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Again, let's try something different with this review!
It may shock you all to learn, but I still own this little phone! I am a stickler for keeping things 'just in case', and I suppose for nostalgic purposes! Nostalgic is the word, as I bought this phone back in 2004....This was my first, and I will say, probably last foray into the world of Sagem mobile phones!
Let's start with...
1. Size, weight and appearance.
Dimensions 100 x 45 x 21 mm
Weight 89 g
This really is a pretty dinky phone, and with dinky does come issues of practicality. Some of the keys on the keypad, especially on the left and right are frustratingly small, and if you're not nimble, expect to find yourself making a fair few errors! The keys themselves do have a fairly cheap feel to them - they are plastic-like and 'clunky' and I do not find them very pleasant to use. As for the phone itself, the silver colour of the casing is a nice touch, but it is very prone to being worn off over time. The weight, at around 3oz is remarkably light, so if you are looking for a phone you can literally throw into your bag or sneak into your pocket, then this may be right for you. However, I think in terms of quality you will be let down, and there is always a balance to be struck between issues of practicality and quality.
2. The screen
Size 101 x 80 pixels
As you can no doubt tell, this is a particularly petite screen which is not helped by the large fonts used throughout the user interface. The colours are vivid and bright, and so is the backlight, but this phone will not win any awards for readability!
Polyphonic (16 channels), Hi-Fi
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Phonebook 1500 entires
This phone is rather limited in terms of customization. You are provided with a neat set of ringtones as standard which are very melodic and pleasant to the ear. The phone vibrates, and is powerful enough to be felt, but not powerful enough to shake this phone to pieces! You may feel that I'm clutching at straws in this review - remember, this phone is 6 years old! The fact that the phonebook can hold 1500 is quite an important feature considering the dire lack of many others! Downloading of ringtones is an option which can be accessed through the phone's WAP browser, generally at a cost although you may still be able to weevil out a few mobile.xxxxxx.com sites where you can download tones for free.
4. Hardware features
Card slot No
GPRS Class 8 (4+1 slots), 32 - 40 kbps
Infrared port No
As you can see, there really isn't a lot to say! This phone is not expandable, and is not going to let you make video calls - that would be a challenge in itself as there is no camera to be found! The phone is GPRS capable, so simple web browsing is not beyond the realms of possibility, but this is limited once again by software features.
5. Software features
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
Games Picture Puzzle, MegaBox Conquest
This really is standard fare for any mobile phone made within the last 6-8 years, in my opinion. You can send SMS and MMS (thank goodness) and there is also e-mail capability, which may be useful for some. You will find navigating your way through e-mail on such a small screen however quite a challenge. As mentioned, there is a basic WAP browser available, but you will find yourself confined to the most basic of sites designed exclusively for the mobile platforms. This won't stop you getting the news and weather, but forget about facebook and twitter! Two mediocre games are there for your 'enjoyment', and can be expanded through downloads, should you wish to accept the challenge! The fact the phone is equipped with T9 is a plus, but explaining the differences between this system and that found on major mobile phone brands such as Nokia, Samsung, Song Ericsson etc. would send you in a partial coma. Simply said, the T9 prediction system on this phone is not very user friendly and is not helped by the tiny keys on the keypad. Calculator and currency converter applications are fairly unimpressive additions to what is essentially a phone deficient in any outstanding software features.
6. Battery life
Stand-by Up to 340 h
Talk time Up to 5 h
There is no denying that this phone does have a very impressive battery life and will happily go days and days without a charge. As with any phone however, the talk time is considerably shorter, but I do find that the difference between stand-by and talk time on this phone is massive. If you're not making calls then you won't need to charge this phone potentially for TWO WEEKS! I'm not sure how many phones could hold a candle to such a record.
To summarise and conclude, to say that this phone is showing its age would be a gross understatement. It is a very simplistic venture by Sagem into the mobile market that will satisfy a minority, but leave the vast majority of people gasping for more in almost every department. Quality, functionality and adaptability cannot be outweighed by the impressive battery life and, even if you could get your hands on this phone (which is becoming increasingly likely) I am not sure how long it would spend in your pocket as opposed to your bottom drawer!