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This phone is available in black or silver, mine being the silver version. Mine is currently on the generous £9 contract deal from 3 and I don't regret it as come October it will be my full time phone when I leave T-Mobile and sell my Blackberry. Yes you read that, SELL my Blackberry ;-)
This phone has:
2 megapixel camera
Instant messenger apps
Big colour screen
Photo and Video DJ (like a very very basic Photoshop and video editing program for both respectively)
TrackID - Identifying that song you just can't seem to name
Blogging from phone feature
Print camera pictures straight from a printer that is connected to the phone using a cable or Bluetooth (printer must be compatible).
Mine came in a very small box which made me smile as there was no unnecessary packaging, everything fitted in there very snuggly. I also got a jam packed instruction manual set out in plain English with some Sony Ericsson headphones. On turning the phone on the screen is very colourful and just right with brightness and I am greeted with a very colourful picture menu. The buttons are rather small (and I have tiny fingers) but I can still type quite fast using it. The ringtone is very clear and loud (adjustable) which is good so I can hear my phone ringing from downstairs.
It is very easy to put someone on hold then return to the original phone call. Play Now is like a little iTunes where you can play songs a bit before you buy them.
In the top left of the screen it clearly states whether you have a 3G signal or not and when using the internet it is very fast for a mobile signal. Impressive.
In the year that I have had it it has only had a tantrum on me once which was quite recently, the internet just refused to work so I removed the battery and replaced it and now I have had no problems since. This was a one off.
The battery life I will give a 8/10, once as it was my 'back up' phone, I left it at the side of my bed unused and it stayed alive and kicking for a week. Though as soon as I have a phone call it starts to decrease fast than I'd like.
My immediate opinion of this phone is that it is a budget business phone. Comparing it with a Blackberry; there is all sorts of chaos (and price) when ordering and setting up Blackberries for business (and personal) use, there are special settings and packages to be bought JUST on the basis that the phone is a Blackberry. This phone is simply Phone+package whereas Blackberries are Phone+Blackberry feature+package+internet package. What I love about this phone is that with my provider I can have push email for a fraction of the price elsewhere, I can faff with my photos and have the phone double up as an MP3 player. It also has Skype and Windows Live messenger on it, it is not a dumbed down version of messenger either, it is just as fast and just as colourful and includes the messenger sound when you receive a message. I will be choosing this phone over my current Blackberry come renewal! One thing I will say though is that Skype seems to echo when you talk and it does for almost everyone on 3 it would appear, you learn to ignore it but sometimes you stop mid-sentence to wait for yourself to finish your previous sentence as it gets distracting! This does not happen with normal phone calls though.
Pay As You Go - From online research I have found they sell brand new from £80-£120
Pay Monthly - The lowest contract I have found available for this phone was the £9 I am currently on which was an offer last year from 3, but is rarely found on contract these days.
I have had this phone for about a year now, so I'm quite familiar with its features, and for such a small thing it does have a few features! I will say that I have it on contract with 3 and have not had any problems with it, I suppose it depends on the area where you live and also you might get unlucky and land a faulty model, it happens. I had difficulty abroad with the connection to the internet on a couple of occasions, but it was in a notorious blind spot and it affected more or less every provider, so no big deal. Otherwise, the line is crystal clear and everything works as it should.My usage is rather low, I text very little and do not have many minutes, but the battery seems to last for a while on standby. The camera is not bad at all considering it's only 2.0 megapixels, and pictures come out fairly well in dimly lit rooms, but if you're after a proper camera phone, then this one obviously won't do. As a music player I think it's very good, it's probably one of its best features, tracks are easy to download and store( I get mine from my pc), and there is always the option to transfer them via Bluetooth. There is also a radio, which is something I like to have on my phone, and then there is the internet. Mine has an add-on, so I can browse freely and check my emails, but this is rather time consuming, the screen is nice and clear but it takes a while to navigate sites, it's much better for quick info like news or the weather. It comes with a few game demos but only one fully playable game, if I remember rightly, but then I am easily pleased and have become a little bit addicted to QuadraPop...It also has Messenger and Skype, but I have not used this last feature even though I registered for it. From what I have heard from other people, though, if you can live with a bit of an echo, it's good to be able to speak for free. In short, I would recommend it to someone who's looking for a reliable handset and also wants to listen to music and play a couple of games on it, but not to those who are into the latest gadgets and want to run apps and watch lots of videos. Personally, I am sticking with it for the time being.
This sony erricson is yet again similar to all the others. it holds a good camara considering it is only 2.0megapixels, it seems to take good qaulity pictures. It can hold some songs and has a good sound qaulity for these. The problem i have with phone is that it seems to freeze rather regularly. The manufacturer said this may be as ai have too much information on the phone so i deleted all of it yet it still freezes. However i have been dropping it accidently a few times recently nd it is still managing to keep going so i feel like it is good when it comes to wear and tear. The phone holds a variety of features including lots of games. However there is only one game you may play for free which is stored on the phone, and several are placed on the phone so you may try them for free then they charge you to use them so watch out! all in all a useable easy and efficient phone.
The G502 is another small, lightweight addition to the Sony Ericsson range of business-oriented mobiles.
I say business-oriented, it's certainly no substitute for a Blackberry or other smartphone, but it's aimed more at the business user than the SE Walkman range, for example.
Basic features include:
Quite large colour screen
PC sync (although my company doesn't support this feature for some reason)
2 megapixel camera (with video capture)
It also has a built-in FM radio and you can play games on it (essential for the travelling businessman...or maybe not).
It's a a smart looking, small & light phone and it looks suitably classy to not be embarrassed when using it for business. In fact, although it's a little 'vanilla', it's quite a nice looking phone, available in black/silver, silver/brown or red/black. The black/silver model being the most business-like option.
The usual excellent Sony Ericsson build quality. The keypad feels a little plasticky but nothing feels overly fragile and there are no obvious build quality problems, as I've come to expect from owning several SE phones in the past. I've now had the phone for over one year and it has no scratches, nothing is loose and everything works as well as the day I got it.
It feels old and clunky compared to the iPhone, but compared to similar phones from other manufacturers, the SE menu system is clear and simple to use. It gives access to all of the commonly used features and it won't take long to get used to at all. There are a number of short-cut options which can be customised to suit your own tastes.
A nice phone, with good battery life. I'd say it's excellent value for money (I don't quote prices because they vary so much depending on contracts, etc.) and I'm happy to have it as a work phone but I'm not sure I'd buy it as a personal phone as there are definitely better phones out there, be it other SEs or some of the better Nokias, but it's not bad at all.
*similar review published on ciao.co.uk with the same username*