The Vodafone Smart Mini is a budget touch-screen smartphone, and could very well be the end of BlackBerry’s reign as entry-level tween handset.
For a square plastic phone, the white handset is rather pretty, (according to the packaging the phone is also available in black and pink), but it feels cheap – no surprises there, I guess. It’s not heavy, but the lines don’t flow and the angles make it feel awkwardly bulky.
Some technical bits:
- 3,5-inch touch screen
- 1 GHz single-core processor
- 4 GB built-in storage
- 2-megapixel camera running
- Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
There is space for an SD card and the phone uses a standard SIM card. The Vodafone Smart Mini has just two physical buttons: a power/sleep at the top, and a volume rocker on the side.
The display is nothing to get excited about, and the touch screen didn’t do anything to endear me to on-screen typing (I absolutely loathe touch-screen only phones; even when turned to landscape I can’t type as fast or accurately as I can with tangible buttons, and considering I hardly ever use my phone to make or receive calls, this is a problem). Speaking of calls, the call quality is good and clear on both ends.
You can customise the home screens, and the button that allows you to view/access/close all recent apps is pretty handy – it was one of the features on the last phone I reviewed I quite liked as well.
While I won’t short-list the Vodafone Smart Mini in my search for my next handset, I’m sure it will appeal to parents who feel the pressure from younger family members to outfit the latter with smartphones, but are weary about the price tags these phones generally come with. This phone is a good compromise for both parties.