We review the Vodafone VF533 with charger

We all know just how expensive it's getting to keep up to date with the very latest in mobile phone technology these days, so it's not surprising that there is a growing number of people who have decided to completely ignore all the smartphone hype and instead focus on the technology from a few years ago.

In doing this, they are able to take advantage of rock bottom prices, while also having technology that's more than capable of carrying out all the tasks we need from a mobile phone - calls, text messaging and basic web browsing. Granted, we won't have access to any of the latest apps doing the rounds, nor will we have any of the bells and whistles of the swankier phone on the market, but we certainly will great real value for money.

That's precisely where the Vodafone VF533 with charger comes in. Available for under £30 at all good mobile phone retailers, this device is a more than adequate handset for those of us with very little interest in expensive data plans and batteries that last no more than a day and a half at a time.

The phone is made by Sagem and offers impressive build quality. It weighs a svelte 90g yet still manages to feature a stylish 2 inch 176 x 220 pixel resolution screen featuring bright colours and large icons. You'll get in the region of ten hours out of the battery on standby, or just over four hours worth of talk time, which isn't bad given the price.

It's certainly not going to compare to any of the more recent phones on the market, but given the price and the fact that it's pushing three years old at this stage, we really can't find all that much to fault it on when you take its limitations into consideration.

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