The Vodafone Smart speed 6 is here, and it's a real bargain. But if you're picking one up as your first smartphone, what do you need to know? Read on to find out...

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We’re welcoming a new member to the Vodafone Smart family. Following in the footsteps of the Smart ultra 6 and the Smart prime 6 comes the brand new Vodafone Smart speed 6 – our new entry-level smartphone that brings 4G, Android 5.1 Lollipop, a quad-core processor and a 4.5-inch Full Wide VGA display to first-time smartphone users.

If you are looking for your very first smartphone, we know that you’ll probably have some questions. What is Android 5.1, and what does it do? Why do I need a quad-core processor? What’s special about a VGA display? Well, we’re here to bust the jargon. Read on for our complete break down on the Smart speed 6, and why it’s the perfect device for those new to smartphones.

Processors explained

The Smart speed 6 has a quad-core 1GHz CPU (central processing unit)and, like a PC desktop computer, the CPU in a phone does most of the work – running the operating system (Android in this case), running apps and so on. The faster the unit is, the smoother your experience using the phone will be, and at 1GHz (gigahertz), the CPU in the Smart speed 6 is more than fast enough to cope with all the tasks you can throw at it.

The advantage of a quad-core processor is that it enables the CPU to process more tasks at once. Each core can be dedicated to a different task, allowing you to stream music, send emails and have web pages loading in the background simultaneously, without your phone skipping a beat.

Android explained

Android is the OS (operating system) that the Smart speed 6 runs on. The same way your home PC runs on Microsoft Windows, or your Apple Mac runs on Apple OS X, the Vodafone Smart speed 6 runs on Google Android. Android is an incredibly stable mobile OS, favoured by the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC for all of their smartphones.

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The Smart speed 6 runs the latest version of Android, too, called Android 5.1 Lollipop (Google names successive versions of its OS after different foodstuffs, with the next version, Android 6.0 set to be called ‘Marshmallow’). If that all sounds like a lot to take in, fear not: Smart speed 6 comes with a bespoke, simplified home screen – designed to make everything more intuitive for those who are new to Android. But make no mistake, when you pick up the Smart speed 6, you’re getting a top-class OS with it. You can find out loads more about the history of Android, and what it’ll let you do, right here.

Screen and resolutions explained

The Full Wide VGA (Video Graphics Array) display on the Smart speed 6 is there for two reasons. Firstly, measuring at 4.5 inches diagonally, it makes the Smart speed 6 a perfect size – it is small enough to fit comfortably in the hand and let you reach any point of the screen without straining, but the screen is still large enough to make for comfortable viewing of pictures and video.

Secondly, the FWVGA screen has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels – the tiny dots that make up any digital display. The more pixels, the better the clarity and the Smart speed 6 has over 400,00of them in total, giving you a sharp, crystal clear display on which to view your photos and videos and play any mobile games you get addicted to. That resolution also means the Smart speed 6 display has an aspect ratio of 16:9, a ‘safe’ resolution that means the display won’t need to crop any photos, videos or webpages you look at. 16:9 is the aspect ratio found on most widescreen TVs, making it perfect for watching TV shows from NOW TV Entertainment or Netflix on the go.

Cameras and megapixels explained

The Smart speed 6 is equipped with two cameras – a 5-Megapixel snapper on the rear for general photography, and a 2-Megapixel camera on the front for selfies and group photos. Let’s talk about Megapixels. Simply put, ‘mega’ in this case refers to ‘a million’, so a Megapixel is one million pixels.

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The 5-Megapixel rear camera on the Smart speed 6 is capable of taking pictures made up of five million pixels That’s an incredibly detailed image, at high enough resolution and quality to use as the background screen image on your phone or PC, or to print a poster size image if you wanted to without losing clarity. Similarly, the front-facing 2-Megapixel camera will take images of two million pixels. That’s not quite as detailed as the rear camera, but it will still produce bright, clear selfies that you can print out as 4×5 inch photos.

4G explained

With the Smart speed 6 you also get access to our 4G network, which brings you the fastest mobile internet speeds available on our network to your pocket. 4G ( or LTE) stands for 4th Generation (or Long Term Evolution) – 4G is quite literally the future of mobile internet for the foreseeable future, and makes it easy and quick to stream music and videos, download your favourite apps or e-books, use the internet or post an update on Facebook.

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4G connections in general are far faster, and more efficient at carrying large amounts of data than 3G and 2G. Vodafone’s 4G signal operates at a very low frequency of 800MHz, so not only is it a very fast connection, it’s also far more effective at penetrating buildings than any other provider. You can read all about 4G frequencies here but think of it in the context of sound – when your noisy neighbours down the road are having a house party, you can hear the low frequency bass because it penetrates the walls more efficiently. Vodafone’s 4G signal works in the same way.

Storage explained

The Smart speed 6 gives you 8GB of internal memory, with space for a microSD card as well. This works the same way your PC or laptop does. 8GB of storage is plenty to store and run your OS – Android 5.1 Lollipop – efficiently, giving you a bit of extra room for apps and photos too. But the microSD compatibility is where the Smart speed 6 really comes into its own.

You can buy microSD cards with up to 32GB of storage for it, giving you masses of extra space for all the games, films, pictures and documents you could ever need to keep.

Interested? You can pick up the Vodafone Smart speed 6 today for just £50! Head over to shop.vodafone.co.uk or drop into one of our stores and speak to a friendly Vodafone rep.