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#89375 1-Sep-2011 08:36
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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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  #514814 1-Sep-2011 08:41
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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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  #514815 1-Sep-2011 08:50
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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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  #514822 1-Sep-2011 09:00
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Even with swype, ultimatelyit's the screen size that will annoy you.



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  #514833 1-Sep-2011 09:05
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Right... so it seems the screen is a bit small? Wink

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  #514844 1-Sep-2011 09:20
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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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  #514876 1-Sep-2011 10:06
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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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  #514884 1-Sep-2011 10:13
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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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  #514907 1-Sep-2011 10:31
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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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  #514909 1-Sep-2011 10:36
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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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  #514911 1-Sep-2011 10:36
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tonyhughes: What a great buy.

I *WANT* one. 



Seriass or taking the p?!Undecided 

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  #514917 1-Sep-2011 10:41
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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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  #514946 1-Sep-2011 11:15
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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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  #515008 1-Sep-2011 12:33
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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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  #515015 1-Sep-2011 12:53
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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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  #515016 1-Sep-2011 12:55
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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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