The Alternative Handset For A Modern Belle


If you’re like me, one of your hands looks permanently like a smartphone and you don’t even know what your palm looks like. It’s not my fault that smartphones these days have become the perfect virtual, personal assistant and thanks to the only ever-improving applications for iPhones and Androids, it is now a compass (literally, if I need to head north), a book, a magazine, the newspapers, a yoga teacher, a guitar teacher, a foreign language teacher, a navigator, a DJ and a shopping assistant.

On that note, it’s a battle of two strong smartphone tribes out there: Androids and iPhones with iOS. I belong to the latter and I admit, just like forgetting all things PC once I became an iMac convert, I usually hold the Android smartphone in my hand, like it’s an extraterrestrial object.

Saying that, I’ve temporarily switched to Swift 2 to play with, after its recent launch by the London based smartphone manufacturer, Wileyfox. Its older sibling, Swift, was crowned ‘Smartphone of the Year’ by Forbes in 2015, after shooting to pole position on Amazon in pre-orders alone and then selling out within days of going on sale.

Sporting either Gold, Rose or Midnight colour of its rear aluminium metal finish, Swift 2 smartphone’s fashionable hues go with everything, especially my watch, I’ve noticed. Now that I’ve safely put my beloved iPhone in the drawer, so it can’t hear or see me cheating on him with another smartphone, here are my few personal highlights to share, after putting Swift 2 to the test:

  1. Fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone gives your ever-typing thumb a rest and puts your index finger to the use for this. No need to press down your finger on the scanner is a bonus.
  1. Super-fast charging ability indeed, thanks to the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and the long-lasting battery life.
  1. Comes SIM-free with not one but two SIM card slots. You become a ‘one-phone smart fox’, eliminating the nonsense of juggling two devices, the business one and the personal one.


Apart from these favourite features, Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus possess all the other superpowers of the current smartphone crew, including a lightweight, slim design, 13MP or 16MP primary camera, both featuring an 8MP front camera, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), Dual LED Flash, high definition display, with a 720p HD resolution, 294ppi, and 2.5d curved screen, 2.5d Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, glove mode and a smudge resistant oleophobic coating, 90dB+, 15x11mm big box speaker, AW87319 power amp big box speaker set-up, enhancing bass tones, improving dynamic range and limiting distortion, a powerful Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 430 processor and 64 bit CPU, combined with 4G connectivity for stunning graphics, fluid interfaces and high quality video, Hybrid Dual SIM: SIM 1 (Micro) + SIM 2 (Nano), or SIM 1 + Expandable Memory (Micro SD) and of course, the latest, super-secure technology from NXP and Qualcomm, Swift 2’s NFC supports Android Pay.


  • Should your purse be rather empty after your Christmas splurges, the budget-friendly price for this smartphone is not to be ignored, at RRP for the Swift 2 for £159 and Swift 2 Plus for £189.
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Zuzana Ritchie

Zuzana Ritchie

Embracing the multiple career personality disorder she developed after moving to London in her twenties, Zuzana Ritchie can be spotted around the city in the capacity of a make-up artist on Monday, a voice-over artist on Tuesday and a beauty writer on Wednesday.

For the rest of the week she will take up various other roles like an amateur sunset sky photographer, a red wine enthusiast, a dog’s best friend, a bookworm, a martial arts fan, a humour addict and not a very good guitar strummer.

Leaving her previous job at a publishing house to freelance instead has resulted in more free time to become a professional beauty products hunter by day and a female superheroes stories gatherer by night.

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