Vodafone Smart Prime 6 review
|Review: September 2015|
In a nutshell: Vodafone's Smart Prime 6 smartphone costs less than £100 on PAYG and is a good buy for that price. It has smart looks, a high-quality 5-inch screen, a decent camera and battery life, and is fitted with a larger-than-average battery. It suffers from the same lack of processing power and memory as all other entry-level smartphones, but for the price we can't complain.
We were recently wowed by Vodafone's outstanding Smart Ultra 6. Now we're reviewing the cheaper Smart Prime 6, and first impressions are pretty good. You can tell from handling the phone that it's not a premium model, but the design is nice, with chrome-effect detailing and a choice of Grey (pictured below) or Silver. The back cover is removable.
It's a more manageable size than the Ultra, but it's not particularly slim, with a thickness of 9mm, and it's surprisingly heavy too. The large battery no doubt contributes to this weight.
The screen is a very good size - 5 inches seems to be the size that most people like best, balancing the benefits of a large display with the practicalities of handling the phone. It's a bright IPS display, and has HD resolution, which is something we don't often see on phones this cheap.
Overall, we'd say that the screen and the design of the phone are two of its strongest features.
Entry level specs
Whereas the Ultra 6 has surprisingly high-end hardware hidden within, with the Prime 6, you get bargain basement specs. The quadcore 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor gives the same kind of performance that we see on so many entry-level Android phones - which is to say, sluggish and sometimes laggy. Apps can be slow to open, and lags are a part of daily life, so using this phone can prove frustrating.
The phone has just 8GB of memory, of which almost half is used by the operating system, leaving very little space for storing apps, photos, music and the rest. You'll want to add a microSD card for additional storage. Fortunately these are cheap and the Prime 6 accepts cards of up to 64GB capacity.
The phone runs an almost pure version of Android Lollipop 5.0, with just a few Vodafone apps added.
The main rear-facing camera is very respectable for a sub-£100 phone. With an 8 megapixel sensor, HDR mode, LED flash and autofocus, it has everything we need, and is capable of snapping some decent shots. It can also record Full HD 1080p video.
The front camera is much more basic, with a 2 megapixel sensor, but for quick selfies it does the job.
The Prime 6 operates on 4G, 3G and 2G networks. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro-USB connector, and NFC, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack. GPS positioning and an FM radio are also present.
The Prime 6 has a smaller battery than the Ultra 6, but it's much more frugal in its power consumption. That means that the 2500mAh battery delivers impressive battery life - far better than nearly every other entry-level smartphone we've reviewed. With average use, we'd expect to get a full two days between charging.
Conclusion - a bargain
The Vodafone Prime 6 is selling for around £80 on Pay as you Go, and that makes it a bargain. On Pay Monthly, Vodafone is currently asking £17 a month, and that's crazily over-priced, so give that option a miss.
Vodafone Smart Prime 6 features include:
- Operating system: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
- 8 megapixel rear camera with 4x digital zoom, LED flash and autofocus, 1080p video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera
- Display: 5 inch IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels
- GPS positioning
- FM radio, music player
- Processor: Quadcore 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410, 1GB RAM
- Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Memory: 8GB plus microSD memory card slot (max 64GB)
- 4G plus HSPA/WCDMA plus quadband GSM
- Size: 141.65 x 71.89 x 8.96 mm
- Weight: 155g
- Battery: 2500 mAh
- Talktime: 18 hours (3G)
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by Colin Spence
on 20th Oct 2016
This may well be good value for money, but only if your particular phone works as it should. Mine is a replacement for the original, which was worse! Battery is lucky to last a day, with little use. It is sluggish, does not like Facebook, taking ages to bring up. It removes apps from the home page, the camera will not always start at all, it does not keep a ringtone you apply, it self starts when you are in the middle of using the phone. The internal memory is not good at 5.02GB and then there are lots of given apps from Vodafone or Google, taking up another 3GB. By the time you put a couple of your own apps on there, your memory is full. I can no longer update, owing to full memory, If the phone updates apps by itself, it puts them back onto the internal memory from the SD card, thereby losing even more memory. When in your pocket, it regularly gets quite hot, which is concerning, seeing as Samsung have had problems. All in all, this is not a phone I would recommend to anyone, the shop teckies are surprised at the problems, but have been useless to improve the working of the phone. All the year I have had it, I cannot download info from my computer, as it does not have any driver to suit the phone, even if you follow the links supplied by online chat from Vodafone.
Reviewed by Chris
on 13th Oct 2016
Really slow and laggy. Impossible to use.
Reviewed by Darren
on 15th Feb 2016
Great phone for the price no problems.