The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6, like all own-brand gadgets, appears to be in the trends at this time, or at least for two of the major smart phone providers, they are. The competitors lately have released some new mobile phones, tablets and 4G action cams, while Vodafone too is producing a stable flow of unique gadgets and slates. And now, just as like others are trying the mid-range devices with their smart phones, Vodafone goes into the same rich waters with its Smart Ultra 6, the “most efficient” own-brander to date.
Available from these days, the mouthful of such a device is fronted by its 5.5”, 1080p display, completed with a 1.5 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 working inside at its best. For scenery and selfies, you have both the 13MP and 5MP digital cameras, and for other key specifications you are looking at its 2 GB of RAM, an impressive (for a smart phone) 16 GB of extended storage space, the 3,000 mAh battery with an Android OS 5.0 Lollipop leading the whole show. Not too bad, considering the pay-as-you-go cost.
Vodafone has really improved its game since launching its initial own-brand 4G mobile phone. In the recent years, the Smart 4 Power, for example, was large and costly, whereas both the Smart Ultra 6 and its more compact relative, the smart Prime 6, are now more enhanced and very cost-effective. Now, the Smart Ultra 6 is not the most beautiful gadget you might have ever come across, but it is not without its benefits. The consistent, grayish shade that covers the back and rear of the product does not come off as unstylish, and in fact looks rather well designed for the product.
The position of the main electronic camera lens and partner flash provide to the back parts an iPhone 6 feel, to the Ultra 6’s advantage, and the replicated Vodafone logo suits perfectly the plan. It is also better implemented than the replicated images that some competitors coincidentally used on their newest mobile phones. The blue shine produced by the Android smooth keys is also an awesome visible touch, and is the business of China producer ZTE, which designed the Smart Ultra 6 for Vodafone by using its own Blade S6 Plus system as a blueprint.
There is more to be said about the appearance of the Smart Ultra 6 than its visible features. It is a well-constructed, durable system and with a level of construction that contradicts its low cost. With microSD or nano-SIM containers nestled away on both sides of the product, there is no need for a detachable backboard, which means there is one less joint to croak and crack under stress. At 154 x 77 x 8.35 mm, the Smart Ultra 6 might be a little too big for some users’ preference, and they can find it a to be little bit awkward to use one-handed. It is not unpleasant to use in general, due to its relatively thin figure, and those seeking for a 5.5” wide screen will not feel like there is an unwanted excess of device ballooning around its large display.
The Ultra 6 operates on Android OS 5.0 Lollipop, and while there is a few Vodafone bloat ware applications pre-installed, you are getting more or less just the stock experience. The few actual variations from a genuine Android OS are the odd fake app, like the digital camera, which takes away from the Google edition. The unit’s 1.5 GHz octa-core Snapdragon blows out as much power as you really need. A few minutes played in popular little games with no recognizable efficiency problems is a testimony to that performance, and in common utilization, directing the choices and moving in and out of applications is just as smooth as on any Lollipop phone you have owned before.
It is needless to say that the Smart Ultra 6 is able to make a good first impression on anyone, and at its cost, we cannot think of another system that provides the same type of value for its money. The EE’s Harrier, for instance, is similar or bested by the Smart Ultra 6 in every line on the specifications papers. And yet, the Harrier is somehow more expensive on pay-as-you-go, while the Smart Ultra 6 is significantly cheaper. Vodafone will also provide it clients a Smart Ultra 6 for a 100 % free agreement. For comparison, the Harrier is costlier on a monthly contract, and that plan contains twice the 4G data and number of minutes as Vodafone’s formal plan.
So, there is not much for it if you are taking the agreement path, but it is hard to neglect the difference in pay-as-you-go costs, especially when the Smart Ultra 6 is better on theory in every area. With its Kestrel, EE proved Vodafone how cost-effective, own-brand mobile phones should be. This season, though, it is EE the one which has some extra work to do to catch up with the leader.
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