Unboxed - Vodafone 360 Samsung H1

Another day another smartphone  and at first glance the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 is just another handset squeezing itself into the overcrowded sma

Another day another smartphone  and at first glance the Vodafone 360 Samsung H1 is just another handset squeezing itself into the overcrowded smartphone party - but it's what's under the hood that counts and makes this one stand out from the crowd.

Its secret weapon is the Vodafone 360 user interface, replacing the current Vodafone Live! service to focus largely on integration with social-networking sites such as Facebook, internet services, email and instant messenger services from the likes of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. The core focus of the service is to aggregate messages, contacts and status updates in a similar style to Motorola's MotoBlur which we saw introduced on the Dext last month.

With 360 on board, navigation is a pleasure allowing to make your way seamlessly and quickly through the phone's features. For direct access to apps and 360 services simply tap the designated hard keys found at the base of the phone. Vodafone 360 also allows users to back up the entire contents of their phone online (just in case the worst happens) as well as configure the phone's home screen and manage contacts in a similar way to MobileMe on the iPhone.

No app based mobile is complete without a place to buy them, so naturally the H1 features a shop where you'll be able to browse and download a selection of applications - some of which can be expanded into widgets. Understandably the shelves aren't half as full as its Android, iPhone and Blackberry counterparts but Vodafone promises there are loads more in development and plenty of developers on board.

The H1 boasts a responsive high-res 3.5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen and is the first handset to run the new Linux-based LiMo OS, offering a selection of 2D and 3D views on contacts, messages and status updates.

Contacts can be split up into a handful of different groups too, each linked to a different colour and category such as 'Gmail contacts' or 'Facebook contacts' using a simple side-way swipe to navigate between them.

There's no multitouch on board but web browsing is on offer using the Opera Mobile 9.6 web browser. Web pages can be zoomed in and out by pressing the screen and waiting for a zoom bar to appear.

You'll find a 3.5mm jack on the top of the device too which will come in handy when listening to the DRM free music you've downloaded from its music service.

Underneath the bonnet you'll also find HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a five megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and image stabilisation. There's also a whopping 16GB of internal memory and claimed battery of 14 hours talk time and 19 days standby.

Make sure you keep those eyes peeled for a hands-on video and full review very soon.