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After my old phone fell out of a ride and fell apart (R.I.P Nokia 1100) I definately needed a new one. Considering I had more money than when I bought my old phone, I wanted something better than the basic 1100. The first of my two ideas was the Motorola V220, which I heard was really fragile, and the second was the Sendo P600, but when I used this in the store, I found the keys very duifficult to use. Insted I picked this cheaper offering, which lacked the camera, but had all the features that I want from a phone. Colour screen and polyphonic ringtones.
Starting with the network and price. I bought this from my local Tescos for £50 on Tesco Mobile. I have yet to find this phone elsewhere, but an unlocked one could be fornd on ebay or the code could be found for it. Overall, Tesco mobile is very good. All prices are the same a O2 and Tesco shares masts with O2, so the reception is very good. A major advantage of Tesco, is the ability to select 3 favourite numbers so you can get half price calls and texts. One geat thing ablut this is that you can change it whenever you want, so if you really wanted to, you could set up the number you are about to ring/text as your favourite before you ring/text, and do it with all your calls and texts. Only if you have TOO much spare time and don't get many texts (i.e. me). Another advantage of Tesco Mobile is that you can earn clubcard points every time you top-up. All you have to do is register it. You also get double points whenyou top-up at Tesco stores. The only problem with Tesco Mobile I have heard of is that it has a problem when using WAP, but i have managed to use this feature. Another problem I have encountered is registering my top-up card. This has not worked, and I mnow top up over the phone, which is quick and eay, but a shop would be more conveniant.
The next point is the look of the phone. It is a flip phone, which is stylish in itself, and it does not have an ariel. This downgrades it in my opinion, because it makes the shape look very bland. The bottom keypad part is silver buff coloured, and the thop part has a shiny silver rim,a nd a blue section on top (there are other colours available, as is suggested from the picture. I think that it's only red and blue though). This coloured section is very good looking as there arent too many phones around which are coloured. Many of them are just plain silver. The screen on the front looks very cool. It is set into the blue section, and can either display just the time, ot the time, the date, battery life, and text telling you about messages and missed calls. It also displays the number when you are being called. Open up the phone, and it hes shiny roinded keys with green backlighting for ease of use in the dark. The main screen is on a buff silver top part, with shily plastic covering it, but overlapping it from just below the screen to the top of the phone. This mens that this section looks better because there is more going on. The sendo logo is also there.
On the screen, there are 10 themes to choose from. These are just like the ones on your computer. You can pick one to match your style. This ranges from a space theme to a flower power one. These are really great.
The phone is very easy to use. Everything you need is divided into 6 sections, which are colour coded with a picture on the menu showing you what is found in each section, so finding what you want is easy. Messages is obvious: Here you can send and read messages, save drafts, use voicemail, and change message settings. The problem here is that you cant read your sent messages, which i have found to be quite a problem when using the phone.
The next section is Internet. Here you use the WAP on the phone, edit settings and create bookmarks.
The next section is sounds. Here you select ringtones, volume, random sounds for actions, key tones and the vibrator (this is cool, because youc an turn it on,a nd watch the phone move across the table as it vibrates:))
The next section is settings. Here you change the time, date, alarm, language, display (including themes) and security. This is where you put in a screensaver, which includes a fish tank, with fish swimming past.
There is also services, which included tesco mobile stuff, and extras for pictures, games and animations.
The features on this phone are not extensive, but are very good for it's price. The phone has a colour screen, which is not that amazing, but for it's price, it is good. It also has polyphonic ringtones, which is something I specifically wanted from a phone. This is good,a s all the tones on the phone are poly, but it is not always compatible with tones which you can download/send off for. However you can use the sendo website for updates, extras, games and ringtones.
The phone has WAP on it, which is quite slow to connect, but works well, and can be useful for finding out information when you can't acess any other means of finding it out.
These are the only 'special' features. Othere than these, 5his phone can call, text, has 3 games, can send pictures and animations. Its not the most packed phone, but it's good value for money.
Afew problems I have encountered using this phone: The message list is not very long. You cant have that many texts in it. There is no sent messages list, so you can't read messages that you have sent. Another problem is that the shiny top part scratches easily, so it can look a bit battered. Another problem is the cover fro the battery and sim card bit on the back. It is quite flimsy, and can come off if it is dropped. It is also quite duifficult to put the bettery in in the first place.
The bettery life on the phone is quite good. It's not the best, but it is definatey enough.
Overall, this is a great phone, which is good for communication, but if you want more than that, then despite the price, the more expensive phones ae better.