Vodafone 360 H1 review

We review Samsung's new H1 touch screen handset, exclusive to Vodafone and piloting its new 360 service.

Vodafone H1 handset

We liked Vodafone's H1 handset and its accompanying 360 service when we played with it for a first look review earlier in the month, but are we still as enamoured?

Aesthetically, Vodafone's H1 handset looks like many of the other touch screen phones on the market at the moment. Although slightly larger than most, it has the familiar main function buttons below the screen and the usual rocker switches on the sides for volume control and zoom and the shutter button for the camera. The H1 also sports a nice sliding cover to the charger/data cable port, which adds to the aesthetics. It weighs in at 134g, which is neither too heavy nor too light, and feels comfortable in the hand in use.

The phone is finished on the front with brushed stainless steel framing the screen on our handset, which also comes in a black hue. Hard buttons on the front are minimalist, with just three (calls, contacts, activity) buttons on display, making it easy to navigate to where you want to be, However, the satin silver back casing looks and feels somewhat plasticky.

The screen itself is capacitive and large at 3.5in. The display is sharp and the icons on the home screen are laid out in the now familiar "iPhone" format. Further icons can also be found by sliding the screen across to the next page. Rather annoyingly though, you're informed about these extra screens by the fact that the first set of icons run off the edge of the screen. It just looks peculiar, as if the icons haven't quite made it all the way to their home position.

The icons themselves are easy to read and understand. However, this can be attributed to the fact they are, perhaps, a little too simplistic in their design. In an age where phone aesthetics and usability are becoming increasingly important in a saturated market, the bog standard design of the H1's icons are, to say the least, lack lustre and a bit boring.

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