WileyFox Swift 2 Plus review
Added extras for media and gaming
Our WileyFox Swift 2 Plus review finds an Android Nougat smartphone, at a still affordable price of from £192.99 handset only or from £12 per month on a 24 month contract. Costing just a few pounds more than the Swift 2, the Swift 2 Plus offers extra memory, a better camera resolution and improved media and gaming performance.
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If you are searching for a balance on price and performance, then this mobile phone review is for you.
The WileyFox Swift 2 Plus has that premium feel with a body made from aviation grade aluminium, shaped through CNC diamond cutting and a 17 step process. The use of aluminium keeps things light at 158g and gentle curves move from the back to the front, in a body that is 8.64mm thick.
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There are three colours to choose from and these are Midnight (black), Gold and Rose (purple). The front of the WileyFox Swift 2 Plus is made from toughened 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and this has a smudge resistant (oleophobic) coating.
The design incorporates a 5” HD display and that is a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, at 294 pixels per inch. It would have been nice to see the resolution at Full HD but still, there is a general consensus that the human eye can only see around 300 pixels per inch, so there shouldn’t be any complaints.
The screen brightness can be pushed up to the region of around 400 nits, which should be good enough to cope with outdoor indirect sunlight. Further attesting to its outdoor practicality is a super sensitive gloves mode.
Inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, instead of 2GB on the Swift. This gives the Swift 2 Plus the edge, making it a better choice for gaming, media and internet browsing.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint security and getting started
The fingerprint sensor, located on the back, can be used to unlock the phone and the sensor has a low error rate. The internal memory has been doubled up to 32GB, of which 24GB is free to the owner, for transferring content and media over from an old smartphone.
If needed, there is a memory card slot that will accept microSD cards with a value of up to 64GB.
Android blended with Cyanogen
The operating system is Android 7.1.1 Nougat and this is blended with Cyanogen 13.0. Cyanogen takes the stock Android experience to a new level with a Theme Engine app for changing fonts, colours, animations, icons and quick settings tiles.
Cyanogen also brings with it an improved audio experience with enhanced bass tones, improved dynamic range and less distortion, delivered at up to 90dB through a 15mm x 11mm speaker.
We are also pleased to see the LED notification alert and without an always on display, this is the next best thing.
Camera & Video
The camera has been enhanced to have a 16MP resolution and this is up there with the best, in terms of definition. The camera uses a Samsung 3L8 sensor, f2.0 aperture and dual LED flash.
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The powerful smartphone camera on the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus can record video at a quality of 1080p at 30 frames per second. For selfie photography, there is an 8MP secondary camera.
Quick Charge 3.0
The WileyFox Swift 2 Plus has a 2,700mAh battery that offers up to 180 hours of standby time or up to 260 minutes of talk time. In the box, you will find a USB Type-C cable and this can be attached to a USB charging plug, PC or laptop, if you have one.
It is important to note that the Quick Charge 3.0 feature will require you to buy a Quick Charge plug, as one isn’t included. If you do decide to buy a Quick Charge plug, costing just a few pounds, then charging times are shortened.
A 25% charge can be achieved in 15 minutes, with 50% in 30 minutes and 75% in 45 minutes.
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Written by: Michael Brown