Music playback is of course here, and as usual Sony Ericsson lets the whole show down by implementing its dreadful, side-mounted, huge, proprietary headset connector. Really, Sony Ericsson, what is the point of designing nice slim handsets if pockets get snagged by the ugly looking headset connector? The headset itself is only a one-piece affair on this mid-range handset, so you can’t even substitute a favourite set above the mic as you could with a two-piece set. This is a very low point of an otherwise good handset.
I asked the phone to play music non-stop from a full battery charge and it managed 8 hours 39 minutes of playback. More anecdotally, it was not difficult to get through two days without visiting a mains power supply. Sony Ericsson’s official battery life suggestion is 10 hours of talk and 400 hours on standby on GSM.
There is 130MB of built-in memory and a Memory Stick Micro slot under the backplate for adding more storage. As usual, Sony Ericsson includes plenty of software extras. Those I’ve not mentioned include TrackID, PhotoDJ, VideoDJ and MusicDJ, sound recorder, messaging including email, RSS feed reader, FM radio, five alarms, a pedometer, photo deformer called ‘pull face’, YouTube client, calendar, tasks manager, notes taker, timer, stopwatch and calculator.
Nobody really needs an 8-megapixel camera on their phone, and this 5-megapixel one is easy to use and takes a good snap. The phone itself feels a bit plasticky in build terms, but the features list is good. It is a pity about the headphones debacle.
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