Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... for the times when my newer phone fails (which tends to happen quite frequently) and the old W300i runs as good as new. A great re... more
The Technophobe's Choice
Sony Ericsson W300i
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Sony Ericsson W300i
Advantages: easy to use, reliable, sturdy
Disadvantages: camera rubbish
A couple of months ago I went out and bought myself a fancy new phone. It was an exceptionally clever piece of technology, not only could you call and text but it could go online and even had an application which could identify the stars in the night sky. The problem was that my brain was not advanced enough to cope with this technological wonder so I took it back to the shop and went back to using my trusty Sony Ericcson W 300i.
The W300i is unlikely to give you any street cred with its dated clamshell exterior and it does feel bulky compared to the latest phones but I am too old and practical to care about how my phone looks. The design means it is impossible to dial when the phone is in your bag and it is also sturdy as I have dropped it numerous times and it has stayed intact.
The keypad has circular shaped buttons which are a decent size so can cope with fat fingers. I have always found the menus to be intuitive to use and scroll through to find what I want. The screen is 1.6 inches and has a crisp display which is easy to read. I have used this phone for sending texts and making calls for around 2 years and it has always performed perfectly. The call clarity is good with no crackles or noises on the line and it always connects well to the network. Texts can be embellished with smiley faces should you desire and picture messaging is available too.
As well as the basic phone and text functions, the phone also functions as a Walkman, camera and radio. The quality of the speakers is pretty excellent but the fact that the memory is so small (a 500Mb memory card is supplied) means you can only hold around 15 or so full length music tracks. The radio is accessed by using the supplied headphones as an aerial and the reception is better than my car radio as I was able to connect to more stations in a rural area. The Sony Ericcson headphones are really good quality but the fact that the phone has a funny shaped connector instead of a standard headphone jack is a bit annoying.
Battery life is excellent if you don't use the music player and keep Bluetooth turned off and I can easily go a week between charges if I just talk and text. Using the Walkman features gives you a couple of hours of music before the battery dies.
There are a few other features which are not really worth bothering with. The camera has a puny 1.3 MP resolution which produces mages which are clear on the phone screen but blurry and dotty if you put them on a computer screen or try to print them out. The internet browser is painfully slow and the tiny screen means it takes a very long time to scroll through a page of text. This is a basic phone which plays some music but not a smart phone.
I like my W300i; I want a mobile primarily to phone and text and am not bothered about other features too much. Because of how simple it is to use, it is a great choice for technophobes who only want to keep in touch with their loved ones and don't need all the added extras of a smartphone.
Summary: a good basic phone
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