Vodacom have quite recently released, their very own branded smartphone named the “Smart Kicka”. The Kicka has a recommended retail price of R549, which put’s it into the entry level range, of the smartphone market. Cellphone’s competing at the entry-level range, commonly suffer from the likes of poor battery life, slow processing power, minimal resolution and limited on-board memory. So has Vodacom succeeded in providing a smartphone that retains the entry price, and at the same time succeeds in overcoming the common shortfalls ?
At a first glimpse of the Vodacom Smart Kicka, you can’t help but notice that it has Android 4.4(Kitkat) running behind the hood, which happens to the latest iteration of the Android Operating System. This trait is shared by smartphones at high-end, such as the Galaxy S5 and LG G3. Although support for Android KitKat is certainly a great thing, performance issues could be another. The Kicka has a Dual Core Processor, clocked at 1 GHz and has 512MB of RAM. This is certainly more than sufficient. At R549, the Kicka offers more than what one might expect. This is true in the case of support for Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB, Camera and FM Radio. There is 4 GB on onboard memory, and a microSD expansion slot that can extend memory by an additional 32 GB. The display is a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen, that is powered by a 1400mAh removable battery. Vodacom have preloaded social apps like Google+ and Facebook, aswell as access to Vodacom Apps such as the Vodacom Cloud, and Vodacom Live! portal.
Customers buying the Smart Kicka will receive 5 free 50 MB Power Bundles with the Smart Kicka(250 MB Total) which can be used instantly to allow for internet access.The Vodacom Smart Kicka is targeted at those people who want to enjoy the benefits of owning a smartphone, but do not want to fork out large amounts. It brings the functionality of the latest Android operating system, with decent technical specifications at a superb price making the power of smartphones accessible to more people.
Standby Time: 433h(2g) / 325h(3G)Hours
Talk Time: 6.8(2G) / 2.8(3G) Hours
|CPU||1GHz Dual-Core MT6572|
|Connect||GPRS / EDGE / 3G / HSDPA / HSUPA
|Display||3.5 Inch, 262k TFT Color Touchscreen
Resolution: 480 * 320
|Memory||RAM: 512 MB
Onboard: 4 GB
Memory Card: microSD, up to 32 GB
|Operating System||Android 4.4|
|Size||Width: 112 mm
Height: 62 mm
Depth: 12 mm
|Support||Colors: Black and White