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Vodafone 845

Vodafone 845

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Review Vodafone’s 845 is right on trend as it is a small format Android handset. Sony Ericsson’s tiny Xperia X10 Mini - reviewed here - and X10 Mini Pro have both had a surprisingly good reception, and Vodafone clearly thinks there's something in this compact smartphone lark.

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Vodafone's 845: extremely small, extremely low cost

Extremely small - and extremely low cost too. You shouldn’t expect the earth from a handset available for free on a £15-a-month contract. But you do get 3G, and the Huawei-made 845 runs Android 2.1 which is more than can be said for Sony Ericsson’s aforementioned duo - version 1.6, since you ask.

There is Wi-Fi, GPS and automatic screen rotation too, so the 845 looks like something of a bargain.

Yet while this handset is small, it feels chunky. Given that the screen measures just 2.8in, I’d have liked the overall size to be a little less than its 99 x 55 x 14mm. Sony Ericsson gives over a lot less vertical area to screen surround on its little marvels.

What takes up much of the space is an array of five buttons beneath the screen. On a touchscreen handset, I have to wonder why Call and End buttons are necessary. The menu button for Android context-sensitive menus, and a combined home and back button, are more easily justified.

Vodafone 845

The 3Mp camera does not impress

Sitting in the centre of this quartet is a superb little optical navigation button. It is beautifully responsive though with a touchscreen handset you may again be wondering why it's here. Surely you can sweep and swipe at the screen to navigate?

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