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      20.09.2012 13:37
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      Can't fault it

      The Sony Ericsson T630 was my first ever model that I had with Sony Ericsson and also my first real 'sophisticated' phone. By that I mean it had a camera, could play music, and go online, Bluetooth, infra red it had everything. All the things that come as standard with almost any phone these days.

      Ok so this phone is ancient your probably not going to go out today and buy it (probably can't) But to me it's all that a phone should be and it's what started my love for the Sony Ericsson brand which I still have today and remain loyal too.

      It's simple candy bar shape made the phone extremely easy to use and after probably at a guess 10 years or so on I still have this phone in my possession and use it as a backup phone. The major downfall with this phone and this should serve as a warning to any other Sony Ericsson phone you buy is with the joystick. It worked great for a good few years but then eventually would no longer perform the correct task and became extremely sticky. Making this button useless, there are however ways round this should it happen but that why it's only a random backup phone lying around my house as I never caught on to the recycling mobiles craze and all its good for now is scrap.

      Be warned, these joysticks will eventually stop working and you will need to buy a new phone. This is what moved me on from this phone. As you will see from my next review it took me more than once to learn my lesson.

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      09.08.2011 16:29
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      Good backup phone

      The Sony Ericcson T630 is a reliable and sturdy phone if somewhat dated.
      It features bluetooth, infrared, a built-in digital camera and most of the same quirks you'd find in a similair phone.

      For the basic functions it serves its purpose exactly, it can text and phone people with no awkward navigation through menus and there are no strange crashes or glitches when you are writing a long strung out text.

      The ringtones are where it begins to show its age, although it is slightly more advanced than the old monophonic sounds of the classic Nokia 3310 this phone still prides itself on polyphonic MIDI files and corny sounds of flutes and pan pipes rather than recordings of actual songs like you can store on new phones.

      Obviously for the time it was made it is not a touchscreen, the buttons are easy to press and big enough so that you don't type more than one at the same time accidentally.

      As a backup phone I think this phone is perfectly acceptable although perhaps a bit limited if you want to keep up with an Iphone or HTC.

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      22.09.2010 15:37
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      Good for when it was released

      The reason I bought this phone a few years back was simply because this was a stunning phone... It was my second phone in which I realised how much I needed my gadgets to look good.

      The phone itself is great looking, small, compact and comes in to stylish colours, polar white and crystal black. I really like how it is crisp in line and has a defined shape. A nice sized colour screen and groovy buttons make this phone look very nice, never out of style.

      The functions are great, and has everything you need: SMS, MMS, WAP, CAMERA, INFRARED, BLUETOOTH... In today's standards this is a very basic phone- the camera is shoddy and isn't very clear (VGA) and internet is slow with basic web pages unable to load.

      For those who are only looking for basic functions such as calling and text, this phone is for you because the voice clarity is very good, and texting is superb. I have noticed with Sony Ericsson phones (my current one is the T707) that their input keys are very easy to use, convenient and quick.

      A problem this phone has is that the buttons may be hard to press at times and occasionally gets jammed if it is dusty.

      I bought this phone quite a few years ago for £30, so now I am sure it will be much less, if it is even on sale- you will have to try ebay!

      This phone has come out for a long time but is still in use today. I recommend this phone as a first mobile but make sure you get it AS NEW or NEW. As this has come out for a long time, there aren't many that are in great condition. You may need to get a new fascia even, but still, this phone will keep you going for a very long time if you don't care for new features.

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      22.10.2007 15:41

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      Old phone

      A very handy phone:fairly old but does what it is meant to.Camera is good just to remind you of those moments not for quality but just there to look at.Nice strong plastic case which is thought to give it a "tacky" look,but I disagree I think it makes it look quite "right".The phone might now be a good two years old but the battery cover has started to become a bit loose causing it to turn off during use,but that may be due to it's age.The functions include WAP internet browser,bluetooth,color screen(fairly small).A feature which I really enjoy using and has become useful is the voice phone call,hold a button,wait for a tone and say phrase/ name and it magically dials the number for you!The Camera has several effects such as Negative,Night Mode(does it work? NO)etc.Lasts a very long time on standby.

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      17.05.2007 18:39
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      Despite its relatively limited feature set these days, the T630 is still a good inexpensive choice

      After the sales success but critical disappointment that was the T610, Sony Ericsson were quick to bring out its successor. Launched right at the end of 2003, but staying on the market for a couple of years after this, the T630 was the phone that the T610 probably should have been in the first place. I was never very keen on the two-tone colour scheme of the T610, did not think that the terrible camera was up to much, and was concerned about the new (for Sony Ericsson) menu system and joystick navigation. I am pleased to report, however, that many of these problems were resolved with the T630, which is still a perfectly good phone today.

      With the announcement of the new T650 only a few days ago, one may argue that the T630 is only now about to be replaced. However, I would argue that the amazingly successful K700i, K750i and K800i only built upon the very solid foundation which the T630 established. Even the design provided them with a hard act to follow.

      Eshewing the two tone colour scheme of the T610, the T630 was available either in white or black with silver edging. I personally was keener on the white version, and picked one up from a friend of mine who no longer needed it for £50 in October 2005. At the time, this was a good price, and the phone was unlocked as a bonus, so although covered with O2 branding, I was able to slip my Orange SIM card that I had at the time into the T630 with no trouble at all.

      The second of Sony Ericsson's so-called 'Dual Front' range, which are supposed to look like phones and cameras simultaneously (although the T630 could never really be mistaken for a digital camera), the T630 has a physically large screen , but still retains a small overall size. This was further improved upon with the subsequent K700i, however, which was less than 10cm high, the T630 coming in at 10.2cm tall, but by no means a large phone. It is still light and compact, and does not look dated. The build quality is also surprisingly good, and the year old example I had was just as robust as it had been when it was new. That said, the phone used to collect quite a lot of dust between the actual LCD and the external plastic screen cover, but then this was a problem with many phones of this era.

      Making calls was slightly more complicated than it could have been due to the fact that the phonebook only supported a list of phone contacts as the default. This meant that, when inserting a new SIM card, the phone would automatically want to copy all the SIM contacts, since very little could be done with any contacts if they were left on the SIM card. It was not possible to edit any names on the SIM, and also individual entries could not been added to it. The only way to do this was to copy all the names necessary onto the phone, then add the entry onto the phone and copy all the entries to the SIM card, thus deleting all the contacts which were on the SIM card in the first place. This was incredibly inconvenient, but has thankfully now been remedied with newer models. The K700i does have a list of SIM contacts, and it is possible to add individual entries to the phonebook, although on no Sony Ericsson phone can both the SIM and phone entries be viewed on a unified list as on so many other models.

      Actually making a call is not too stressful. A simple push of the joystick in the downwards direction and selecting the necessary entry is all that is required, although unlike many other makes, the T630 does not have separate green and red 'send' and 'hang up' keys for making and receiving calls. This is slightly confusing at first, but it is easy to get used to, and has been the basis for the majority of Sony Ericsson menu systems ever since. The reception was one of the many things which came in for criticism on the original T610, but the T630 was better, although probably not as good as other models such as the Siemens S65 and Sagem MYX-8 which I have used as direct comparisons with the T630. The call quality is also quite good, and the volume is reasonably loud. However, there is no speakerphone, something which many more modern phones possess. Sending text messages thankfully does not provide half as many problems as calling.

      Writing a text, as is standard practice on many phones, can be started with a press of the joystick left from the standby screen. The phone does not exhibit anywhere near the amount of lag which used to afflict users of the old T68i and T65 when writing a message, and there was also an effort made when the T610 was released to tidy up the punctuation positioning on the 1, * and # keys. The whole experience is very pleasant, and remains to this day on a lot of other Sony Ericsson models too. The only issue seems to be that the phone has a total lack of a custom message alert tone, so the only sounds which can be played are the limited selection of default ringtones already in the phone.

      The T630 supports MIDI, AMR and WAV ringtones, although MIDI is probably best. Thoughts of MP3 players and memory cards as standard even for mid-range phones like the T630 were still some way off when it was launched, but the MIDI volume is still loud enough and there is the possibility to receive as many MIDI files as the admittedly limited amout of memory will allow via infra-red and Bluetooth, as the phone has both. The volume is loud enough (later models are almost too loud), although the vibration alert is surprisingly weak. There is also a ringtone composer if one fancies some really rather poor sounding Techno tunes in addition to the standard ones...

      The other Multi-media functions on the T630 are neatly worked out, but tame by today's standards. The camera only supports CIF resolution (352x288 pixels) and the photographs look rather terrible, but at least the 128x160 pixel 65,000 colour screen is an active matrix unit rather than the terrible passive matrix one fitted to the T610, which is a small consolation. The Java games also look quite good on the screen, and there is a rather addictive V-Rally 2 game installed, which is written by Sega, if I remember correctly. This is much better than just about every other mobile game that I have played (with the exception of Sonic the Hedgehog on my Panasonic VS6), and I have been through quite a few! The T630 also supports WAP, and the Internet, although rather slow at GPRS speeds, looks fine on the relatively large screen. All these functions are supported by the fact that the T630 has perfectly adequate battery life, averaging 2-3 days depending on usage.

      The T630 is still a very good phone, and covers all the basics well. It has a large, legible screen, good connectivity options, and is still stylish and well-built. For the price (which is under £30 on Ebay these days), it is hard to beat, and also has the excellent Sony Ericsson pedigree behind it. Despite not offering a lot of today's users with what they need in terms of specification, the T630 is still a good choice for those wanting an inexpensive phone which is still far from a budget product. The fact that the T630 has spawned so many successful descendants goes to prove that the Japanese-Swedish conglomerate did get it right with the T610's successor.

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        28.09.2006 06:11

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        this is one of the best mobile from Sony Ericsson

        Hello friends . . . . . .
        this is a very exciting phone . Check this out . bluetooth, infrared and a camera the caller picture idea is great espically when you want to ignore those certain people : Remarkable feature is the Crystal clear sound and the loud alarm that has no trouble waking me up in the morining aswell as the polyphonic ringtones have pleasant audible clearance and one can browse net , get loads of the internet! . . . . . . . and lot more . . . .
        FIND more features from the SonyEricsson.com .

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        15.05.2006 13:04
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        A Good Qualtiy Cheap Phone With Loads Of Extras

        Overall it has many useful features and for the price even when new its a bargin especially with intergrated bluetooth, infrared and a camera the caller picture idea is great espically when you want to ignore those certain people :P
        another great feature is the sound and the alarm has no trouble waking me up in the morining aswell as the polyphonic ringtones are clear and you can get loads of the internet! aso the battery legnth is gret on a heavy day to day use i only need to charge once a week and mine is a year old!

        The faults i could say is that the calander sometimes mixes up dates and it would be nice for SE to do replacement covers (the cheap fake ones are poor quality)

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          16.10.2005 18:50
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          Get it if you have a budget of about 80 pounds

          So this is it. Phone number five in under a year. So far I have managed to write a review for each of them, and this is going to be no different. Now, as anyone who read my (recently updated) NEC 338 review will know, I was severely dissapointed bu the lack of features which are often considered standard on most modern mobile phones. I dispised the picture size, and the low sound quality. I was gutted to learn it had neither Bluetooth, nor infrared. I was annoyed that I had payed out so much money for such an under-advanced phone. After putting up with it for about a month, I started trying to find excuses to get a new phone. Indeed, the only reaxson I hadn't returned it to the store within a fortnight was because I dropped it on my way to work, whilst biking, leaving it with a mahoosive scratch down one side, rendering it useless for a refund.

          Then along came a small package of gold, in the form of an O2 genie sim card. See, my girlfriend decided that buying two of them would be great, as the 300 free texts that it offers would be perfect for staying in touch. The only problem (if you can call it that) was that the NEC couldn't be unlocked. So, unfortunately, it looked like I would have to get a better phone, eh?

          So off I trotted to the city centre once again. My experiance form last time told me that the Link was a good place to go. I looked around for what felt like hours but was unable to find a phone within my £90 budget.So I left the store to go home, feeling slightly dismayed and a bit daft. It was then I noticed the Carphone Warehouse practically next door.

          I had already decided that the Carphone Warehouse is a good place to buy phones, as that was where I had been helped out greatly buying my A835. I also knew they had a massive selection of phones, and that they are a lot cheaper than many other places. Proof of this is the fact it took less than five minutes to find a small, cheap-ish, attractive phone, with all the functions I wanted.

          My dad had a T610 for a long, long time. I really liked it as well, since it was one of the first camera phones with recognisable quality. I had wanted one for so long you wouldn't believe it! So the fact I was about to buy one better had me feeling very excited, with high hopes.

          After parting with eight thousand, nine hundred and ninty nine Great British pennies, I walked out of the store, once again considerably poorer but yet another phone richer than before. Bus home, yada yada, open the box, and so on.

          First impressions were actually not that great. There was a huge and blatant attempt to make money in the from of a CD containing software to transfer sounds, pictures, and the like from the phone to the PC. What's the problem with that, you cry? Easy. There is no data cable included! How's that for cashing in? Well, dispite that, the software is usually expensive, but never the less this annoyed me. You know, as if parting with ninety quid wasn't enough!

          The charger was there, but no hands free kit, which I was also a little dissapointed at since the last three phones I owned came with one... and they were a damn sight cheaper than this phone I can tell you! There was also a lot more leaflets than I have ever seen in any phone. As well as the O2 promotion ones, there were also leaflets promoting Sony Ericsson! As well as this, there was an exceptionally chunky instruction booklet... which I used purely to find out what buttons to press. I decided that since I didn't fancy a sleepless night of reading the instruction manual I would teach myself what does what.

          But to the thing you are reading this review for... the phone. Sitting in a snug little cardboard bed, it gleams slightly as the light hits the shiny lamination of the buttones and screen. Very nice first impressions. There is an internal aerial, and the sides are a different colour to the front and back. In the centre of the back is a small silver capsule-shaped oval, housing the camera and view finder. The buttons on the side have clear marks indicating what their functions are. The phone itself is small and light, even with the battery in. So all in all, good so far.

          Putting the SIM card is was, it has to be said, a bit of a mission. It is basically touch and go as to whether you get it right, since it involves sliding a really small and stiff metal panel back and forth to hold the card in place. The battery sits over the lot and is held very securely in place by a slide on battery cover. Very safe, no chance of it popping off and you losing your SIM card anywhere.

          After plugging it in to charge, I turned it on. This is done Nokia-style, with a button on the top of the phone as opposed to the increasingly popular method of holding down the hang up button. The screen flashes on nice and bright, displaying the Sony Ericsson logo. But the best part about turning it on is the sound. A loud, sharp, crystal clear tone sounds out, pounding the puny NEC 338 sound capabilities into the ground. It isn't as loud as the A835 but it is far clearer.

          The main screen consists simply of a wallpaper, time, date, and all the usual expected info such as battery life and reception quality. There are no shortcut pictures, asides from the soft keys to access recent calls and the quick menu, which includes the options to check your number, put the phone on silent, and lock the keypad. This leaves the main screen looking very neat and tidy, and since the quick menu features the most used functions it doesn't really matter that there aren't any shortcuts.

          The joystick in the middle of the phone acts as a button and also as the navigation for the phone. From the home page, you can either press it as a button to access the main menu, push it left to write a new text (Straight to the typing.... very fast indeed!), push down to access contacts, press right to access the main menu (for some reason), or push up to view your friends. This annoyed me a bit as well.... the only friend you have at first is, apparantly, yourself! Not nice to feel rejected by a phone, Sony Ericsson!

          The next thing to do was to add all of my old contacts onto my phone, as it was a new SIM card. This was actually quite hard to do. It is a fine example of how it takes a while tog et used to the phone. True, it is faster than most phones, but it is done in a totally different way, which confused me. But I got there in the end.

          Texting came next, to let friends know about my new number. Texting is so fast that it amazed me.It is literally press left from the main screen, type, select contact, bam. Sorted. After sending a text, it even displays your new balance on screen, although this may only be with O2, I honestly don't know. Picture messaging requires some set up, although again this may only be with O2. This is also fast and easy.

          Speaking of pictures, the camera on this is really good quality. Whilst not quite as good as the NEC 313 quality, which also boasted 640 x 480 resolution but at a much higher quality, it beats the A835 hands down, and is way outta the league of the 338. You can even select between four different effects, including black and white, and sepia. There is no video mode, but I can live without it. The coolest feature regarding the camera is the little view finder just below the camera. Line your face up in it, take a pic, turn the phone over and BAM! you managed to take a photo of yourself! Very funky.

          Although there is no video, there is the abiltiy to record sound, although chances are you won't ever use this. There is also a music DJ, which basically lets you create your own ringtone by draggin and dropping various sounds into a grid.

          The phone boasts all common features, such as alarms, texting, picture messaging, calculator, calender, and everything else that pretty much all modern phones have. However, to share photos and the like it also supports bluetooth and infrared. These allow you to exchange photos and sounds between other bluetooth and infra red phones for free! This feature is becoming more and more popular, although the T630 was one of the first phones to support bluetooth.

          The phone comes with several games. Built in are four games to play from the start, and there are a few that can be downloaded for free through the phone. The games are good considering how old the phone is now, and it even has V-Rally! Whilst not particulary addictive, they are good for a bad bus journey and the like.

          The wap capabilties on this phone are good, but not great. You can access pretty much any website - indeed, I have managed to read my own reviews on Ciao - although you cannot log in to anything, and most pictures are not shown unless they are found via the Google image search which is accessable through the main menu. But then, it is free to access the web, and chances are you will only use it to read stuff. Typing message-style reviews would take too long anyway!

          The phone seems to be very durable as well. I have managed to drop it several times, and it hasn't even turned itself off. The battery case doesn't come off either. It also seems relatively scratch proof, and the buttons don't feel like they are likely to fall out or snap. There is also no external aerial, so that won't break either.

          The problems with the phone that might swing peoples buying decisions are the fact that it does not support video messaging or calling, the lack of a camera light, and the fact that it is not a flip out or slide out mobile. However, these are not particulary important on a phone, and it has most other modern features and functions so it makes up for lacking video.

          For skim readers, and ease of use for members who can't be bothered to read all that, here is a list of advantages and disadvantages.

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          -Small and light
          The phone is very lightweight, and very easy on the eye with a gentle, if slightly dull coloured case.

          -Many features for a relatively cheap phone
          Supporting bluetooth, infrared, and very high quality pictures, this phone blows away most competition. It also has a ringtone creator, and all the usual alarms and calender features that are to be expected.

          -Unbelievably fast
          Everything is so fast! It was definately made for the hurried people of the world. Texting, taking photos, locking the keypad, and putting the phone on silence take seconds, literally.

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          -No video
          Tis a problem, I won't deny it. But then, who uses video that often?

          -Small memory
          The memory is very small. We are talking like, 2 or 3 megabytes, and this fills up fast. Possibly another attempt tp get you to buy the data cable?

          -Picture quality not as good as hoped
          Although the pics are large, they are not as high quality as most phones.


          All in all, this is a top notch phone. Yeah, so it has no video on it, but is this really such a big loss? On most phones it is only low quality anyway. So if you want a phone, go out and buy this one!

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          http://www.myt630.lasyk.net/ - An absolutely brilliant idea for a website! Without any signing up or paying, you can browse a load of pictures, wallpapers, games, and ringtones.... and then download them for free! This does not even need you to hand out a phone number or pay any money at all. Check it out!

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          12.01.2005 18:19
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          The T630 is a excellent phone, very reliable, the most reliable phone out is my opinion. Improved since the T610 which i fought was a bad phone, the T630 is basically out of this world. I have had the phone about three months now and i have so far not had one problem. The size of the phone is average for a mobile not to big or small the weight of the phone is not a problem. The features on the phone are very good, Music DJ, where you can compose your own ringtone, send images and music files over the Bluetooth function and also, have your own picture phonebook, email and calender + alarm. The alarm i find is very good - even when the phone is switched off the alarm still goes off! The only bad thing i have to say about the phone is the quality of the camera, it doesnt take a great picture and sometimes the night view images are impossible to view. But dont let that put you off, its still is a great phone and comes in a choice of two covers, white or black, i opted for the white but now which i choose the black cover. Hope you find this review useful.

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          The T630 has a built-in digital camera, Picture Messaging (MMS), Polyphonic ringtones and tons of ways to give the phone your personal look and feel. Quality materials and a large and super-clear color display give this phone its sophisticated look and feel. T630 cutting edge accessories include a stylish Bluetooth wireless headset. The Sony Ericsson T630 provides easy sharing experience. Sending real pictures from phone to phone - quickly and easily.