For a phone that you can buy with your pocket money, literally a fiver now, it is very good phone. When i say good, i dont mean go out and buy it, it has all the new features... that would be a lie. as far as modern phones go;its a brick with graphics tetris can laugh at... i mean, its a good PHONE. as far as signal range, easyness to top up, battery life and pocket size go, it rocks. where it fails as a fashion accsessory it wins as a phone, a good mobile phone, one you can top up with fivers. It has a colour screen as well, nifty and bright. Its light and despite not being narrow or streamlined, it fits confortably in the palm. It takes a hell of a lot of punches and never breaks down, at least not in my 3 years of ownership, and prior to that 6 years of the same phone in black and white, that still operates strongly now.
none of this however, compares to the actual best part of the phone, this being the exellent bowling game! its very fun, comes completely installed and will keep you entertained for hours! honestly! its amazing.
I purchased my Sendo M550 in March of this year thinking hmm for £49 there has to be a catch. Other similar phones seemed to start at £90.
The phone came in a small red box with 2 booklet's a User Guide and A Network Guide. It came with a Mains AC Charger. The phone itself is a small stylish sleek flip design with a blue top cover which is changeable. The main phone body is silver. It is lightweight but strong. Its a bright coloured dual screen clear display, with easy navigation and easy to use menu's. it doesn't look or feel like a cheap phone at all. With full colour built in pre-loaded games. Works well on the hands free kit very crisp and clear. The phone is advertised in Argos as:
* Slim Flip-Phone with internal Aerial
* Clam Shell like design
* Dual Displays
* Downloadable Polyphonic Ringtones
* 15 pre-loaded and 10 Downloadable ringtones
* Animated Menu and Screen Savers
* 3 Games inc Tenpin, Splat & KombatClub
* Silent Vibrate
(H)82mm x (W)45mm x (D)19.6mm Weight 77g
*Talktime (up to) 150 minutes
*Standby time 300 hours
It has the capacity to store 500 numbers and store 30 last calls either missed or made.There are lots of functions to choose from once inside the menu, They are divided into sub sections with the main headings of:
Its extra added features are a built in Alarm, a chat facility in the messages section, also a rather satisfying whooshing sound (which you can turn off) when the lid is opened or closed.
It takes some getting used to as any geriatric (past 20) phone user will know about.
Its charge lasts for days (after the initial charging of 12 hours after that its 2 hours max but only if its got really low) and has crystal clear reception.
Contact Details & Accessories
Sendo International Ltd
Sendo Base Station
*Sendo Accessories Hotline +44 (0)845 603 0417
Personal Handsfree Kit
Universal In Car Holder
Travel Chargers (various)
In Car Charger
On the whole its a really easy to use stylish little phone, of which I'm well impressed.In my opinion it is a Smart Little phone for fraction of price. Well worth the £49.
I asked Santa for a mobile phone this Christmas but, alas, I think he must have lost it en route as it never arrived anywhere in my stocking! So, next best thing I armed myself with purse and a rather exciting review for a Sendo S330 from Dooyoo (thank you MandyMinx!) and trotted off to see what I could find. I checked this phone out first of all and, having done so, I wasted no more time looking at others. I had to get this new toy home as soon as possible! Priced at £39.99, I couldn't believe I could get so much phone for my money. To list some of the many features: Colour Screen, size 98 x 67 pixels, which you can customise Dimensions 108mm x 47mm x 21mm 25 preloaded ringtones with the ability to download up to 150 ringtones and icons Pictures and ringtones can be saved where you want Animated graphics and sound Holds up to 500 phonebook entries with space for extra icons and images Alarm clock with snooze Screensavers Access to internet EMS and SMS chat Predictive text and prewritten messages for fast texting Ability to send graphics/sounds with text Holds up to 20 text messages 6 games Up to 6 preloaded languages Can be used abroad The 6 games included with this phone are : Tenpin Bowling Splat FlippIT Splash Quaddro Scizzors As with all good phones it also has a vibration mode! The phone takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge after which time power will allow approximately : Standby time up to 200-480 hours Talk time up to 120-450 minutes Gameplay up to 7 hours To prolong power the phone automatically switches to power save mode after about two minutes of inactivity whereby the backlight switches off and the time only is displayed. A quick press of a button restores full function immediately. The phone itself is small and light and fits nicely into your pocket or bag and has a nice
comfortable feel in the palm of the hand when in use. It is grey in colour and very easy to use. The Sendo S330 is connected to the Vodafone network and is ready to use immediately with £2 of credit already on the phone. Vodafone begin you on their Smartstep tarriff which you can change later if you wish. The Smartstep tarriff, as of today, is a follows: National calls and other Vodafone mobiles - 30p for first three minutes dropping to 5p per minute thereafter. Calls to other mobile networks 35p per minute Text messages - 12p per text for first 3 text messages dropping to 9p per text thereafter. Calls are charged by the second but carry a 10p minimum charge. All in all this is a great phone for a great price. I bought mine from my local Vodafone shop but I understand Woolworths and Sainsburys also sell it, no doubt many other places as well. Do not be put off by the relatively unknown name as I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more about Sendo in 2004!
When it comes to all things expensive I am a real liability. I lost my wedding ring within a few months of receiving it, I have lost countless purses, handbags and of course mobile phones. If I don't lose them carelessly then I drop them, smash them, or sit on them and they break. As you can imagine when I smile sweetly at my husband and ask him to shell out for yet another new phone he is not impressed and moans for ages about how I should learn to look after the things he buys me. Of course he is right, but I do need a phone. It is really important that the school be able to get hold of me when they need to and I have an elderly aunt that I like to be able to keep a check on in and out. I have to admit I am a gadget collector too and I like all the fancy things that the more modern phones are capable of. Let me introduce you to the answer to my prayers. The Sendo S330. Sendo, the company, was established in 1999 so is a virtual baby when it comes to mobile phone supplying. I have to admit I had never heard of them until I was wandering around Salisbury's one evening and happened to spot this little phone, nestled among the nokia 33 whatevers. What attracted me to it? Well being the bargain hunter that I am, it was of course the price. This little belter was on the shelf at a penny under forty pounds. Add that to the fact that you got a very inviting 2000 nectar points thrown in, which equals a tenner off the shopping and you can see why I had it off the shelf and at the checkout quicker than you could say supermarket sweep. This particular phone was set up for pay as you talk under the Vodafone tariffs. I like Vodafone so I was quite happy with that. The Sim card was already installed and ready to go and being the big kid I am I couldn't wait to have a play with it. Let me tell you what I expected for the price. I expected something very basic, no thrills, no fancies. I just needed something
that I could use in emergencies. When I turned this phone on I was amazed at what I had got for my money. Colour. I have to say I hadn't expected that.Not just colour but graphics and a cute little jingle as the screen came alive, displaying the Vodafone logo. The phone itself is grey in colour, about four inches in length and is very light. It fits nice and snuggly in the palm of my hand. The keys are quite small, but they are raised and metallic in appearance which makes them a little easier to use. I have to say though, when I first made a call I did nearly ring the wrong number once or twice, until I got used to the buttons. The phone can hold up to 500 contact numbers. Plenty for me. I don't think I even know 500 people. Entering a new name and number is simple and the contacts are easily accessed from the main display. When it comes to messaging. I actually found this one easier to use than my last phone, which was a fancy Nokia 5210. You can send or receive text messages of up to 160 characters. Seeing as the messages I send usually consist of WHERE ARE YOU?..... WHAT TIME WILL YOU BE BACK? and BRING MILK WITH YOU, this is fine for me. If you need to send a longer message the phone will automatically break your message down into smaller messages which are joined together as one message when all the small messages have been sent or received. There is also a chat function which I found intriguing. Reception is excellent and this phone has a built in antenna. Calling is crisp and clear. The games on this phone are amazing. I would definitely say that these games put the ones on the Nokia 5210 to shame. The graphics are clear and crisp and the games are really fun and very different. Ten Pin is a really great bowling Game. The idea is to knock over the pins by stopping a moving ball at the right angle to knock the pins over. Sounds complicated. It definitely isn't and it's gre
at fun. Hey you get to play ten frames too, just like the real thing. Splat is a phone version of that game you play at the seaside, you know the one where you wait for the gopher to pop it's head up and then you knock it out. Well these little gophers are really cute and graphically very good. Instead of hitting it on the head with a mallet, you have to hit the button that corresponds with the hole it pops out of. When you get it right....Splat! Flippit is solitaire, great graphics, cool game. Splash is a game that I knew as pipes. You know, the one where you have to join all the pipes up to stop the water escaping. No long line, like the snakes on the Nokia, these are real pipes and the water is a beautiful shade of blue. Quaddro is connect 4. One of my favourite games, mind you this little phone is hard to beat and you have to be on your toes. Scizzors is that old favourite, Scissors, Paper , Stone. Again, great graphics, cool game. I was really impressed by the colours on this phone. Nothing wishy washy about these. The phone comes with 25 polyphonic ring tones. Ok, these aren't the best known tunes around, but you can download more to your phone, and for the price...Who's moaning? There is of course the vibrate function that most phones now seem to have. You can also download new logos for your phone, although there are lots of little moving emoticons already installed for you to use and send when messaging your mates. Add all this to the alarm clock, calendar, calculator, memo, screensaver, and wallpaper facilities and you begin to see why I was thrilled with what I was getting for the money I paid. The screensavers that come with this phone are the only thing I would complain about. They are small and very poor. I did download some better ones though so I can't really complain. The Sendo S330 has a wap browser. I noticed that it was much quicker at connecting
than my old Nokia had been too. When you are not using your phone it sets itself to standby. This means the light goes off and the main screen displays nothing but the time. At the touch of a button though it springs to life and the nice bright display appears to guide you. One thing I noticed with this phone was that when you are playing a game the phone does not switch to standby in the middle of it. My Nokia used to do that all the time. I would be playing a game and suddenly I wouldn't be able to see what I was doing. Very annoying it was too. The phone has Up to 480 hours of standby time and up to 7 ½ hours of talk time. It takes much less time to charge than my Nokia did and I seem to charge it twice a week, more out of habit than necessity. Well there you have it. My new phone. It's light, it's tough, it's fun and best of all it was cheap. A real bargain. I would say this was the perfect phone for anyone who is just a little bit too rough with their phone and has a tendency to damage them on a regular basis. This would also be the perfect phone for those little monsters of yours who desperately want a phone for Christmas. The kids would love these games. Mine do. The phone is easy to use, easy to understand and loads of fun. Please don't be put off by the name of this phone. Have a look at it. I think you might be very surprised by what you find here. If you need more technical information than this, might I suggest you checkout the Sendo website, as I am definitely the last person to ask about the technical aspects of this or any other phone. http://www.sendo.com/ Thanks for reading. Mandxx