Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 review: sweet deal

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Modern-day flagship smartphones from brands such as Apple, Sony and Samsung are simply too expensive for most South Africans. Or some people just don't want to break the bank on a telephone.

For those, Vodacom's 2014 Smart Kicka , which cost just R499, proved ideal. Not only did it deliver features good enough for most, but did so at a price that was impossible to beat.

Although the Smart Kicka was the cheapest smartphone ever reviewed on TechCentral, the device was impressive for such an affordable, entry-level smartphone.

It's been two years since the launch of the first Smart Kicka, and the time is ripe for an upgrade – of the hardware, not the price, which stays at R499.

In this compact review, I won't even try to compare the Smart Kicka 2 with more expensive smartphones. That would be unfair. Instead, my goal is to find out if the concessions Vodacom made to keep the device affordable are too great to bear.

What's changed

Apart from a fresh look, the new Smart Kicka 2 now comes pre-installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop and runs a quad-core processor instead of the dual-core version in the first model.

smart-kicka-2-280The 3,5-inch, 320×480-pixel screen,

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