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I've had loads of Sony phones in the past and have always liked them, but this is the first time I've had one of their touchscreen ones. I got mine on contract so it didn't actually cost me anything, but they seem to retail for around £90.
Here's the bit about what it does.
It's got a 3.5 inch touch screen with an anti- reflection coating on it.
A 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and 4x digital zoom
Google Android 4.0 (Icecream Sandwich) Operating system
It weighs 110g, measures 113 x 59.4 x 9.9 mm
Has Talk time (up to) 5 hours
Standby time (up to) 470 hours
Music listening time: 36 hours and 30 minutes
And is available in a variety of colours, mine is black.
It also comes with preloaded app such as maps, calendar, calculator, Evernote (whatever that is, never used it), Youtube, Amazon, facebook and various demos of games, generally all the usual stuff you'd find on a smartphone these days.
I've had mine for a few months now and I have to admit that it did take a bit of getting use to, for one thing, the touchscreen is very sensitive, on some screens the slightest touch will open up an app or take me to another screen, which can get a little annoying. Also the keyboard is rather small when the phone is held upright, I find that I have to hit the screen slightly to the right of the letter I actually want, horizontally the letters are slightly bigger so it's not such a problem. I have to use a stylus to actually use the phone as my finger nails are slightly long which isn't a problem for me, but some people might find this off putting, as you can't use the tip of your finger to do anything. Well maybe that's just me.
I like the way that when you send and receive test messages, they appear in little speech bubbles, which I fine rather cute, and they're in different colours as well so you know which bit you've sent and which bit you've received. The camera is quite good as well, although I do find that having to tap the screen to take the picture does mean that you've got to have a really steady hand when you take one to avoid it blurring.
All in all this is a great phone, for me, all I really need is a phone that I can make calls on and send text messages, but seeing as now a days they all come with bells and whistles on, then I might as well use them and on this one at least I can find them easily and quickly.
I've had this phone for about 6 months now and I love it. I have always bought the Sony Ericsson brand before now, and didn't want to swap my beloved brand for anyone. I was initially very wary of touch-screen phones, wondering how on earth my fat thumb would not end up pressing eight functions at once, but it's not as bad as I imagined. Yes it is quite annoying when you press the wrong thing or the stupid screen doesn't detect what you pressed, but I presume the same applies to every touchscreen on the market. After overcoming my annoyance, I kind of liked playing around with the little screen and swiping this way and that (simple things please simple minds). It was fun. I haven't had any problems with it, as of yet, and it has done great, in fact, I am proud to call it my phone *wipes away a tear*.
Price: I purchased this phone from the Carphone warehouse on a 24 month contract at £15.99 a month with O2. Of course what this really means is £20 something a month, because the buggers never add on VAT. But never fear, it was the cheapest contract I could find on O2 that allowed you to pick a free gift :D which I chose the Kindle Fire. Excellent bundle. So this package allows me 100 minutes a month, unlimited texts, 50mb data charged no more than a £1 a day, and this all suits me down to the ground.
Aesthetics: Looks cool. It's slim and light weight, and not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be bigger and bulkier but it fits quite nicely in my pocket (and I am small so have small pockets). I bought a cheapo rubber phone cover and screen protector off eBay straight away to protect the little guy. Don't ever buy branded phone protection - what a rip-off! Think I paid no more than £5 to protect my phone and it doesn't have a single scratch on it.
Specification/techy bits: Apparently it is 4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 inches (which I stole off a phone spec website) and weighs 110 grams. Excellent. The screen is 3.5 inches and that's plenty big enough in my opinion for all my phone needs. Apparently it's multi-touch (?) and you'll be pleased to know it has anti-reflective coating, yay! No more sun getting in the way of my texting... It vibrates, it has a loudspeaker, GPRS, Bluetooth, 5 mega pixel camera, Android OS, all the usual's for a phone nowadays.
How I use it: I predominantly use it for texting, I admit, I am a text junkie. I mean, why bother phoning someone and actually talking to them when you can text, hahaha... So yes, it is great for texting. It divides your inbox into conversations between people, which is great, because then you can see what your last text was, in case you forgot. But I have used it for phone calls, and had no problems apart from the usual signal issues, but that is no fault of the poor phone, nope, I blame the near-middle-of-nowhere place I live. I use the WiFi on it regularly, which works great. It automatically connects to routers and remembers them when you input the security key. I also use the data when I am out and about and can't find a WiFi hot spot - and it works fine too. Sometimes it adds a chunk onto my phone bills, but that's my own fault for urgently (!) needing to check my emails. I don't use the camera function very often, as I haven't figured out how to zoom in, if indeed this is a function on the phone. So it is pretty useless to me as a camera, but then again, it isn't a camera, it's a phone. The speaker on it is fab, I actually prop it up in the bathroom and blast it out whilst I'm in the shower sometimes, and I can still here my drums over the rushing shower water. I also use the alarm function every morning because you add your own song to wake up to - I have had no problem with this at all.
Performance/Quality: I think it's pretty good quality considering it's meant to be one of the low-end budget Sony's. Compared to my partners' Xperia Arc, it is clearly not as powerful, but this doesn't bother me at all. I am not someone who plays games all day on my phone and uses it excessively for what it was not originally designed for all those decades ago when the humble mobile phone was invented. So it is sufficient, in my opinion. The battery lasted 5 days when I took it camping, but I had to turn the WiFi off to achieve this, which was fine anyway, because there wasn't really a router or hot spot in the field with which I was positioned. So great lasting battery.
Recommend: Yes I would recommend it to those who don't want to pay loads for a 'special' phone that they want to show off to their friends. It does everything you need it to and then some. I haven't broke it yet (which says something about the phone, and about me), and I have dropped it a few times. It hasn't frozen on me yet either, which is nice.
I purchased this phone in January of this year and I have been very pleased with it's performance.
It is a slim stylish phone and available in both black and white. You can expect to pay between £90 and £125 for the device in most high street stores. I purchased mine from Carphone Warehouse on a pay as you go contract with 3.
The device is pretty lightweight compared to earlier Sony Ericsson's such as the k800 series that I have also owned. The screen is 3.5 inches (roughly) and generally does the trick although in horizontal mode the keyboard takes up a lot of space, however this isn't really a huge problem.
The interface is very good and the device has a quick response speed when scrolling through menus or typing text messages. The camera is standard (5MP) for the price range the phone is in and if you are expecting more mega-pixels then I would recommend purchasing a different Sony Ericsson.
The main positive for this phone for me is the amazing Loud Speaker technology it has built in. If, like me you double up your phone as an mp3 player you will not be disappointed, the sound is brilliant from the tiny little speaker and is unrivalled by any other phone I've owned.
I would highly recommend this phone to somebody who is not looking to shed a lot of cash but wants a reliable phone with a great battery life.