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This was given to me as a replacement phone by 3 when I lost my phone, and I thoroughly expected it to be rubbish. However, I was pleasantly surprised by it. It is, naturally, very simple to use. However, it also has many functions for the user who wants to get more out of their phone. My phone casing is now quite scratched, but that is because I have dropped it on many occasions. Despite this, the scratching is not too bad (I really do drop it a LOT).
Battery life: I use my phone on a daily basis, and often at that. Although the battery life does vary with usage and network coverage (i.e. if I have no signal, the battery life is eaten up looking for it), I generally only have to charge my phone every 3 days. For those who do not use their phone all that often, this will be significantly less. Good battery as far as I'm concerned.
Camera & Video: The camera (3.2MP) is excellent quality, and has a light feature which acts like a flash for fairly good quality night time pictures. Although the video is fairly good quality, it only records for about 18 seconds at a time, which I found disappointing as often I wish to record longer length videos. Playback is simple. I have, however, found it annoying if you want to transfer your pics/vids to PC as the only way I have discovered transferring files are via the Bluetooth Option.
Messaging: Plenty of memory and I like the 'Conversation' option that allows you to see seamlessly the prior messages exchanged between the contact and yourself. The application does take a while to load, however, if there are lots of messages on your phone.
Games: Nothing worth mentioning here. This is certainly not a gaming phone.
Music: The phone comes with a radio application. It also has the ability to store music files, although I do not use my phone as an MP3 player and so cannot justifiably review this feature. The phone does, however, come with earphones.
Other features include a calendar, notes section, timer, stopwatch, light, calculator and alarms (of which there are 5 and I find useful for getting up in the morning). Overall this is a good phone, simple to use with some good applications, although it will not appeal to those who want to be up to date with the latest technology.
I have been a fan of Sony Ericcson phones for years, but this model has really let me down.
I have a contract with 3, who decided to offer me this in place of my C902. To be honest I should have stuck with the other model as I felt this was a downgrade.
It's simple to use and has all the extras you expect from a phone these days, internet access, radio, MP3 storage (with a memory card), games and the like.
My contract is nearly up with 3 now and there is NO WAY I will be renewing it. This phone for me was about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. The bettery drains stupidly quickly, it freezes when you really need it and the internet access is incredibly restricted. The music quality is poor, the camera is tempremental and will only save images when the phone feels like it, basically its a waste of time.
I cant recommend it to anyone after the experience I have had and to be perfectly honest I wouldnt want to mislead anyone.
The advantages are that it is very small and fits into a pocket or handbag with ease, but there are better models on the market and given a choice I would steer well clear.
10 years ago this phone would have been classed as state of the art innovation but in today's iPhone crazed world, the T715 doesn't quite cut the mustard. It does everything you'd expect a standard telephone to do and in all fairness it gets the job done. But what's missing is overall stylishness and simple to use functionality. It's rather clunky which is surprising for a Sony Ericsson and even though it may look flashy from a distance you won't be smiling when you have to get it out in front of your mates. It's heavy and lacking any originality with regards to its features which are frankly bog-standard. Yes it's got a camera but what mobile hasn't? Yes it's WAP enabled but the screen's so small and the technology is so old that you won't be using it for a primary internet connection for sure. For over 12 months this phone has brought shame to me and I can't express this any more clearly, don't let the T715 clog your space.
About five months ago I received an upgrade to my handset with my 3 contract. When I was told I was being sent a Sony Ericsson T715, I did a little research and was not overly impressed with what I saw. But when the phone arrived I soon changed my mind, it's so small you don't even notice it, even if you're keeping it in the front pocket of your jeans! And as I like to have my phone on my at all times this seemed the perfect size.
Inside the box: when I opened the box, I received the handset, battery, basic hands free kit and charger. No lovely surprises, just the basics. The back panel comes of nice and easily even for people without finger nails like me, a quick lift from the bottom left and the metal, yes metal back panel is off. I inserted my sim and SD card which is hot swappable (can remove without switching off the phone) and the battery, popped the back panel on by locating the two pips into the two holes at the top and laying down the panel and pushing shut. On charge for a couple of hours before play time!!
On first power up I was taken through the basic setup process which was perfectly harmless. It was then a case of having a poke around and sees what the little beast could do. And the answer is everything you want from a basic handset and nothing more. All the functions are easy to operate and I particularly like the txt conversations, where all message to the same person are correlated into the same "conversation" so it reads like a story, very cool I think.
The 3.2 megapixel camera (with LED flash) is adequate for basic snaps, but don't think this will be your main camera, because after a few shots you will realise it's not up to it. BUT there is some funky software for playing around with your pictures, you can also upload pictures straight to facebook and other such sites. There is also a video camera, but this is very basic and blurs very easily if moved while recording!
The music interface is easy to use, it's just a shame Sony Ericsson will not go with most other mobile company's and use a 3.5mm jack for headphones, rather than the SA default connector!
I have used the web access a few times and have found it ok in an emergency, such as finding the football results. But not really big enough screen for any major surfing, but saying that there is a zoom function for the web pages to make reading easier, unfortunately this make navigating the page harder.
Of course if you have read any of my other reviews, you will know I am a sucker for a torch on a mobile phone and yet again I will be sorted in those dark places with my SA T715, though you have to dig a little to find it (menu - organiser)
I can't list all functions in this review but what I can say is, for basic phone duties, such as calling, texting, email, quick picture and quick web access, this phone is perfect. The battery also has a good life, I usually charge up every other night and have never been in the position of having a dead phone. If only I could say the same for my 3 signal, I would be a happy camper!
Rating 9/10 A great little phone that fits easily in your pocket
I've owned my T715 for over six months so I feel as though I know it quite well by now. I'm not really into technical jargon so I'll write about my experience with my phone.
I purchased the phone as a contract phone from my local 3 store. To be honest the main attraction for me was that it was pink, I know I should really of looked into it a bit more, but it was little, shiny and pink. I knew I wanted a Sony Ericsson as I find the brand of phone really easy to use.
The phone came in a tiny box that contained the phone, charger, data cable, earphones and instruction books. I obviously did not look in the instruction book and set off to discover what this phone can do. I popped my sim card in the slot under the battery; I then put in the 2 GB micro SD card that I had used in my old phone in to the slot provided for it. I then put the battery in and slid the back onto the phone. I had to push the back really hard as it did not want to click on. I then put the phone onto charge for a while before turning it on. I have to admit I only waited about half an hour before I turned the phone on.
When you first turn the phone on it has to do an initial set up, time, date etc. You can then import all your contacts from your memory card onto the phone this saves lots of typing and blue toothing information into the phone and all the photos that were on your memory card now appear in your phone. Happy days.
The phone feels nice and light in your hand, it is a slide phone. The screen slides up to reveal the key pad. The screen is very shiny and unfortunately scratches incredibly easily. I think it has a million scratches on it now. The screen is a nice size and is incredibly clear. All my pictures looked really good, and the clarity of the screen makes navigating around the menu's really easy.
On to the buttons: the top left hand button is to get to the pre-programmed favourites menu, this menu contains apps for facebook, twitter, google, msn, skpe (video calls) etc. I never use any of these but they are really easy to access if you for use them. The top right button takes you to planet 3 where if you are on three you can access your 3 account. I have watched a bit of youtube on my phone and it streams well and the picture is lovely and clear. I've also used google maps and the maps are very clear thanks to how clear the screen is. The green phone button answers calls and takes you to your call list and the red phone button on the opposite side ends calls or whatever you are in the middle of doing if you accidentally press it while texting. The bottom left button shows your running apps, shortcuts, new events and more links to 3, bbc mobile etc. The big middle button takes you to the main menu, and can also have shortcuts programmed to it for when you press up, down, left or right.
The main menu contains 9 sections set out in a four by three grid, if you press the associated number key on the key pad it takes you directly to that option on the menu or you can navigate about using the big middle button.
The first icon takes you to planet three, the second is your favourites, the third is entertainment this contains your apps and various other tools that you can use on your phone if you so desire I've never used any of these so I can't comment. The fourth is for your camera, the camera is 3.2 mega pixels which in my opinion are more than enough for a phone, there is a flash and various picture taking choices in the camera menu. The phone takes good pictures but I have not found a shortcut to the camera so it is a bit of a pain to get to if you are trying to capture something that is happening quickly. You can also use the phone to film video clips, these are also of quite good picture and sound quality. The fifth icon takes you to messaging, there are lots of messaging options and you can reach tour e-mails through here if you set the phone up to receive them. The sixth icon is for media, this is where you can reach all your photos, music, games etc. The seventh icon is for your alarms, you can set a lot of alarms on the phone if you so desire. The eighth icon is for your contacts; here you can edit your contacts and phone someone from your contact list. The ninth icon is for the radio, you need to plug the earphones into listen to the radio as they act as an aerial for the radio, you can search for and store radio stations in here. The tenth icon is a list of all incoming and outgoing calls. The eleventh icon is your organiser here you can get to the calendar, notes, stopwatch, calculator etc. the twelfth icon is for your settings in here you can change your alerts, the display, switch the Bluetooth on and off and various other bits.
You can change the main menu to display as a grid, rotating icons, a large single icon or to be set from the theme. As with all Sony Ericssons you can download themes for your phone that change the appearance of the display. You can also use the pictures that you have taken with your phone as wallpaper, this helps personalise the phone.
The phone charges in two hours and has a battery full indicator and a reminder to unplug the charger from the socket to save energy after you're finished charging. The phone holds a charge for around four days during regular texting use, and if you don't use the phone at all it stays charged for well over a week.
I love this phone and to be honest I mainly use it for texting, it is so easy to use. I do feel that it has been over filled with gadgets but they don't detract from the phone. I like to fill the memory card up with mp3s from my laptop and then use them as ring tones. If you do choose to play music through the phone the playback is very clear and the tracks are easy to scroll through using the middle navigation button, and there is an equalizer so you can adjust the sound to the way you like it.
This phone can be as easy or as complicated to use as you choose to make it, like I said earlier I mainly use this for texting, but the large variety of functions available on the phone make it a good choice for someone who likes to keep in touch with the world via the mobile web. The phone is very easy to connect to your laptop or pc using the usb cable so you can transfer data back and forth easily.
The only down side for me is that the screen scratched so easily so I would recommend getting a case or using a phone sock for some protection while the phone is in your pocket or bag.
thanks for reading
screen: 240x320 pixels
memory: micro sd support and 90mb internal memory
talktime: upto ten hours
standby: time: upto 400 hours
video call: upto 3 hours
camera: 3.2 mega pixels