Well I always see high-flying business people and executives going around with these phones. They are all right, quite easy to use, but you have to read through the manual a couple of times first. One problem i found was that this phone, because it is so small, is sometimes a bit hard to use, especially when your fingers are a bit big! It has some very good features and considering this was the first sony ericsson purchased, i was quite impressed. Attractive phone with good features. The joystick is sometimes hard to use.
The T68 is another great phone brought to us from sony ericsson, one of the first phones to come out with full colour screen and attatchable camera, which is orriginally what attracted me to this phone, aswell as its tri-band capability as i oftern go abroad and it would just be a big hassle if my phone didnt work with me.
For the time it was released this phone had alot of features, out shining such phones as the nokias of the time and a great persentage of the nikias now several years on, what i find most usful is the bluetooth so i can connect to my computer send contacts and keep my phone book on my computer and phone up-dated alike.
The phone is very small which was another attractive feature to me, its about the same size as a 8210, and think of the tecnology difference! Its also a nice silver/blue colour, although the buttons tend to wear out pretty fast if you write a lot of texts.
The battery life on this phone is also an excellent feature i find i only have to charge it on average about once a week and never have a problem, depending on how much you use the phone obviously.
Overall this a a very good, reliable little phone with some great features, maybe a little old now, but you can easily pick on up cheap and it will last you.
The Ericsson T 68i was the phone I had been waiting for, a colour screen, camera option, picture messaging, tri band plus good computer connectivity. Many reviews have been done but I felt an update after a year of ownership might be helpful to those considering it. Background Why did I choose Ericsson? Well, I travel abroad regularly and wanted a tri Band phone so that no matter where I went I could use my phone or be contacted (except Japan who seem to do their own thing). Additionally because I use a Psion PDA to collect e-mails on the move and this connects to a phone using the infra red port a phone with an infra red port was essential. I have previously owned two Ericsson mobile phones the i888 and the T39m both tri band and both very good phones. The T39m probably one of Ericsson?s best. The T68i offered all of the things I needed plus a few more frills and appeared to be the perfect choice as it was also a very compact unit. The only drawback for me was the open keyboard as I prefer flip phones which are harder to operate by accident. Additionally all the accessories I had bought for my T39m were compatible with the T68i so there was no need to replace them. Experiences Much as other users have reported I too was disappointed to find that I spent most of my time looking at a blank screen saver which told me nothing about the signal strength in the area. When I did take the trouble to bring up the display, all I found was a message that said, ?SOS calls only?. Ah! so that?s why I haven?t received any calls. After consultation the phone was replaced by my service provider, unfortunately reception was no better and this time the Blue Tooth system which I was using to upload data from my old phone didn?t work. Another swap, another duffer. Next the phone was sent to the service agent who returned it with a message that the antennae had been improved. To be fair the phone is improved but reception is st
ill not as good as with other makes. PROS Tri-Band, compact, blue tooth connectivity and Infra Red. Super standby time around 5-7 days, with regular use at least 4 days brilliant. CONS The T68i looks good and has great battery life but to be of any use a phone must be able to make and receive calls. My phone didn?t make the grade on this level and others have had similar experiences according to reviews here. Until the company resolves the issue of poor reception this model is about as useful as a chocolate teaspoon. Despite being repaired tweaked or whatever I am still not entirely happy with the reception. The key pad can be locked but anyone can pres C then YES to unlock it. Nokia have a much better key code lock that is more secure. The screen saver stops you seeing important info at a glance and you have to press two buttons to clear it if you have activated the key lock. The phone software is slow to operate, it can take a second for the phone to react once you have pressed a button which is quite irritating. The pictures produced by the camera attachment are quite poor. Conclusion Despite the phones reception being improved following a service I cannot really recommend it. However, perhaps I have been spoilt by the faultless performance of my previous phone the T39m also made by Ericsson. I would still give Ericsson a look when buying my next phone as Ericsson's computer connectivity is superior to other brands in my experience.
I received this phone on an upgrade from my old nokia 3210, I have had quite a few phones in the past and decided to try a different manufacturer, now I wish hadn?t. The main and basic function of a phone to me is the ability to make a phone call and this is made impossible on this phone by the varying signal strength, outside most of the time it is fine but as soon as I step indoors the signal is virtually lost and when I make calls I get cut off on every other one which is very annoying. I find myself going back to my old phone to make calls! Another aspect that I have found is that the keypad lock does not work well and unlocks itself and phones up all of your friends (a problem that also affects the nokia), and the lock does not cover emergency services which is good and bad, the fact that I have made a call to them by accident is not good, I wish they would remove this feature in future phones or at least have the ability to switch it off, I understand why it is there but I doubt it saves much time or that people know it exists. Overall the features features on the phone are good like the tones and pictures. Text messaging takes a while to get used to after moving from the Nokia but is fine when you get the hang of it.
I bought this phone as an upgrade to re-subscribe to O2 so it only cost me £30.00. It is very light and has an excellent battery life. I only have to charge it about once a week (dependant on use obviously). The buttons are a little small and can be a bit fiddly to use, and the joystick takes a little getting used to as I tended to keep pushing it in to 'click', but I have now started to get used to it. I also find it a little slow composing text messages because of the size of the buttons. I find I can also type faster than the phone can keep track, which can be a little confusing. The ringtones are only monophonic and most websites I have visited to download tunes state they are not compatible with the T68i, but this does not overly bother me. I have yet to try out the composer. The bluetooth option is excellent. I have played a game of battleships witha friend who has the T68 and there was no problem connecting at all. On the strength of this I purchased a Blue Tooth dongle for my PC so I could connect the phone to it, however, I have yet to master that particular option. It is quite complicated and time consuming to set up and my initial rushed attempt was a complete failure. So if you are going to connect to a PC make sure you have a couple of hours spare. The phone has lots of options available for addresses, numbers, memo entries, calenders, calculators, the lot - everything you would need. I would not class it as a 'business' phone but it can handle most social/domestic roles with ease. Overall, a great phone for £30.00. I am not sure I would spend anymore than that, and I do not think it is worth the £150.00 price tag if you were to buy it 'new'.
One Hundred and twenty two opinions and I have had to resort to a mobile phone review. After a small spell as Category Assistant for Telecommunications last year I never thought I would even read one again, never mind write one. But I have had this little fella for a couple of months now, and feel obliged to write something about it. Now, loyal customer that I am, when my 12 month contract was up with Orange, for the second time, I visited one of their stores and decided I would enter the 21st century telephone-ownership wise speaking. I have had an abundance of Nokia?s over the years, starting in 1994, with a phone the size of a house brick, and culminating in the Nokia 6210, which was an ok phone, if decidedly boring after a while. Common sense would have made me buy a 6310, as I have a proper car kit and the 6310 would have fitted. But that is so damn boring as a phone too, and so common sense went out of the window in favour of something a little original (for me, that is). My objectives were to find something that was Bluetooth compatible, had a fancy GUI display for navigation, perhaps had a built in camera, and had polyphonic ringtones, because my husband reliably informed me these were the bee?s knees. Oh, and I didn?t want something ugly, nor did I want to pay the earth for it, poor student that I am at present. Anyway, 1hr later and I walk out of the Orange shop with the Sony Ericson T68i. Pleased as punch because I didn?t have to pay anything for it on a new 12 month contract, keeping the same telephone number. And I did not get all the functionality I was looking for above, but then I did manage to walk out of the store without paying a fortune for an upgrade too, and money won out over geeky features in the end. Looks ------- I like the look of this phone. It has a kind of feminine shape to it, if you get to look at one, you will understand what I mean. The screen is a great size, and you can always see the t
ime in big digits, even when the phone back light is off. And I love the ?arctic Blue? colour that surrounds the screen. Size wise it is perhaps 1cm wider than my outstretch palm, widthways, and so it is a good deal smaller than the previous model I had. Also what is new and different for me is a phone with a mini joystick instead of the Nokia navikey, which I have worn down on so many phones over the last nine years. Orange Terms ----------------- With regards to selecting the phone, there is a 14 day trial period for new connection, although not for upgrades. You can also take out Orange Care insurance but at £5 a month, I would rather risk losing it. Tariffs obviously vary depending on what your usage is like. I also get 3 months free WAP access, but I havent had a session with my Personal Orange Trainer yet, and havent a clue why I would need that. Some Key Features ----------------------- The screen can display full colour images and has a 256 colour display. It is also Bluetooth wirefree compatible, and this was a key factor for me, in that I can buy a wireless headset for the car now. It is a tri-band phone and therefore can be used throghout most of the world, and uses GPRS for internet access, although you only pay for what you download, which is absolutely nothing in my case so far. There is also a Chat feature, similar to internet access, although if I am frank, my hubby and I tested this out, and we are not sure why we wouldn?t just text really. It is straightforward to set the keylock and silence options, and also to determine the length of standby time and talk time you have left in your battery. Interestingly I am not sure how long the battery will last for when fully charged, but expect it is about a month?.! My phone states it has 144 hours talk time left, and appears to be only half charged at present. Using the Phone ? Calls ----------------------------- There is nothing difficult here. The pho
ne memory can store up to 510 names, and the Orange Personal Trainer very kindly updated my old contacts across for me. Otherwise storing contacts does not make use of the predictive text facility, which is probably a blessing in disguise really. You can also access the normal calls list to tell you who you?ve dialled, whose call you have missed and so on, from the GUI interface screen. Using the Phone ? Texting -------------------------------- Now I have to admit, this took a lot of getting used to. Perhaps that is because I didn?t read the instructions, and have never used predictive texting before either (you getting the impression I am a total luddite or what?). Anyway, after a few days, I sort of got there, with the texting, although I often send a blank reply to an incoming text, because all you have to do is nudge the little joystick. So I must have wasted a few of my monthly inclusive texts that way. But I have now figured out the principles of the predictive text thing, and it is quite handy most of the time. You can of course switch this off, and I am still trying to figure out what to do if you try and key a word using predictive text, which is not in the phone?s dictionary. Oh, I miss my Nokia? Using the Phone ? Multimedia Messaging -------------------------------------------------- This allows you to send text, photos pictures and sound in the one message. If you send something like this to a non MMS phone, the recipient will get a text inviting them to the website to check the message. You can attach the Communicam to take photos to send to your friends and family. The Communicam is about one third the length of the phone, and simply plugs in at the bottom. Customising the Sony T68i --------------------------------- You can select from a choice of around 60 different pictures for both the background and screen saver for your phone. This is useful to both brighten it up and perhaps to distinguish your p
hone from someone else who has the same model. You can also change the ring tone, volume and type of alert. There are a total of around 20 ring tones, and none of them sound that great, to be honest. Games -------- There are a total of eight built in games for the phone. AS these are very different from what I have played before, I have struggled with them. There is a help screen to tell you what keys do what, but I think this could be enhanced if it also told you what the objectives of the game were! There is a battleship one, which I have managed to figure out, and one called Erix, which would probably appeal if you like the Snake games. The card games though, I have no clue how to play! Organiser ------------ The phone contains some organiser features inclouding a calendar, space for notes and alarms, a stop watch and a timer, and a calculator, all straightforward to use. So to summarise, I have not been disappointed in my phone, although the texting aspect has been a little difficult for me to work out. All in all,a great little phone, and especially for a freebie.
This is a great phone, with many features, and a great battery life. Yes the automatic screensaver is a pain, but as you get so much standby time I can live with that. However..... I purchased a t68i SIM free to use on the virgin (t-mobile) network. It worked well for a couple of months then I started getting calls cut off in maximum reception areas, this was followed by an inability to place calls; after a few seconds trying to place the call it beeped 3 times and showed no signal strength (even though this had shown a strong signal before sending). SMS wouldn't send. After a few more days it displayed NO ACCESS on the screen. CPW (carphone warehouse) initially told me this was a SIM problem (although the SIM worked in other phones). Phone was sent off for a firmware upgrade (no other work required). Phone worked better than ever. New features added and reception seamed better than before. However within a month I was back to NO ACCESS. New handset from CPW, this time worked for only 10 days. UPDATE: The replacement for the replacement lasted about 14 days, but yes it has gone wrong again (same problem NO ACCESS). I am waiting for a replacement of the replacement of the replacement of the original repaired phone. I am getting fed up as every two weeks I have to go back to Carphone Warehouse, reset all my settings, reprogramme all my voice commands, just to have the thing go wrong again. Its made more annoying by the fact that is such a great phone - when it works. Carphone Warehouse Customer service tell me there is no known issue with this phone, although the sales reps tell a different story. CPW sales rep stated that he no longer advised customers to buy this handset for T-Mobile network (although that is NOT official CPW policy). I understand this is a T-Mobile (and from various forums occurs on Orange as well) Dont get me wrong this is a great phone, and if I was using O2 or Voda you couldn't beat
it. However DONT buy this phone to use on T-Mobile (or Virgin), it isnt worth the hassle.
I fully admit to being a computer geek and when this phone came out I was ecstatic - with Infrared and Bluetooth? Color Screen? GPSR? You can probably picture me foaming at the mouth. Add to this the light weight and rather nifty design and this should be a phone desireable to all.... but... after owning it for nearly a year now, I can fully testify to some of its faults. The first and foremost is the screen - it is no longer at the cutting edge of technology - rather blurry and greyish. Secondly - the responsiveness of the phone itself - it is rather sluggish. Sometimes I am answering a call - pressing the answer buttton - and then waiting for a second or two for the phone to catch up with the idea that I had indeed pressed the button. This has lead to several instances where I start saying "Hello", again and again until the caller finally hears my voice (by then shouting into his ear). My last objection would be the menu-system - why does everything have to take so many button-presses? There are menus and sub-menus under other sub-menus. Would I have bought it again if I knew then what I know now? Probably. Is it a good phone to consider buying now?.. No.
I own this amazing phone and I must say that sony ericsson have made an incredible phone packed with so many features. Bluetooth, infrared , this phone has it all. It looks really sexy and it has really cool leds and an amazing colour screen. You can download images off esato on wap and you can also download screensavers and ringtones as well. Reception is very impressive but the only problem is that the keys are too small.
Good little phone with some minor down points. I've had my phone now for about 2 1/2 months and I am generally very happy with it. As on of the new picture messaging or MMS phones it has a 256 colour screen which livens up the image of the phone considerably. Also the shape and styling of the phone is nice, it is a good small size without being fiddly like the Nokia 8210 and it is light. This is my second phone after having a Nokia 3210 which I was very happy with. After 2 years on pay as you go I finally moved to a contract and got this phone. The navigation method is by using a little joystick to move through the menus and then pressing it in to select the highlighted choice. You can also use the volume slider that is on the side of the phone to move the selector around and the 'Yes' key to select. The 'No' key goes back a screen. The good points are the logical layout of the menus and the voice activated dialling which, although makes you look a muppet, is useful for quickly dialling a number without having to scroll down through the names. The colour screen is good and makes the phone look up to date and more interesting than a plain back-lit screen. Also the battery life is very good, if you leave it in standby the screen dims to just a clock and so batteries last ages. I took it to Amsterdam on less than half power and it lasted for the whole 4 days without a charge which suprised me. The bad points are that as a camera phone it has a separate camera that plugs into the base. This makes it hard to just take a photo whenever you fancy as you need to bring the attachment along with you. Also the quality of the pictures is not that great. They tend to be very grainy and are essentially a pointless addition. If you want to take photos use a proper camera. The other thing that does annoy me somewhat is the old style ringtones. Compared to the new polyphonic tones it does sound very bland and irr
itating if you have anything other than a standard ring. Also it has the old Ericcson trait of showing a blinking green light when it is turned on. Distracting and entirely unneccessary. As a functional mobile phone it has all the things that you would need plus a few extra. The addition of both infrared connections and bluetooth connections mean that for the more serious user it can be connected to a lap top for use as a modem or to transfer contact details and calendar appointments quickly. Also cordless attachments like headsets can be used via bluetooth, although they currently cost a bomb. As a snazzy show off phone that has quirky entertaining features it is not so strong despite its stylish looks. Good for a functional user or as a business phone Bad as a fashion accessory as it has no jazzy polyphonic ringtones and the picture messaging function is not state of the art anymore.
I bought a new Ericsson T68i about a year ago. I have always had Nokia in the past but could not resist the colour screen and the add on camera (that i have not bought and don't intend to) I was there during the long queues with the must have brigade and had to fight to get my phone first. So it was with much anticipation that i opened and coveted my new phone. The first impression was yes this is a sleek nice looking phone and i waited patiently for the first charge of 14 hours so i could play with it safely. The joystick has always been a pain, the navigation loses me often, and the shortcuts are either hard to learn or non exsistant. All the Nokia's i had up till recently could be picked up and used imediatly without having to read the full instruction book. The Ericsson i have is not being used to it's full potential *my own choice) Although it has Calendar Notes, Sounds and Drawing features i see these just as novelty items that i personaly will never use, believe my when i say i read manuals from cover to cover to get the full use from any electrical item but i purchased this phone on a 14 day return and tried to return for my old Nokia, Unfortunatly the phone company registered the phone two days before posting it to me so i missed out on the 14 day exchange by 2 days, i was stuck with it. I NEVER go anywhere with out my phone ANYWHERE... But this phone i am happy to leave at home for short periods and go to the shops without any withdrawal symptoms associated with leaving your right arm at home. I am not just sulking this is just not the easiest phone to use. The joystick sends you the wrong way down the long list of menu's, i am often ringing the first person on my list for hours on end. Even with the keylock on you can, and I HAVE rang the emergency services while the phone is in my pocket 999 and 112 both work with the keylock on. I found out after a 43 minute call to them i had no knowlege of. All said and done this phone still looks clas
sy but i just wish Ericsson trie d a little harder to make the features more user friendly, this phone was made in haste to be the first colour phone on the market i think, and the end user suffers for this fact.
The T68i was the first MMS (Multimedia Messaging) phone released in the UK. SonyEricsson had a head start on Nokia who are only just rolling them out. MMS means that not only can it send text messages, but also sounds and pictures. Surprisingly for a first, this phone is small, light and feature-packed. But at the the end of the day, it is just a phone, and although I am a bit of a gadget freak, I don't like technology for the sake of it. Fortunately, the T68i has a good mix of useful and fun features. I'll admit to going for this model because it was small and shiny (obeying my crow-like male instincts). Compared to my old phone, which was large and black (like a burnt brick), the draw was irresistible. I can put this phone in my pocket without getting funny looks or skewering myself with the aerial when I sit down. The free camera included was also a big draw, as my current digital camera doesn't communicate with my PC very well (see my Blink review). USEFUL THINGS The t68i is very capable of making phone calls, but my old 'charred brick' could do that too. Unfortunately, I signed up with Orange which has poor reception in my area (I'm not going any detail on that as it fills a separate op). However, this phone can pick up a signal where others cannot - I have friends on Orange with Sony J7s and 'clamshell' motorolas who cannot get a signal where I can. Sound quality is superb, and much better than my old Ericsson, and better than the Nokias I remember using (this is rather subjective and could be network related as I've changed networks too). The phone book is well thought out and can hold up to five different numbers for each contact, for mobile, home, work, fax and 'other'. This is excellent as it saves repeating contacts multiple times for different numbers! You can also associate an e-mail address with each contact, and title and company details if you like. This phone can send e
-mail and faxes directly, so all the details can come in useful. This phone also has a mini organiser, so you you can set appointments and alarms to keep track of what you're supposed to be doing that day. There is also a basic alarm, should you wish to be woken up in the morning or reminded to feed your goldfish. Connection-wise, this phone has infared and bluetooth to allow you to communicate with other devices such as your PC, phones and PDAs. These are both wireless connections, but with bluetooth the phone does not need a line-of-sight connection. Simply leave the phone somewhere in range of another bluetooth device (typically 10 metres) and you can zap data between the two. I have tried this by sending photos across a pub table to another phone - it does have it's uses. Bluetooth headsets are also available, so you could just leave the phone in you bag and make calls through the headset. Presumably, this can work with the voice activated dialling functions on the phone so you just speak out who you'd like to talk to, and wish for luck. This also allows the data on the phone to be synchronised with your PC, so appointments and contacts stay current with MS Outlook (I have not tried this). Of course you can use an 'old fashioned' cable too, but bluetooth is pretty quick, so I can't see any advantage myself. As with all modern phones, this phone has WAP too. It's a cut-down version of the Internet which can come in useful when you're out. Yes, it's slow, but the information is there - you can check up on the latest news and sport, lottery numbers, or check the weather. Plus you can get train time information, and I believe, find the nearest cashpoint, cinema, restaurant and more. As this phone has a colour screen, you get pictures too, which is nice for things like reading the news. You can also silently cheat in pub quizzes by using google, but I didn't just say that. This phone
has GPRS too, so if you're willing to pay more, this increases the speed of WAP. With GPRS you pay for the amount of data you use, not the amount of time connected. So, you could stay connected to GPRS all day and have the phone picking up e-mails. I've never tried it myself, but it's supposedly the 'next big thing'. The colour screen is large, especially for a phone that is so small (the phone is a little taller than a business card, and slightly slimmer). Although this screen is colour, it can only display a limited palette, which can make some images a little fuzzy. The backlight is very bright, although not to the torch-like standards of some Nokia models. It's certainly bright enough to read the screen in a dark venue, and makes daylight viewing possible. If the screen were much brighter it would become difficult to read. A small snap-on torch is available if you're interested in lighting your way home at night/attracting attention on the dancefloor. The battery life is pretty good - I find it lasts around 5 days of occasional use. It only takes two hours to charge, so it's not something I pay much attention to. If you're a frequent phone user, expect much less than this (it's rare for me to use the phone more than once a day for calls - I mainly text/e-mail). FUN THINGS As with all modern phones, this one has it's fair share of fun stuff. The obvious one is the snap-on camera - I have an MCA20 snap-on camera, but the principal is the same for all current camera models. This is quite magic and is invaluable for taking snapshots of other people, which you can then store or send to other phone users. However, none of the current models come with a flash so it will struggle in dark pubs. The phone has loads of memory to store the tiny photos the camera takes, and the camera itself has more memory internally. My camera does not take batteries, and uses some clever technology to store
the photos even when disconnected form the phone. You can take photos right up to 640x480 resolution, which is lots higher than the phone can display. You can also associate a photo with each person in your phone book - this is great for instantly finding out who is calling before you pick up. I take photos with the snap-on camera of people I know or interesting objects associated with them (normally culinary masterpieces/disasters). The phone also lets you give a different ringtone to each person too. Ringtones and pictures are available from the SonyEricsson WAP website through the phone, although the selection is currently fairly limited. Theoretically, you can send images between the phone and your PC if you buy a bluetooth adapter, a small device that slots in to one of your USB sockets. Adapters weigh in at upwards of £20, but expect that price to drop as you can use the same adapter for any bluetooth device. Unfortunately, I cannot get my bluetooth 'dongle' to send images to and from the phone, which is annoying me right now as I haven't got time to fiddle with it. The phone also has many games, but I haven't played most of them. There's a fun one called Erix which I wont explain here, and their version of 'battleships'. Most of the other games appear to be card games, which seems rather pointless as a real pack of cards isn't particularly big to carry round. I would have liked to see Tetris, as my old phone had, and would have gladly swapped all the card games for it. THINGS IT DOESN'T HAVE The t68i doesn't have a aerial, which is a great start. Unfortunately, it also doesn't have mobile Java either, which is something I would have been interested in as it allows applications to be run on the phone. This model is also lacking polyphonic ring tones - if you know what they are then you'll probably care about this (snazzy muti-instrument ring tones). I am quite happy w
ith the bleeps this phone makes instead, as the vibrate alert is the only notification I really need. If you're a fan of changeable covers, you won't like the t68i. Although you can buy covers if you look hard enough, you'll invalidate the warranty if you fit them. The cover certainly isn't designed to be changed, but this isn't something I am interested in doing anyway. To my eyes the phone looks very nice and I have never felt the desire to change covers before, and besides, I don't think this phone is aimed at the teenage market (who have the cover obsession). CONCLUSION As a phone this device really excels, but it would be a waste if you bought it just for that. Phone-wise, it's small and light, and lasts for days on a single two hour charge. But the T68i is so much more than that. It's not quite a fully-blown personal organiser, but would suit many people's needs as such. It can also take pictures with the snap-on camera. It sends photos and e-mail. It lets you browse WAP, the Mobile Internet in colour. Hey, it even sings and dances (it you count ring tones and vibrate alert).
The T68i is without a doubt a nifty little phone. It's packed with features and this is mostly the reason why I bought it. What I love about it: -Size (especially compared with my old C25) -Looks -The ability to send and receive emails on the move -(all the other gadgetry built in) -WAP (although it took a while to figure this out - great to ebay on the move) -predictive text is excellent. -interface is common sense and easy to get to grips with - excellent battery life What I don't like so much: -The games. A few are ok and pass the time, like Erix, Q and battleships but the rest are mostly card games which are fairly dull and don't have instructions. - colour screen is good but low res and only 256 colours. Pictures really don't look that good. - doesn't get reception as well as my old C25 (which had external aerial) - can't easily download ringtones, or new games. Need to hook up to a computer (although an infra-red interface costly now only about £25.) - occassionally appears to crash and say "invalid network" and things like that. Though this resolves itself if you turn it off and back on again. - can be frustrating trying to call someone from the phonebook - have to go through too many screens. - screen takes a while to react to keypreses (although you can forge on ahead regardless and it will get there eventually). Have not tried the bluetooth, GPRS, etc. All in all, a good little phone let down by reception and a few other points noted above.