Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson T303i
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Sony Ericsson T303i
Date: 28/02/12, updated on 29/02/12 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Metallic, chrome stylish design, very well built, does the basics
Disadvantages: Lack of any useful features and apps, has very little memory (8mb)
Sony Ericsson T303
The Producer of the Product
The Target Audience
People who are after a simplistic phone that is capable for making phone calls and text messages. Perhaps for a first time phone user or even kids this would make the ideal phone for them.
Is the product for you?
If you're looking for a compact phone that's good for making calls, sending texts, and maybe taking the odd photo, then this could be the one! It's extremely stylish and quite relief after playing around with much larger phones such as the IPhone and the HTC Desire. If you would prefer a phone whereby you can store a lot of music and have a lot of useful applications then this phone isn't for you, there isn't a memory card port and the phone isn't powerful enough for applications, it is literally good for making phone calls, texts and looking good as either a spare phone or a first phone.
The product in one
This mobile phone was initially designed as a look the part budget mobile phones, the body work on the t303 is metal and chrome which looks beautiful which fits comfortably in any pocket or hand at a size of 83x46x15mm weighing just 93g. With the screen, Sony has tried to save as much as possible under that reflective display panel. Hidden away is a small 1.8 inch, low resolution 128x160 pixels, 65K colour panel LCD, which does not offer an awful lot of detail for viewing images on the phone or when browsing the internet. This little slider phone for operation is pretty straight forward, generic Sony Ericsson style. There is a conventional control set up on the outside of the shell, based around a responsive D-pad navigation control, plus the usual soft key and Activity menu fast access buttons. Menu layout is standard Sony Ericsson style, and the limited functionality means you're not likely to get confused with options. Shortcuts on the D-pad can help you get around in typical mobile fashion too, though the Clear and Activity menu buttons surrounding it are a bit stiff to press. The slider number pad buttons are a large, tap able size, and well-separated, though the plastic panel does feel cheap and creaky. Its action is a touch heavy for texting but okay if you're not worried about speed.
Compared to the vast majority of camera phones out there these phones features are pretty rubbish to be honest. A 1.3 megapixel camera isn't good for anything except a last resort when you really need to capture a moment. It is very low quality and will show a lot of pixels when copied on to a pc or laptop. It doesn't try at sophisticated snapping - there's no flash or autofocus system, and no dedicated camera control buttons. The user interface is plain and simple, shooting in portrait mode with a central portion of the screen acting as viewfinder.
There is a music player installed on to this phone but it's not much use as you are not able to update the memory on the phone so you are restricted to the on board 8mb memory. When you open the box you will notice Sony do supply you with their own set of average earphones which to be honest are pretty handy as there is a built in FM radio which does the job when you are walking around and fancy a bit of free songs. If you are listening to the radio and you aren't sure what a certain song is you are listening to then why not open Sony Ericsson's very impressive TrackID song identification software, so it can take a sample and within seconds tell you what the song is so you can go and purchase it on ITunes or have a listen on you tube.With little high-end functionality to drain the power, the T303 does score well in battery performance. Sony Ericsson estimates it will deliver up to 9 hours talk time or up to 400 hours on standby, which should be enough for most users. The ear phones provided with this mobile phone must be used as an antenna like all old Sony Ericsson mobile phone with FM capabilities, which can sometimes be a little annoying if you don't want them sticking out of your phone. A couple of games - including old-school favourite, Asteroids - are onboard, too, and you can download more Java ones if you so wish.
How does it compare to other Products?
In comparison to other mobile phones, we are able to see this phone is extremely basic and is definitely a budget phone. It has limited features and doesn't really leave you with anything to do on the phone other than make and receive calls and texts. One of the ways which Sony have saved money with this phone, which isn't a big issue as it is a budget phone after all, is the screen size. When measured, the screen under that shiny display is 1.8 inches diagonally. There is a lot of room left over for a much bigger screen but this is what Sony thought was the best screen to get a way with whilst saving money. The screen produces a resolution of 120 x 160 pixels, and this is clearly visible when looking at photos on the phone and sometimes the display can seem a bit pix-elated when glancing over it.
Does the Product Achieve its Purpose?
This phone achieves its purpose of providing a stylish phone, with basic facilities which is useful as a spare phone or for first time mobile phone users. You can store music on here and listen through earphones but it's not really worth it as you can't store a lot and will be sure to run out fairly quickly.
Breaking it down
· Dimensions - 83 x 47 x 14.7 mm
· Main Display - TFT, 65K colours
128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches
· Memory - 8 MB shared memory
· Weight - 93 g
· Digital Camera - 1.3 MP - 1280 x 1024 pixels - Digital Zoom
· Features - MMS, GPRS, Java, Bluetooth, V2.0WAP 2.0 / XHTML, Speaker phone, MP3 ringtones, USB port, Email, MP3 player
How to Improve
One way to improve this phone would be to either increase the phones overall memory to something acceptable or to input a memory card slot so the user can upgrade the memory easily and transfer files to and from the phone a lot quicker and easier. Although in this phones defence it does look nice and it was only ever intended as a budget phone which it does do pretty well.
Over all I would give this phone a 3/5 as it does what is intended for it to do but it does lack an awful lot of features and has a terrible LCD screen despite its beautiful, metallic, chrome style.
Summary: If your after a low budget, does the job, very stylish phone with minimal features, this is it!
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