Vodafone Emporia RL1 - A Simple and Fantastically Easy to Use Mobile

Press release   •   Jun 21, 2011 10:33 BST

With its simple black and white looks, there is something prim and professional about its design. Its large, flat alphanumeric keys and easily readable numbers and letters make it ideal for those with poor eyesight. The buttons are also incredibly responsive, which is essential for anyone who may be suffering arthritic pains.  Alas, the plastic feels incredibly cheap, and at 92g, it feels pretty flimsy.

Its 1.8 inch screen is depressingly small in comparison to other phones, but it's still relatively easy to read. It's also amazingly bright. Similarly bright is the LED torch, which is activated by a button on one side. This makes it a useful device for finding lost keys in the dark. We also like that it comes with a handy charging cradle that you can screw into your wall.

Its operating system and interface is relatively straightforward and easy to use. There are no convoluted menus, no glitches, no freeze ups. This is particularly ideal for someone new to phones—there are few things worse than trying to wrestle with a phone that has strange commands.

As far as prevalent features go, the Emporia RL1 is incredibly basic. If you're looking for internet, email, a camera, or music, you'll want to look elsewhere. This phone has none of that nonsense—its literally just for sending texts and making calls.

For some, this might not be such a bad thing. If you're new to mobile phones or you simply want something that does what it says instead of having a bunch of features and apps you never use. With this in mind, it's easy to see how this would make an adequate alternative to having a land line phone.

However, for others, they might find the phone significantly lacking. Even low end budget phones have at least a music player, after all, and there are some advantages to having a reliable internet connection hooked up to your phone. Some O2 phones share the same basic features but the Emporia RL1 looks a bit more enticing.

The plus side to having a phone with so few features is that its battery life is phenomenal. You can go for up to a week without charging, which ensures that your chances of being stuck with a dead phone when you need it the most are pretty slim. As anyone with a beefed up smartphone can attest, this is a common problem with more highly equipped phones.

In the long run, what makes or breaks a phone like this is its price. To be honest, there are much cheaper phones that provide loads more. If you're someone who wants the bare bones basics, you shouldn't have to pay more than what you would for a phone that has more.


The Vodafone Emporia RL1 is an ideal phone if you want something that just texts and calls. As far as user friendliness goes, it's fairly top notch. However, some may find themselves disappointed at its price considering how little it offers. compiles and hand picks top mobile phone offers from around the country. For UK consumers looking to compare iPhone deals or for cheap mobile contracts, it is an ideal destination.