Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 go... more
Will work fine for you if you aren't looking for much in your phone.
Sony Ericsson Spiro
Member Name: Lions
Sony Ericsson Spiro
Advantages: good music playback, good sized buttons for texting, built in fm radio, simple to use, long battery
Disadvantages: very small internal memory, sometimes laggy while quickly texting, very few features
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.
Summary: It's one of those "just-for-fun" phones, don't expect a Blackberry here, fun for recreational use.
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