Written on: 19/10/2005 by Averilla (4 reviews written)
Stylish looking, compact, internal and external mirrors.
Battery life depreciation, picture quality.
After many years of buying cheap and basic functioning phones, I realised it was merely a false economy , so decided to invest in a mid range phone that not only had the latest up to date features but a bit of style too !
So, after much browsing I decided on the O2 X2. I have always been on O2 pay as you go and as there was an O2 shop just up the road this seemed like an ideal choice as I would also have customer service on my doorstep which would save on any calls to O2 should I experience any problems.
I paid £126 for this phone in October 2004, you can get them from £90 now from most phone stores, electrical retailers and from Argos.
As I have said, this is a stylish looking clam shell phone, in silver with an external aerial. One of the first things you notice is that the front of the phone is also a mirror,very handy for us ladies, also you have the status indicator light, flashing different colours and speeds which indicate low battery, incoming calls and charging.The time is shown across the front in blue along with battery and signal strength icons, small and unobtrusive. When you flip it open there is also a silver mirror surrounding the screen, along with all the normal function keys, these glow with a rather attractive blue backlight. The 65k colour screen itself is very clear but maybe a little small for some, measuring approx 3cm x 3cm.Whilst in idle the screen will display icons for signal strength, battery life, along with the O2 operator Logo, time,date and an indication of the *profile you have chosen (*more later).
On the side of the phone you will find the volume controls which can be used during a call,and the headphone socket which is conveniently hidden behind a tiny grey pull out tab. The camera lens is located at the back of the base and has a rather handy mirror around it enabling you to take your own photo should you desire.The charger socket is located on the very bottom edge of the phone.
The overall look of this phone really appeals to me. I find it very attractive and find the displays very clear and easy to read.
The navigation buttons are very simple to use and the main menu consists of 9 colourful icons :
Messaging for standard SMS text
O2 services Wap, MMs and internet access
Calls Missed, received, cost etc
Contacts Address book
Camera Images and album
Games Downloadable from O2
Organiser Calendar, Alarm clock, To do list, Notes, Voice memo,Currency converter.
Tools Calculator, Polyphonic Ringtones, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Memory status.
Settings Colour wallpapers, Date time, Profiles, Display, Audio, Call settings etc.
I will not bore you by telling you about every single function, I will, however go thorough some of the main ones :
This is actually quite simple and you do have the option of using predictive text, however I found it to be very fiddly switching from one to the other. Also changing from and to Capital letters and punctuation is a little time consuming, unless like me, you are lazy and don't bother punctuating !!
You also have the option to send multimedia messages and are given the option to send messages using sound and pictures. You can apparently download images for this or send your own photos, however I have never had the need to use this.
This is your phone book and you can store an impressive 500 numbers on the phone's memory, then you can sort them into groups i.e. Family, friends. you can then configure the ringtone for each group and even add photos so you can see at a glance who is calling. You can also add their addresses and E-mail addresses
I don't use this feature much, however I do personally think that they would have been better off putting the camera lens in the lid as opposed to the base of this phone, you have to tip it up at an angle to get focused. The quality of the picture is not very good either, not very clear.
You can select the light conditions, choosing from Normal, indoor, outdoor and night. The phone will then automatically adjust colour balance in order for you to take the best pictures. I did not find that this actually made an awful lot of difference, the picture quality remained poor
You have 4 different resolutions to choose from:
High 640 x 480
Med 320 x 240
Low 160 x 120
Lowest 80 x 60
You have a rather novel option of 'Face Morphing', my son loved this, you can take someone's photo and then morph it to look like a monkey or an alien, among others fun but nothing more!
I would just add that I cannot seem to store more than 8 pictures at a time, although I do have a lot of phone numbers using some memory up.
This phone, surprisingly, does not come with any games. You have the option of downloading them from the O2 website at a cost of £2.50 each. I have downloaded a couple and found the playability and the quality of the graphics to be excellent !
This is my first phone with Polyphonic ringtones and I think they are excellent. It automatically comes with a choice of 30 ringtones and 10 alert tones with the option to download more from various websites. The quality of the tones is excellent, I currently had Van Morrisons Brown Eyed Girl downloaded and it sounds lovely !!!
The phone comes with a standard 25 wallpapers, however, when this function is used it will deplete the battery time ! You can also use your own photographs as wallpaper if you choose, and also download from websites. I rarely use this function, however, when I have, the picture quality of the wallpapers is very good.
This is very straightforward and, as with most phones, you can configure your soft keys to bring up the phone book and use as a short cut. The clarity of calls is excellent with no background noise or crackling whatsoever. You have the facility to mute the calls for privacy too !! Reception has always been excellent with no problems.
I rarely use this facility as it does cost more than making calls, however, if you access O2 Active services via WAP (standard setting for O2) then you will find an absolute treasure trove of information and downloads, special offers too. I have used this service a few times and found it simple and very quick to use.
This is the bit I like. You can configure your settings to determine how you will be alerted to an incoming call, whether ring tone or vibrating alert.The options are as follows:
Meeting...........no audible tones, vibrate only
Outdoors.........This sets the phone to the loudest volume
Headset...........Particularly for use with a hands free set
Personal..........Your own personalised profile, whatever setting you want.
You can set whichever ringtone you want for each profile, and adjust the profiles as necessary
As with most phones you can adjust the brightness, contrast, volume on the phone easily. You can also decide how long you want the backlight to stay lit once the flip is open and there is a power save option which turns lights and displays off after a certain period of time, to preserve battery life
Size H81 x W44 x D21 (mm)
Talk time 2 - 3.5 hours
Standby time 80 - 170 hours
Display 65k colour 128 x 128 pixels
Band Tri band
Overall I love this little phone, it is small, compact, neat and very smart to look at. The functions are all very easy to use and I have, so far, had no problems with it at all ! I have dropped it a couple of times and it has proved to be very robust with only a couple of tiny scratches.
One downside is that although standby time is supposed to be at least 80 hours as above, I have found after nearly a year, that the longest standby time I get is a little over 50 hours. It is possibly that this is due to me charging the battery often before it is completely discharged........something they do advise against.
I would recommend this phone to anyone who is not particularly looking for a camera phone, but wants a stylish functional accessory !
Overall 8 out of 10