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I bought this as a spare phone and in future i will proabably use this as my main phone. I cant find any fault on this phone But the only minot problem i have is changing some settings their are some icons on my phone that i cant find. I Primarily text make reminders and use the internet on this phone and i am pleased with the copy and paste function. It is quite a basic phone but it does what the average user needs efficiently. Memory wise it is only 8mb which cannot be increased with a memory card but im not really bothered by this. Their are some decent ringtones to and on the whole its a bargain and stylish handy little phone. The built in games on this are pretty good and i would say it takes a little time to get used to but Overall i would give this phone a 4/5.
I'm not one of those people who has to have the latest mobile phone, or replace my handset every year. In fact, I'm quite happy to stick with whatever phone I have until it stops working. My needs when it comes to phones are also pretty basic: I am only really interested in making and receiving voice calls and texts on my phone, just to give me access to friends and family at all times and as an emergency if the school needs to contact me for any reason when I'm out and about. I really have no interest in my phone being able to play music, access the internet or jump through hoops, and whilst it is nice to have a camera on my phone, again, I don't view it as absolutely essential.With these very simple needs in mind, I recently began scouring the internet for a new phone, as my previous LG model was having problems charging after nearly 3 years of use.
My first stop shop was the Tesco mobile website, as my phone is currently with the Tesco network and I have no desire to change. I am currently on PAYG, and when I top up, which is only usually £10 every 3 months or so, they give me triple credit, provided i use the free credit within the first month, so I basically get a month's worth of free calls and texts, which suits my needs fine. The extra Clubcard points I rack up doing this also come in very handy too. Because of this, I just wanted a Tesco mobile which I could fit my old sim into, in order to keep my current tarrif, number, and contact details list.
Although I like a simple phone, I do like my phone to look as nice as possible for the money, which in my case is a budget of around £30. I always tend to be drawn to the pink phones, and two phones on the site caught my eye, one was a Samsung model and the other, as Sony Ericsson. Using the website compare feature, I was able to look at the specs of each phone, and decided that the Sony Ericsson was better for me, as it looked nicer and had a long battery life, which is a feature that I consider really important in a phone. The phone cost £24.97 on the site, with 48 clubcard pints and free delivery. I could have also opted to buy the phone with my clubcard points, as £10 in points = £20 to spend on phones.
*My new phone!*
My phone arrived really quickly, and I was really excited when the courier delivered the little box! The box contained the phone, battery, some paperwork and instructions, a sim card, a charger and some headphones.
Setting up the phone was easy, and just a case of slipping open the case, inserting my old sim underneath the battery, and charging the battery, which didn't take long at all. The phone came with a sheet that expalined all the basic functions of the phone, so it was simple to get started. Although I have never had a Sony Ericsson phone before, I found the handset simple and intuitive to use, as well as very comfortable to hold and use.
I really love the look of the phone. The model comes in various colours, but mine is candy pink, in a brushed metal style finish. Compared to my last LG phone, which looked quite tacky and cheap, this one looked solid, well made and good quality. The screen is quite large, 4 x 4.5 cm, and has a mirrored effect. This can be good or bad. It is great if you want to check your makeup, but on a bright sunny day, the mirror can make seiing the screen display more than a little difficult, and I actually think that it would be better without the mirror! Beneath the screen are two menu buttons, the two basic pick up and hang up buttons, and a central directional button for accessing the on screen menu. The phone is a slider phone, so i can slide down the back of the phone to reveal the keypad, which is soft and rubbery to the touch and lights up in blue when you slide it out, as well as lighting up the other buttons from underneath and illuminating the screen.
*Using the phone*
The slider is great, as it allows me to answer the phone and hang up without fiddling with the smaller buttons (I always end up pressing the wrong one and cancelling the call!) There are lots of ways to customise the phone, and you can opt to change the slider functions if you wish, but for me, using the slider feature to answer the phone is simple, quick and easy. When I close the slider, the phone is automatically locked, so I can't accidentaly call anyone by mistake, great when the phone is knocking around in my bag!
The phone comes with a charger, which isspecifically for this modle. It plugs into the side and I can then charge the phone easily, usually in about an hour. A single charge will usually last me about a week, which I think is great, and I always have my phone switched on at all times. The charger port is also the same port you use to plug in the headphones, but to be honest, I have not even opened the headphone packet in the 3 months I have had the phone, as I am really not interested in listening to music on the phone. I have an ipod, which doesn't get much use either. When I am out and about, I am usually with others, or my kids, so I would never get chance to listen to music or browse the internet on the phone anyway, as I am so busy chatting or doing other things.
The basic display on the phone is a background picture-either a wallpaper or your own photo. The network, in my case tesco, is displayed on the top of the screen and the time in the right hand corner, with an indication of battery charge next to it. The signal is displayed on the upper left of the screen and the date is on the bottom right. There are 3 options along the bottom of the screen: Calls, Menu and Contacts. I will now explain the contents of the menu screen, which you access by pressing the round centre button on the handset.
The menu has 9 icons, which represent your options.
1: Organiser-This is represented by an icon with a picture of a bell and a calendar. When you access this menu, you can set an alarm, or organise your life by placing reminders and notes on your phone. Personally, I find this useful for writing out shopping lists, "to do" lists, or bus times. This menu also has the standard timer, stopwatch and calculator functions. I do actually use the stopwatch when I take the kids to the park, to time them when they run!
2: Tesco Mobile-This menu allows you to access the WAP feature of the phone. This is pretty unimpressive, and i have had a quick look at it, but it is nowhere near as sophisticated as using the actual internet on a computer. It is a very basic form of internet, and for me, has very little practical use.
3 :Entertainment- This menu has 4 options. The first is TrackID, which allows you to use the phone to identify background music, telling you the artist and track title. I have never bothered using this feature, as it doesn't interest me much. The phone has an FM radio which again, I have not bothered with! This only works with the headphones, which work as radio antenna, useful on long journeys maybe...Another feature is a record sound feature which again...you guessed it..I have not used, although I probably will at some point to record the kiddies voices. There are also two games on the phone. the old classic asteroids, and a tetris style game called quadrapop, which I play sometimes, although the tinny music is annoying!
4: Camera-The slider activates the 1.3 MP camera, and you simply press the round button to take a photo. The menu allows you to use various effects, such as black and white and sepia, as well as changing the picture size and quality. There is also a night mode. I have taken a few photos on the camera, but it is hard not to get a blurry one, as the slightest movement seems to blur the picture! You can set the pictures you take as wallpaper.
5: Messaging- Unlike the other features, this is a feature that I use a lot! The menu allows to to send text or picture messages, and texting is pretty straightforward once you have deactiated that pesky predictive text feature! My only gripe with the texting feature, is that the phone is very slow to put the letters in, and if you have to input more than one letter on the same key, you have to wait a few seconds before it allows you to put the next letter in, making messaging very slow and infuriating! It is not as easy as other phones I have had in the past, though a handy feature when you want to send a text is that it will list the last few people you texted, so you can find them quickly rather than navigating a long contacts menu.
6: Music Player- This menu has Artists, Tracks and Playlists listed, but as I don't use it, there is no music on my phone to access! Songs can be sent to the phone wirelessly or via USB.
7: Calls- A list of everyone who has called you and everyone that you have called. Very handy to refer to, and self explanatory, really.
8: Contacts- My list of everyone I am likely to need to contact! The list allows you to input mobile, home, and work numbers all under the same name for eay access. Inputting new contacts is really easy to do, and by putting a single letter in, you can quickly access the part of the list that you need quicker.
9: Settings- This is a really mig menu, with a really big submenu, allowing you to personalize your phone in many different ways. in this menu, you can set different profiles, such as in car or outdoor calls, or of course, silent mode! You can change the time and date, change the wallpaper and ringtones, as well as manage and set up bluetooth settings with other devices. When I went to France recently, I was able to easily modify the timezone, and the phone automatically tuned in to the French Networks. One gripe i have with the ringtones list is that you can't listen to them before selecting, which I think is a big design flaw, as you want to know how your ringtone is going to sound!
*Day to day use*
On a normal day, the phone is usually bobbling around at the bottom of my bag. I always have the profile set to "outdoors", as I am usually outdoors, and it is pretty hard to hear the phone ring otherwise. Anseweing the phone, as I have said, is easy, thanks to the flip function, but seeing the display on a sunny day is impossible, due to the mirrored screen. The BIGGEST problem I have is actually hearing the person on the other end. there is no way to increse the volume of the speaker, and if I am in the car with the kids (as a passenger of course!) it is really hard to hear what the other person is saying. this is by far, the biggest drawback of this phone. I like the phone, but the fact I can't hear who I'm talking to definitely loses points for me.
For the techie minded, here is a list of specs from the Tesco site;
Access Internet Pages Yes
Batteries Included Yes
Brand Sony Ericsson
Built-in FM Radio Yes
Built-in MP3 Player Yes
Colour Screen Yes
Downloadable Arcade Style Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtone Capability Yes
Expandable Memory Slot No
Features of Product 1.3 MP Camera. TrackIDTM music recognition. Web browsing supporting HTML. BluetoothTM. Compact slider in a metal-and-glass housing. RDS FM radio
Games Included Yes
Handset Colour Pink
Handsfree Speakerphone Yes
Network Tesco Mobile
Product Depth 1.5 cm
Product Height 8.3 cm
Product Weight Units g
Product Width 4.7 cm
Resolution in Megapixels 1.3
Send Images and Sounds Yes
Standby Time in Hours 400
Talk Time in Hours 9
ThreeG Video Calling No
Touch Screen Yes
Vibrate Alert Yes
Voice Dialling No
Wap2 or Higher Yes
With Flash No
Thanks for reading and I hope that my review has helped you decide whether this is the phone for you. It also appears on Ciao under my username.
I have always liked Sony Ericsson phones, and am used to the features on them. I have tried Nokia and samsung but will always come back to Sony ericcson, i think it is the familiarity. I had lost my contract phone and decided to get this one to fill its place.
It is a fairly basic phone in the grand scheme of things these days, but has all the features you really need. Calling, Messaging (which also has the delivery report feature), Internet, Camera, Blutooth to name a few. All of these can be accessed through the menu on the colour screen. Music can also be uploaded and there is a radio, so can be used as a walkman if wanted. It is a lightish phone and small, so fits perfectly in your pocket or a small bag. I have the black phone and am pretty happy with it. The buttons on the phone are on the small side, i have no problems, but i would think that a strapping man would struggle a little. Luckily this phone does not have the dial in the centre of the phone which apparently have a habit of sticking and breaking.
The camera is pretty poor with a 1.3 mega pixels, and therefore the picture quality is not good. No flash either, and to be honest, i never really use the camera, only to take a photo to use as my wallpaper.
Generally this is a good basic phone, cannot be compared the the blackberry and iPHone handsets, a different league entirely. It does what it says on the tin though! the phone varies in price as contracts can be had on it, but it is easily available at phone stores and through the internet!
4/5 from me!
This phone has a very basic range of features, but at this price it's quite adequate I suppose.
The 1.3 megapixel camera is not great and there seems to be a bit too much of a delay between pressing the shutter button and the photo actually being taken.. which leads to blurry shots where you've moved the phone too early, so just be aware!
One of the pretty cool functions of this (and most other sony ericsson) phones is the TrackID program which attempts to find out what music is playing based on a short recording you give it. It seems to work pretty darn well even for slightly more obscure tracks!
The web browser is very basic, and I would recommend downloading the java version of Opera if you want to a better browsing experience.
I'm not a big fan of the interface as it generally feels a bit clunky and slow, but I suppose in the end it does the job!
Stylistically the phone is quite nice at first, though the silver paint on the middle button has started rubbing off, leaving it a lot less attractive looking!
My partner bought this phone a year or so ago to replace an old mobile phone that had broken. He thought he would buy cheap and cheerful as he only needed it for phoning and texting.
We have been dissapointed with this phone for a number of reasons. We are more than happy for a phone to be simple, which it is, but it is really quite fiddly to use. It is very small and I find texting using the keypad hurts my thumb. The delete icon is also more of a touchscreen function than a button and I often have to press it more than once to get it to work.
The talk volume when speaking to somebody is also horrendously quiet, even when at full volume. If you are out and about you stand no chance of being able to hear them speak.
It has also developed a bug where it is displaying a new message icon even though there is no new message, which is quite irritating.
Overall, id spend a bit more and get something better.
I bought this phone because I was fed up with the expensive ones you get on contracts that barely last out the day and have so many bells and whistles they no longer resemble a phone.
Well, you certainly get all the basics with the T303. The camera is reminiscent of staring to something through a magnifying glass that's been smeared with vaseline, it's just not usable.
The buttons are easy to handle, not too small but the phone still manages to be compact.
It's quite heavy compared to other ultra-thin phones. However, rather than feeling chunky in your pocket, it is reassuring in that it feels like it won't break. And if I can assure you of one thing, it is it's toughness! I have dropped this phone a number of times, not so much as a dent.
That's before I even get to the battery- up to 5 days! Now as it's getting a bit older it does not last quite as long, maybe 3-4 depending on usage.
The main reason I bought this phone is because at the time it was one of the cheapest in the shop - and that's one of it's best features. It actually looks great, sleek shiny and modern and has a great feel to it when you slide the keypad out "shwoosh, click!".
To be honest, the good stuff stops there, and it really does start to live up to it's £45.00 price tag. The "features" if you can call them that, are laughable.
FM Radio - Who uses this? I'm sorry, but there is no point to it whatsoever, as most people have IPODS, MP3 players and whatnot. If you do use it, when can get the hands free plugged in(because it only works with that), I'll be damed if you'll ever find a radio station that you can hear clearly.
Camera - Ok, right - I think Sony need to check this one, as for a phone so modern, the camera quality is horrific. You can't use it unless you have perfect lighting conditions, and don't mind the fact that it looks like the image has been painted on canvas and that you can't upload it to your PC without having a bluetooth adapter on it.
MP3 - Yes, this is great - Except you can't upload songs to the phone without using bluetooth, and there is space for only a couple - and with no slot to use an SD card, that's all you are going to get.
To finish on a good note, if you want a phone just to do the basic things, ring people, text people(The nice large keys on the keypad are great for this!), while looking quite sleek and fashionable - Then this is the phone for you.
I have the black version of this phone. It is fairly small and light, which is a big positive as there is nothing worse than carrying around a huge phone that feels like a brick bulging in your pocket.
It is a simple phone, with an easy to use layout. It has all the basic features (calls, messaging, music player, contact list, internet access, calendar, alarm clock, stop-watch etc), but also has a 1.3 mb camera. However, the camera on the phone doesn't really impress me, as it is of a poor quality, and takes an age from pressing the button on the phone to actually taking and saving the picture.
I have had the phone for about a year now and I haven't had any major issues with it so far. In my opinion, if you were to buy one of the new touch screen phones, there will inevitably be problems as they are so fragile - I have had no such problems with this phone.
Apart from the poor camera on the phone, the only other disadvantage I have found with it is that the volume level whilst your on the phone to someone is really quiet (even when it is at the maximum volume level) - and I have fairly good hearing!
Overall, I would say this is a great phone for anyone who isn't a fan of the new touch screen phones, as, in my opinion, it does the job you want a phone to do!
I am the kind of person who tends to reguarly lose phones and so don't like to spend a lot on their replacements! If that's why you're looking at the T303, then you've found a good phone!
I also like a phone that's small and, if budget can stretch to it, maybe a few features. Many people will say that this phone doesn't have enough features but it has a camera, built in radio, sound recorder and a few games - what more do you need?!
Everybody I know has commented on how this phone looks like it's worth a lot more than I paid, and I have had no problems with it during the 3ish months I have been using it.
I would also point out that the battery life seems much longer than other phones I have had. I have walked around listening to the radio for well over 1.5hours and it still lasted! When I've charged in a rush before going out, it also seems to gain power really quickly too.
I bought this phone when I had mine stolen. My main reason for buying it was the price. I do find it annoying to text with as I do often slip onto different keys. The keys aren't the easiest to press especially the cancel button. The radio is rubbish and haven't ever managed to get it to work properly. The phone does hold it charge quite well although I don't use it constantly. The sound quality is good very clear when speaking to people. The camera is poor not good for using if you forget your camera. I have found that all sony ericssons have a tendancy to crash every so often so having to take out the battery making your phone go back to default settings, but this does tend to happen with all Sony Ericsson phones. It is small so doesn't take up much room although I do tend to loose it in my handbag when its ringing.
This is a very small phone. In fact, the smallest, slimest phone I've been able to find. Trouble is, the reception was terrible and I have had far too many dropped calls to give this any kind of reliability rating. It's a real shame, as this is built solidly with a metal case, clear screen and a good feel to the keypad.
It also doesn't sync with Apple machines, which is a real issue for me.
Battery life is excellent and you can hear the phone ring, which is unusual for a Sony Ericsson.
Camera is medium quality, fixed focus and has no built in light.
Only usable as a basic communication device due to it's lack of a decent PIM system, but the functions are there if this is your sole organiser.
It was also very hard to unlock this phone; still haven't managed to do it so I have only been able to test it on O2.
Mobile phones are an accessory that I was never that bothered about. In an age where many people just have to own the latest phone with touch screen technology or a thousand and one applications, all I ever wanted was a reliable phone I could use to phone and text people.
I had a non colour phone up until last year, my old reliable Nokia 3310. With it's death, my father gave me his old phone, the Sony Ericsson T303. Price wise, you can pick this up now for under 40 quid so we're in budget territory here to begin with. The phone itself looks rather pleasant with its silver finished and slider that conceals the keypad. I'm not sure on the exact dimensions but it fits in the palm of my hand and is a snug fit in any trouser pocket I have, this makes it excellent at what it is - a mobile communications device.
As I mentioned before, I'm only really focused on the use of phone and text, other applications don't really interest me. However, the ones I do find myself using are the alarm, with various tones a good range of volume, and the calculator which I find surprisingly easy for a phone.
Other applications include a couple of small games, although they are rather substandard (I'd take good old snake any day) a 1.3 megapixel camera which I don find myself usin on rare occassions. The picture quality is not brilliant, but it's good if you need a quick snap for whatever reason. There is also your usual internet access although I have never used it so cannot comment.
When it comes to texting, this phone is pretty decent. The phone can store a fair amount of texts, as well as being able to save drafts or messages you want to keep sorted from your general inbox. I currently have 200 texts on my phone and it still is showing no signs of getting full. The keys themselves are not the largest however, so peope with larger fingers such as myself can find it takes a little while to get used to.
The contacts book is simple and easy to use as you're able to store multiple numbers to the same name and assign them as home/mobile/etc, I'm sure this is the standard for all phones today but I did not have that ability on my ancient 3310. The volume is good and can be changed easily, I often find that phone volumes can be spordic at best, however this one is pretty reliable and I have yet to have any problems with it.
The battery life is something I am very satisfied with. One of the reasons I prefer old phones is that so many new models have really awful battery lives! Gone are the days of charging your phone once a week. This phone, however, has a great one which came as a surprise. I usually charge this every 4-8 days depending on usage which I find quite remarkble. Considering I don't look for much in a phone, the stuff I DO look for I want to be impressive so the battery was a big winner in my book.
Overall, this phone is fairly bog standard. There are hundreds of better models out there, probably for not that much more money. But for a cheap buy this phone is great. The features are modest but as I said before, I am only looking for a phone to do that thing people don't seem to buy phones for anymore - contacting people!
If, like me, you only want a basic phone that looks quite nice, then I wholeheartadly recommend this product. If you're looking for something a bit more, than I would advise stay well clear.
Looking for a cheap yet stylish mobile- with a camera? Look no further than the Sony Ericsson T303. Having broken my phone last year I went in search of a cheap replacement. Upon seeing the Sony Ericsson T303 I was very impressed, although it is basic, for £40 I certainly couldn't complain. The design is nice and compact, the buttons are easy to use and it's up to date with this season as it's a slide phone. The camera is 1.3 megapixel and although it doesn't have a flash it does take decent picture in daylight. The battery life I would certainly rate as fantastic and above average. Personally I have had no problems with this mobile phone since it was bought last year unlike other more expensive models I have owner previously that have broken several times. With the credit crunch this is definitely a mobile for people looking for a bargain.
I got this phone free with my £35/month contract along with a PS3 and Singstar game. Therefore, as you would expect, it's not really at the height of technology. However, as with most Sony Ericsson mobiles, it does have the advantage of a small and elegant style so that it looks more impressive than it actually is. It is lightweight only 93g and appears to be resistant to several falls to the floor.
The phone is available in silver, black and pink.
The FM radio does not really work so well, there is far too much rustling and interference and the newer models of phones are much better if this is an important function for you.
It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, piddling really and hardly worth having at all.
It has a memory capacity of 8MB so it is by no means a phone to store many songs or pictures on.
This phone allows a talk time of around 9 hours.
Like any other phone it has its glitches, occasionally the phone decides to freeze and the battery must be removed and replaced before it starts up again. However, unlike some other models which have gone completely mental on me, for instance a screen turning completely to static, even this basic Sony model is very reliable.
I recently purchased this phone for 25.99 which is quite a reasonable price. If you are looking for an actual phone then this is the phone for you. It doesn't have a lot of the features most phones have today such as internet access, video, memory card slot. However its battery life is amazing with around 400 hours worth. Its memory size is sadly only 8mb so it can only really hold about 1 or 2 songs which is enough for a customized ringtone. Also, it doesn't have a memory card slot so 8mb is all you really get. Also it comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera that can only take photos and not videos. The fact that it doesn't have much memory is made up for that fact that it does have an AM/FM radio. Which means you can still listen to music on the go. However, the sound is rather quiet. It is also a very small phone which makes it easy to carry around. It comes in either black, silver o pink.
Overall, I think this phone is a good little phone for someone only wanting the ability to call and text people with ease.