Like the, the Vodafone 360 Samsung M1 is built from the ground up to work with the company's . But the M1 is a much more affordable option. It's currently available for free on a £15-per-month, 2-year contract.
The M1 isn't quite as handsome a handset as the more expensive H1, but it's still a fine-looking phone. The front is finished in glossy black, while the curved battery cover on the rear has a more matte look. The majority of the front of the handset is given over to the large, 81mm (3.2-inch) display, but, beneath this, Vodafone has added physical buttons that act as shortcuts to the dialler, 360 contacts book and applications menu.
The M1 sports a traditional TFT LCD display, rather than the OLED one found on the H1, but the screen does employ capacitive technology, as does the iPhone's, so it's impressively responsive to finger swipes. While the resolution is also lower than that of the H1's screen, it's still respectable, at 240x400 pixels.
Come full circle
The M1 differs from most mobiles in the way that Vodafone has integrated the 360 system into the phone's user interface. Rather than a traditional home screen covered in alerts and icons, the phone's interface is built around the 360 contacts book. This presents you with a 3D, floating view of your contacts in which their Facebook status is shown next to their picture.
When you tap on a contact, it rotates and zooms out to show the full contact card. Here you'll find soft buttons that let you quickly place a call, send an email or text message, or 'nudge' your contact with your current location if they're also signed up to the 360 service -- the M1 has GPS functionality. The system works well with smaller amounts of contacts, but the more you have, the more unwieldy it gets, and you may find yourself resorting to the traditional list view, which you can access by double tapping the contacts button at the bottom of the screen.