- Sean Cameron , TechRadar
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 exceeds its price point, and then some.
- Nirave Gondhia , Android Authority
Vodafone have added the best specs that could possibly have been used while keeping the handset affordable.
- Crisp, colourful display
- Good performance
- Plenty of storage
- Battery life
- Vodafone only
- Boring design
- No fingerprint scanner
- Inconsistent camera
- Weak speaker
The budget phone market continues to see phones grow in power while dropping in price. With help from ZTE, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is hoping to take the top spot. But budget phones often require compromises.
Did Vodafone cut corners in the right places? The reviews are rolling out and we’ve dug through them to bring you this summary!
One of the first things mentioned by many reviewers was how plain the phone looks. While it sports a slim unibody design, it’s plastic not metal. Talk Android noted, “For a 5.5-inch handset, it’s quite pocketable.” However, most review echoed Trusted Reviews, who said, “There are no serious practical issues with the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6’s blueprint, but it is a total style vacuum.”
Flip the phone around and reviews improve. Everyone loved the 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. If you’re looking to play games or stream video, the touch buttons on the lower bezel allow you to use every pixel. Android Authority summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not the best display on the market as sunlight legibility is a little suspect but overall, definitely impressive given the handset’s target market.”
Powering those pixels, you’ll find a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Paired with 2GB of RAM, reviewers had no complaints regarding load times or delays. Expert Reviews UK even called the phone’s performance “truly astonishing.” Talk Android was the most critical, saying, “While the Smart Ultra 6 isn’t going to set new benchmark records, it will do the job, without noticeable strain.”
You should have plenty of room to keep your favourite games and media on hand. If the 16GB isn't enough, you can add more with a microSD card. While the phone runs an older version of Android—5.1 Lollipop—reviewers noted that they appreciated the ability to uninstall most of the pre-installed Vodafone apps.
A 3000mAh non-removable battery keeps everything running. Pocket-Lint put their review model through the ringer and said, “[The battery will] generally last you a full day, leaving around 30 per cent in the tank by bed time.”
Reviews of 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing lens weren’t as nice. Trusted Reviews summed up opinions well, saying, “It’s not a fool-proof camera, then, but thanks to the high-resolution sensor it can capture quite a lot of detail once you learn how to get the most out of it, and swallow the idea that you'll just have to discard some duds.” Most reviewers noted inconsistent image quality and slow shutter speeds. But, when pictures were good, they raved.
Reviewers agreed that the phone is an excellent choice for the budget-conscious. TechRadar said, “For the average user, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 ought to suffice nicely. I generally found it a pleasant surprise in day-to-day use. If you don't expect a blazing-fast gaming demon, then this will certainly do.”
Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)
A bargain phablet
Definitive budget smartphone in the UK
Vodafone partnered up with ZTE to develop the Smart Ultra 6, and the result is a handset boasting an impressive array of components for a very affordable price. Yes, the design is somewhat uninspired and nondescript, but it isn’t terribly offensive, and you can always put a case on it to add a bit of excitement. No, the camera is not going to compete with the Galaxy Note 5, and yes, the Snapdragon 615 can stutter at times when you are racing through the apps. But for a handset with a Full HD display, a beefy battery, and competent cameras that usually costs just £115, it’s... Full review
One of the very best low-cost phones around
Solid performance, fantastic value
4G for a budget price
The only thing that's budget is its price tag
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is worth its £125 price tag without a doubt. It's one of the best experiences we've had with a budget smartphone, and nothing about this phone suggests that it's budget apart from its price tag. Compared to the Smart Prime 6, this is definitely the better option to go for and we'd definitely pay the extra £50 for it – it's more powerful, has better cameras and a larger, higher quality display. It won't run the latest 3D mobile games but for every day use, it's a great phone and the fact that you can add up to 128GB of external storage means that... Full review
Hardware is almost there, but alas not quite
The budget game-changer
The new king of affordable smartphones (in the UK)
Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive
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