The 845's design is quite distinctive, not least because it's one of the smallest Android handsets around. It's about 15mm shorter than rivals like the , and this gives it a relatively squat appearance that's rather cute.
As you might expect at this price, the chassis is made from plastic, but Vodafone has added a metallic finish on the frame that runs around the screen. On the whole, the phone feels quite robust. Its short stature and curved battery cover also mean it fits snugly in your hand.
The 845 has a 71mm (2.8-inch) resistive touchscreen, so it doesn't support multi-touch zooming, unlike higher-end Android models with capacitive touchscreens, such as the and . The 845's display is quite small by smart-phone standards and its resolution isn't great either, at just 320x240 pixels. The lack of screen space is something of a handicap when you're using applications such as the Web browser and Google Maps -- you'll have to do plenty of scrolling around.
Beneath the screen are the usual call keys, as well as menu and back buttons. Nestled between these is a tiny, touch-sensitive trackpad that you can use for scrolling around Web pages or moving through menu options. Although you probably won't find yourself using the trackpad very often, it's quite responsive and can come in handy when you want to scroll around a Web site without your finger or thumb obscuring your view.