I’ve just obtained what must be one of the cheapest Android phones on the market. The Vodafone 845 retails for £80 on pay-as-you-go and you’d be forgiven for thinking it must be some poor relation of more expensive Android variant.

OK, the camera’s a bit naff but it is too on my much more expensive Nokia. No, this phone is equipped with everything I need. This includes a half-decent GPS, lots of space for applications and, surprisingly, Android 2.1 – my friend bought a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 after I bought this and it came with 1.8.

Don’t be put off by the cheap resistive screen either. Lots of people complain about it in Internet reviews, but my guess is that they write their reviews immediately after getting it out the box. I’ve not got the smallest fingers and I’ve got a pretty fast and accurate typing rate out of it in just a couple of weeks.

To show you how much I rate the keyboard I wrote this posting on it.

I purchased this phone to see what Android was all about and I’m impressed, not only by the operating system but by what this cheap own-brand phone is capable of.

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