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Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i - Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i

By Edward Chester



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We do, however, like the shiny surface of the screen. Why? Because when you press the Cancel button it turns the screen off and that shiny surface turns into a compact mirror. Rather comically, when you press the Cancel button it even pops up with a messaging saying 'Turning on mirror'. It's not going to replace a dedicated compact mirror for make-up emergencies but it's a useful addition.

When the screen's actually on, however, we're again disappointed. At 2in across, it was never likely to dazzle us – though the 240 x 320 pixel resolution isn't bad for this size – but thanks to poor viewing angles it is particularly disappointing. By all means, it's perfectly adequate for everyday messaging and calling, which is most likely all you'll be doing on a phone of this type, but even then, when the merest wobble causes the screens contrast to shift significantly it can be quite distracting.

Left - viewed straight on. Right - at 20 degree angle.

Another negative comes in the form of Sony Ericsson's usual proprietary headset/USB/charging socket that sits on the left of the phone. As well as being non-standard, it means the phone also lacks a normal 3.5mm headphone socket. Instead, you get a basic headset in the box that includes an in-line microphone with call answer button. The earphones on the end are fine for taking calls but lack any decent level of external noise reduction and have weedy bass reproduction so overall are poor for music listening. The only other thing you get in the box, apart from various manuals, is the charger.

As for the rest of the hardware, on the right edge is a volume rocker while above it, incorporated into the hinge, is a lanyard loop. Take the battery cover off and you'll find a 930mAh battery, under which is the SIM slot and a microSD slot that takes cards up to 8GB - plenty considering the Jalou F100i's fairly modest multimedia pretensions. Internally, you get quad-band 2G and tri-band 3G connectivity with HSDPA up to 3.6Mbps. You don't however get Wi-Fi, GPS, a digital compass, or any such smartphone luxuries.

The camera is a fixed-focus 2-megapixel affair that sits on the top half where it faces the front with the phone open. It's as limited as you'd expect given those specs and the lack of even an LED flash will mean it's next to useless for taking shots of your friends dancing around their handbags. Video is likewise very poor with its maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and framerate of 15fps.

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A Scotland

February 15, 2010, 7:08 pm

I wonder if this Sony Ericsson has the usual problems with randomly switching itself off at inconvenient moments. The last 3 SE's I had suffered from this no matter how many times you get them replaced or update the firmware on them. I think I saw on here they recently had the same problems with a flagship device. I suppose these flaws are impossible to pick up on for reviewers with a limited testing period?


February 15, 2010, 9:29 pm

*Looks at phone, then price*

Well, SE is certainly going to have the schoolgirl market sewn up..


February 20, 2010, 1:42 pm

What is this, a phone for ants????

Brian 16

February 27, 2010, 7:54 am

I have this phone for two weeks now and unlike my previous Sony phone, it hasnt switched itself once. Yay! So annoying!

Im a 50 plus bloke who bought this for its large font size and large clock display. (The text reading size is smaller than I would like, about average, making reading glasses mandatory for this user, but phone numbers displayed while dialing are huge).

Phone has great battery life and does what I want it to very easily. I dont have an issue with keypad, (much much better than my previous Sony which cost twice as much as this one), but I dont text much either. The build quality is way better than the one reviewed, i.e. has same finish top and bottom and keypad is robust, albeit a little small in places like the back button and the cancel button.

My main quibble is that screen display isnt as easily readable in outdoor daylight as my previous Sony. The swish outside display screen is even harder to read in bright conditions. Overall though, for a bloke who uses his phone primarily for phone calls and early morning alarm (lovely melody on increasing volume)this phone is a big improvement on my old and expensive Sony. Two other big plusses over my old unit are increased signal strength and small footprint.

When phone makers finally get it that much of its customer demographic does not have 20/20 vision,they will come to realise that simple things such as larger font size and clock display options can be key selling features.


March 29, 2010, 8:55 pm

this phone is freaking awesome idk what its considered in europe but everyone i know in the U.S. loves it. its the smallest phone i've ever seen, including the miniscule touch screen i just saw last night.

om prakash

September 28, 2013, 1:36 pm

I want to purchase the F100I mobile but i do not know where can i purchase it.Kindly requesting to you please suggest me availability the mobile in the Jaipur & Delhi City.

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