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      12.09.2003 15:31
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      I used to have a J5 (I now have a Samsung T100, read my review for that as well!) which was a replacement for a broken Siemens. I wouldn’t have chosen the phone if I had had a choice, but it was the best one out of the selection available. First of all I will say a little bit about the size. This is by no means a small phone, but it is however fairly slim. It’ll rest in your pocket quite happily until you sit down. The length of the phone and the aerial could make it a little uncomfortable. The phone is also surprising light but this maybe due to the fact that the battery is quite small and slim. The most notable feature of the phone is that it has a nifty jog dial on the left-hand side. This gives the phone an ugly appearance but it enables you to scroll very quickly through the phonebook and through text messages. Most phones get annoying when you have to hit a key over and over again to be able to read the text message you’ve just written (the Samsung T100 for example). The dial does feel a bit tacky though, especially when it is pushed in to operate a function and the phone is also too slow to keep up with the fast scrolling pace of your finger. The menus on the phone are well organised and you can actually see the menu scrolling round unlike with a Nokia phone where each menu option takes up the whole screen (I don’t like this). The layout of the text message symbols is good and they can be accessed quickly with the jog dial, although if you are using your thumb to write the message it can be difficult to stretch it to the dial. A two handed approach is often necessary and quicker but as you all know this is often not possible. A few extra points to round up. The charger has an unusual way of disconnecting from the phone, you have to twist it to unclip it. I would much prefer a button to press or something a bit sturdier. You can also record your own ring tones into the phone, which is a novel ide
      a. Recording you and your mates singing while a little tipsy is always good fun at the time, but can be quite embarrassing if you set it as your ring tone and it then goes off in a public place! When i bought this phone I think it was around £100 on O2 pay as you go.

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        01.11.2002 23:12
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        Sony CMD j5 I’ve had this phone since January this year. I got it as my Christmas present from my dad; it’s on the vodafone pay as you go smart step tariff. My first thoughts were that is it’s so light and thin, and I started playing with it immediately. Within a few minutes I managed to unlock it with a little slide switch on its side. And just above this switch there’s its ‘jog wheel’ where you just push it in and then scroll through the picture icons in the menu (some of my friends find it entertaining just spinning through this,) from this menu you get to all the functions: - Messaging - SMS messages and picture messages (these only can be sent to other Sony phones.) Sounds - the polyphonic ring tones (sound so much better than the nokia tones,) and the sound recorder to record your own ring tones, you get five ten second tracks for the ring tones and five two second tracks for other sounds. Settings - preferences, security and call data in here. Divert – to divert calls (I would have thought this would go under settings but its got its own section) Phonebook – all you’re saved names and numbers, (its possible to squeeze 1600 numbers on this phone) Call History – the last numbers you dialled, called received Extras – this has clock, calculator, games and e-mail. The clock has a world clock, alarm, countdown timer and hourly chime. The calculator is a basic utility calculator with a currency converter. The games however doesn’t have snake or any scrolling space shoot ‘em ups, it has bananas (an amazing game where you’re a monkey an have to throw bananas at another monkey without getting hit by his,) A picture puzzle, a mastermind style game with numbers instead of coloured pegs, and finally as the fourth game sand art make pictures with this four colour egg timer. The e-mail is a basic
        e-mail account I haven’t used this, as the WAP is a tad expensive so I’m not to sure if it’s already set up or if you have to open one somewhere. Scheduler – this is the phones calendar, where you can put events or “to do’s” in, the events can be set to have an alarm but only when you put the time of the event in (a bit useless for the birthdays.) The “to do’s” is for simple things you need to do it even has its own completion tick box. WAP – this is the WAP Internet explorer, I didn’t use it much there wasn’t anything online in my free month, and now its too expensive to use. That’s all the menu options and basically all you can do on the phone (apart from the whole making a phone call point that’s just self explanatory on any phone) The only real thing that annoys me is that you can dial 112 and 999 while the phone has its key lock on! The phone itself is a standby time of roughly two days so charge before you plan on staying out for over a night or two. The phones colour scheme is a few different shades of grey and isn’t the strongest handset around, mine had several scratches over the screen in the first few months I had it. But apart from that it’s a great phone and I love it!

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          28.07.2002 04:14
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          My last phone was a Motorola clam-shell style one designed for texting and the web. It had a keyboard, and the WAP feature was great, but you couldn't use it for a phones normal purpose, talking, without a hands-free free kit. The hands free connector on my phone was dodgy, and to get it fixed would cost more than buying a new phone. Since people were becoming rather irritated with not being able to use my mobile to talk to me, and you couldn't top up the credit without making a phone call, I decided it was time to get a new phone. My (now ex) boyfriend had a Sony CMD-J5. This phone is GORGEOUS. It reminds me a lot in style of the Sony Clie hand held - sleek, silver, with a purple trim round the display. After seeing his, I fell in love and just HAD to have one - he joked I loved his phone more than him, and I guess he was right :-p I bought mine on contract from BT Cellnet - they were pushing one of the newer Sony phones and desperate to get rid of this one, so they basically gave it to me for free on the condition that I took out one of the higher priced contracts. I was perfectly happy to do this, since I text an awful lot and use my phone for work too. The display is slightly larger than on most phones and of a higher resolution. The buttons are smaller than on most phones, more spaced out and much nicer to the touch. They have a nice click, but it isn't as loud as the click on a Nokia, so you don't irritate people when you type text messages The aerial sticks out, but it's sturdy so I don't worry about it breaking off. The phone, like most Sony products, has a scroll wheel. This is located on the left hand side, and is very nice to use once you get used to it. The keypad lock is a small dual purpose slider also on the left - you push the slider up to change between silent, ring once, ring, and vibrate (albeit a slightly soft vibrate), and push it down to lock the key
          pad. Pushing up again unlocks it. The speakers and mic on the phone are very good quality - they are quite loud and you can actually *use* the hands-free feature, rather than attempt to use it and find the person you're calling can't hear a thing :-) The build quality is very good - I've dropped my unit so many times in the four months I've had it, and other than one small scratch on the screen from it getting dropped on a sharp metal spike at work, it looks almost new. Battery life wise, when you first get it you'll find that it needs charging frequently, but after the first couple of weeks the batteries start to last longer. One warning though - when the battery is getting low you'll find that the phone does strange things, such as ring when there's no-one calling you, and come up with lots of 'Unspecified Error's and the occasional 'Unhandled Exception' The CMD-J5, you see, is quite a nice phone software wise - it has WAP support, and basic support for normal HTML web pages. It uses Microsoft Mobile Explorer for this. The software, being Microsoft, is quite slow and clunky, but it's capable of quite a lot. It also has support for POP3 email as well as webmail over WAP, and comes with a calculator, clock supporting world time, scheduler and a phone book complete with categories plus the ability to add notes to peoples names. You can record your own ring tones, and assign different tones to different phone book categories. You only get a few seconds worth of record time per ring tone tough. Another nice feature is that you can send picture attachments to people with Sony phones. The picture choices are limited, but they do jazz up messages a bit. The games choices aren't that great - unlike Nokia there?s no snake :-( you do get a 'safe cracking' style number game though, and something similar to Gorillas from the QBasic / DOS days. There
          's a 'sand art' game too, but that seems pretty pointless. After using a phone with a keyboard I thought that texting would be a nightmare. The pre-emptive spelling on this phone makes it a bit quicker, but I still find it annoying - it spells my name 'Lesley' as 'jerkez' (any idea what that means anyone') and calls my favourite online game, Avalon 'cuckoo'. It also changes ''puter' to 'studs', 'bus' to 'cup' and has managed to find a few strange perversions on other words that make innocent text messages sound like I want to perform perverse acts upon peoples donkeys! This phone does have it's foibles - sometimes it does loose signal for no apparent reason, it takes a while to come on, because the software is so slow, and it can crash in strange ways, but it's so well built, good looking and feature packed that I will forgive it the occasional trouble. It the perfect shape and size for my hand, I can scroll easily through menus with the scroll wheel, and type whole emails / text messages with lighting speed. It looks stylish, is very light, and of such high build quality that I'm proud to own it. It's an older phone now, but if you can find it on sale it's well worth getting - it was ahead of its time when it was released and it still holds its own feature wise and looks wise against most mid range phones on the market today.

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            23.06.2002 04:42
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            The Sony J5 was the second mobile phone I had, I was attracted to it by its 'gadgetness' the sounds you could create, the games you could play and the jog dial, all appealed to me. As Sony put the features 'Among other technologies, the CMD-J5 is also offering WAP, Internet e-mail, scheduler, address book, hands free speaker, games, SMS with sound and pictures and harmony ringer tones. This Sony mobile phone is made for sharing as it comprises a high-quality conference microphone making sure that everyone is heard. The distinctly ergonomically designed CMD-J5 secures perfect fit for your hand. The Jog Dial guarantees for the one-hand simplicity Sony mobile phones are known for.' The phones features are as follows; grey scale high resolution graphic display Alarm clock function Built-in modem Calculator with currency converter Data Communication via RS232/USB cable E-mail (POP3) Games with sound Graphic world time clock Harmony ringer tones with polyphonic sounds High quality speech codec EFR (+ FR/HR codec support) Integrated hands-free speaker Jog Dial Li-Ion battery technology Organiser Phone book up to 500 entries Recordable ringer tones Screensize: 96 x 92 pixel SMS with sounds and pictures Standby time: 30-150 hrs (dependent on network and usage) T9? Text Input (T9? Text Input is a registered trademark of Tegic Communications, Inc.) Talk time: 2 hrs 15 min - 6 hrs (dependent on network and usage) Vibration alarm Volume: 81cc WAP 1.1 browser Ive had the phone for over a year now, there has been no problems. Its easy and fun to use, and even a year or so on from its release you still get your friends coming up to you, asking to play on your phone and still being amazed by the features. One of my favourite features is the recordable ring t
            ones, I recorded the nightrider theme tune as my ringtone, it sounds just like the theme of the television, and gets plenty of attention when it goes off. Obviously its not too great if u want to keep a low profile. The Games, The games are great fun, much different from the nokia style snake, the sony games are much more detailed, and come with background music, which to be honest is a little annoying after a while, but it is easily switched off. The menu is easy to use, and looks very impressive, it has plenty of features to mess around with if you fancy sciving off work, or are in a boring lesson at school. Overall I would rate this as an excellent phone, its especially good for those who like lots of features, yet on the other hand isnt difficult to use if you simply require a phone.

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            26.03.2002 23:59
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            • "No voice memo like my brothers one"

            I used to have a Sony J5, But lost it. I thought the world of this phone when I first got it. All my friends played around with it down the pub I was the center of attention for a while. Example: Conversation has died in a pub. My phone rings, no it doesn't it says "answer the f*c£"! phone." and to a chorus of laughter I pic up the phone and everyone is enjoying a conversation of polyphonic rigtones. There is only one other brand of phone that has this option. The Panasonic. My brother had this and we used to compare all the time. All well and good he had a voice memo that could be activated during a call to record an important message, but the sony j5 had much better ring tones and better graphics. The best features of this phone were the amazing amount of memory it had for address. It let every person have up to three numbers each, and two notes which could have been used for Email addresses or an important post code. It also had a hands free function that could easily be activated by pulling down a sprung loaded switch on the side which unfortunately is no longer a function on the Sony J70 CMD. Instead we Have to go through an awkward process now thumbing through the menus so you usually lose the other caller. Bad features about this phone. Its hard to get accessories for it. I've tried numerous times to get a head phone set and a data link cable and theis has to be ordered on the internet. We can't down load any other tunes not that we'd really want to because we have great tones already. I personally think the J5 even though its cheaper is better than the better looking J70 because Its slimmer in size,and it has that sping loaded button on the side that lets you put your phone on silent and speaker phone. Oh but its got an areil. which didn'i bother me too much but I could see myself ( If I hadn't lost the thing) breaking it in my oversized tight trousers. Yes incase you are wondering I am cli
            nically obese! So you may not have a problem there.

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              I bought this to replace a lost (and uninsured) Z5. I was in a bit of a rush to get a replacement phone so I didn't really look at the phone very much as I thought it would be similar to the Z5. I have had it for nine months now. The phone comes with a handsfree and is thin and light but the aerial adds to the length considerably. I thinks its looks have dated very quickly indeed. Although it has been perfectly reliable it doesn't feel very solid, (and I like to have a reassuring solid feel from my phones) in fact it is a bit creaky now! I dropped it once and I think the battery is a bit loose. The screen is large but the backlight is quite weedy but adequate. Battery life is very good considering the size of the battery. I need to charge it every 36 hours or so. There have been some improvemnts to the menu system since the Z5 but luxury features such as voice memo recording have been removed. The WAP function works ok but the text can be a bit small. One major gripe is the vibrate function - I can hardly feel it and have missed many calls because of this but the ringer is loud enough for me and due to the polyphonic speaker the ringtones are very individual although child like, most of the event sounds have my friends cracking up! You can also record your own event sounds and ringtones. Text messaging is very good, with the facility to add regularly used words not recognised (such as my name) to the memory. When using predictive text and typing fast the display can be very slightly behind in relation to what is on the screen and what you are typing. I have heard that this affects early Ericcson T68's as well. I have not found it particularly annoying. I have never used the attaching sounds feature when sending a text message, it's just an extra keypress to get past when creating a text message. The huge phonebook holds 500 names and numbers plus the sim card's own memory. You can assign di
              fferent icons to numbers e.g home, work, mobile and also assign caller groups for which you can have different ring tones. You can also store free text and email addresses for each contact. The jog-dial is handy for accessing the menus, you just turn to scroll and press it in to select. It is not as complex as the dial on the Z5 which you could also pull back and push away but I thought that was a bit over elaborate anyway. The menu system is very intuitive and becomes second nature very quickly. Below the jog dial is a handy sliding switch which springs back to the centre position. It is used to alter the profile between silent; vibrate; ring and ring only once, and to lock the keypad. When locked it is still possible to dial 999 though which is both good and bad. There is the usual clock, alarm and calculator. The games on the Z5 (the shooting target one) were better. This phone makes an interesting alternative to the usual Nokia crowd - I haven't owned a Nokia since the 8810! It is a good value phone with good features and I would buy this (or its replacement, the J70) over a 3310/3330.

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              31.12.2001 02:23
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              After only using Nokia phones for the last three years, I was unsure whether or not I should switch to another manufacturer. The Nokia's that i've had have always been feature packed and reliable, so why bother changing? I decided to buy a new phone, after all, I would still have my 3310 if things didn't work out with the new phone. I now had to choose which phone to get, and because I already have a number of Sony products which I have never had problems with, I decided to get the Sony J5. I wasn't disappointed. When I first opened the box and picked the phone up i was amazed. Although the phone is slightly bigger than the 3310 (Due to the external arial), it looks amazing. One problem I have had with the Nokia's I have had is that they tend to be too bulky, and so when I picked it up and saw that the phone seemed to be just over 1cm thick, i was astonished, but slightly aprehensive, if the phone was so thin, surely it couldnt have many features. I was wrong. For a start, a 500+SIM phone book memory, and WAP. Just two of the features of a truly great phone, which is described in more detail below. ------------------------------ The phone's weight ------------------------------ Although I talked about how great the phone looked, I didn't mention it's weight. Without the battery, it feels like it weighs less than a small bag of sweets. Ok I thought, but when the battery is in place surely it will be as heavy as the Nokia 3310. How wrong could I be? Weighing in at 85g, a massive 50g less than the 3310, you really don't know that it's in your pocket! Some people would say that it's maybe too light, but I love it! ------------------------------ The Internet ------------------------------ Everyone knows that WAP is poor, and that we should learn from our friends in the Far East when it comes to Mobile Internet, so most people probably won't use it that much. I tried i
              t, the WAP browser on the phone is simple to use, and the phone has the ability to store your favourites. That's all I can really say, because WAP in general isn't worth using, but if you do choose to use it at anytime, this phone will do the job well. ------------------------------ Other Popular Features ------------------------------ Phone book - You'd better find yourself more friends! 600 spaces for phone numbers (500 + SIM, so number could be more/less) is probably too much, as I don't know anyone who could use that much space, but it's there if you want it! Has the ability to place entries in certain groups, to assign them different ringtones. Personal Ringtones - Everyone knows and likes the ringtones on the Nokia phones, being able to record your own. Well unfortunately, the J5 can't do this. It goes one better! The ability to record ANY sound as a ringtone is a great option. It could be that song off the radio or you talking to yourself, but whatever it is, it will sound better than on Nokia's. ------------------------------ Phone in general ------------------------------ Overall this is a great phone at a great price. I haven't listed all the features in detail, but the phone also has the following: Games Calculator World Clock Alarm Clock Call Divert Call History E-Mail (Using WAP) Scheduler (Diary) Text messaging with T9 predictive text input and much much more... Try this phone, you WON'T be disappointed!!

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                03.12.2001 09:12

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                This a realtivly new phone and has an important feature to its name 'Sony'. So you already know that it is going to be good quality. You don't want a Nokia as everyone has them and you feel like a sheep with one. If you want something different pick this phone. What does this phone do? Looks- Although i think it is a big long it is really thin and so light that it can't feel it in my pocket and i don't feel weighed down by a nokia. It also has an amazing feature a wheel. Mobile phone makers have discovered the wheel! Amazing. Instead of having to fiddle with little menu buttons Sony have cleverly put everything on a wheel on the side of the phone. Push it in for the menu, then spin it round through the animated menu screen (very clever) to whatever service you want. It has great little graphics when you flick through the menu so i really does feel like something special.Text messaging with predictive text. A must nowadays to reduce the amount of smoke that can be seen coming from peoples key pads as they maniacally smash away meaningless yet amusing messages to friends. The dictionary isn?t that great but it learns once you type in word that it doesn?t recognise and then just turn on the predictive text again after it. The memory on the phone is huge, holding about 600 name and numbers, also holding e-mail address's and grouping together one persons e-mail, home, mobile and office number. This shortens the phone book when you want to look for someone, when you find them, one click of the jog dial and you get to choose from there various numbers that have been grouped. Initially the battery life is poor but after a few complete discharges and recharges it will be better than most! And a final advantage is the pin number for accessing the phone, it doesn't have to be 4 letters, it can be as many or as few as you want, therefore increasing security for you. From the main screen (standby) there are
                many quick options; Moving the jog dial up or down takes you straight into the phone book, clicking the jog dial takes you straight into a animated menu. Pressing the call key gives you the ability to quickly call the last 20 people who you called, or who called you, and finally pressing the loud speaker button takes you into the WAP menu. It has groovy ring tones and they are not the annouying ones that you find on ordinary phones they are ones that don't make you deaf but are pleasant to listen to. There are 20 to chose from. It has WAP which isn't too interesting as most of the phones have it and the modem isn't too fast. The games are good when you get your head around how to play them. Schedule and other useful but boring bits. Again like the Nokia it has a calendar that you can make little notes and alarms on which can be really handy is you?ve got a sieve like memory like me. (where am I again?) Also its got a calculator that you never need but ?might just come in handy one day?. This has a voice recorder which isn't too useful but is a great little extra all the same but records god quality sound. I recommend this phone to everyone and anyone. It isn't as boring as a Nokia and has all the features as one. It also dosen't weigh down your pockets. It costs around £120 on vouchers.

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                I have owned a sony CMD-J5e for almost a year now. I bought the J5 to replace a Nokia 8210 - which to be honest was because I just wanted a change. At first I absolutely loved the phone. The ringtones were so much more interesting than anything the major players had done and the features were brilliant. Or so I thought. The Sony is a georgeous looking phone. It is also incredibly light. Unfortunately it lacks too much of the functionality of Nokia, Ericsson or Motorola phones. The first thing I found was that I was missing calls left, right and centre. The ringtones, although distinctive were let down by a less than adequate speaker which, even at full volume would find it hard pressed to wake an insomniac. Putting the vibration function on is no better. Other than the obvious dual ring-vibrate omission, the vibration is as noticable as a minor itch. Where the Nokia vibrated enough to move around, the J5 barely registers. Even if you record your own tones - it is not as good as advertised. Recording music from your PC is rubbish (due to the speaker) and the only way I found to record a ringtone which can be heard at more than 3 feet was to shout into the microphone. The hands-free functionality is OK as long as you are in a completely silent environment. As soon as any noise is present then you might as well just get two tin cans on a string. I thought that this was something which the technology was just not ready for until I tried the same feature on a Nokia Communicator (which doesn't have a much larger speaker) and the difference was night and day. The lack of a snooze feature for the alarm has often made me late for work! On the positive side, the phone book does rock. The ability to include multiple phone numbers per person is very useful. Unfortunately the fact that the backlight does not turn on when a call is recieved means that at night you have no idea who is calling. The calendar is vary good also. Just to mention
                the POP email feature... Yeah, great idea in principle except that setting the whole thing up is a nightmare. I am an IT professional and still I had trouble. I have yet to meet anyone who has managed to set this up on a J5 without calling tech support or asking someone else first. I won't even mention the stupidity of not adding IR capabilty. Overall the J5 is a *good* phone. I only wish that Sony, as it usually does, learned from the mistakes of its competitors. The J5 could have been a *wonderful* phone. If Sony had combined the size of the Nokia 8210, the internet capability of the Nokia 6210, the speaker of the Nokia Communicator and the general features most phones at that level (automatic backlight, IrDA, etc) then I wouldn't even consider changing my phone *ever*. Unfortunately Sony bought out the ill-fortuned Ericsson and not Nokia. They could have made the greatest phone ever. Instead they made an better than some, but still average handset. The j5 is free on contract through most operators.

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                  I love my J5 mobile, and it is without doubt the best phone I have ever owned or used. It's light, fairly compact, very stylish and so so easy to use; anyone could work this phone. I bought my phone from our local carphone warehouse where the staff were polite and very helpful. I paid £139.99 for my phone which I first thought was pricey but now I think that's a small price to pay for such quality. I have my phone through Orange and the service that they offer, I feel is second to none. I also think the handsfree system built into the phone is ace, you can phone your friends and let everyone talk to them, super idea. I also like the graphics on the phone, they look very good and using this phone is just like using a mini-computer. The phone also includes a pocket version of Internet explorer so the WAP system is easy to use too. Also having the ability to record your own ringtone's is great. The only problem I have had is trying to find a case for the phone, which I can't so mine is now a little bit scuffed, but I would recommend this phone to anyone. ***** UPDATE ***** Yesterday I found a case for the phone! I paid £12.99 for a kit at my local comet store that included a Case! An in-car charger and a handsfree kit!

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                    11.10.2001 16:43
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                    Nokia Smokia! Put on your disco pant's and join the rebellion against the evil forces of Nokia, plotting to take over your mind with brainwashing, through mediums such as snake and that stupid symbol matching game. One day they will push a button, all handsets will emit a burst of light, and we will all become slaves to Finland. Right, down to the serious stuff...... I have had a Sony J5 since I chopped in my Nokia 3210, mainly because it was dated and every 11 year old kid, on every street corner has one! The Link decided that they would take my old phone, swap the sim card so I kept my number and network and pay ME £50 in vouchers for my trouble. Amazing I know, but that's another story. I am particularly impressed with the huge display and (as with most sony products) solid build. I've dropped mine from about 8 feet onto concrete and it's still not smashed! The ringtones are......well.....erm......original, oh yes, there definitely original! It reminds me of the very first super nintendo console they ever brought out. Every time it rings I'm expecting Mario to appear and jump up and down repeatedly on a mushroom. The battery life is longer than the Nokia 3210, and the whole thing is lighter and thinner (but not so small that you can't press the buttons, would the 8210 please stand up.) The phone includes T9, which is basically the same as Nokia predictive text, except better. It has a bigger dictionary than any Nokia i?ve used and is a lot more forgiving with slang words and phrases. One of the things that I'm not impressed with is the ringing volume. This is the only area where the Nokia wins. It's fine when you are sat at home, but in a busy pub or restaurant, it's almost completely inaudible, even at maximum volume. If anyone from Sony is reading this, i've only got one question, WHY? One of the most innovative features is the "Record yo
                    ur own tone". It's basically a built in message recorder that will play back your recorded sounds. This causes much hilarity in the office or in the pub, but be warned, the sound of you having a dump will be funny for your mates around a pub table, but not so funny when it rings in your job interview the next day! Conclusion: A great phone, with impressive styling and features, but let down by the ringing volume.

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                      25.09.2001 22:05
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                      This a realtivly new phone and has an important feature to its name 'Sony'. So you already know that it is going to be good quality. You don't want a Nokia as everyone has them and you feel like a sheep with one. If you want something different pick this phone. What does this phone do? Looks- Although i think it is a big long it is really thin and so light that it can't feel it in my pocket and i don't feel weighed down by a nokia. It also has an amazing feature a wheel. Mobile phone makers have discovered the wheel! Amazing. Instead of having to fiddle with little menu buttons Sony have cleverly put everything on a wheel on the side of the phone. Push it in for the menu, then spin it round through the animated menu screen (very clever) to whatever service you want. It has great little graphics when you flick through the menu so i really does feel like something special.Text messaging with predictive text. A must nowadays to reduce the amount of smoke that can be seen coming from peoples key pads as they maniacally smash away meaningless yet amusing messages to friends. The dictionary isn’t that great but it learns once you type in word that it doesn’t recognise and then just turn on the predictive text again after it. The memory on the phone is huge, holding about 600 name and numbers, also holding e-mail address's and grouping together one persons e-mail, home, mobile and office number. This shortens the phone book when you want to look for someone, when you find them, one click of the jog dial and you get to choose from there various numbers that have been grouped. Initially the battery life is poor but after a few complete discharges and recharges it will be better than most! And a final advantage is the pin number for accessing the phone, it doesn't have to be 4 letters, it can be as many or as few as you want, therefore increasing security for you. From the main scre
                      en (standby) there are many quick options; Moving the jog dial up or down takes you straight into the phone book, clicking the jog dial takes you straight into a animated menu. Pressing the call key gives you the ability to quickly call the last 20 people who you called, or who called you, and finally pressing the loud speaker button takes you into the WAP menu. It has groovy ring tones and they are not the annouying ones that you find on ordinary phones they are ones that don't make you deaf but are pleasant to listen to. There are 20 to chose from. It has WAP which isn't too interesting as most of the phones have it and the modem isn't too fast. The games are good when you get your head around how to play them. Schedule and other useful but boring bits. Again like the Nokia it has a calendar that you can make little notes and alarms on which can be really handy is you’ve got a sieve like memory like me. (where am I again?) Also its got a calculator that you never need but ‘might just come in handy one day’. This has a voice recorder which isn't too useful but is a great little extra all the same but records god quality sound. I recommend this phone to everyone and anyone. It isn't as boring as a Nokia and has all the features as one. It also dosen't weigh down your pockets. It costs around £120 on vouchers.

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                      06.09.2001 19:21
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                      I am the very proud owner of a nokia 3310 - can't imagine a better phone. It has everything I want and more. I am always singing its praises to anyone and everyone. until I was shot down from my pedastal by my boyfriend with his new fancy pants sony phone. I have to admit - hard as it may be being a devoted nokia lover - this is a great phone. Size wise, it is slightly taller than the average phone these days, although it is super thin and extremely light. The buttons are tiny abd thin but 'clicky' so they are easy to use. The screen is huge and has a high resolution, and is just excellent for graphics. Seriously more like a computer than a phone, screen wise. Talking about graphics, they are fantastic, great wee pictures you can send to other J5 owners (not that i know any) and the background is excellent. This leads me to the games... well I will never quite understand sand art, you have a small pen from which sand falls to an annoying tune (*which can be turned off by pushing the slidy bit on the side up*) and you can press 1 (invisible sand, for spaces I assume) 2, 3 and 4 for different shades of sand. all I can make so far are hills. Then there is bananas, you are a monkey up a tree with bananas and you have to knock the other monkey off his tree bofore he knocks you off. not bad, quite addictive in a nokia-snake like way. game boy style graphics, not bad at all. The other games, picpuzz (move the blocks around to make a picture, 3 levels one pic for each, each one with more blocks ie harder!) and mindblaster, dont really like but they are good. All the games, like the general navigation of the phone, are done using the wheel on the side. push it in to access the menus and scroll through by moving it up or down. not a bad feature, it is easy to hold the phone and go through the menus with one hand, but to go back, you use the red hang up key on the front, which can be a bit annoying. The menus screen is cute. the backgro
                      und is the sky and each menu is on a little cloud, and they rotate as you scroll through usung the wheel. you push the wheel in to select a menu. No complaints there as it is easy to use, simple to get around the menus and they are fairly self explanitory, the usual, messages, phone book, sounds, extras (games, calculator email etc), etc etc. you know the usual. On the topic of sounds - here is probably the biggest selling point of the phone. and damn right too. You can record, up to 9 seconds, of your own ringtone. anything you want. my boyfriend has a friend saying 'its the phone, pick up the phone, come on, pick up the phone!' for his ringtone. He also has a toilet flushing. can be embarrasing as it does sound like a a little man sitting in your pocket shouting at you or flushing a toilet, but none the less a unique and conversational piece of a feature. you can record 5 of your own. But the ringtones that come with it are great. they do not sound like a phone ringing, more like someone just got an extra life on super mario. and there are loads. so cant complain on that front once again. Now for the phone book. the best thing - caller groups. you get little pictures and you can choose specific ringtones for each group. like on the nokia 8210 (and other models). rather than one ring for each person, but there are shed loads of groups, everything from girlfriend, boyfriend, family etc to ski!! not sure why ski is there but lets just say he doesnt use it!! And the sound quality is really very good, large speaker on the back and built in handsfree is good, sometimes a bit quiet but on the whole, good. what do you expect from sony though? WAP is activated by pressing the middle button at the fron of the phone, east to use and better looking than a lot of other WAP phones. cant complain about that either. There is not much left to say other than that this is a great phone, slightly expensive at the moment but i can only
                      imagine that it will get cheaper ina few months as all new handsets do these days. If it is fun ringtones you are after, look no further. if you are more concerned with ease of use and very good basic phone features (phone book, messaging etc) look no further. if you want a decent WAP phone, look no further. Generally a great all round phone, good for everyone. definitely a high recommendation from me, a devoted nokia girl. I have been converted.

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                        UPDATED 16/9: The thing that made me buy the J5 was the sleek look of the phone, and the fact that you can record 5 of your own ringtones - no not the "beep beep" ones which you compose on most phones, but a recording of anything. This is however, a little disappointing, as the sound level is very quiet and muffled. If the phone goes off in my bag, I cannot hear it. The vibrater is very feeble too. If you switch it to 'vibrator mode', and it goes off in your pocket, you won't notice it. I am not exaggerating at all. If a Nokia went off in your bag, or the vibrator went off in your pocket, you'll certainly notice it. The jog dial (a dial on the side of the phone which you turn around) redeems itself though, as this makes browsing messages and basic use of the phone much easier and quicker with the use of one hand. When I did buy the phone I was quite alarmed by the weight of it. I thought that perhaps if I added the battery it might feel a little more realistic but no. The phone is just very, very lightweight. Something you just have to get used to. The major downside of the phone is that you cannot have the ringer on at the same time as the vibrator. By the way, don't be surprised by the ringtones - they sound very different to Nokia phones. They're almost like Gameboy sounds. It's a shame you can't buy any ringtones or wallpapers for the phone too and there are only 3 games which are all very boring but at least you can play games using the WAP facility. There pixel display on the phone is of a high quality. It has 4 shades of black, not dissimilar to pictures from a gameboy. Writing and checking your e-mail is also possible - costing about 15p to send an e-mail once you set up the very complicated settings. There are many options available and you can even make the phone ring differently for different people (i.e. your best friend). All in all, I do think it is quite good value for money, £99.95
                        from Tesco.com. It might take a little time familiarising yourself with it if you're used to using a Nokia.

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                        Some say I’m a bit sad owing four phones in under a year, but I think I just like to be original. My phone before I purchased the Sony cmd-j, was a Nokia 3210 a great phone with lots of good features, but nearly everyone of my friends also had one, so while on the prowl for a new mobile I came across two phones I liked the one I’m talking about and the Nokia 3310/30, then I relealised that if I got the new Nokia I would find myself in the same position in three or four months. So I began to look into the Sony a little more because I didn't want it being rubbish. After weeks of shop crawling and dooyoo reading I finally came to the conclusion this was the phone for me. Looks: It's sleek slim design, if not a bit tall, is superb with the metallic sliver with a blue frame along the screen; there is no need to spend another twenty pound on a new cover. It looks a bit tall and has not the most complimenting aerial, but how light the phone actually is amazing you can't even feel it in your pocket (but if someone was to put their hand in your pocket you would also not feel it)!! Ringer tones: One of Nokia's main features is to allow you to customise your ring tones with a composers or get them sent to you, but Sony have gone one better and allow you to record your own ring tones and alert sounds. This is my favourite feature of the phone and why I mainly bought it, you can record a ten second snippet of whatever you like, this allows you to do what ever you want (in ten seconds) you can record the chorus to your favourite tune, your mates can fart down the phone or record a porn video, like I said whatever you like. As for alert sounds these are only two second snippets (you can also save five of these), but when these are recorded you can set them to go off when you receive a text message, as your alarm clock or even for when you turn your phone on and off, excellent. The jog dial: The jog dial is
                        another new feature for a phone, a bit like the one on the Nokia; it is a small wheel at the side on the left hand side of the phone. When moved up or down, in normal mode, it brings you to your phonebook for easy access to call someone. When pushed in you will be brought to your main menu with all the usual messages, wap, settings and so on, move the wheel up and down to change option and when on your desired one just click again, easy as pie. This feature is great when on the move and allows easy one hand control of the phone. Just below the jog dial is a small button, when slid down it either locks or unlocks the phone (depending on what mode you have it on before). If the button is slid up it will bring you to a menu with for pictures, which symbolise what type of ringer you have on: silent, vibrate (which is very poor), normal ringer and ring once. This allows easy access to change your phone to silent if you are entering a meeting or classroom. Phonebook: This is a strange mode, you will either love it or loath it, in the phonebook you each person entered has space for three numbers, which can give a symbol, either mobile, home, office or fax, which means you don't have eight numbers with different variations of the name Chris. You can also put each person in your book into a group, like boyfriend, girlfriend, drinking, football and so on, and then assign that group a ringer, so you know who is phoning you! You can also give each person two pictures and two notes about them, so if you meet someone and you think you are going to forget who they are you can jot something down about them, nice! Other features: Wap - haven't tried it yet! Games - four games, not very stimulating but ok never the less, if you find out how to play them! It also has a scheduler, clock and date and a calculator, all fairly good. This phone is excellent, and at £100 on BT it’s fairly cheap. With loads of features to im
                        press your mates and more original than a Nokia it is a must have!

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