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Vodafone Smart Mini review - Call Quality, Battery Life, Value and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson



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Vodafone Smart Mini Call Quality

Call quality is one area where the Vodafone Smart Mini is not lagging behind the crowd. Bringing the phone on par with many mid-market handsets, its in-call audio is sharp and detailed with satisfying volume management.

Strangely, there is, however, a little pop as calls connect. Although this does not have any adverse effect on call quality, it is something of an oddity.

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Vodafone Smart Mini: Battery Life

The Vodafone Smart Mini's battery life is solid rather spectacular. It lasts a day of normal use, but you'll need to charge it overnight to use it the next day. Anyone who wants the same kind of battery life found in cheap, feature phones will be disappointed.

It's also worth noting our first sample of the Smart Mini had some overheating issues when charging, but a subsequent replacement showed no problems.

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Should I buy the Vodafone Smart Mini?

If your needs are simple then we can’t think of any reason why the Vodafone Smart Mini wouldn’t be an appealing option. Yes the camera is poor, things are a little laggy and the design isn’t the best, but at just £50, this is almost a throwaway phone that will fulfil your needs as long as you have a use for it. Decide you want to upgrade after three months, simply chuck it in a draw as a backup option, doing so isn’t going to break the bank.

The Vodafone Smart Mini is virtually unrivalled on price and it isn’t a million miles behind the curve on specs and performance either. It might not have the big-brand appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Fame or an LG Optimus L3 but it poses much better value than either.

The Vodafone Smart Mini is not a phone that will excite many, beyond the appeal of the penny-pinching price tag that is. But in this instance, penny-pinching wins out over any bells or whistles which could be added.


If you just want a no-frills smartphone then the Vodafone Smart Mini is hard to fault. It's better value than big-brand alternatives and would make a good 'first smartphone' for a child.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Camera 6
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 7
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Usability 6
  • Value 9
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August 7, 2013, 10:04 am

You should have given it a 10/10.

Yes yes it is not as good, as fast, ... as much more expensive phones, but it does work perfectly fine as a basic Android 4.1 phone. In a nutshell, an absolutely astonishing value for those on a small budget.


August 24, 2013, 5:58 pm

And it's not only available in black, I have a white one. And the screen is responsive. I have had a Xperia and a galaxy ace and a galaxy young and I much prefer this one!

Gráinne Phelan

September 13, 2013, 2:20 pm

Is it the same as a Vodafone smartphone 3


October 26, 2013, 2:54 pm

Can you download netflix or spotify onto the Vodafone mini


January 8, 2014, 6:58 pm

Yes you can, it can have all the same apps like samsung galaxy S4, it's android .


January 12, 2014, 1:17 am

Hi there is a grey dot on the left hand side of the phone can anyone tell me what that is?


March 24, 2014, 4:51 pm

where is the "Underscore sign", on the vodafone smart mini??


March 30, 2014, 9:42 pm

. Absolute nightmare of a phone. Has been sent for repair four times in as many months and battery replaced twice. have given up on it. Don't waste your money!


March 7, 2017, 10:08 am

I bough the Vodafone mini 7 and have been using it for two months now.. I have been very patient with the phone but a huge nightmare ... Slow for one , Instagram cant work , freeze from time to time ... now it rings but it doesn't show on the screen if the in a incoming call , i cant answer the phone ... please advice if i have to send it in or just throw it seriously

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