Catch them all on Vodafone

The mobile gaming phenomenon Pokémon GO has arrived, meaning millions of gamers across the world can now catch Pokémon in the real world.

Discover the ideal technical requirements and phone features you need to play Pokémon GO on your Vodafone mobile. And if you need to buy or upgrade to a new phone in order to get the best experience, we’ve picked out the best phones for playing Pokémon GO.

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Ideal phone requirements for Pokémon GO

  • Minimum requirements:

    2GB of RAM

    720 x 1280 pixels resolution

    Recommended requirements

    GLONASS location system – working with your GPS it can improve speed and accuracy

    AMOLED screen – increased contrast and more vibrant colours than LCD

    A large capacity battery

  • iOS

    iPhone 5+

    iOS 8+

    Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)

    GPS and Location Services

    Jailbroken devices are not supported

  • Android

    Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 

    720x1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)

    Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)

    GPS and Location Services

    Intel CPUs are not supported

Top 5 Phones for playing Pokémon GO

We’ve looked at which phones gives you the best Pokémon GO experience and scored them based on the technical requirements they meet and the extra features they offer. Our chosen phones are available on Pay as you go or Pay monthly, so whether you’re a new or existing customer, you can catch the phone that lets you play your way.

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          Rating 4 out of 5

Vodafone Smart platinum 7

Why it's great for Pokémon GO

  • The large, fast-charging battery maximises the time you get to play. It’s tough enough to survive any location, while the 16-megapixel camera is perfect for taking on-location photos.

Key features

  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED screen
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Non-removable Li-ion 3,000mAh battery

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          Rating 5 out of 5

iPhone 7 plus

Why it's great for Pokémon GO

  • GLONASS as standard for navigation, a long-lasting battery and powerful cameras are now backed up by splash, water and dust resistance – perfect for going off the beaten track or hunting whatever the weather.

Key features

  • 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen
  • iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.1
  • Apple A10 Fusion processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel front camera
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery

Pokémon GO rating
          Rating 5 out of 5

Galaxy S7 edge

Why it's great for Pokémon GO

  • The large, dual-curved Super AMOLED screen is the perfect way to view the game. The S7 edge is also equipped with GLONASS to help catch Pokémon, and the latest version of Android.

Key features

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front
  • camera
  • Non-removable Li-ion 3,600mAh battery

Pokémon GO rating
          Rating 4 out of 5

Vodafone Smart Ultra 7

Why it's great for Pokémon GO

  • The powerful octa-core processor means playing the game will never be a struggle. It also boasts a longer-lasting battery that charges in half the time thanks to Pump Express Plus technology.

Key features

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive screen
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Mediatek MT6755M processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Non-removable Li-ion 2,960mAh battery

Pokémon GO rating
          Rating 4 out of 5

Sony Xperia XA

Why it's great for Pokémon GO

  • Thanks to its fast-launch button, you can snap photos of Pokémon in an instant. And you can hunt for longer — the Xperia XA boasts Qnovo technology, giving you two days of battery life on a single full charge.

Key features

  • 5-inch full-width touchscreen
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0 Operating System
  • MediaTek Octa Core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus, LED flash
  • Non-removable Li-ion 2,200mAh battery

Pokémon GO phone tips

How to save your battery playing Pokémon GO

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    Download Local Maps

    Pokémon GO uses Google Maps for its location data, and some users have reported that downloading their local area maps from the Google Maps app has significantly reduced their battery usage. To download your area maps:

    • Open the Google Maps app
    • Go to Settings and choose Offline Areas
    • Press the + button
    • Size the on-screen map around the area you want to download
    • Choose Download
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    Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    Constantly searching for and attempting to connect to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi will use a lot of battery. So while you’re out roaming the streets in search of Pokémon, it’s best to disable your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions (unless they're currently in use)

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    Disable Sounds

    Turning off the volume on your phone a good step towards saving battery life. You can also disable all audio effects in the app itself:

    • Open the in-game menu (tap the poke ball on the map screen)
    • Select the Settings tab in the top-right corner
    • Disable Music and Sound Effects
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    Dim screen brightness

    The brighter your screen, the more battery you'll use when playing

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    Use Battery Saver mode

    • Open the in-game menu (tap the poke ball on the map screen)
    • Select the Settings tab in the top-right corner
    • Enable Battery Saver mode

    When you enable it, it doesn’t appear to make much difference at first. However, when you hold your phone upside down (for example, in your hand or pocket), the screen will darken and display a faint Pokémon GO logo. The game will still track you on GPS, the pedometer will count for hatching eggs and your phone will still vibrate if any nearby Pokémon pop up.

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    Close background apps

    Save power and avoid doubling-up on data usage by closing any network-enabled apps that may be running in the background