Vodafone Platinum 7 Review
Vodafone recently launched Platinum 7, a mid-range phone with specifications and design, which can compete with some of the flagships already in the market. Nearly 10 months after Vodafone launched a low cost feature phone, 710, the mobile network company has now entered premium smartphone market. The device primarily aims to compete with OnePlus 3, which is already quite successful all over the world in this price segment. Let us have a look at the specifications to see how this carrier-specific smartphone fares in the market.
Hardware and OS
The device is a 5.5 inch device, which comes with 2K display and it has received pretty amazing reviews for its screen quality and it is one of the strongest points which can differentiate Platinum 7 from its competitors. The hardware under the hood is pretty decent too. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octacore processor along with 3 GB of RAM. It can be noted that OnePlus offers double the RAM along with similar CPU for almost same the cost. You have 32 GB of storage on board along with microSD card support which can be used to expand the memory to upto 128 GB. Overall, the specifications shouldn’t let you down in terms of performance. The 3000 mAh battery is non-removable and should be able to easily last through a day with normal usage. The phone comes pre-loaded with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with company’s Smart Platinum 7 UI on top of it. There are lots of Vodafone based apps which the company offers in their customized UI and can be annoying for some users over a course of time.
The device, as its name suggests, is a premium looking device with glass body and metal finishing running across the sides. The front is Gorilla glass protected 2.5D screen which saves your display from key scratches and other such worries. The edges are curved and Vodafone has kept the design minimalistic and simple. You have a 16 MP rear camera, which is a bit protruding at the back. It has f/2.0 aperture along with flash and host of controls available for photo and video recording. Automatic, HDR, SLo-Mo, panorama are some of the features available with the default camera app. ISO, white balance and aperture can be manually controlled. However, the device lacks OIS which can result in shaky videos or blurry photos if you are in motion. The front camera is an 8 MP shooter. The fingerprint sensor is below rear camera and you have the Vodafone logo at the bottom. The 3.5 mm jack is at the top whereas the micro-USB port is the bottom of the device.
The device sells at £300, along with a free VR headset from Vodafone itself. There are hosts of bundle packages, offering you data packages and unlimited voice and texts which you can choose for a 12 or 24 month of contract. They start at £32 and depending upon the free data you opt, the price increases. Overall, the device provides a good option coupled and along with Vodafone’s data and voice plans, it is sure to create a buzz in the market.
Picture courtesy – vodafone.co.uk, devicebox.ru and mobilechoiceuk.com
by techtalks @TechTalks August 1, 2016 5:50 AM UTC