Wileyfox Swift

79
Engadget
Score
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Wileyfox Swift and Storm review: Two cheap UK phones, one worth buying

Summary

Of Wileyfox's two inaugural smartphones, the £129 Swift is easily the star of the show. It doesn't excel in any one particular area, and it's not without its shortcomings, such as a borderline faulty micro-USB port and mediocre camera performance. The Swift is neat and distinctive in its design, however, with a bright display, more than adequate performance and a satisfactory battery life. Simply put, you're getting a lot for your money, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better smartphone for the same price.

Pros
  • Generic design made charming
  • Easilycustomisable software
  • Bright display
  • Extremely affordable
Cons
  • Loose micro-USB port
  • Average camera
Wileyfox Swift and Storm review: Two cheap UK phones, one worth buying

There are two ways you can go about buying a new smartphone: Either you spread the cost over a year or two with a carrier contract, or purchase the thing outright. When you're finally done paying it off, a subsidised handset often ends up costing more than it's worth. However, considering the price of new iPhones, Samsung flagships and peers, that can still be preferable to emptying your bank account in one fell swoop. Thankfully, companies big and small are addressing this conundrum with phones that offer the kind of specs and user experience customers want at prices they're happy to pay upfront. Despite an abundance of competition in contract-free handsets already, new British brand Wileyfox is one such company, and it's hoping to make its mark in the UK with the affordable £129 Swift and higher-end £199 Storm.

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Scores

Engadget

79
 

Users

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Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.0
Display
8.2
Battery life
6.5
Camera
6.9
Ease of use
8.3
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Specs

Swift

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

Swift

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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