The 'Smart' is Vodafone's latest budget Android offering, which looks to target fashionistas with its customizable back plates
Editor's Review of the Smart
The Vodafone Smart, also known as the Vodafone 858, is the latest budget Android phone to come from the UK network.
Like last year's Vodafone 845, the Huawei-made smart phone is extremely lightweight, weighing in at a teeny 104g. It's certainly not a bad looking smartphone either, touting a glossy black frontage and the back-cover of your choice. However, we're not so keen on the bulging 'chin' placed on the bottom of the handset, although it does keep the phone nice and balanced in your hand.
Within its customisable casing, you'll find a reasonable 2.8-inch (320 x 240) capacitive touchscreen, which although placed upon a bargain-priced handset, proved extremely responsive and surprisingly bright. Saying that, the mere 2.8-inches of screen makes texting difficult and and firing off emails awkward, but given the handset's cheap-and-cheerful price-tag, we shouldn't really complain.
The Vodafone Smart comes running an unskinned version of Android 2.2 (Froyo), which means although it doesn't come equipped full of any unneccessary clutter, it still offers-up all the usual Google goodies. Despite packing a measly 528MHz Qualcomm processor, we didn't notice lag when switching between homescreens, and firing up apps was fairly quick, too. However, the screen's lowly 240 x 420 pixel resolution means certain applications are difficult to use, but it can still run the vast majority of apps.
Although we noticed no issues when firing up apps, the processor means surfing the web can be a painful experience. It may come equipped with 3G and WiFi connectivity, but pages seemed to take a long time to load. Panning through pages can be awkward too, given the handset's 2.8-inch touchscreen.
On the media-front, you'll find a 2 megapixel camera (sans flash) on the rear of the handset. It'll come to no surprise that pictures are lacking in detail and fairly grainy, although it managed to cope surprisingly well in lesser-lit surroundings. It's also capable of shooting video at a poor 352 x 288 resolution, but that doesn't mean it's awful at doing so. Footage was reasonably smooth and by all means Facebook-worthy, although it's audio recording function isn't quite so impressive.
Like the majority of Android smartphones, the Smart's memory can be expanded, and the phone supports cards up to 32GB. A 2GB card is also included, which is enough to store your favourite bunch of albums.
Considering the handset's super-cheap price-tag, it's easy to forgive the the Smart's low-res screen and poor web experience. However, when compared to the similarly priced Orange San Francisco with its 3.5-inch touchscreen and excellent media features - we'd definitely recommend going for the latter.
Vodafone Smart News
Vodafone has informed us that its super-cheap smartphone – the Vodafone Smart – is now available online for just £60.00. That’s ten-pounds cheaper than we were originally expecting, which means you’ve got some cash left over to buy a personalized back cover. You can choose from one of Voda’s pre-made cases, or you can head [...]
Vodafone has announced that its super-cheap Android smartphone – the Vodafone Smart – has now gone on sale for just £70.00. Although it’s still listing the handset as “Coming Soon”, Vodafone has assured us that it’s “most affordable smartphone ever” has launched today. It’ll fetch you just £70.00 on pay as you go, and youÂ choose [...]
Vodafone has unveiled the sequel to its Android-toting 845, officially known as the Vodafone Smart. The Froyo-powered handset will offer the “full Android experience” with a sub £80 price-tag,Â offering one-touch access to Google Maps, Gmail and the Android Market. This can be accessed via the Smart’s 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen, which also boasts integrated Facebook [...]
Vodafone Smart Specifications
56mm x 106mm x 12mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 2.8 inches
Resolution: 320 x 240
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with maps
Up to 3.6 Mbps download speed
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
2.0 megapixel camera
Talk Time: 270 minutes
Standby Time: 380 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264