Fortunately its large size does have have some upsides. Not only does it mean that the keypad buttons are large and easy to get at with your thumb, it also means that the phone is big enough to wedge between your cheek and shoulder reasonably comfortably, and it means there’s plenty of room to fit a lovely, bright 2.1in colour screen in, which is excellent for viewing photos on (the TS803 also packs a 2.26 megapixel digital camera), Build quality, too, is good – the TS803 feels solid as a rock.
Battery life seems reasonable as well. In three days of moderate use listening to music, watching downloaded videos, taking pictures and making phone calls I only had to charge it up once, which in my book is acceptable. I’m betting that watching more than the odd few minutes of telly on it, though, will soon have you hunting for the nearest plug socket.
This is the second 3G phone we’ve seen from Toshiba recently and it’s the second one we’re not too keen on. While it makes an admirable stab at combining personal entertainment with communications in the end it feels like too much of a compromise on too many counts.
It may be well-built, easy to use and have every feature you can possibly think of. It might be available for free from a tariff of £30 per month. But it’s also too big, doesn’t have proper video calling features and its MP3 capabilities seem poorly thought out.
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