However using the camera is another matter. There is no side button launcher or shutter for the camera. It shoots at a mere 2-megapixels and has no light, self-portrait mirror or autofocus.
The lens sits on the front fascia. When you are in shooting mode an area to the top of the screen is taken up with information about settings so that the space you have for framing is limited to less than the full screen. Despite that shots were easy enough to frame and shoot. Sadly image quality was not that great and it’s easy to get blurred images if you don’t hold the phone very steady.
The coloured dish, photographed indoors under household lights, has reasonably good colour reproduction and is passable. Outdoors the photo of the chair shows some of the camera’s problems. The parts of the chair in the shade are a little pinkish, while the area in full sun is over exposed and lacks detail. On the other hand the flowers have been captured reasonably well with fair colour accuracy.
The phone plays music of course. Its rather small 32MB of built in memory is easily augmented using the side-mounted Memory Stick Micro card slot and 3 provides a 128MB card to get you started. Chances are you’ll want to upgrade that very quickly, but it’s a start.
The battery gave me 10 and a half hours of non-stop music from a full charge, which is pretty respectable.
Apart from the software already mentioned, a recognisable range of Sony Ericsson extras is included with the likes of MusicDJ, PhotoDJ, VideoDJ and trackID among them. Other stuff includes an FM radio, Web browser, alarms, calendar, to do manager, notes taker, timer, stopwatch, calculator and Bluetooth.
The front OLED display is not as clear as it could be and the camera is disappointing, but Sony Ericsson has come up trumps with the interior keypad design.