It’s about time we put an end to this ridiculous, sporadic review we’ve been doing of the Vodafone 845 over the past week or two, if only so we can put our SIM card back in our proper phone and stop having to worry about keeping two batteries charged up.
Previously we’ve mentioned the new Android phone’s camera, Home screen, keyboard and UI, so all that’s left to do is take some photos of it and do a summary. We do like to tick all the expected boxes.
The optical touchpad in the middle there is a great touch. Click it down and it’s a button, move your thumb over it and it’s an optical sensor. We had to turn the sensitivity down a bit, but after that it was spot on. Much better than a trackball.
Build quality is surprisingly high for an “entry level” device. It feels solid, plus has a slightly rubberised, grippy back cover. You get the feeling it could survive being dropped. That’s always reassuring.
There’s no getting away from the 845’s main downer, though – the screen. It’s resistive, so you have to really press hard to register touches and swipes, meaning accuracy is often compromised and the phone can think you’ve stopped pressing in the middle of a swipe.
If you’re coming to the 845 from a modern Android phone with a capacitive screen (which is unlikely, to be fair) you won’t get on with it. But we’d imagine it’ll be fine, if a little annoying, for touchscreen newcomers.
In summary – the Vodafone 845 is surprisingly OK. Solid, and fast enough to run Android 2.1 without too many gripes, we’d definitely consider living with it – if it wasn’t for the slightly unresponsive touchscreen. But if you can handle that, you can handle this.
If you have any questions, fire them in – if not, we’ll put it in the post back to Vodafone.