Battery life was reasonable. I got six and a half hours of music from a full charge. Sony Ercisson quotes up to nine hours of GSM talk and 385 hours on standby. I easily got a couple of days between charges with this phone.
There is a front-facing camera for video calls, while the main camera shoots at up to 3.2-megapixels. The main camera doesn’t include autofocus or flash. If your subject is even slightly moving you should expect blurring. I also found it keen to over-expose. The yellow flowers are an example. The chair is uniformly white, though, and indoors the camera performed quite well. The coloured dish is really vibrant.
There is lot of software which makes this attractive for a mid-range phone. Walk Mate uses the motion sensor to provide a pedometer tracking you towards a 10,000 steps a day goal. An FM radio augments the music player, there is a unit converter, five alarms, calendar, task manager, sound recorder, notes taker, timer, stopwatch, calculator, pass-coded memo, and, of course, a web browser. All this alongside Sony Ericsson favourites like TrackID, VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and MusicDJ.
Mast triangulation is used in conjunction with the built-in Google Maps. It claims 800 metres accuracy which, when you think about it, is almost a kilometre and not much good for tracking anything. It’s fine for pinpointing a location, but useless for helping you get to them.
This is a very nicely built handset with a strong range of features. Sony Ericsson has proved that mid-range handsets can be very competent. Anyone producing mediocre fare in this segment of the market needs to look and learn.