Wileyfox Swift Review - Battery Life, Sound & Verdict Review

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Wileyfox Swift – Battery Life

Removable 2,500mAh battery  

Battery

life is one area all smartphones struggle with. To date, I’m yet to find

a handset that can consistently last two days moderate use off one

charge. Sadly, the Swift doesn’t change this.

Wileyfox lists the Swift’s battery as offering users eight hours life off one charge. Burning

the battery by constantly looping a video file stored on the Swift,

with Wi-Fi off and the screen brightness set to 70%, the handset lasted

seven hours on my first test, eight on my second and seven hours, 45

mins on my third.

The score is disappointing and puts the Swift behind the Moto G, which lasted nine hours running the same test.
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WIth real world use the the Swift’s battery life proved at best average and I had to charge it every day.

Regular

use entailed listening to music on the way to and from work, regularly

checking my email and social media feeds, making and taking a few calls

and watching a cheeky episode or two of Gilmore Girls on Netflix – I

regret nothing, it’s a good show.

With heavier use however, the

Swift’s battery outright leaks its charge. Playing games on the Swift I

found its battery regularly as much as 20% per hour.

Wileyfox Swift –  Sound and call quality

Wileyfox made a big deal about Swift users’ ability to customise the phone’s sound levels using the custom AudioFX feature.

The

feature lets Swift owners optimise the phone’s sound levels for

specific genres of music. AudioFX presets include everything everything

from Rock and Metal settings, to classical, folk, R&B and Jazz

settings.

For true audiophiles AudioFX also has separate Bass

and Virtualizer digital dials the user can access to customise the

presets, as well as full manual controls that can be used to create

custom sound profiles.
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Testing the feature, I found it was fairly

useful when paired with headphones, but less so on the phone’s internal

speaker which as well as not being all too loud, has a tendency to

distort when cranked. The speaker also sounds slightly tinny, even when

the bass is manually cranked using AudioFX.

Outside of this, call

quality was fairly good and both the phone’s speaker and microphone were

good enough for me to hear and speak to people using the Swift in busy,

and loud, London streets hassle free.

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Should I buy a Wileyfox Swift?

If you’re a privacy focused buyer on a budget, the Swift is one of the

best sub-£150 smartphones on the market and will meet most of your

needs. But that’s quite a specific niche and for everyone else there are better options out there.

The Motorola Moto G (2015) is the obvious alternative. While the Wileyfox Swift has a brighter, more impressive screen, it can’t match the Moto G for battery life or camera quality. Indeed, the Moto G has a much better, more consistent camera.

Moreover, the Cyanogen OS-skin

means it’s unlikely the Swift will receive timely updates to new

versions of Android – another problem the Moto G doesn’t have. 

Verdict

It’s a good first attempt from a new entrant to the phone market, but the Wileyfox can’t quite match the best budget phones just yet.

Score


Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Camera 7
  • Design 8
  • Battery Life 6
  • Value 8
  • Software 7
  • Calls & Sound 7
  • Screen Quality 8

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