First look: Sagem my850v Crystal

Despite being a major player in the UK prepay market, many of you might not be aware that French manufacturer Sagem has also dabbled in the contract arena. Well, once to be exact, with the myx6-2 on Orange back in 2005. Now it's having its second stab at this monthly gig with the stylish 3G my850v Crystal clamshell, this time exclusively on Vodafone.

The my850v is undoubtedly Sagem's more desirable handset since the myX-8 (a fantastic handset so shamefully ignored by the UK operators) and it's a sleek clam that flaunts a smoky mirrored façade, slightly reminiscent of the Sony Ericsson Z610i. Unfortunately this means the front exterior is open to attack from the dreaded finger print smears but its sultry dark navy veneer manages to conceal the worst offenders. This reflective minimalist frontage is disturbed by a small monochrome LCD, touch-sensitive music controls and a faint Vodafone logo.

The my850v is also more expertly built than Sagem's normal prepay offerings and is lightweight and compact for the slipping into the pocket. Open up the my850v and you're met by an ergonomically designed keypad with acres of space and large keys. You get dedicated buttons for video calling and firing up the music player and overall it's a joy to thumb.

The QVGA quality display is also bright and sharp and because the my850v is a network exclusive the user-interface is Vodafone flavoured. However, you won't encounter any problems working your way around this highly lucid UI.

First impressions suggest the my850v is Sagem's best looking phone for sometime and is a pleasure to use and handle but can its performance match its style and user-friendliness? To find out look out for our next post.

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