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      05.08.2011 10:18

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      Good Reliable Phone

      This phone is a basic Sony Ericsson, with a 1.3 Megapixel camera and no videoplay so it is not a top of the range Sony Ericsson although it has all the basic features a phone requires. The brilliant slim structure makes it a easy pocket-fit and the colour design is appealing to all with a mutual black and silver colour. The phone does not have a Sd card slot and also has a very small internal memory which is poor for storing photos and songs. I believe the internal memory is about 25mb which in comparison to other phones memory`s is nowhere near enough. Its easy navigation keys are very good for people who like simple phones. The key buttons are quite big and easy to text with, which helps talk addicts like myself. I also believe the 3g is pretty fast and is easy to navigate through the web quickly. Although the phone is not compatible with WiFi so is slower compared to other phones. A good aspect about the phone is the loud speaker which aids the use of a alarm or some music. The phone itself comes with the charger and headphones, but it does not come with a usb connection cable which has to be purchased seperatly. Although these minor irregularities it is still a great phone which is very reliable as in 2 years it has hardly a scratch on it, but the features are very basic and dont really stick out to you like other Sony Ericsson`s.

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      18.12.2009 12:58
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      I may be a Sony Ericsson convert

      I got this phone last week as my old one died on me. It cost me £50 from a third party via Amazon, just for the handset, and so far everything has been fine.

      I have never had a Sony Ericsson but a few people recommended them so I thought I'd give it a try. I wanted a fairly simple phone - the ability to call, text and take photos were really all I needed from it but the bonus with this phone is that it has a radio on it as well. This is great for someone who commutes by bus in the morning and saved me from having to buy a separate pocket radio.

      The phone itself is really lightweight and looks pretty good quality in my opinion. It's 4.5cm wide, 10cm long and about 12mm thick. The actual screen itself is about 3.3cm high and 2.7cm wide which isn't massive but it certainly does the job. The phone is two-tone and is brushed-silver coloured on the top half and black on the bottom, and this colour scheme continues onto the back of the phone.

      Like other reviewers on here, I too like the design and layout of the buttons. They are all spaced out sufficiently enough that you don't hit the wrong one, and they are slightly raised as well so you get a real sense of actually pushing a button.

      The only problem I have personally had so far is that when speaking to someone with this phone I felt that the mouthpiece was too far away from my mouth, and I felt that I kept having to move it closer to my mouth when speaking (and thus too far away from my ear). however, the person on the other end didn't seem to have a problem hearing me so it probably just felt odd because I'm used to a clamshell phone where it becomes quite long when flipped open.

      Getting the back off the phone was a bit of a fiddle, as it seemed to be welded on. I could've done with four hands for the job really, but I did manage it in the end. Do not attempt it if you do not want to break a nail! Getting the back cover on again was less problematic, although the instruction manual tells you not to snap the back on, but to slide it into place. I found it impossible to 'slide' it and the only way it would go on was with a good, firm push. It didn't seem to hurt the phone so that's going to be the way forward from now. It's not as if the back comes off that often anyway.

      Functions of the phone include; 1.3 megapixel camera (not great quality but alright for a basic camera), FM radio (you can save up 20 stations at one time), Bluetooth, alarm clock, calendar, stopwatch, calculator and two games. Personally, this is all I need from a phone and I prefer fewer functions as a rule as it means there is less chance of something going wrong.

      All in all I have found this to be a good 'basics' phone. It looks smart, stylish and isn't too bulky. It's also not the end of the world if you lose or break it because it doesn't cost the earth to replace.

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      09.12.2009 14:08
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      You get what you pay for

      Sony Ericsson T280i
      Hello...Hello...Hello?

      The best things always seem to break just when you really don't need it don't they? I had another phone before and loved it. Ive never been one for any high tech phones though I grew to love my old mp3 player phone, though soon it met an untimely end with my daughters juice bottle and at that point, what with birthdays looming, I just couldn't afford to buy anything expensive. I figured that as long as I could make and receive calls and texts and have a decent ringtone then it would be fine.
      So off I went to the carphone warehouse to look for a new phone which would be staying away from tiny hands this time. Here I saw the Sony Ericsson T280i and it was in pink! It wasn't expensive so I knew it wouldn't have many features though as said before all I really wanted was a phone that worked...


      PACKAGING
      The phone comes in either black or pink (both with silver) and comes in a small cardboard box with the black phone image on the front and back. A pretty average packaging - nothing flash. Inside the phone comes in two halves to make it easier to insert the sim card (which is a good thing as once it is in - its anyones guess how to get it out again!). There are also three small booklets of information and a hands free set of headphones that come with it.

      The phone itself (in this case the pink one)is quite small in both length, width and height with the top half being the screen and the buttons quite small underneath. It is pink around the screen and silver around the keys. On the back there is a tiny camera lens and speaker.

      THE PHONE

      The phone boasts a whole array of features, nothing spectacular by any means though more than I was expecting. I guess this is minimalist for phones these days.
      When turning on the phone you can access the menu from the left hand button, or your contacts from the right hand one. When opening the menu button you are met with six small icons each telling you what it is.

      Messaging
      You are able to do the usual sms text messaging and picture messaging (supposedly!) and can choose to accept delivery reports from sent messages. You can store up to 450 messages on your phone before it asks you to delete some so that is a fair few.
      Camera
      The phone does come with a small camera to either save or send and photos are taken in the usual Jpeg format. Simply go into the menu option and select take picture and point and click. Photos can be viewed as a slide slow on your phone (though please do see below at my comments on the camera facility!).

      Alarm
      The alarm can be set as a one off or a recurring alarm and will also go off even if the phone is on silent which is great. The alarm is easy to set though if you choose radio alarm you will need to have the handfree set plugged in.
      Contacts
      I am not sure whether all sim cards hold the same amount though my sim holds 250 contacts and the phone itself has space for another 300 so a good amount there I feel. You can also configure a speed dial on the phone for nine contacts.

      Settings
      There are a few different settings to play with and all average in the world of phones.
      The first is the ringtone and volume though there is a limited in phone choice of tones and none spectacular. Of course you can upload your own mp3 tones though again please read my comments below on this aspect. The volume has a few different levels though even on the highest it is very quiet.
      You are able to change the wallpaper to a preselected one or a photo of your own and have a choice of four themes for the phone which are not really that great or pleasant to look at.
      Bluetooth
      There is a Bluetooth option available on the phone and according to the instructions in the manual are very easy to turn on and off and send and receive. All can be found within the settings tab.

      Internet
      You have the option to go online on your phone on a text base internet only. You also have the internet features of bookmarking, homepage, view, go to URL and fiddle with options such as cookies and cache.
      FM Radio
      Simply connect the hands free set to listen to the radio (can also be used for alarm). You are also able to minimize radio screen if you wish to make calls or texts etc.

      Divert Calls and Multiple Calls
      This phone does have a simple divert calls option as well as a multiple calls option with call waiting.
      Calender and other Extras
      There is a fully functional calendar though a very basic style showing one day at a time, a timer which works as it should, a basic calculator and games option (see below)

      Games
      Under the games option you have three choices, to go online and download games, or play one of the other two games on the phone; Quadrapop or JC does Texas. Both slightly addicting games though neither special.

      TESTING
      So much for the features. I didn't expect much when buying the phone this cheap though really it should give what it specifies.

      Firstly the messages, texting is absolutely fine, no complaints there, though picture messaging just doesn't seem to allow you to do anything. Perhaps I am trying to send too large a picture file though to be honest I would have thought that you could send a simple photo you have taken on the phone - and the photos themselves are terrible. One slight movement and the photos blurs into nothingness, the wrong light and you cant see a thing, and even after you finally manage to get a photo that resembles what it is meant to - the phone automatically makes it smaller so you cant really see it unless it is your background picture!
      The alarm has a lack of different alarm alert sounds, literally one beeping or the radio when handsfree set is plugged in. With the radio option, the alarm is very quiet and the radio itself is often difficult to get a decent reception. The one good thing is that it will still go off even if your phone is on silent.

      The internal memory on this phone is very very limited and it will only allow you two songs mp3 style (unless the tunes are long then only one) so as far as it being a good mp3 player - its not. Volume wise, the phone falls short too as even on the highest setting, you have to struggle to hear the ringtone and if you do manage to answer the call, you have to struggle to hear the person on the other end.
      Memory is only 10mb shared memory so not enough room to swing a cat! It also has absolutely no expansion slot.

      Now we are at the Bluetooth. What can I really say about this except it doesn't work! You can change your phone name, hide or reveal your phone and even go so far as to turn the Bluetooth on and off though when it comes down to trying to send or receive - phones don't pick it up at all and you cant pick other phones up - even if you are standing side by side. I have known a few others having this problem as I went online to search for help and every place I went I found people with the same problem. Such a let down!
      It is not worth going online on this phone at all as it is always very slow and completely text based (which isn't so much of a problem with me) that is of course if it lets you connect. I have been able to get as far as the log in page of internet sites before though not really any further.

      I have not as of yet tested the call divert or call waiting so unfortunately can not comment on this.
      There is another good thing in that the phone is quite durable - not wanting to do a juice test though this time! It has been thrown across the room by my daughter though and has no damage whatsoever.

      Its battery life is substantial and lasts a couple of days after a full charge with average useage.

      PRICE AND AVALIABILITY

      This phone can be brought from many phone shops and also online though the best deal can be found in Carphone Warehouse where I was able to buy my phone for £25 without a sim (I kept my old sim as luckily it wasn't destroyed by the avalanche of juice!) and with sim card an extra £10 on top. It also came with a free £15 top up credit (as this is pay as you go) so really the phone cost only £10! A great price so maybe I shouldn't complain!

      FINAL WORD

      I think you already know that there is no way I would recommend this phone. Yes, it is cheap and lets not forget it does come in pink! Though all I wanted is a simple phone to make phone calls so maybe I shouldn't be complaining - which would be ok if I could hear the people on the other end of the call!
      The phone boasts many average features these days though can not even supply good service with the average and by looking online, this is a popular complaint with this phone.

      The only plus really with this phone other than its colour is that the price is very good, though it's a classic case of you get what you pay for here
      It does come in pink though!!

      Sony Ericsson what have you done?!?

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        18.11.2009 19:35

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        brilliant phone for the price

        this is a great cheap phone.

        Its very light with extremely good battery life, and it looks good!

        If you just want a phone that phones people and texts people then this phone is perfect for you.

        texting and phoning are both easy.

        The phone doesnt really do anything else. You can access the internet using it however due to the limited screen quality in terms of size, number of colours, and resolution, if you intend on using WAP this isnt necessarily an ideal choice.

        The battery life is exceptional. Of all the phones Ive had over the years, this phone has a significantly longer battery life than any other Ive ever had.

        The alarm clock is very easy to use and has its own icon on the desktop which is useful.

        In conclusion, this is a very decent phone for not very much money. If you want a phone to just call and text, this is perfect.

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        11.06.2009 19:41
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        Sony Ericsson T280i

        I have recently purchased a Sony Ericsson T280i and am very pleased with this phone so far, and can honestly say that I have had no problems.

        This is a really cheap handset, which you can get at a very affordable price. It comprises of all the main features which I think a phone should generally have - This phone has a camera, mp3 player, polyphonic / mp3 ringtones, vibrating alert, alarm clock, calendar, FM radio, internet browsing, and much more.

        There is also a 10MB memory, allowing sufficient storage space for your music, photos, videos, etc. There is also a built in zoom, for if you want to get closer to the subject when taking a photo. The phone is light which makes it easy to carry around.

        It is very easy to operate this phone and the screen is very well layed-out with the features. This phone comes in a range if different colours, including black, silver, and pink (I think). You can also buy this phone on either O2, Vodafone, Orange, Virgin, and other networks.

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        14.05.2009 23:01
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        Great for a starter phone

        I got this phone as a temporary replacement for mine while it was broken. The buttons were very easy to use, nice to press and spaced wide enough to keep accurate. The menu's were simple and easy to navigate. The overall look of this phone is very nice, I don't think you can tell its one of the super cheap models.

        The phone is very light, and even has a VGA camera on board with decent storage space. You can add your own MP3's to it and it even has a radio. It had a few average games, but who plays games on their phone anyways. This phone is feature packed considering it's a £20 phone!

        I was very dissapointed with the survability of this phone, I had it in my bag on a night out and the inside of my bag was only slightly damp, and yet the phone became waterdamaged, and stopped working. It only lasted a week.

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        09.02.2009 01:32

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        I bought this mobile phone around three weeks ago, for my next door neighbour as a little gift, It came with a fantastic price tag of 19.99 but i did have to buy a £10 top-up, but for the price i couldn't complain the buttons stick out slightly wich is good for anybody with chunky fingers, also so easy to navigate, great purchase for maybe a childs first phone or anybody in search of something simple and easy to us, Also VERY light which is also a good feature.how ever we found the battery life to be quiet short

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        07.02.2009 00:34

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        I bought this phone just before christmas as a phone to take on holidays with me. It's a great phone as a phone for a younger child and great value as a pay as you go phone for a holiday like I used it. It's easy to use and is not very heavy. Just like all Sony Ericsson phones it is simple to use and doesn't have any complications. I'd recommend this phone to someone wanting a phone simply as a cheap second one.

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        13.01.2009 18:22

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        nice little phone

        I bought this phone for £19.55,plus the now obligatory £10 call time, from Carphone Warehouse and it is an absolute bargain.
        I have had Sony phones before but this one is the best.
        It is small and fits perfectly in your pocket.
        very light,you forget its there!
        It took me a while to get used to the small buttons,especially when texting,but not a problem now as got used to it.
        Sony phones have good menus which give straightforward access to all the phones features.
        The phone has a nice central shortcut navigational button giving quick access to features like camera.
        Phone has an fm radio and comes with a nice set of headphones for music on the go.
        The volume is good on this phone and a good choice of ringtones and alarm tones also.
        Have noticed that the battery lasts for ages when fully charged so pleased with that.
        A feature i like is that the phone has an alarm that can be set to go off at the same time all week so very handy for getting you out of bed in the morning for work.
        The camera has a small screen so not so good for photos or for viewing them but good clear quality at 1m pixel and a 2x zoom,although not as good as most new phones.
        Comes with easy to read instructions too.
        This is a perfect phone if you just want a phone for texting and calling and just taking a few photos.
        All in all a nice phone for the price,well pleased with it.

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      Metal details and a Navigation key with stylishly embossed shortcut icons. Add to that a balanced look and feel - the T280i oozes sophistication. The T280i means business, and it's capable of bringing you some good old fun, too. Tune in to the FM radio and listen at your leisure. Or try a Java game. Display your taste in music - every time a call comes in. With the T280i, you can have an MP3 file as your personal ringtone.