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      04.04.2011 11:18

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      Wonderful phone, will last a long time but when that joystick goes, it's time to move on and quick!

      The Sony Ericsson T610 was a fantastic phone back in it's day. It was my first colour screen phone and my first camera phone, and really blew me away when I got it for my birthday! Luckily this was just before Christmas and so that Christmas became the first of many when my friends and I would take picture upon picture of each other during our Christmas celebrations!

      The phone is solid in terms of performance and stability. The addition of the "joystick" in the centre was inspired, although after a lot of use (towards the end of my phone's life) the joystick started to stick and become unresponsive. But in the beginning and throughout my time using it, the joystick was invaluable to quickly move around messages, text, websites and of course photographs.

      The phone came with the usual specifications, enjoying polyphonic ringtones, java games and bluetooth as standard. The use of bluetooth allowed easy sharing of photographs and ringtones, finding other devices without a problem and transferring quickly (well, for the size of the photographs at the time, it didn't take too long!).

      The fact that so many java games are available on the internet to download made it perfect for killing time. Connection to the PC was easy, again through either bluetooth (if you had a dongle) or through the cable. PC synchronization was available too.

      Infra-red was available too, but with the introduction of bluetooth infra-red wasn't used very often by myself or my friends. Who would spend time lining up their phones perfectly so the infra-red 'eyes' could see each other and start to transfer? One tiny knock putting them out of line with each other and you'd have to start the whole process again!

      I only occasionally used the modem built in to the mobile phone but it worked well (although slow by today's standards).

      Overall, this was one of many Sony Ericsson phones I owned and was exceptionally happy with. Up until recently I would only consider Sony Ericsson. In recent years however Sony Ericsson have gone down hill, releasing phones too late in to the market and not ensuring the quality of the devices they've been releasing. The Sony Ericsson T610 was the flagship phone that everyone wanted and showed just how good a phone can be, taking it beyond the call and texting to a whole new world of media-sharing fun.

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      21.08.2010 17:08
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      A great mobile in its day.

      The T610i was my first Sony Ericsson mobile and until recently I've had Sony Ericssons ever since. There must be a reason for this huh?

      Well the phone's quite chunky and certainly wasn't the reason I chose it although it's not particularly heavy, nor is it ugly I wouldn't have said. Just quite angular. It feels good in your hand though and the quality is good, the keypad doesn't deform and squeak when your texting like some other phones I've tried. The T610i has a standard keypad with a tiny 'joystick' (if you lived through the 80's/90's you'll understand) for naviagtion up, down, left and right.

      The menus are typical sony ericsson, as I've said many times before, nice bold icons and really simple to use. The joystick is easy to manipulate in order to navigate around although I'd be dubious about how easy it'd be to use by somebody with larger hands or fingers than myself - it really is quite small. If it was a problem then the other keys can be used instead but I suppose that defeats the point of having it.

      The phone has an integrated 319 x 288 pixel camera and the photos you've taken can be used as the background on the homescreen. The phone is also set-up to send and receive MMS.

      The 2MB internal phone memory allows you to store a number of photos taken with the integrated camera. If you're the kind of person who stores lots of texts/picture messages though then the memory runs out quite quickly unfortunately. Battery life is good, I would charge mine every 3 days initially. As with all mobiles the battery memory seems to decline with age and I ended up charging every 36 hours or so by the time I stopped using this model - not too inconveniet.

      At the time the ony negative I had was that the joystick became a little stiff to use towards the end and eventually stopped working in one direction. Sony Ericsson happily repaired this for me under warranty. Annoying but not the end of the world.

      Overall a good, reliable (for the most part) phone that does what a mobiles supposed to with a few added extras. Very outdated now unfortunately but would still make a great choice for a child or as a back-up phone.

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      18.08.2010 23:28

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      Not a bad phone for the price paid, but in this day and age you can do much better for much less

      This was one of my first mobile phones that I purchased back in 2004. It was £80 at the time and a lot of thought went into what phone I wanted to get, as having a good phone was the cool thing to do back when I was at school :)

      The reliability of the phone is the most impressive feature that I would like to point out. After using it excessively and somewhat roughly over the years, it still worked well until I left it in my pocket and put it through the washing machine.

      Although it was rather intuitive to use, it had several niggling design faults that annoyed me. First, the joystick was small and too fiddly to use effectively. Luckily the buttons could be used as an alternative, but even these had the issue of being too small.

      Screen, sound, signal and battery quality was all acceptable although not necessarily noteworthy. I noticed a depreciation of battery power over a relatively short period of time, although as I charged it almost every night this wasn't too much of an issue.

      The features such a Bluetooth and a VGA camera were awesome in the day and did just as expected - for the price, I believe it was my best option.

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      04.06.2010 20:19
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      It was ok back in the day...

      The Sony Ericsson was my first ever mobile phone. It's a solid phone that isn't easily damaged. Although it doesn't have as many functions as modern day phones it still has the basics and a little bit extra. The joystick was very useful, especially when it came to playing games and also when scrolling through texts.
      The code memo is excellent because even if you forget the PIN code it still allows you to access it without giving away any of the sensitive information that was already stored on it.
      That phone was thrown around a countless number of times and it still managed to survive where any other phone would probably have fallen to pieces.
      It doesn't include a video camera and the still photo camera isn't very clear. After I had used it for some time, the call quality began to deteriorate and I had complaints from people on the other end of the line saying they couldn't hear me properly. At first I thought it was due to the network coverage in my area but then after trying it in lots of different places I realised it was a fault with the phone.
      Another downside to the phone is it's charger. Instead of being pulled out of the phone it is bent downwards instead. I have had to replace the charger a large number of times because of it getting broken easily.

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      13.08.2009 17:04
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      Would not buy one now

      This was one of the first mobile phones that I ever had and it was amazing in its day. It was also one of Sony Ericsson's first phones and it made the company into one of the current leading brands.

      The mobile phone itself is actually the same size as most mobile phones that are currently on the market today. It may even be a just a little bit thicker but is a perfect size and fits into your pocket easily.

      At the time of release, this was one of the best phones on the market, if not the best. It was one of the first to have a full colour screen and also one of the first to have an integrated camera built in. Although it now lacks many features that current phones have it still is a really good phone to use especially if it is just basic communication that you require.

      It does all the basic communication features such as calling, sms texting and even access to the net through WAP. The sound quality during calls is just as good as the phones of today. It does have other features but I currently would not say they are useful anymore. While it does have a camera, it is very poor on today's standards. It is a VGA quality camera with a poor zoom feature. The built in memory of the phone is only 2MB so you cannot store a lot of pictures, roughly about ten before you must save them onto a computer or delete them. There is no expandable memory.

      It does not have an mp3 player, which many phone users now require and it still plays polygraph ringbones. A major plus for this phone is that it was also one of the first to have bluetooth compatibility so you can attach a bluetooth hands free kit to it.


      Other things it now lacks against newer phones would be a speaker to use as a speaker phone, the screen is now smaller then usual and the battery life is definitely not of useful quality anymore. It will not last more than 4 days without needing to be charged up even if it was left on standby for those full 4 days.

      This was an early phone with a joystick and after a years use of this phone, the joystick began to become a pain as it became less responsive especially when accessing cerntain parts of the menu.

      Overall it was a brilliant mobile phone when it was first released but with technology improving everyday, this was bound to meet its grave sooner or later.

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        16.05.2009 20:36
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        Handy phone which was ahead of its time

        I had this phone for a couple of years and even having upgraded miss the ease with which I could navigate about the screens etc with the mini joystick. The desktop appearance was easy to update to give it a new feel. As a phone it was excellant. It never let me down or did odd things like some of the so called 'smart' phones. It also had a decent set of downloadable games which were great entertainment of the train etc. Size wise it was excellant in that it was small enough to be easy to carry but large enough not to get lost easily. The case was durable and rugged although it did scratch easily. Feature wise it was pretty weak with very few extra features although having bluetooth etc did make hands free easy. I managed to get a great incar holder with speakers that could charge as well as allow easy communication

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          22.01.2009 21:05

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          Good phone

          Although this phone is now very much out of date in the mobile phone industry i feel it is very much worth a review. The phone is very compact and extremely solid. This makes it very hard to damage, therefore making the phone reliable. It does not have a brilliant camera and dust quickly settles on the lense which is hard to get rid of. Despite this the phone is easy to text off and I personally have not had any major faults with mine. You are able to access the internet from it and also download music on it, which in my opinion is played with good sound. I have owned the phone for over a year and every part of it including the buttons is still intact. The phone also doesn't need to be charged up to often as the battery last for around six days a time.

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          23.10.2008 08:43
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          A good phnoe, but rather dated.

          The Sony Ericsson T610 is a good phone, but now seems a bit dated.
          The overall feel of the phone is nice, and it fits nicely into your hand, although it does seem a bit heavy, it is small.
          The screen is ok, but seems a bit "bleached" almost as if the color balance is slightly off, but there isn't too much usability to be lost from that fact.
          The camera is, to be frank, rubbish. It's pixely, and hard to see anything on the screen when using it. If your looking for a phone that can take pictures, i don't really recommend this.
          The phone has support for Infrared and bluetooth connections, so it shouldn't have any trouble connecting with any other devices that have either.
          It does offer web browsing, but on the small screen, it's difficult and not that nice to use.
          The same as it can also play games, but only Java 1 games, not the newer Java 2. This means that any new games just won't work on it.
          As a phone though, it works well. call quality is clear, and everything sounds pleasant, without any hisses or static.
          Texting is easy too, thumbing the buttons with one hand.
          all in all, its a good phone, but a bit dated nowadays. I wouldn't recommend you really get this, aim for a newer phone.

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            15.03.2007 14:50
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            Buy one now. Its durable, and easy to use.

            A Compact, easy to use phone that is completely customisable.
            The Sony Ericsson T610 is a dream to own and use. It features an intuitive user interface, as well as both bluetooth, and infrared connectivity.

            One of the key ideas behind the design of this phone is customisation. No two T610s will be the same. It is possible to make your phone uniquely and distinctively yours.
            The built-in music DJ enables you to compose tunes that you can then set to be your own individual ringbone. Or maybe you would prefer to use the voice recorder to record your own ‘Incoming Call’ message.
            The Bluetooth, and Infrared facilities make communication between other devices simplicity itself.

            The only negative point really is the camera, which is not very high resolution, however photos from the T610 viewed on other devices always appear better than they do on the T610 screen.

            This phone is super durable. I have dropped it many times, I have carried it around the world in the bottom of a rucksack, and even got it wet. The case does have a few dents and scratches now, but the phone is still in full working order, and a testament to fine Sony Ericsson engineering skills.

            Go and buy one now.

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              09.10.2006 12:43

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              A good ph for its time but a bit dated now.

              This was my second cell ph and I got it mostly because of its size (it's small) and because it has bluetooth. I've had it now for 3 years and have no intention of trading it in because it still does everything I want (even if it's starting to look a little battered now).
              I think it looks really good design wise with the main negative being the screen is pretty much unusable under bright sunlight. Bluetooth works well on the ph (e.g pairing with another ph) but can be a pain to set up on a Windows PC (works really well with Macs running iSync) but once all is OK is easy to sync with Outlook contacts and calendars which I found to be really useful.
              WAP is OK, Games (6 of them) are a bit fiddly but fun. It's starting to show it's age but should be good for another couple of years.

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              17.09.2006 22:40
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              Simple, attractive phone.

              The phone of the time. Attractive and useful. Full of all the new features available e.g. camera and colour screne.

              The build of these sony ericssons does not seem a great quality to me, the scrolling stick stopped working for me after about 12 months. I found another problem after placing the phone next to a radiator - the screen melted and there was no inexpensive way to have this fixed. Could improve by possible facia changing - but I suppose this may lower its quality.

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                09.04.2006 13:30

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                A basic camera phone

                i lov Sony Ericsson's T610 series because i am using this model only from th past 1 1/2 years .well it comes with metal body finishing which is the main advantage of the set, because the outer aluminium body absorbs the heat produced by the battery during longlasting conversations.
                The user interface is very simple it is easy to navigate thru menus and there is also shortcut buttons provided at both the sides one for internet access and one for camera capture and another two buttons for volume.
                The T610 series supports MIDI file formats and AMR sound formats .the tones are sounds too good but in the noisy places its not audible for the users .
                The phone also supports themes which can be easily downloadable from wap .

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                03.07.2005 20:12
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                Cant use during the day, Nights are the best time to use this phone

                Since Sony Ericsson has started making phones, I don't know how but I have been using different models of them. First I have Sony Erickson T68i, Which I bought when it was new in the market. I also had a choice of Nokia 8310 but I thought this phone offers Bluetooth, colour screen and everything so let me buy it.
                I bought it kept it for year and I upgraded the software 2 or 3 times during that year and than I finally thought I cant have this phone anymore but being student it was expensive for me to buy a new phone and So I asked my brother if he has any phone. He is not much into phones. He told me He got a new camera phone but He is going to give it me because its more than he needed. So, I thought great.

                When my brother sent that phone I found out it was Sony Erickson T10.
                Here are some facts about the phone :
                Colour display (65,536 colours, 128 x 160 pixels)
                Integrated camera
                Bluetooth™, infrared and RS232 cable connectivity
                Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) - send pictures and sound like text messages
                Downloadable 32-voice polyphonic & mono ringtones, plus ringtone editor (MusicDJ™) for creating polyphonic ringtones
                Downloadable Java games and Mophun games.
                WAP 2.0 (GPRS), email
                High Speed Data (HSCSD - up to 28.8 kbps)
                Speed dialling & voice dialling
                Predictive text (T9)
                Mobile chat
                Voice memo / recorder
                Picture phone book
                Exchangeable covers
                Wallpaper, screensaver and themes - all downloadable
                Calculator, calendar, alarm
                Sync ML
                Internet key and Joystick
                Memory: 2 Mbytes (for use with images, screensavers and sounds)
                iSync synchronisation of calendar and contact information with Apple computers
                Synchronisation with PC
                Size: 102 x 44 x 19 mm
                Weight: 95g
                Battery standby: 315 hours
                Battery talktime: 11 hours
                Vibration alert
                Tri band (GSM 1900, 1800 and 900)


                Lots of neat gadgets for the gadget freak but serious drawbacks as a useable day to day phone. A lovely neat and compact handset with large screen for such a small phone but key size is difficult unless you have small hands. You need to concentrate and look at the key pad to avoid mistakes, still have to do that after 3 months unlike most of the "normal" size Nokias I have used which I can touch type after a few days. Reading the screen is, as others have said, almost impossible in strong light making the phone almost useless. Texting is without doubt slower than Nokia and requires more key strokes to send the same message. The fixed assending ring tones can result in missed calls but using the "Old Phone" bell ringtone does help you pick out your phone ring from background noise and I have found the vibrate works ok if it is in a pocket that is next to my skin (shirt ok, jacket not ok). The case still looks fresh and has stood up to the daily knocks well and battery life on me. daily use has been acceptable but would require charge every couple of days for harder use. Reception on Orange seems to be about the same as others. I find the phone hard to use in the car, mostly because of the difficult to read screen and the need to see everything you do on the screen for confirmation to get mistake free connections. The camera is not a patch on the Panasonic GD87 or Sagem and Sharp phones that I have compared it with, any movement and lower light situations show up its weaknesses dramatically. Its a waste of time for taking photo's of your mates in the pub for example! So, don't buy it for ease of use if you want to do lots of texting or make quick easy calls, don't buy it for the camera, you will be disappointed. However it has been reliable, has good gadgets and connectivity, is compact and looks good in a classic Scandinavian "hi fi" kind of way, which is what you would expect I suppose when you cross Sony with Ericsson!

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                  18.01.2005 22:40

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                  Initial Impressions - Advantages: Style, Features, Design - Disadvantages: Menu System, Ringing volume

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                  27.12.2004 15:33
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                  This has been my first mobile since my old trusty Nokia 3310, and I'm very impressed. Although only having it for about a week, I'm very quick at finding what I like and dislike about things. The phone looks great - I have it in black and silver and they work very well together. The number keys are spaced out enough to avoid accidentally mashing the wrong keys, however they get slightly more fiddly towards the top. There is a little 4-way joystick which in the main operates quite well, but it can sometimes be a little cumbersome and cause the wrong buttons to be pressed. The two main function keys are also very close to the 'back' and 'cancel' buttons, which can occasionally lead to wrong presses.
                  The interface for the phone is very good. The bright colour screen is clear and easy to read, but can get dirty very easily. Luckily a very suave cloth for wiping the screen is included. The main interface is in the 12-icon menu, which leads to further menus for camera, alerts settings, connectivity options etc. Some options are duplicated across various menu structures which can lead to some confusion when hunting down specific settings.
                  The camera performs adaquetly. It's a lower resolution camera than many others available on the market, so I wouldn't recommend purchasing this phone if you're looking for hi-resolution photos. It is perfectly adequate for taking photos to assign to contacts, or for sending as a MMS.
                  Mobile internet and MMS works well, but you will probably need to download extra settings from the sonyericsson.com website before these function. This is not made clearly enough in the instructions, and I'm sure there are many people baffled by the lack of functionality straight out of the box.
                  Battery life appears to be good - follow the recommendations given and give a first charge of about 16 hours to callibrate the battery and avoid problems with short battery life in future. Unfortunately, in my anticipation I only gave the phone a four hour charge, and so the battery life has been somewhat reduced. I've been informed the best way to get back to a full battery life is to charge for 16 hours and discharge fully several times.
                  I want to drive home the point that this is not the centre of your digital entertainment world - it's a phone at heart, and so if you're looking for a music jukebox or games console, it's not here. There are a few java games included that are not incredibly inspiring with many more available for download, but I've yet to find one that really holds my attention.
                  One disappointing feature is the inability to use 'true tones' or recorded sounds as a ringtone. For a phone of it's generation, I'd hoped this feature was available as standard, but it does support poly and mono ringtones so you shouldn't be hard done by for choice. You can transfer all sorts of data (contacts, games, tones etc.) to and from a PC via Bluetooth or IR, which seems to work very well, so no need to pay a premium to download a ringtone - just transfer a MIDI file via Bluetooth.
                  Overall, this phone works really well. An attractive design and interface as well as clean, simple functionality with many of the extras expected, it is likely to perform to your expectations. The phone is only really let down by a few minor niggles. Definitely recommended.

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