Vodafone Ireland launched their latest own brand 4G device not too long ago called the Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo. The S4T is a nicely designed 4.5″ device running the latest version of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat.
For anyone who needs 4G but doesn’t really need a major hardcore smartphone then the S4T is perfectly suited to them, good features with a great price. The call quality on the S4T is very good and even where I live which normally would have poor single it remained strong can calls clear.
The S4T is running a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, not too bad and not the go to workhorse chip for the low end. It also has 1GB of RAM which is the bare minimum these days to run any kind of intensive game or multiple applications on Android.
Speaking of games, yes most games played well but not popped out of the screen due to its low resolution and TFT display, none the less they works pretty well.
4.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels, 4.5 inches (~218 ppi pixel density)
2G,3G,4G (LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600)
1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 Processor
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC
1880mAh removable battery
There are two cameras onboard with a 5MP single flash on the rear and a VGA quality on the front, neither is fantastic if you zoom in but overall day time colour reproduction was quite good. Below you can see an example (left) of the main 5MP and (right) the front camera.
The S4T design is all plastic, but it is done very well, the back plate is removable to allow you to swap in and out the SIM, SD Card and battery if you have a spare. Colour wise you are limited to gun metal grey but that’s okay as it is pretty nice, however I would love to see Vodafone offer colourful back plates for this.
On the rear of the device is the Vodafone and LTE/4G branding along with the camera lens and single flash. On the top of the device is the USB charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The right hand side see a solitary power button and the left the volume rockers, and thankfully these feel rock solid.
I am quite pleased overall with the build, yes it is a little boring but it is all perfectly functional, the S4T is not light but I would not call it heavy either.
For €99 you will be hard pushed to find a better value Android phone, however there is up coming competition from Microsoft with their latest Lumia 530 or indeed it predecessor the 520 now also €99.
The choice ultimately is yours, for more info on the Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo head over to its official Vodafone page here.