As indicated by the lack of shake control, there is no accelerometer. But then the relatively small screen isn’t going to be used for a lot of media rich activities so this absence isn’t a big deal. Countering that with another plus point you get a Blogger.com account for blogging on the move and a posting link is embedded in the photo gallery.
So, I’ve alluded to the camera now, and this is probably the low-point of this particular handset. It shoots photos at just 2-megapixels, which puts it way down the pecking order. There is no flash and no self-portrait mirror.
Image quality is reasonable outdoors provided you don’t want to get too close to your subject or want to capture a lot of detail. The yellow flowers are really lacking in detail and look very washed out. The white chair is reasonably good, though, with near-uniform colour and good detailing.
Indoors you might struggle to get much joy. The coloured dish was photographed, as usual, under normal household lighting and with the camera’s lighting settings on auto mode. The colour reproduction and white balance isn’t too hot and indoor photos were generally disappointing.
Software is a bit spartan on this phone. There’s a single alarm, FM radio, calendar, task manager, sound recorder, timer, stopwatch, calculator and unit converter as well as a couple of games but not much by way of snazzy extras.
Battery life was OK. I got through a couple of days between charges, but then this is the kind of phone you can’t thrash by using sophisticated features like GPS or Wi-Fi because they aren’t here. Music playback is the only thing likely to really push the battery.
Sony Ericsson’s W302 is a simple, light and compact handset, but even as a phone ‘for the masses’ the W302 is a bit lacking on the specifications front. For example, I would have liked to have seen the inclusion of Sony Ericsson’s excellent Activity menu and a better screen and camera.
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