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I have been in a mobile phone shop and been looked at as if I had 2 heads when I responded to the salesperson's question of what features I was looking for on a phone ; "I just want to make phone calls". Is that such a diverse opinion? Ok so I might be turning into my dad, but if I want a camera, I will use a far superior camera. If I want to listen to music, I have a mp3 player, or stereo which will give a far better listening experience. A phone for me is a phone. A means of contacting those who need to be contacted. End of story. That and an addictive game to pass the time on the underground.
My choice of phone in this case was significantly limited by price. Having got through 2 phones in the last 6 months following an unfortunate washing machine incident + a deep puddle incident (mobile phones do not like water I have learnt) I needed something that was cheap, not brick-sized, and of reasonable quality. EBay is your friend, and £30 later, the Sony Ericsson T250i arrived on my doorstep.
For me it is perfect - it is not fancy. It does not break the bank. And so far, a year down the line it is still going strong.
Looks wise, it differs slightly to the one pictured - I have the brushed aluminium effect, which is a nice touch, adding an extra level of class and sophistication - as much as a £30 phone can show off anyway. It is 10 cm in length, 4.5 cm in width and only 1.3 cm deep. It fits snugly in hand or pocket; the slim line design of this phone is beneficial to the wearer of tight trousers. No unsightly bulges here.
It has a colour screen about 2.5cm wide by 3 cm high. I am told the display of the screen has 65,000 colours. I have no idea if this is impressive or not. It sounds a high number, but wasted on a screen that small in my opinion. It has a simplistic menu layout, and really that is the underlying essence of this phone: Simplicity. It has 9 menu options; the basic selection of messaging, alarm, settings, contacts, calls, extras, camera, FM radio, internet. For me several of those are redundant, and the menu options could quite easily be cut down to the first 6. But I doubt Ericsson design phones with a grumpy git like me in mind.
It does have a camera. But the quality is reflective of the budget - less than 0.5 megapixels only. It may capture a scene, but a half decent camera would kick sand in its face. And laugh. Maybe it's a sign of me getting old, but I cannot fathom the requirement for a camera on a phone. Especially a 0.3 megapixel one.
I have used the FM radio a couple of times, with a handsfree kit headphones. I think I only managed to get Radio 2. Which is no bad thing, but it was Sarah Kennedy at the time which didn't add to the listening experience. I couldn't manage to get any commercial radio stations - not even local radio. I do not know if this is my problem or the phone's. Either way I have a radio if I want to listen to the radio... although even a DAB doesn't get around the problem of Sarah Kennedy.
It comes with 3 games, which have relived many hours of boredom on the tube: Mini Golf - 18 holes of putting through a variety of 'courses'. This is similar to the PC game that circulated the internet earlier in the decade. It also has Black Deal (the non copywrite infringing take on Black Jack) and Quadra Pop; a fishy take on Tetris. None of them are spectacular, but can prove addictive in moments of boredom. Whether it is just my phone or a more common problem, but the phone can lose signal when on one of the games, and effectively reboots itself. Annoying if not that disasterous.
Battery life is adequate. I leave it on 24-7 during the week as it doubles as an alarm clock. I guess at the start of ownership, a year ago, I would have to charge it every other week. Now probably once a week.
I understand you can access the internet, but I have never wanted to or been able to - it might be priceplan related. The T250i has all the features a basic phone has i.e. calculator, stop watch, calendar etc. a limited amount of wallpapers & ringtones. But that is ok. It is a basic phone, with basic features for a basic price. And for a basic person like me - it basically is perfect. The only improvement I could request would be the addition of a speaker phone.
Imagine my horror following my 2 previous water related incidences, after owning this phone for no more than a month, I leant over the bath with this phone in my shirt pocket, only for it visit davy jones bath locker. Reacting with lightning speed i fished it out... And it still worked! Close call. The Sony Ericsson T250i also appears to be idiot proof.
I have had this phone for over a year now and i am quite satisfied with it.
But still, first of all, while choosing this phone you must understand that this phone is just for calling. Not for all kinds of flashy gadgets and functions. You get your basic things and that´s all you get.
It also has some games to keep you entertained for a short amount of time.
Now for positive sides.
This mobile can be considered as a stylish and classy.
You can customize your themes. Have some midi ring tones.
It is basically unbreakable, for me it has hit the asphalt more times than i can remember. One thing that must also be taken in to consideration is that its relatively small and compact. If your not much of a photographer and just want to take some pictures it is possible, but the quality is not the greatest, allthough acceptable, plus it can hold more than 50 pictures.
You can also send them to your pc or laptop via infrared.
About the radio, i haven´t found it as useful, but that´s for me, if you like listening to the radio then of course its also a plus.
I would say that if you want a phone that is cheap, durable, practical and that wont go out of stile, then this is a phone for you.
This phone is one of the lowest priced with a decent camera. It being a Sony Ericsson it has a good camera and the shots produced are of good standard. It has the option to store contacts on either phone or sim card but unlike better spec models it doesn't allow you to store on both which is a little annoying. The ring tone's level can be changed and the volume levels are good, although to change the ringtone volume you have to play the ringtone, you can't just change it. The overall menu of the phone is easy to use. One bad point about the phone that I think is standard on most phones now is that when selecting a contact (either to send a text message or to call them) you can only type in the first letter of the contact. So for Dad you can only type D, you can't then type A which is annoying particularly if you have a lot of contacts beginning with the same letter as I do. The phone has a good speaker function for when in calls alot be though this cannot be switched on until the call is answered, some phones allow it to be switched on while making the connection. All in all this is a good phone if you're wanting a basic camera phone.
Just bought this phone the other day from carphone warehouse as wanted to get rid of my other phone as it was looking a bit shabby.
The new sony ericsson t250i only cost me £30.00 on pay as you go and it also came with a £10 top up from o2.
It is extremely slimline which is what I liked about this phone and is so so light. I bought the silver one, which has a matt silver case and on the back has two types of silver textures which looks really elegant and smart.
The phone has a large screen with a square menu key and small dainty number keys. The phone is very simple to use like all ericssons and is quite basic in terms of features.
text messaging, calls, radio, games which include quadra pop, blackjack and mini golf, camera which is really clear and takes good photos although do not come out to well if shot at night, then other settings such as changing the theme of the phone and it also has infrared.
The phone, like I said before is quite basic and perfect for someone who isnt after anything that does fnacy things. The phone looks extremely stylish and un complicated and is so slimline, it can fit into jean pockets without looking unsightly and is extremely lightweight.