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I lost my phone recently and was not due for an upgrade with my provider for another 6 months. I was therefore looking for a cheap phone that looks good with basic funtionality. When I saw this phone for under £30.00 in tesco I thought it would be ideal. Unfortunately not. I hate it!. This phone feels cheap and plastic. Sending a text message is a nightmare. The buttons are close too close together and often when texting you cannot help but make mistakes which is annoying and frustrating. I no cant be bothered texting as it is too much effort. Making a call isnt much easier either. THere seems to be no logical way to access your contacts and the answer phone button is so small i have often pressed the wrong one and cut people off.
The radio function seems pointless and when trying the speaker phone the speaker is crackly and frustrating.
The phone I lost was a sony Erricson and I loved it. This was the reason why I bought another sony erricson model. Dont be fooled - this phone is nothing like a good sony erricson phone. There must be better options than this.
Having the latest mobile phone isn't a priority for me, so when I had my phone stolen in October I was on the lookout for a cheap Pay-As-You-Go handset and came across the Sony Ericsson R300 on the Tesco Direct website. I liked the look of it and it had all of the features that I needed, so I went ahead and ordered it.
When it arrived I opened the box to find the handset & SIM card, instruction manual, quick start guide, handsfree kit, battery and charger. It was simple enough to set up and didn't take long to charge. I was able to investigate the phone whilst the battery was charging and soon got to grips with the features on the handset.
As the phone only cost in the region of £25.00, I was extremely impressed with the R300. It has all of the basic functions that you need - it obviously makes and receives calls and sends and receives text messages, which is mainly what I use it for, but it also has a couple of very addictive games, an okay-ish camera, FM/AM radio function, bluetooth, Triband (but not Quadband), calendar, stopwatch, alarm clock, timer, calculator and internet browser. Okay, so the camera doesn't have a flash and is only low resolution (0.3MP) and no the phone doesn't have an MP3 player integrated in it, but what do you expect from a low budget handset? The features are completely adequate for me personally and I wouldn't need anything else from a phone. According to the Sony Ericsson website, this phone weighs 75 grams and the battery life should give you in the region of 9 hours worth of talk time and up to 400 hours of standby time.
As with the majority of phones on the market nowadays, the phone's ringtone, message tone, wallpaper and screensaver can all be customised to make it more to your personal taste. There are a small number of ringtones to choose from in MP3 or MIDI format and you can also record your own message alert using the sound recorder feature. Wallpaper can be selected from a selection of pre-loaded pictures or you can choose a favourite picture from photos that you have taken. There is also a silent option and the phone also has a vibrate facility.
The phone is very user friendly and easy to use. All of the controls and options are found in logical places under clear menus including 'Messaging', 'Calls' and 'Settings' to name a few. It is easy to make a call and there are a number of shortcuts that help you get to the right section quickly. Text messaging is simple and you have the option to use either the multi-tap method or predictive text if you prefer.
If you are looking for an easy to use, inexpensive phone which has basic features, then I would recommend the Sony Ericsson R300. You can purchase the phone from Tesco.com for £29.12 on the Tesco Mobile network (price correct at 14/02/09).