Vodafone’s Smart Prime 6 is a budget smartphone with a range of specs that get you a decent smartphone at a low-cost price tag, featuring a 5-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, it kicks things off with some impressive specifications for just £79.
The Smart Prime 6 also features a decent looked design for the price tag, built from plastic but featuring a faux-metal finish on the back that makes it look a little more premium than some of the other smartphones on the market.
On top of that, it is just 9mm thin and weighs just 155 grams.
Vodafone has also expanded upon this with the phone’s navigation buttons, which are situated on the bezel at the front and glow in a cool blue light. On the back, the camera is circled by a metallic ring and on the sides you will find the power and volume up and down keys.
On the bottom, you will find the Micro-USB port for charging and syncing the phone, with a headphone jack on the top and a removable rear casing that allows for access to the SIM tray and microSD slot.
And thanks to the phone’s thick bezel the phone is rather comfortable to hold.
Of course, the main star of the show is the Smart Prime 6’s 5-inch display, which is not too large that the phone feels weird to hold, but is just large enough to view videos, images and text comfortably.
The display also puts out a resolution of 720 x 1280, which means it’s not Full HD but it can easily play HD content, with nice colour reproduction and sleek and clean text display.
In terms of software the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 runs on the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, which means it takes advantage of Google’s new material design aesthetic, with a number of new additions that make the phone an all round joy to use when compared to previous iterations of Android.
Vodafone has chosen to keep this mostly stock Android, with only a few basic bundled apps, and thankfully not too much bloatware. With the apps you can use a number of Vodafone features, however, you are unable to uninstall any of the included apps, you can disable them, but they will remain in your phone’s memory, this could be a setback for some as the phone only has 8GB of storage.
Thankfully the Smart Prime 6 makes up for this in processing power, featuring a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip that is clocked at 1.21GHz. It is joined by an Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM, in our tests the smartphone scored a 1,450 on Geekbench 3, and in real-life we thought this was quite spot-on.
The phone can struggle when booting up intensive apps, and games won’t run to perfection, however, you really can’t expect too much from this kind of price tag.
On the back of the phone, you will find an 8-megapixel shooter, which is great for taking images for social media, and thanks to the inclusion of autofocus and an LED flash the camera works okay in most situations.
Results of the photos taken do look okay for the average person, but they won’t amaze your friends. At the moment you zoom in you do start to notice a lack of detail in your shots, and the phone won’t perform great in low-light shots, but thanks to manual settings you can enable HDR, or change the ISO to get better results from the camera.
Thankfully most of the time the Prime 6 can take a photo quickly, and the colour accuracy it produces is good.
The phone really shines when you look at its battery life, in our tests the phone could easily last two days on normal use, finishing most days at around 50% after some video playback, calls and texts.
Unfortunately, despite the back being removable, you cannot swap out the battery.
All in all, we think the Vodafone Smart 6 is exceptionally good for its price tag, you get a great display, some decent specs and an acceptable camera for just £79, however, you can’t expect it to work great in all conditions, and sometimes you will find the phone to be quite sluggish.
But if you are on a budget then you should certainly consider the Smart Prime 6, it is now available from Vodafone’s website from £17 a month for no up-front fee.