The Vodafone 845: Android on a budget

Big red finally unveils a Google phone on the cheap

The new Android Vodafone 845

After months of speculation on the web, the Android-toting Vodafone 845 has finally stepped into the spotlight.

This is the first Vodafone-branded handset to run on Android, and comes with some pretty bog-standard specs as befits its budget category.

TechRadar brought you news of this phone a month or so ago, with a mooted price tag of £130 - although there's no official price tag on the Vodafone 845 despite being heralded as budget.

Éclair in the box

We're talking a 2.8-inch resistive screen, a 3.2MP camera and a 'suite' of Vodafone 360 Apps meaning you can socially network with your buddies and get access to unlimited tunes with Vodafone Music.

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However, the Vodafone 845 is starting from the right point: from release it will be running Android 2.1, meaning integrated Exchange support and (hopefully) live wallpapers.

Still, at least we've got a May UK release date, so if you've been yearning for a cheap Android buddy and aren't enamoured by the T-Mobile Pulse, then perhaps this is the phone for you - go check it out now.