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“Being a heavy SMS'er and a long term IT”

Written on: 28/04/2003 by Fly2Kenya. (1 review written)

Good Points
Tactile buttons - nice solid click
bright blue back light
good speaker volume
strong aerial (on mine at least!)
very solid impact resistant design and i've dropped it a few times...
solid connectors for hands free
long battery life - mine will last for several days if just texting and playing games
ok range of games, but nothing to write home about.
meun Shortcuts
ring-tone composer
unsent box, sent itemes and inbox
messages save to sim when phone memory is full.
link pictures (not a great selection) and ring tones to individual callers or groups
program friends & families etc into groups
500 memory stores for contacts - 300 Phone and 200 SIM
joystick navigation
extended SMSs - great feature - when typing a text if you go over the character limit, the phone will automatically create a second text and splice the two together, it just looks like one text on the screen...! cool!

Bad Points
Slow predictive texting logic means you can be typing well ahead of the processing...erasing is just as slow and keypresses are stored, so you could accidentally erase too much of the message
ringtones are quite naff really - i went from a Sony CMD-J70 to Siemens SL45i to this little baby
the composer is ok if you can spend the time to program them in
LCD is high res but the pictures are not very well drawn and not very eye catching - except for the woman!!
the interface in general is slower than i'd prefer.
when messages are saved to sim when phone memory becomes full, it (again!) is quite slow at erasing them...

General Comments
Being a heavy SMS'er and a long term IT main concern for any new phone is the how well the software has been designed...predictive text interface, intuitive menus etc, choice of different options and games.

the games are not too good, Tennis, Breakout clone, a couple of other logic type games and that was that. i can see the demand for more interactive and complex games in the future...

the text interface as with all the menus is a little slow. it's very easy to type too fast for the processing speed and so you end up sitting back while it catches up. erasing has the same problem. it seems to be able to store quite a lot of additional words but like the Sony it will delete other custom entries to make space for when you add a new word to the dictonary. the T9 interface is a little less intuitive than the sony (the best i've had so far - with the available words actually appearing in a status bar like window at the bottom of the screen - nice touch) but thankfully unlike all the Nokia phones i've used you dont have to switch to an entirely different screen to see the word list, you just position the cursor next to the word and press 0 (zero) which underlines the word, then you use the joystick to scroll up or down through the list, in the top right corner of the display is a word list count and the list item number you're viewing, which makes it a bit easier to get to the the character or word you want. you only have to remember the item number.

saving numbers from texts is quite easy but adding them to the contacts is bit clunky. it would have been nicer if the code just called existing routine from within the SMS module, but maybe memory space was at a premium..? consequently oyu have to come out of messaging and into contacts, select to add the number then go to another list of options to pull up the "unsaved" numbers...which is a confusing option cos you just saved it from inside the text message..!? under "unsaved" numbers you'll find the entry.

never used the WAP services or the calendar, the calculator is bit awkard to use too...

all in all, for me a text's a great phone, dawdling aside, the keys really click with a great fee, once you're used to the interface texting can get quite fast (but again Sony wins hands down so far - Sony..add text splicing!)

i like it. all in all a nice phone for me.

by the way...i hated the Siemens SL45i, for a top of the range phone to have mono-phonic ring-tones a heap load of useless Java applets, a text messaging interface that ultimately made me ditch the phone for the Sony T200. maybe i should write a seperate review. it does have MP3 though...!

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