Product Type: Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 featur... more
My Explicit Relationship with Erica
Member Name: Bazza1603
Date: 16/12/02, updated on 28/08/03 (4781 review reads)
Advantages: Good phone which performs we11, Good range of functions, Bluetooth
Disadvantages: Screen saver hides the fact you have recieved a message and therefore can go unnoticed for ages
I am now finding problems with the phones receptions the more I use it. My mates have Nokia 8310 and 6610 models and they work no problem when we are out on a pub crawl in the centre of Newcastle, however mine keeps saying SOS calls only when all people are on the same network wereas my mates get a perfect signal. I have tried swopping to a pay and Go sim card which I know was fine with my old phone. Stay with Nokia is my advice.....They aint the market leaders for nothing.
I am now the owner of a Sony Ericsson mobile phone. I was a little unsure which category to post in as I actually have the T68 model, which has had its software upgraded by Ericsson to the latest T68i spec. I have decided to post as a T68i as my phone has different feature to the T68.
The difference between the phones are minor, as the insides are the same. It's basically the software on the T68, which is prone to crashing and is generally slower to use with has been improved on the upgrade. This is the biggest improvement over the two models, however the control joystick type button was also upgraded on the newer phone as its prone to becoming less sensitive with age on the T68.
The easy way to tell if your T68 has been upgraded is to see if it still has Tetris on the games menu. If it has take your phone along to a Sony Ericsson service centre and they should upgrade it for you free of charge. Sony Ericsson admits that the old phone was full of bugs and this is why they don't charge you. Saying that some service centres do charge up to £25 for this, so its worth ringing before travelling, to find out cost and how long it will take.
Handsets only are still over £270 for the T68i model and about £30
less for the T68 which has had the upgrade on it. I got my phone from www.e2save.com for £29.99 on a £13.99 a month package which included 600 off peak, 50 texts and 25 m
inutes off peak cross network.
The proper T68i models will cost £59.99 on the same package. The difference is worth it, as the newer phone looks a lot more modern.
What I like
I like holding the phone. It?s nice and light without being too small that I would be scared of losing it. The buttons are on the small side, but even with my big fingers it's easy to use. The back on my phone has a nice rubber effect that means it gives it extra grip. This is handy if you're frightened of dropp
ing 300 quid's worth of phone. The rudder back was discontinued on the T68i models.
I like the build quality. Now many times have you dropped a Nokia to find the phone split in to four bits ever time you dropped it? With this range of phones the battery is part of the back cover and it fits on tight.
The down side to this is that the covers aren't easy to interchange. Covers can be bought on places like Ebay, but a special tool is required to remove them. BE WARNED if you open them up, it will void the remainder of your warranty, unless a Service Centre replace it with a genuine cover. These will however not be cheap.
I like the colour screen. You can download photo and have it as a background. I can have anything I want to look at every time I pick my phone up, including Kylie. A good place for T68 owners to download background screens is www.esato.com. The easy way to down them is to visit this site on WAP and then save the picture direct onto your phone. Once you have mastered how to do it you can download a picture in less than 3 minutes at a cost of 30p.
There is a counter that counts your text messages. This is handy for me, so I don't go over my free amount of 50 each month. The phone also stores
around 55 SMS messages. 45 on the phone and 10 on the sim card. This can vary depending on how full your phone memory is.
There is also a button on the side that tell
s you how many hours remain on standby and talk him. If this phone is not used I can manage about 5 days without charging before it falls less than 1 hour of talk time left. I do not trust the actual figures, but it useful to use as a guide.
What I don't like
I don?t have any major problems with this phone. There are a number of small faults that you learn to live with.
The biggest is that you cannot turn the screen saver off which comes on after about 2 minutes showing the time. This
blanks out the screen making it hard to tell if there is a text message or missed call showing on the display. Everytime you want to look it's a case of pressing a few buttons instead of just looking at the screen. So far I have found a couple of message up to a day late when the phones been lying about on a table. There should be away of turning the screen saver off, but it ain't there on my phone perhaps due to the upgrade.
Text message is also a pain until you master it. If you press a wrong button and if goes to the next stage of sending the message, you cannot go back and amend it. It?s a case of starting all over again.
The Ring tones are terrible, but you can download and store up to 8 off them so it is not the end of the world.
It?s a Tri-band phone, which means it will work in the USA as long as you set it up with your phone provider with around a week's notice before you travel. You also need to make adjustments to your network selection once you arrive in the country.
The phone allows you to take colour picture, as long as you have the add on camera which costs £80.00. The phone screen is used as the viewfinder and you can send photos abou
t for 40p on MMS to other MMS equipped phones. Current phones that use this feature are. Nokia 7650 and 7210. Sony Ericsson T68/68i , T300 and T200 (Black and White only on the latt
er). I am not interested by this feature and have not used it so cannot comment if it's good or not.
For the full features of this phone please visit www.sonyericsson.com. This site is also useful to set your phone up for WAP and email. You enter your details and they send the details as a text message. To install simply press Yes. You will need to tell your network provider you wish to use WAP sometimes.
This phone also has the latest Bluetooth technology which allows you to connect to things like laptops, and headset without any
wires. Bluetooth is still very expensive for the add ons, and headset still cost £99. I think I will stick with my free handfree kit for the moment.
It?s no good having a pretty phone with all the Gizmos if the call quality, or reception quality is poor. I had problems with the Sony Ericsson T200 with this. This phone doesn't share the same problem. The phone actually shows a poorer signal that my other phones, but the call quality is better even on one bar. I haven't yet lost a call with it. Sound quality is excellent, and the sound can be turned up to a level that my whole work place hears it.
This phone is now become cheaper and is offered free now by many networks. Compared with other phones like the Nokia 7210, 6310i, 3410 and Sony Ericsson T200 and T66 models which I have used now and in the past, this is the best phone by a mile.
The 6310i is the nearest it terms of quality, but this phone is aimed at the business market and is slightly too big compared with the others. The Nokia 7210 is too expensive and not worth the money. The 3410 is an excellent budget phone but lacks the others features. W
hile the T66 is simply small and is hard to work due to the small buttons, and the T200 reception and call quality is terrible.
So this phone in my eyes is the best available wi
thin the phones I have seen and used at the moment.
A T200 review will follow as soon as there is a place to stick my op. If you are interested before hand in the T200 or have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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