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I have had this phone for just under a year now, my Mum received it when she upgraded her contract with 3 but I took over it when she got an iphone with a different provider. At first I liked the look of it's silver, sleek design and the large screen looked nice...but I wasn't expecting much from the phone itself to be honest.
I was pleasantly surprised though... I found the links already built into the phone for Facebook, Twitter, google etc very useful and there's a good number of built in apps too, such as you tube (which is great on this phone, picture & sound quality). As someone who likes to use internet on my phone I love these features, and the size of the screen means I can see more detail when I'm browsing.
The biggest surprise for me though was the 3mp camera...previously when I've used 3mp cameras the quality hasn't been that great, but with this one the quality is fantastic! I've printed out many of my photos and they look great, and the pan&zoom features when editing the photos are great too without losing much quality at all. There is also a direct link to upload your photos straight to facebook etc which I've found very useful.
These are just the main features I've used apart from calling and texting, so I wouldn't be able to give a good review on the other features of this phone such as the music side of it, but for me it has been a great phone (it's hardly out of my hand!) and I think it's well worth the money that they're asking in the shops too.
Sony Ericsson Zylo
I have this mobile phone in pink. I bought it from eBay, it cost me £67 including delivery, it was used but only for a couple of months, and this price included a charger and headphones, which were both brand new. It was available in the Carphone Warehouse for £49.99, but it was sold out, and this price didn't include the charger or headphones. I didn't want to wait for it to come back in stock, I didn't know even if it was going to come back in stock, and I just had the urge that day to buy a new phone so I clicked to buy it now on eBay and got it. I think I got a good deal, even though this would have been free on contract, but I prefer to be on Pay as you go, I still think I got a reasonable price for this because from most shops it costs over £100 new.
I'm going to start this review by telling you about the way this phone looks. I love the style of it. It is available in black, silver or pink. I wanted this in pink because I think it looks quite cute and girly. I didn't like it as much in black as I thought it looked too boring, and in silver I thought it looked too boyish. Everyone will have different tastes when it comes to choosing the colour they want this phone in but I just wanted pink.
The phone is bigger than I thought it would be in real life than it is in the pictures I saw of it online before I bought it. I'm not complaining though - I love that this has a big screen, it means you can see more when you go on the internet from it. The camera is also really good because of this. Pictures can fit loads in them and its like a proper camera.
The camera has 3mp which according to my sister is just average. My old phone was 1mp though and I think this one looks fantastic compared to it. The quality is a lot better and you can tell this straight away.
There are loads of other great features on this phone as well, I didn't realise how many there were going to be when I bought it. I'm starting to realise now after having this phone for a few weeks how bad my old phone actually was. There are all the basic features on this phone, like Bluetooth, a calculator etc, but on the calculator on this phone there is actually a converter on it as well. So it is multi purpose! You can also get a step counter on this phone, if you keep your phone in your pocket all day you will know how many steps you have taken at the end of the day. And the phone also finds an average of the amount of steps you normally take. I do like this little feature, even though it might not sound the most exciting I have to admit I do find it quite fun knowing how many steps I have taken from day to day!
It is Windows 7 compatible. It is also YouTube compatible and has links to face book and twitter as well.
It has really good sound, both with and without headphones.
You can make music calls and video calls.
You can get FM radio, you need to have the headphones for this as they are used as the antennae.
You can also get Track Id, you click this if you are listening to the radio and a song you like comes on and you don't know what its called, so clicking this tells you all the information about the song so you can find it and listen to it again.
The phone is also an excellent one for music, with a built in walkman. You can use this with or without headphones.
When I first got the phone I couldn't believe how much free space it had on it - 220 MB!! And there were already some songs on it. There is no memory card inserted either, but if you want more space you can add one as well. So running out of memory space is not a problem on this phone.
Overall I really like this phone and I think right now that I will keep it for as long as I can, until it breaks or something (I will be sure to update this review if it does) but I don't think it will, being such a clumsy person I have already dropped it a few times already, but there isn't even a scratch on the screen or anything. So I think it is definitely durable and I am really, really pleased with this phone. I would definitely recommend it.
I recently got a Sony Ericcson Zylo, in silver, as a contract phone with Orange and so far I am pleased with it. My review might be a bit limited in scope as my use of mobile phones tends to be restricted to answering phone calls, texting and taking photos & videos. I sometimes play free games on phones, but functions involving the internet, listening to music, downloading apps, blue-tooth - well, I just don't use them. This phone will do these things, but I can't really comment on how well it does them.
This is a not-very-technologically-savvy person's consumer review! :)
*** Look & Feel ***
There's a nice, tactile quality about the phone itself, and its design has eye (and hand) pleasing curves. I like the size of it, it's not too bulky for me nor is it a wisp of a thing that I'm afraid of losing, but its chunkiness may not appeal to everyone.
The slider opens and closes with a satisfying smoothness and soft clicks. The keypad is clear and easy to use. The screen is a good size with great, vibrant colours and clarity. I really like the depth of colour it achieves.
*** Use ***
Using the phone is pretty much intuitive, with menus and icons that are usually self-explanatory and straight-forward.
To the right, there's a downward list of icons, with Orange World (internet), Answer Phone, Contact list, Write message, Social life, Music player, Orange TV, Orange Plus, App Shop, Backup and restore, Orange photo (where you can upload your photos to an online Orange storage service) and Orange widgets. Most of these functions I never use and have no idea how good they are. Sorry!
Fortunately, you can just press the middle button for the menu in what I find a more user-friendly form, with things like alarm settings easily accessible. You can set up to five alarms to go throughout the day, with a 10-minute snooze function as well. It also lets me find how to switch the phone to silent or outdoors quickly and the calculator, which are things I need to use more frequently.
I have successfully changed ring-tones and screensavers, so it's not difficult to get the phone's look and sound to suit you - if I can do it, you most certainly can!
*** Texting & Phoning ***
The phone has predictive text and all the usual language choices. It took me a while to get used to which button was the space and which was delete as it was different to my previous LG phone, but now I'm fine with it. The phone stores your texts and replies in 'conversations', which is quite easy to follow - your messages appear in grey speech bubbles, while your friend's appear in white. For a series of short messages especially, it's very easy to read back. You have all the normal emoticons to add to your messages as well. You also have, with Orange, free ecards in the messaging section.
It's easy to put in contact details to your address book - if you've done it on one phone before, you'll be able to do it on this one - and you just press the green button to phone someone.
The sound quality talking to someone is good and clear, although sometimes I hold the phone in the wrong place and miss my ear! It can be a bit echoey, but nothing too distracting.
*** Camera ***
The camera is of a reasonable quality but it's a 3.2 megapixel one, so your expectations have to be on that level. It is easy to zoom or to adjust for lighting, but you can only zoom when using picture size VGA (640x480), unfortunately.
Options it has are shoot mode, (where you can choose normal, frames, panorama or burst), picture size, timer, metering, white balance, night time and effects (where you can choose black & white or sepia for your photos).
I've found it less forgiving than my old phone of wobble when taking photos, although it's far speedier in actually taking a shot. Gone are the days of a second's pause after pressing the button, thankfully, but I have to be steadier of hand. You can geotag your photos, which means you can digitally label them with the location taken, (although I haven't a clue why you would want to!)
It has a nice function where it will do slideshows of the photos on the camera in various styles: 'harmonious', for example, blends images gently into each other and pans across some snaps, while 'energetic' sets it to lively music and spins & chunks your images.
*** Memory ***
I would have liked it if the phone came with a USB cable to make it easier to transfer photos and video to the laptop (and theoretically to add music for the Walkman feature), but sadly it doesn't. I think this is really short-sighted on the part of the makers, especially since the music aspect of the phone is one of its selling points. This lack means I really needed to buy a memory card for it, which is a shame. You get 260MB on the phone itself, which I think is pretty measly on the scale of things.
Having bought it a memory card, it's very easy to transfer pictures (and music). It's quite awkward accessing the memory card as you have to pop off the back of the phone with your finger-nail. I mean, obviously it's good that the back doesn't just fall off, but I think it'd be far better if there was a slot for it in the side of the phone or something. A problem I've found is that having saved some photos to the phone memory itself prior to buying a memory card, there's no obvious way of transferring them onto the memory card now. I imagine there is a way of extracting them, but it is certainly not as simple as calling up the photo and being given an option to save to the memory card. Now it has the memory card it automatically saves to it, which is handy for transfers but how to get at the early photos other than by sending them to email, I've not found yet.
*** Games & apps ***
The Orange app shop updates its catalogue when you go into it, which can take a minute. Considering I just want to get to 'my stuff', the 15 free demos, games and apps that's a trifle irritating. (I'm a skinflint, I'm not buying your apps!) I just play 'Quadrapop', which is a bit like Tetris with cute animals.
*** Battery & charging ***
The battery life of the phone is up to 4 hrs talk time. I wouldn't know about that, never having the inclination to talk much on the phone at all, much less for 4hrs at a stretch (haha), but certainly for playing silly games and texting I'd say that seems about right.
On standby the battery life is claimed as 339 hrs, which is about a fortnight. From my experience, I think that's probably a reasonable claim. I charge the phone once a week at most on light use. It doesn't take very long to charge: it had one bar left this afternoon so I charged it for maybe half an hour, and it's right back to the top again. It also buzzes and pops up a reminder for you to turn off your charger at the socket when you remove it from the lead, which is useful (as your charger consumes electricity even if not linked to a phone, so it's good for the environment and good for your electric bills to turn off the socket).
*** Conclusion ***
I think it's fair to say this phone is largely wasted on me: it has a lot of functions that I just don't use. But for what I do use it for, it performs well enough.
I am perfectly satisfied with the Sony Ericsson Zylo. This mobile phone is easy to use and the design is really nice. You can use it as a mp3 player and you get many nice ringtones for the Zylo. I use the alarm clock every morning to get awake.