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As for the Jalou's software, the operating system is the same as used on most non-touchscreen Sony Ericsson devices. The desktop can be changed to a picture of your choice, have an animated clock, or just match the theme but it can't be filled with icons or shortcuts or anything quite so fancy. The directional pad can be configured to provide shortcuts to four of your favourite apps, though. The main menu, meanwhile, is a simple grid with sub-menus arranged in tabbed lists. It's nothing too clever and certainly isn't very flashy but it does the job simply and easily.

Sony's superb crossbar style multimedia interface is also on-hand for navigating your music, videos, photos, and games, though considering the lack of headphone jack, poor video playback, and tiny screen, it's unlikely to see a great deal of use. The web browser is also quite poor as it can't display full web pages but instead gives you a squashed up, single column, mobile version. At least push email is supported and there's an inbuilt app for Facebook so keeping in contact shouldn't be a problem – though text messages aren't stored in conversations as we're used to nowadays.

Unsurprisingly, considering its lowly specification, this phone doesn't put much strain on its battery and as such it should last you several days between chargers. Call quality also seemed adequate, though the speaker is pretty woeful.

Comparing the Jalou to other basic handsets and Sony Ericsson is clearly charging a premium for its looks as phones costing £50 less will still give you the same, if not better, functionality. Were it just the below par functionality then we could largely forgive this, but adding in the poor buttons and less than stellar screen and it sinks further in our estimation.

As for the Dolce & Gabbana branded version, it swaps the chrome accents on the Sony version for gold, comes with a rather nicer looking headset, and is loaded with Dolce & Gabbana themes and pics. However, it is still the same basic handset with its poor keypad and less than impressive build quality, so for its £379.99 asking price, it's clearly a ridiculous buy.


The Sony Ericsson Jalou is trying to achieve something very difficult by being a relatively inexpensive fashion phone and it does just about succeed. Certainly it looks nice, is tiny, and is perfectly adequate in terms of functionality. However, you do pay a small premium for its looks and size and the keypad is particularly poor so even non-techie users might find it a little lacking. As for the Dolce & Gabbana branded version, just don't go there.

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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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