Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i - Sony Ericsson Jalou F100i



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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.

”’(centre)Left – viewed straight on. Right – at 20 degree angle.(/centre)”’

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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