Vodafone has a self-branded, cost conscious, high-end smartphone to offer. Here we take a look at the contents of the box and quick peek as the phone operation ahead of an upcoming review. Essentially, this is a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4S and that is no bad thing, Blackberry pimped it out for the more expensive Dtek60. Vodafone has merely added their own software suite to the phone and brands to the box and in the glass.
Initial impressions are high as the device looks a feels very elegant, if a little slippery. The camera appears to be fast and responsive and the screen is beautiful. There is a noticeable step in quality from mid range options and whilst this does cost a little more you are getting a beautifully constructed device that is easily on par with devices priced £100 more.
One concern might be the Vodafone bloat. There is quite a bit however on closer inspection there isn’t much more than you would expect from a network branded device, in fact, a number of the applications added actually enhance the experience and utilise some of the hardware features we have seen ignored in the past.
- Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)
- 3 GB RAM
- 32 GB + Expandable MicroSD
- 5.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2560 pixels resulting in 534 ppi
- 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus
- 8 MP front facing
- Android 6.0.1
Stay tuned for a full review in the near future.