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Vodafone Smart Mini offers Nexus-like Android Jelly Bean for just £50

Vodafone’s latest own-brand smartphone is likely to catch the eye of many thanks to its rather pure-looking version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1, for starters. Add to that the fact that the new Vodafone Smart Mini costs only £50 and we’re sure it’ll be a hit.

The dinky little smartphone is aimed at the pay as you go user who will buy the phone outright rather than paying a monthly premium for the latest phone. At this price tag you can’t really expect a HD display or quad-core processing power, but the Smart Mini still has the guts to play a decent selection of games, get you online and take snaps.

Measuring up at 115 x 62.3 x 12.2mm and weighing 118g, it’s easy to see why this phone is named so. You get a 3.5-inch display sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 – think around the same size as the iPhone 4/4S but with a less sharp picture – a 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage which can be expanded upon by popping in a micro SD card and a 2 megapixel camera.

There’s also 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity to get you online and downloading apps from the Play Store, which comes as part of the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 software. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS connectivity, so you’re covered for the basics.

If you’re not in the market for a contract or splashing out on the latest smartphone then the Vodafone Smart Mini could be a good bet. The relatively new Android Jelly Bean OS is undoubtedly the star feature and will get you access to Google’s newest apps such as Maps and Music, whilst the Play Store gives you access to social networking apps, games and more. A veritable bargain, we’d say.

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