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Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 Phone Review

It is safe to say the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 is another success story for the company.

Build construction is of the highest quality, with a Gorilla Glass 3 front panel and an anodised aluminium frame.

The 2K display is also incredibly sharp, with great viewing angles and vibrant colours. It does struggle a bit in direct sunlight, but so does every other phone I have tested.


The OS, Android Marshmallow, is very lean and efficient, with no added bloatware or unnecessary bits of software. This helps keep the phone very snappy and responsive, which is confirmed by our benchmark scores. To recap, the Platinum 7 scores higher than the iPhone 6S in the Geekbench 3 multi-core performance test. This is incredible for a £300 phone, and confirms to us that Vodafone has brought flagship performance at a much lower price.

A 16MP camera is also appreciated, with a useful manual mode and high level of detail present in images. Very occasionally I found that the auto-white balance was not quite right, but this was rare. The majority of the time, the Platinum 7 takes very good photos indeed.

And to cap it all off, the battery life is very strong for a phone with a QHD display. In the real-world, I found it should last well over a day, while in our Geekbench 3 test, it beat the Smart Ultra 6 by over 3 hours.

As such, we can safely conclude that the Smart Platinum 7 is another great phone from Vodafone. It is available to buy as of today, with a pay-as-you-go handset price of £300.

You can pick one up directly from Vodafone HERE.


  • Premium look and feel.
  • Great performance.
  • Very competitive price.
  • Stunning 2K display.
  • Stereo speakers.
  • Fingerprint scanner.


  • Camera auto-white balance is not infallible.
  • Screen brightness still struggles in bright daylight.


KitGuru says: Vodafone are onto another winner with the Smart Platinum 7. It delivers a top-class experience for a less-than-premium price.

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Rating: 9.0.

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