I was given this phone by my mum in the summer of 2007. At first I didn't like it as it wasn't what I asked for from her, and it was bright white, a colour which I don't really get along with. But after using it for a couple of days I grew to love it. It is really easy to use, with a menu you can customize to look 3 different ways. There is also a shortcut menu on the home screen to get to things like messages and phonebook straight away.
It has a 3 mega pixel camera which doesn't sound good but for what you have with the phone, it is. The best thing about the camera aswell is that you can switch which camera you're using from the one in the back of the phone to the one at the front. So if you're taking pictures of yourself, you can switch to the front one and actually see what you look like on the screen at the same time. This reduces the length of time it takes to get a good picture of yourself!
The only problem I had with this phone was towards the end of my time with it. I used to press the red (end call) button to get back to the home screen alot when I was using the camera or on messages and eventually my phone began to actually crash and wouldn't come back on unless I took the battery out.
Apart from that, it was a lovely little phone, inexpensive and easy to use.
i found this phone very easy to use and also it only takes a small amount of time to learn what all the functions are for this phone. i also found the camera to be off high quality and found it very useful to make video calls to family members who live in australia. i discovered that the o2 ice has many functions which i didn't realise before i bought the ice i found that it was very reliable and also it was easy to store. i found that the ice was very easy to look after also the o2 ice is very durable as i had mine for around 2 years before i upgraded my phone and i had no problems with my o2 ice and i found it has so far been the best phone i have used to date.
Look & Feel
Durability & Robustness
Reception quality Battery standby time
Value for money
Range of features
This is the only phone I've bought outright, I was sick of Hand-me-down models and wanted something a bit more "with it"
This phone instantly caught my eye with its sleek shape (what they call "candy bar" apparently) and dazzling white colour. I think it helped that I had just bought a gorgeous white belt and shoes...anyway! The funky shape soon gets old when someone points out it reminds them of a house phone. HMF!
I was also reeled in by the fantastic price of this piece of kit, a lot cheaper than other models out there and it comes (most of the time) with a free blue tooth head set (which I convinced myself I would use all the time. Its been out of its box once)
Other funky little extras are the usb charger (I was fascinated) and a card for extra, external memory. The battery even came charged!
The phone its self has two cameras, one on the back, one on the front, which is handy if you want to pretend you are in a photo booth with your friend who hopefully has long arms.
The lovely people at o2 have also thrown in some software for transferring all your pictures, videos and sounds back and forth to your computer which makes getting your favourite song as a ring tone that little bit easier.
The phone has video and picture messaging capabilities and I personally have it on a pay as you go sim card.
The functions are very simple to use, modeled around the best parts from all the best manufacturers, nokia-esq buttons, siemens-like charger sockets.
There are, however, a few bad points about this little slice of candy shaped techno jazz.
Firstly when it comes to memory. I quickly realised the reason why they give you an extra memory stick. becauise you REALLY need it.
You can get about 5 mp3's onto the phones memory, the rest have to be stored on the external card. Not so bad you might think? You'd be wrong. Strangley anything that is stored on your little stick of knowledge CANNOT be used as a ringtone or a wallpaper. I never realised how frustrating that really is till now.
The slot the memory slides into can become quite annoying too. The slightest little push on the flap and it pops out. It took me a while to realise it locks in place when you push it once and unlocks when you push it again so it was flying out constantly.
The video call capabilities are hardly worth the effort because of a very bad coverage on the video call network.
Picture quality is ok, just ok, could be better if it had a flash on it, but it doesn't.
As for the picture messaging? Well I'd LOVE to tell you all about it. But it doesn't work. After some research on the phone I found that this is a common problem that isn't easily fixed. Generally the idea is that you need to get a replacement phone. I haven't bothered to do so because i dont really use the function much. Anyone who does would save themself a lot of hassle getting a different model.
Network coverage, being o2 you would imagine it would be good. Wrong again. Strangley this phone has a real hard time getting a signal. Text messages arrive hours later to and from everyone else and usually by the time they get through youve seen the person in the flesh (or they are standing next to you and are amazed you are such a stealth texter)
Battery time is quite average, gives you a couple of days if you arent doing much, about a day if you are calling a lot. No world records broken here.
As for the sexy looks, they dont last. Well, they do... but only if you do not wear jeans or put the phone in your pocket. The white colour, as much as it is wipe clean, still manages to attract those denim tones and just not let go of them. Sure the phone still looks good from a distance, but you'd rather not whip it out infront of anyone close.
You can also find youself getting some unpleasant surprises after missing numerous phone calls and texts due to the loudest settign being, well, quiet as hell. I'm not kidding, talking to your friend in whispers is enough to drown this phones ring tones out. Which is odd as the sound is louder when you listen to it through the sounds function.
This phone basically gives you what you pay for. A cheap piece of nano-crap that occasionally likes to pretend its a real phone.
If you are like me, then you only need this phone for the rare occasion, nothing too important and it won't really bother you (even if its a tad dissapointing it works about as well as your old phone in a brand new casing). If you are a Hardcore Phoner, then I'd reccomend you put your wallet back in your pocket and wait till it's full enough to buy something a bit more capable of...well...anything.
*review also on ciao*
i have this phone but got the limited ed in raspberry. ive found this a good little phone although the volumes a little quiet even when on high. i took it on holiday in the med and used it as an mp3 though had to buy memory card from ebay to hold tracks required. memory with phone is very small. never had a signal problem with it , even all the way out there. the only problem ive had is if the phone rings while im playing music, after the call the mp3 seems to freeze and ive needed to turn the phone of to restart a couple of times. its a cheap phone that does the job. a great one for teens as an mp3 and does what it says on the can as far as the phone functions go.