Sony Ericsson has a reputation for making high end, fancy, music playing and camera-toting mobiles. See, for example, the W980 on the music playing side and the very nice C902 for a 5-megapixel camera and some neat additional camera related features.
But the company has fingers all over the mobile phones pie, and wants to attract more than just the punter looking for higher end mobiles. Hence, the T303 is an attempt to capture some of the entry-level market.
The T303 is a slider and at a mere 83mm tall, 47mm wide and 15mm thick and growing to about 110mm tall when opened it is small enough for the most dainty of pockets to cope with. It weighs just 93g too, making it a no-brainer to carry around when you want to travel as light as possible.
Sony Ericsson lists this handset in both sliver and black liveries, but checking around on the Web while writing this review I found it only in its silver guise even from Sony Ericsson’s own online store, where it was available at £99 SIM free. From operators on pay as you go it comes in at between £50 and £60. Some parts of the casing are metal, notably the frame to the front and the battery cover, with the remainder a silver/grey plastic.
The slide action is good for a low-cost mobile. I’ve seen a lot less impressive spring-loaded slide mechanisms in more expensive handsets. You need to push and pull against the screen to open and shut the phone and that will inevitably leave fingermarks on its mirrored surface.
One of the areas in which the T303 loses out in comparison to mobiles that are more expensive is the screen. Sony Ericsson’s higher end phones often have superb displays, but not here.
The screen is small. I measured it at 1.8 inches diagonally. There is room for a larger screen inside the casing, but clearly Sony Ericsson has saved money by choosing the tiniest display it thought it could get away with. Money has also been saved on the screen quality. Its 120 x 160 pixels are clearly visible and the display looks a little blocky if you do more than just glance at it.