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Sagem my150X - Sagem my150X

By Sandra Vogel



Our Score:


The black and sliver design is attractive enough and Sagem has managed to work a bit of style into the look by making the silver band that runs around the edges of the handset sit off centre so that it is at the front at the bottom and at the back at the top. It isn't Earth-shatteringly clever, but it does show that even at the very lowest end of the market design doesn't have to be thrown out of the window.

The same can be said of the keyboard. It'd blue backlit when the phone is in use, and the numberpad, Call and End buttons and softmenu keys are all flat. Not surprisingly they don't have the ultra high quality feel of more expensive flat keys. But they don't feel ‘cheap', are easy enough to hit at speed and I am not going to complain at all about them.

The navigation key is a bit small for my tastes but the design is simple. It consists of a circular, silver-coloured navigation button surrounding a slightly rounded and black inner select button that both work well enough and look fine. Hold down the left, right, up and down parts of the navi button and you are shortcuttted in to different aspects of the phone - you can choose between a few options such as calls, contacts, alarm and inbox.

The screen isn't too bad either. It is small at just 1.8 inches diagonally, and it delivers a mere 101 x 64 pixels and has just one colour in its armoury - a turquoise-ish blue. This sits against a two-part dark background.

About three quarters of the screen is given over to displaying info about what you are doing at the time, for example writing a text message. The top quarter has a constant display of the time and system status information.

Always present are the signal strength and battery power indicators. One of two mode indicator icons is also present (silent or ringing), and then others are present as necessary e.g. an alarm set indicator and received SMS indicator.

I found the screen fine in most instances. It fell over in two respects. When displaying texts it shows four lines of data at once, and you need to scroll to see the rest of longer incoming messages. And it has a fairly limited viewing angle. Glancing at the phone when it's sitting on a table is not always productive because of this.

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