There is also a camera, but it isn’t much cop. It shoots stills at up to 1.3-megapixels. There is a tiny self-portrait mirror, but no flash. There is no side mounted launcher so you have to run the camera from the phone menu which takes a few seconds. The ‘shoot’ button is the navigation button’s ‘select’ key.
With the screen as viewfinder there is a constant overlay of the number of photos you can store, the current resolution and image quality. I couldn’t find a way of disabling this information and it got on my nerves a bit when framing photos.
The coloured dish, photographed indoors and under normal household lighting, is fairly sharp but notice the dark discolouring in one corner of the photo. This looks like a case of mechanical vignetting and was consistent across all my test photos. I don’t know if it is an issue with my sample phone or something more general but either way it is a worry.
The white chair is reasonably well exposed for a 1.3-megapxiel phone camera, but the daffodils show that it doesn’t do too well when resolving detail and coping with subtle differences in colour tone.
As for the my511X’s other features, Bluetooth is built-in, a couple of JAVA games are pre-installed, and SMS/MMS are supported but not email. There is a single alarm, timer, and calculator, plus a to do list and calendar which both cater for voice recordings (there is no computer synching here). A WAP browser is included too, but you won’t find a full web one. That said, with its small screen and GSM-only support it’s unlikely that you’d want to go beyond WAP anyway.
The my511X is not as strong a contender as some other handsets I’ve seen from Sagem. I do like the music playback controls, especially the side-mounted button, and the battery life is respectable. But usability is an issue due to the flat number pad, and the feature-set is really very basic, even for a £50 phone.