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Topic # 89375 1-Sep-2011 08:36 Send private message

Been looking at the Vodafone 858 for a while now.  It seems to be the replacement of the older 845, and the 858 now has a capacitive screen.

At this price, and including a car charger and a sim connection that I can resell on trademe, it seems a no brainer.  Anyone have one/can comment?
 
www.noelleeming.co.nz deal


Hoping to put that swipe text thing on, where you drag your finger across a proper qwerty keyboard to enter the words.


Thoughts appreciated. 

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  Reply # 514814 1-Sep-2011 08:41 Send private message

The only thing I dont like about my 845 is the small screen. Capacitive or resistive doesnt make a big difference to me. My next Android phone will have to have a bigger screen, at least 3.2" as anything smaller makes it hard to text.

Otherwise I would get one with a physical keyboard like the Xperia Mini Pro. Ive seen these for $250 at some of the parallel import places.

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  Reply # 514815 1-Sep-2011 08:50 Send private message

I have used an 845, and the resistive screen was a pain, but not as much of a pain as the size of the screen, it was just too small. If the 858 is the same size, it is painful.

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  Reply # 514822 1-Sep-2011 09:00 Send private message

Even with swype, ultimatelyit's the screen size that will annoy you.



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  Reply # 514833 1-Sep-2011 09:05 Send private message

Right... so it seems the screen is a bit small? Wink

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  Reply # 514844 1-Sep-2011 09:20 Send private message

See if you can give it a go somewhere. I have the U8150, same size and I find it mostly OK, sometime frustrating, depending on your expectations and/or what you are used to. Next time I would get a bigger screen though.

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  Reply # 514876 1-Sep-2011 10:06 Send private message

At $150 it's a great deal but 2.8" screens are a bit small - 3.2" screen is a lot better you can get a Huawei X3 from Warehouse Stationery at the moment for $269 which is also a good deal.

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  Reply # 514884 1-Sep-2011 10:13 Send private message

What a great buy.

Small phones are awesome unless you plan to spend more than a small amount of time reading more than a small amount of text, or if you happen to have ham fists instead of normal people fingers.

I *WANT* one. 




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  Reply # 514907 1-Sep-2011 10:31 Send private message

huawei u8150 u can get for only slightly more (also check trademe, as 2degrees gave away heaps of these phones in a competition and flooded the market) it's capacitive touch and faster.

EDIT: I have one, it's probably had about 3 months usage (i don't use it as i got given a galaxy s), you can have it for $100 if you want. it is black, but i have another cover (?pink or yellow, i forget).  I still have all the retail package, and the screen is perfect.  There is a 1x1 + 1x2mm indentation in the plastic in the corner where i dropped it the day i got it, but otherwise it's in perfect condition.   It is rooted and has swype installed. if interested can send you photo, my trademe username is "kiwijunglist".




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  Reply # 514909 1-Sep-2011 10:36 Send private message

kiwijunglist: huawei u8150 u can get for only slightly more (also check trademe) it's capacitive and faster



Vodafone 858 is Capacitive too.


U8150:
528 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7225 chipset


Vodafone 858, U8160 by the looks of it, has the same CPU.

  
       



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  Reply # 514911 1-Sep-2011 10:36 Send private message

tonyhughes: What a great buy.

I *WANT* one. 



Seriass or taking the p?!Undecided 

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  Reply # 514917 1-Sep-2011 10:41 Send private message

oh i read the post as saying it is resistive, it sounds like the u8160 is just the u8150 rebranded as vodafone. It's a good wee cheap phone. (don't get a resistive phone). $90 if u want it (since it's only $160 new)




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  Reply # 514946 1-Sep-2011 11:15 Send private message

Jaxson:
tonyhughes: What a great buy.

I *WANT* one. 



Seriass or taking the p?!Undecided 

Serious. I have an iPhone 4, but would like a little Android handset lying around for testing and things. 




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  Reply # 515008 1-Sep-2011 12:33 Send private message

tonyhughes:
Jaxson:
tonyhughes: What a great buy.

I *WANT* one. 



Seriass or taking the p?!Undecided 

Serious. I have an iPhone 4, but would like a little Android handset lying around for testing and things. 


+1. I have a U8150 I use for that. Also use it for tracking my running - it has a great GPS (much better than my SGS), and avoids chewing my SGS battery as well.




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  Reply # 515015 1-Sep-2011 12:53 Send private message

I could think of a few reasons not to get one lol, youd be so much better off getting something off trademe second hand.




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  Reply # 515016 1-Sep-2011 12:55 Send private message

CdTDroiD: I could think of a few reasons not to get one


Do tell....

And what would you recommend instead for a similar price?   

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