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Sony Ericsson S700i review

 Review: October 2004  
 

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: High-spec rotating phone with huge 262k colour screen, 1.3 megapixel camera and camcorder.



 

Review

The Sony Ericsson S700i features a rotating opening mechanism that is very similar to the Motorola V80. Push the phone gently and it swivels open to reveal the keypad inside (see the image on the right). As well as being a cool feature, it enables a large screen to fit within a compact phone design, as well as providing protection for the keypad when closed. First impressions of the phone are very good, with beautiful styling and bright vivid colours on the display. Build quality is impressive, although the phone is rather heavy and large.

When closed, the phone can be used for making and receiving calls, and for accessing the phone menu. The 4-way navigation button is easy to use and seems to be more robust than the joysticks on earlier Sony Ericsson phone. When opened, the full keypad becomes accessible for texting, dialling and using email or MMS. The keypad can also be opened at an angle of 90 degrees for use when gaming.

Turn the phone over and it becomes a camera! The S700i has a 1.3 megapixel camera, making it the best yet from Sony Ericsson, and placing it amongst the very small number of megapixel camera phones (at the time of writing, the only other comparable phones in the UK market are the Sharp GX30 and the Nokia 7610). The camera comes with a built in flashlight, 8x digital zoom, and picture effects. The camera can also operate as a video recorder. It has to be said that the added size and weight of the phone helps when it comes to taking pictures - heavier cameras are easier to hold steady and you can easily use two hands to hold the S700i.

The screen is of exceptionally high quality, with 262k colours and a huge 240 x 320 pixel resolution, making it the largest screen of any currently available mobile. Colours are rendered vividly. This is a fantastic screen which does justice to the high-quality camera and video capabilities of the phone. The size of the screen makes everyday tasks such as writing messages so much easier. It's also brilliant for playing 3D Java™ games.

The S700i doesn't stop there. It's a true media device with a stereo FM radio and MP3 player. You can record MP3 ringtones, or compose your own 40-voice polyphonic ringtones using the MusicDJ™ composer included with the phone. Connectivity is excellent, with full Bluetooth™ support for wireless connection to headsets, car kits and other devices, as well as infrared and cable connections. The phone comes with a 32 Mbyte Memory Stick Duo, and you can extend the storage capacity by buying additional memory sticks, currently up to 128 Mbytes.

Sony Ericsson's stated battery standby of 12 days is probably optimistic, but for most users, battery life should certainly be a few days, which is much better than that of the K700i for example.

In short, the S700i is an excellent all-round phone and is highly recommended.


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Reviewed by Jonathan from Kenya on 7th Dec 2011
a very awesome phones, it is easy to use and enjoy the features. It has great camera setting and you can store more mp3 songs, the softs keypads make it easy for dialling, it is more modern than any other phone, It is the best!!!
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Reviewed by Mintamou Alex from UK on 21st Apr 2011
I BOUGHT THIS PHONE A MONTH LATER AND MY LIFE HAVE TOTALLY CHANGED.
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Reviewed by Leon from UK on 10th Nov 2010
Sony Ericsson S700i is the best phone! I only have to charge it once every twodays...and my phone is roughly 6 years old now... It is a good phone...I love it...you should make more of such phones with regards to the components that makes it last that long. Thank you
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Reviewed by alvin from UK on 31st Oct 2010
would be able to upgrade the capacity of memory although it's only 128mb!! i rather 2 use 4g or 1g for more space!! if can! lolz
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Reviewed by alan j moon from UK on 18th Feb 2010
My s700i is great except there is no 'mike'sound and if i make a call I can't hear the response. Can anybody help? Like Dan I'm desperate.
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Reviewed by Mayur from UK on 17th Jun 2009
This Mobile external memory cards is upto Only 128MB
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Reviewed by alia from UK on 4th Oct 2008
it seems to be good...but to be honest if u r taking abt the looks..u betetr go for any of the K series
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Reviewed by dhana from UK on 9th Jul 2008
sony ericsson s700i is one of the best mobile in the world it is very super
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Reviewed by zain from UK on 30th May 2008
i like it due to its sound quality and i just use it for sound no sim is used for this cell outclass sound otherwise it is like a big cow nokia doent provide us that type of qulaity sound i love those who loves this s700 thanks ta email zainlucky@yahoo.com
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Reviewed by ben from UK on 2nd May 2008
i love this phone the camera could be a bit better but the keypad is so hard to work with and the media player is fine and yaa...
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Reviewed by lamthianmung tonsing from UK on 9th Mar 2008
i have been using sony ericsson since 2006.Currently I got nokia N95 still I find it hard to dispose my sony coz it got a grate old happy memories of mine with it.I would be happy if you guys can help me out in getting new s700i in exchange of my old s700i.
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Reviewed by Daniel speedee from UK on 16th Feb 2008
i think this phone is great. i have one myself and its great. the only down side is that its just a bit big when opened
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Reviewed by brady from UK on 26th Jan 2008
i have this its ok but now pretty down by new rivals
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Reviewed by brady from UK on 10th Jan 2008
nowadays this phone really isnt as good with 1.3 pixels my advice is get the k800i by sony and yes this phone is very bulky, no the slimer ones our about
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Reviewed by mark ryan gumacal from UK on 24th Dec 2007
i'm very fun having sony ericson s700i, because of its features that i need... its 1.3 mega pixels also helps me for gettihg pictures... thank you sony....
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Reviewed by jagwinder from UK on 16th Dec 2007
nice
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Reviewed by stephanie from UK on 8th Dec 2007
well i have this phone becuse my dad gave it to me after he had it ! the phone is mega great with all the mega good things u could ask 4 ! the only flaw is the phone is a bit big but the only thickness is for the camera so its really like a digital camera with a phone built onto it ! nd wa else can i say expt 4 the phones amazing memory !
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Reviewed by Sly One from UK on 30th Nov 2007
Can't say much for the reliability of this phone. Ive thrown it 3 or 4 times and once dropped it off the second floor and now it won't work at all. What rubbish!!!! Just joking guys. Not me but my psycho ex-girlfriend did all of the above. She really liked the phone for about 2 1/2 years though before her tantrums. Despite being dropped from the 2nd floor and the first 3 throws it still worked. Evidently the 4th throw finally killed it (needs a new hard drive according to the repair guy). Must have been a sturdy cell to last through all that tho. LOL Good camera with great colors/contrst and good sized screen. Good sound and easy to operate once you get use to it. Rotating mechanism scared me at first but never had problems with it. Id highly recommend this phone unless you have a psycho partner with a strong throwing arm. LOL
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Reviewed by Rino N.Nera from UK on 29th Sep 2007
Its wonderful and I love it.
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Reviewed by Thabo Chiloane from UK on 26th Aug 2007
I must say the S700i is a powerful phone, it is a highly capable phone when it comes to taking pictures. Its mega-pixel camera allows one to take very good crystal clear pictures, the fact that it has a built in radio makes the S700i a real multi-media phone. I could go on and on talking about this masterpiece, just get one for yourself. Oh! one disadvantage though is the fact t hat it does not support most applications, so when downloading something, make sure it is supported by the S700i.
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Reviewed by Korek from UK on 21st Jul 2007
Stupid phone!!
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Reviewed by sola from Nigeria from UK on 23rd Jun 2007
Not a good phone. Bad address book that mix up names of callers to another name on the address book. To resolve the problem, Reset the phone to default. Another problem is the issue of the phone hanging during or just after call. Am yet to get a clue to this problem
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Reviewed by waqas from UK on 9th Jun 2007
gr8!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Reviewed by lozzer from UK on 25th May 2007
i absoulutly hate the phone its too big!!
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Reviewed by finix from UK on 21st May 2007
i use s700i and believe me there nothing like it
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Reviewed by Jordan Berry from UK on 12th May 2007
i got this fone for christmas and i thought it was great untill a few drops of water got on it and the elestrics corroded, then i switched to my nokia 5140i and now im getting a sony k750i which sounds absolutely supburb.
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Reviewed by Ahmed Tariq Popalzai from UK on 3rd Apr 2007
S700i is the best cell phone I have ever had. I have been using this phone from last 1 year & it is great. I have tried to use 1gb memory but I cant if any one can let me know how to use 1gb or 512mb will be nice & he can mail at popalzai1@gmail.com Best Wishes from Kabul Afghanistan
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Reviewed by AyAz from Pak from UK on 2nd Apr 2007
Small display of video thats huge fraud , then y they hav given so large screen in s700i, so worst indeed. otherwise it is outstanding set in colours, style, camera and 8 zoooooooooooom as well etc.
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Reviewed by marie from UK on 21st Mar 2007
ilove my phone
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Reviewed by Maruthees Kumar from UK on 19th Mar 2007
I had used many phones but this is the best i have ncoz of the larger screen,camera,good sound i Just love it
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Reviewed by giorgio frattolillo from UK on 8th Mar 2007
very good just a bit slow and i bought a memory stick for it but it only accepts the one that came with the phone. still very good,
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Reviewed by lucy from UK on 12th Feb 2007
The best mobile for me I have ever had.If you have a new one I purchase it again,for my daughter.Cheers
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Reviewed by @min.t from UK on 3rd Feb 2007
good phone shape
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Reviewed by BizzyBizzle from UK on 18th Dec 2006
having used a series of other fones from other makers, dis has d best sound production yet. Compared To n-gage,7270,D600, Dis is da bomb 2 m.
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Reviewed by jk from UK on 17th Dec 2006
i got this phone on contract and its mint better than my samsung e900
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Reviewed by Rajesh Asha India-Bangalore from UK on 22nd Jul 2006
IN one simple word perfect, i have used lots of phone from different co, but the best is S700i, its has all kinda features like camera, Mp3, radio, and inbuilt equlizer, games, applications etc, and one of the best clarity of SOUND and PICTURE, it equalant to a digicam and dolby walkman..its worth paying for it and still people r in search of S700i, but the production is stop, am lucky to have one...... THE BEST OF THE BEST.
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Reviewed by bob from UK on 21st Jun 2006
you get loads for your money (camerea, blutooth, etc) THE blutooth range is AMAZING You CAN BRowze other fones it has a smooth opening slide i love this fone GET IT nOW
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Reviewed by Chris M* from UK on 4th May 2006
WORDS OF ADVICE,THROW YOUR NOKIA IN THE BIN COS THATS WHERE THEY BELONG! IF YOU WANT A GOOD STRONG QUALITY PHONE BUY A SONY ERICSSON,YOU WONT BE LET DOWN!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 22nd Apr 2006
Was good, enjoyed the screen and camera in particular. The screen trounces my new w800i which is far smaller so easier to carry but I do miss that screen! Great for showing photo's on. I'd have kept it but a bit big, not too great on the battery, and biggest problem is doesn't support memory cards over 512MB! If you can pick one up for a good price you'll find its better than samsung d500 if you can cope with the large size.
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Reviewed by Callum from UK on 6th Apr 2006
how the heck do you take the fascia off? Good phone like, but behind the times, but still good, especiaqlly when compaired to brand new w550i. Good buy, i bought it second hand.
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Reviewed by Kirsty Bethel from UK on 7th Nov 2005
I love the phone, i've had it since April and its been great, the only thing is i can't send video messages. I can receive them, but just can't send them, "unsupported content, re-write" appears when i try to. I've got in touch with O2 who have said my handset and tariff are compatible, but it still doesnt work. has anyone else encountered this, or have any tips on how to sort it out?!
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Reviewed by ong from UK on 2nd Sep 2005
This is an amazing phone!Good design,great features,good looking,outstanding video and camera.I have had this phone for my birthday present,but one thing I have been worrying about is the price,worry the price might go down.But anyway keep on going sony ericsson!sony s700i is a great phone I have ever seen before,I love it!
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Reviewed by gopal vandra from UK on 1st Sep 2005
This an AMAZING phone....no other comments
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Reviewed by sean from UK on 5th Aug 2005
class
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Reviewed by Oldgumshoe from UK on 14th Jul 2005
The phone on the whole has good features BUT I have one gripe - The phone book only takes 500 "contacts" - seems a lot, Lets look a a syncronisation with MS Outlook with 466 contacts before you are half way into the sync the phone says full. What. Yes full. Why you ask, well lets look the way the phone seems to record a "contact" a contact is seen as Name, surname, home phone no. then contact number 2 is the same Name, Surname, and fax number. Thus the phone is filled when 170 MS outlook contacts have been copied - The guys at the support desk are hopeless and the responce to e-mail is poor Sony Ericsson Online Support Case : 41071418
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Reviewed by mark from UK on 23rd Jun 2005
Not a review more of a question.... downloaded some mp3s on to my phone from my other phone and now I've come to set it to ringtone it wont let me. Any 1 know why this is and how to solve it...email me at MARK_SHENTON@MSN.COM
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Reviewed by John James Peat from UK on 15th Jun 2005
I just read the latest reviews and from what I have gathered is that, there must be a problem on any network other than O2, since I changed to O2 My S700i has never rebooted or produced any faults but I have only had it 6 months so time will tell. In addition, as I have said before O2 is the only network that says it fully support this phone. If you are not on O2, do not buy this phone buy a Nokia or if you still want or have bought this phone already on any other network other that O2 take some big long piece o-string and some plastic or paper cups out with you wherever you go because you will need then. Also dont by this phone for Video that is only 2mins and the sound is bad but the picture is ok. This Phone should not be purchesed buy simple minds or (Chavs). P.S. I do love this phone the games are great on a big screen and this has the highest res of any phone 320x240 you can not beat that yet Nokia!.
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Reviewed by Sherif-UK from UK on 13th Jun 2005
I agree with reviews from ( Chris on 01-06-2005 ) and ( Confusion uk on 6-5-05 ).. Many thanks to them both. especially if you have to get one. avoid the phones from Vodafone, because their software is bad... and keeps crashing. I had this phone for 3 months.. Cant get rid of it. Bad software .. video recording too low in voice and small picture. Recording is bad. Phone book keeps conflicting and dailing wrong entries. Think twise before u buy it.. Get D500
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 10th Jun 2005
This phone is amazing i read the reviews and they were very good so i decided to get it i had a choice of that or the D500 but the D500 didnt have a memory card recordings are slow on it and the screen is abit small. So i got this and i am glad i did the phone is amazing and the screen is of the highest quality. hope this helps
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Reviewed by John James Peat from UK on 9th Jun 2005
Hi, I have read all the reviews here and I would like to comment as well, now I have always bought everything electronic from Sony and I have never had any great gripes with Sony electronics. Yes, there is problems power button failing on the T.V. and the PC CD/RW stopped working. However, there is one thing in life that affects everything the environment the way something is used. If you have a problem with network reception change your network, if you get a problem with a soap powder you would change it. I bought my s700i outright cost me #380 from Sony, yes I am mad but I got a Sony guarantee with my phone not a network one. I had T-Mobile as my favourite network at the time in February but the signal was bad with this phone but not much worse than the E700 Samsung I had had to put up with for over a year that lost my whole address book and contact numbers on 3 occasions. Well as I was passing a stall in the Glasgow Central Train Station, I noticed an O2 stall there that was all about my phone the Sony s700i. I got talking to the girl in the stall and she told me that O2 are the only network that fully supports the Sony s700i. After that, I went out and got myself an O2 sim card and hay presto the phone gets a full signal everywhere I go from down in the basement of the Brunswick Sellers Bar in Glasgow, to my work in a steel warehouse where the Samsung had problems getting a signal on T-Mobile. The phone does reboot by it self but I have found that this coincides with times of stress when there is a lot of EM activity or more than a few Bluetooth sources about, so I do not have BT on, this is a drain the battery lasts around 2 days if I do. I have had the phone since Feb and would say I have the best phone I have ever had; it is a pleasure to own.
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Reviewed by Mark Murdoch from UK on 5th Jun 2005
Hi Peoples i was given this phone from solutions plus which is part of Optus one of our carryers here in Australia for free.I have a nokia 6600,6230,along with a samsund t-500,and i have never used a mobile phone like this one before ok all and all mobiles have a down fall and i mean all mobiles have something thats we can winge about how ever this s700i i personally think its a very well engineered state of the art mobile phone.You can't and will not beat this mobile unless you go into your PDA"S and even then as a mobile not a PDA it is the best mobile out there on the market with out a doudt. Make sure your got the newer software as well.
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Reviewed by M Webber from UK on 4th Jun 2005
Has the potential to be the very best but small problems are holding it back! I've had it about 2months now. Its decided to stop sending MMS! Vodafone have offered a Nokia something instead as there is a software problem with the S700i that they don't have a fix for at the moment. Very annoying! Too much hassle to chop and change, so am going to stick with it! Vide playback is poor due to it using only about 50% of the screen,blutooth can be dodgy. Everything else is very good!
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Reviewed by geo. from UK on 4th Jun 2005
Awsome phone for quality is the best for money wise but it is quite heavy and the bluetooth can give you a headache as it takes to long to connect sometimes and then fails camera is superb though. A must buy !
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 1st Jun 2005
I have had phone for 2 months,mine is sim free with a 128mb added memory card and yes it is a good phone but! for me the things that disappoint are.The video playback cant be viewed full screen,the unlimited video is about 2min at a push,(the older k700 was unlimited)the video playback sound is quiet,the battery cover once fitted is a pain to remove without damaging it and you have to be very careful not to damage that big screen.These niggles aside it is a good phone but having seen my daughters Nokia 6630 in action,I cant help being envious.But at the end of the day it is a phone not a camcorder.
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Reviewed by hertzan from UK on 1st Jun 2005
This is the best mobile phone i ever had is only got 2 lil down things : batterie only lasts for 2 days( but i am a heavy user)and the phone do restarts on its own (about once a week). Great phots (i did print a few out ).
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Reviewed by confussion_uk from UK on 6th May 2005
i have had this phone for almost a month and i was delighted with it as it has extra mem stick and some great features. but my first phone had a problem after 2 weeks, it stopped sending picture msgs displaying the msg - error please check settings, so vodaphone tried sending settings but that didn't work. so i was issued a replacement, the replacement i recieved was faulty so the camera didn't work as u can immagine i was a bit p'd off. so i was issued another replacement but 2 my supprise the 2nd replacement was also faulty this keeps on displaying - emergency use only, even when i have a full signal, i am currently awaighting my 3rd replacement as vodaphone cant issue a brand new modle untill the 3rd reconditioned handset goes faulty. big dissapointment. only good side is i have been credited #50 pounds on my account but its hardly worth it for all the hastle.fingers crossed for my next replacement.
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 5th May 2005
Just a quick note to previous reviewers. You CAN replace the facias for S700i's - email to ask@awakingdragon.com for details or look up the seller ID on Ebay.co.uk for details of accerroies available. I am probably going to get this handset as my upgrade as the feedback is seriously positive!
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Reviewed by Bob from UK on 11th Mar 2005
I can't switch mine on never mind use it. Not a great start to a suposed brilliant phone
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Reviewed by phil James from UK on 4th Mar 2005
An good phone, well designed , easy to use. But with Vodafone and I suspect others there is a big soft-ware problem with texting and blue tooth. I have had two models from Vodafone and was offered a third. It took me two frustrating months trying to work out the Blue tooth problem, the texting problem slowly leaked out. The new vodafone soft ware is causing them and some ?? users of the phone big problems. I don't want to change but it looks like its a different phone for me.
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Reviewed by pete from u.k on 26th Feb 2005
only had the fone a few days and i am very pleased with it, not as big and bulky as so many folk made out it to be. Previously had the k700i so was pleased i didn't have to find my way around as its pretty much the same set up. I love the media player, with working outside i just leave it playing as i work, a good hour hardly uses any battery life. The camera is ideal for all i need it for, the video is good, but i wouldn't say the greatest quality, but then again i have not seen every video fone on the market. To sum up, i would certainly be getting SE fones in the future.
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Reviewed by Dan from England on 25th Feb 2005
Now had the phone for a month and i am yet to find it's bad points. Contrary to my first thoughts of it being too big , i think it is an ideal size for a mobile. The piture is amazing as we should all well know. There isn,t a mega-pixel phone that can rival it for picture quality, looks and ease of use, and that includes the D500.
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Reviewed by Steven Webb from England on 25th Feb 2005
Had this phone for a couple of weeks now and it is excellent.Only problem i have is getting the battery cover off to access the simcard,what a pain!!!!
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Reviewed by Anthony from Australia on 23rd Feb 2005
This phone is excellent. I have had this phone for almost two weeks and it's the best I ever had. I previously owned a Nokia 8210 which I kept for 4.5 years and decided to upgrade to this amazing phone. I was weary about moving to Sony Ericsson after owning several Nokia phones in the past, but the user interface is excellent. It is better than Nokia!!! I was concerned about the size at first, but the size really doesn't matter after having the phone for a while and the great features it offers. I can connect to the Sony Ericsson website and downloaded some amazing games that were free, and can connect to Optus Zoo and watch live TV!!! If you are considering buying this phone, go for it!! I highly recommend it. It took me about a month to decide which phone to buy and I went for the S700i. I'm not regretting it at all. Thanks to the other reviewers, I will be checking ebay about protecting this fabulous display that you cannot fault. What amazing colours and pictures you can review on this screen. It would be hard to find another phone on the market that offers the latest in technology. The only thing that would beat it, would be the new 3G phones that are starting to come on the market.
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Reviewed by Johan Agemalm from Sweden on 23rd Feb 2005
I got this phone 1 week ago and i love it.... but its just 1 thing im wondering about... can i play my music videos i have on my computer on my phone? anyone who has an answer are welcome to e-mail me at scitzo1@hotmail.com and give me the answear
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Reviewed by Laven from UK on 23rd Feb 2005
Hi Guys, Bad points: 1) Using the keypad is a nightmare. It took me 30mins to type a 160chars. 2) You can not sort ur SMS into different folder 3) No way to zoom-in, zoom-out on pictures already taken 4) Phone shuts-down itself once in a while 5) The calendar is very basic, u can't setup-up recurrent reminders etc. Good points: 1) Impressive display screen 2) Excellent voice clarity 2)
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Reviewed by RS from Botswana on 23rd Feb 2005
Phone is almost close to perfect. Main disappointed is the phone book + call list. Somehow it jumbles up names of people on your call list. You call julie, it says you calld the ambulance. Maybe it hs to do with number entries into the phone book which i cannot modify unfortunately
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Reviewed by Cherok from UK on 22nd Feb 2005
Having wondered up the West End whilst I was alone from the partner and Kids I decided to pop into the 02 store on Bond Street to have a gander at what was on offer. Having recently received a letter from 02 suggesting that I may be entitled to an upgrade with a discount of up to 75 I had decided that my heart was set on on the Samsung D500, but low and behold the informative member of staff showed me his S700i and pointed out that not only was it a better phone but indeed much more sophisticated! I laughed it off thinking to myself what a load of Cods Wallop, but needless to say my curiousity got the better of me and decided to ask him to show me it's functions. I was suitably impressed, and was even gobsmacked when I saw how amazing the quality of pictures were!!! Inevitably I succumbed to his professional sales manner and embarked on a further 12 months with 02, with my S700i in hand I found myself fondling the phone with great admiration, and 1.5 weeks later my interest or admiration has not waned! Go get one, be the envy of all, but above all Sony Ericcsson has surpassed it's committment to ongoing quality - APPLAUSE :) PS: The only reason it's getting a 4 Star is because I can't seem to get my head around the swivel motion, always ends up upside down!! :)
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Reviewed by Michael from St Albans, United Kingdom on 22nd Feb 2005
(See my main review below - 17th Feb 2005) This is just to uprate my 4 star score to 5 - Email client and MMS bug down to old SIM card (BT Cellnet) not being enabled for it - thanks once again to O2 retail shop, they swapped it for a new one (kept old number) :>) Josie below - you need a USB Bluetooth dongle for the PC (eBay, dabs.com, amazon.com, etc)(which tells you how to configure it) then read the S700i manual p65-p66 for Bluetooth set-up, or go see the place you bought it from. Won't be fast pic transfer - card reader should be quicker (use USB 2.0) but high-res pics aren't swift. Guy with scratched phone - if you can afford the phone at that price, 10 for a case won't kill you! Should point out FM radio only works with wired headphones not Bluetooth headset. To make most of Memory Stick when downloading mp3's, set bit rate (on PC music program tabs e.g. iTunes, MusicMatch, Windows Media Player, etc) to lower rate, e.g. 16kbs instead of CD quality 160kbs for transfer. For your own music ringtones/alarms, you don't need concert hall audio (use equaliser to improve it to taste) and it saves a lot of space. Final thought: Yes you can find more powerful individual features (camera etc), but the sum of its parts relative to what one would use it for, makes it the best all round device by far. Well done Sony Ericcson, tough act to follow.
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Reviewed by Adeyinka Owo from Uk on 21st Feb 2005
it is a lovely camera but has been giving me hassles with the phone bit. the address book is messed up and I cannot receive text messages from abroad - someone please help me
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Reviewed by Mzjango from UK on 21st Feb 2005
iv had my S700i for bout 2 months now and features wise im not sure there is another phone on the market that can beat the s700i! i got mine on ebay band new for only 180 plus 128mb duo stick... i think i was lucky though because most brand new s700is are goin at around 250 - 300 on ebay. anyway... this phone is great to look at, credit to sony e's design team. Its extremeley ergonomically designed... so easy to use! i happen to like the swivel keypad feature, but id say go into a carphone warehouse n play round with the dummy or get a demo, see how u like it! The games are kool and iv put a few more on splintercell PT, prince of persia etc.. great stuff (http://www.s700i.co.uk < great free stuff for the phone) the 1.3 megapixel camera considering this is a phone is amazing... iv hered a few idiots complain saying 'oh my 5megapixel camera takes far better pics than this, what a piece of junk' yes well i think it would considering 5 on 1.3 the truth is this is a phone which most people will take everywhere with them so where ever u r u have a very decent camera to take pics with... or erm if u like u can carry ur 5mp camera everywhere with u, get it nicked or jus look like a bloomin tourist whereever u go! Ok so basically this is a great piece brought to us by sony e. But!! one point that has stoped me giving it 5 stars is the paint job and the con of all sony ericssons in that u cannot change the facias for these phones, especially in regards to the s700i which does not have the firmest paint, from a gentle nudge against my arm chair in the sitting room i got a 1 x 1 mm chip just above the speaker phone :'( trust me i nearly cried... but yer be warned try keep it in a case or pouch, cos this is a valuable peice of hardware u have n it woould be a shame to mash it up like i have! but yer neway ... GET THIS PHONE! :D
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Reviewed by Josie from England on 19th Feb 2005
Yo! I have had this phone for 2 months and am loving it so much! The camera is unbelievably good and the menu is seriously easy to navigate through. One thing though...I still haven't managed to set it up with my pc. I have uploaded the pics from the memory stick onto my pc but it takes about 8 minutes a picture! Seriously long...and can anyone help me with the whole bluetooth thing with the pc. I wanna try sending pics via bluetooth and controling the pc using the phone...sounds cool. Other than that this phone is seriously amazing. All my friends are well jealous!!! If you are thinking about buying a phone, I strongly recommend it. You can do anything you want on it. I also had the choice of the V3 among others and after looking at all of them this stood out by far. I am loving it!!! see ya, love jose xxx
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Reviewed by Tumbalam from India on 18th Feb 2005
Its excellent i can say that its a camera with phone ...
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Reviewed by Atif Shamsudoha from England on 17th Feb 2005
This phone is sick bruv, i cant believe it, it has everything... back in the day when i was in india...we didnt even have landline phones... I have had this phone for 2 weeks and i love it... it is better than the lg u8110... I will be going back to india in july 2005 (can't wait) GET THIS PHONE BEFORE I GO... i got mine for 50pounds on contract online ... see ya... from Atif Shamsudoha
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Reviewed by Michael from St Albans, United Kingdom on 17th Feb 2005
Basing a decision on a review of a mobile without taking into account the service provider, place of purchase and accessories is a little unrealistic, so I hope my comments provide a bit more of an insight for those seeking the best all round deal/package, although it's a shame it has to be this torturous an experience. Content with basic phones for many years, I've made use of free upgrades on obsolete stock the size of the hubble telescope with nothing other than the hash key as an optional extra beyond yer actual numbers and which 3 year old kids wouldn't be seen dead with. Even with an image impaired rating though, I've managed to make it to my forties, I run my own business, sustain a meaningful relationship and still got my own teeth. However, I felt the time had come to upgrade to something a bit special. Sponteneity isn't my strong point so after exhaustive on/offline review trawling, loitering with intent on various phone shops and boring mates with questions about their phones, I settled on the S700i as the most appropriate function with style option - thanks to all those reviewers below for their input. I've had the S700i now for about a month, so for a refreshing idiot's guide, here goes... I envy those who can navigate their way round 90% of phone keypads the size of a stamp, but for those with large hands this is about the best keypad there is. It's not quite as responsive as my old Motorola Timeport (told you I was into obsolete), but the spacing is great. The flip action might not suit everyone but I love it. The build quality is excellent, way better than any Nokia I handled during extensive loitering and from what I've learned Motorola have lost the plot on reliability since producing phones in my era. My final shortlist also included the Nokia 6630, O2 XDAii and Orange SPV. In the end, no contest. True, the XDA has the extra power and software capability; the SPV is locked into Orange idiosyncracies, but aside from cost considerations, the S700i handles better and has all the gubbins including an FM radio. The rest of the features others have highlighted below (or go check it out above or at the Sony website), so I won't go into that in huge detail. I love the solid feel, the size doesn't cause me any problems. It's NOT that big, in fact I find it reassuring. However I'd recommend the Krusell case (9.99 online from i2020 - good service, nice case) to protect the georgous screen and brushed finish shell. Most of the functions can be accessed without the swivel (notably texting and PIN entry excepted) and the case has a novel design allowing keypad protection, while the screen swivels over it. The swivel maxes out at 180 degrees but it can open in either direction. I've got to grips with most of the features: bluetooth works fine (Jabra headset perfectly serviceable) with PC, superb reception, volume on ringtones & earpiece excellent, screen image stunning. Navigation is easy; not much of an adjustment to make from Motorola or Nokia menus. Joystick is good (only occasional selection miscue if I go too fast) most functions easily accessed, although the camera lens has to be open to access camera offerings. I adore the backlit blue neon button lighting (easily pleased, me.) in low light. There's no flash but the low light bulb is bright; washes out some shots though. For a 1.3megapixel camera it's very impressive with a spot meter thrown in. However, I need a much steadier hand to avoid blurred shots compared with my Z1 digital camera. Battery life is okay averaging five days before a recharge on light/medium use, two days on heavy. I'm on O2; did consider changing but tariffs and coverage are about as good as it gets without quirky stuff. The O2 home page and Sony site are slow to connect - my only real gripe is setting up the Email client and MMS settings. I've downloaded the settings several times from the Sony site and read the manual but still can't use either hence four stars marring a perfect score. I'll get it sorted when I've got more time to muck about with it, but either I'm a complete dummy or you'll be lucky to manage it first time out. Now for the best bit. Dial-a-phone deal was 39.99 on O2 100 with 6 months double minutes/texts. (I was on 02 50 [mainly incoming calls])Only snag was I couldn't migrate my existing number, which I need for my business. O2 online same issue. Local O2 retail outlet deal was 79.99, but after I told them about Dial-a-phone and I'd been an O2 user for ten years, they put me through to Head Office 'retentions'. Was initially told the S700i & K700i had been withdrawn but the shop staff said it was just a rogue batch (you guys below must've had these); their stock was fine and could change it if I needed to. Retentions gave me the deal for 39.99, upgrade to O2 100 (including 6 month double minutes promo) and kept my number. Threw in the headset with 10 off as well. I paid the full whack in the shop, but Retentions refunded 40 to my account. Result. Thanks to the staff in the shop - excellent customer service. Overall, image rating restored, without doubt fabulous phone, great deal..you might get it free if you wait or have high usage, but this one is too good to be patient for.
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Reviewed by Jonathan from Andover, England on 16th Feb 2005
I have had this phone for 5 weeks now and cannot fault it. Bluetooth was very easy to set up on my PC and the phone. I had to decide between the S700i and the V3 and after trying both you cannot compare the S700i to the motorola. The menu system is very easy to navigate round on the S700i whilst the V3 was clumsy and dull to look at. The V3 may be a better looking phone but its performance that matters and the S700i leaves the Razor for dead. Try looking on ebay for a screen cover for 2:99 it protects the brilliant screen from scratches and keeps the phone looking new. The games that are pre-installed and available to download from sony put the gameboy advance to shame. If your looking for a decent mobile that has excellent standby time and is pack with easy to use features you will not go wrong with he S700i.
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Reviewed by Jamie from England on 14th Feb 2005
I think this phone is great with the quality of photos etc, but what is the difference between this and the s700@ Cheers, jamie
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Reviewed by David from Surrey, England on 13th Feb 2005
I bought this phone about 2 weeks after i had come out onto the UK market, due to a one day special offer on the contract. This was, and i believe still is the best phone out there to have, both on style, as well as the quality of the interface. Being 18, style is very important, and this phone has it in abundance. The new V3 by Motorola was also on offer, but the quality of the camera and the screen was more then enough to sway me. It may be fairly chunky, about an inch or so thick, i can see why some of the female consumers may find this somewhat of a problem, yet for the guys out there, this shouldnt really be an issue. Only two days after purchase, i had recognised a few software problems on the phone, which led me to get another S700i, yet the same issue led to me getting 5 before i was rid of it. Once this phone was fully operational, i found it a dream to use. The joystick is perfect, easy to use and desimates all the other joystick phones on the market at the moment. The swivel screen is a true lady impresser, and in no way shape or form flimsey. Phonebook is very easy to use, so is texting, both photo and sms, and all the other many features avaliable on this phone are of the finest quality, and so simple to use, perfect when you are on the go. The true winner on this phone, is the camera and video. The quality of photos, as stated by many of the user reviews, is phenomonal, largely helped by the large screen, and the layout of the buttons upon this phone. When you take a picture or video, its operation is much like that of an actual camera. This phone is way out of reach of such phones as the Samsung D500 and V3. Its sheer quality simply out weighs them 2 to 1. Making calls is also incredibly easy, without having to unlock the keypad, and once in conversation, the sound quality is crystal clear. Whilst debating the faults of this phone, i have only been able to think of a few, minor issues, such as it can be easily scratched, but nothing serious. I am sure if you are delicate, you should find no problem in maintaining its showroom apperance throughout your ownership. Accidentally connecting to WAP services, through the use of one key is also easy to achieve, leaving you will a slight increase of your monthly bill, though, again if you are careful, this should not occur frequently. In all honesty, these are the only faults i have found in my 5 or so months of being the proud owner of this phone. If you are young, a student, looking to impress and for a phone which is easy to use, straight to the point as well as high in quality then my friend, this is the phone for you. If you are looking for a slim, light phone, this it is not, go for the V3, yet the interface quality is nothing of the same. If you do not mind havin a large phone, and want more then the basics, then aside from this marvel, do check out the new P910i, everything you need in the palm of your hand. If after this, you are still not sure, do go in to your local phone shop, and ask for some demonstrations, i am sure the salesmen will be more then helpful as after all, they dont know whether or not you are going to buy. This is an outstanding phone, personally, i feel the best avaliable now, and for the next 6 months. Sony Ericsson have come along way, reward them. Enjoy.
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Reviewed by Madhu from Singapore on 13th Feb 2005
Really its cool design and excellent resolution. And dont know how to download the games for my cute's :)
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Reviewed by Neil from Manchester on 12th Feb 2005
Only had the phone a few days. Great phone but the battery soon disapears without you realising but the main problem is displaying web pages. I keep getting a message saying you need "frames" go and download from microsoft and then come back. It then gives you a link to Microsoft but I cannot find anything on there to download frames to the phone. Can some one help
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Reviewed by Phil from England on 12th Feb 2005
I absolutely love this phon firstly because of the screen size compared to other phones on the market and most obviously because of the camera quality it is simply outstanding i don't mind about the size because of it being such a high quality phone.
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Reviewed by Steven from Scotland on 12th Feb 2005
i havent got the phone yet but i have tried it out in the shops, i ma going to get it on o2 paymonthly, the price is really good, 79.99 for the handset then 25/mont wich gets you 100text & 100mins, doubled for the first 6 MONTHS, aslo o2 gold insurance wich covers u if u drop it down the toilet at 70, camera is graet!1, geting it 2morow
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Reviewed by PhunkyPhat from South frica on 10th Feb 2005
This is the worst phone i have ever had to deal with. WHAT a mission to do everything and what pathetic styling.the only decent thing is the screen otherwise its useless. To the Samsung D500 i go!!!!
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Reviewed by Propofol from UK on 9th Feb 2005
Ive had this phone a couple of months now and would have to say I am delighted with it. Its simple to use with great features and a nice visual display and interface, it feels well made and although I worried about the mechanism of the swivel action it has held up well and there is no more play in it than when it was taken from the box. It is gadget loaded for those of us who are that way inclined and business enough to be serious. It has a great camera which as with all cameras struggles in poor light and has a built in light to compensate, in future Im sure flash technology will cure this. I could drivel on but my final statement is that I now have a phone which I seem to be actually quite happy with and cant imagine needing to change in the near future, and that says a lot for me. I cant see you being dissapointed.
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Reviewed by Mooky Moo from England on 3rd Feb 2005
Nice features but bit of a brick. Camera was not what I thought it would be either. Other than that, if you are looking for a fun phone I'd recommend it. You might need to work out in the gym for a few months before you can pick it up but a decent handset nonetheless!
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Reviewed by snowfeathe from uk on 3rd Feb 2005
Whether you rate this cell phone good or ordinary depends on what you expect from it and use it for. If you want a camera that has MP3, radio, video clips and other fun features and is also a cell phone, then it is very good. But if you want a cell phone first and foremost that has the above, it really is nothing to write home about. The keys are depressed, the swivel action is gimicky and potentialy not as robust as a clamshell, the software re text messaging is suspect and it's much thicker than other cell phones. The quality is it's best feature plus the screen. As for the camera. 1.3 million pixels is not even entry level so far as camers go. But if you want a camera that is good, possibly one of the best by cell phone standards, then okay. Personally, I need a cell phone to be a good phone; other features are secondary. I reseached this phone and spoke to a number of people before coming to the above conclusion. Please remember, it is after all, only my opinion.
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Reviewed by Dipen from England on 2nd Feb 2005
This phone is amazing especially its camara. With 1.3 megapixels the quality of images is very good and the video recording is just as good. I havent found any problems and dont think there will be. The svilvel design of the phone is great, truly a great piece of engineering. The memory of the S700i is also good as it has 32mb built in memory and it is also expandable unlike the the k700i. The media features of the phone are also of a wide range from MP3s to the FM radio. The only phone that can compare to this is the Nokia 6230, but if you want a great camara phone this is it.
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Reviewed by Gareth from N. Ireland on 2nd Feb 2005
I got this phone at the start of Jan, and have had nothing but bother with it! The main problem is txt messaging ie. if someone sends you a message do not expect to receive it! at least not for a few days. I got it on O2 and they replaced it when I reported the fault, the only problem is the replacement acted the same way; this time they cannot replace it as they have withdrawn it! the problem has somthing to do with a conflict between the software of the phone and the software that O2 use. It is such a shame becase in every other respect I loved the phone, ahh well back to nokia I go!!!!!
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Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 30th Jan 2005
I love this phone! Got it free on O2 for 35 per month for xmas and haven't stopped playing with it yet.Use the radio everyday which is great, headphones don't fit very well, but that might just be my ears! Camera's good, had a few printed out at a 'boots' kiosk ( using infra red, couldn't get the bluetooth or memory card to work ) and quality's good, though obviously not fantastic.. I'm sure phones will be 5mp sometime soon. Having problems getting an email account set up. O2 keep sending my the settings, but somethings not quite right. Don't think much of the internet browser, sites mainly limited to text.. though bbc and rail times (live) works well. No problems with the size of it, screen is fantastic, compare it to a K700 and it shines. I like the fact you can do most stuff without opening it. It occasionally powers down if I've been using the radio and gaming at the same time (get 3D snowboarding!), but I guess I'm pushing it. All in all a fantastic phone. Someone told me a 512mb duo stick is avaliable in Asia, anyone know?
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Reviewed by Fred from Denmark on 30th Jan 2005
Great phone and great camera !!! But where can I download java-programs for my phone ?? /Fred
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Reviewed by Nida Ejaz from Pakistan on 29th Jan 2005
This is very outstanding mobile . I really like this cell phone but the only drawback i have found in it is that we have to download software to view the video on PC/Laptop even in Sony Laptop. Apart from that its excellent specially its camera is awsome.
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Reviewed by Ow Yeong from Malaysia on 29th Jan 2005
I think it's a excellent phone for me but it's really big in size when it open to phone style! the camera quality is wonderful and the sound is cool!
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Reviewed by Yuley from UK on 29th Jan 2005
This phone has a high standard of quality, but it just isan't some people's sort of type, i don't really kno what is good about it, the reall only good thing is really only the camera, i don't know what people love about it so much?
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Reviewed by Nat from England on 28th Jan 2005
Just got this phone and previously owned a gx20 and i am really impressed. There are so many features to use and the design is great. I dont really find the design annoying like other people have said although it is a bit akward if only using one hand. Changing from the GX20 was going to be difficult and i can safely say that i think i have made the right choice. The camera is really good but the GX20's was just as good, i feel. Havnt been able to use mp3 ringtones with my own mp3's yet but im sure there will be a way round this. I paid 350 for vodaphone pay as you go which is very expensive but so far so good!
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Reviewed by Iain from England on 27th Jan 2005
Just got this phone today, so far so good. Please if you are going to get this phone on contract the best option is O2. The phone looks the business but definately one for the boys as is heavy and quite large.
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Reviewed by Dave Morley from uk on 26th Jan 2005
Well what can i say, wow what a phone, had it a couple of days now and it is the best thing since someone took a knife to a loaf of bread. But, and yes there is a but, how in gods name do you get the battery cover off?????? Ive puffed and huffed til red in the face but it still wont budge, and now ive got a scratch on it, i need to get the sim card out but cant, someone please help before i take a hammer to it.
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Reviewed by Santosh from Australia on 26th Jan 2005
Great camera - nice large screen and excellent resolution -it's the typical party phone.
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Reviewed by Martin from UK on 26th Jan 2005
I'm taking delivery of this phone today and am so looking forward to it. After having it demostrated to me in the local O2 shop i was gobsmacked. The camera is pure quality. Even the flash is good and helps make the picture that much better too. The large screen is great and really clear and the ease of moving through options is a relief as most phones can be tricky. Also added features are the MP3 and FM radio which seemed to work perfectly in store (shame about the s club song they had stored on there). The memory is good with 32mg built in and an extra 32mg on a card which you can upgrade to 128mg. got told also that up to 512mg will be available by the summer. Have a look on Sony's official website and look through the photo gallery for this phone. The picture quality is that of a digital camera. Quality
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Reviewed by Dave Sharpe from UK on 24th Jan 2005
Amazing phone, almost all I ever wanted but 128Mb limit means I still have to use my iPod mini with iTrip for MP3s. Noticed review by Raj Badiani from UK on 7th Jan 2005 claiming to use 512Mb - I don't believe him.
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Reviewed by Roland G. from Philippines on 23rd Jan 2005
I got this fone for over a week now, IT'S AMAZING.... Get out and buy one, don't waste your time looking for something else...
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Reviewed by Diane from UK on 13th Jan 2005
'I want one of those'...that's want everyone says when they see this phone. This is my 1st Sony phone, having owned most Nokias, Sharp and Samsungs, and this is easily the best and most user friendly ever. I was a bit put off by the opening of this phone but there is a knack to it and once mastered, looks very impressive. The camera is superb, and very easy to use and it really is a bonus because I feel like i am carrying my camera around with me to catch those moments without having to remember it. The phone is has every gadget you could need and the games are so realistic. The only reason i would not recommend you get this phone is because you would have the same as me!!!
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