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  Reply # 1110913 19-Aug-2014 00:11
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Alright it shall arrive tomorrow/this morning.

I shall extensively test it out and all that jazz, what are some really intensive android games and apps?

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  Reply # 1111226 19-Aug-2014 12:26

There's always the few good benchmarks - Vellamo, GFXbench, et cetera (Severely distrust Quadrant, AnTuTu & its ilk). Epic Citadel is worth a look as well.

 

Then there's the heavier games like the GTA series, Max Payne, Riptide, Deus Ex: The Fall, Eufloria on high settings, the Dead Trigger series, The Room series, many more - and if you want to go down a real metal-straining route, there's emulation to consider.

Honestly speaking, the Smart 4 power probably won't run the latest HD stuff well, but it does benchmark similarly to the Galaxy S III (The S4p has a Mediatek 6582M chipset @1.3GHz with a Mail 400 GPU @ 416MHz vs. the i9300 with its 1.4GHz Exynos chipset & 440MHz Mali 400, although the S III's chipsets have faster architecture as well), so should be good to go with the high end circa 2012. Being a lower screen res helps in the benchmark (and battery life) department as there are less pixels to push around. :)




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  Reply # 1111461 19-Aug-2014 17:36
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So after playing with it a lot and updating everything I must say this is blthe best budget smart phone I've ever used.

Tested real racing, GTA SA, gangster La, Fifa 14 plus others and they all play surprisingly buttery smooth.

The keyboard sucks IMO coming from a wp8.1 keyboard to this though so its to be expected haha.

The android google music app is good, great even but the phone is way to quiet for me but sounds good streaming through Bluetooth and the headphones you get for free are spectacular that they actually wowed me.

NFC tags are great and really fun and convenient.

A few downsides would be not future proof/ screen isn't full HD and no mini HDMI but over all its a really really good phone.

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  Reply # 1111508 19-Aug-2014 19:04

TyroneB: So after playing with it a lot and updating everything I must say this is blthe best budget smart phone I've ever used.

Tested real racing, GTA SA, gangster La, Fifa 14 plus others and they all play surprisingly buttery smooth.

The keyboard sucks IMO coming from a wp8.1 keyboard to this though so its to be expected haha.

The android google music app is good, great even but the phone is way to quiet for me but sounds good streaming through Bluetooth and the headphones you get for free are spectacular that they actually wowed me.

NFC tags are great and really fun and convenient.

A few downsides would be not future proof/ screen isn't full HD and no mini HDMI but over all its a really really good phone.


Glad you're digging it! Lot of bang for buck with this one I reckon.

Keyboard is not my cup of tea either. Thankfully, SwiftKey has recently gone free - give that a crack. Found the S4p more responsive when haptic feedback is turned off (Which you may wish to do if you're coming from Windows Phone anyway).

The audio was not spectacularly loud, but drove the on-ear cans and in-ear monitors I tested it with. Have not tried the stock ones, glad to hear they're reasonable as well. The perceived volume will depend on how hard it is to drive whatever you're plugging into it.

NFC tags rock, and they haven't been widely acknowledged despite most midrange to high end Android devices coming with NFC support, so it's great to see them in the box with a booklet to explain how they work. What have you programmed yours to do?

It may support MHL for TV out - will see if I can confirm this next week. Should support Miracast as well. How's the battery life so far?




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  Reply # 1111520 19-Aug-2014 19:35
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Well I did the no no and haven't charged it yet other than for an hour tops and I'm at 25% (full brightness/really heavy Bluetooth/USB usage constant downloads) and it was at 65% when I got it (12pm) and its only just hit 24% so its going good but it takes too long to charge. :P

The headphones were surprisingly good I'd even reccomend them to purchase for $20 haha.

NFC tags I've only used one ATM and that's for turning the music on and off to mid volume which is a godsend when I'm to lazy to turn it on.

Will really have to dig into what you can do with them some more later tonight.

The screen surprised me with how decent it us considering its only qHD and 5inchs big.

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  Reply # 1111677 19-Aug-2014 22:58

TyroneB: Well I did the no no and haven't charged it yet other than for an hour tops and I'm at 25% (full brightness/really heavy Bluetooth/USB usage constant downloads) and it was at 65% when I got it (12pm) and its only just hit 24% so its going good but it takes too long to charge. :P

The headphones were surprisingly good I'd even reccomend them to purchase for $20 haha.

NFC tags I've only used one ATM and that's for turning the music on and off to mid volume which is a godsend when I'm to lazy to turn it on.

Will really have to dig into what you can do with them some more later tonight.

The screen surprised me with how decent it us considering its only qHD and 5inchs big.


So this is basically a new model of an Alcatel phone, running a lightly modified version of stock Android instead of Alcatel's skin, and with a nicer backplate. I'd been wanting to check out Alcatel's new stuff for ages because hey, I liked their old stuff back in the dumbphone days, and they use some very nice components. qHD is a resolution I never had a huge problem with, although I was using it on 4.3" Motorola phones because I was desperate for anything better than WVGA at the time. It's not as big a stretch over the Smart 4 power's 5" as I thought it might be, and the IPS panel is nice. A nice screen + tank battery life = a really good smartphone in my book. Like Moto's Droid MAXX series, there's a place for a decent phone with a huge battery.

You'll want to get a decent charger to go with - I charge everything off of a 2.1 amp double USB charger that came with a giant Korean phone, most things don't take too long. Unsure what the stock charger is rated at as my unit was pre-retail & didn't have the accessories.

I hadn't thought of using an NFC tag to play/pause music playback on a desk, that could genuinely be handy at work..

You in a 4G area yet? It gets cat4 speeds, so 150Mbps down. Given the price of the phone + the battery life, it doubles as a great pocket WiFI unit - used it for that for a while after the review. 




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  Reply # 1111707 19-Aug-2014 23:54
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Nah haven't been able to try 4G for the first time yet as it seems Glen Eden doesn't get coverage.

How much would one of those chargers go for on average? Do you have a reputable seller? I'm currently using my Lumia charger as the one that came in box was the same one a friend got with his real budget tablet so I stuck with old trusty + it's longer.


I have set to automatically play media/music and it plays through power amp without having to open the app which is cool. Wonder if I can try Bluetooth+media/music play and volume 5 all in one touch...


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  Reply # 1111784 20-Aug-2014 08:54

Saw some surprisingly good-looking chargers in Warehouse Stationery the other day - fun colours, too. Wouldn't be too quick to discount some of the Chinese tablets as having bad chargers, the one I use at work is great & came from a ZTE tab.

Mad respect for Poweramp, best music player on any platform IMO.

Will see if there's any news on Glen Eden 4G. S4p has dual carrier 3G as well, so you should be pretty sweet even without immediate 4G coverage.




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  Reply # 1111827 20-Aug-2014 09:45
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Okay found my first issue.

The on board storage is too little and doesn't let me install apps to so card and rugby league live 2 gold takes up 700b of on board storage :(

Also the nfc set up I mentioned does work and works brilliantly.

I'll look into one of those chargers tomorrow then but my Nokia one is doing its job so far.

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  Reply # 1112685 21-Aug-2014 10:50
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Is the phone locked to vodafone?

I didn't think they locked the more expensive phones but don't know about their own branded ones

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  Reply # 1114942 25-Aug-2014 09:21

logo: Is the phone locked to vodafone?

I didn't think they locked the more expensive phones but don't know about their own branded ones


Nope.

There was a small initial shipment that came locked from the factory by mistake, but these units have stickers on the boxes and lock symbols under the battery - you can call the team on the number provided to have it unlocked for free. See also: http://vodafone.co.nz/unlock

Note that the Smart 4 power does not have 850MHz 3G, so won't be any good for Telecom/Spark/Skinny.

TyroneB: Okay found my first issue.

The on board storage is too little and doesn't let me install apps to so card and rugby league live 2 gold takes up 700b of on board storage :(

Also the nfc set up I mentioned does work and works brilliantly.

I'll look into one of those chargers tomorrow then but my Nokia one is doing its job so far.


Yeah, the storage is the one bummer - it's up to app developers to implement the ability to move large amounts of data to the SD card, so this will vary depending on the game.




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  Reply # 1185950 30-Nov-2014 21:07
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Hi there

Just asking for any advice with a problem I'm having with a Vodafone Smart Power 4

It's been going fine until yesterday. Suddenly it locked up and then it went to a blank screen.

No it's not flat. If I plug the USB charger in the white charging light glows but nothing else.

I've tried the power on + Up volume but no response

If I plug it into my PC, I get the device detected sound and then disconnected sound and then detected sound and disconnected and so on.

I'm letting the battery run flat over the next day or so although it's difficult to tell when it is flat 


The battery is non-removable unfortunately (although it looks like it can be accessed if I remove the back cover) - that will be a last resort

Any other suggestions?




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  Reply # 1189124 5-Dec-2014 09:05
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Couple of questions:

 

  • Whats the screen like in terms of scratch resistance? 
  • Does VF have any tempered glass protectors for these devices?

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