Vodafone Smart 4G, Analysis of Usage during a Month

Vodafone He returns to the fray with one of those re-baptized mobile with the name of the operator, Vodafone Smart 4 G, a terminal that under its housing comes signed by the Chinese manufacturer CoolPad. In particular is the 8860U, a name with much less hook model.
The Smart 4G is a Affordable and compact LTE, specifications range average but intended to squeeze the possibilities of the network of data that the operator has deployed to the main cities of the country.

Design and materials

In the Smart 4G dominated the big screen and plastic on the back cover, with a somewhat rubbery and nice touch. The housing is removable, allowing access to the battery, the microSIM and the microSD slot. The only visible logo is Vodafone, in housing and in the front. The battery shows the true manufacturer, CoolPad.
The Panel IPS It guarantees a good angle of vision without distortion of colors. With a resolution of 960 x 540 in 4.5 inches, remains in a density of 245ppi. Pixels are appreciated, as it is expected in a range of media, but in general it is a good screen to a mobile with these characteristics. It behaves well even in outdoor.
On the front there is a small gap between the edge of plastic and glass, which builds up a bit of dirt. It is the only failure I can find to the simple design and with rounded corners. The edge has a curved line of metallic appearance that includes buttons and connectors.
The location of microUSB connector, it is unusual as it is on the top of the phone, next to the headphone jack. Because of this, it is awkward to use while it is charging, especially with the screen in portrait mode.
The power button is located on the right side, while the volume button is on the opposite side. With that we end the review of physical checks, since by not having capacitive buttons buttons are used in the interface of Android screen.
At the rear we find generous slot for the speaker, and the camera protruding from the surface. Despite being a 8 megapixel sensor, the quality of the optics is normalita. Typical of a mid-range terminal. Next to the camera, we find the LED flash.
Speaking of LEDs, the Smart 4G has a notification LED on the front, capable of emitting light of various colors. It is something that until it does not realize one of the useful that can be to know at the moment whether it is important or secondary notification provided that applications know use it and one to configure them properly.
Missing, that Yes, an illumination sensor that adjusts the brightness of the screen automatically. In 10-inch tablets it is unnecessary, in tablets of 7 is useful, and a mobile phone seems to me an important lack.

Vodafone Smart 4G, hardware

The processor has good references, since it comes signed by Qualcomm. It’s a Snapdragon 400 running at 1. 2 GHz, a dual-core (Krait) accompanied by a 305 Adreno GPU. There are no typical mid-range data: 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which, fortunately, can be expanded with microSD cards. Slot, as we have already mentioned, is accessible by removing the casing and the battery.

Vodafone Smart 4G: specs
Screen IPS 4.5 inch, multi 5 points
Resolution 960 x 540 pixels, 245ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz
Graphics processor Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB
Memory 8 GB + microSD
OS version. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Connectivity 2g / 3 G/LTE (CAT. 3), WiFi Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC
Expansion ports MicroUSB OTG, MicroSD
Cameras Front: 0.3Mpx / back: 8Mpx
Battery 1880 mAh
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Price 230 euros

In terms of dimensions, measurements are 134×67.1 mm, with 10.25 mm of thickness. It is not fine, but not nothing exaggerated. In terms of weight, its 153 grams seem high for a device of 4.5 inches. Indeed at hand seems to weigh more than necessary, but nothing to remember a few days of use.
The 1880 mAh battery little more than what was expected. Day and a half with normal use, and a full day with more intensive use, values which I consider more than satisfactory. Consumption at rest is content, which helps the overall result.

Performance and benchmarks

As it could not be otherwise, we have faced the tablet to our gallery of common benchmarks. Thus he has defended:

Vodafone Smart 4G: performance
AnTuTu v4.0.4 13788 points
Quadrant v2.1.1 5148
Vellamo HTML 5: 2056 / Metal: 522
3DMark v1.2 Ice Storm / Extreme / Unlimited: 4570 / 2321 / 4002
EPIC Citadel v1.07 44.9 FPS @ 904 x 544, Ultra HQ / 54.8 FPS @ 904 x 544, HQ / 55.9 FPS @ 904 x 544, High Performance
1.11 BenchmarkPI 387 milliseconds

The device works with ease, and only their 8 GB of storage and the FAB screen pixel density mark him as a middle range. It is also one of the LTE devices more affordable, although the availability of high-speed access is conditioned by the Vodafone coverage. If you live in a big city it is very likely that you can squeeze it maximum.

Software

As it could not be otherwise, Vodafone put its paws and flooded the terminal of unnecessary and dispensable software. Discover, which mixes statistics of phones with advertising of the company’s services. Vodafone Contacts, to make backup copies of the address book. Vodafone Cloud, storage in the cloud. My website, you can access several services to customers. Updates, which undertakes to keep this plethora of applications.
Only one noteworthy, Vodafone Protect. It is a free service that allows you to shield the terminal, so it is impossible to access its contents if you steal it, as well as get to know his location remotely. That Yes, once activated you encouraged to hire McAfee Antivirus, upon payment.
At least it seems that being independent and up-to-date through Updates, they should not delay the arrival of a hypothetical Android update. Those that middle range usually does not see, but you never know.

Vodafone Smart 4G, conclusions

During the month I’ve had the 4 G Smart I could see that is a great mid-range. It behaves well in outdoor, more if there are LTE coverage in your area. Autonomy allows you to hold more than plenty full day, with the peace of mind that you’re not going to finish the evening hunting for wild plug.
Something heavy for its size, Yes, is the initial impression to out of the box, but is soon completed forgetting. In your pocket at the end or notes it. Something uncomfortable is to use it while charging, since the connector is located at the top. Unless you work in landscape, clear.
Not available free, as it is logical, and is available: 0 euros almost with any of the rates offered by the operator.

See complete gallery» Vodafone Smart 4 G (12 photos)

In favour

  • LTE
  • Autonomy
  • Performance

Against

  • Camera
  • Unnecessary software

 
The Vodafone Smart 4G has been granted to the test by Vodafone. You can consult our policy of relations with companies.