Kestrel - £100
Why this smartphone is built for you
The EE Kestrel
The Kestrel is the first smartphone to be released by service provider EE. The phone itself is made by Huawei and runs on Android Jelly Bean. It is an able, compact and well-constructed all-rounder that brings 4G to the budget market.
This phone has a 4.5 inch touchscreen that displays in 245PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The EE Kestrel has a 5MP camera, can record video in up to 720p and has a 1MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 68 out of 100.
The EE Kestrel has an estimated battery life of around 12 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2000mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The EE Kestrel comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The EE Kestrel comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It is also able to connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The EE Kestrel has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and it comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Kestrel is a very capable phone from EE that has all of the features one would expect for a phone in this price range. The addition of 4G is a bonus that helps this device to stand out in a crowded market.