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Smart Ultra 6

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Vodafone Smart Ultra 6

Originally reviewed by Andrew Williams 19 June 2015

Best Under £125

Key features:
  • 5.5-inch, Full HD display
  • Slick performance
  • 4G
  • MicroSD card slot
Huawei’s Ascend G7 phablet is a bargain at just under £200, but the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is on another scale. At £125, it’s arguably the best-value large phone on the market. Clad in a metallic plastic shell, it’s no beauty, but the brains are most certainly there.

The Ultra’s screen is outstanding for the price. It’s a 5.5-inch, Full HD display, which is generous and sharp, offering accurate colours. Instagram-lovers will also be content with the 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie snapper.

Despite costing so little, it’s been treated to a wide selection of features.  These include 4G connectivity, NFC and a near-pure version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. There’s 16GB of inbuilt storage too, which you can boost via the microSD card slot.

The combination of the octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM is good enough for 3D gaming, while the 3,000mAh battery will easily last a day, and possibly two with light use. If you’re happy to lock yourself into Vodafone, go buy it.

Price: From £17 a month or £125 on PAYG

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