The Vodafone Smart Turbo 7 is the latest phone in the Vodafone line up. Coming in at £50 it sits in the lower end of the line. So let’s see what we think about it.
So once again I would like to thank Vodafone for kindly sending me out a unit to review.
As usual let’s get the specs out the way.
- 5 inch 420×854 IPS LCD display
- Android 6.0.1
- Mediatek MTK6735M
- 8GB storage
- 1GB RAM
- MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
- 5MP rear camera – 2592×1944 720p
- 2MP front camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 2000mAh battery
So it’s pretty much like every other Vodafone branded device really. Opening the box reveals the device itself. Pull out the phone and you find all the paperwork. Then pull out the lid and you’ll find all you accessories. So let’s cover that. In the box you get a MicroUSB cable, a cheap pair of earbuds and a power brick which again is an EU brick. I don’t understand why Vodafone give you a UK plug with some devices and an EU plug for others. Whilst it is not a problem for me I imagine that it could be for some.
Let’s take a look around the device. Starting round the front of the device you earpiece screen and the capacitive buttons. Flipping on over to the right hand side of the device you’ll find nothing. Heading up to the top you find the 3.5mm headphone jack. Heading over to the left side of the phone you’ll find the volume rocker and power button. At the bottom of the device you’ll find the microUSB port and the microphone. Finally at the back of the device you’ll find the camera and the LED flash. As well as various Vodafone branding with a recurring pattern design. Which isn’t actually that bad of a design.
Software is pretty simple here. In fact all it is stock Android (Android Marshmallow) with a few tweaks added by Vodafone. These tweaks are supposed to help but it may be just me but all it is a pain. It essentially just gives a simple mode and detailed tips. That’s it. I’m glad that’s all it is, and I’m glad of the fact you can turn off if you want to see the tips when you are setting the device up.
The camera is what you would expect really. In some of the close up shots you can clearly see where it is trying. In all fairness this would be fine if you were in an accident and need a couple of pictures with some fair amount of detail for insurance purposes. When you to take shots that have more subjects in them the camera does a poor job. It just struggles and it quite often just washes the colour out. As previously mentioned it would do for insurance purposes. You could possibly get a few decent snaps of your pets or possibly young children. Whatever it is don’t expect high quality photos.
Now I’m not a selfie person so I only took the one as well as a bizarre pink thing I had lying around. As you can tell from the selfie I took it wasn’t great. However it is only a 2MP camera so when you put it like that it isn’t actually that bad. It however won’t be any good for them selfie whores.
When it comes to video the first thing the Turbo does is to zoom in as soon as you record. Both on the front and on the rear camera. Whilst not a turn off it certainly is considered a nuisance. Moving on to the quality, now the rear 5MP camera records at 720p. The quality isn’t the greatest, but again it brings me back to my earlier point about being fine for certain use cases. The front camera is certainly a different story. I wouldn’t use it at all, ever. I know it is a 2MP camera but it’s awful. You could get a quick Skype call in but that would be about it.
The display ain’t that half that bad. It’s a 5 inch 420×854 IPS LCD display and it isn’t that bad considering the resolution. The viewing angles are just fine. I mean there’s isn’t much more to say here. It’s just a basic IPS display. Though my unit’s display brightness wouldn’t change when you dragged the brightness slider around, I did turn off auto brightness but it stayed on. This does seem to be an issue with only my unit. But in all honesty it was perfectly fine for this level of device.
Battery, Benchmarks and Performance
As you could probably guess from the fact it has a small battery and very low specs, the battery life is amazing. As you can see from the screenshots the battery lasted me all day with plenty of battery left. This was moderate use, but this is what I expected.
In the GeekBench app the Turbo 7 did a pretty good job all things considering. It walked out with a 432 in the single-core score as well as a 1197 multi-core score. In the latest GeekBench update (GeekBench 4) they added a render script test. The Turbo got a score of 615 here.
So to conclude, yes the Turbo 7 is a nice phone and at the price I can’t see how you could go wrong. You can clearly see where it sits in Vodafone’s line up. The battery life is amazing and that is due to the specs. One thing I did do was turn all the animations down to 0.5x to get a comfortable animation speed. The whole issue that I had with the brightness settings wasn’t really a big issue though it could be an issue for some but it’s not a deal breaker for me. That 8GB of internal storage isn’t that great but it does have a microSD card slot. The cameras are ok at best but what do you expect for £39. At this price you are looking a “dumb” phones.
Taking all of that into consideration would I recommend it? Yes, at £39 you can’t go wrong with it. That’s all can say I can say to wrap it really. It’s a budget phone and you get what you pay for. If there is anything else you wish to know or you’ve brought one let us know us tell us what you think.