* Prices may differ from that shownMore Offers
Reasonably priced internet accessable phone,bought as temp as main phone was faulty and waiting for it to be repaired.
It functioned well ,if slowly comperred to my XPERIA X8 ,was happy enough with all the functions.
If its speed forget it ,reasonable stylish (have the green and white).
This is a good basic and/or second phone
Excellent value little mobile phone. Good looking, nicely designed and easy to use plus it has all the walkman features you'd expect from a walkman phone.
The keypad is illuminated and easy to read and the keys have a slight resistance when pressed which I like. This phone feels robust and well made despite it's small size and price tag. Cracking little phone.
This is very simple to use for any generation. The instructions are written in very simple language with no technical gobbledegook.
The menu is very easy to follow and navigate.
first of all the phone cost me 45 pounds from Argos . when I unboxed the phone it was quite small but it felt well built. the back had a suede like plastic material. Turn on the phone and you get Sony's user interface. its easy to use and smooth. the phones inbuilt speaker is quite loud and is good for its price.it takes micro sd cards up to 32 GB. The only problem is that the buttons are small and i often ended pressing more than 2 at a time. the battery life is good for a few days use.
I'm not bothered about having the latest all singing all dancing phone and bought when of these when my old phone died after Christmas and I was short of funds.....
Although I mainly wanted a basic phone for calls and texts, I was attracted by the 'walkman' feature as I do like to have a bit of music on my phone to use as ringtones and for those bored moments. Well the ringtone idea never worked saved a few tunes on there and tried to use them as a tone but they only came out as a skipping, remix-type version, which just played about 3 notes of the song over and over again :(
At first the phone was fine for calls and texts and the camera was ok too. But after I'd used it for a couple of months it seemd to pick up more bugs and glitches so it would lock up when I tried to take a photo or half way through a text. Some of the problems were solved by a master reset but who wants to do that every few weeks?
So I now use my daughter's old phone - suppose I should have taken the Spiro back to the shop when it was newer but never got round to it ......
Well where do i start, i received this phone as a present for Christmas 2010, i was made up to begin with, seemed to have everything i wanted in a phone (I'm not fussy when it comes to phones) it worked brilliantly and then it came to about March/April and it seemed to develop a few problems so for about two weeks i had no usable phone, it didnt receive text messages, or it would show them blank, phone calls went funny, i couldn't see my contacts, the list goes on so i took it to a mobile phone repair shop where they claimed that this had happened in a lot of these models and they weren't sure how to fix it ( a mobile phone repair shop didn't know how to fix my phone,,, ironic really) so i tried a number of things, the whole taking it apart putting it back together again, and then finally MASTER RESETTING the phone, that actually seemed to work, although i lost all my contacts, pictures, videos, music etc. which annoyed me to no end. i still have the
phone now and it hasn't broken again (yet) so it ended well for me although I've heard that some of these phones are not reparable I'm unsure of the price of this phone but i don't think it is too expensive, I would say around £30-40, and if it is more it's really not worth the money.
thank you for reading this review, good luck searching for the perfect phone for you :D enjoy your day
The quality of the Spiro is dependent on a couple of different factors. If you are looking for a simple phone, mostly just for calls and, of course, listening to music, then odds are you will fall in love with this phone and it's simple design and unique mp3 player-ish layout. You'll also enjoy the relatively low price tag. In addition, there are a couple other neat features that you'll probably make use of frequently, including a built-in FM radio and a 3.5 mm headphone jack (which means you can use your iPod headphones, or any other favorite pair of headphones without using a phone jack converter). The camera, coming in at 2 megapixels, isn't spectacular, but as opposed to some of the crap camera qualities you see on the market these days, it's perfectly average. If you're into texting, you can get away with a good amount of decently-paced messaging on the Spiro as well. It's not nearly as fast as a full-keyboard phone, but after you get familiar with the alpha-numerical keys, you'll find the Spiro can become a rather quick texting phone.
Now on to the drawbacks. Although the keyboard allows for the potential of quick texting, if you're really fast the phone will be slow and laggy, which can be frustrating if you try to really fast messaging. Also, despite having pretty awesome music playback, the phone comes preloaded with only 5 MB of internal storage for everything. As in all your music, pictures, and games can only amount to 5 MB. To put that into perspective, a decent quality three and a half minute mp3 song is approximately 4 MB by itself. So the phone can hold approximately one song and 2 or 3 pictures. This means that a micro SD card is required if you want to make use of the phone's main feature, not a big surprise, yet still another added expense. So by now you should know that if you're looking for a smart phone with a bundle of features, this isn't the right phone, but let me also mention that internet browsing on the Spiro is terrible. There is no Wi-Fi, but if you have a data plan with it (not recommended) the screen is so small, making it just plain annoying to do even the simplest of tasks like checking email. And so, I will conclude this review how I began, by stating that if you want a recreational phone (maybe for your child in high school) then this phone will serve you fine. But if you want a phone for any sort of business, work, or travel use, it's probably going to be more of a hindrance than an asset to you.
This phone is great for those who aren't constantly glued to their handset. With simple text and calls and the camera/video and walkman feature it's and easy phone to use on paper.
In my experience though there are a few shortcomings: On numerous occasions the phone tends to freeze up, it feels quite slow getting through menus and texting using predictive text can be quite tedious and definately slows down the process (even once it has saved some of your own words)
I also get frequent problems with the signal, the phone will look as if it has full signal but will display an 'emergency calls only' warning at the top of the screen.
The camera is't great and takes a lot to get a decent picture that isn't blurred but I've not used it that often.
I bought the phone but it didn't come with the cable to link it to the computer - essential for using the walkman features - I was told I had to buy this seperately.
Having said that the menus are easy to navigate and the battery life is really good- at the moment charging it maybe 2/3 times a week.
For quite a cheap phone it lives up to most expectations.
Simplicity is back with the new Sony Ericsson Spiro. Sony Ericsson have targeted the minorities who don't need an 'all singing, all dancing' highly complicated smartphone.
Some of us just need a Phone & SMS function to get through our day.
Whilst the Spiro offers some pretty decent up-to-date functions, such as a 2.0 megapixel Camera and a Walkman MP3 player, the rest of the phone is pretty simple with EDGE internet capibiliy and standard MMS messaging.
This phone has followed in Sony Ericsson's terrificly designed software which allows navagating though this phone a breeze.
The small compact phone weights an extreamly light 90g, but it still offers a 2.2 inch QVGA TFT display which supports a massive 256,000 colours. This makes viewing of the Spiro a visually pleasuring experience.
You will never be alone with the new Walkman 4.0 software, this makes listing to music an easily accessable and exciting adventure. Complete with a 3.5mm audio jack, you can plug any set of headphones in and listen to favorite music on the go.
Although the phone only comes with a miserable 5mb internal memory, the Spiro can support up to a enormous 16GB SD card for all your music and picture files, This is more than enough space if your finding the internal memory a bit tight.
The phone also appeals to festival-goers for the cheap replacement to an expensive phone. This is because the phone isn't over complicated with all the gadgety gizmo's, and this bring the price down to a incredible £50 from Tescos Mobile.
In conclution, value for money or simply just a phone to get by with, this phone is simplistic and easy to use and is more than worthy of your purchase.