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After managing to break both my iPhone and my Nokia within about 3 weeks it left me phone less, luckily my dad had an unlocked T68i that I was able to borrow from a long time a go. I have now been using it for about a fortnight and would honestly say its a fairly good choice for a budget mobile phone for using when going abroad and places where you risk losing it.
The first thing to note with the Sony is how small it is, some may find its a little too small as I'd say it's about 2/3 size of my iPhone. It is also not the most attractive of phones but who cares if it's cheap. The phone does have Bluetooth and infrared for file sharing however I don't think that many people use them much anymore, also I'll mention now, it does not have a camera.
The drawbacks of the phone I would say are the fact that it has a constantly flashing yellow light on the top corner and the fact that you can often accidentally send text messages by pressing send instead of yes to new message. So far othe than that I have only had positives, it texts and makes calls easily, the vibrate function is also very good unlike some other phones that are much weaker. Battery life is another positive I will mention, it lasts for days and also charges very quickly.
I had one of these a few years ago, as an upgrade to the previous T68 model. The main difference between the two was that the T68i had the option of a camera unit which clipped into the charger unit on the bottom of the handset, giving you the option to turn this into a camera phone.
Although we now take camera phones and multi-media messaging for granted, at the time this was a real novelty.
The T68 was the first phone to have a colour screen, which was carried through to the T68i. The main handset layout is exactly the same as the older T68 - all of the menu options are easily accessed from the joystick which is located in the middle of the handset, just below the screen. The fact that everything is accessed from one place makes this a very easy phone to get used to and find your way around.
Another key feature of the phone is that it is tiny - as with the T68 the keypad is well designed with gaps between the buttons so you don't press more than one button at once. When you add the camera unit on the handset does become quite cumbersome, but I wouldn't have thought you would normally carry it round with the camera attached anyway.
My only complaint with this phone is the same as with the T68, in that the phone does have a tendency to freeze up, meaning you have to remove the battery unit to reset it, which is a pain.
Overall, the technology on this phone is well out of date now, and there are far more advanced mobiles on the market, but this is still a good, reliable handset.
Do i know that this phone is really the talk of the down for business professional. The phone loaded with all basic business features bluetooth of which being the most required. As of it is not a smart phone so there is no tension about virus being loaded or uploaded from this cell phone. I would suggest a business owner to go for this sort of cell phone. The looks are a bit trendy as well as professional. The phone in black color would definately rock the town. Whereas trendy colors would definately attract younger segment in countries. The features are very easy to use and this model is a worth to go for beginners. It is a real value for money. So instead of some high priced phone with all basic features go for this phone..
The pro phone for a person who is involved in lot of calling and looks for reliablity
Up until the last year, every phone (bar one) that I had owned had been a Nokia. I was familiar with the way the menus were set out, and the main thing I used it for ? text messaging. Every time I upgraded it just seemed like an improvement on the last model but without the hassle of familiarising myself with the phone?s navigation system. Last year, however, my boyfriend bought the T68i and I thought it looked rather smart. When my Nokia went missing I decided to take the plunge and change brands. I went for the T68i because it is small, light, modern looking and it has Bluetooth capabilities as well as being compatible with the Sony CommuniCam (camera attachment). The T68i is the smallest phone I have owned to date. I will list the exact dimensions below but let?s just say for now that it fits snugly into the palm of my hand. It has the standard keypad layout with the addition of an ?options? key and a ?joystick?. The options key is for a quick link to specific menu options (such as silent and keylock) and the joystick is for navigating your way around menus ? it can go up, down, left and right. To bring up the main menu you hold it down briefly ? when in a menu this also acts as ?select?. I will briefly list the menu navigation below as it may help you to understand exactly how the phone is laid out: 1) PHONE BOOK ? Pretty self explanatory really. Add names, edit entries, call people, add pictures to their profiles, add voice commands and personalise ring tones. If anyone is anything like my mum in using a mobile phone they will be glad to know that there is an option to add your phone mobile number and access it whenever someone asks for it. There is the option to personalise the information you wish to view in someone?s profile; such as name, title, home, fax,
mobile, email address and work number (in the same profile). 2) MESSAGES ? Everything under the sun. SMS (text), MMS, Voicemail, email, ?chat? and area info. 3) CALLS ? Missed calls, call list (outgoing, ingoing, missed, voicemail), call options such as diverts and restrictions/barring or call waiting. Also included is a ?time and cost? menu which shows the duration of your calls and how many texts you have sent since you reset the counter. 4) FUN AND GAMES ? This is where pictures are stored, you can also draw your own pictures (bit of a gimmick!) You can change the ?theme? of your phone ? this changes the wallpaper and the colours used on the menus. There are various games in this menu along with the sound recorder, standard ring tones and composer, to make your own ring tones. The CommuniCam option is included in this menu but is grey (not available for selection) unless the CommuniCam is attached to the phone. 5) SETTINGS ? Here you are able to change your ring tones, or any other sounds you wish to edit (text message tone, key sound, alarm ring, vibrate alert). You also have the option to include a ?minute minder? on your calls. This is a small beep every minute when you are talking to remind you how long you have been on the phone. I use this as it comes in quite handy sometimes and it?s too much of a nuisance. The ?settings? menu is one you will use a lot when you first use the phone as it is the basis of your whole setup (locks and codes etc) but once you have your phone personalised to your taste then it is not used very often. 6) WAP SERVICES ? Something I have never used and never intend to. It contains sub menus such as ?homepage?, b
ookmarks, inbox and various other internet options. 7) ORGANIZER ? An invaluable tool in my life containing such functions as calendar, alarms, notes, reminders, tasks, stopwatch, calculator and code memo. Without this I would be lost. 8) CONNECT ? The main menu for changing communication options such as ?Bluetooth? and ?infra red? to be on or off. Also contains information about GSM networks and data communication. 9) MY SHORTCUTS ? And finally ? A menu that you can totally personalise so it saves you trudging through the whole 8 other menus and numerous sub menus to find a function that you require quickly. This is a very useful addition but one which I frequently overlook. In describing the menu I realise I have revealed various functions and capabilities, but here is a list of the whole specification because there are things that have not cropped up yet: SPECIFICATIONS Colour LCD 256 Picture editor Sound recorder Picture gallery Picture Phonebook Mobile chat Picture wallpaper Backlight display Email Camera ready Colour LCD SMS long (Text Messaging) Themes display MMS (Multimedia Messaging) MMS templates 101x80 pixel display EMS (Enhanced Messaging) Screensaver Viewfinder display Predictive text input Melody composer Content Online Game embedded
61607; Start-up/Shutdown shows Sync ML Infrared port GPRS High-Speed Data RS232 cable support Synchronisation Apple® Synchronisation PC Bluetooth? wireless technology WAP 2.0 Modem OTA settings WTLS Vibrating Alert Joystick Menu shortcuts Icon Desktop 9 Sleep mode Profiles Speed dialling Side Volume Keys Redial Option key Voice Mail Keypad lock SIM card lock Voice control Status view Code memo Calculator Business card exchange Calendar Tasks Stopwatch Clock Contacts Alarm clock Timer Phone book Conference calls PIM Sync Call list EASE OF USE I don?t profess to be any kind of technology whiz-kid but I will just point out that I do find it fairly easy to navigate my way around a new piece of gadgetry without instructions (so long as it belongs to me because then I don?t get told off if it goes wrong). If you can operate a digital camera without instructions I think you will cope perfectly well using this. The way I operate new technology is to mess around first and then read the instructions for things that I can?t f
ind and just to find out additional information that I could never have found out otherwise. I realise that not everyone will operate like this, but I am just adding it in to show how easy this phone is to use. One annoying gripe I have with the phone, which I will mention now because it is relatively insignificant, is that the SIM card holder is really appalling. It is badly designed in that you have to pull the SIM card out with your fingers, it doesn?t flip out in a little plastic holder with ease. I almost broke my nails doing this but I suppose once your SIM card is in it?s over with, so it is no major problem. As I mentioned earlier, I was used to the navigation menu of a Nokia (as many other people probably are). The Nokia menu used to go down (or up) but basically it just scrolls around rather than being a list in front of you. The T68i differs in that once you press the menu key you have the entire menu in front of you. The menu options are depicted by 9 different logos. Most of them are fairly obvious ? a phonebook for your phonebook and a phone for your calling options. In any case, you get used to the layout and the logos are not really important. The main difficulty I encountered in using this phone initially was the layout of the keypad in the text messaging function. It was totally different to the Nokia and I kept ending up with a full stop instead of a space. No big deal, but something to bear in mind if you don?t want the hassle of familiarising yourself with a new setup. As I text a reasonable amount it didn?t take too long for me to be up to full speed. I would not recommend using the T9 dictionary (predictive text) as it annoyed the hell out of me and took longer than typing a normal message. My boyfriend, on the other hand, always has it switched o
n so I guess it?s all about personal preference, but at least it is there if you ever need it. It is so simple to make calls ? enter the number and press the green phone button and then press red to end the call. If you have the number in your phone book then just press down on the joystick (or alternatively go into the phonebook) and scroll down to the number then press the green phone. It could not be easier. Generally the reception is fairly good, and I have never found myself wanting to make a call and having no signal, so that has to be a good thing. The battery life is fairly impressive too. I do not consider myself to use my phone excessively, but I text on a daily basis and receive about 10 minutes of calls a day and I would say on average I have to charge it about once every five days. I certainly can?t fault that. There is nothing that I have had particular difficulty with, and anything I have wanted to find out about has been in the extensive manual. THINGS I LIKE ABOUT THE T68i This is not an exhaustive list (there would be too many to mention). It is just a small collection of the handy little things that come to mind at the moment that you may not benefit from with other mobile phones. Display note function ? I realise that most phones nowadays have a note function but the T68i allows you to display the note on the main screen all the time (if you wish). It is useful to display notes such as ?get some milk? or something. It may seem minor to some people but I have found this really useful in reminding me to do things. There is an option to set a reminder alarm for a specific time, but I find this note function useful as it some reminders I require are not time specific. Multip
le entries in phone book profile ? Thank you Sony Ericsson!! You have finally acknowledged the fact that people have about 3 numbers for each person in their phone book! You are able to enter a Home, Work, and Mobile number for each individual in your phone book rather than creating various different entries for the same person. It is not a major function but I certainly found it more convenient. Volume key ? This is the little sliding key on the top left hand side of the phone (if you are looking at it). It is a small but useful little gadget. It is primarily used for adjusting the volume of your current call. It?s great to stop people deafening you (without telling them to stop being so loud and possibly causing offense). This little beauty is not a one hit wonder though, it can also be used as scroll up or down when in certain menus. But that?s not all! Has someone ever asked you for the date and you?ve faffed about looking at your wrist even though you don?t wear a watch? (oh sorry, just me then?) When in the main screen (no menu on) if you slide this button down it reveals the date, your profile, standby time and talk time (battery life left) and GPRS status. Clear Screen ? One problem I experienced before with my first mobile (an Ericsson) and have seen on other Ericssons was that the screen would accumulate a ridiculous amount of dust over time. I have had my phone a year and it is still as perfectly clear as the day I bought it. Time display ? When your phone has gone into standby mode (screen dark grey, no other display) it will show the time in a lighter grey. This is useful as it saves you unlocking the phone to find out. THINGS I DON?T LIKE ABOUT THE T68i
Accidentally deleting a message/contact ? Occasionally you will press two buttons in quick succession and nothing happens (for example C and YES to unlock the keypad). Unfortunately on occasion I have been impatient and pressed the two again before it has performed the function. I have accidentally deleted a text message this way before and my boyfriend has also had the same problem accidentally deleting a contact. Not a major problem, just be patient and don?t rush the phone if it is active. Voice Dial ? Ok so it is not a function that I employ, but perhaps I would if it was a little better designed. I have recorded a voice sample to ring my boyfriend but about 8 times out of 10 it won?t work and ends up taking longer than just finding the number and dialling it. Not a major problem but worth mentioning. Clicky keys ? I don?t mean a keypad tone, just that the keys click when you press them because they are hard plastic as opposed to soft rubber. It is not irritating when dialling or navigating through the menus but when sat in a fairly quiet room trying to text it is a little annoying. It can?t clean the house ? Sorry, I know I?ve limited to 5 things I like but I honestly can?t think of any more things I dislike about it. It has been the best phone I have owned to date. COST The Sony Ericsson T68i costs around £200 to buy outright, but who really buys phones like that? It makes more sense to shop around and buy it on contract. Mine was free on my contract last year, and I don?t know anyone who has paid the full £200 for one. See www.carphonewarehouse.com or leave a message in my private guestbook saying you are interested, as I will have mine for sale on eBay in the very near future
. OVERALL VERDICT My phone is the Arctic Blue version, although it is also available in Stellar Grey, which is equally as stunning. A small, (100 x 48 x 20 mm) smart looking mobile weighing in at a mere 84g including the battery it is brilliant for anyone who doesn?t like the bulkiness of carrying a mobile in their pocket (or indeed weighing your handbag down). Although this phone has fantastic capabilities it would be suitable for both the mobile phone novice (ahem, mum) or mobile fanatic. It is easy enough to navigate the basic functions without the assistance of a manual, but there are enough functions to be experimenting with (even after a year of owning it). My dad had the CommuniCam with his phone so I would often borrow it and mess around with it. It is fun to use and couldn?t be simpler to upload pictures to the computer via Bluetooth. To do this requires a Bluetooth USB connection on your computer called a Dongle ? (yes, it?s really called that! We laughed asking for it in the shop). This costs around £30 but will be compatible with any Bluetooth device, which we have found very useful. I have dropped this phone a few times (although never on a hard floor) and it has not sustained any damage on the exterior and the software has not crashed as a result, which I have experienced with other phones. I was offered a free upgrade to a Motorola v525 last week. I was very reluctant to accept the phone as I absolutely love my T68i but figured that I could have a go on the v525 and sell it if I hated it. I am rather attached to it now as it has a built in camera, but it was not an easy decision leaving my T68i. I hope I can find a good home for mine because it has served me well and is still in to
p notch condition ? definitely recommended. carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
This phone has every feature going including a snap on camera, but I'm not going to cover these features that you can read about everywhere else. I'll cover how this phone performs. If you want bluetooth, then this is a very good implementation, everything working simply and logically. Feature wise, useage is illogical (e.g. you can't save a dialled number when its onscreen, you have to go to ADD then select UNSAVED #), it all works well but unlike Nokia it is not intuitive. This same design fault, if it is one, can be found on Motorola, Samsung and other brands. The worst, but unimportant perhaps, feature is the silly camera requiring good light to produce poor image quality. The most disappointing and most important feature is that aerial reception in not as good as any Nokia since the NK702. WHY WHY WHY ? This is the most important feature of a mobile phone and Sony need to have got it right. Poor aerial performance looses one star, otherwise this is a great phone. I now know how Ericsson came to be bought by Sony. Your mobile - however well featured and flash looking it is - is a complete waste of time if you can only complete calls in the City of London or Manchester Piccadilly. I've had Nokia phones for years since my Motorola on One2One when I discovered that no, not all mobiles are just posh but awkward answering machines. I had becone illusioned into thinking that by now, all mobiles must surely work properly... this Sony offered tri-band that I needed but its now on eBay. What a load of rubbish, Sony! Its no wonder that One2One became T mobile and its no wonder that Sony will loose money on Ericsson. Whilst this phone's aerial reception has definitely degraded, its been to Celestica for repair and they've cleared it as "working satisfactorily". Poor support like this is why Ericsson went bust. Its not very "Sony" at all. I cannot complete a call but its "
; ;working satisfactorily". The signal bars oscillate from nil to max but its "working satisfactorily". There are several other reports, just like mine, of aerial degradation. Oh and what is wrong with Japanese phones ? Simply, that once you reach the age where the video manual is too boring to read then Jap phones are too complicated to use. Why ? You never need a manual with a Nokia - and no, I don't have any Nokia shares. Expect shares in Filtronic to soar when mobile phone manufacturers realise that they have to have Filtronic aerials in order to get a respectable signal.
The T68i has a color screen and a wide range of imaging features. Colorful themes and a dynamic picture library let you give your T68i your personal look and feel. Multimedia messaging (MMS) lets you send quality pictures, photos and sound clips in sequenced messages. Use pre-installed fun message templates to send impressive greetings. T68i has e-mail and text messaging with pictures and sounds (EMS). It supports GPRS for fast download and when you need to connect your laptop or PDA to the Internet, T68i is your modem. Contacts enable you to store hundreds of names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The color calendar has day, week and month views and will effectively remind you when something is due. The T68i also stores tasks. Calendar, contacts and tasks data can be synchronized with your PC making sure your information is always up-to-date.