Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA without 3G.
There is no doubt that the Linux-based, open-source Android operating system is flourishing right now, thanks to some pretty good devices like the Motorola DROID and Google Nexus One (and their advertising). However, this is not the case with every other Linux-based OS out there. The young LiMo R2 platform for example, currently found only on the high-end Samsung H1 and the mainstream Samsung M1 is still what someone would call a “no-name”.
In this review we will be examining the LiMo-powered Samsung H1, which is strictly designed for the Vodafone 360 services. It can be purchased either through Vodafone, or unlocked at some stores. We are using an unlocked unit, which means that we aren’t able to check out the Vodafone services, but we can closely examine the LiMo R2 OS and see if it has the potential to become a full-featured mobile platform.
As with many other hi-tech cell phones with large touch-sensitive screens, the first time that you open the box with the Samsung H1, you get surprised by how huge, sophisticated and interesting it looks. With design language reminiscent of the Ultra series, the Samsung H1 is by no means ugly. It’s actually quite bearable, but unfortunately lacks any sense of the fashionable appearance that was a distinctive mark of the Ultra series.
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The device is quite heavy, feels solid and as a whole creates the impression that it’s destined for great things. Whether this is the case, we’ll tell you later. Samsung has created a nicely rounded back side, which makes the H1 comfortable to hold. This is important, as it is quite large, which is of course mainly due to the big touchscreen.
AMOLED. 3.5 inches. Capacitive touch technology. All of these are characteristics of the Samsung H1’s display. While it undeniably bears the advantages of the AMOLED technology like real blacks and nicely saturated colors, this display somehow failed to deliver the eye candy we have seen with other AMOLED handsets like the Samsung Wave S8500 and Google Nexus One. It’s like the image quality is a step behind what we’ve seen so far, but this doesn’t mean it’s bad. While the panel has a metal frame to give it that classy look, the screen cover (which is quite firm) itself lacks oleophobic coating, thus attracting a lot fingerprints. To the point where you can even play tic-tac-toe on it.
Another proof of the Samsung H1’s well-made construction is the quality of the keys. There are quite a few physical keys on the body and all of them are extremely pleasant to use. As a top of the range smartphone, the H1 is also home to standard 3.5mm and microUSB port, with the latter being protected by a sliding lid – a solution we much prefer to standard flaps.
And here’s the part where we should say our overall opinion about the design of the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1. As much as we like to see high-quality builds, we also enjoy offbeat design solutions that manage to stand out from the crowd. Although very well built, the Samsung H1 is not such a device. Regardless, its appearance is bearable and will probably appeal to users with passion for conservative designs. The same goes for the white version, as it doesn’t seem to put some additional emphasis on style.
Not that the appearance isn’t important, but as every smartphone user knows, quality software can make up for a lacking design. Let’s see if this is the case with the LiMo R2 platform running on the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1.
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