The Vodafone Smart Speed 6 is the little brother to the Smart Prime 6 and Smart Ultra 6, 2 of our favorite budget smartphones on the market at the moment. It is available in 2 colors silver or ‘anthracite’ which we cannot quite understand, as the 2 colors are almost identical.

Speed-6

It measures in at 132.2 x 65.1-mm and houses a 4.5 inch display, which gives the Smart Speed 6 a 64.8% screen to body ratio. The bezels are moderately thick around the edges of the screen, but again, for only £50 you cannot expect an edge to edge display.

The Smart Speed 6 is a bulky smartphone, there is no debating that. It is 10mm thick, and it is decidedly noticeable straight away it feels bulkier in the hand than our iPhone 6s with a fairly chunky protective cover on, and that is saying something.

It isn’t the brightest of displays either, and we had a bit of trouble using it in direct sunlight, peculiarly when trying to read text. That may have something to do with the low resolution, as text is not as sharp and easy to read as it is on other devices, even the Smart Prime 6 which costs only £30 more has a larger, 720p HD display.

It characterizes a Quad Core 1GHz Mediatek MT6735M CPU coupled with a Mali-T720 GPU and 1GB of RAM, which by itself is not impressive but coupled with a low res display, it performs quite well. In fact, when we ran our GFXBench tests, we found that the Smart Speed 6 exactly beat the Smart Prime 6, which characterizes a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor.

Aside from 4G connectivity, you should expect to find Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and an FM Radio. Thanks to the super fast 4G connectivity, you can also use the Smart Speed 6 as a hotspot to bring internet connectivity to tablets and other devices.

The Smart Speed 6 features a 5Mp rear facing camera with a maximum res of 2592 x 1944 and an LED flash, with various shooting modes available. Shooting modes include auto, manual, sport, HDR and manual, even though we were pretty disappointed with the overall quality of the images taken by camera.

  • 132.2×65.1x10mm
  • 146g
  • 4.5in IPS display
  • 480×854 resolution
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS
  • Android Lollipop 5.1
  • 5Mp rear facing camera
  • 2Mp front facing camera
  • 720p HD video
  • Quad-core 1GHz Mediatek MT6735M CPU
  • Mali-T720 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of storage, can be extended by up to 32GB
  • non-removable 1780Ah battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0

If money is not an issue, we’d recommend the Smart Ultra 6, Vodafone’s £129 phablet that is currently sat at the number one spot in our best budget smartphone roundup.