Vodafone Smart V8 review
A touch of class at an affordable price
24-month contract customers can pick up the Smart V8 from £23 per month, with unlimited texts and minutes and 1GB of internet data.
Overall, we are impressed with what is on offer. So, if you are cautious with your outlays then check out our Vodafone Smart V8 review, as this one could be for you.
Dragontrail glass and metallic body
The Vodafone Smart V8 has a quality build that is satisfyingly durable. The front face of the phone is made from toughened 2.5D Dragontrail glass and the rounded edges are kind to the fingers, when swiping onto or off of the touch screen.
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The Smart V8 has a diamond cut full metal body with a brushed effect finish on the back. This is encapsulated by textured top and bottom panels and shiny soft curved beveled edges.
The official colour is Cold Metal, incorrectly tagged as Cool Metal in some media reports. The low down here though is that the back is mostly grey, while the front has black panels both above and below the display.
This Vodafone phone is fairly slim and light at 7.99mm thick and weighing in at 166g. We also applaud Vodafone for including a notification light, which will help save power by not having to wake the screen up to check if notifications have arrived.
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The display is satisfactorily large at 5.5” and this has Full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels) at 401 pixels per inch, which is absolutely fantastic. The display has a night mode designed to reduce eye-strain and you can set the time for when this is automatically turned on.
Phone Set Up
The fingerprint sensor offers biometric security and you can add up to five fingerprints, for guest users. The fingerprint reader can also be used to access your Private Space, lock apps, answer calls, take photos or to drag down the notification panel.
If you don’t use the fingerprint sensor then you can activate the Double Tap to Wake feature. Usability has been considered here and a Smart Lock can be activated in order to keep the phone unlocked in trusted places, when trusted devices are connected to it or when a trusted face or voice is recognised.
Transferring content from an old smartphone or iPhone is straightforward and the Vodafone Smart V8 has a 32GB internal memory, of which 22GB is free to the user. This is pretty generous but if you do need more memory, then there is a microSD card slot that supports cards with a value of up to 128GB.
The Vodafone Smart V8 runs the very latest update of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. Some of the benefits of this includes the ability to respond to notifications from within the notification panel itself and the option to use two apps together in Split Screen mode.
Further features includes Google Voice Typing, Glide Typing, Tap and Pay, Message+, Duo video calling and the Google Fit app.
The Smart V8 is also Cardboard (Virtual Reality) compatible and this includes a Cardboard Camera mode for taking VR photos. You just need to purchase the Cardboard Viewer (£11.55) to take advantage of this.
The Smart V8 benefits from Vodafone’s faster 4G+ connection and everything runs smoothly, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM.
If you typically keep you phone in a case then the Smart Cover is a sensible buy that lets you see important information through the cover opening, with a choice of clock styles to choose from.
Camera & Video
The high resolution 16MP camera brings with it many features that have recently been seen on premium camera phones. Focus occurs quickly with Phase Detection Auto Focus technology and there is a dual flash and HDR feature, for getting the best exposure.
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A quick launch feature (double tap the volume key) gets you ready to shoot quickly. Shooting modes includes super night, slow exposure, time lapse, slow motion, slow exposure (for capturing water flow, car trails or star trails) and panorama.
You can get pro results by making use of the level guide and metering features or have a bit of fun with the GIF Maker (up to 50 photos) and Collage Maker. You can also shoot video at a quality of 1080p.
8MP selfie camera
The Vodafone Smart V8 has a 8MP selfie camera, which is better than many other phones in the same pricing bracket. When shooting selfies, you can make use of the wide selfie mode, smile detection, V gesture and beauty face features.
Power Manager and QuickCharge 2.0
The Vodafone Smart V8 has a 3,000mAh battery and this is a good capacity that should give you a days worth of typical use. You can make the most of the power reserves by the using the Power Manager feature.
The Smart V8 is Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 compatible, but you will need to purchase the quick charger separately, to make use of this feature.
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Written by: Michael Brown