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“I bought this phone to replace my, now slowly dying,...”

Written on: 06/12/2002 by Ash. (1 review written)

Good Points
Blue back light, light weight.

Bad Points
Slow to access SIM, software bugs, un-intuitive user interface

General Comments
I bought this phone to replace my, now slowly dying, Sony J5 (I've dropped it one too many times, including in a puddle - that was 7 months ago and it still works most of the time).
Text Messaging is clearly one of the greatest phenomenon's in the digital era and the killer-app on mobile phones. So how did Sony-Ericsson manage to get it so wrong?
Problem 1:
T9 dictionary doesn't include punctuation it seems. To type the word: it's
Normally you would press the following keys:
4, 8, punctuation key, 7.
But this results in the word: it.s appearing
You have to enter a menu and search for the ' symbol in order to insert it, or press the change character key till ' appears.
Problem 2:
After typing out your message, you click 'YES' to choose the recipient. Enter number appears. It should be relatively easy to get to the phonebook from here, I though I would be able to press up or down to access it, but no, there are extra buttons that need to be pressed in order to access the phonebook to choose someone. In short it takes about twice the time to find who you want to send the message to that on a Nokia or Sony J5.
Problem 3:
Cancelling a text message. I tried to cancel a text message half way through sending it and it came up with a message cancelled dialog. The message was then saved in the UNSENT folder. But of course my mate did in fact receive the message. How sensible.
Problem 4:
Opening the Inbox. The SIM card I inserted had 8 text messages on it. When I tried to open the Inbox I had to wait for at least 6 seconds (I timed it), just so the phone could read the date, time and sender of each message from the SIM card. When I deleted a message, it then reread the information from the SIM card - not very efficient! Why not use the list it original loaded with the item removed?
Problem 5:
Format of the Inbox entries:
Assuming I got a message from Halle Berry on Xmas day, it would come up as:
25-Dec-02 Hall
then after a few moments the line would change to:
e Berry
Why do they think the date when I got this message would be important enough to put first? Surely the name and time of the message are more important? Most people who text a lot will receive lots of messages everyday. So does an inbox full of
25-Dec-02 Hall
25-Dec-02 Cind
25-Dec-02 Clau
25-Dec-02 Naom
etc seem sensible??
I haven't explored any of the other features in any great depth and won't be as I'm returning the damn thing tomorrow. If they can't get the text messaging right then what's the point? It's generally what most pay-as-you-go users use mobile phones for.
The original Sony (CMD-J series) interface was superb, fast & intuitive. So this must be the Ericsson interface that they've used. I love Sony and generally am willing to pay the premium for their products but I'm shocked to see them put their name on this inferior device.

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