- Analysis by KJ David
A prepaid Android Go phone specifically designed for teens or those who are only just looking for their first smartphone (Don't forget to check out the best Vodafone-carried phones here), the Vodafone Smart N9 lite's cons include a pitiful 1GB-only RAM and a modest MediaTek 6739WA quad-core 1.28GHz processor -- a combination that sounds only just enough to run the essentials, which may be what Vodafone was going for anyway.
As of this technical review, the Smart N9 lite was one of cheapest phones to adapt the 18:9 display aspect ratio that was first introduced by some top-tier phablets listed here at Phonerated. It touts a 5.3-inch (Its exact screen diagonal is 5.34 inches) display with a sub-standard 960 x 480 FWVGA+ resolution and an equally-unpromising 201ppi pixel density score . Moreover, it passes up on a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for user authentication , a pro offered by its Smart N9 mother model.
Joining the N9 lite's pros and cons is Vodafone's suite of parental controls , which lets parents limit app access for kids and limit their screen time, among other functions. It also runs on the Go Edition or Android 8.1 Oreo , which is basically a stripped-down alternative to the full-blown Oreo ecosystem tailored to smartphones with no ambitious processing powers to boast whatsoever.
Also on board is a 16GB internal memory that sounds rather favorable, considering that a lot of other sub-$100 alternatives (The N9 lite was initially priced at roughly $90) stick to cramped 4GB or 8GB storage caps. We are not so happy about its up-to-32GB-only external memory allowance , though, knowing that entry-level smartphones with 128GB microSD card slots were no longer uncommon when it debuted.
This Smart model's imaging specs don't really set it apart from most other entry-level smartphones, consisting of an 8-megapixel autofocus-equipped main camera and a 5-megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam. Note, though, that both its cameras come with their own LED flashes , which gives it a slight advantage versus many low-enders with tantamount pros and cons on the selfie front.
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With a 2460mAh battery and a 2-year warranty rounding out its features, the Smart N9 lite is obviously geared towards non-techies and practically-minded shoppers.
** This phone is also known as: Vodafone N9 lite
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