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Vodafone shows again that own-brand phones can be good value

Vodafone shows again that own-brand phones can be good value
From Engadget - July 11, 2017

All in all, there's nothing particularly special about the Smart V8. These days, metalwork, this kind of spec sheet and value-added features like fingerprint sensor and NFC are becoming standard at the mid-to-low end. The new handset does have something going for it, though -- a pretty competitive price tag.

Vodafone's pay-as-you-go range is relatively sparse around the 150 mark. You have got the 149 Sony Xperia L1, which is less attractive enough on paper to justify the jump to the 159 Smart V8. The closest handset beyond that point is the fairly comparable 199 Huawei P8 lite (2017). The Moto G5 gets a nod too, obviously, as well as the Wileyfox Swift 2, since they can be bought elsewhere for bang on 159. You would not say either of them are significantly better than the Smart V8, though.

Smart N8

If you have set yourself a slightly tighter budget, Vodafone also recently launched the Smart N8, an 85 handset sitting in the crowded low-end of the pay-as-you-go spectrum. It's more than appropriately specced, with a 5-inch, 720p display, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek chip, 1.5GB of RAM, 16 gigs of expandable storage, 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, fingerprint sensor, NFC and 2,400mAh battery.

Smart Tab N8

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