Having always had Nokia's I was getting a bit fed up, you go anywhere and 9 out of 10 people seem to have your phone. As I was pregnant and my current phone was being temperamental I decided to purchase a new one, something different this time. I saw the Sony J70 and it was love at first sight, with its sexy chrome styling and slim svelte shape I knew it was the one for me. Unfortunately our relationship has turned out to be that shallow as it has nothing more than looks in its favour. Price: Mine is about a year old now and at the time I paid £75 direct from my local vodaphone shop. For this you get the phone, charger, sim card connected to pay as you go, and at the time you got £2.50 call credit with a further £7.50 upto 28 days after registering your phone. Charges: I know this isnt directly related to the phone but though it might be usefull. I am on the smartstep tariff. I pay 25p for first 3 mins of calls each day, after it reduces to 5p per minute. First 3 txts are 12p then reduced to 9p. Features: Exactly what you would expect from any phone eg- sms, alarm, phonebook, call register. It also has WAP facillity but I have never used this so cant comment. Ease of use: If you simply want to call someone it is really simple, but if you want to end a txt then it can be frustrating. Some people love the dial at the side but I hate it. Basically instead of pressing a key repeatedly to scroll through the available letters you have to press the key and rotate the dial at side. This is finicky. It also has suggestive texting so as you are typing it brings up possible words which you have to scroll through, this drives me nuts. I am sure their is a way to remove it but the instructions dont say and I cant for the life of me figure it out. The dial has to be used for movement between the menu functionc too. Battery life: this is actually good, not as good as the current Nokia's but not bad. If just
left on then it will last about 3.5 days. Full useage (eg txting and calling regulary) you will get about 1-2 days dependant on how much you hammer it. Other moans about this include the fact that if you do let the battery run out completely then once charged you have to re-set the date and time as it reverts to midnight jan 1st 2001 for some unknown reason.
The Sony CMD-J70 is overall a good phone. I am not really pasionate about phones but when I saw this phone I thought to myself, ?that?s mine!.? This phone has everything that I need and if you are going to potential buy this phone, I personal suggest you do. The phone has WAP, a very handy jog dial, and probably the best thing is you can store 500 numbers on your phone plus whatever your sim card holds. Also it quite a light phone yet at the same time will not break if an accident occurs. However it isn?t the perfect phone, despite being some what prone to being scratched it is also very hard to get your hands on a car charger for it. It took me ages to locate one. Found it in the link in the end. The buttons on it a very slick and don?t get pressed in your pocket that much, comes with calculator a t9 word predictor, (very handy or a pain in the backside). The phone is perfect unless you are a bit of gadget lover because it has no colour screen, camera or radio. But then again the solution is that colour doesn?t matter, disposable camera and a pocket radio! This was a top of the range mobile phone when it first came out in about March 2002. I lapped it up in June and it was still ahead of the rest, not one of my friends disliked any part of it. Anyway I really hope I have given you sufficient amount of information to make your own decision. Thank you for taking the time to read this review. Thanx Dave
this phone has everything one would want. its got all the latest features.With it's easy to use 'jog dial' navigation the J70 is an improvement on the popular J5. It's sleek, silver, ultra-modern exterior is accentuated by the new internal antenna and also contains an integrated hands-free loudspeaker leaving both hands free while on a call. Combined with a powerful phonebook, WAP, games and much more, the J70 has a great range of features. I think if this phone was a nokia it would have been a massive hit.
Well hi there. I'm going to give a short review of the Sony CMD-J70. I'm new to dooyoo, and this is only my second review, so give me a chance ok ... Oh and I'm not going to go into much detail on the specifications of the phone, it seems other people have done this already. In my opinion the CMD-J70 is a lovely phone indeed. Now I only got this phone because when i signed up for my contract it was one of the free ones, but I'm glad I got it, it's the best mobile I've had. It has everything a phone should have, it makes phone calls (would you believe it?), it sends text messages, it has a pretty big phone book (i don't know how big it is exactly), it can store a sufficient amount of text messages (20 in the inbox, 10 in the outbox). Of course it has games on like any other mobile phone these days - the only game i've actually played on it is a rather bizarre game where you're a monkey in a tree and you have to throw bananas at another monkey trying to knock them out of their tree before they do the same to you. Quite odd, but ammusing nonetheless. Anyway moving swiftly on - not only does the CMD-J70 do all this, it does so much more too! It has wap, as many phones do now, but I like the CMD-J70's wap interface more than many other phones. One of my favourite features of it though is the ability to record your own ring tones and event sounds - every time I get a text message now, my phone chirps "pete, pete, pete" in my friends voice. As for the general design, it looks nice, it's quite ergonomic (oooh, big word) and it's pretty hardy too (though it does rattle as the battery is slightly loose) So, in conclusion, this is a very nice phone, it does everything you need and more. For but a fraction of the price of many other phones around these days (why people want to spend 170 quid on a phone ... when they're on contract ... I can never understand). So if your ol
d phone exploded, or you want to get away from Nokia's (I did), then this is as good a choice as any. Thanks for reading. Peace.
As many have said, this product has many great features, and as they say on TV, "The price is right". It is as one reviewer mentioned fair to compare this against the 3310. My friend has the 3310 and its about the same size, although that product does eem sturdier. My J70 already has a scratched fascia after little use. However, this phone has three features that lift it head and shoulders above any phone of similar pricing. These are features that are ESSENTIAL for a mobile user (unlike wap, ringtones, screensavers and other crap). 1. CALL QUALITY I can confirm by a UK Mobile Magazines opinion on the transmitted and received audio. Nothing short of superb. Crystal clear and as good as a landline. 2. SIGNAL STRENGTH Holds a better signal than my rock-solid 6150 and my friends 3310. Enough said. 3. BATTERY LIFE I have seem quotes of 330hr standby and up to 9hrs (yes 9!) talktime. Suffice to say I am a heavy user and can get around 5-6hrs talktime or around 9 days of standby. The TOP 3 negatives in my opinion are: 1. INTERFACE Give me Nokia anyday, the jogwheel is OK, but not as great as one might imagine. 2. RINGTONES The supplied ringtones are AWFUL, make the phone sound like an ice-cream van, and will invoke sniggers from anybody around you if you are unfortunate enough to let it ring. I'm not into Downloading new ring tones but I bet many people will make the effort just to get a NORMAL ring-tone. The recordable deature is OK, but recording my friends 3310 standard Nokia tune wasn't too successful. 3. BUILD QUALITY Plastc, plastic and plastic, and not high strength either. Put this in a good leather case though and who cares? -- I also purchased from CarPhoneWarehouse on an 02 PAYT deal, the phone supplied was in an unbranded network box and the phone is NOT locked as I put in my Virgin (and my friends Or
ange) card OK.
Right, My names Lee - going by all the other opinions which pretty much repeat all the functions, I'll just tell you my story. My 1st ever fone was a Sagem on Vodafone PAYT and loved it but was it basic - still going though ! I then got pretty much all the others that came out but stopped and sold the last Sagem when a friend offered me' a 7110 - absolutely brill phone slightly too heavy though but a great texter' either way ! Even though it was the 1st WAP phone around the CMD - J70 is far quicker and you can use t9 whilst on the WAP which is boon if your PAYT !!!. So about a month back the good ole' "71" started too lose the signal and go off sometimes (I'd had two replacements) so a new phone was in order ! I've had my Sony now for just on a month the first locked and as I was away and having bought it in the Car Phone Warehouse (Liverpool) and was on a break in London (crazy place?) I didn't realise that I could have taken it to any branch to get replacement. So having got one - the 1st one was displaying "insert sim" = this happened if it couldn't get a signal or was searching for a decent one ! This replacment phones been ok, god help CPWH if it does error as they run a replacement service upto a month from buying your item and as I'm over that month - I'll be getting my money back and buying another one as it is a good phone. One thing I will mention is that what I learnt via a Nokia engineer is when a shop tells you to charge your phone for "14-16" hours ! is incorrect and you can fault the phone this way. So only charge as the instruction booklet advises - I've yet to find an instruction booklet that does say this. The pictures msg's can also be sent to Ericsson's as a friend has one and he receives them, not to sure on the tunes though. Another down side is the fact the phone has to be on to have the alarm activate or is that pure lo
gic ? I would have liked more wallpapers and as the market is very strong than the two you get. the charging facility is good as its based on a top-up situation rather than a charge up scenario. The ring tones can be low BUT I wear mine on my belt in a leather case so that will muffle sounds either way ! Yet you won't miss the tones on offer, they are very different to Nokia's regular and boring offer's. I personally think the phones very good ! and would recommend to anyone. I bought mine sim free also which comes with the handy situation of being unlocked. Sony have pulled Nokias idea of the roller and carried it away...to grreat effect ! ;o)
To bracket me in with the achingly fashionable kids who Nokia have come to live from would be akin to dropping Bernard Manning into a room with Nelson Mandela to see if they got on. For two years I owned a Motorola brick and only recently upgraded, forcibly due to my own inability to keep the damn thing in my pocket, to a shiny new Sony J70. Your criteria for choosing this phone will probably be similar to mine - a lighter phone, something new-ish but not in the very top price bracket, the few genuinely useful features to have appeared over the last few years. I wanted something small and light, no more than £100, that can send a ten-word message without pressing a key eight times just to get a 't'. For most intents and purposes the J70 fits these criteria well. Its length is very similar to the well-known Nokia 3310, the standard by which all others are best measured. It betters it in the width and 'chunkiness' departments being nicely slim and compact and fits into even the tightest jeans pocket, something I've found important as walking around with an unsightly bulge in my pocket is banned under my rehabilitation order. Physically it has a metallic-looking silver front and grey back; nothing spectacular but quite sleek and definitely nothing to be ashamed of in front of your image-conscious friends. While visually appealing, the main problem I have found with its physical design and layout is the contradiction between the rotating wheel used to navigate through menus, which is on the upper-left hand side of the phone, and the keypad which is across the lower half of the front. For right-handed users, the standard grip of the phone will see you cupping the phone in your palm with your right index finger on the wheel and your thumb naturally resting around halfway down the front, from whence the problem arises: you cannot physically keep your thumb on the wheel while using the keypad. The classic manifestation of the p
roblems this creates is when creating a text message; first you navigate through the menus with the wheel, then slide the phone up your hand so your thumb can reach the keypad, then back down to use the wheel to move around your message and edit it, then back up to type a little more. After a while you forget how often the phone is leaping around your palm, until your thumb starts aching from over-use. The menu system is mostly graphical, the main menu using a circular 'wheel' of options through which you spin the actual wheel to travel through. A novelty at first, within days I longed for the simplicity of the 3310's two buttons and simple text menus; I still cannot instantly recall in which direction you need to spin to get to a particular option. The wheel 'feature' strikes me more as a nice idea in concept, but poor in application. This phone is marketed towards teenagers but the presumed logic behind the wheel, that teenagers will tolerate or enjoy the wheel, is surely flawed; teenagers want to type a message as quickly as anyone else and really, the wheel is always more of a hindrance than a help when using the J70. This phone is not packed full of novelty features, and will not appeal to anyone looking for a phone more of a status symbol than something you talk into. The games it offers are truly appalling, something agreed upon by myself, my eight year-old sister, my twelve year-old sister and my mother, and from what I have read just about everybody else on the mobile planet. The alarm clock, the one feature I was surprised to find handy, is hidden away five clicks down so the common tasking of switching it on or off quickly becomes repetitive. This really sums up the J70; it has the potential to be a very nice device but the best parts are hidden away by clutter and silly features. The famous 'record your own ring tone' feature is somewhat over-stated; record in mediocre quality a two-second burst
, whi ch can the be set up to play when you receive a call or a message. Again, it is a novelty feature; after three or four silly recordings I found myself back using the standard ring tones, simply because you want to be able to hear when your phone rings and the gruff tone of three male voices shouting in unison is not particularly distinctive. There are numerous niggling problems with the Sony J70, none of them devastatingly bad but all consistently irritating. The keys are a little shallow and prone to sticking, slowing down fast text typists. They are also accidentally pressed nine times out of ten as you take the phone out of your pocket, meaning you can't see the time without pressing the cancel button. It sounds minor, but when you're doing it on every occasion you want to know the time, every day, it quickly becomes maddening. The keypad backlight is poorly designed, falling in the abyss between lighting the keys so you can see them and over-lighting them so they suffer from glare in any lit conditions and the characters on each key become a blur. The predictive text feature does not match up to Nokia standards, offering a bizarre mix of unknown words while not recognising others. Probably the most irritating fault with the phone is its inability to vibrate and ring simultaneously. Whereas Nokia phones can be left with both on, so you notice calls whether the phone is in your pocket or on the table, with the J70 you must always remember to set it to vibrate or ring, respectively. Quite often you'll take the phone out of your pocket and leave it on the table without a thought; only when you pick it up later noticing the missed calls you didn't hear because, well, the phone was still set to vibrate rather than ring. It really is a very silly fault and greatly detracts from the other values the J70 has to offer. In the six months I've been using it, one or two of these nice features have come to prominence; t
he genuinely long-lasting battery life, running for a week at a time at minimum; the size, which is literally handy; and, well, that's where the distinguishing features end. In all other respects it is a very suburban phone, fitting in quite nicely and doing its job fairly happily without ever sparkling or winning real affection. Essentially, the Sony J70 is a poser, a pretty boy hiding a host of character flaws behind a polished look. It functions adequately without ever exceeding yet gains recognition more for its problems than successes. With the advantage of hindsight, I would not pay close to £100 for this phone again, or, for that matter, any other Sony model. It is passable as a second-hand upgrade from your previous older phone, but for the price asked for it as new you'll find yourself becoming irritated with the Sony J70 on the double.
OK, sorry for all you SonyEricsson fans out there but... What a load of pants the J70 is. I got mine (and so did my Dad) in Feb 2002 and I was getting on really well with it, loved the polyphonic/Harmony melodies, easy sms and all the other things it does but... 6 weeks ago it all went wrong and the phone stopped (well ok it froze) so I was used to this from having several Nokias so I did the usual, remove the battery and start again, but time and time again it froze, then to add insult to injury the frelling speaker stopped and when the phone rang all you could here was the speaker pulsing, so with the phone being under a year old I took it back to the carphonewarehouse and then kindly sent it back to SonyEricsson and I waited 4 weeks for it to come back (and I didn't have a backup phone for that time). The I got a nice call from CPWH and was told my phone was back. So when I got there they ran me through what had been done (software update) and that was all they had done. So off I went home and when I turned the phone back on..... it FROZE. So back I went to the CPWH and they sent it back again and it's been 2 weeks and I wait to see if I get another software update. And low and behold the same thing happened to my Dads J70 so went back to get "repaired" and he's been waiting 5 weeks as they replaced the speaker and did a software update and yet he's still waiting for it. I know my bitching seems to be pointed at The Carphonewarehouse but it's meant for Sony bloody Ericsson. My Dad has got so fed up with waiting for his phone he went and got the new Samsung T100 and loves it to bit (now thats what I call polyphonic tones and all 16 voices of them). I know several other people out there thats had the same thing go wrong with thier Sony's. Save your money and get a real mobile phone (Sagem MY X-5 or Samsung T100. Oh just one last thing that poped into my head at 00.36am, the shape of the J70 would make a v. good door wedg
e for letting that fresh air flow through the house :) It won't let me put it in the price thing but I paid £99 for it on T_Mobile and I think i was upto £30 more on other networks. Ok just read some on the comments left by some people and I would like to add these few additional comments. Firstly, Carphonewarehouse have been really good with the problems and have themselves been a fed up with the length of time it takes SonyEricsson to sort the phones out, and CPWH want the phones sorted as much as I do. My dads phone came back the other day and so far everything seems to working fine on it as they replaced the speaker and microfone and did the usual software updates. Then in the phones favour, massive phonebook 700, good clear 4 grey scale screen and it was one of the first phones out with polyphonic and harmony melodies and you can send pictures messages with the same melodys but only to other compatable SonyEricssons, can't comment on the WAP thing as I haven't used it since I got a Motorola V100 and didn't go much on WAP. You can record your own sounds for ringtones (3 for main ringer at 10 seconds each) and 5 event sounds (2 seconds each, for SMS, alarm etc) but these eat in the in-phone phonebook (but then again my sim card holds 200 names and numbers) ,built in handsfree via the speaker and normal headset handsfree. I do like the menu setup (floating circles). You can also add your own wallpapers to customise your phone. I also like the satin silver finish on the phone and you can get different covers for it from a well known auction site for £9.99. On the accessories from there isn't much around for it, but I have been told the J5 and J6 are compatable as there is no real difference between them. Sorry for the long review but ther are loads of good points and loads of bad points to this phone. Final update on my phone. I got it back about 2 weeks ago and thought I would give it a bit of a test run and
all seems to be fine with it now... according to CRS (repair company for CPWH) when they did a software update on the phone it hadn't gone through right so thats why it was still playing up. So now I am on the lookout for a new phone (should have kept my 7110).... Anyone wanna buy a Sony CMD-J70??? e-mail me :P
The first UNfavourable review of this phone - and a complete contrast to others' experiences, from the looks of it. I have a Sony J70e from Orange - I don't know if the "e" makes a difference but from the photo & descriptions in the other reviews it seems to be the same model. I got mine free on upgrading and extending my Orange contract for a year. It looks nice, shiny silver, and it's fairly small and light, with no visible aerial. That's it. There are some other pros (see below) but those advantages are available on other models/brands, and to me are far outweighed by the cons. Reasons NOT to get this phone: - it's very hard to hear anything in all but the most quiet surroundings, even with the volume turned up to max. That's the biggest bugbear for me. What's the point of having a mobile where you can barely hear the person you're trying to talk to? - handsfree speaker, HAH! It's bad enough trying to hear anything when it's jammed into my ear. - reception on this model in some areas is very bad. It's the phone not the network. My friend who has the same phone has huge trouble trying to get a signal in Wiltshire on Orange yet her dad who has a Motorola Orange phone in the same house has no difficulty at all. - you can record your own ringtones but it's hard to record anything which is sufficiently loud to be heard ringing without its sounding distorted, and the inbuilt ringtones are, excuse me, crap. You can't download any new tones, or even enter a sequence of scale tones if you're musically minded. - the handsfree kit you get for it from Orange (NOT free with the phone, the stingy sods, you have to buy it separately) doesn't work very well, it's crackly and (the old refrain) hard to hear anything on it. I tried a few, but they were all bad. - the car charger (which again I had to get separately from Orange)
doesn't work at all - I went through 3 different units, including a supposedly upgraded model, before giving up. - I hate not being able to assign quick-dial codes (where you press a special key then a short number like 2) to exactly the phonebook entries I want. When my SIM card was transferred to the new Sony, it shuffled them into the order it felt like (different from my original order of course, eg I used to have 2 for my home phone, 3 for the office, 4 for my best friend etc), and there is NO way of changing the order short of deleting and re-entering ALL the short code items, no thank you very much. So no more short code dialling, as I don't have time to memorise the new codes. - for what it's worth, I'm not sure (if there's anything to the microwave risk theory) about the radiation issue. A friend claimed (with another make of mobile phone) that her ear would get hot if she had to use it for more than a few minutes. I always laughed at her because I'd never noticed anything (with previous phones that I used). But with this one, I've noticed my ear getting oddly hot too. Weird that. Maybe I just got saddled with a duff phone and should try to get it swapped under the guarantee, given that some other people think the sound quality etc is good? No - I got two phones together with my flatmate as part of the deal. Hers is just as bad. I find it hard to believe that BOTH of them are duff. Or maybe it's Orange...? OK, so it's a WAP phone with decent sized screen, it has a good jog-dial feature which is a clever way of accessing the menu (but nowhere near as intuitive and fast as Nokia menus), it has a reasonable capacity phone book. And there's a way of attaching a picture and short tune (limited ONLY to the ones that come with the phone) to others who have the same phone - but it's no good if they have another make or model of mobile, and you get fed up of the rather naff s
upplied pictures & tunes after a while anyway. Yeah it was free, but you can get m much better phones free with your contract. The standby time and talktime's not bad, but what's the use if you can't hear who you're talking to properly? I've had Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia phones. I'm never going to try a Sony again (though I might just about consider the joint venture with Ericsson). Face it, most third party accessories (eg neat hand wind-up chargers, downloadable ringtones etc) are going to sell stuff only for those 3 market leading brands. Next upgrade, as soon as my contract expires, I'm switching as fast as I can to one of those - probably Nokia, probably next year's version of the Communicator.
Since none of my favourite things [ok, so two] are deemed 'unfavouritable' with the powers that be down at Dooyoo HQ, it's time for idodoyou to kill two birds with one stone, or should I say op. Firstly, Jill .... this is for you. And all my best wishes for you and yours. Secondly. In order to instil some hope into the guide of this category and to try and 'bump' up his opinion of the opinions within his category ... Paul, this is for you too. March 2002 saw me become the proud new 'mummy' of a tinsy winsy teeny tiny little thing and there were smiles all round. Alas, as with most new things that finds its way into my eager grasp, my relationship with the a tinsy winsy teeny tiny little thing was not meant to last, and so, a couple of weeks ago, the little cute guy, a Samsung A300e, went up for adoption on eBay [netted me a tidy sum] and I was 'toyless' until a trip into the city reunited me with joy. Y'see, I'll admit it, I'm a sad case. I love gadgets. I love small and sparkly things, that make noises and lets me makes noises. I like mobile phones. And when, with a fist full of readies, a skip in my walk and a twinkle in my eye, you just know there's one place I'm headed. In this case, it was the Orange shop in the Castle Mall, Norwich. I'd done the usual. Had a look around a few sites at the specs. Had a perusal through Dooyoo. And had pretty much made up my mind that I wasn't going to be coming home phoneless. I was gonna get me one of them there Sony phones!! Weighing in, although, hardly weighing anything at all, the Sony J70 is a mere 92g. Why, you hardly know you've got it. Although, it maybe light, but compared to some, it's not particularly small for its weight, with measurements of 113 x 44.4 x 21.5 mm. I'll admit, I usually plump for the 'smallest' in the shop [unless we are talking cream cakes?]
and so I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that although there's a small increase in size for me and my phone, size really isn't important [you listening guys?] The J70 is a classy looking piece of kit. A brushed silver fascia holds the keys while the rim around the ample and clear screen is shiny. The main reason I was attracted to this phone was its staying power. There's nothing worse than getting cut off at that crucial moment is there? Under optimum conditions the battery, a standard Li-ion, offers talk time up to 3.5 hours, while the stand by time is a whopping 8 [that's right 8] days. Since I've had this phone [2 weeks] it's been on charge twice. The battery does not lyeth! If I'm to be honest, the other reason that this phone happened to appear on the idodoyou list of 'must haves' was the ring tone ability. Instead of the basic 'plinkity plunkity, bleeperty bleep' ring tones that virtually every other phone emits at the most inoppurtune time, the J70 will make your ringing phone stand out from all the rest. Its polyphonic y'know! And sounding more like an Ice Cream van it has thrown my nephew into 'lolly wanting' rages on two occasions. Eek. I'll agree, maybe sounding like a walking Walls van is not the cool [ice cream .... Cool .... Get it ;-)] thing to do .... But I'm loving it! If you, and I say if knowing that you all would, want to change your ring tone, you can either choose one of the 20 that it comes with, or record your own! Oh yes, there's no need to have any ring tone at all. If you so wish, record something off the TV, off your stereo or just shout into the thing. You have a whopping 10 seconds to record, or shout your stuff, so there should be more than enough time to yell the words 'Oi, ya phones ringing sexy'!! You've all been on the bus, or the train when a message comes through right? As soon as the high p
itched screech of 'doo doo. doo doo' pierces the air, watch arms frantically scrabble for phones as minds are racing, 'I've got a message, I've got a message'. You've been there right? I can see the heads nodding ... There's no frantic scrabbling with the J70. There is a whopping 16 choices to choose from, all sounding along the lines of the Walls van. When that message comes through, it's all yours .... While in the Sounds menu, you can change, or switch off all manner of alerts for all manner of options. Alarm, when you turn on and when you turn off. Of course, with the ring tone and record your own thing, it applies here as well, and so 'turning on your phone could be greeted with 'Hello Sexy', or something equally as complimenting. The biggest difference between the J70 and other phones on the market today is the revolutionary 'Jog Dial Menu'. Instead of the basic 'key pressing menu' that are really, quite boring [when you've 'jogged' for a while] the J70 comes equipped with a wheel built in/on the right hand side. With one click it takes you into the menu and with a slight flick of the finger [or thumb, depending on how you hold it!] the menu options are shown on the screen. The graphics are really quite nifty, although at 96 x 92 pixels, we are hardly talking real quality, but I could spend all day 'flicking' the wheel and watching the menu change [as I said .... Sad case!] The main menu that the J70 offers can pretty much be found on several of the phones out there today. However, there are one or two little added extras that all go to make this phone a cut above the rest. The phone book speaks for itself. As well as your 90 space SIM card [depending on SIM card of course] there is a chance for a whopping 500 entries on the phones memory. If you happen to have made use of all those 500 spaces you're bound to want to organise them aren't y
ou? Ok, well stick them into 'caller groups'. Not a new concept I grant you, but, as well as adding them to caller groups, you can add pieces of information about your contacts in the form of a PhoneBook Note!! Highlight a number, and lo and behold, it could open a whole wealth of information about the owner of that number .... Birthday, email address, mobile number etc, etc. All throughout the menu, instructions on how to add, edit, view or basically delete information is provided on screen, and setting up any option on the phone is child's play [well, I can do it!] Sending text messages is simple. Of course, if you want to 'pep' your messages up a bit, it's easy to do with 'picture messaging' and 'attaching tunes' . Unfortunately, as easy as it is, it probably pointless unless your mates have a Sony phone too because at present the tune and picture attaching is only compatible with other Sony's. Tsk. As with most other phones on the market, the bog standard text options apply such as 'predictive input'[I hate that thing ... Can I get the hang of it .... Nope!] and 'templates'[always send ther same message? Don't bother to keep typing it out. Save it and send it again and again] One of the biggest 'playability' options that this phone offers is the WAP function. With the necessary information typed in, you can be WAPPING around the web in no time. This is where the big screen is a real bonus. Not only is WAP a way of communicating but if you so desire, you can e-mail [via your own email account] or fax. The email is easy to set up, and to save money and time, you can write your mails 'off line' and send later. You can also receive e-mails too but they can not be more than 2000 characters long and of course, you can not download attachments either. The J70 comes with several other little offerings that all go to make this phone a must h
ave for the 'busy people' [or the ones like me who like to 'play'] of the world. There's a Scheduler that will remind you of the stuff that you've scheduled. Little icons and editing facility makes this options great fun, and there's really no need to ever miss a Birthday ever again [unless you didn't schedule it in the first place? [boy are you in trouble!] The clock is as all other clocks are. It tells the time. But this one is better. Its a world clock. If you want it shown on screen at all times, you can. If you want the date shown you can. If you are in Tenerife and you want to know the time there and here, you can. It's nifty. It's cool. The calculator is a ... calculator. It answers your sums without hesitation. Of course, if you're expecting any thing more than the basic +-x and dividing options ? you'll be disappointed. We're not talking scientific y'know! On 'flicking' in to the games menu, it felt weird not to be greeted with Snake, the old Nokia firm favourite, but, the 4 that are on offer all offer oodles of fun and lashings of time wasting. Bananas ~ PicPuz~ MindBlaster and Sand Art. And all are simple to play. Of course, and it's nothing new, but you have the usual Call History function. Who'd ya ring? Who rang you? How long did they talk to you? How long did you talk to them? All simple stuff, but to the individual useful and a much used option. Under the Settings menu heading, you can set your language, any wallpaper you might want [a relatively new concept] whether you want the back light on or off, the contrast of your screen, and head towards the Memory sub heading, and you can find out how many numbers you've got stored and where. Call setting is your basic 'any key answer', 'redial', call timers', I'll be honest, I've been a Nokia girl for many a year now, but it's only recently
I fell off the rails. Quality was always the main reason I'd have one of their offerings poking out of my top pocket, and I'll admit, finding far less superior quality in other branded phones was always a fear of mine. However, my fear has been wasted on this occasion. There seems to be no lack of quality at all. I've read reviews on this phone where people have complained that this phone is quiet and that they have missed calls, but as I haven't and have heard all my calls, [even in HMV] I can only assume that they are either deaf or hide their phones in their bags under towels! Failing that, I'm secretly Superwoman and I have supersonic hearing but that?s very doubtful!! I thought that there might be a dip in reception since there's no aerial [nothing to poke the sticky out bits on a girls anatomy, thank god!] and it's not a Nokia [a yardstone for all future phones I'm afraid] but nope. I speak, I'm heard. They speak, I hear them. Of course, the quality of reception is all down to the network provider [I'm with Orange] but even so, with only one of the four bars that are usually shown to show coverage, the quality of call did not deteriorate at all. In order to paint an honest and true picture of the Sony J70 it's only fair that I mention the one little tinsy winsy thing that p****s e off with this phone. But as I say, it's only small, but annoying all the same. When entering numbers into the phone book, for some reason, it enters them twice. You follow the instructions as to where you want to put your contact [SIM or phone memory] and then, it ignores your instructions and it puts the contact in both thus creating two entries instead of the one!! Really nothing to get het up about, and no doubt, further fiddling will bring a stop to this double creating thing but until that time arrives .... Arghhhhh!! All in all, I'd recommend this phone. It's cheap, [unde
r £100] or free on certain pay monthly tariffs, it sounds great, and it looks good. It lets you ring people. And it lets people ring you. It does what it says on the box and does what a phone is supposed to. I mean, it is just a phone, but at the moment, and call me shallow but .... it's my favourite thing! "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."
I got this phone free with a contract from O2 as my Nokia 6150 was on it's last legs. I wanted something abit more individual than nokias, which everyone seems to have, and also this phone was free with an excellent tariff. I founf it amazingly simple to use, it looks a lot harder than it is. It has vibra alert, a range of excellent ring tones, the ability to record your own ring tones and message alert tones. The only problem that I can see is that the ringer doesnt get very loud, a problem fo rsome people might be the fact that you won't be able to bring your logos and novelty ringtones from nokia.Shame. The reception is amazing, very similar to being on a landline. It's very easy to use, the menu is operated by a jog dial and clicking it in selects an option. The messageing is excellent the predictive text is so much easier to use than Nokia's as the suggested words are displayed on the bottom. I recommend this phone to everyone
Good value for money and great if you don't want to follow the crowd. - Advantages: Recordable ringtone, Ease of use, Attractive and unique design - Disadvantages: Does not ring AND vibrate, Cannot be heard in noisy environments, Boring games and no snake!
Here is a review of the Sony J70. Before I got this phone, I looked at various websites to find out people's opinion on the phone. I've had used several mobile phones - the Motorola mr30, the nokia 3210 and nokia 3310. In my review I will be comparing the J70 with the Nokia 3310, which is one of the most common phones around. Below are the plus and minus of the J70 over the 3310. Advantages & Disadv. ==================== Small size & light - the phone is smaller and lighter (about 90grams) than the 3310 making it much easier and more comfortable to carry around. This is one of the main reasons I got the phone. Good build quality - the phone is well built. It looks professional and easily stands out against the 3310. Nice. Intuitive menu - Like the Nokia, the Sony has an intuitive menu. My definition of intuitive is you don't need the menu to figure out how to use the phone. You can pretty much start using the phone straight away. Though i recommend at least reading the manual thru once to truly understand how to use the phone as some things are a little different to the Nokia (as you might expect) Also, the menu system is as fast as the Nokia. For those of you who have an Ericsson you know what I mean. You won't need to wait after accessing any menu items. It's got WAP - well, most phones like the newer 3330 has got wap... but i guess if you have the 3310 this would be a plus point. WAP is useful if you want to chk say, the formula1 results or weather forcast but if you want to use it to surf like you do on the computer, i think u should think again. I don't think it is meant for that kind of thing due to its limited bandwith. Good buttons - the phone has good buttons. When you press them, you know you are pressing them. They give good feedback to the user. Jog dial - like most sony products, the phone has a jog dial to allow you to go thru the menus quicker. This
is true to a certain extent. You see, the jog dial is on the left hand side of the phone. So, for a right handed person like me the most comfortable position to hold the phone is using the left hand. No much of a problem though but I think it would much better to just have a jog dial or jog stick on the keypad itself. However, after some time you get used to the jog dial. In this respect the 3310 buttons are much better placed and thought of. Polyphonic sound - because of this, the phone's ringer is quite nice - kina like the sound you'd get from earlier game consoles. The are lots to choose from and it is sure to make people notice your phone. You can have specific ringer and sound (eg. for sms) as well. However, the phone does not have a composer like the Nokia. So if you like composing your own music, you will be disappointed. You can add sound to the J70 but you have to buy a data cable and get appropriate software. With it, you can compose and upload the new tune to your phone. Volume - the volume of the ringer does not go as loud as the 3310. So make sure you put it right up. You should however, be able to hear the phone ringing in most instances. Vibra alert - Like the 3310 the J70 can also vibrate. However, it is a little weak. Unlike the 3310 which can rattle itslef of the table. Though my wife prefers the J70 vibrate to the 3310. However, the sony does not allow you to use the ringer and vibrate at the same time. An oversight on the manufacturer's side? Email - you can configure the phone to collect email from a pop3 account. I haven't tried it yes so i cannot comment. Note thought that the size of the email must be less than 2kb. The phone has a calendar which is quite useful. It also has a calculator which i think is much better than the Nokia. The phone book takes 500 numbers! There is also a timer and world clock. The later being quite useful esp. if you go travelling. Games - the
re are 3 games... i think. I don't play much games even on the Nokia. So, this isn't too important to me. However, compared to the nokia, the games are not very interesting. I am sure Sony could have come up with better games. You can also use the phone as a modem with a data cable and software. Though you will be limited to 14.4kbps. Don't know how useful the phone will be as a modem but i forsee most people won't be using this feature. The sound quality is very good. So is reception. I think sound quality is better than the 3310. And reception it is either a little better or the same as the 3310 which is sufficient. Wallpaper - you can change the wallpaper of the phone. 3 are available. Like the ringer, you can add more wallpaper using a data cable. These are avaialable quite cheaply on Ebay.co.uk for about £8.00. Battery life - as long as the 3310... which is more than enough On the whole I am quite satisfied with the phone. If I had a choice between the 3310 and the J70, i would definitely choose the j70. So too would my wife. Hope this review will be useful to those who are interested in the J70.
Quiet at the back, I'm going to do a consumer review. That means no crowns if it doesn't really cover the subject. OK? By all means if you feel that I've dealt with it in a witty, amusing AND informative manner, then go ahead, I'll have your £1.50 but there is a disturbing tendency of late for Dooyoo to award crowns just because the author is popular and turns a good phrase. Might be Jackbumpoo about the subject in it, even. A bad sign because we're all getting better and the money won't last! Got that off my chest so eyes down and read on... Anybody who's been reading me recently will know I've suffered some mobile hell courtesy of the good folk at BT/Genie and latterly Virgin. About the only positive aspect of the whole sorry affair was the fact that I got a new 'phone out of it and what's more it was free! Come on, I'm as mercenary as the next person, I'll have it if you're giving it away. As long as it's good that is. I'm all for maximum return for little effort in most things, mobiles being no exception. Although I will draw the line at being given a Nokia. Please, I have a soul. I write this on a Mac and I read the Independent. I even drive an English car. Sad aren't I? The CMD-J70 is among the latest offerings from the masters of all things small and shiny at Sony Corp. Or rather Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. And it's a fine and dandy little lump of plastic and silicon too. Now, most 'phones do roughly the same things now so rather than minutely examine every single function, I'm going to concentrate on where the Sony design scores and misses and on those functions which I, as a fairly basic 'phone user find either innovative or useful. First impressions when I took it out of its tiny little box for its inaugural fondle was that I was going to break it. I mean my last phone was a Philips C12 and while no housebrick, wasn't exactly a para
digm in minature technology either. The Sony could hide totally behind the C12, it's vitals being 133 x 44 x 21 mm and it weighs in at 92g (about 3.5 oz for those who can't cope with a system of measurement that's been around for longer than they have). Actually it has a nice solid compact feel to it; it's not small enough to lose easily and it has a presence in your breast pocket due to its weight. It's silver and grey in colour but if you want to change that, get your nail varnish out and paint on it. This is a functional gadget and not a pose. For those with average sized hands such as myself it fits snugly across your palm. There is no virtue in something being the smallest - they're only easier to lose - I'd rather the design was rendered so as to facilitate ease of use and here I think the Sony scores well. The 'phone is split equally in two - the top half being the earpiece/speaker and display plus the handsfree socket on the top right hand side (covered by a rubber flap) and the bottom the keypad and microphone. There are only 15 keys including the the call and receive buttons and they are evenly spaced out to enable even those with Cumberland sausage fingers to key effectively. This is made possible by the navigator key being on the side of the 'phone in the form of a jog/shuttle dial. This has been used by Sony before and I was initially a bit sceptical but it works and it works well. It just takes a bit of getting used to like every new thing. Count yourself very lucky if you can get something new and instantly feel as though you've had it for years. You can use this dial to do just about anything on the 'phone; it's the select and confirm key as well as the navigator and is nicely positioned to be just on the right index finger tip. The keys themselves are a sensible size, are nicely proud of the surface of the 'phone and click satisfyingly when pressed. I do have one small gripe with them
though. They are lit by virtue of the characters being cutaways and this sometimes makes them difficult to see under certain conditions as the backlight is a vivid green when enabled. Tip - in daylight, disable the backlight and save talktime. The display is a 4 grey scale hi-resolution graphic one of 92x92 pixels in 4 levels of contrast. This can work 6 lines of text which is handy WAP mode when browsing. Which I've only done once so don't expect a lot of guff on that as this op's about the 'phone, not Microsoft Mobile Explorer. Mobile internet services are accessed via the centre key on the keypad but be warned, power is eaten up at an alarming rate if you do access the WAP features because of the constant send required. Apparently also you can download different wallpaper but I've yet to find out how. It's not readily apparent from the website at www.sony-europe.com/J70 but I suspect you may need to have PC access. The display also includes a handy little graphic when you are accessing lists. A tiny marker scrolls down a column in the right hand frame indicating how much more of the list is to view. Can be useful if you can remember roughly where in the list you wish to go I'm not one for sounds and pictures; I'm not into wasting time and money downloading smutty pics and the theme from Star Wars. Anyway, you can only trade pictures with other J70 users and although there are a few graphics installed they are a bit daft and won't get any use from this quarter. There are more than enough sounds or tunes for normal everyday use and they come in nice mellow polyphonic tones and not that horrid Nokia startled screech-owl tone. You can assign different ringers for groups of numbers although you can't assign one tone to a single number. Well you can if you put a single number into a group such as "girlfriend" with its own tone such as "trance". It doesn't matter how many numbers are in a gro
up you see. What you can do rather well is record your own ringer sounds via the microphone. A colleague of mine recorded the two-tones from one of our company vehicles onto his 'phone and it was a startlingly good reproduction. Demonstrating this to a friend wasn't quite so successful as all I could think to record was Jimmy Nail singing "Crocodile Shoes" off the radio. Not exactly a true test of its capabilities. As for the vibrating ringer - don't expect any big thrills from a cunningly located J70. The vibrate alert does rather take some getting used to being as it resembles a Jew's Harp going off in your pocket or wherever. That's all you'll get though. Don't expect the accompanying bluegrass band - it's a tiny wimper of an alert and you'll probably miss it unless you've got it pressed up against your bare flesh. Quite frankly it's next to useless and I've missed several calls because of it. My old C12 in comparison used to make me physically jump sometimes with the ferocity of its vibrations. Sound quality is excellent. Quite the best I've ever encountered. The microphone is very sensitive and the earpiece is very clear. Volume control is via the dial. The speaker which is oddly enough located in the back and accessed by the centre key during a call, does not however have enough grunt to overcome loud background noise although it's adequate and may be audible in a quiet car if you turn the phone over onto its face. Got a lot of friends? 500 numbers can be stored on the 'phone memory and goodness knows how many more on your sim card. I'm on genie (shortly to be O2) and my sim card has enough space for 150 numbers. Jog the dial once from the home page and you're into the 'phone book. Hit S and you're into the esses. Scroll down with the dial press it in and you're connected. It's easy peasy. Or to dial the last number hit the call button twice.
Even easier. There is a handy little graphic which pops up whenever you store a name or number which tells you how much memory there is left. This can also be accessed from the "Settings" option from the main menu. T9 predictive text input is standard and will provide hours me duo. Sorry, of fun. The dictionary is huge and already includes common names and uncommon surnames as standard. It doesn't include alternatives for words such as "dual" (try it) either, so If you want to add to the dictionary, just come out of T9 via the star key, type in the word manually, re-enter T9 and the dictionary is automatically updated. No menu - up yours Nokia again! The text memory is equally as impressive. 20 in and 20 out. The inbox you'll have to manually edit but the outbox seems to edit itself. Deleting messages is almost failsafe as you get asked several times before you junk stuff whether you really do want to delete it. The yes option always involves an extra jog of the dial too so it's difficult to do by accident. You are able to send and receive emails as well as text although, again I've not set this up. You can access your own main email account as it were webmail if necessary or if on genie for instance, your account there. POP3 and SMTP are both supported and you will need the same parameters supplied by your ISP as you do when you configure your home or office email accounts. I'm not sure how this affects the phone's memory because as I said, I've not tried it, although it says mails of up to 2kb can be sent and received, including the header. Which is pretty large. You can only access unread emails from your own account and remember to log your PC out of your email account or you'll be unable to get anything. You can still read mails on your PC if they've been opened via the 'phone. You cannot though delete from the 'phone which would seem sensible enough although it means you have t
o go and access all that spam again at home before you dump it. I 've also used the alarm quite a few times but unlike I believe some Nokias, you have to leave the phone on. You also have to remember to set the sounds to on and not leave the vibrate function active - a gentle humming will arouse only the most sensitive sleeper. Alarm does not override any other setting, it just uses your default ringer if activated. Switching on the ringer is simple - an extended press of the answer key will enable you to toggle between silent, vibrate, single ring or continuous ring. For the anal, there are 4 games, Bananas - fruit wielding aggressive monkeys; Mindblaster - a code breaking game; PicPuz - one of those (to some) infuriatingly difficult sliding puzzles and Sand Art - a moving nozzle drops different colour sand into piles. I've tried that one and bored the pants off people. Last but not least, battery time. You've got up to 200 hours standby and up to 6 hours talk time depending on your network. These are pretty impressive figures and outperform many of the popular 'phones on the market and was one of the reasons I opted for this model. A full charge takes only a couple of hours. I've not covered everything here; I'd be here for hours. There's a 64 page manual for goodness' sakes and anyhow most functions are now pretty standard. I do have one minor worry though. Although the 'phone appears solid enough, I am slightly concerned about the strength of the casing around the jog dial. You depress the dial to select and you can hear a definite creak now and again when you do. Will it snap or part? I don't know. I've a few scratches on the silver casing from where I dropped it once and it survived that ok so I'm assuming it's pretty strong. All in all, I'm well pleased with it. It's a nice looking gizmo with some handy functions. It's certainly got some admiring
looks from colleagues and friends and appears to perform well, even in the depths of Sainsbury's. It's most definitely not a toy and to me this matters a lot. I really don't like being one of the herd so big up for Sony for creating a worthwhile small object of desire. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Specification: 4-greyscale high resolution graphical display Alarm Built-in modem Calculator with currency converter Data Communication via RS232/USB cable E-mail Games with sound Graphic world time clock Harmony ringer tones with polyphonic sound High quality speech codec EFR (+ FR/HR codec support) Integrated handsfree speakerphone Jog Dial Li-Ion battery technology Organiser Patch antenna Phone book with 500 entries Recordable ringer tones Screen Size: 96 x 92 pixels SMS with sound and pictures Standby Time: 200h (dependent on network and usage) T9? Text Input (T9? Text Input is a registered trademark of Tegic Communications, Inc.) Talk Time: 3h 20m - 6h (dependent on network and usage) Volume: 82cc WAP 1.1 browser Vibrating alarm Network: GSM 900 GSM 1800 Available colours: Silver Sizes: 133x44.4x21.5mm
The time came some months ago to finally retire my trusty Nokia 70110. We?d had some good times together, but I?d gotten tired of the unsightly bulge in my jacket and the rather kitsch flip front which had been so very cool when I had just seen ?The Matrix?. All in all, it was time for a new mobile phone. I won?t bore you with the details of my phone selection process, suffice to say that I was looking for a small attractive phone with WAP functionality, no flip front or face off and, I am ashamed to admit it, flash ringtones. I?m a bit ashamed to admit this, because I?m constantly afraid of turning into ?large phone man? from Trigger Happy TV or, even worse, one of those people who has awful renditions of current chart songs on their phone. Thank God the J70 was able to spare me from this! With these things in mind, here is my rundown on the Sony J70. Appearance and visuals : The J70 is a smart little phone with a nice silver and brushed chrome colour scheme. The screen is large enough to comfortably display WAP information (see below) and has an impressive resolution. The phone is very light, but doesn?t feel fragile. The battery cover does feel a little flimsy on this model though and easy comes off, scattering your battery and SIM card to the four winds if you are unfortunate enough to drop the phone. Functionality : All the usual functions are here, naturally, as well as the interesting addition of an email client capable of dialling into most ISPs and picking up email from your POP3 server. Although most business users will probably already have this sort of functionality via WAP links, this is a nice addition and turns the J70 into a ?true? internet phone by bringing both the Web (at least, the WAP version) and email into the palm of your hand. Setting up the email functionality is no more difficult that configuring your home email client, provided you know the settings for your ISP. The menu system is di
fferent to what most people will be used to, as nearly all the world seems to be using Nokia phones nowadays, but is actually very intuitive and very easy to use. The J70 has a wheel on the left hand side that you scroll through menus with, clicking in once to select or holding down to reverse back the way you came. This allows the phone to easily be used one handed, something that I found difficult with the 70110. Speed of WAP connections is excellent and I have not yet found any sites that fail to work, probably due to the use of Microsoft Mobile Internet Explorer (something usually only seen on handheld PCs) on this phone. SMS messages to other Sony models can now be sent with a picture and tune, a pretty useless function unless you know someone else with a similar model, but cool if you do ! Special mention should also be given to the predictive text input in the text messaging system. Not only is this, in my opinion, far superior to the system on the Nokia, boasting a larger vocabulary and much easier remedy for incorrect words and spellings, but has also cunningly been linked to all sections of the phone. This allows you to use predictive text input when entering information into WAP sites or emails, something that really increases the usability of both these functions. Well done Sony on this one! Call quality : Generally, calls on the J70 are clear and relatively crisp. Signal pickup seems good, stronger than most of the other phones in my office that sometimes seem struggle to maintain a link to the cell. The J70 also comes with an inbuilt speakerphone system, although this is a little fiddly to access as it only becomes available during a call. The one problem I have found with calls on my J70 is when I am using a hands free kit. I have so far tried a Plantronics headset and a generic brand, both of which have provided poor results. The main problem is that phone call echoes back at the other person?s end, s
o they hear not only themselves but also you all the time. This has made my J70, at the moment, unusable when I am driving. I am planning to pick up a Sony hands-free kit from my local Orange store soon and will update this review if this remedies the problem. Ringtones : For those of you who like to stand out in the crowd, the J70 could be the phone to have. In contrast to the traditional beeps that comprise ringtones on other phones, the J70 has a working polyphonic speaker (the same speaker that is used for the speakerphone) that can be used to turn any noise into a ringtone. At the moment I?ve got Dom Joly (Trigger Happy TV) shouting ?Hello! My phone?s ringing!? and everyone loves it ! Recording new ringtones, or sounds to replace the defaults used when messages arrive, is very easy indeed. The pickup is not great however, so you will need a quiet environment to do this. The only fault I have found with this is the sound from the phone is sometimes very quiet. The phone does have a vibrate function to help with this, but it is not as violent as the Nokia and can go unnoticed. My advice is to turn it up LOUD if you are in a noisy environment and have different ringtones ready for different occasions. Overall : This really is a great little phone. Packed with functionality and fun, it is a great answer to those people who think that Nokia are the only phone manufacturer on the planet and goes to show that cloning the big boys phones is not an instant guarantee of success. With a little care and attention to detail, Sony have produced a remarkable phone that is very reasonably priced.