gets several emails inquiring about good but reasonably priced mobile
phones. Last week we got Sony
Ericsson T630 phone. Though this phone is at end of its product
life cycle and on verge of being phased out it is worth attention
due to low price point it has reached for what it offers. Also after
officially it is phased out expect it to be popular model just like
even today Nokia 6310i
is sought after by power users.
For around US$200
street price it offers features which would rival phones costing
more then US$300 from competitors like Nokia.
Quality of phone is very superior. It is tri-band phone so will
work in most countries in world where either of 900/1800/1900MHz
band is used.
of Bluetooth is best you will ever see. Bluetooth has always been
strong point of Sony Ericsson phones partly because Bluetooth technology
was founded by Ericsson before it merged with Sony. It features
all Bluetooth profiles including OBEX synchronization for address
book backup to MS Outlook, File Transfer to add/remove files to
phones like pictures, ringtones, games etc. Because it features
full Bluetooth functionality, you dont need any additional
software to make it talk to your PC/Mac or any other computer. This
phone worked well with Jabra FreeSpeak
250, Plantronics M3500,
M3000, M2500 and Nextlink
AX Bluetooth headsets. One can also use PC with microphone and speaker
as handsfree kit especially when conferencing or wanting to record
conversation on PC. This phone lacks speaker phone. Phone volume
though is very loud and clear, signal strength is best, even in
darkest spots of city you will not drop calls. If you like to work
from PC to send SMS, keep backup of all your sent and received SMS
this phone will work fine with Mobile Phone Tools from www.BVRP.com
or MOBILEdit from www.mobiledit.com
This phone when
it was introduced a year back for US$375 was noticed for its cute
and smart design. Its handy, big bright TFT active matrix
128x160 pixel screen allows you to do smsing, wap surfing without
straining eyes or scrolling too much. Instead of 4 direction buttons
this phone uses joystick to move around. Keypad is big, keys are
backlit. Phone weighs 92.5 gram with battery. Battery is Li-Polymer
770 mAh and lasts much longer then most color phones. In test it
lasted 2 days or more with moderate use with bluetooth on all time.
Camera is very low resolution at 288x352 pixels. Design of phone
has dual personality, it looks like regular vertical phone from
front and looks like regular horizontal camera on back.
32 voices polyphony and you can get 1000s of free ringtones or themes
from sites like www.myt630.net
on phone can store 510 numbers apart from one on your SIM card.
Phone has 2MB memory which is used for some of games/themes on phone
which can be deleted to make more room for pictures.
GPRS is Multislot
class 8 (4+1) and on Orange network it gave speed varying from 35Kbps
to 48Kbps. WAP browser is 2.0 with XHTML supports which means you
will be able to go thru WAP and surf many HTML sites meant for PDA.
If you bookmark Yahoo's mail's inbox page as start/home page, you
can access your emails just with press of single button on side
of phone "ONLINE", poor man's blackberry.
phone is good buy at current price if you dont need high quality
camera, EDGE and speaker phone.