SONY ERICSSON -- I spotted the Sony Ericsson S700i online and thought I'd give it a hands-on review. My motivation is driven by my pocket money-- I don't have the funding for the 910i smartphone that I really crave. The S700i supports the 900, 1800, and 1900Mhz frequency bands which means I could use it when trampling through Manhattan snow. My first impressions are very favourable.
First impressions out of the box:
- It feels good in your hand. The Sony Ericsson S700i has a solid tactile feel, much of it brought on by its weight. It measures 107.5mm x 49mm x 24.5mm (4.23" x 1.93" x .96") in size and weighs 132.7g with SIM and 32MB Memory Stick card. I have several of these cards and the Sony Magic Vault USB key as well.
- It spins. I liked the Motorola V70 because of the spinner form factor. So did Holly, the demented Springer-Spaniel who ate the V70. I figured out how to open the phone without prying it open. I started fiddling with it so I set it aside to let it charge.
- It is larger than it looks in advertisements. Inside the S700i is a media player, FM receiver, sound recorder, games, internet browser, mail client, address book synchroniser, and many ways to connect with computers and televisions.
- It comes with a PC Suite, mobile networking wizard, sound editor, MMS home studio, file manager and image editor with the phone. The CD-ROM also says Adobe Photoshop Album is included. All those suck up 120 MB on a hard drive.
- It has 54 icons associated with its menu system, several requiring deciphering with the 94 page owner's manual. The largest category in that manual concerns calls (21 references), followed by "sending" (8 references) and "turning on/off" (7 references).
Second impressions, after one week's use -- buy this phone if you need good voice, excellent imagery and desktop synchronicity. More:
- This is the best cameraphone on the market. It wants to be a digital still camera. S700i images are very very good.
- Both the S700i and the Sony Clie know each other. I can effortlessly transfer stuff back and forth. However, the Clie holds more characters in each note.
- This is one of the coolest implementations of Bluetooth I have used. I have detected other nodes and shared content with a Nokia N-Gage, Sony P910, Nokia 9500, and the Sony Media Viewer.
- You can drop the S700i on tile and it keeps on working. You cannot drop the Nokia 9210i the same way without incurring a service fee above €150.
- You can splash Guinness on the screen and on the S700i keypad and it keeps on working.
- You can buy the Sony Ericsson S700i for €500 on Irish streets. It costs less with a subscription to a mobile phone network.
The adventure continues.