camera. The camera seems perfectly fine for out and about snaps but not one for someone who needs top spec pics. It’s a 480 x 854 pixels phone with resolution to go with.
Takes three hours for first charge and then an hour there after, not the best but if you use any smartphone you know you have to manage the battery to get through a busy days on most models at most prices. Phone manufacturer’s brag about battery time but the figure quoted is generally one when people leave the phone on but don’t really use it. If you have a cool phone with lots of things to do you will use it more so the battery power used up more.
The Charger provided is very light and malleable can be used on a wall plug or USB data cable. A phone jack in the ear headset is also provided, as is your PAYG simcard, of course and a stylus pen. A Quick Start guide and safety and Warranty Information fit snug alongside in the cardboard box. Pay attention to the instructions.
===Memory & Space==
With 1GB of RAM and 8GB ROM (end user ~4GB) space on the phone it is its clear weakness.
They say you can use the MicroSD Card slot of up to 32GB to increase those numbers but you can only put photos and videos on those, not new apps. I have Facebook messenger, BBCSport, WhatsApp, a weather app and Twitter and a cricket app and it’s already at 80% full at 3.75 of the 4.0 of ROM available? Its very annoying the end user space is still very small.
It’s fiddly and a bit slow at times and slippery in the hands. Get a leather wallet for all smartphones. You will drop it now and then. Its trigger happy to without a protective case shielding the on/of switch so it will turn on when you don’t want it to when you grip the phone or throw it in your bag. Those who are used to flashy phones through contracts will not tolerate this phone for long. Its better suited as a starter phone for someone getting into smart, like kids or your parents. It’s not pretentious in anyway and certainly generic and basic. I do like the as of deleting apps from the front screen or the phone.
ScreenAnything over the 5 inches here and you are in tablet territory stuck to your ear. It makes the video and game experience better but simply using up more data and phone storage space. Phone remains light and not too big because of, though.
Extra non power portsIt has a hole for a phone jack and an internal slot for the SD Card. It has a smaller whole on the outside but not sure what’s that’s for.
Out and about
Connected to Vodafone well and public WIFI. I us the monthly freedom freebie from Vodafone which is 3 hours call time, unlimited texts and a feeble 500mb per month, all for ten quid though.
If I had the choice to buy this again I wouldn’t. But once you set them up your refund has gone until it breaks. Amazon remote assistance surprisingly gave me a full refund when my crappy windows phone froze up after six months so maybe tempted to sabotage this one for a full refund soon. I need more space for more apps and this should have delivered on that but its clumsy android operating system sees it eat up memory and disc space like an MP in the expenses trough.
Product Information : Vodafone Smart Turbo 7
Manufacturer's product descriptionAndroid 6.1 - 4G - Wifi, Bluetooth
Cellular / Type: Smartphone
Cellular / Operating System: Android 6.1
Display / Diagonal Size: 5 in
Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 5 Megapixel
Form Factor: Touch
Communications / Wireless Interface: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Cellular / Mobile Broadband Generation: 4G
Listed on Ciao since: 15/07/2017