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Vodafone HTC Wildfire S hands-on [Video]

The HTC Wildfire S is not exactly unfamiliar to us - we fondled its compact curves back at MWC 2011 - but we won't pass up an opportunity to have a second play. Vodafone offered us some hands-on time with one of its special edition versions; the carrier will offer not only the general white Wildfire S, but a grey model and a purple model. Our initial positive impressions of the Wildfire S remain. The handset feels far more high-quality than its plasticky predecessor, with the chassis and design more like that of the Desire S. The UI may not be Sense 3.0 as on the HTC Sensation but v2.1 is at least smooth-running and as consistent as we're used to. The 600MHz processor feels equally capable, and the HVGA display is bright and crisp. We can see the Wildfire S being a particular success among those looking for a super-compact device that can easily drop into a pocket or purse when it arrives on the market this coming summer. Update: It's worth remembering that this is non-final software, and we can probably expect an even slicker experience when the ROM is polished. [vms 045e91288b430794814c] [gallery]

Galaxy Tab 10.1v hits pre-order on Vodafone Australia

If you are a big fan of the Android-powered Galaxy Tab line and you live Down Under you can now pre-order the latest of the Samsung tablets on Vodafone Australia. Vodafone started to send out emails to people that had registered on its website for more info about the Tab 10.1v yesterday. The emails are telling people that it is on pre-sale as of today.

Vodafone UK releases Samsung Galaxy S Gingerbread update

Vodafone UK has begun to push out the update for the Samsung Galaxy S, updating the smartphone to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Vodafone looks to be the first UK carrier to offer the update. The first signs of Gingerbread for the Galaxy S were spotted over the weekend, with the new firmware being flagged up in several Nordic countries. According to Vodafone's change-list, the handset will get a "simpler and slicker" UI, the new Gingerbread keyboard, boosted power and camera management, and the ability to lock it into 2G mode. To install the new firmware, you'll need to hook your Galaxy S up to a PC running Samsung KIES. Let us know how you get on in the comments! Press Release:
NEWS: Update for the Samsung Galaxy S A new maintenance release for the Samsung Galaxy S is now available for Vodafone customers. This is an Android platform update to 2.3 Gingerbread which introduces a number of fixes and improvements which include; Ul Enhancements (simpler and slicker) New Android Keyboard, with easy copy/paste feature Improved Power Management Multiple Camera Management (front and back) The ability to switch the device to GSM (2G) only mode has been restored in this update. How will you get the latest software? This can be done manually by connecting your handset to your computer via USB and opening the Samsung KIES application. You will be prompted that an update is available and should then follow the onscreen instructions. Checking the software version To check which version of the software you have on your handset you need to dial *#1234# The new software version will show as i9000BUJV4

Vodafone confirms HTC Sensation: 1.2GHz dual-core and qHD display

Vodafone UK has prematurely announced the HTC Sensation, the device formerly known by its codename of HTC Pyramid, and not expected to make its official debut until HTC's event later on today. Confirmed is the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 540 x 960 touchscreen and 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash. There's also a front-facing webcam, 3G, WiFi b/g/n and GPS, along with a unibody-style chassis. We can spy a microUSB port too, and Vodafone says there'll be 4GB of internal storage and an 8GB microSD card bundled in the box. No word on pricing or availability - all Vodafone say on that point is that the HTC Sensation is "coming soon" - but we expect to hear more later on today at the event-proper.

HTC Desire S pops up all over the UK

Starting today, the HTC Desire S is popping up all over the UK through T-Mobile stores, and online portals. The Desire will also be available through Vodafone, Orange and Three. Through T-Mobile, the Desire S will be available exclusively in silver and will be free with all two year plans starting at £35/month, with 900 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB "fair use" data, and a Flexible Booster. Vodafone as it a little cheaper plan wise, where the Desire S is free with On Pay monthly plans from £30.

Sony Ericsson confirms XPERIA Play delays in UK

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has encountered shipping delays and may miss its April 1 UK release at some retailers and on some carriers, the company has confirmed. Sony Ericsson has blamed "a freight issue" for the delay, which prompted Vodafone to contact pre-order customers and warn them their handsets wouldn't be arriving tomorrow as promised. According to our sources, the delay is "days rather than weeks" but will still mean XPERIA Play availability is tight. Sony Ericsson says some retailers will indeed have stock tomorrow, but there's no word on which. O2 has already delayed its own launch of the handset, having identified firmware bugs, though we're told that's a completely separate issue from the shipping problem. Sony Ericsson Statement:
We can confirm that the Xperia™ PLAY handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated. However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia™ PLAYs arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia™ PLAY as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.
Vodafone UK Statement:
Sony Ericsson has advised us that it will not be able to supply the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc devices to meet their original launch date of 1 April. Unfortunately, this means there will be a small delay before pre-order customers receive their orders and the device is made available for sale in our shops. We're working closely with Sony Ericsson to ensure our customers' phones are delivered as soon as possible and we will contact people directly with specific timescales when we know more. We appreciate this is disappointing and are doing our very best to resolve this as quickly as possible.

Nexus S arrives in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania

Google's Nexus S has arrived in Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Romania. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is available on various carriers, depending on country. In Romania, for instance, Vodafone has the exclusive, as the carrier does in Greece and Italy. In Portugal and Spain, retailer The Phone House and Vodafone are offering the Nexus S, while in France it's The Phone House and carrier SFR. As for the handset itself, it's the same 1GHz single-core smartphone made by Samsung, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera on the back. NFC and a front-facing webcam round out the main specs. More details in our Nexus S review.

Vodafone Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo hands-on

Freshly announced at MWC 2011 earlier this week, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo promises to be the mid-range Android smartphone with some serious imaging punch. We grabbed some hands on time today with the exclusive red variant headed to Vodafone - as well as the regular blue model - and it's a slick, if a little plastic, handset. The XPERIA Neo firmware wasn't final, so we'll hold off from making any judgement calls on how the smartphone performs (or, indeed, how the camera holds up), but from what we've seen it's shaping up nicely. Sony Ericsson has made the sensible decision to separate out its Mediascape and Timescape apps from the core OS, which means that - in theory, at least - Android software updates should come through in a more timely manner than for previous XPERIAs from the company. Of the three colors - white, blue and red - we have to say we prefer the red; in the plastic it's rich, slightly metallic, and looks a lot more interesting than the somewhat mundane blue version. The silver edge pieces are discrete, and the Neo fits nicely into the hand. We'll have to wait for review units to drop before we know whether the phone shapes up as a whole, however. [gallery]

White Google Nexus S hands-on

Google's Nexus S isn't new, but the white variant of the Gingerbread smartphone - which is a Vodafone exclusive - certainly is, and we've been itching to get our hands on the newer model since we first caught wind of its existence. As the official photos showed, this isn't quite a full white makeover; in fact, the battery compartment is now white, as are the inset power button and volume rocker, but the front section of the Nexus S is still glossy black. Still, that's not to say no work has gone into it; under the battery cover it's white as well, which leads us to wonder whether it's something to do with the manufacturing process of the curved glass front that has left it black like the original. It's not just a color change, either; gone is the fingerprint-magnet glossy finish, replaced with a slightly textured, matte back plate that feels less prone to slipping out of your grasp. Functionally it's the same Nexus S we know from the full Android Community review, and still the only Android 2.3 Gingerbread device on the market. It's "coming soon" to Vodafone. [gallery]

Vodafone confirms Nexus S incoming in Black and White

Vodafone has announced that it will be the first European carrier to offer the Google Nexus S directly, joining retailer Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK in pushing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Samsung-made flagship - the Android Community review of which you can read here - will go on sale in Vodafone's own stores, though it's unclear whether other carriers will also be offering it direct. As well as the general black Nexus S we've already seen, Vodafone has clinched the exclusive on the white version. No pricing or availability as yet, but we're guessing Vodafone will be wanting to push this pair out as soon as possible.
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