Feeds
65%
Vodafone 845

Vodafone 845

Small size, low cost

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

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.

Vodafone 845

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?

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?