Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 review – A year after Vodafone’s Smart Ultra 6 stormed our Best budget mobile phones chart, the network has released its predecessor. However, a lot has changed in a year and there’s now a great deal of competition in the budget plan end of the market, so how does the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 fare versus more recent spending plan smartphones, as well as compared with its predecessor, the Smart Ultra 6? We’ve spent a long time with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7, and here’s what we believe.
Pricing and schedule Vodafone Smart Ultra 7
So before we go any even more, just how expensive is the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7? The Smart Ultra 7 was designed to be a budget plan smart device that allows more individuals to utilize 4G (noteworthy Vodafone’s 4G network, however you might most likely get it unlocked) and as such, has a cost to match. The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 will set consumers back ₤ 135 on Pay as you Go, while Vodafone is likewise providing it on contract – ₤ 19 PCM will get you the mobile phone in addition to 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.
Vodafone Smart Ultra 7: Design and develop
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 can be considered a visual upgrade over the Smart Ultra 6 if absolutely nothing more. The Ultra 7 sports the same brushed metal body with a detachable plastic rear, but with a few included details. For example, the plain-looking plastic rear cover has been upgraded and is clad in a rather complex style, and while this isn’t really ground-breaking, it does make a somewhat dull looking phone a bit more enticing.
In truth, we ‘d argue that the 5.5 in Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 doesn’t appear like a sub- ₤ 150 smartphone at all. While it doesn’t have the build quality of high-end smart devices like, say, the iPhone 6s or Samsung Galaxy S7, it could certainly take on mid-range smart devices in regards to design.
Why? For one, it’s fairly light-weight for a large spending plan mobile phone, weighing in at 150g. It’s somewhat thicker than its predecessor at 152.2 x 78.21 x 8.68 mm, however is still thinner than the likewise priced EE Harrier (8.9 mm) and EE Harrier Mini (9.5 mm). The curved edges of the Smart Ultra 7 are double purpose– along with enhancing the looks of the smartphone, it also supplies users with a smart device that’s comfortable to utilize over extended periods, an important element to think about when buying a smartphone with a big display screen.
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 is readily available to buy in Silver and the somewhat darker ‘Dark Grey’, both featuring black bezels around the edges of the screen. The develop quality is typically quite excellent, although we have actually discovered that the plastic rear case does not sit entirely flush with the electronic camera and while it’s not a big deal, it deserves explaining.
Hardware, specifications and efficiency
The first thing you’ll see about the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 is the display– a beautiful 5.5 in Full HD (1080×1920) IPS display screen, with a pixel density of around 401ppi. The display screen, although unchanged from the Ultra 6, is still quite excellent for a smartphone with a cost of ₤ 135, especially when you think about that likewise priced spending plan smartphones feature a 720p display. It’s crisp and lively, and we don’t truly have any grievances about it– sure, it may not be the most visible in direct sunshine however for such a cheap mobile phone, we’re not too fussed.
So if the display is still the very same, exactly what has changed? The internals– but we’re not sure if it’s for the better, if our benchmark results are anything to go by. On paper, it appears like the Smart Ultra 7 has had an upgrade– the Ultra 6 featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor consisted of one quad-core 1.5 Ghz A53 and one quad-core 1.0 Ghz A53 core, while the Ultra 7 functions an octa-core Mediatek MT6755M processor, consisted of one quad-core 1.8 GHz A53 and one 1.0 GHz A53 core. Both function 2GB of RAM and while the Smart Ultra 6 functions an Adreno 405 GPU, the Smart Ultra 7 functions a Mali-T860 GPU.
Nevertheless, when we compared our benchmark lead to the Smart Ultra 6, we were relatively shocked. As you can see from the chart below, the Smart Ultra 7 came out even worse in both GFXBench tests, although it bested the year-old Smart Ultra 6 in the GeekBench 3 results. The Smart Ultra 7 scored 5.3 fps in Manhattan while the Smart Ultra 6 scored 5.7 fps, and the Smart Ultra 7 scored 13fps while the Smart Ultra 6 scored 14fps.
GeekBench 3 modifications the tide for the Smart Ultra 7 though, as the Ultra 7 bested the 6 by quite a bit, scoring 3002 compared to the 2469 offering of the Ultra 6. We cannot compare JetStream test results, which test the internet browser speed, as we were utilizing a various approach of screening when we examined the Smart Ultra 6, however the Smart Ultra 7 scored a remarkable (for its rate) 22.6.
The Smart Ultra 7 features 16GB of internal storage and while that is all right for some, those of you that need a bit more area will enjoy to discover that similar to the Smart Ultra 6, the Smart Ultra 7 likewise features a MicroSD card slot. The MicroSD card slot permits Smart Ultra 7 users to expand their built-in storage by as much as 128GB.
The smartphone also features a 2960mAh battery, but although the rear plate is removable, the battery itself isn’t. The mobile phone does not feature any kind of fast-charging technology either, which suggests it does take a while to charge the high-capacity battery, although battery life is generally all right, lasting us the day with no genuine concern. We’ll run a battery test in the coming days and let you know the outcomes quickly!