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Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 Review

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Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 Review
Although the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 is a rather sophisticated piece of mobile technology, it fails to deliver quality sound while on a call. On our side the sound was very loud, but unclear. We find it difficult to make out what our caller says. On their end, the quality is again poor, but voices tend to be quieter and ambient sounds tend to be louder. Quite unpleasant.

The battery however, put up a surprisingly good performance. The manufacturer rates it 7.06 hours of talk time and 19 days of standby. We used the phone mainly for surfing the web via Wi-Fi and using the camera. Of course, we also played with the menus quite a bit during the tests we had to conduct and after two days of moderate use, the 1500mAh battery was at 1/3.


Conclusion:

This being the debut of the LiMo R2 OS, it makes us think that its creators still have a lot of work ahead of them. The platform is nice as a whole; it has a unique simplistic style, which can hardly be mistaken with any other. It’s also very easy to use, but needs some fine tuning to become free from issues. For example, devs have to get rid of the lag that is present in some menus (most importantly, in the main Apps menu), and the 3D contacts screen is too confusing to use. This is one thing. Another one (which many would find much more important) is the situation with available apps for the platform. As you would imagine, since there are only two phones (and both are for Vodafone only) that are using the platform, the app support is nowhere near what the iPhone and Android have to offer (there are around 50 available apps for the Samsung H1). If we compare LiMo R2 to other operating systems that have already been established on the market, we think it has the needed features to compete, but it needs support from developers. For this to happen, LiMo needs to be adopted by other carriers too, not only Vodafone, so that it reaches more users, thus providing a bigger market for app developers.

The Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 itself is a good device, although far from perfect. For instance its video recording capabilities are disappointing, and call quality rather poor. However, it does have the skills to let you communicate, take good photos, enjoy multimedia and surf the web in a contemporary way. So, in case you find the H1’s rather boring design actually cool (and you want to take advantage of the Vodafone 360 services), we believe it is a solid choice. That is, if you don’t find yourself really into the currently leading mobile operating systems.


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Pros

  • Large, 3.5-inch screen
  • Durable battery
  • Easy to use
  • Good 5MP camera for still images

Cons

  • Poor call and music quality
  • A bit bulky
  • There’s some lag in the interface
  • Video recording is not good enough
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7.5
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Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 600 MHz, TI OMAP 3430 processor
Size4.56 x 2.28 x 0.51 inches
(115.8 x 58 x 12.9 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 7.06 hours talk time

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