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Wileyfox Swift

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Description

Wileyfox Swift (SIM Free/UK)

Wileyfox Swift SIM Free MainWhat If? That's the question posed by Wileyfox, a new entrant to the smartphone industry in 2015.

Wileyfox aim to offer affordable and disruptive handsets, providing features and solutions that other manufacturers have shyed away from until now.

This includes complete software customisation courtesy of the Cyanogen operating system - based on Google's Android but with the added privacy, security and freedom a modern mobile user requires.

SIM Free /Unlocked UK Stock

A world away from the world of expensive contracts and impersonal support, Wileyfox smartphones are always provided SIM Free and unlocked, for use on any mobile network provider.

For orders outside of Europe, please check compatibility with your local mobile netowrk provider for 3G and 4G signal.

Reasons to buy the Wileyfox Swift

  • Cyanogen OS - complete customisation and user control of OS features
  • Backed by the largest open source Android developer community in the world
  • 5" HD Screen, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, micro SD support, 13MP main camera, 5MP front camera, 2,500 mAh battery
  • Simple high level customisation with 100s of themes. Even create your own!
  • Go deeper by modifying application icons, boot animations and even lockscreen functionality
  • AudioFX for music delivers 24bit High Res Lossless audio with several equalizer presets with full modification allowed
  • Caller ID & Truecaller Dialler can identify & block spam calls
  • Cyanogen email & calendar powered by Boxer for integrating multiple accounts
  • Cyanogen web browser for enhanced security & fast performance
  • Privacy guard allows you to monitor how your phone shares data
  • PIN Scramble for added lockscreen security
  • Protect individual apps in secure, lockable folders on your homescreens

Box Contents

  • Wileyfox Swift SIM Free Smartphone
  • USB charging & data cable
  • Documentation

Wileyfox Swift SIM Free AudioFX

Overview

With dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers vying for attention, including long-established brands, Wileyfox have decided it's time for something a little different.

Taking the concept of an affordable and powerful Android smarphone, they have made the decision to use the Cyanogen version of the operating system rather than a traditional installation.

This decision, alongside a customer service proposition that values individual users and their personal choices in how to use their phone, marks them out as a different breed.

Wileyfox have also opted for high quality component manufacturers. Unlike some budget brands, you will find top quality processors, camera modules and memory inside your phone from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and Sony.

Cyanogen OS

Based on the Android mobile platform, the Cyanogen OS is an open source project, contributed to by developers from all over the world.

Created with the ethos of empowering the user by not limiting access to features and allowing high levels of customisation, the Cyanogen OS is a world apart from the heavily curated versions of Android available on big name handsets such as Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and Motorola.

Wileyfox Swift SIM Free Cyanogen OS

It also presents more choice and options than the recent versions of Google's own stock Android, which many users have said is now far more restrictive than the original intentions ever were.

Cyanogen focusses on user customisation, performance and security.

Customisation

First up is the world of Themes. Offering far more than the usual wallpaper or sometimes access to fonts, Cyanogen Themes allow for incredibly deep customisation.

There are hundreds of premade themes in the Cyanogen gallery, with more being added by respected community members every week. Why stop there though? With the Theme Chooser you can mix and match parts of any current theme to build your own.

Want to change the settings icon? Upload a new one. After a new tune or video to play when the phone turns on? Do it. How about changing the lockscreen layout.

Cyanogen OS even allows you to change the interaction with the device. You can change the response to actions such as Long Press, Tap or Double Tap and create your own shortcuts from gestures inputted on the lockscreen.

Performance

Wileyfox Swift SIM Free Back Cover

Other manufacturers create software for a single phone then rarely, if ever, update it properly. Cyanogen has been developed and worked on daily for well over 5 years. The system has been optimised by skilled and passionate developers whose ultimate goal is to create something they would be happy to use every day.

One of the most obvious positives from this work is increased battery life, along with the ability for you as the user to adjust & modify battery use to individual apps to eke out extra hours if necessary.

Security

Cyanogen have introduced Privacy Guard - this is a simple application that lets you see exactly what your phone is revealing to the world. If an app is accessing files or sending out information you don't want it to, then you can easily find out.

PIN scramble is a neat feature to randomise the numbers for you PIN every time it loads the keypad. Now people won't be able to reconstruct your PIN from smudges on the screen or watching where your fingers go.

Remote tracking and wiping of your phone is possible from your (optional) Cyanogen account.

You can use Protected Apps to lock certain applications behind a PIN or pattern lock, even after you're on the home screen. Put apps and shortcuts inside secure folders to avoid data leak or just plain, old-fashioned embarrassment if someone picks up your phone or you pass it to them.

Cyanogen OS also features a built-in Blacklist to permanently block numbers from ever calling or texting you again.

Wileyfox Swift SIM Free PIN Scramble

Screen

The Wileyfox Swift has a large 5.0 inch HD IPS LCD screen that provides 294 pixels per inch.

The fully laminated display offers high-quality colour reproduction with excellent viewing angles.

Camera

Using a powerful Samsung sensor with backside illumination and a resolution of 13 megapixels, the Wileyfox Swift can take high-quality pictures, even in low light.

With Cyanogen's deep access to camera controls, you can control burst mode, exposure time and compensation, white balance and many other features usually only available on much more expensive smartphones or dedicated cameras.

Slow motion video recording is available, as well as the option to save your photos in uncompressed raw format (.DNG), perfect for those looking to complete highly detailed editing post-capture.

You'll also find a good quality 5MP Selfie camera on the front of the Swift.

Specification

SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemCyanogen
  • Version12.1
  • Custom Skin
Processor
  • Speed1.2GHz Quad Core
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 8916
  • OtherAdreno™ 306 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)32 GB
RAM2GB
ROM
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity16GB
Display/Screen
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size5
  • TypeHD IPS LCD
  • Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels (~294ppi)
  • OtherCorning Gorilla Glass 3
GSM/GPRSYes
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
3G/HSPAYes
  • Frequencies900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
4GYes
  • FrequenciesLTE bands: 3, 7, 20
  • SpeedLTE CAT 4 up to 150mbps
BluetoothYes
  • Version4.0
  • FunctionsA2DP, BLE
WiFiYes
  • Version802.11 b/g/n
DLNAYes
  • Version
Ports
  • DataMicro USB (2.0)
  • PowerMicro USB
  • Audio3.5mm jack
  • Video OutYes, wireless via Miracast / Google Cast
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Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware ButtonsPower / Volume
  • Other
GPSYes
  • Antenna TypeGPS / GLONASS
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in Software
CameraYes
  • Megapixels13MP
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lens13MP AF Samsung S5K3M2 BSI
  • OtherFace detection, touch focus, zero shutter lag, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, auto exposure and antibanding customisation
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type5MP
Sensors
  • G-SensorYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass and GyroYes
  • Light SensorYes
Audio
  • Formats
  • Recording
Video
  • Formats1080p@60fps slow motion capture, high speed capture
  • Recording
Near Field Communication
FM RadioYes
Battery
  • Capacity2,500 mAh
  • TypeLi-Ion
  • RemovableYes
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions141.15 x 71 x 9.37mm
Weight 135 grams
SoftwareGoogle Services, Google Play, AudioFX, Truecaller Dialler, Email by Boxer
OtherCyanogen Apps: Privacy Guard, Protected Apps, Browser, Camera, File Manager, Themes
Warranty24 months

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FAQs

Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link: http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with GSM networks around the world.

Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes 2x micro SIM cards. Both can use data connectivity, although only one can be active (the other remains on GSM voice/text).

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone supports up to 32 GB of external storage.

The SD slot is separate to the SIM slots so you can use 2x SIM & 1x memory simultaneously.

Is this handset LTE compatible?

Yes - 800 / 1800 / 2600 MHz (verified UK & Europe only).

Does this phone have a removable battery?

Yes

Is this phone waterproof?

No

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Reviews

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  • mark 13/1/2016 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Very good phone. I get 1.5 days battery life with moderate use - the brightness, battery and location options are the key to better battery life, without compromising the usefulness of location-aware apps. I have to monitor 6 separate email accounts so the sync frequency options were also tweaked. Camera is better than some reviews suggest - low light performance can be improved by disabling the 'zero shutter lag' option. Video performance is good.
  • guest 16/10/2015 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    Awesome phone, speed is perfect. When i first touched it, it was very light. But after a time it feels normal. 4 stars because my order was wrong delivered by DHL and I had 10 days before I had it
  • David 19/11/2015 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    The phone is very good and fast, cyanogen is excellent and should be available for all android phones, wonderfull. only downside is battery life, for me as a moderate user I would have to charge twice a day at least, very frustrating for what otherwise is an excellent budget handset
  • Rich 6/4/2016 Recommend to a friend? No
    Generally pleased with the handset, but a number of things let it down quite severely.

    Battery life is awful, genuinely awful. It's a piddly small battery by current standards and being a niche manufacturer, getting hold of a spare, either at standard or upgraded capacity, is proving a challenge.

    The USB port is recessed very, very far into the case, meaning that most standard cables don't stay in. Given that there's a standard for these things, it's amazing that WileyFox have chosen to not comply, so I suspect it's a case of them not noticing there was a problem until it was too late to do anything about it. The supplied cable stays in securely, but it should do; it's significantly longer than the specified in the standard!

    WileyFox's customer service has also been appalling. Their initial response to my questions about the USB port was that all my other cables must not meet the standard. Their follow-up response was that the port is recessed for safety, although they couldn't say what safety benefit it gives; sounds like a load of rubbish to me.

    Build quality initially seemed good, but mine now has one faulty speaker and other reviewers elsewhere appear to have encountered numerous issues, including many handsets being DOA.

    It's a shame, because I wanted this British company to provide something different and something good, but the issues I've encountered, particularly the appalling customer service, means that I won't ever be buying from them again.

    Can't fault Clove though! Excellent service in every possible way. WileyFox could learn a lot here!
  • Paul 27/5/2016 Recommend to a friend? No
    Bought the Swift from Clove when it was launched last year. I wanted to support a British Company and wanted to try Cyanogen Android OS.I have no problem with the operating system, battery lasts over a day for me ( light user). If this company is going to survive it has to solve the problem of deeply recessed micro usb port for charging and sell spare battery ( for those that complain of poor battery life ). Why not supply two or three micro usb cables with the phone? It is near impossible to buy micro usb cable with longer micro usb end even if you are prepared to buy one as a spare.The solution is to modify the normal micro usb cable by cutting a bit of the plastic end with a heated knife to make it longer. This works for me. Wileyfox please listen to your customers, at present you are like an elephant, not agile enough in this competitive market and you are going to fail. Sell us spare battery ( is it that difficult to do this ? ). I agree with Rich's review.This phone is useless if you cannot charge because you haven't got the right cable.
  • Craig 14/9/2016 Recommend to a friend? No

    This phone could have been so much better but is let down by the abysmal battery life with even the slightest use. You can't get a decent flip cover case for it and accessories are thin on the ground. The Cyanogen OS isn't so fantastically secure as it's just Android Marshmallow with a few more extras. It was Lollipop for so long I gave up on ever getting an update. Even the newest Wileyfox is based on Marshmallow and not Nougat. For this money I would recommend a Motorola, they're pretty poor with updates too but battery life is better and there are way more accessories. Personally though I've moved to Windows 10 Mobile


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