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A phone that gives you complete control is now a reality with thanks to London based company Wileyfox. This new company has launched with two devices the swift and the storm, today I will be reviewing the swift their cheaper phone but by no means does cheap mean basic. Don’t forget to check out the hands on video with Gareth to see the swift in action.
- Dimensions 141.15mm x 71mm x 9.37mm
- Display 5 Inch
- Resolution1280 x 720 at 294ppi
- Weight 135g
- Processor 64-bit Quad-core 1.2GHz
- Battery Removable 2500mAh battery
- Camera 13MP primary camera
5MP front camera
- Features 4G LTE
HD video recording
Wileyfox use Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on android lollipop 5.1.1. The swift comes packed with a 13mp primary camera, 5mp front facing camera, a Quad core Snapdragon 410 8916, 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM, Expandable memory up to 32GB, Dual SIM functionality,4G LTE, 5″ HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 IPS Display. This all comes packaged with a very reasonable price of £129. So will this be enough for the average phone user to take a chance on the Wileyfox?
A hidden game when checking out the phones software. More annoying than fun.
The phone looks and feels like a high end device at a budget price. The rear cover with the Wileyfox embossed logo really makes the phone stand out. The phone has a plastic casing but has a nice non slip feel.
At top of the phone you have the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone.
On the right hand side of the phone you have the volume rocker and power button.
At the bottom of the phone you have the usb charge point and two grills where lies the phones impressive speakers.
On the left hand side there is nothing but smooth plastic. Pop off the cover and you have the removable 2500mh battery, two slots for your sim cards and the micro sd card slot.
On the rear of the swift you have the 13 megapixel camera with led flash and below this the indented Wileyfox logo.
On the front of the phone you have the ear speaker at the top, with the LED notification light to the right of this. To the left you have the 5 megapixel front facing camera. There is no capacitive buttons at the bottom of the swift they are on screen.
Smart phones are increasing in size, the phone I currently use is 5.5inches making the Wiley fox’s decision to use the popular 5 inch size a downsizing of screen for me. However this was not a problem as the 5 inch screen is the perfect size screen for any user. Its bright vivid 720p display makes using the phone, watching video playback, capturing images with the camera a dream. Wileyfox also offer screen replacement cover for £9.99 per year, which is a fantastic option to have.
The swift uses Cyanogen 12.1 with android 5.1.1 it looks and feels like android so don’t be alarmed that this is too 1much of a change when choosing this phone. It is close to almost naked android. In fact the Cyanogen OS allows consumers the chance to delete any or all the apps that are preloaded on the device and download only the apps that you need. This feature is great as some apps run tirelessly in the background of my current phone and if I could uninstall them I would free up some valuable space. From the main menu screen you can access the app drawer which is laid out in an alphabetical list format. The bottom of the screen there is an a-z list which you can fast track the letter you are looking for.
You have the option to have android or cyanogen themes on the phone.
The operating system runs smoothly with a 64-bit CPU at 1.2GHzsnapdragon processor although when running the performance test it scored quite low. When playing high spec games like Batman the dark knight rises on the swift there was a noticeable lag at times however gameplay was still enjoyable. Less graphic enduring games such as Minecraft and Jurassic World builder app played seamless.
Thankfully Wileyfox did not opt for the pitiful option of 4 gb or 8 gb on board storage. The swift comes with 16 gb on board storage. This is all powered by the 2500mh battery which does last 24 hours with general use. The battery for me lasted about 8 hours before I had it drained although I had used the swift to its full capacity. On my daily commute to work I could watch a 30min programme, listen to music when walking to work, general use during the working day, another 30 min programme on my way home as well as the occasional phone call.
The camera quality is average. The 13 megapixel camera performs well however the quality reduces in low light conditions. Below are a few examples of the 13mp camera and a short video for you to make up your own mind.
The video quality is fine, however when the digital zoom option is used the quality reduces dramatically.
The panorama option was my favorite option when using the camera.
There are plenty of options and filters to use within the camera app, so perhaps with extra time and tweaking the settings you can utilise the camera to its full potential.
The speakers are loud, with twin speakers located at the bottom of the phone. Built in to the swift there is an equalizer option which is always handy to have.
Should you join the Wileyfox revolution? In my opinion yes! If you are looking for a smart phone as a gift for Christmas or looking for a phone that can perform on a budget you cant go wrong with the swift. Take a chance on Wileyfox as I expect them to make a huge splash in the mobile phone arena. The swift packs a lot of hardware for its £129 price and with the additional 3 year phone replacement at £9.99 and screen protection at a further £9.99 per year this should make a killer selling point.
I do not want to renew my membership to the cracked screen club but for the protection at this price it makes the to join the Wileyfox revolution an easy choice. There are other smartphones available around this price with similar specs but if you want something a little different and a break from the norm they sign up with Wileyfox who in their own words provide unrivalled customisation, privacy and security and freedom.
“Unrivalled customisation: give your phone a look and personality that’s as unique as yours.
Unrivalled privacy and security: choose precisely the data you wish to share; protect apps with additional PINs; prevent spam with Truecaller Integrated Dialler.
Unrivalled freedom: curate your own suite of apps – delete any or all of the apps we preload to get you started and download the ones you need. Enriching your life, extending your battery life; keeping you connected everywhere, to everyone, for longer. “ https://www.wileyfox.com/