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Sony Ericsson T68i review

 Review: March 2003  
 

Last updated March 2007

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: A ground-breaking phone when first released, the Sony Ericsson T68i now looks extremely dated. A long list of faults means that it will be remembered, but not missed!



 


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Reviewed by Martini from P. on 2nd Jan 2017
Great unbreakable phone, battery is awesome even after 10 years of using. Good pictures for such a weak camera, phones with better cameras often times have the same and worse quality of pictures (I compared it with pictures my friends took years ago pre-smart phones era). I took many thousands of pictures and the button still works. Great mp3 player. It's easy to upload/transfer games and mp3s. Good and hany features. Intuitive. + addictive Q game, good for training your brain :) If I were to buy a phone of that kind I'd definitely buy this one again.
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Reviewed by daez,gerald from UK on 20th Jan 2006
it's a cool phone but the only problem is that its features are very few
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Reviewed by DFJ from UK on 8th May 2005
An excellent general phone. Had it for over a year without fault. The phone book is outstanding, allowing multiple numbers per contact (work, mobile etc)and offers some of the best phonebook features of any other brand. Also notably easy to turn phone to/from silent mode and vibration alert is very quiet compared to the motorola phones louder buzz. The sonyEricson menu system is very easy to navigate. PC sync is easy and the suplied software works a treat. Bluetooth and infared works well with my PC too. No camera, but the strength in this phone is in other areas. Small, lightweight with excellent phonebook and sms management features, Can record your own sounds, compose own ringtones and draw your own pictures as well as import pictures via your PC or another phone. Ok, SE produce higher spec phones, but at a price. Can't fault this Phone for what is it.
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Reviewed by StuH from UK on 20th Apr 2005
I've owned this phone for 3 years now, first couple of months on Vodafone and the remaining time on Orange (bought as SIM-free handset only). Overall, I've found it to be an excellent little beast - I take care of my property (the saleswoman at phones4U this afternoon couldn't believe that this was a 3 year old phone...) but of course it's had its share of mishaps, dropped several times including once in the birdbath, and it survived everything. Good points: Small and lightweight. Astounding battery life (I've had a full 14 days standby from this! - typically 7-9 days if you actually use it...). Easy to operate once you learn its quirks. Decent call quality. Did I mention the battery life? Bad points: Rather dated now. GPRS access through PDA/Bluetooth chronically slow. Menus can get sluggish as the memory fills up - solution: clear out the pictures and recordings etc., makes it fly! This is probably not the most robust phone around, so if you want a phone to use as a football, or like to tap out your texts using a lumphammer then avoid this one. I'm now reluctantly upgrading to either a K700i or a Nokia 6230, haven't made a final decision. The reason is that the T68i's classic "no access" fault has finally caught up with my phone. Still, it's lasted longer than anything else I've ever owned and I've had my money's worth. By all means buy one - treat it carefully and it will reward you, thrash it and it'll die young.
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Reviewed by ATTILIO from UK on 8th Mar 2005
I was given this t 68i as a present to replace my old nokia.One mounth after it broke down. (the green key ).Sony declined responability, cost me 120euros to repair,came back after 9 weeks only to break down again four weeks later. All in all a very dissapointing experience,eicsson in not duing sony any favors. Do not buy,you can have mine for free.
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Reviewed by Lawrence Epps from UK on 30th Jan 2005
Worst phone I've ever had...upgrading to a new one after 1 year stuck with this rubbish.Camera is awful,it's favourite trick is to turn itself on when I've been on a plane..this happens without fail every time I go abroad!! Steer clear!
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Reviewed by Kev from UK on 23rd Jan 2005
This is the phone that is used as a bomb in the James Bond film Die Another Day, so that makes it a star in my books. :) It's a stylish, reliable phone that does everything that I need it to do. Bluetooth, Irda, gprs, laser attachment, torch attachment, MP3 attachment and it even controls a remote controlled car! Forget the latest phones that will be forgotten in a few months and get yourself a true classic.
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Reviewed by Aivar from UK on 5th Jan 2005
I have had this phone since May 2002. This is a really excellent phone! What a mighty battery - the average standby time is 8,5 days (always ON). The maximum was more than 11 days! Some people complain about bad reception. But I don't agree. It has good reception. And I have been able to talk even when the reception holds 0-1 bars. I keep it carefully and after 2,5 years it still look like a new one. Also it has the best design I have ever seen about mobile phones.
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Reviewed by JM from UK on 29th Nov 2004
I've had my T68i for nearly two years and I find it a good all-rounder, reliable and a great design. It fits the palm of your hand and isn't at all boxy, probably more of a girly phone though. To get the best out of it you have to set up the shortcut menus to put the most-used items in one list and go from there. It's probably not as robust as the clam-shell flip style phones but I've dropped mine out of my handbag once or twice with no damage. Recently I got water in it which made it go beserk for a few hours but was back to normal the next day. The drawbacks include poor display which makes pictures received very disappointing. Reception is first class, perhaps it depends on service, mine is O2. Possibly those used to the Nokia family may think the T68i is a bit fiddly but I have no problems texting or making calls and it looks great.
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Reviewed by Leanne from UK on 13th Oct 2004
I have had the T68i for over a year now, the phone sticks quite a lot and you have to take the back off to move the sim card then put it back together again and then it will work again until the next time it happens, which it quite alot, the camera is useless,the photos you take just look very dark and you cant make out what they are. The texts on my phone have gone all funny it takes me ages to send one I have to go through loads of options before it will let me send a text. The games are rubish there all card games, I have a full battery one minuet then the next minuet it saying to it charge up, this has happened a few times where I would charge up the phone then it would lose all bars and need charged again. I am now getting the Samsung p510 which the reviews are alot better and it seem's a very nice phone.
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Reviewed by bikinibabe from UK on 9th Oct 2004
Camera attachment is absolutely rubbish!! I got this phone about 18 months ago and it was quite new then and one of the first camera phones. I don't think any people actually go for this phone now as it is so out of date technology wise, only good thing I found about it was the amount of texts that it stores.
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Reviewed by AH from UK on 12th Jun 2004
this fone is great for the first colour screen fone. :-)
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Reviewed by joey from UK on 9th May 2004
Its an exellent phone with a brilliant texting service and plus it looks good. Also all my mates love it.
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Reviewed by SPI from UK on 8th Mar 2004
Have to agree with nearly everyone here - this is a terrible phone. Had it 6 months - Infrared now refuses to work, phone will only switch on when charging cable is inserted (despite a few new batteries). Reception awfull. 'No access' appears all the time. Loves to switch itself off for no reason (I was fortunate enough to catch it whilst resting on my desk do this). I need a reliable phone for my job and this isn't it ! I'm off to the shops to get something capable.
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Reviewed by ben from UK on 6th Mar 2004
this was my first mobile, and i know they make them better than this . dnt eva go near thsi phone, not even worth the time looking at it
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Reviewed by CD3660 from UK on 22nd Feb 2004
Utter rubbish: Very prone to faults, very slow, and appalling reception even where other mobiles work fine.Avoid like the plague!
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Reviewed by Allie from UK on 20th Feb 2004
I dont know about yall, but i think this is a lovely little phone. It works, pretty easy to use, it has never crashed on me... Maybe im just not using it right... but it fits good in my hand.. ive had it for 2 years... i like the texting.. Looks great... so yeah, if your a phone nerd you will probly notice stuff thats wrong but i like it -so there (ps, mines name is fred)
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Reviewed by lenne from UK on 29th Jan 2004
This is the worst phone ever! I had to have mine repaired 3 times in 6 months. It\'s also really slow and has terrible reception.
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Reviewed by Adam from UK on 6th Jan 2004
DON\'T GET THE SONY ERICSSON T68i I bought my t68i about 6 months ago.The first couple of weeks i thought great. About a month later the light fell out the corner snapped off and the cancel button broke. Now it is totally fallen to bits. This is a poor phone and i recommend it to nobody. My friend has one as well and after a couple of months his did the similar thing.
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Reviewed by Karl from UK on 1st Jan 2004
Well specified mobile phone for the price but now very dated and has a poor build quality. Cheap feel and an irritating \'clicky\' plastic navi-button adds dissatisfaction to the T68i\'s overall lack of refinement.
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Reviewed by 2Coolman from UK on 13th Dec 2003
I\'ve had it for a year and had no problems whatsoever. The features are still as good as phones coming out today. Takes getting used to in navigating through tons of features but you also have shortcuts you can customise so its ok. I had no intention of changing but Sony Ericsson seem yto have done another good job with T610, Z600 and P900 from the reviews I have been reading. I will be getting one of those next. All phones have a downside but Sony Ericsson has the least!!! Buy this if you can get it for a good price or if you have the dosh, the newer Sony E.
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Reviewed by 70\'s BabyBoy from UK on 9th Dec 2003
I got this phone as a free upgrade and i\'m glad i did get it free... This was the worst phone i have ever had&
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Reviewed by Dave from England on 29th Nov 2003
This has probably already all been said on this site, but I cannot believe anyone rates this thing above 1 star. Ever. Slow beyond belief (1+ seconds response per key click). Many, many dropped calls since new - this is the worst phone I've ever owned. My 1989 car-mounted Motorola was waaaaaaay better than this, so where's the progress in 14 years? I don't care about texts, colour screens, cameras - dear marketing people, THIS IS A PHONE!!!! GETIIT???? Worse than the lousy overpriced and oversold product is Sony's (and Orange's) attitude to service - the first guy at I talked to Orange had the same phone and told me he couldn't wait for the contract to expire because it was garbage and "everyone knows it's junk". Then he refused to solve the problem because I was supposed to take it to Sony. I did, and they offered a completely unacceptable warranty 2-week turnaround on a repair, for which they also said I'd probably get an invoice (user damage - untrue.) Bottom line - it's apparently OK for big manufacturers to rush out inferior incomplete and undeveloped products, and also OK for Orange blatantly to break UK contract law by trying to pass the warranty liability on to the manufacturer even though the end supplier of the goods is legally liable. I'm an engineer - I understand the hardware in detail - but it appears to me that as "technology" moves on, Sony et al have lost sight of everything but profit; Real service and useability goes down the toilet, costs to the consumer spiral out of control, and monster corporations become so arrogant that they can easily afford to tell their customers to take a hike. Very sad. All I wanted to do was make phone calls, but even that's too complex it seems. After the terrible customer service experience I had last week from Sony I will purposefully never buy another of their products whatsoever, and I would support anyone else who takes the same angle. Please do not buy this pheon, it's close to useless and will drive you nuts, like it did me.
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Reviewed by Ash from England on 26th Nov 2003
Well For All You People Rating This Little Beauty 2 Or Under, Obviously Don't Have A Clue About Any Mobile Phone, I Mean Come On, This Phone Is The Best One Ive Ever Had, All You People Who Are Putting This Phone Down, Should Get A Life And Get Away From The Same Old Boring Nokia. You Complain Alot About The Reception, Well Where I Live, My Reception For Phones Have Always Been Bad, But The t68i Seems To Be Handling The Reception Problems Pretty Darn Well..I Really Do Recommend You To Buy This Phone, Its Really Good..
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Reviewed by Stefan from England on 20th Nov 2003
Clearly the worst mobile telephone of the century. Good night.
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Reviewed by Alan from England on 19th Nov 2003
Calling the T68i a phone is one of the most comical things I've ever heard. It can go for days without any reception whilst my now 4 year old Ericsson A1018s (a brick with an aerial) has full reception. If your going to get T68i get some 1st class stamps instead as it will be quicker to post your message to some one even with the postal strikes on.
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Reviewed by Alistair Johnston from UK on 17th Nov 2003
Undoubtedly the worst phone I ever owned. Slow menus, very unreliable, message alert so quiet, always missed important texts. Had 3 of them through Orange, same problem with all, No Access messages, trying to make calls, three bleeps then nothing. The last one only lasted 24 hours!! After a major row with Orange which took 1 hour in one of their shops and talking on a shop mobile to customer services, they eventually relented and replaced it with a good old trusty Nokia.
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Reviewed by Lorna from Scotland on 17th Nov 2003
Yes, it's that "No Access" fault again. Phone number 2 has now developed it - eerily just about 3 months after getting it as a replacement for phone 1 which developed the same fault after 3 months. Anyone who has not had this problem with the T68i is just a jammy get. I have spoken to Orange Customer Care - "it's a common fault with that handset" yes, I know. Carphone Warehouse Customer "Care" - "we can send it for repair" great! 7 - 10 days without my phone. And Sony Ericcson Customer "Care" - "it is not a generic fault so we didn't recall the handset - I have one and it works fine" That's probably your 10th handset and you get free replacements cos you work for the company! I can get a replacment from CW, but it is exactly the same handset again which I don't want. I am hoping Watchdog may take up the challenge to get them to admit that they should not be selling a faulty product and deal with their dissatisfied customers, but I will have to wait and see. Will neve r buy anything from Sony or SE ever again. Customer "Care" was absolutely disgraceful.
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Reviewed by Kiran from UK on 15th Nov 2003
I got this phone a while ago now it cost me #200 what a waste of money and I hated and still hate it.. I\'ve had a lot of phones and this by far has been the worse phone I've ever had.. Not only is it slow and it also has a tendency to crash... Please do NOT buy this phone... and do NOT buy Ericsson's too unreliable..
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Reviewed by MAX from ENGLAND on 13th Nov 2003
its not even worth 1 star the worst fone on da planet. too slow, txt rubbish and it take ages to wait for the loading. low recpetion not worth buying at all waste of money.
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Reviewed by Yashin from England on 11th Nov 2003
i giv all those people who are looking for a fone with wicked features, do NOT go for the t68i! it is the worst fone ever!!!! dont bother with it. its well slow. takes the P!55 with reception!! and it takes so long to load up things like menu options. takes sooo long to make a fonecall (if u ever get reception) dont buy it!! if u already have the so called phone, Sell it whilst you can!! u might as well get a Nokia,siemens or a samsung! a brick with a note tied around it would do a better job!!!
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Reviewed by Jo from UK on 10th Nov 2003
This phone is unbelievably unreliable! I'm now onto my 4th replacement in 6 months. I keep getting the same problem - where the signal just appears to die. It looks completely normal sometimes (ie the 3-4 bars), but when you try to make a call, it never gets through to the "Connecting" phase, and then skips back to the main screen - and you lose all network coverage completely. This can go on for days. Sometimes when you turn the phone on, instead of selecting the network (ie T Mobile), it comes up with "No Access". I've been back to Carphone Warehouse each time and after a number of battles, have managed to get replacments, but no one seems to want to take responsibility for a phone that doesn't do what it should - ie make and receive calls and texts!! T Mobile were willing to concede that they do have a lot of problems with this phone, but there was no way that they would replace it.
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Reviewed by Kent from UK on 6th Nov 2003
This is the poorest appliance of any kind I have ever purchased. It does not function properly as a telephone; from the start I have been unable to get a signal in most parts of central London in places where my old "brick" phone had no problems. I bought it from Carphone Warehouse and took it there to fix this. I could see 7 of the 9 people in the repair queue had the T68 and it was initially explained to me that this is a well known fault. When I returned to collect it the managers told me I had "customer damaged" the phone and it was a shame I hadn't bought their (very lucrative) insurance. I explained this was not an insurance matter but a warranty matter, and the the phone was faulty from day one. I suspect this is how they have decided to deal with the T68i problem. To get my money back I guess I will have to sue. Plainly somebody should. Apart from not functioning as a phone the T68i represents everything that is problematic in the modern appliance; it is way too high spec for the memory it has, it has loads of useless gimmicks, it is too slow and generally the basics are poorly thought out. Of course it looks great and you won't discover all this until you buy one. Don't.
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Reviewed by kiki from UK on 6th Nov 2003
ye the phones gr8 BUT the keys r scratchin off n it gets awl mucky
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 2nd Nov 2003
you have to take into acount that this is an old phone now so isnt going to have all the features of something new. The things I like about it....quite small, fits in to my pocket without too much of a suspicious bulge!...the Erix game is quite amusing, but the others are not. I have had no problems with reagrd to reception, if anything I would say it is better than many other phones. Its really simple to transfer images to use as a background etc. Thi things that bug me is for a start the texting takes a long time to get used to...I am now used to it, and is quite fast, but give it to a reguar Nokia owner and they will be quite confused! It doesn't seem to store many messages either...and when u do run out of space it takes forever to delete them as it seems u have to to them 1-by-1 when they are stored on the phones memory? It doesnt generally go slow....but as soon as the memory is half full it goes like an old dog. I will give it 2 stars as i dont think it is good enough to be "good " as there are quite a few niggling things and they should be resolved before a phone is put into production....but not bad enough to be bad as this is one of the few phones that I havnt needed to be repaired in some way and is small and light enough.
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Reviewed by KENNY KENITH from UK on 1st Nov 2003
not a bad phone. the colour background is great but makes the phone slow sometimes and causes it to crash. the big let down is that it hasnt got polyphonic ringtones and not many internet sites support this phone for mono ringtones. Although it does have bluetooth, not many people i know have this phone so i cannot use it with them. not worth the price but it has the looks.
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 30th Oct 2003
I've had the T68i for just over a year on Orange. In that time I've had it replaced 3 times for exactly the same fault, and a few days ago my latest replacement (1 month old) also died. My brother also bought a T68i and in the last 12 months he's had it replaced 6 times!! Every time its the same problem - the phone starts to miss incoming calls, outgoing calls go "Connecting" then beep-beep-beep and drop the call. SMSes can't be sent. The phone tends to work intermittently for a week or so, then eventually stops working altogether. When I called Orange Care last time I asked them if they had lots of trouble with this phone.. the guy replied yes, they're beginning to realise they are, and he warned me that they were going to stop selling them so any replacement I got would be someone elses return. 2 weeks later my local Orange shop pulled the T68is off the shelf. Something is seriously wrong with the reliability of this phone.
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Reviewed by Matt from USA on 30th Oct 2003
I first bought the phone in november of 2002, since then i have gone through 3 of them. The screen of the first one broke within 3 days due to the rigerous torture of walking around a book store. AT&T took it back and gave me a new one this one lasted till around summer of 03. Signal quality had reduced to nothing over the coarse of a month. Something had come dislodged and sometimes by shaking or hitting the phone on your hand it would reward you with a fleeting signal. This time I sent my phone back to AT&T, and it was replaced promptly with my third and current phone which is now exhibiting the same issues as the second phone after only 2-3 months of use. I am thourogly disappointed with the phone and would not recomend it to anyone.
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Reviewed by alison from england on 30th Oct 2003
Very frustrated with the T68i now. I've had two new phones basically with the same problem - the reception/signal keeps cutting out. Apparently it's a very common problem with this model.
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Reviewed by sarah from Uk on 30th Oct 2003
i think those that have given this phone a bad rating dont remeber that this phone was released aaaggeessss ago and at that time this was way ahead of its time, obviously it cannot compete with the phones on the market now.. i mean it would be better if it had a better picture quality, faster processorpolyphonic ringtones and so on but i mean thsi phone is quite cheap i bought mine for 60 pounds (incl. data cable) second hand, but it works like its brand new. also another falut i have found is the fact you cannot create folders for text msges like you would for an 8310 but its not a major fault. this phone is good, not the best obviously but for its age i think its fantastic...
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Reviewed by Ash from UK on 29th Oct 2003
The design is good, the functions are outstanding and the phone is lightweight. I have not encountered one single problem with it and the signal is excellent. The battery is durable and the keypad is very impressive. People say this phone is slow, however, mine fails to show this and is quite rapid. This is a very good phone and is quite cheap. BUY IT!
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Reviewed by Vincent Hindriksen from Netherlands on 28th Oct 2003
A mobile phone has to be a good working phone in the first place. Second come the features. It looks like SE have put all their energy on the features (because those sell?). And that makes my conclusion: the only advantages are the features: bluetooth, infrared, tripleband, GPRS and colorscreen. Furthermore the ordening of phonenumbers (home, mobile, work) I really like. A missing feature is java, but if you want it, just pick another phone. The disadvantages are: - Too slow: it can take till half a second to react (in the menus). animations are to laugh about after I had seen the same animation on a Siemens S55. - Press buttons till you drop: You need to press at least 12(!) buttons to send an sms(1 less with a "shortcut"). Try to say "no" eith this phone: 14 button pushes. - Not logical: (I) Inlock the keypad has the same keycombination as "delete and confirm". When the screensaver starts, not always the keylock is put on. So I often delete the first phonenumber, which now is "aaaaah!" (because that's what I screamed when I deleted the number). You have to think it's slow, so you only see the message "phonenumber deleted". (II) The menu after pressing the c-button 1 second only contains the first 2 items under the options-menu. - Batterylife indicator is wrong: 50h of callingtime means: load batteries now and don't try to call (or get called). The battery can only give 15 minutes of callingtime and then ends it, abdruptly. Second - Antenna is poor. SonyEricsson said so itself (helpdesk). - unreliable: Sometimes after dialing a number the phone gives three beeps and stops dialing. There's no way to call, except a "hard reboot". I hope I never really need my phone, like when I need to dial 911!!! :cry: I hear more people having the same problem. This "don't want to make a connection" happens once a month lately and thus making it a woman. - no warning leds or whatsoever: I don't know if I have a sms, because the leds don't warn me. I have to turn off the keylock, then see if there are messages or not and then turn on the keylock again. - Hard to configure: it takes a lot of time to find out where the options are. To configure GPRS I first needed to make a WAP-account and then make it a GPRS account in a totally different place. This is my 3rd phone. I like the features (connecting my palm V via IR to GPRS, which is very cheap via my provider), but it's really the worst phone I ever had if I look at the user interface and the speed. I had Sagem and Siemens, which I both liked and had for years. SE really has to publish a firmware-upgrade. Meanwhile buy another phone. Mine is for sale.
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Reviewed by DR WILSON from UK on 21st Oct 2003
NIGHTMARE PHONE
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Reviewed by Nicholas from uk on 18th Oct 2003
This phone is almost brilliant . i have had it for seven months it has never created any problems for me nor has it died on me. Battery life is brilliant. The disadvantage of it in my opinion is that the graphics of it are a little bit poor. In general i think it is a fantastic phone for the eeryday user
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Reviewed by dave from england on 17th Oct 2003
this fone is okay. it does have some cool feature on it, and it HAD really good reception on it, i found the keypad really easy to use and at the time the picyure display was amazing! i was really impressed when i first got it. anyway after about 4months i got my first problems with it, it kept on turning itself off every couple of hours, i would ring sum1 and i couldnthear anything, coloured blotches appeared on the screen and parts of the fone fell off. however i must admit it is a durable fone as for me it has survived being dropped in beer for a night, being run over and been dropped down the stairs! (all these happend AFTER the problems began!) anyway, its a cool fone as long as it works! but with the technology updates now your better off spending your money on somthing else! see ya!
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Reviewed by Stephen from UK on 15th Oct 2003
The only bad thing about this phone is the reception, its terrible. I took it back after 2 days for a refund. I found my old T10 was getting a far better signal.
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Reviewed by Toby from UK on 14th Oct 2003
Absolute rubbish, I go at least a month between signals. At present I've not had a signal since August, it's not October!
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Reviewed by Daniel from England on 13th Oct 2003
It was about 3 days the phone where the phone worked well. I had it for Christmas last year as an upgrade and after having a number of different phones, Nokia's, Sony J5, all sorts I was willing to have something special for a change. The T68i is certainly 'special' but not in the way I wanted. It constantly crashes, always gets stuck on the main menu screen, the buttons work and then for no reason they don't. I am on Orange, my friends on the same network can have full signal whilst the 'good old T68i' is searching for one. The signal level fluctuates all the time even if the phone is sitting still and even when I have full reception people can hardly hear me ont he phone. The scroller has now stuck on the inside so the phone is constantly scrolling through menus and any other screen it can. It also dials the answerphone on its own.!!?!? I don't care what has been said about the phone being older. A product such as this is desgined for an everyday useage and should therefore be able to cope with it. The phone has been for repair twice now, costing me 45.00 a go. Currently the phone is in my top drawer where it will stay until i can finally upgrade in March 04. I have gone back to using my Nokia 7110. It might not be the most 'flash' phone around but it always works and is reliable. Out of most of the reviews I have read about this phone most of them have commented about the poor quality and I agree. I only wish I had read them before i thought of buying this somewhat poor excuse.
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Reviewed by Erwin from South Africa on 7th Oct 2003
I decided to go for this phone even though I had had a Nokia phone since the inception of mobile phones. in the begining I was pleasantly supprised with all the gadgets and various functions this phone could offer. But, in the long term, this turned out to be the biggest mistake of my life! 1) the reception is so poor its not even funny! 2) the time it takes to boot up some times, is so long that I could make a cup of coffee and come back and it would still be trying to access the address book! 3) we use SMS banking here in south africa. it took me 14 days to register for the service. Subsequently we used a nokia phone and it took less than 5 minutes!! Overall, I would say that if you are looking for a phone to keep for say 2 days, then get the Ericsson. If however you want to get a real phone that can get the job done, go for the Nokia!
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Reviewed by Glen from UK on 4th Oct 2003
I have had the SE T68i for about 8 months now and have absolutly no problem at all with it. Excellent phone as far as i am concerned for reliability, considering its 8 months old the battery is still lasting a full week before needing afull recharge. The only thing thats annoying me is that on the keypad on a cople of the keys the silver paint is peeling off and makes it look untidy. and apart from a few cosmetic reasons its a cool phone. No offence to Sony Ericsson but next time i dont think i will be buying one of there phones. My next ones a Samsung S300! :-)
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Reviewed by Jason from UK on 3rd Oct 2003
Appallingly badly designed software. I don't want games, wallpaper, take photos, my mates' mugs when they call, polywotsit ring tones... I'm 36 so I bought this phone to make calls and send TXTs and not to impress girls/mates in the pub. I don't care what it looks like. If you need a PHONE to be your social ambassador you'd be better off spending the money on therapy. It's abysmally slow in all respects. SMSing is a real chore. It takes, on average, 18 clicks to send the damn thing (yes I counted; yes I'm sad). And that CALL TIMER! Who wants to know how long they just spent on the line? And it takes ages to clear the screen, stopping me from making my next call. There are so many false options on this phone by so few real functions. And I agree, Annie - you must work for Sony. Shame on you.
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Reviewed by Mike Young from UK on 2nd Oct 2003
DO NOT GET THIS PHONE. I am now on a replacment after the original suffered the connection problems described by other people. The second one has now hit the two month lifespan and has become very unreliable. It shows 4 or 5 bars of signal yet I cannot make a call on it. To those people who gave this 4 or 5 stars, you are either lucky or you haven't got to the two month limit yet. I don't want another replacement, I am going to buy a different make of phone.
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Reviewed by BARRY from USA on 1st Oct 2003
I have had many cellphones before and this is the most cheaply made phone i ever had. i switched to cingular and got this phone and it never worked properly. no reception, dropped calls and if you dialed out you would have to turn the phone on and off to dial out. receiving calls was just as horrible. the only thing this phone did well was play games. i even sent it back to sony and they told me that they would not honor the warranty. i finally could not take anymore and replaced it with a motorola v60i through insurance. it works great and it turns out it was never cingular that was the problem and of course cingular could have just checked the phone out but we all know how wireless telepone companies. do not purchase this or any related product.
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Reviewed by John Aristides from UK on 30th Sep 2003
The T68i is a very good phone but isn\'t without it\'s problems, like most phones. Occasionally the phone decides to freeze up, but I\'ve found this is usually because the battery is low, and the only way to unfreeze it is to remove the battery. My phone\'s lasted me a year and is still a worthy piece of kit. The voice recorder is excellent quality and the \'post-it\' notes are very handy. I would\'ve preferred polyphonic ringtones, but what can you do. I recommend buying the camera attachment even though quality ain\'t that great. Bluetooth and Infra-red are good, as is the phonebook, which has several numbers or e-mail adresses for each person, and the ability to add a picture to each entry, so the picture comes up when they call. One little niggle I would say has been most annoying is the fact that little bits of dust get behind the screen and get stuck, a good bang ususally gets them out but not always. Overall a really good phone although feeling a little dated! now.
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Reviewed by Jason from UK on 27th Sep 2003
Terrible, awful, couldn't ask for a worse phone! I live in Central London and 3/4 of the time can't get a signal-I presume the antenna is broken but because of some bad deal between The Link and T-Mobile, I can't get anyone to take responsibility for repairing the damn thing! Don't go anywhere near this phone -in fact stay away from T-Mobile and The Link as well!
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Reviewed by Carol from England on 25th Sep 2003
I love this phone it looks good is really light weight and a great size to just slip in your pocket. The only complaint i have is like most others and that is the texting is slow but if you persist then the rest of the phone outweighs the slowness! Cam is a little bad but Wap is better than the nokia i had before and its pretty easy to use. I have had it over a year now even though my contract is up and im gonna hang on to it!
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Reviewed by paul from england on 25th Sep 2003
Very mixed opinions on the web - very mixed people write them. The complainers would complain at anything they bought. The ravers would rave at anything they bought. I consider myself neither. If i make a purchase, especially for 12 month contracts, I have to make myself happy with my decision. Just accept what you've bought. My experience with the t68i, well, had it for 12 months and i'm only changing it for a new, cheaper deal. I would even consider keeping my t68i.
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Reviewed by Joe from Switzerland on 24th Sep 2003
I think this phone is pretty good, I mean I've had it for a year and i think that the menus are simple to use and the screen is not that bad( even if it's a 256 color screen i still think it's brighter and clearer than the screen in the Nokia 3510i for example).The design is outstanding and the connectivity is excellent.The battery life is also good.But there are also a lot of drawbacks, like not having polyphonic ringtones or java games, but this phone is like really old anyways.The memory size is kind of small specially if you plan on downloading stuff from the internet.The Joystick is TERRIBLE!!!! After a few months it's almost unuseable!! it gets stuck! and the NO button doesn't respond sometimes... Another drawback is the responsde time... The ^menus are as slow as a plant trying to move... Texting is also sooo slow.Also i've been getting a lot of NO Acces and beep-beep-beeps lately , which i think are unresonable since all my friends get a signal when i don't.The dust a lso gets into the screen which isn't that practical...So If you're planning to buy this phone DON'T!! It was a pretty good buy a year ago but now you should get another model like the t610 or a nokia or a samsung or something...
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Reviewed by Laura Przylipiak from UK on 24th Sep 2003
I think this phone leaves something to be desired. Texting is slow and the b*stard thing won't stop crashing on me. When it crashes you have to take the battery out and wait ages for it to loads again. Also it takes far too long to read the sim. I have to wait till feb 04 to get my upgrade, but I've booked the one I've got now in for repair next week. What a load of f-ing pants!!! Laura/18/Manchester
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Reviewed by Gary Fisher from England on 22nd Sep 2003
The T68i looks very nice, it does not however live up to the features that it's advertised for. The colour is awful, only 256 - big problem especially for the camera. The camera is the biggest rip off i've ever heard of-the pictures are awful. The menu is slow and the texting is so slow a nokia could have written and sent 4 in the space of 1 for the T68i. Games are also rubbish. I'd reccomend the phone if we were 2 years back, but were bot solook elsewhere.
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Reviewed by lee kimber from on 22nd Sep 2003
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Reviewed by zoxxx from montenegro on 21st Sep 2003
i am going to buy t68i god help me!!!
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Reviewed by Jerry from New Zealand on 20th Sep 2003
Based on the number of negative reviews for the T68i, I can come to only one conclusion...either the reviewers do not have a handset with the latest firmware version or they are diehard Nokia user who refuse to move away from the bland, boring featureless phones that Nokia make & have made for years. They're all the same boring menu system. Also in response to the review: "Reviewed by Adam from Australia on 13th Aug 2003"...the bit about not being able to edit a contact without going to "phonebook", "manager contact", "edit contact" etc is false. This is one way to do it, the other is just click the joystick down, find the contact you want (same as if you were going to make a call to them), then click the options button & select edit so you can in fact, just edit a contact very easily. I have had this phone for a year & with the latest firmware version, it is faultless. Yes, it would be better if there were other notification alerts for SMS, MMS etc & polyphonic ringtones for the price, but hey, this phone has been in the market for 2 years + and was way ahead of it's time when launched. The chap who reviewed it and blamed it for problems with not receiving SMS's for over 2 hours must have no idea of how cellphones work because the phone will notify you when a message is received, simple as that. What it cannot do is regulate when the network will actually deliver the message. It cannot notify you of a SMS until it actually gets sent it. So trying to blame the phone for lack of message notifications is narrow minded to say the least. If you don't get an alert, it's because the network has not sent it. Lastly, I read bad comments about the plug-in camera. Again, when this phone was launched, it was one of the first, if not THE first to include a digital camera. Sure, the camera for it has been left behind with current technology, but it still (in daylight) takes better photos than the GX-10i, T610, GD88 and several others quality-wise. Don't complain that it does not take photos in anything other than daylight, this is all it was designed to do originally. Over the last 2 years, the cameras have improved so yes, they will not outperform in low light. I have used the camera for the last year & found it exceptional for a phone camera, great for taking photos of the kids. Having a plug-in is a pain & now they come inbuilt into the phones, it is much better. Overall, the T68i was way ahead of it's time when it came on the market with one of the first (aside from it's T68 predecessor) colour screens, but it has been left behind with it's 256 colour screen. This is to be expected nowdays as phones change every 3-6 months and a 1 year old phone is a dinosaur now. Cheers all.
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Reviewed by Jerry from New Zealand on 20th Sep 2003
Just to clarify my points before about the picture quality from the MCA-20 plug-in camera. I was referring to viewing them on a computer rather than the phone because the 256 colour screen does leave a bit to be desired. When emailed, or beamed (bluetooth/IR) to a computer & viewed, the picture quality is exceptional (for a phone camera) though as one would expect, will not be as good as a dedicated digital camera. Thanks.
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Reviewed by Mat from England on 19th Sep 2003
What a load of rubbish. Sure, it looks good, it's light and fits in your pocket nicely, but as I'm now on my third phone in 4 months (which I am about to return to the shop) it obviously leaves something to be desired in the reliability department. Phone no. 1: After a few weeks the phone decided it'd be fun to randomly scroll through menus for no apparent reason. Exchanged it for another one. Phone no. 2: Within minutes of turning it on, it died -- the screen went blank apart from the battery indicator, and none of the keys would respond. Another exchange! Phone no. 3: About a week ago the phone started displaying "No access" instead of "Orange", failing to connect when I made a call, not sending an SMS until about the fifth attempt (and re-sending a message requires god knows how many clicks); the signal strength meter shows full, but the phone won't connect, and the battery seems to now be lasting less than 24 hours as a result. So, off to the shop I go, and I'm not leaving until they give me a completely different phone!
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Reviewed by paul from uk on 19th Sep 2003
Had nothing but trouble with it, been in repair 3 times in 3 months, utter c**p, wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy
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Reviewed by Birju from England on 18th Sep 2003
I have had this t68i for 2 months and i have no problems with this phone. everybody told me this phone is a very slow but my one is fast and i have so many pictures and screensavers. i would recommend this phone to anybody. the only downside is that it only has 1.5mb. other then that it is an excellent phone.
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Reviewed by PaM from uk on 15th Sep 2003
i would not recomend this phone to anyone it is PANTS!! every thing is slow,if u txt alot then this is no gud..it takes ages to catch up and it doesnt put the letter or symbol etc what u tell it to..the t9 dic is rubbish very hard to imput what u want..the menu is slow..ringtones are all rubbish..the best feature is that u can select a colour wallpaper to show with a name that rings u.. i found it very hard to use i do still have it but cannot wait to get shut..i am very soon gettin the samsung v200 as my dad as got one and they are fantastic well worth the money.... i dnt know what i will do with this when i get a new one as i wouldnt want to inflict it on any one.. i have add very many fones mainly nokia just recently add a nokia 7210 which they are ok just need to get used to the keypad..then a 3510i which they are ok also..i exchanged the 3510i for this as it broke and they didnt have any more in stock i wish i had got a credit note or paid the difference for some thing else..
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Reviewed by AL from England on 13th Sep 2003
It's c**p... never had a phone that has given me so many problems.... it's that bad I've binned it!
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Reviewed by Simon Chung from Canada on 13th Sep 2003
Summary: As a phone, the T68i is a decent performer. If you don't need the Bluetooth connectivity, I recommend looking elsewhere. However, the PC connectionivity (one of the main reasons I bought it for) leaves something to be desired. Pros: -Reception is clear and I did not have much trouble navigating its menu structure. The size is absolutely small - perhaps too small - that it is a bit awkward to hold it and dial your # in one hand. Design is simple and sophisticated. I like the look of it a lot more than the look of my new phone. The web browser seemed OK..no troubles there. -Buttons are nicely lit with a blue backlight. It feels good, too. The joystick is also good. Cons: -While the menu structure is intuitive to navigate, it has too many levels. SE needs to revise this so that it doesn't require so many joystick and/or button presses to get to where you want. The look of the menus is bland, compared to Nokia's. -The screen is only 256 colours and is smaller and of lower resolution than competing Nokias. -Pricey. I guess most of it went into the Bluetooth technology. At least give us polyphonic rings for this price! -I had much trouble installing the Phone Monitor software. It just did not install on WinXP. I downloaded the latest version off the SE website and no difference. Also, the installation of the syncrhonization and phone monitor software requires that Outlook be running. I don't use Outlook because it has more security holes than Swiss cheese. This was the kiss of death. I returned it after a week's use for the Nokia 5100. It's not as good looking as the T68i but the menu navigation and PC software installs and works terrifically on WinXP.
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Reviewed by _BlOnDiE from england on 13th Sep 2003
i have had many phones and this one (ericsson t68) i cannot get used to before this i had a nokia 3510i which i didnt like either,then a nokia 7210 which was the best of the three. the ericsson t68 is ok for people who dont send sms i send loads and it is very slow..it cant catch up with you and u keep avin to clear letters as its stopped on the wrong 1 because it cant catch u up.. the colour screen is ok..easy to get wallpaper off wap..but its not poly toned which is bit naff when uve experienced poly tones then to go banck to mono.. so very soon i am going to get the samsung V200 as i have wanted it since i saw it and read lots of very good reviews bout it..it as everything u could want in a phone..stylish.colour.poly tones.games.animated wallpaper,voice dial.camera.and much much more by far a fantastic fone... so the sooner i get rid of this ericsson t68 the better..my daughter who is ten as a nokia 8210 and even she doesnt want the ericsson t68 she doesnt like it so thats sayin summat.. course it does av good features like voice dial,colour.this is all i av found good with it so far i av only ad it a day..it is by far the worst 130 i av spent..i have neva ad ericsson b4..mainly nokia so,,but it will do till i get samsung v200...
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Reviewed by adi from UK on 13th Sep 2003
THIS PHONE IS THE BIGGEST PILE OF PANTS I HAVE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE TO ENCOUNTER ! Okay it looks quit nice.. but stop there. The menu system is ana absolute joke. The atrociously slow access to the menus is appaling. I can remove my finger off the phone after scrolling through the phonebook and it is still trying to catch up two or three seconds later. I get sick of 'Please wait' messages appearing. The T9 and text system took ages to learn due to its appaling input structure. The one good thing i can say about this phone is that UNFORTUNATELY its built very well. I tried to kill mine (albeit accidentally) in a 50 minute wash cycle with my t-shirts and smalls. It survived... and i hate it for it.
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Reviewed by Greg from UK on 12th Sep 2003
I\'ve had two on T-Mobile with terrible reception compared to my Verizon Moto V.60, a very good phone. Seems like with all the features you get, it\'s not a good \"phone\""
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Reviewed by J Newbury from England on 11th Sep 2003
I have had this phone nearly a year now and I have had nothing but bother with the phone. I am on about phone number 8 already. The phone has caused bother from the very start. The volume button on the side fell off. Then the next few phones every time I tried to call someone it would bleep and cut it self off. Then the next phone I got would not charge. I would not recommend this phone to any one and I would certainly not buy another sony ericsson phone again.
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Reviewed by Jenny from UK Birmingham on 9th Sep 2003
Like many other users in the first few months it worked fine. Now (9 months later) it stuggles to get a reception, constantly switches its self off for no apparent reason and is forever cuting off during a phonecall. As for the camera it is an absolute joke! I have tried to take a picture in all sorts of light and it still just comes out as a dark shadow. To the reviewer who said it must be down to carelessness, I think there is far to many of us with the same complaints to be down to neglect, although I am very pleased that yours has the design fault that actually means the phone is in full working order!!! Luckily I got this phone through an upgrade so I only paid 30 for the phone and the camera but if I had paid the full RRP at the time of 200 I would be slightly p*ssed off to say the least! I am trying to make a fair review so I have managed to collect a few and I mean a few bonuses to the phone. There is a good amount of games on there, I think the colour quality is good and it also looks very stylish but hey if it doesnt work whats the point! The only reason I have stuck with the phone is because im due a free upgrade in December but my only advice would be to everyone DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!
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Reviewed by Mark from UK on 9th Sep 2003
While the T68i features are good, the signal is not. I had my phone replaced under warranty a few months ago because it kept on losing its signal. Now I find my new one is doing the same thing. Texts not being sent, calls not connecting. This is pretty unacceptable by todays standards . I'm going to take it back and hopefully swap it for a Nokia. I'm a fan of Sony products but maybe they should ditch this model or ditch their partnetship with Ericsson. A phone can have all the cool features in the world but its useless if the signal keeps on being lost.
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Reviewed by Scott from UK on 9th Sep 2003
I'm on phone number 4 now. The first three had software bugs and my provider decided it was better to replace the phone rather than firmware upgrade. But phone 4 has been fine. The newer software has much faster response time in menus and when texting and they have fixed all of the bugs I was aware of. The only real gripe I have is that the SMS alert tone is a choice between a single beep and a double beep. Neither which are particularly easy to hear. I have had a few random problems with calls not being received and the GPRS falling offline but these are by no means common and may have nothing to do with the phone. I own a proper camera so haven't bothered trying out the (bound to be rubbish) phone accessory but pictures I have uploaded to the phone as backgrounds don't look too bad.
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Reviewed by S.E. from england on 8th Sep 2003
I had the phone 2 weeks and nothing but problems with it!It never had a signal wherever I went when others on the same network had,I couldnt receive calls or sms and I couldnt call or send sms.The stupid black screensaver doesnt tell u when u have a message so my friends thought I was ignoring them, calls came through on voicemail several hrs later so I missed very important calls,it is very slow in every way,not very reliable as a phone!The looks of it wasnt bad but what good is that when it doesnt work in emergencys!? So if u want a toy,maybe,but if u need a reliable phone its a big NO NO!! ps: I was lucky to take it back and get a new nokia, now I am happy
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Reviewed by fredo from UK on 8th Sep 2003
"NO ACCESS" Getting very used to seeing this now together with "Beep Beep Beep- Nothing" when trying to make a call. This is my third replacement phone in 8 months all with the same fault. There is obviously something seriously wrong with this phone, I am managing to get just over a month of use and then it fails.I will be going back to Nokia which is a shame as the ergonomics of the Sony are quite good, as far as recommending this phone - forget it and look elsewhere.
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Reviewed by Kaushik from UK on 5th Sep 2003
I bought this phone as an upgrade to my Sony-Z5 on T-Mobile in June'03. It's a feture rich phone with all the "things" I wanted in a phone. Worked very nicely for the first 2 months and I started having reception problems after that (in good reception area). I can't make or receive calls many times randomly. I think it's not the reception but someting else inside the phone that freezes the phone randomly. Now most of the time when I want to make an important call, the phone tries to make a call and then after few seconds stops calling with 3 bips. So not reliable atall as a "phone". It seems Sony-Ericsson missed something important in "Basics" for this phone. If the flashy features is what u r looking for then I would say the picture quality of the color screen is poor, although u will get basic 256 color screen. Using a camara with this phone is a joke. Most impressive is the Sync feature using IR and Bluetooth. Also liked the calling card feature where I can store my callin g card details for making international calls, which saves a load of keystrokes. Games are also not bad. But as many other users said correctly, only now I understand that if u cant make a call when it's most needed, it's not useful or reliable as a PHONE. CONCLUSION : If Sony-Ericsson does some magic to 1. Remove the phone-freezing "bug" that most users are experiencing, and 2. Improve the color screen quality then I would definitely recommed this phone. But for the current model - Not a good choice...
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Reviewed by Marios from Cyprus on 5th Sep 2003
The best!
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Reviewed by dean from England on 5th Sep 2003
Had the phone for a year and will be sad to see it go when I upgrade. Its small compact and unlike most of its rivals easy to use. The only thing I find hard is the picture quality but with newer phones coming out the only option is to upgrade.
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Reviewed by jhei from philippines on 5th Sep 2003
for all of you who rated the phone suck!well your making a stupid joke!maybe the phone shows some defects because of the owners carelessness!so for everyone who rated it as a poor phone YOU SUCK!
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Reviewed by Nik from Greece on 3rd Sep 2003
Navigation is great, pictures when taken in light (like in a sunny country(!):-)) are great.All the features are cool apart from the lack of polyphonic ringtones and the text messaging alert. The good thing is that this can be changed through software so if someone is interested he can write another OS for it which gives you the ability to change the alert. I wish I could put recordings for alerts.
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Reviewed by Tony from England on 2nd Sep 2003
Having read other peoples reviews I feel that some of them must be reviewing a different phone because this phone is simply outstanding. It does everything you could want a phone to do and more, its able to do some things that even the most recent phones can't do, e.g. Nokia 7210 can't send pics over IR, T68i can. I find that the reception is great, my only problem with the phone is that after about a year the volume control slider broke and now my volume is set to reasonably low (which is a problem outside) Also I wish the screens resolution could be higher.
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Reviewed by Dom from UK on 1st Sep 2003
absolute rubbish. how can a reputable company like Sony be associated with something that patently doesn't work? I've just got mine back from it's second "repair" and it's no better than when I sent it back, despite it "working to specification". If your specification requires a phone that won't pick up a signal for more than 10 seconds, turns itself off for no reason, says "no access" 50% of the time and refuses to send text messages then I'd highly recommend this phone. Not to mention the appaling menu design and general slowness of the whole thing. Why have 1 click features when you can make the user click 10 times? If you want a phone that you can make and recieve calls on and send text messages from then buy something else.
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Reviewed by Frank from UK on 1st Sep 2003
Started off well. Got the T68i last Oct 02 and it was very good. Decent text messaging, decent menus and calendar features. But now, 9 months on, I've experienced signal dying and hard to find again. Worse is sending/receiving text messages. Started gradually about 2 months ago and just assumed I was in bad signal areas. Now, it sometimes takes 10-15 attempts to send one SMS!!! Sometimes, text messages take 2+ hrs to arrive, sometimes not till next morning! Hugely annoying if u r expecting important msgs. Also, the ringtones are rubbish and the text alert sound is useless. Just a quiet beep beep beep and that's it! Nokia's rule for text alert. If u r in a different room, u wont be able to hear text messages arrive. That said, I like how u can attach pics to phone numbers so that your friends faces appear when they ring is cool. Well, I'm going to Nokia next. Good try Sony, but not good enough to keep my business for another year.
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Reviewed by Mark from Australia on 1st Sep 2003
I bought the phone 3 months ago and I think its simply great. Its not fast but you cant have the speed of apple G5 in the phone, its fast enough. Its very reliable, looks great, very light, user friendly...Very nice phone
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Reviewed by Nick from UK on 29th Aug 2003
Bought this phone after wanting the nokia 3650 but i didnt really wanna pay 270 for a fone, what a big mistake i made, after the 2nd week of owning it, i was loosing reception left right and centre, whenever i pressed a button it took 10 years to respond the lag is awful, and my most recent problem is it wont always send messages, i also had a camera that was rubbish took a picture of my gf and it was like it was taken in the dark, so theres a lesson to b learnt here folks its true what they say, u pay for what u get!
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 28th Aug 2003
Dont buy it at all. It is quite possibly the most un- reliable phone ever. The ariel is so weak its either a good signal or a terrible, no middle ground at all. The chip is very slow and you get bored of waiting. The Signal is terrible it gives you your messages when it feels like. The only good feature is u grading to a nokia or getting our money back
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Reviewed by John Cold from UK on 26th Aug 2003
Having read about the T68i I thought this was the phone for me.Having read the manual I soon learned it was packed With loads of features, bluetooth, MMS etc,but as time went on I knew I made a mistake.The SMS alert tone is a joke you cannot hear it.Quite often my phone would be on but no one could get through to me as unknown to me it would go striaght to voicemail.Its hard to focus and take a picture with the camera and when you do it comes out poor quality.The screen is only 256 colours and again you lose quality of your pictures.Quite often my phone would lose its signal and I was unable to make calls.If you dont store your numbers on the phone memory it becomes harder to access them for calls SMS etc.These are only some of the problems I encountered with my T68i there were plenty more.After two months it gave up working altogether I did not even bother to get it fixed.
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Reviewed by Fishboy from UK on 25th Aug 2003
The T68i is a totally rubbish phone. I bought one yesterday and I\'m already getting bored of it(mind u I got it for half price). It crashes the moment you got into a tunnel or if you\'r on the tube. Don\'t buy it!!
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Reviewed by Jon from England on 24th Aug 2003
I bought this phone to use with Apple's iSync software via Bluetooth. I have been incredibly pleased to have my phone numbers and appointments syncronised between my Mac, iPod and T68i, and there was virtually no setup required. It is all very easy and transparent. Other than that the phone isn't bad, quite small, reasonably easy to use, good battery life (I recharge every 7 days, and keep it switched on 24hrs a day and use about 60 minutes talk time per month). The main downfall is the sluggish software (there are delays from pressing any button before it actually does anything) and its annoying ability to turn itself off in my pocket even though I keep the key lock turned on. The highly impressive syncronisation abilities via Bluetooth mean that I wouldn't be without an iSync compatible phone in future. My next phone probably will be the T610. It would have been the SL55 if it had Bluetooth. I certainly don't ever want to have to enter 100+ phone numbers into a mobile phone again just because I've changed the handset (SIM's store too little information).
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 22nd Aug 2003
Phone looks good and is portable. Sync software is now ok after 6 download versions! Reception is VERY dodgy, signal always dropped! Getting my third replacement next week. Now do I stick with Sony Ericcson after many years of Nokia usage? Is the P800 going to be just as poor? So much for Sony as a brand!
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Reviewed by Simon from UK on 22nd Aug 2003
The T68i on T-Mobile in the UK is a joke. It is known (and acknowledged by T-Mobile) that the phone fails repeatedly on T-Mobile. Please dont have the experience that i've had of more than seven failed repairs in two months. Buy somthing else
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Reviewed by john from england on 19th Aug 2003
the phone is good looking but lacks good games and features. i haye had the phone for 2 weeks and i am bored of it already. i much prefer nokias. good effort sony
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Reviewed by T Morgan from Uk on 17th Aug 2003
After owning a string of Nokias in the past, i was desporate to get a more interesting phone, and the T68i seemed to be the one. It has great looks, a good enough colour screen and some great features. But after owning one now for more that five months, I found out that it falls down on quite a few areas. the colour screen is great, but you can't see it in direct sunlight, you can't hear the SMS alert, and the seporate camera is a joke! useless!! Battery life isn't that great either, and the fact you cant turn off that annoying clock that comes on when you're not using the phone is just plain silly. But comparing it to my previous phones, its still one of the best, good sound quality, and an easy to use interface make it a good choice.
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Reviewed by Adam from Australia on 13th Aug 2003
This phone appauling. The reception & reliability of the mobile phone is unacceptable. The features of the phone are technically impressive, but the implementation is extremely poor. The most important feature of a mobile phone is being able to talk on it, the reception on this phone doesn't allow this. It drops out randomly, goes from 4 or 5 bars to 0 or 1 for no reason. Also, the usability is really bad. It takes so long to do anything... The icons may look pretty, but it is extremely inefficient. For example, to edit a contact, you can't do it by simply going to the contact and selecting 'edit'. You have to go into 'address book', 'manage contacts', find the contact, then 'edit details', then choose the area you want to edit, etc. It's just appauling. Nokia obviously have experience in USABILITY, ericsson don't. I honestly think that any good ratings on this site are put here by new owners who are impressed with their flashy colourful new phone, but once they start to use it they will realise how pathetic it really is.
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Reviewed by chris from england on 13th Aug 2003
The t68i looks great (which is why its got a 2 star rating) and has some great features, its a shame that it dosent really work as a phone. SonyEriccson should be selling the phone with a label stating that after a few months use it will stop making and recieving calls (which i thought was the idea of a phone)and they'll send you a new one when it breaks with excactly the same problem! Why oh why cant SonyEricsson send me a replacement phone with an antennae inside? This is now my 4th knackered phone since i bought the first one back in March. Having read many other reviews since my phone stopped working, it seems that the majority of people have the same problem. My advise would be if you want a reliable phone to make calls, then get a nokia, otherwise buy this just to play with and to look good.
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Reviewed by nicki from england on 11th Aug 2003
I got this phone last October after swooning over it for ages in the shops. I was impressed with the cool colour display, miniature phone size and tiny weight. The ringtones I thought were a huge letdown - they could have made them polyphonic, and the text alert is awful. you can only pick from silent, click or tone, the tone setting is just a little beep which you can hardly hear in a silent room, let alone in a noisy shop or bus. the vibrate wasn't very strong either and at first i would look at my phone and find three/four texts that were sent hours ago but i simply hadnt heard the phone. the games are good though and you have a lot to choose from - more than other phones. The battery life isn't too good but i don't think any phones' battery life is good nowadays cos they all have colour/mega featues/cameras etc. i wouldn't recommend this phone now, as there are loads of newer, better phones out now. i am upgrading in september to the samsung v200 which has 65000 colour di aply instead of the 256 colours of the t68i!
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