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I had been a Nokia user for many years. I had also been on a monthly contract since day dot. Just before Christmas l decided l wanted to cut back on the pennies and when adding up my monthly phone bill l realised that for what l was paying l hardly ever used my phone so decided to do away with the contract and go onto pay-as-you-go. I nipped down to Phones 4 U and started to seach the phones for a new replacement. Normally l would go straight to Nokia but this little phone caught my eye.
When closed it measures just 8cm high by 4cm with a depth of 2cm. You can put it in your pocket and not even know it was there. The first feature that immediately caught my eye was that when the phone was shut it automatically went on key lock, l was always forgetting to do this on my old phone, forever ringing people without realising it. To activate the phone you slide the main bit up. Now fully open it still only measures 12cm high. You can now enter the main menu. Another feature l like on this phone is that the main menu is very similar to the Nokia menu which l always found user friendly.
1. CALL HISTORY - with sub-headings current contacts, missed calls, dialled calls, received calls, select and delete and call time. As you scroll down each of these sub headings a number appears on the right hand side indicating the number of say received calls etc.
2. ADDRESS BOOK - with sub headings contact list, FDN list, add new contact, group, speed dial, my name card, own number (always useful if like me you can never remember your number), management and service number. The user guide that comes with the phone gives step by step instructions on how to enter new numbers etc, again if you are a Nokia user it's very similar.
3. SETTINGS - (The fun section) with sub headings time & date, phone settings, display settings, sound settings, network services, infared, security, memory status and reset settings. I think this is usually the first section everyone goes to to get your phone looking and sounding exactly how you like it.
4. CAMERA/VIDEO - No sub-headings for this, it just takes you straight into camera/video mode. Again the manual details how to use this function, l actually found it quite difficulat to use, l was used to having step by step guides on the nokia phone whereas on this phone you kinda have to guess what to do.
5. MESSAGING - with sub headings create new message, my messages, templates, select and delete, settings and memory status. I'm not the greatest text messager in the world, l'm not one of these people who talk, text and eat a sandwich all at the same time but texting on this phone is very easy. As with the call history you can scroll down in my messages and will tell you how many text's you've received, sent etc.
6. BROWSER - This section is where you can access the internet via the phone. I have to confess l've never used this section, since going onto pay-as-you-go l've become a bit stingy with the pennies. Just by entering the main menu it again looks very user friendly with sub headings such as home, bookmarks, go to URL etc. If anyone has any extra imput on this section it would be most welcome.
7. APPLICATIONS - This is usually the section l go to second to see what games come with the phone. On this particular phone there are three games, an adventure game, a flight simulation game and a football game. Other parts to the section include the MP3 player, voice recorder, world time, alarm, calculator, convertor, timer, stopwatch, help and orange plus. I initially bought this phone because it had an MP3 player, with no radio l thought it would be ideal to use on the train to work, sadley l didn't read enough into this section as when l got home l found out that it only had a memory card of 40 meg which is enough memory for the grand total of about 8 songs ........ and you can't get extra memory added. It wasn't enough of a problem to take the phone back and in the end l bought a cheap MP3 player from Tesco's for £9.99. Orange Plus is one to remember, you can check from here how much money you have left on your phone by requesting a free of charge text message.
8. MEDIA ALBUM - This is where all your photo's, video's, image's and sounds are stored. There is also a memory section to check how much space you have left ...... just make sure you don't download too many songs !!!
9. CALENDAR - The last heading, l don't often use this bit but it is always handy to have, especially if you want to set an alarm for something.
You can access the more popular menus via the home screen using the "Home screen menu". These are listed down the left hand side of the screen and you can just scroll through them. Personally l find it a bit tricky and end up entering menu's that l don't want. I usually stick to the men button. Also shown on the menu screnn is the usual date and time along with the battery bar which can be found in the top right hand corner. Batter life is actually really good. I charged my phone up on Tuesday and today being Friday l still have 2 bars left.
Extras - When l purchased the phone l also got the standard charger and head phones which are remarkably good. It is worth mentioning that l didn't get any of the download software required to download MP3's.
How Much - I paid £79.99 from Phone 4 U on the Orange Network. For comparison prices and networks it's worth looking on sites such as Pricerunner and www.mobiles.co.uk.
Verdict - All in all l like my new phone. It suits my needs perfectly. I think from my review you can tell that my only grumble is the size of the memory card but to be honest it really didn't bother me too much.
Supported Digital Audio Standards:WMA, MP3, Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound, Media ... more
Type:DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-RW, CD-R, Digital Sound Processor (DSP):Yes, Output Power / Total:330 Watt, Equaliser:Yes, Components:Main unit, speaker system, Supported Digital Video Standards:DivX, XviD, WMV, Built-in Decoders:Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, DTS decoder, Additional Features:USB host function, Audio Return Channel (ARC), Media Content Source:DVD, USB-host, Surround System Class:5.1 channel, DSP Preset Qty:8, Connector Type:1 x HDMI output ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - rear ¦ 1 x composite video output ( RCA phono ) - rear ¦ 1 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear ¦ USB 2.0, Additional Features:USB flash drive playback, USB flash drive recording, Type:Digital player / recorder, Depth (Shipping):36.8 cm, Height (Shipping):32.4 cm, Weight (Shipping):8.5 kg, Width (Shipping):51.3 cm, Media Format:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD, CD, Features:Anynet+, Type:DVD player, Upscaling:Yes, Cables Included:Composite video cable, Included Accessories:Remote control, FM antenna, composite video cable, Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep:0.5 Watt, Power Consumption Operational:36 Watt, Power Device:Power supply - internal, Type:Radio tuner - FM - digital radio tuner, Type:Remote control - infrared, Speaker(s):4 x satellite speaker - external - wired ¦ 1 x subwoofer - external - wired ¦ 1 x centre channel speaker - external - wired