Conclusion: Vodacom’s Smart II is a good all-round performer. This smartphone may not sport the fastest CPU in the budget range, but it does feature an impressive build quality for this price range, and one of the best touchscreens (glare notwithstanding) in this segment. It goes for a recommended retail price of R1 300 making it more expensive than Samsung’s Galaxy Pocket (R1 000), but cheaper than LG’s Optimus L3 (R1 500) and Nokia Asha 311 feature phone (R1 500).
Pros: Sturdy construction, pocketable dimensions, higher resolution display than rivals, handy Data Management app
Cons: Not the best performing budget CPU, rather average camera performance, touchscreen prone to displaying glare plus a real fingerprint magnet
Conclusion: Vodafone clearly sees value in having an own-branded smartphone line, and I can fully understand why. But own-branded handsets need to be good value for money and to stand up well against similarly priced competition. I don't think the Smart II does that despite its good build quality. In the end, if you have around £100 to spend on a handset, I'd suggest you shop around for better value for money.