Written on 11/23/2009 01:38:00 PM by poison_ivy
The design of the Samsung 360 H1 is reminiscent of a lot of previous Samsung mobile phone models. It actually looks like a cross between the Samsung Tocco Ultra and the Samsung Omnia Lite, the latter being its nearest doppleganger with the Samsung 360 having a larger touchscreen. The three hardware buttons on the bottom of the phone is not your usual call and end buttons but are menu buttons. It's kind of frustrating and takes a while to get used to.
The Samsung 360's UI is totally new. It's not Samsung's proprietary UI which can be found on the Samsung Jet but it's a mobile Linux OS. Now the UI is very pretty. You can see all your icons on your menu screen and the homescreen is pretty interesting. If it weren't for the homescreens of the Motorola DEXT and the Nokia N900, I'd probably say that the Samsung 360's UI is groundbreaking but no, it seems every phone manufacturer is into that whole social networking UI. Your contacts would appear in a 3D interface based on your most used contacts. Like I said, it's really pretty but somehow, even if I do become a social networking nut, I probably wouldn't be using it as much considering that I have many Facebook friends, browsing through your contacts using the Samsung 360's homescreen UI would most likely be time consuming. Also, in order to make full use of Vodafone 360, your friends need to be in the service as well.
Going past the UI, the Samsung 360 offers a capacitive touchscreen. Now I would have been excited considering that I totally like my Samsung i8910 HD's capactive screen because it's so sensitive and responsive but the Samsung 360 seems to be much like the first generation of Samsung Tocco Ultra. Meaning, 50% of the time it's responsive while the other 50% of the time, you'll find that the interface is laggy especially when opening apps.
The Vodafone 360's browser reminds of the browser on the Samsung i8910 HD. You can zoom in and out of pages by pressing on the screen and the sliding your finger either forward or backward to zoom. You get a lot of pixels when moving around pages but rendering is actually a bit faster.
The camera is typical of Samsung, meaning it's above average. The LED flash is useable, unlike other camera phones.
There are a lot more capable smartphones out there. If you're into social networking, there's the Motorola DEXT with a physical keyboard, as for other Samsung phones, there's the Samsung OmniaLite and Samsung Omnia 2, both full touchscreen phones but the latter two lacks any social networking UI. However, the Vodafone Samsung 360 H1 is probably cheaper than the phones I've mentioned os if it's price you're after, then the Samsung 360 mobile phone is capable enough.
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