The Call and End keys double up as softmenu buttons and a menu button sits between them. For such a small mobile I was pleasantly surprised to have almost no trouble at all with the buttons.
The screen is probably the tiniest main screen I have ever seen on a mobile. It measures just 1.1 inches from corner to corner and uses a miniscule 96 x 96 pixels. This OLED display is buried deep under the outer casing. And as I always find with small screens reading the content is not always easy.
Text messages were particularly annoying. The screen can display four lines of SMS text. This means that if messages are of the short; ”Delayed. Be there 15mins late” type then the whole lot shows on screen at once. But anything over about 12 words and you are into scrolling. This is not a big deal in itself but if you’re used to a large screen that displays the longest of text messages in one go, then as your ‘second phone, the Liscio is very likely to annoy.
The reason scrolling is tolerable, however, is thanks to the jog-wheel on the right side of the casing. You can use this for up and down movement and it has a press to select feature. This wheel is vital for getting around the handset, as it is only by using it from the main screen that you can get to the various application groups on the mobile.
And this is where we start to hit trouble, because technically there is not a huge amount going on here. The FM radio is a nice feature to have in any mobile, and I’ve already mentioned the music playback. The headset slot is a 3.5mm type, and so while the provided headset doesn’t set the world alight with its quality you can use your own cans if you prefer.
There is no camera, so if you are thinking of using your mobile for snapping, look elsewhere. Web and WAP browsing are also absent.
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