Vodafone Smart Prime 7 – Battery Life
Considering it’s running a fairly power-efficient CPU, doesn’t have a huge number of pixels to push, and has a nicely sized 2,540mAh battery, it’s not really a surprise the Vodafone Smart Prime 7 can easily make it through the day without issue.
This might also be down in some part to its inability to play graphically intensive games, so I wouldn’t be able to eat through 20% on the tube home playing Asphalt 8.
It also benefits from the Doze features introduced in Android Marshmallow, improving standby times massively. Leaving it overnight, it only drops a couple of percent.
Streaming an hour of Netflix, with brightness set to 60%, eats through 10-12%, while 30 minutes of fairly light gaming will take you down 6-8%. It seems a real winner with music streaming from Spotify and Play Music too, only dropping 3% after an hour of listening.
Charging is done via Micro USB, no new-fangled USB-C tech here, and there’s no wireless charging or fast charging either. Neither of which is really a surprise at this price. It’ll take about 2 hours to fully charge the phone, which while not in same time-frame as flagships like the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10, is perfectly acceptable. As a comparison, it’ll take about the same amount of time to charge as an iPhone 6S.
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Should you buy the Vodafone Smart Prime 7?
If you want a phone for £75, you’re on (or willing to switch to) Vodafone, and you simply cannot spend more, the Smart Prime 7 is a great choice. It’s a seriously affordable, clean Android device that isn’t ugly and can get the job done.
Yes, it’s pretty slow at times and the camera shots are probably best used only on social media, but really it’s £75 – what do you expect?
But I’d still recommend you save up a little more and plump for a Moto G. Last year’s version is available for around £120 from Amazon and it’s so much better than the Smart Prime 7.
The biggest selling point is the price, and while the rest of the phone ticks a lot of boxes it doesn’t set a new bar for budget phones.
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Score in detail
Battery Life 8
Calls & Sound 7
Screen Quality 7