This phone may now be outdates when compared to the latest smartphones. but I still cant manage without it. I have owned one for around 7 years now. My first one was black, and I was devastated when A friends toddler threw it against a wall and the screen went blank. I had dropped it numerous times myself without problem, but this was once too many. Luckily I was able to source a neary new silver version from the internet at a really good price (around 30 pounds) and my life was complete again. I still carry it everyday loaded with its own sim to do all my messaging and calls, even though I now have a smart phone for the internet.
So why do I like this phone so much? Well basically it is built with the end user in mind. The soft ware is so user friendly that it can be done with you eyes closed. It has a smooth sliding action, and the screen is bright and clear (though smallish by todays standards) and the ok button is always in the same place, unike other phones I have used. I will explain some of the functions that I like:
Battery life: around five days per charge though I am not a heavy user
Messaging: Open the phone, and the first icon lit up is messages, press the right hand button twice and you have a writing screen. The predictive text is actually helpful rather than obrrusive, and learns your choices. when you have finished writing the ok button takes you to a list of most used contacts, ok again and your done.
receive messages: Open the phone and press ok to read your new message.
Calling; Open the phone and and you list of contracts is the one below the highlighted icon. choose from your contacts and call.
recieving a call: slide up the phone to open it and you are immediately connected.
On top of the sheer simplicity of use, this phone has a super music player. plenty of volume and a clear crisp sound, you just have to connect it to your computer to drag and drop hundreds of music files ( it has a sd memory card). My one complaint is that there is no earphone jack, you have to use sony earphons that have a double rather large plug on the side of the phone which isnt always convenient whe its in you pocket, and easy to dislodge.
I had this phone for about a year. I loved the phone itself but it was also a nightmare! One of my friends also had this phone and it also was a nightmare for him.
I use to text a lot on the phone but my friend didn't do that much texting even though the same thing happened to his phone. After about a month of using it the hash button on the keypad fell off/broke off. The keypad itself isn't strong or stable. The keypads move around a lot and will eventually break off. In the year of using this phone I had it sent to get repaired roughly 6 times but the same problem kept happening again and again so I gave up on it. It was like the buttons were just stuck on with super glue or something! I don't know if they have fixed the problem or not though yet. Hopefully they have because it was a great phone.
It is a Walkman so I'm happy to say the speakers are good quality. It also had shake control which is where you just shake the phone to change songs. The camera is good for a 2 megapixel camera. It has a 930 mAh Li-Pol battery, standby time up to 570 hours and talk time up to 15 hours.
I would recommend this phone, but only if they have fixed the keypad problem otherwise it isn't worth all the hassle of sending it to get repaired lots of times. When I did experience problems with the keypad I searched on-line if anyone else had the same problem and quite a lot of people did.
Things I found good about this phone that made me love it:
- Dimensions: 99 x 47 x 14 mm
- Weight: 94 g
- Can have your own wallpaper, theme and screensaver
- I found that the vibration alert is very loud, loud enough so you can know when someone has contacted you even when your phone is in your pocket
- Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 and AAC ringtones
- Loudspeaker option during phone calls
- Very good, loud and clear speakers which I expected as it is a Walkman
- Memory Stick Micro (M2), up to 4GB. 512MB card included. Internal, 12 MB
- 1000 contacts on the phone and you can add a picture to the contacts
- Shortcut feature
- Battery life: Standard battery, Li-Po 930 mAh (BST-38)
Stand-by Up to 370 h
Talk time Up to 9 h
I got this phone when I was at school as it looked nice and stylish, and also Sony phones are reliable and it wasn't to expensive at the time. It has a built in walkman which is great for people who want to use their phone for listening to music, also it has a memory card slot so you can have as many songs as you like. The music played at the right volume, wasn't to loud or to quiet, and has the options to make your own playlists so you don't have to go through your songs all the time.
The phone slides up and then you get your keyboard, this was very easy to use and you didn't have to press down on the buttons to hard for them to respond, texting is easy.
The phone also has a built in pedometer which I used to enjoy, my friend had the same phone as me so we always used to have competitions to see who had walked the most!
After about 8 months of having the phone, my buttons started falling off and not workings which is a shame, as this was such a reliable phone untill then!
Obviously, this phone doesn't have an android market etc due to it's age so if your looking for a phone thats up to date then this isn't the one for you, as it lacks any free apps and games.
Before transferring over to the smartphone world with blackberries I had long been a Sony Ericsson fan and customer. Over the years I have had a string of Ericsson walkman phones, this was due to them being reliable with good battery life and having good sound quality for all my music tracks which was extremely important to me. I didn't really want to have to carry a phone and an mp3 player so I needed a good quality mobile that could keep my music safe as well. The W580i is a slide up compact phone which comes in a variety of colours.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
I have the pink version of the w580i I think it is known as metro pink. It is a predominantly a pale dusty pink in colour with white sides and hot pink on the back when the phone slides open to reveal the keypad. It measures roughly 4" x 2" when closed and gains an extra inch in length when open.
The top of the phone is home to the memory card slot and main on/off button with the volume keys on the left hand side. All other main buttons are situated on the front of the phone below the screen and can be accessed without needing to slide up the phone. As well as the play/pause and direction keys there is the short cuts key allowing you to reach your favourite apps, walkman button which takes you straight to the music player, and your selection keys which double as unlock when the phone is shut (however sliding the phone open unlocks too.)
*+*+* FUNCTIONS *+*+*
The Sony Ericsson w580i has all the functions you would expect off of a non smartphone with calling, SMS, MMS and games. Being a walkman phone it has the ability to store all your favourite tracks on the micro m2 memory card and play them back making this as good as an Mp3 player as it is a phone and has the added bonus of being able to hake the phone to change the track. Another point of amusement on the w580i is the fitness application, this allows you to turn your phone into a step counter and keep track of your running and walking. This combined with the walk around the world app and pocket trainer adds a little bit fun .
*+*+* EASE OF USE *+*+*
This phone is one of the easiest phones I have owned to operate. It is easy to slide to reveal the keypad which has fair sized buttons. I have heard of people having trouble with the buttons cracking but I haven't seen this. The navigation around the functions could not be simpler everything is reachable from the main menu which is opened via the large play/pause button on the centre of the phone.
The music player is easy to work with your basic mp3 controls visible below the screen allowing you to work the mp3 player with the phone closed
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I really love this phone the only real reason for my upgrading was needing to be able to get to my emails and social networks easy and for free. I still have his phone and due to its extremely long battery life take it with me if I am camping as I know I will always have a phone on me with battery life. I am yet to find a fault with this phone everything it claims to do it does and it does it well. When I first purchased this phone I was a little dubious of the slide up action. I think in the back of my head all I could think was that it was just one more thing to break but I am not afraid to admit I was proved wrong. The size of this phone makes it handy and useful and easy to carry around be it in a bag or pocket. There are other colour schemes I have seen grey/black and white but I like the pink it makes it a little different. The sides of the phone are able to light up and you can change the sequence and colours to your preference which again allows this phone to stand out. The camera is 2 megapixel pretty standard for this age and size phone it takes a good picture but I always have my camera on me so this isn't so much a deciding factor.
When it comes down to this it is a walkman phone so the music player is a massive part of its appeal and to me it doesn't disappoint the music is clear and has a good volume range. I do however wish it had a normal earphone socket instead of the Sony Ericsson one as I would like to use my own headphone sometimes instead of having to rely on the provided ones which never seem to stay in my ears (maybe I have funny ears)
All in all this phone does all it can sure it is not a smart phone and my email, Facebook and twitter are not at the end of my finger but sometimes I wish they weren't. Just imagine the extra time we would all have if we were not emailing and checking social networks on our phones.
I have this phone in pearlised pink. It has super snappy slider and an excellent bright screen. It has the usual toggle mechanism for navigation and the keyboard is standard.
It has a good sound if you want to use it as a Walkman and takes very very good photos. I just wish it would zoom, but you can manipulate the pictures later if you want.
I recently did myself as Clint Eastwood in a stetson called it Bunny Eastwood and turned it sepia. Ok, I was bored, but I did get the audition.
I have never had a problem with this phone. Except when some cheeky man tried to Bluetooth me on a train.
The build quality of this phone is excellent although a glittery rhinestone dropped out of the W logo the first week I had it. I was not delighted about that, as you may imagine.....
I would definitely buy another of these phones, It was £90 well spent.
When it is shut you can use it as a make up mirror.
There are some good games on it, and I like the voice activation and picture you can set for your favourite buddies.
You just say ' George Clooney' and his face pops up automatically as you phone him.
If you are not fussy about technology and prefer to not be hassled with it, than this could be the phone for you. It is an older generation of the Sony Ericsson phone, although it has many features which could appeal to you. Firstly it comes in many different colors from grey and blue, to ruby red. You can purchase them anywhere, funky designs are available online and maybe in some stores.
Some of the features include a camera, 2 mega pixels to be precise.So if you are an avid user of a camera, and like to take pictures with your phone this is probably not a safe bet. Great games included such as 'Sims', it also has a bright display and Memory Stick Micro. It has buttons on the side in order to change volume, and slots to insert the re-charger.
It has brilliant voice quality, and the battery life is quite good. The music player is stated the be well over 15 hours before the battery dies, also the reception scores high marks along the way. You can save up to 1000 contacts, and it has many different modes such as flight and lastly Bluetooth.
In conclusion, if you want a phone which is not primiliary the one you use. If you love music, and do not want to be extravagant with the price than this is certainly worth the buy. It also looks very sleek and stylish, a slide phone with a screen pad which is fairly accessible. Great buy!
This is one of the best phones I have ever owned, very quick, reliable, great battery life and very good sound quality. It also has a built in pedometer which allows you to roughly track the amount of steps you take in one day, and also a fitness tool which can be quite fun to use.
The video playback allows you to play .mp4 films, although the videos can lag out slightly and the voice tracking can get a bit behind. Also because it's a Sony Ericsson Walkman, the music player is very good. It can also hold an m2 memory card, which allows you to add much more music, or videos onto the phone, or use it as a USB if needed.
There are a few problems with the phone though, the keyboards occasionally stops working, but after it is reset, it will usually work normally again. And the screen is also weakness, as I have managed to break three of them, and I have never done this with any other phone, but the screens are relatively cheap to replace.
Well what can I say about this.
Design: The lights on the side, and being able to customise it is a great feature. There is an application which you can download onto your computer, which lets you make your own custom themes. This app is easy to use, which overall helps make the sony ericsson phone a whole lot better. The slide works really well, but after a lot of sliding up and down, some marks are left by the tracks, but they are hard to see so it shouldn't metter that much.
Speed: It is pretty fast, but don't try to slide your phone up and down too much, it will slow down and you will end up with a long wait for the lockscreen to finish.
The camera is ok, but lacks zoom on anything other than VGA. This is not really good, as zoom is important with 2Mp sensors.
Overall this is a good phone, good calling aswell.
This was my second ever phone and I absolutely adored it when I first bought it.
I spent ages researching which phone to buy within my price range and I eventually settled with this one. And I have to say, it's a very lovely phone. It's a bit bulky so not really ideal to have in your jean pocket at the best of times, but a good phone.
One of the main reasons why I bought this was because it was a music phone. At the time, I didn't have any music gadgets so it made sense to get a music phone. I was not disappointed. There is a dedicated walkman button which is helpful in being able to use the music player separately to your phone.
Sound quality from the speakers, although better than standard phones, is not too great. You're better off listening to music through the earphones rather than the speakers.
The one thing I love about this one, and most Sony Ericsson phones, is the delivery message when you send someone an mms. It actually tells you when someone opens up the message so that you know when it has been delivered to the recipient. I have yet to come across another phone brand who has that feature.
I found that battery life was quite good. I spent the first few weeks using the music player quite frequently so I was surprised when the battery remained quite high after all of that. There is also a section in the phone which tells you the percentage of battery left, which is very handy for when you're not sure whether to charge or not.
This is a very reliable phone. I bought this phone a couple of years back and now my mum uses it. It's still working fine. The only thing is that the silver paint on the keys has scratched off a lot. So if you have long nails, be careful.
Camera is 2.0 megapixels. It's sufficient for casual photo taking with friends but don't expect the quality to be too great when you put it onto your computer or even get them printed off. The photos look fab when viewed on the mobile though. I think this is all expected though since the emphasis on this phone is the music player.
The mobile phone itself is very stylish. The slider is smooth and doesn't feel cheap unlike some other phones that I have come across. Something nice to show off.
This is a very easy to function phone, not too hard to navigate and perfect for someone who wants a music phone but nothing too complicated.
I'm quite embarrassed to say that one of the main reasons I bought this phone was because of its looks. I loved the colours of it (I got the urban grey one which is a really lovely silvery grey and blue - really different to the usual plain black or silver phones available). It's a very slender, phone and I loved the curve to it. It's also really small and light so fits easily into a pocket or bag without taking too much space. However, I will never buy a phone based on its looks again as this is the worst phone I have ever had and after just two weeks I was trying to return it and exchange it for any phone I could get! Even though I bought it for its looks I was quickly put off them after comments that it looked like a child's toy phone and "a bit plastic and cheap looking".
It is a very cute looking phone with stylish colours and I loved how you can change the lights on the side of the phone so they change colours when someone texts or calls. But even this didn't work properly and kept changing itself back to the default lime green. The actual themes on the phone like the wallpaper and the menu background also kept changing themselves back to the default at random. The slide on the phone is quite nice and smooth and isn'too stiff like I've found some phones can be.
One of the main problems with this phone was that the buttons fell off when I text, which is a problem I've noticed a lot of people with this phone seem to have. Each button is only attached at one small point in the centre and mine all snapped in half after around 10 days and then continued to fall off bit by bit. After 2 or 3 weeks the only whole buttons I had remaining were the * and the # (the ones I barely used). The middle buttons were all completely gone and the rest were just half buttons and I found it really difficult to text as I had to use my nail to try push a small rubber circle. Even the main buttons below the screen occasionally got stuck. Being fair, I do send quite a lot of texts. However, I wouldn't say much more than any other teenager these days and I have never had buttons falling off my previous phones before.
Another big problem with this phone was that the battery life was absolutely appalling. It never lasted 2 whole days and after a week I was having to charge it every night. I rang up the phone shop about this and they said that it's because I was listening to music or making calls on it as this drains the battery life. But I wasn't doing that anyway - I was only really using it for texting and a couple of quick (only a few minutes) calls. The fact is though it is a walkman phone so many people are going to be buying this phone to listen to their music. The "shake to shuffle" function (shake the phone to change the track) is one of the main advertised features of this phone. So if I had used it as a walkman I cant imagine it would last more than a few hours if sending some texts drained the battery so quickly. Also, what sort of walkman mobile phone is it if I can't listen to music or make phone calls on it?
This was my first ever Sony Ericsson phone and I found it quite easy to use and learn my way around it. I loved the idea of the music recognition application but it rarely worked when I tried to use it as an error kept occurring. The camera was okay, it's only 2MP which isn't great compared to other phones available but again this is a walkman phone so the camera isn't the main selling point. There isn't a flash but there is a night option for when its dim. The music functions as expected are very good. The sound quality is good and so are the headphones included. You can make play lists and the music was organised by artists and albums like any mp3 but a lot of phones do not have this feature. The shake to shuffle function is also great fun.
Something I did love about this phone was that it had a built in pedometer and also some fitness functions so you could keep track of how far you've been walking each day. This did find encourage me to walk more which can never be a bad thing! This pedometer can be turned off it wanted though.
Before a few days ago I had never written a phone review for Dooyoo before and I wasnt sure whether Id even be any good at it. But since that review Ive had some really positive feedback and some great comments so I decided to give reviewing a phone another go. This "Sony Ericsson W580i" was the phone I had before buying my new one and I did have it for quite some time so god knows why I didnt get around to reviewing it before as it has been on my To-Do list for quite some time and although I may have forgotten about some of the features luckily for me my mom has this phone as well so I still use it quite a bit and it is currently sitting on the computer table next to me in order to try and refresh my memory. This review will probably have the same sort of format as my last phone review as I think that works best but Im shocked to read that this phone might not be available anymore - but Ill be gutted if thats true!
I got this phone for around £70 (but that was quite a while back) from my moms catalogue site Simply Be, I have heard that this phone has now been discontinued but if you have a look around sites like amazon & ebay you will probably be able to buy it very cheaply. This phone is available on contract although I did get it on PayAsYouGo as I simply cant trust myself with a contract phone and it is available on a range of different networks - I personally chose Orange. If you get this phone from somewhere like Phones4U then you will probably be able to get a great package deal with added extras like free texts or calls but if your just getting it from a website like I did your probably only going to get the basics. However I did get a 1GB memory card free with mine which I think is included wherever you buy this model from if you need more memory than that then you will obviously need to upgrade your memory card.
The appearance of this phone is very in keeping with the newer range of Sony Ericssons being very sleek and stylish and it actually looks to be more expensive than it actually is. My phone was actually the pink and sliver colours but it is also available in grey, white and black for those who dont want such a feminine phone. The phone itself is very light and compact and is a slide up design - this can easily fit in your pocket while your out and about without it being obvious that your carrying a phone. All the buttons on this model are clearly marked so you can tell straight away what button does what and what feature it will take you to should you click on it and there are also side buttons such as on that contains your memory card and one that will tell you exactly what percentage your battery is on - the on/off button is also situated on the back of the phone rather than on on of the buttons. Overall I really like the appearance and design of this phone, its pink, sleek, stylish and compact so basically everything I wanted from my phones appearance.
I did find this phone really easy to navigate and even though I have always used Walkmans in the past I think someone that has never used a phone from this brand before will be able to navigate their way around this one with ease. Like I previously mentioned all the buttons on the front of the phone are clearly marked with little symbols so you can see straight away what button takes you to what feature and I think you can even set your buttons to take you to certain features that you personally use most often for example your phonebook. The button on the side tells you exactly how much memory your phone has left to use and how much percentage of your battery is left so you always know exactly when your phone needs to be charged without your battery dying first. The "homepage" is clearly set out with 12 different sections such as: messaging, calls, camera, Walkman, settings & Internet so you can find everything you need with just one click of a button. I dont think I had any problems with navigating my way around this phone at all and it is so easy to do the keys are all responsive and get you to the feature you need straight away with no pause and when you change the settings literally one button gets you to where you need to be so its great for people on the go who dont want to wait around for their phone!
I have said this in my previous phone review but Im going to repeat myself here. I am not really fussed when it comes to features - dont get me wrong I love having a camera and a Walkman on my phone but the features dont have to be amazing to impress me and this phone won me over with its features because it does have some added sections that Ive never had on a phone before eg the Fitness section which I will mention more later. This is definitely one of the best SE phones for features because even though yes it does have a camera like all the rest this one is better so the features arent exactly ones you wont find anywhere else but for a SE phone they are still pretty great.
Now when I first bought this phone I didnt have a digital camera so I was hoping the camera on this would be pretty decent and I have to say it really is. It is only 2.0 mega-pixels so the images arent as good as they could be but they are still really clear with no blurring and the colours dont look washed out at all. Even if the images dont look to great on the phone when you upload then to Face book or whatever they look great and if I wasnt told I dont think Id be able to tell they wre taken on a mobile phone. The camera for this phone is actually really good and possibly the best on any phone Ive tried and the same goes for the video. It produces really clear images that look great - I dont want any more from a camera really - of course the pictures wont be as a great as a proper camera but they are great for a phone.
Definitely by far my favourite feature on this phone and really the main reason I bought it as again at the time I didnt own my Ipod. In all the time I had this phone I think I managed to fit about 200 songs on the Walkman and for me I dont need many more than that so the memory for music is great. You can create set play lists fro different occasions like the gym or a party so you choose exactly what you listen to and when because it is so easy to control and navigate much better than lugging around a CD player LOL. For people that listen to music a lot like I do then this phone is a must have because its like having your whole music collection in your back pocket this is a definite must have for music junkies like me.
Theres nothing majorly special about this phones messaging capabilities but as long as it can send a text Im not to fussed. On this phone you can choose to send an ordinary text, a picture message, a voice message or an email I used all of those in the time that I had this phone and they all worked perfectly for me. You can choose to get delivery reports when your message is sent but thats about the only added feature - simple yet effective. Nothing majorly fabulous but it gets the job done.
Again nothing special about this feature except that you can receive calls and make calls just fine which basically means the calls are a winner in my opinion. I dont think great added features are necessarily needed in the calls section anyway so SE have kept it simple and it does exactly what it promises. The calls are always clear and you can hear everything people are saying it does the job but again nothing amazing.
Now I thought this feature might be worth mentioning because Ive never had a phone that has had a fitness section on it before. In this section you have Running - which basically tells you how far you have run, how long it took you & how many calories you burnt, Walking - which tell you the distance you have walked, how many steps, what your daily average is and how many calories you have burnt & then there is advanced. This is a sort of separate app.which you basically win medals on depending on how far you walk overall and daily and how far you run & how many calories you have burnt. I really liked this app because I found myself wanting to get to 8000 steps so I could win the next medal so its perfect for people who already exercise and for people who are trying to get into it. A great added extra.
Some of this phones other features include: bluetooth & Internet which I guess are both pretty standard on phones these days but are absolutely great nonetheless I uses the bluetooth on a daily basis so if a phone didnt have it I would not be a happy bunny! The features on this phone are pretty basic as in ones you get on pretty much every phone these days but they are great and they do the trick!
ITS MORE OR LESS INDESRUCTABLE!
I have to add a section on how bloody strong this phone is because it is pretty much indestructible. During this time I had this phone I: dropped it on numerous occasions, dropped it down the toilet on a night out, it fell in the mop bucket while I was cleaning and it was smashed against the wall quite a few times as well and somehow it bounced back every single time and worked perfectly afterwards. It only broke eventually when my brother smashed the screen in so believe me this phone really is a fighter!
I really hope this phone hasnt been discontinued because I was planning on buying another one in the future but if it is still sold I highly recommend it to everyone. Its sleek and stylish, has a great range of features and you can even drop it down the toilet and it wont break! It covers the basics without being extra fancy but manages to add something different with the fitness app. I love it and I really wish mine hadnt broke - highly recommended.
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i had this phone a couple of years ago, i thoroughly enjoyed owning this phone, i had it for 18 months without fault. it is good looking, the camera is not bad for the this type of phone. the user interface is very easy to navigate through and shortcuts assigned to the Walkman controls on the front make it easy to get to your favourite applications. the walkman itself is very good, you can access your music and create playlists quickly and easily. the headset supplied with this phone are of a really high quality, they are the only headphones i have had with a phone which lasted the full length of my contract. my favourite feature of this phone by far is the built in step-counter, it tracks your steps from day to day, you can set yourself goals and attempt challenges. this feature mixed with the walkman makes this a perfect phone for the health conscience. the phone has a small internal memory but works with a micro SD card so if you need more you can put in what you need. i would recommend this phone to anyone interested in a cheap pay as you go phone.
This phone has lasted me 2 years and I haven't needed to buy another yet. The W580i is small and slimline, and is perfect to fit in your pocket or bag.
I got it in white, so the small walkman logo and the buttons are orange.
Messaging: You can send text/picture/voice/email messages off your phone. There is an inbox, outbox, sent messages folder, outbox and drafts folder. There are also picture message templates (Help! and Lets Party!) and an RSS reader.
Internet: You can get on the internet easily on this phone, although the screen is quite small and it is quite hard to scroll down webpages easily. Mine is O2 Home, which is about 25p per minute (I'm on Pay as you Go).
Entertainment: You can get radio on the phone (if you attach a handsfree, the cord works as an antennae) and also games and demo games. There is also Track ID, where you can find out hte name and artist of a song that you are listening to. You can change files using VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and MusicDJ, and can also record sound.
Walkman: This can hold upto about 100 songs (with a 512MB memory card inserted) and the sound quality is good.
Camera: The digital camera is good quality, and you can use effects (e.g. black and white, sepia etc.) when taking photos.
There is also a fitness application with a step counter and a running timer, and other things such as alarms, calendar, calculator and timer/stopwatch.
You can use bluetooth to transfer files from one phone to another, or to a computer.
Overall, this phone is good quality. However, the only problem so far is the buttons - sometimes they do not respond when I press them (e.g. I'll press the 2 button 3 times in order to type C, but it will only type A or B) and so I expect this will get worse with time, because my friend had the same problem, and eventually the buttons didn't work at all.
Well in my opinion this is a tricky one to handle here because for many people now a phone is so much more than something that sends and receives calls and texts. I know amongst my family and friends there are those that have bought phones that have lived more of a life as a digital camera and handheld gaming console than a communication device. For me however a phone needs to do a few things and it is these things that I will judge the phones performance off. The first thing the mobile has to do, probably by definition, is to make and receive calls and texts. The next thing the phone needs to be reliable as it has to be able to do what I want it to do, when I want it to do it without any hassle on my part (Hey, we're all after an easy life aren't we?!). Third the battery life has to be pretty decent. By pretty decent I mean it's got to last at least a couple of days. Because until we are using induction pads to charge our portable electronics every time we place them on the desk it takes time and effort to hunt down the charger and find a spare socket to charge the phone. Finally, the phone must be reasonably aesthetically pleasing and must have a considerable quality feel to it. Right now we know where the bar is, let's get going!
Right, to the first point. I have had this phone a couple of years now and right now it's still going strong but that isn't to say it hasn't had it's problems. About a few months to a year after I had the phone the microphone, or something related, broke so although I could talk to other people, they couldn't hear me. Quite a big problem in my opinion. Luckily for me once I got on the phone to Sony Ericsson they offered to fix the problem free without argument. I can't remember how long my phone was away for but I can remember it was as quick as I could have hoped for. Anyway the phone came back in full working order and apparently had had it's buttons changed too which is another common problem, so I'm told. The only other comments I've really got on reliability is that the phone occasionally crashes which to be fair isn't bad considering my phone can easily go a month or more without being turned off. Other family members have had this phone and had no problems or like me have had them quickly resolved. On the other had I have got other family members that trashed theirs within a few weeks. If you are one of those people (You know who you are!) that go through phones like toilet paper then this phone may not be for you. Remember I am not the most gentle person in the world with my phone but do try my best to care for it and treat it with respect. All this considered the phone is going to get a 3 for 'Reliability'
Needless to say there's not much to say about the second point expect the phone sends and receives calls and texts. It really has way more features than I would need or want so in fact some of them such as the unnecessary LEDs down the side just waste power. For this reason the phone is getting a 4 for 'Features'.
The battery has a battery life just as I would expect really if not better. I can go several days without recharging it. There isn't an option to rate the battery life but I would give it 4 out of 5 as although it is pretty good it can be dramatically shortened if a lot of calls are made. You can go out with full battery and if you have a really phone intensive afternoon then it's flat. This is particularly annoying as typically those times when you are making most calls are when the phone is most important to you.
Finally, I would say this phone looks pretty pleasing. It's nothing flash but it isn't a brick either. On the other hand my sister would probably argue about the last point. In my opinion it's absolutely fine. Anything smaller and I'd lose it or it'd be too awkward to use. Let's remember it's also a lot smaller than most of the 'fancier' phones out there. The phone also has a nice solid feel to it relative to other phones. I stress the last bit because really I wouldn't say it is the most solid phone in the world but compared to what we're expected to get used to these days it's pretty good. This results in a mark of 4 for 'Processing/Quality'.
Well I guess it's time to tie all this together into a final mark. For me it's got to be a 3 or a 4. Since I'm feeling generous it is getting a 4. I wouldn't recommend it but I wouldn't not recommend it either. Check it out in the shop and ask about to see what you think. After buying this phone I can't see you winding up majorly disappointed but at the same time can't see you being ecstatic either. I would buy it again going back because it was the best option at the time. If it broke again now I would buy something else.
My second Sony Ericsson phone. I loved it to start with. However four month in the main keypad keys started cracking I held on until all but one of the number pad keys had cracked before I sent it to Song Ericsson to be repaired. It arrived back after two week and it lasted one month before it revisted Sony's repair shop as the top keys had stopped working. The same process of a two week wait and my phone arrived back. Yet again a month later the phone was sent back, this time the phone was operating itself. Typing in text and pressing 'OK' constantly of its own accord. I came back after the usual two week wait and was sent back the next day as the problem had not been resolved. After a three week wait this time my phone came back and worked for a further week before it decided it would start doing anything it wanted and the only way to avoid was to keep the battery out of it.
I would not recommend to anyone to buy a Sony Ericsson phone after the experiences that I have had with their products.