a true review
Reviewed on Wednesday June 29, 2005 by tom, KCMO
This is a good phone, here are my grades on certain features:
RECEPTION AND CALLS
Even with no external antenna, this phone has spectacular reception. (Cingular KC area) If you are ANYWHERE outside or in a car, then it will have 5 bars. Indoors, about 85 percent of the time it will have 4 or 5 bars. Even on the rare occasion where there is only 1 or 2 bars, the calls are CRYSTAL CLEAR. It sounds as clear as a land line.
The speakerphone is also a great addition and works flawlessly and is clear and very loud yet the person on the other line can’t even tell your on it.
This phone is solidly built. VERY solid. The hinge feels nice and sturdy, but I must say that I don’t like how it clicks when you open it. The way it clicks makes it very difficult to just “flick” it open. It just takes some getting used to.
Meanwhile, the phone itself is bigger than most I must admit, but it feels good in your hands and it doesn’t seem large at all in your hands. Its almost exactly the same size as the Samsung VGA1000 (that very popular sprint phone with the camera on the back). Its not HUGE, just a little on the big side.
The keypad itself is fine to me, I don’t see why people dislike it. The only thing I would change about it is make the backlight blue instead of orange. I have never seen an orange backlight and I don’t know what Sony Ericsson was thinking.
The screen size is an average sized screen, but since there is more real estate on this phone than others, a bigger one would have been nice, not only on the main screen on especially on the outer display.
Other than the minor flaws, the design is pretty good
The camera pretty good for a VGA. It takes GREAT pictures with good lighting, pretty decent pictures with okay lighting, but terrible pictures with poor lighting, and the night mode is useless and makes the pictures incredibly grainy. The video quality is pretty good for a video phone, and THE VIDEOS ARE NOT CHOPPY. Finally, a phone under $200 without choppy video! Phones like the Motorola v551 and the Samsung A670 have such choppy videos! There are also four effects you can optionally add to the pictures/videos: black and white, negative, sepia, and solarize(sort of reminds me of heat sensitive vision). In addition to that, there are some pretty funny “fun frames” you can add to your photo. One drawback is, though, the pictures themselves are not very physically large on the screen. They take up about two thirds of the screen, while other phones’ pictures take up about 5/6 of the screen. Still, there is not much to complain about the camera except for the fact it takes terrible pics in bad lighting.
Damn! How many features can possibly be on one phone? SE put a ton of features on this one. No limit to the amount a pics you can take. NO LIMIT TO THE LENGTH OF YOUR VIDEO! Photo Caller ID. Ringtone caller ID. Speakerphone. You can record the conversation you are having. HIGH SPEED INTERNET! 3-D capable Java games. AOL Instant Messenger. Music DJ (allows you to create and customize your own ringtone). Text and picture messaging. Above average phone book. Mp3 player. No limit to the length or amount of voice recordings and you can set them as your ringtones<
This phone is an above average phone. If it had slightly better looks, it would easily be a 5/5. But since it doesn’t, it gets 4.5/5. I would highly recommend this phone to anyone at 99.99 it is a bargain.