We’ve heard a lot about Samsung, Apple and Nexus’ six-inch phones, but now they have a fresh challenger in the form of Vodafone’s Smart 4 Max. This could be the latest within the carrier’s range of smartphones, aimed to offer an affordable option. It’s just available on pay-as-you-go which seems a little archaic, but at just £125 for the phone, you will save a packet compared to the Galaxy S6 or Nexus 6. Corners have obviously been cut, mostly in the build and digital camera. The rear is a textured plastic that does not feel premium but it is easy to carry, and it’s scratch and fingerprint resistant too. The rear camera, despite boasting 13MP, is a poor affair. It takes ages to load and shoot and when it does, the image isn’t razor-sharp. The front facing camera, however, is surprisingly good and snaps quality selfies even when facing the light. The phone’s other big selling point is its battery. It houses a 3,000mAh energy source that can supply you with a lot more than per day’s life, thanks to its size as well as the fact it only needs to power a 720×1280 full HD screen and 1.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor. It drained simply ten percent in 16 hours when left on standby.
On the subject of the screen, it’s good without being spectacular. The 245ppi screen clarity is an ample degree and our eyes can barely detect a difference much above this. The colors, nonetheless, could possibly be more vibrant. In terms of its rate, the Smart 4 Max executes ingeniously. There is certainly hesitation when loading and transitioning but movie playback and game play, even with fairly CPU intensive games, is normally smooth. Its Antutu benchmark score of 17302 is appropriate in the middle of the market, dropping just behind the Asus ZenFone 5. It comes down with the standard suite of Android apps as well as a handful of Vodafone apps, which, let’s be honest, you are not likely to use. The addition of Potential and OfficeSuite is a nice touch, however also it eats up fewer than half of this device’s 8GB memory. While this is somewhat below what we anticipate in terms of storage in 2015, it may be boosted with an extra 32GB thanks to a microSD slot. The Vodafone Smart 4 is a significant, mid-range phone and if you do not mind the shoddy camera, the strange design and also the fact you’re tied to a Vodafone PAYG deal, this is quite a great model.