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Sagem MY X-6. Fantastic phone for the price! This was my first foray into the realms of "modern" mobile phones. My plastic monochrome display handset was attracting "funny" looks, and it's battery was dying, so it was time for a replacement. The Sagem MY X-6 looked good, and had some pretty advanced features for it's day - Colour screen, polyphonic ringtones, camera, web browser, MMS, email, etc. The handset always felt reassuringly heavy and solid beneath its plastic shiny exterior! To be honest, it was cutting edge back in 2003, and had features that were far better than the then Nokias at twice the price. The camera seemed impressive at the time, and when viewing the photographs on screen, they seemed pretty good. Transfer them to a PC, however, and they are so small! How things have changed. The screen is bright and clear, and fairly large for its day. Unfortunately, the keypad was set quite low down on the handset, and the phone seemed top heavy, which gave the impression that texting needed two hands - one to type, and the other to hold the phone. The buttons themselves were well-spaced, but small. Not much of a problem until texting several messages one after the other: the buttons really hurt your fingers! Sagem really pushed their market well with the MY X-6 - it really was quite something. I eventually caved in and got a new Nokia when my contract expired, oh the difference... The Nokia's screen was terrible (and small) by comparison, and the camera was very poor when compared to the Sagem. Fortunately, things have moved on and improved within the mobile industry since!
This was the first phone I owned and whilst I don't have it now it did last me about 3 years plus I think. This I think says quite a bit outright. It may be simple compared to today's standards but it was certainly very robust I found and didn't break easily. The specifications of the phone are pretty basic - VGA camera, 2.3MB memory, no slot for expanding memory, no hi-fi capabilities. 65K colours (most now have 16 million colours). Yet at the time it was released (2003 I think) it was cutting edge and was one of the first camera phones on the market. Firstly though, how was it for making phone calls? This is, after all what you want a phone to do. I never had a problem. The signal was always fine, and whilst this can depend on the area and network operator I'm cnovinced the receiver/ transmitter in the phone was pretty good. The sound from the phone was very clear and there was a convenient hands-free mode say if you were in your house which also had a very good clear-cut sound quality. Secondly, robustness. Excellent. Much better than any of the fragile phones of today. Made with a plasic shell, the shell was durable and screen never broke or cracked on me. I was extremely clumsy and droppecd it an awful lot, once it even got immersed in water and yet it carried on working working. The buttons on the phone aren't huge but unless you've got very broad fingers you shouldn't have a problem with respect to this. They are all clearly laid out and if the casing does get cracked it is easy to replace. The phone also has an address book, basic WAP capabilities but lacks bluetooth. As an organiser there is a calendar, clock and alarm. You can also play some basic games on the phone. The phone is small and lightweight, fitting easily into your pocket. The one major donwside for me though was when the charger broke replacing it was rather costly and time-consuming as it needs a sagem only charger, which aren't widely available. You could probably pick the phone up on ebay for less than £20, though it's not commercially availalbe on the high street any longer.
I bought this phone for £99 on Orange PAYG and it has been excellent. The prrice was very competitive. The phone is stylish and looks like it cost three or four times more than it real is. However, it does feel a bit cheap when you pick it up as the plastic is a bit on the thin side so it creaks a little. However, the finish is robust. The screen is a large and is colour too. It has to be one of the best screens on the market as it is bright, clear and photos look amazing on it. In fact, its much better than phones that cost twice as much! The camera too is excellent. I couldn't believe the picture quality which was faithful to the original item shot. The colours were nicely balanced and there are numerous options for poor light, direct sunlight etc. It also has a digital zoom which works pretty well though you do get quite bad pixelation at the highest zoom factor. The phone book is comprehensice and easy to access. It has polyphonic ringtones and more can be downloaded too. The one thing it lacks though is bluetooth. Its quite a serious omission, but this is phone costs less than a hundred quid remember! It does have infra-red to compensate for the lack of bluetooth. The battery life on this thing is amazing. I charged the battery up to full on this thing and left it in a draw for three months. I then switched it on and it still had two-thirds battery life left. The only thing is that it does take about an hour or two to charge from empty. The phone is light and well featured. For someone on a small budget that requires a camera phone that takes perfect pictures then this is for you. However, if you also need bluetooth then stay away as this doesn't have it.
Full review -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AHH! I have a new phone, well it isnt that new, I have had it since September 24th! However, I decided to write this review a good few months after having the phone so I can explain the full range of its uses! Why did I get a new phone? As my trusty Phillips C12 charger broke and nowhere sells the charger for that phone, and well nobody sells that phone anymore! I had that phone for five wonderful years. I am not one of these people who feel that it is a necessity to have a new and up-to-date phone. So when I was left with the issue of buying a new phone I was left not knowing what I wanted! My first decision was to look about the Internet for what designs were about! I only looked on www.o2.co.uk as I am aware of the other tariffs available: Virgin, 3, Vodafone, Orange, T Mobile etc But I found them from what I have seen and heard from very reliable sources these are all a complete rip off. Now, normally I go for the pay as you go option BUT I wanted a contract phone as I was paying approximately £20.00 a month on pay as you go whereas this amount on contract could gain me more. Looking about the website I could see that camera phones were all the rage and the idea of this appealed to me. So that I could catch my drunken mates antics on a night out and embarrass them at a later date with it! Hehe mwahahhahahaha Me evil?! Never! However, the website said that it could take a while for delivery and I did need a phone pretty much instantly as I have to remain in contact with parents as last minute school plans occur and so that my sisters could contact me if need be. Not at all to be able to text my mates (and boyfriend) when need be from boring school lessons! ;-) This then left me with the option of marching immediately down to Bluewater, okay I didnt march My dad gave me a lift-with my mum of course! Not at all part of my devious plan for them to get me a contract phone! Well I am not 18 so theyd have to take it out in their names but I am paying for it! As soon as we got there approachable, friendly and honest staff met us. The man who was dealing with us was so honest he told us about what faults had been reported to what phones and what would be the cheapest way to get a brilliant new phone! After going through all the options the Sagem my x-6 struck my eye! It was small (but not too small), compact (easy to fit into a bag), lightweight (not to heavy to carry in a bag) and silver (a smart and stylish colour). A major reason why I have a mobile phone is to text people and recently I have found they have been making phones with too small keypads which make it impossible to type with! The keys on this phone are not too small but yet again they are not too big! There is also a scroll button, which allows you to flick up and down and left to right easily which makes texting a lot quicker and easier. However, I do have tiny hands and tiny fingers so I do not find the keys to be too small, some people have complained that the keys are too small and that they regularly mistype and press too many keys, so be warned!!! Now, I did originally buy this phone on contract but for one month they charged me £705.88 pence a month in which I was at school every day for school times and I only really used my phone for texting people and very few calls were made. After this, I complained to O2 and asked them to send me an itemised bill and they had in fact said that I had called people when I had been in lessons at school!!! I did ring O2 to try to get my money back but I have had no such luck :-( I now have, reluctantly, an 02 pay as you go simcard which I have to top up with £10.00 a month and for this I get 300 free SMS messages a month (I could have so many MMS and SMS messages but I just pay for the MMS messages as I use them). SMS is referred to as text messaging and MMS is the sending of media messages, e.g. sending pictures. The phone does not have to remain silver it has changeable front and back covers (upon purchase you could buy it with either a blue front or the silver one that I opted for!). I personally think that the silver one looks better. The blue one is shown in the picture! There are many shops you can purchase the changeable covers from and I think these will be out for a while as this is a relatively new phone, which hasnt appeared out on purchase on the pay as you go option yet! I think that the silver covers looks best as there is a non-changeable silver bit that is shown in the main picture, please see my pictures for the silver version. ~~~How Does The Phone Look?~~~ ------------------------------------------------------ It is all silver which I picked myself, there is a choice between this and the blue one that you can see in the main picture displayed. It is approximately 4.5 inches (11 cm) long and it is approximately 1.75 inches (4.5cm) wide. It weighs 106g, which is incredibly light this is including the weight of the battery!!! The screen is large compared to most other mobile phones and this is what I think I like best about the phone, as it is easy to read text messages sent to you and you do not have to squint up close to the screen just to read a text message! It is relatively small and is easy to fit into a pocket or handbag. The screen displays up to 12 lines - 128 X 160 pixels. It is also a colour screen (65k). The back is silver and is bobbly this is so that it grips to tables and does not fall off of the surface. It has the camera attachment here, which is protected by a slide shutter door so that the lens does not get damaged. The camera lens is fixed; so it does not rotate to suit. There is however a miniature mirror next to the slide-shutter which allows you to see yourself when you are trying to take a picture of yourself with the phone. What can be seen to be unique about this phone is the fact that it has a keypad and a scroll bit in the middle to scroll through things easily. There is a button with a green speaker symbol; when receiving a call or dialling out you press this to speak to the person calling you or the person that you are calling. If you press this button again then the phone is activated to speakerphone mode, which is where you can keep the phone away from your ear and listen to what the person is saying, this is particularly helpful as you can do other things whilst making a phone call, such as packing your school-bag ~~~The Menu~~~ -------------------------------- This consists of these main areas: PHONEBOOK, MESSAGES, CAMERA, MULTIMEDIA, WAP, GAMES, ORGANISER, SETTINGS and MY SERVICES. In the Menu it is easy to scroll through by simply pressing up and down on the scroll keypad. There are also animated pictures for each section, each section has a moving picture that is relevant to the area e.g. for phonebook it has a red phonebook opening with a pen writing inside it which is then closed. A different animation is to be found for each section. ~~~PHONEBOOK~~~ ----------------------------------- It is the first tab in the menu selection, you are greeted by a red animated phonebook being opened and written in and then closed. You are greeted instantly by a contacts menu selection. Here it has your own number ready to view. You also have the choice of being able to add contact, look at call groups and view the memory capacity. It is in add contact that you can add a new persons entry into your phone the details that you can save on each person is: Last Name, First Name, Number 1, Email, Number 2, Number 3, Call group, Company, Comment, Photo. When you have entered all the details that you want on someone you simply select save. By saving a photo of the person who is your contact, when you call them or they call you their picture along with their name that they are saved as flashes constantly on the screen, it remains there when you are talking on the phone to this person as well. However, when you receive a text no picture is seen, it simply states that you have received a message from what you saved your contact as. You can also save comments on people where you can put any additional information that you want. You also have call groups you can create up to 15 call groups in which you can save different contacts. The point in this is that you can designate different ring tones to the call groups and so if out and you are busy you know when you are receiving a call from someone you urgently want to talk to. You also have the option of the phone vibrating in different ways e.g., constant vibrate, vibrate then ring etc. This is available for the receiving of SMS and MMS messages as well as phone calls. You can have up to 100 CONTACTS saved to your simcard, this is NOT 100 numbers that can be stored for each contact you can have three numbers stored per contact. This saves having to have a separate entry for someones house and mobile number! However, you also have the ability to save numbers to your phone, which I have used 4 % of and I have got well over 250 contacts saved. ~~~MESSAGES~~~ --------------------------------- The animated picture for this is a pen writing a message on a notepad, which then gets put into the envelope, which then has a picture, and some music notes inserted into the envelope before the envelope is sealed. In this section there is the options of: COMPOSE, INBOX, OUTBOX, DRAFTS, OPTIONS, MEMORY and LOCAL INFO. It is in COMPOSE where you write either an SMS (text message) to send or you can either compose a MMS (media message) to send. For SMS You can activate zoom which makes the writing of the message look big as you type it, this is handy for those who may be short-sighted, but you can deactivate the zoom to have a smaller font. There is also a dictionary function like predictive text which some people find helps them to type quicker and there is also a number and character insertion mode. For MMS you simply have to select who you want to send it to and the message you want to send and then click send and voila it is done for you. INBOX is where all messages that are sent to you are stored you can save 100 to the phone and 10 to the simcard a total of 110 messages that can be stored this is a lot more then any other phone I know to allow you to store. This is one of the best features of the phone, the fact that you do not have to delete messages for fear of your inbox being made too full! OUTBOX is where messages that you attempted to send but didnt successfully send get stored. Which you can resend at a later date or delete, as you wish. DRAFTS is where messages that you type and then decide to stop halfway through yet chose not to completely deleted get saved here. You can then add to them when you wish and then send them to the recipient at a later date. OPTIONS allows you to decide if you want to store SMS or MMS messages that you send outwardly and how long validation period should be etc. MEMORY tells you how much SMS and MMS space you have left on your phone, mine has never yet come close to being filled and I do a lot of text messaging and I save lots of my messages! . ~~~CAMERA~~~ ---------------------------- The animated picture for this is simply a rotating digital camera. Selecting this function simply takes you to being able to take a picture with the camera that is built-in to the phone. There is no rotating camera on this phone you simply slide back the protective shutter and away you go!!! The scroll button allows you to zoom into a certain area and you can take pictures at any distance away that you feel is adequate. You can zoom in up to four times! This phone can take pictures successfully even in night-light due to the different resolutions that you can save the pictures at. You can save as high resolution or to mobile format. I personally always use high resolution and I find that it gets images perfectly and the skin tone and colour is 100% accurate. I feel that it is in fact hard to take pictures of yourself successfully this is one of the faults. The phone could be improved by having a rotating camera. ~~~MULTIMEDIA~~~ ---------------------------------------- The animated image for this is a file opening with a picture, a photo, a film and some music notes flying out of it before the file closes again. Inside this section there is: MY PHOTOS, MY PICTURES, MY SOUNDS and MEMORY. MY PHOTOS is the section where all of the photos that you take with the camera are saved, except for those pictures that are used for each contact in the phonebook to be displayed when you call them or they call you. These are saved in the phonebook with each individual contacts information- you can use these as wallpapers and screensavers. MY PICTURES is the section where all pictures that you receive via MMS get saved if you want to keep the pictures- you can use these as wallpapers and screensavers. MY SOUNDS is a section in which downloaded ring tones that you get from using the WAP service on your phone goes. There is a charge of £3.50 per song that you download. It is also here that if you did any recording on the recorder, the files that you made get saved here. MEMORY this shows you how much space there is left on your phone in KB for every section of the phone that there is. ~~~WAP~~~ -------------------------- The animated icon for WAP is a person situated on top of the world and the world is spinning around as this person is stood on top of the world whilst a magnifying class is circling the globe. This phone has access to the Internet however using the Internet via your mobile phone is not the same as using the Internet through your PC computer. For one, images on websites do not show and you can be very much limited to browsing the 02 websites of downloading pictures, ring tones etc. There is also the use of chat rooms and I have managed to access my hotmail account once via this WAP service but generally speaking it fails. I do not use the WAP service very often, as the Internet is very limited as such. It is best simply to use it to add features to your phone such as new ring tones or wallpapers. You can download wallpapers, ring tones and games from using this facility it is easy to browse around and you can preview the picture before you buy it, if you have a contract phone the cost is added to your phone and if you have a pay as you go phone the charge is taken off of your credit!!! It costs £3.50 per item to download. ~~~GAMES~~~ --------------------------- The animated picture for this section is a vibrating game controller very much similar to one of those found on a Playstation 2. The phone comes with two games provided PICTURE PUZZLE and MEGABOX CONQUEST. PICTURE PUZZLE is a game where there are so many squares (the number of squares depends upon the level that you select) which are all muddled up and by using the scroll keys to guide the squares in different directions you have to try and rearrange the squares into the picture that they show. This game is quite difficult and as it is the same picture it can be seen to be quite tedious at times. The pattern is muddled up in a different style every time but there are very few backgrounds to re-arrange. MEGABOX CONQUEST is a game where you are a small ship and you have to guide it across the area in all directions to gain territory. You have to pilot the ship in a way that you dont get hit by enemies nor must they touch the trail that you have made before you reach the other end of land. This game has a variety of levels with different enemies to attack you and varying number of enemies. This game I find is very addictive and is much more fun and enjoyable to play then picture puzzle. There is also another section here which is DOWNLOADED GAMES here you can get games from the catalogue and when you do download games they get saved under this heading. You can have up to two downloaded games simultaneously but if you want any more games then you have to delete one of the previously downloaded games. To download a game it costs £3.50 a time. I downloaded one game called WALL BREAKER this is very much similar to the traditional game where a ball hits a platform and you have to hit as many of the blocks down. I think the traditional form was called TENNIS where you have to use a block to hit it from one end to the other. This game has a variety of levels and different twists to game play by making the blocks smaller or larger or even by splitting the single ball into three balls. ~~~ORGANISER~~~ ----------------------------------- The animated icon for this is a clock with the hands rapidly moving around it whilst a red pen busily plots dates on a diary. The functions that are available in this area are DIARY, TODO, CALCULATOR, CONVERTOR, ALARM and TIMER. In the DIARY section is where you can write things that you need to remember on certain dates it could be meeting someone, a dentist appointment, someones birthday etc. It will alert you on the specified day and time that you set the reminder for. You can easily delete the reminders that you no longer need by selecting the CLEAN UP selection. You can also see what you have planned from month to month, by week, by the actual day you look at it, or you can enter a date for any day to view what plans you may have that day!!! This I have found to be particularly useful for remembering appointments and I entered my mock exams and dates in it to remember them by. This reminded me daily of what room to go to and what exam it was-much more easier then carrying around bits of paper. I will definitely be using this method for my AS exams. It is also good for remembering when peoples birthdays are and when they are going to be on holiday etc. TODO this is pretty much similar to the DIARY section. This alerts you on a set day with a specific reason about something that you wanted to do. In this section you can write out your shopping lists, write reminders for people to call, gifts to buy etc. This can simply be used to look at or you can receive a reminding flash up message with a ring tone. CALCULATOR, okay this sounds pretty basic, yes, it is a calculator. But you can do extended sums without needing to re-enter things, it can be used for working out a whole shopping bill if need be. It has basic functions such as add, subtract, multiply and divide, also on here you can, once having worked out the answer, go straight into conversion mode (as described below). CONVERTER, this is a converter. You can convert to and from any countrys currencies. I personally use this when I get paid by gozingsurveys.com to find out how much in Pounds Sterling (£) I actually make, as that site pays you in $US. You can convert not just from Pounds Sterling (£) into any other countrys currency; you can convert from one countrys currency into Pounds Sterling (£). This also tells you the current exchange rate. ALARM, this too can seem pretty self explanatory, you simply activate or deactivate it for a specific time that you want to be woken up or whatever you need the alarm set for. You can also activate a ring tone to wake you rather then a bleeping sound, mine is currently set to a dog barking LOL. TIMER, this seems different to most other timers you can activate or deactivate and when you select it you simply enter in seconds, minutes or hours, how long you want to be timed for and when this period of time is up the selected alert tone (which can be a ring tone) starts activating and making noise so that you are aware that the timer finished the time that you set it up for. ~~~SETTINGS~~~ --------------------------------- The animated icon for this is as red toolbox opening up each side and on one side a spanner and a screwdriver flies out and on the other side a pair of pliers flies out. In this section there are a variety of options: SOUNDS, DISPLAY, CAMERA, LANGUAGES, CALLS, SECURITY, NETWORKS, OTHERS, SHORTCUT and DATE/TIME. It is in SOUNDS that you can decide what ring tone you want your phone to have. You do this by simply selecting the RING TONES section within the SOUNDS menu. With this phone there are 40 polyphonic ring tones already provided, you can also download from the WAP service on your phone other ring tones to use and by using the recorder you can in fact record your own sounds and then use this as a ring tone. It is also in this section that you come to VIBRATE mode. Here you can select what vibration you want, if any, to occur when you receive a phone call. You can select from options such as Only Vibrate, No Vibration, Vibrate then Ring or Vibrate and Ring. I use the latter as when in a loud environment, such as when I am walking home on the busy roads. You cannot always here your phone ringing but you can feel it vibrating in your pocket. Which means that this way you do not miss any calls. I like it to be able to ring as well as sometimes I leave my phone upstairs in my room and sit downstairs on the computer, if it actually rings I can hear it down here and get to the phone before I miss the call. SILENT MODE is found within this section, this is a bit of a nuisance to be honest. I think it would be much better to have the silent mode available by pressing a simple button, rather then having to scroll through a load of menus. I say this because if you are in a meeting or at school and you forget to set your phone to silent, if it starts ringing you have to go through a lengthy process before actually being able to set it to silent, which could be quite embarrassing! BEEPS is another section, here you can select if you want a beep for when your battery is close to running out and if you want a beep for when your phone finds a network connection and also there is a section for KEYPAD BEEPS. Here you can select if you actually want keypad beeps for when you type in a numbers, type texts or when you generally press the keypad. Here you can select inactive which is when there are no beeps regardless of what sound mode your phone is on. Whether you want a normal beep which is quite piercing and high pitched in sound, or you can have the tones selection which makes the same sound as any other mobile phones keys being pressed. Lastly, you can have fun beeps which sounds a bit like bubbles popping when you press the keys. I tend to have the fun beeps as it is different and unusual to most other phones keypad beeps and also as I have found it is great for annoying people! :-D Here is also RECORDER, this I believe is the most fun part of the phone; you can speak into it and save what you say, you can also play music and save this. With these saved files you can then use these as a ring tone , or as a tone for the alarm etc. This has provided me with endless hours of entertainment in itself and I have managed to record some friends saying some embarrassing things when drunk!!! LOL DISPLAY, is where you can alter the way your phones screen looks. Here is a section called SKINS this is the colour of your phone and how it appears when you go to the menu section etc. The choices are between Acqua which is like aqua (all to do with water) and is mainly blue in colour. Paysage blanc is another option, this is whitey-green in colour and is quite an environmental selection showing pictures of clouds and deserts when you select a different option. You also have the choice of Acqua Rose, which is similar to aqua in the fact that all the menu options take a watery effect but the tabs are in a purple colour. The last choice is Paysage which is a dark green in colour and again has the clouds and deserts for backgrounds. Then still within this section is a part called WALLPAPERS, here they have the already pre-used wallpapers but you can also download your own using the WAP service on your phone. Or you can simply use media from MY PICTURES and MY PHOTOS as a wallpaper. Therefore, you could have a picture of yourself or your loved one/ones in this place. A wallpaper is the phones background when not in use. There is also in this section an area called SCREENSAVERS this is similar to WALLPAPERS (as outlined above) the only difference is that you can set a delay time for it to appear! This is calculated in seconds, you can set it for as long or as little time as you like. Next within this section is another area referred to as, CAMERA. This is where you can set a TIMER for how long you want it to wait before taking a picture, this is handy for taking pictures of yourself as you can then line it up properly within time and not have to use your fingers to press the buttons! You can select any length of time that you wish. There is also the choice of CLICK SOUND this is the sound that your phone will make as it takes the photo you have a choice between the traditional sounding click of a camera, a cuckoo noise, a digital clock noise, a beep, a doorbell noise and to have no noise made at all. Then there is the choice of FORMAT this is where you select how you want photos to be taken. To be saved they can either be saved as mobile format or high resolution. In this section you can preset it to a specific choice, but if you dont know how you will always want the picture saved you can select on request which will ask you every time you take a picture and if you wanted it saved, what format you would want it saved in. There is also a LANGUAGES section, here there is a choice of 9 languages that you can have. The language that you select is the language in which your phones commands will be set in. The choices of languages are: English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Automatic, Dutch, Turkish and Portuguese. There is a section entitled CALLS here you can read your COUNTERS to see how long you have been on the phone in outgoing calls, how long you have been on the phone in incoming calls, how long the last call was and the total time that you have spent on your phone. You can reset these counters. It is also here in DISPLAY NUMBER where you select if you want your number showing when you call someone or if you dont want your number showing when you call someone. It is also here that you can activate CALL WAITING. This is where someone calls you whilst you are having a chat on your mobile phone to someone else. You can pick up the incoming call and speak to them then return to your previous call. This is handy as there are no more engaged tones and you do not miss any calls. It is also here where you can select AUTO REDIAL this is if you call someone and their phone is engaged your mobile phone can keep trying to call them back in 10 second intervals until it rings through! This is handy as then you know when the person you are trying to call is off of the phone! It is also here that you can activate VOICEMAIL this is your personalised answer machine service for when your phone is turned off or you do not reach your mobile in time and then someone leaves a message. Here you can make your own personalised greeting or simply have the message where they say your number. There is also the option of CALL FORWARD here you can opt to have calls that are made to your mobile diverted elsewhere e.g. to your home phone line or to your work line. This can be handy, as then you do not need to carry your phone around you all the time! There is a section within SETTINGS referred to as SECURITY it is here that you can activate features such as KEYPAD LOCKING, which simply locks the keypad if the phone has not been used for 5 seconds. It also has in this section PIN NUMBER here you can change the standard pin number that you get with the phone to one that you can remember more easily. This is handy as when you phone is turned off, to access it, once turned on, you have to enter your personal pin number. Therefore, no unwanted persons can simply access your phone and read personal messages or get peoples numbers!!! There is also a section known as PHONE CODE here you can edit the standard code that you received with the phone to a code that you can memorise more easily. This prevents people accessing your phone when it is turned on. When it is locked you have to access the phone by entering this code and then you can browse through all the menus. This is set up formally by using the CONFIDENTIALLY section, which then can be activated for your organiser, calls and messages by entering this pin number. This is something that I do not use as I always have my phone on me at all times, but for someone who leaves their phone laying about this option is ideal. There is also here an option for CALL BARRING you can bar incoming or outgoing calls. This can be to all incoming/outgoing calls or to individual selected numbers, or a grouped number e.g. 08459 numbers. This is handy as if you have a phone that, for argument sakes, a relative keeps using e.g. my sister calling her boyfriend from my phone. You can simply bar the persons number they keep calling and then your bill will not be run up. You can also bar all incoming calls if you need to be alone, or if youre busy, in a meeting etc. There is a section enabled OTHERS it is here that you can select ENERGY SAVING which allows you to decide how long the backlight should be on before dimming out- if you are not using your phone and even if you are using the phone! This is good as the less time you have the background light on for, the longer time your phones battery will last. In SHORTCUTS you can select what the keys above the call rejection and call acception buttons do what. Mine are set to camera and read messages. This is handy as you then dont have to scroll through the whole menu process to get to these areas!!! It is in the DATE/TIME section that you can SET THE DATE/TIME this is pretty self explanatory, you will need to use this when putting the clocks an hour forward and an hour behind. In DISPLAY you can select how you want the clock on the front screen to be displayed you can either have digital which displays the clock in numeral form such as 20:23 Thu 29 APR. Or you can have it in analog mode, which has a picture of a clock face with the hands pointing to the relevant times and it also displays the date. If you select none, there is no time or date displayed on the screen. I personally use the digital mode as I find the analog mode takes too long to read, as the clock is not very big and the hour spaces between the numbers are too close to each other. The digital clock is quick and easy to read, and I like to have a clock on me at all times and the date displayed as I dont wear a watch and use this to check the time. I am also useless with dates so simply popping out my phone does marvels!!! Also there is a selection for TIME ZONE here you can change your phone into what area you are in and it will ultimately update the clock times for you, therefore when going abroad you need only select this to have the correct time!!! ~~~Overall~~~ --------------------------------- I personally really like this phone as it is unique when compared to most others. I also have a firm stand where I refuse to buy any Nokia phone at any point in my life. I dont know why I have such a huge issue with them. Their phones never seem to appeal to me, maybe it is because everyone seems to have a Nokia phone and I like to be different. The Sagem myx-6 phone has no aerial which is a bonus, this means that you dont have a big bit sticking out in the way and that you dont have to be weary of breaking it by twiddling it! It is also lightweight and is not as big, bulky or as heavy as my previous phone the Phillips c12 (also known as Phillips Savvy to some) was. It also has a wide variety of features, some unique, that it offers. It is stylish and sleek yet the disadvantages are that it does not have BLUETOOTH which is pretty popular at the moment and it also doesnt have JAVA which would allow you to get more games it does however have IN-FUSIO which means that you can still get games in colour and that play decently! The battery life is quite a long time I have spoke on it for just over 4 hours straight before and not charged it and it managed to work for the rest of that day and the day after that before needing charging! I recommend this phone to anyone, but if youre looking for the most newest and up-to-date phone then bare in mind that this phone does not have a rotating camera, BLUETOOTH or JAVA.
If, like me, you can never find a digital camera to hand when you're kids are doing funny things then be frustrated no more. My kids are 4 and 2 and are going through a great period where you just want to snap every silly thing they get up to. The camera on this phone is only 640x480 but all my friends have been very impressed by the final version when viewed on a PC. The display, as good as it is, does not do the photos any justice they really should be viewed/stored on a PC. This is probably one of the best cameras on any phone, far superior to Nokia offerings. Anyway, enough about the camera. What about the primary function: phone calls? I've found reception is very good and battery life is decent. Charge up time is relatively long (4 hours). If you only make half an hour calls a day on this then you'll get three/four days out of one charge. One thing they don't tell you is charge the damn battery overnight when using it for the first time. I know its obvious now, but I wish I remembered then! The display is colourful and bright. Decent size for a non-flip phone. The construction of the phone is solid, I don't have a cover on it and have dropped it a few times without the standard Nokia-battery-flying-one-way-and-the-back-cover-the-other. The menu display system is OK, nothing to write home about. And its a completely different feel for Nokia users. However, there is no right and wrong - just differences. Recommendation: buy.
Oh, man. I've had this phone 6 months now. I got a great deal from Vodafone (online 100), and overall it's a good phone. It was free, the camera is excellent, battery life is good (especially considering the massive, bright screen) and reception is good. Pretty too. But the menu system... WHY? I actually stopped writing dooyoo reviews ages ago, but the terrible menu system of this phone (i've had to rewrite yet another text message) has driven me back. In a nutshell, the menu is the anti-nokia, confusing and badly laid-out. Examples: - The buttons are quite small. It's easy to knock the red button whilst texting. If you do this, it quits writing the text message and asks you if you want to save. Nothing wrong with that, but you can't go back to the text message! If you want to keep writing the text, you have to back to the draft section. It's very annoying in practice. - The phone has crashed on me about 10 times. That's more than once a month. When I say crashed, I mean totally frozen. Not counting the countless times it's frozen for a few seconds. - It has a fantastic sound recording function. But once you've recorded it, if you want to use it, as a ringtone or something (the major function, surely?) you have to go to a totally menu. - The phone doesn't automatically let you take a number from a text message sender and save it in the Contacts list. It will, however, extract a number from the text message and let you save that as a contact (?!?!) - It's so easy to accidentally use the vodafone live, more so because the phone freezes up and you end up pressing a button twice. It then connects to the GPRS. It's a good phone though!!! Just couldn't have been tested much before it was marketed.
There are times when, even if it seems rather stupid, the old clichés still hold fast. In my experience with the Sagem MYX-6, this was certainly the case. In around January 2003, about six months before I was due to get an upgrade on my Orange contract, I suddenly discovered the existence of the Sagem MYX-5, at that time the brand new model from the little-known French manufacturer. It was precisely what I wanted. It looked very good, it had everything that I thought was necessary at the time in a phone (changeable covers, polyphonic ringtones, GPRS, a colour screen and a reasonable size, little bigger than the Nokia 8310), and was free on a contract and for an upgrade. I could not rush out and get it at the time, since I had to keep my current phone to avoid paying a massive fee, so I waited until around June, when I was only a month away. I was told that the MYX-5 was no longer available, probably due to unpopularity at Orange, although it did turn into a success story at T-Mobile. On my advice, my sister bought an MYX-5 about a year ago, and ever since then has never stopped telling me how much she hates it. My housemate was even more delighted when a gaming version of the MYX-5 appeared, called the MYG-5, which even included Java games, and rather a strange design, which made it look like a Gameboy. However, this was only offered on Pay As You Go by the time that June came, which meant that I could not have it. What was being offered on a contract, however, was somewhat different. I cannot remember exactly how I first heard about the Sagem MYX-6, but after I saw it in the ?Coming Soon? section of the Orange website, I knew that I had to have it. Initially released at 50 1;BP to upgrade to, I actually paid 30 GBP for it, and managed to sell my old Siemens C45 for the same price, so it was effectively free. I actually knew someone who had one before I managed to get mine, but she was on Vodafone, who had decided to release their version before Orange, so it was slightly different. Unfortunately, I preferred the silver Vodafone cover to the standard Orange dark blue one, but it could not be helped. The phone was tempting enough without having to worry about what colour the standard covers were. Soon, it was delivered to my house, and I had a chance to examine it. To my surprise, the box contained software for the handset, but no data cable, and I was forced to purchase one separately. However, this did not matter, as I really was one of the first people in the country to own the MYX-6, something which will probably never be repeated. Initially, I was amazed that the phone had such a massive screen for something which had very similar dimensions to my Siemens C45, and what a list of features! For Sagem, a company who had previously furnished me with the worst phone I have ever used, this was an absolute revelation. The screen was bright, and bigger than the one used on my other phone at the time, a Trium Eclipse, and the phone was much smaller. It had ALL the features of the Eclipse and a whole lot more. Even now, I struggle to use all of the MYX-6?s bits and pieces, and the phone I intend to upgrade to in two months? time is actually only a slight improvement on the MYX-6 platform, which shows just how right Sagem got it the first time. There was only one problem, which was actually apparent before I even turned the phone on. I do not really like the design. The MYX-5 was, at the time that I s aw it, probably the nicest-looking mobile phone I had ever seen. Hence the reason why I urged my sister to get one. The MYX-6, however, is a different matter. It looks all right in all silver, but the dark blue/black with the silver surround on the screen and keypad does make it look far too flashy. I am a great fan of understated phones, like the Siemens C60 and the Mitsubishi M320, both of which do not shout about their looks, but the MYX-6 seemed to give off all the wrong signals. It is very much a ?pub phone?, and certainly most of the people I met at the time when it was new had never seen anything quite like it. Things do improve when it is turned on, however. Without knowing it, I realised that I had actually bought one of the best camera phones on the market. At the time it was the cheapest phone with a built-in camera around, but this does not adequately explain quite how it can have such a good quality camera in it. Granted, the pictures are never going to be magazine quality, but for something which does all sorts of other things as well, the photographs that the MYX-6 takes can be considered as rather something in comparison with similar phones, such as the Sony Ericsson T610 and the Siemens MC60, both of which only have the lesser quality CIF cameras. Amazingly, the MYX-6 takes pictures of full VGA (640x480) quality, which is comparable to the Sony Ericsson P900, a phone costing four times as much. I have, however, found that the just over 2MB worth of storage that there is for photographs and ringtones really does not seem to be enough if you, like me, want to be able to take out any photograph that you have taken at a moment?s notice. It would probably store about 50 photographs on average if the phone memory was not being used for anything else as well, but with something which has as many features as this, this is never going to be the case. I can, however, confirm that the quality of the pictures is really rather good when put on a computer screen, although I had to buy a data cable and software in order to perform this procedure. There are something like five different shutter sounds for the camera, but the standard one seems to suit me fine. There is apparently also even a self-timer function for the camera, but I have not ever used this. The trouble with it would be that there is no flashing light to warn when a picture is being taken, just the shutter sound, so by the time that anyone realised that the picture was being taken, it would be too late. Maybe this is an advantage for some, but I have not ever felt the need to be quite so rude! If one should so feel inclined, there is also rather a decent built-in picture editor, which gives effects such as black and white, speech bubbles and borders to pictures. This can be a great trick amongst friends, but it is probably not a good idea to show strangers in the street the incredible effects that can be achieved if a photograph is taken of them, and then solarized and a speech bubble with them making an amusing caption is added! In addition to this, there is also full support for MMS (Multi-Media Messaging), which means that your photographs can be sent with sound and text, as well as simply on their own, to anyone with an MMS compatible phone, which is quite a section of the population these days. In return, you will also be able to receive other people?s pictures taken on phones with CIF cameras, and then send them a text message back telling them how bad their picture quality is, although this is not recommended for obvious reasons. Photographs or other pictures, can also be added to the phonebook entries, so that a so-called ?photo phonebook ? can be produced, so when someone calls, and a picture of them is on the phone, it appears on the screen. This also holds good for making calls, especially with the excellent built-in loudspeaker, so you can see the picture of the person, and talk to them at the same time. It should be added, however, that the procedure for doing this is somewhat complicated if one has the number saved on the SIM card and one wants to add a photo entry, since this means copying the entry to the phone as well, but this is a minor problem for most. What is more serious is what happens when it comes to actually inputting text into those MMS messages which you suddenly need to send after getting this phone. The MYX-6 has, almost without a shadow of a doubt, the smallest keypad I have ever seen on a phone. Most of the people I have seen with one of these have actually been female, and I can see a good reason for this. Not being the smallest of people in a horizontal direction, I find that my fingers are very often slightly bigger than recommended for things like mobile phone keypads. The MYX-6 is right at the very limit of what I can use, and although I have got used to it in the ten months I have had the phone, I should not really have had to. It is not all bad news, howver, since the new MYX-7, released earlier this year by Sagem, has a much better keypad. If the actual size of the keys is a problem with which I can live, if a little inconvenient, then the next problem of this phone has to be the response to keypad presses. Most phones these days (although the Mitsubishi M320 does appear to be an exception), particularly those with colour screens seem to have a lag between pressing a button and the phone actually responding to the keypress, and the MYX-6 is no exception. Admittedly, the phone has quicker software than my old Ericsson T65, which really was a bit too slow to send messages on, but too often I think that it has crashed, when all that has happened in reality is that the phone is trying to catch up with information which I fed it some considerable time ago. This is particularly frustrating, as a lot of business people will want to use the considerable office tool capabilities of this phone, and to have the thing freeze in the middle of putting down a vital appointment is probably not the best of things to happen. That said, however, the MYX-6 does come with quite a useful set of office tools. One of the things I have found most user-friendly has been the whole businessman?s section of the phone. Included, there is a currency convertor, calculator, countdown timer, alarm clock, a scratchpad and a calendar, which is more than I would ever need. The calculator in particular is wonderfully logically laid out, with each of the four different directions of the central D-pad standing for a different mathematical symbol. The currency convertor and calculator can also lead from one to the other with the same sum, so if you want to add up the cost of your shopping, and then convert it from Pounds Sterling to Euros, there is no need to worry about remembering the total in your head before switching back to the currency convertor. The calendar would be very useful if I actually had important meetings that I did not want to miss, but fortunately I do not, but it is good to know that it is there. The alarm is perfectly adequate, but strangely does not make the phone vibrate when it goes off. Maybe this is to stop the phone being damaged if it is being charged overnight and the alarm goes off with the charger still connected. The timer can also be used for cooking, amongst other things. The ringtone for both these events can also be changed, unlike on a Nokia . The MYX-6 has one of the most eclectic selections of ringtones ever seen on a handset. For a start, there are the irritating monophonic ones, such as the so-called ?Classic? ringtone, which sounds like a normal housephone ringing with shorter intervals between the beeps, and gets the attention not only of the user, but that of everyone for several miles around. Then, there are the ones which sound like melodies composed on a normal polyphonic composer, but these are very few. Lastly, there are the oddest things I think I have ever heard to come out of a phone. There is a Cat, a Dog, a Boathorn (something excellent to set as the alarm tone), a Rooster, a old-fashioned telephone and, strangest of all, the Jackson Five in some sort of WAV recording of one of their songs. Unfortunately, the MYX-6 does not support WAV files loaded off a computer as ringtones, but it will have whatever you have recorded in the sound recorder as a ringtone, so if you really want to have the original version of your favourite tune as your ringtone, just hold the phone up to a speaker and record it. This is a feature that I also have on my Siemens C55, and does provide for some entertainment, although the clips that can recorded are not that long, since it would take up too much space on the phone. My mother tried to record an alarm ringtone for me so that I would get up in the morning, but fortunately I found out that it is also possible to delete the ringtones that have been recorded, and this is just as well, since my mother is sometimes too much for me first thing! What she also appreciates, however, is being able to send her text messages. Unfortunately, this is a somewhat laborious process on the otherwise mostly wonderful MYX-6. When I lived in France, text messaging was quite expensive. In com parison with Germany, it was some 50% more. I soon worked out why this was. If the demand for text messaging is low, because the country?s own market phones have bad systems for sending them, then the price can be put up. Of course, this is not much of a reason, but it does take into account that every Sagem phone which has ever been before the MYX-6?s descendant, the MYV-65, has been fundamentally flawed for text messaging. The small buttons and the slow keypad responses are one thing, the actual system for sending messages is quite another. Although the editor allows one to be able to see pretty much the whole of the message one is sending, unless the zoom in function is enabled, there is no knowing how many messages one is going to have to pay for when the thing is finally sent. The only way to find this out is to press send, choose the recipient, and then find out how many messages the phone says that it is going to send. If it just says one, then there will be no extra charge, but if there is more than one, and there is not much credit left on your phone, then the only way to correct this is to go back to the recipient stage of the process, erase the number, and then go back to the text message editor and start to delete a few commas and unnecessary words. With any luck, this will then leave you under the limit, so you will not have to repeat the procedure a second time. There is no indication in the editor that one is heading over the limit and no character counter. Fortunately, this has also now been corrected in future Sagem models, but it is quite an oversight for a company that has been in the business as long as Sagem. One does, however, get accustomed to it. EMS, however, is quite a different matter. Quite apart from MMS, EMS is supported by the vast majority of phones (apart from Nokias), and on something like the MY 8;-6 the little pictures which can be sent and received are in colour, and the sounds which are played are polyphonic. I look forward to using this feature more when the standard text messaging is finally sorted out. All is not lost by this, however. The MYX-6 has a decent array of standard backgrounds built into the phone (at least the Orange version does), including a water droplet, a desert and a parcel, strangely enough. All of these show off the wonderful 65,000 colour display, and different themes can also be chosen, although I would presume that the standard three can be added to if one had the time and inclination to find them on the Internet. The best by far of the three is called ?Acqua?, and has pictures of abstract reflections and the seashore on the background to the menus. I found the standard Orange theme rather overpowering and dark, and the ?Acqua Rosé? far too feminine, in a wonderful shade of pink. Not that this matters, given that most of the people with these phones are women, but it would be nice to have more than a choice of two for the other 50% of the population. The phone also has changeable covers, so those who are into pink Mickey Mouse spotted covers can have pink Mickey Mouse spotted covers. However, this also means that the phone creaks in use, and the French origins of manufacture are thus clear to see. Strangely, my housemate?s MYG-5 actually seems to be better built than my considerably more expensive phone, so I may have a better time with the new MYX-7. The actual components inside the phone, however, work extremely well. The MYX-6 was Sagem?s first ever Tri-band phone. It was also one of their first with an internal aerial. However, the reception quality is nothing short of extraordinary. At one of my friend?s houses the Orange signal is app alling, and many phones I have taken round there have refused to work at all inside the house. The Sagem, however, always seems to get a signal inside, albeit not a very strong one, which is really commendable, especially on a cold day when I do not fancy going into the garden to make a call or send a message. The battery life, however, is not so great. Although I have had standby times of more than a week from the phone, this has been when it has been left and only checked for messages once a day. Using it for calls and text messages, and playing with the camera can really eat up the battery, and there have been times when I have had to charge it every night because of this. That said, most digital cameras do not last too long, so I suppose that it is something to do with that. Call quality seems to be very good, and the phone has an excellent loudspeaker option whereby it can be left without being held and still make calls. If I can leave this phone on the passenger seat whilst I am driving and still be able to hold a decent conversation without raising my voice, then the speakerphone must be good, and it really is. It is also one of the simplest to activate, simply requiring an extra press of the green button during a call to toggle it on and off, unlike in a Nokia or a Siemens, where trawling through the menus is required. If there was one systematically good point about Sagem phones, this is it, but whether or not this is enough to make someone want to buy one is another issue. As for fun and games, I have found the WAP function on the MYX-6 to be the best I have ever tried, due to the large screen and the genuine four-way navigation. Unfortunately, not many sites are displayed in colour, and it is expensive, but with GPRS it is not too much of a problem to find the information required. As for games, the two stan dard ones have been on Sagem phones for many years, and will not divert attention for very long, but at least the phone supports downloadable games on the In-Fusion system, which means that they can be changed easily, although on my Orange model only two extra games can be stored at a time. Java will be available on the next model (MYX-7), so it will be interesting to see how the two compare. In terms of the menu system, the phone pales in comparison to Nokia, Siemens and Mitsubishi in that the degree of customisation is very limited. The right softkey will always go to the WAP homepage, and the left softkey will always lead to the camera in two presses. Left and right have no function in the standby menu, and down goes to the menu, which means that finding names is somewhat more laborious than normal, but the actual standard menu system is fine. The size of the phone has also come in for comment, but with all that it does, and the camera and the massive colour screen, I do not see how it could be much smaller, without the keys being even further reduced in size. The mat on the back of the phone, which must add to the weight, does prevent it from being scratched, however, which is more than can be said for the silver front. Despite some really rather strange design flaws, I must say that the best phone I have ever owned has been a French one. It is testament to Sagem that all I want is more of the same, which is why I will be getting an MYX-7 to replace this one. However, a lot of the little niggles on this model which have now been corrected on the latter model should never have got it past the prototype stage. It does have that lovely camera, however!
not only is this phones simple, easy and fun to use but it is attractive and not one to be ashamed of if it starts ringing on the bus! my first encounter of the sagem myx6 was when i noticed it in an orange phone shop near where i worked i was instantly obsessed with it and everyday on my way to work i would go out of my way to the phone shop just to have a go at taking a picture or even just listening to the ring tones, i needed to buy it because i just looked really sad to the people who worked in the shop! so one day i decided to compare prices on the internet and found it to be only £100 on the orange website, i was so chuffed i began saving straight away! when it eventually arrived in the post i ran to get it and after all the drama of charging it and connecting it to the network i was able to use it without salesmen jumping on me to buy it! firstly i couldnt believe the excellent photo quality and as the screnes quite large it makes the photos clear and the colour is really good, and unlike other phones the zoom doesn't make the images blurry but actually works as does changing the light settings. i then realised something which i had noticed before or read about in the mannual...the recorder! i was amazed at the fact that i could actually record voices, music and heck complete silence if u want! these can then be used as ring tones, message tones or the alarm if you wanted. i immediatly recorded 'hey ya' and its great when it goes off! as a fan of sagem anyway, i previously owned a sagem myx5, i loved the original ring tones but why you need a cow or frog is beyond me! another majour bonus of this phone is that you can keep 120 txt messages and it doesn't use up any of your other storage. the games, diary and reminders are also really good fixtures of the phone and im still learning new things about it everyday! unfortunatly after three months of having my phone i got it stolen of me in a night club, i was totally g utted, but realised a week after no other phone would do so i just had to buy it again which i didn't even begrudge doing because its such a good phone. if you are reading this thinking about purchasing a new phone i totally recomend this one, i haven't personally found a camera phone that is easier to use at such a cheap price with such quality photos and fixtures. beckx
I decided to get my girlfriend a Sagem myX-6 for her birthday last month. The most noticable difference between it and other mobiles on the market was the price. I managed to pick it up for new for £130. So, it is alot cheaper then most others (normally between £170 - £300) but does that mean its of lesser quality? No. I found the myX-6 to be a great mobile. A huge advantage for it is the very large screen and picture it has. To be honest I have seen sharper picture quality from a mobile but I've also seen alot worse from a majority of the more expensive phones. I found the idea of a sliding cover for the camera a good idea to protect it when not in use and am surprised many other manufactures havent used this. It also has a very good zoom (x4) which is great for sneeking those pictures of your unsuspecting friends! Camera aside is also has other nifty features. I still own a Nokia (not for much longer), the reason I had been excusing to leave for a different manufacture was the Menu Layout. Well Sagem, you have done well. The Menu is clear, bright and understandable. It is hard to lose yourself unlike some mobiles I have encountered. It gives you information, in percentages, how much memory you have and does tend to store quite a bit. We have about 50+ pictures stored on the phone currently. General standard features are there such as MMS and Polyhonic Ringtones. A noticable difference is the lack of Bluetooth but you cant expect everything! Style wise, it is really a matter of preference. It is more of a square shaped (More T610) than curved. The screen is about half the size of the front of the mobile. It is not particularly long but there are many smaller on the market. Games, it has 3 as standard which the option of downloading more (this is with Orange World, obviously only for Orange networked phones). Sagem's 'snake' game is called Megabox Conquest and is highly addictive! The others are 5-minute b oredom breakers. So overall, a great little phone at a great little price. Highly Recommended.
I came back from a weekend away to find my husband had cheered himself up in the way he does best: by spending money on gadgets. He'd gone out and bought a Sony Ericsson T610 mobile, and then spent the rest of the weekend taking photos of the cats with it! Not to be outdone, I decided it was time to upgrade my own phone, a - ahem - Nokia 6150 (yes, really, that old) so I went along to the Orange Shop armed with old phone, small budget, and big smile. I came out with the Sagem MY X6, not a brand for a phone-label snob perhaps, and commonly viewed as a cheaper version of my husband's T610. There were some bugs with the older Sagem models meaning that people still think of them as unreliable, but they seem to have rectified this problem with the new MyX6. It has many of the top features of other bigger brand name phones at a cheaper price: exactly what I wanted. RRP was £99, but I paid only £10 by trading in my old phone (which frankly isn't worth the price of a text!) I also got 3 months free WAP with this deal, which was another incentive. THE BASICS The first thing I noticed about the MY X6 was that it had a really good size display (120 x 168 pixels) although to compensate for that, the buttons are really small and texting is not all that easy unless you have fingernails. I have got used to it now, but I still find it quite tricky. My old phone was so basic it didn't even vibrate: this one does, which I find really useful when I don't want to disturb people on the train! When I do forget and it rings loudly and polyphonically, I like having the simple red and green phone symbols which I can jab at in a panic to shut it up. It's a compact little phone which is very light: my 6150 was a brick in comparison. I think it looks quite stylish and pretty (always important ...) Other useful features it has are a currency converter, calculator, alarm, and timer. I like the way I can set any r ingtone for the alarm rather than just a standard beep: I like to be woken by a loud boathorn at the moment. It has loads of memory for storing photos, ringtones, and your phonebook of stored numbers. The contacts feature allows you not only to store someone's number, but also their email, comments, and even a photo. If you meet a lot of people in your line of work, I suppose this could be one good way to put a name to the face! And finally I like the fact that I can use it for up to 4 hours 40 mins without having to recharge the battery, (that's a very good gossip) or leave it on standby for up to 310 hours. Pretty good! THE DIGITAL CAMERA The other main thing I wanted of course was to be able to take photos, (and not only of the cats.) This model has an inbuilt 640x480 CCD digital camera. The CCD bit means that the camera can produce sharper images and has stronger sensitivity in dark areas than most other phone cameras. There is also a great zoom feature - you can zoom in at four levels which is really good. The picture is fantastic (in fact, husband admits its better than his, ha ha ha) and you can get up to 65,000 colours on the screen making for really good quality. Not only that, you can also spruce up your photo by adding a frame (15 to choose from) or special effects like embossing, blurring, or sharpening. It’s a sort of mini photoshop in there, which makes for hours of fun! Because the phone has MMS (Multimedia Services), you can send people a sort of slide show - a text message with pictures and sounds, where you can choose how long a picture displays for and so on. I'm not a very technical person, but I can still appreciate this phone can do great things! Unfortunately the only person I know with a photo phone at the moment is my husband, which limits the fun a bit… You can choose the noise of your camera "click" when you take a photo, and then save it in a variety of resolutions so that you can either email it or send a photo message to another phone. My husband's phone makes him choose the resolution before he's even taken the photo: which seems pretty stupid to me. You can choose from two resolutions, 480 x 640, or 120 x 160. Both sizes can be sent as an MMS message. (Currently 36p a go!) There is even a small mirror on the back so you can take a self-portrait! Luckily for me the phone is even clever enough to tell me when I haven't opened the shutter and am trying to take photos of nothing! WAP At the moment I get the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival sent to my phone: you might prefer news, weather, sport, or traffic information. I can also scour the TV listings when I am on the train home (to find what I'll be missing since there's bound to be sport on the other channel…) You can also create your own wap page, so that you have all your favourite links right there where you can find them easily. I haven't got one yet, but I’m working on it. I don't use WAP very often: the only thing I like about it is being able to set up text alerts. But I don't know if I would be bothered to pay for that service. RING TONES AND WALLPAPERS I also wanted a phone with better ring tones than just beeps and naff classical music, and I certainly got that. I got polyphonic ringtones (posh ones) and I can download all sorts of cool tunes to play as well. The standard ones include animal noises like a cat miaowing, dog barking and cow mooing (I can now talk to the cows in the field by playing my ring tone at them. Don’t know what I'm saying though.) You can also record your own ringtones to use if you prefer. Another great feature is the hi-fi ring tones (up to 30): basically you can get any song you like, with real human voices, as your ringtone (if you know what you are doing. I haven't quite got there yet). There are also lo ads of wallpapers and screensavers and of course you can use any photos you take, or download extra ones to use. You can get animated screensavers, even 3D effect icons. NAVIGATION It isn't so very different from my old Nokia in terms of navigation: to get through the menu you simply navigate with the arrows and follow the instructions to back up or proceed. It's quite user friendly in that way and it didn't take me long to find everything I was looking for - so I would recommend it for a non-techie phone user, of which there must be plenty. I think even my old mum might be able to handle this one. GAMES The phone comes with two games: picture puzzle (dull jigsaw thing) and megabox conquest (quite cool arcade type-thingy). I've been able to download some much better and more modern looking ones from the orange wap site: even though games are not the strong point for this phone, you can get In-Fusio downloads, which means access to a wide range of downloadable games if you want them. It does have a joystick, but I find it very fiddly to use, so I wouldn't say it’s a selling point. WHAT'S MISSING So why is my phone so cheap - what doesn't it have? Basically two things: Java and bluetooth. Java would mean I could have a much wider range of games to play, but I didn't buy a games console, I bought a phone: and while I like playing games on it, I wasn't making that a top priority. Bluetooth, well. For those who are enthusiastic about it, its pretty much The Future when talking about communication and electronics. Bluetooth allows your gadgets to talk to each other without the need for cables or plugs: it works using radio waves. I'm happy to accept it's a Big Thing, but it's not a big thing for me, right now, and I can live quite happily without it thank you very much. OTHER TECHIE STUFF YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW: GPRS 4+1 and 3+2 Support for many fil e formats: BMP, JPEG, PNG, GIF, animated GIF, Midi, iMelody, Wave, AMR GPRS/MMS/EMS (version 5) CRUNCH TIME: Would I recommend it? Yes if you: Are on a budget and want a simple photo phone Use your phone mainly as a phone: but fancy a camera too Not if you: Want Bluetooth facilities Want the best quality and most fashionable phone you can get Would I have paid £99 for it? Would I hell. Is it a bargain for £10? Oh yes indeeedy... ;-)