I was recently approached to try out a new mobile phone by Sony Ericsson. I can keep the phone for a couple of months, write about it as little or as much as I want and if I want to keep it, pay some money which will go to a charity. Pity this offer didn’t come my way about eight months ago when I actually needed a new phone.
After sorting out a few details I received the phone by courier very promptly. It’s described as luscious red and it’s a bit bigger than my current Nokia but that’s probably because of the camera. It’s got a 5 megapixel camera which I think is even more than my first digital camera. If you ever do get one of these phones – make sure you take the protective plastic sticker off the front otherwise you won’t easily slide open the camera to take photos. It took me far too long to figure this out. I wasn’t alone in this.
I’ve never been a SIM card swapper but it was easy to use my existing SIM card and put it in this phone and get it up and running so I’ve temporarily retired my Nokia to try this one out.
I’ve spent some time working out initial settings like the date and time and how to send texts. I’m not a predictive text fan and this was the default so I worked out how to turn that off and now it’s quite easy. The menu is pretty intuitive and I haven’t had to look at the manual too much. I did get a bit stuck on changing the ring tone. I’m used to changing everything I want within the profile itself, but this has menus across the top where you can select different settings for various profiles. Now I know where these settings are, it’s easy.
I’ve taken a couple of shots with the camera but have not had the chance to upload them to my computer and see the quality close up. I do like the idea of having a reasonable camera within a mobile phone though so I’m keen to have a look. Stay tuned!