It looks absolutely stunning, and is a very novel and interesting way of coming into a handset. But all that sweeping isn’t the most convenient way to actually find a contact. If you only ever contact half a dozen people then they’ll be on the front page all the time. If you have more friends than that, you’ll prefer to tap the People key again to call up the less cool but easier to navigate A to Z list view.
Contacts' Facebook status is displayed - but you need to go to website to enter info
Tap a contact and you can see whether they're online and reach them in various ways, though not all are available all the time. The options run to phone, email, SMS and chat. You can send location information too – but only to Vodafone 360 members.
You can see Facebook status updates but to enter any info into Facebook you need to go to the Facebook web page. That’s the full desktop web page, not a special app designed for the H1’s small screen. There’s a shortcut by each status update, but the process feels disjointed and unpolished.
Find friends' locations - but only if they're Vodafone 360 members
There’s a considerable element of cloud-based stuff going on with Vodafone 360. The phone’s contacts and photos are automatically backed up to an area you get into with your Vodafone 360 login at www.360.com. Here you can view photos and create albums to share with designated Vodafone 360 chums. You can also send SMS and email - you get your own email@example.com address. And you can shop for apps.
Screen resolution is actually 800x480 not 800x400. Battery life on this bad-boy is streets ahead of my iPhone which I have to charge more than once a day!
good phone but
I got this phone as a marketing this from Vodafone so been using it since release and I definately find it less annoying than my old N96. The OS is faster. The only issue I find with this phone is the cloud stuff, it isnt syncing properly with Facebook yet and the msn messenger isnt working properly yet either. Vodafone have said that they are working on it, but would have been nice if the marketing guys had spoken to the IT guys before launching the service. On the plus side though, I find it, usually, nice and fast. Couple of niggles like not being able to book fortnightly meetings but hey ho.
Did you have the parental blocking on your line? By default my T-Mobile sim came with Parental Blocking enable which meant my TouchPro2's built in YouTube client failed to work seemingly when trying to use the data tariff yet worked on wifi - it wasn't until I tried to go onto YouTube via Opera over the data tariff did I find out it was blocked, disabled Parental Blocking (being nearly 30 I trust myself to use it responsibly) and away the app went.