The Vodafone 228 is an underwhelming prepaid GSM phone.
- Cheap, small and light, simple menu
- Overly firm keys, battery life, shaky slider, no Bluetooth connectivity, input lag
Even though the Vodafone 228 is a very cheap mobile phone, there are plenty of similarly priced competitors that do a much better job and have more features.
Price$ 69.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
The Vodafone 228 is a prepaid GSM mobile phone with a loose slider, no camera and no Bluetooth connectivity. Despite the Vodafone 228's very low price point, it remains hard to recommend.
The phone is made for Vodafone by Chinese manufacturer ZTE — a company that also makes Telstra-branded phones. The phone is small and black with a gunmetal grey keypad. The slider is easy to open and is fairly loose when extended, which lends the whole device a flimsy feel.
The Vodafone 228 has a relatively decent 1.8in display with a 128x160 resolution, but it suffers from poor viewing angles. It doesn't have a camera or a MicroSD slot, but these are features we wouldn't automatically expect in a mobile phone commanding such a low price.
The phone does offer a calculator, world clock, calendar, conversion, alarm clock and two games (Tetris and "Push Box").
Using the Vodafone 228 is fairly straightforward thanks to a simple graphical menu. Unfortunately some of the keypad's buttons are overly firm and have very little bounce back, which can lead to frequent mistakes when text messaging or dialling phone numbers. We also found there was some lag when trying to bash out quick SMS messages.
With a maximum talk time of only 120 minutes, the Vodafone 228's Li-Ion battery has a relatively low life. Vodafone offers the 228 for $69 when purchased with a $29 Prepay Jumbo Cap account, which includes $150 per month for local and international calls.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost review
- 2 Review: TCL C1 series 4K TV
- 3 Tech21 Evo Xplorer iPhone case review
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Honouring Nokia's legacy
Latest News Articles
- NSW government taps on Android Pay
- LG announces the V20, a phone squarely targeted at audiophiles
- When will your phone get Android Nougat?
- Report: Nexus home button animation and 'night light' option appear amid a batch of leaks
- Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 7 and a refreshed GearVR
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- CCBusiness AnalystVIC
- FTSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCContract Systems Analyst (.Net/SQL Server) 160829/SA/244Asia
- CCSenior Security Specialist - McAfeeVIC
- CCSr IT Support specialist - MCSE- L2/L3- Travelling requiredNSW
- CCProject Coordinator (Paying $400-$450 per day)NSW
- CCSenior Project Manager - TelecommunicationVIC
- CCContract Analyst Programmer (JAVA/JBoss/SQL) 160831/AP/994Asia
- CCOracle DevelopersACT
- FTMicrosoft Enterprise Project Management - Technical ConsultantACT
- CCSenior Integration Specialist - IP NetworkVIC
- CCSenior Project Specialist - Network IPVIC
- FTPython Data EngineerWA
- FTBusiness Analyst (Superannuation)NSW
- CCData AnalystACT
- CCSystem Analyst - NetIQNSW
- FTData AnalystsWA
- FTTandem/NonStop Technical ConsultantWA
- CCInfrastructure Deployment ManagerVIC
- CCMS Access DeveloperNSW
- CCDesktop Support AnalystSA
- FTIT Security & Risk ManagerNSW
- FTUnix Systems AdministratorNSW
- CCJava / J2ee ProgrammersACT
- CCSolution Designer - Windows UpgradeNSW