Sony Ericsson T700 in-depth review -

Look and feel

The T700 is an eye-catching phone, and the Rouge version particularly stands out. The screen isn't huge, but fits well with the overall aesthetic of the handset.

Ease of use

The super-slim phone doesn't pack anything too complicated, so you'll be up to speed in no time at all.

Features

The phone has gone down the aesthetically pleasing route rather than trying to be technologically advanced. Having said that, it does offer a decent camera with LED flash, an MP3 player and TrackID, to help name that tune.

Performance

A competent handset that fulfils its purpose, it doesn't try to punch above its weight.

Battery life

Battery life is strong.

The verdict

A good-looking phone that is perfect for a night out, with perfectly adequate features to boot.

 Sony Ericsson T700 Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:54:45 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

10

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

6

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The slim and light form matches its shiny and cute design.

Cons:

Average camera and no lens for video calling.

Traditionally, Sony Ericsson handsets have screens that are less than ideal. The frame around the display is often noticeable, causing the screen to look smaller than it is. Well, with the T700, the frame is part of the design, especially in the special rouge edition (exclusive to O2). The contrasting black-edged display with a metallic golden frame is certainly eye catching. The display itself isn't huge - it's only a two-inch screen but it has a decent 262,000 colour palette and sits perfectly in the frame, with a bright red keypad below.

Feather-light

The regular T700 with its silver keypad and black upper frame is stylish, but it's the Rouge version that really stands out. Clearly, it's aimed at women and we're pleased to note that Sony Ericsson didn't go down the predictable 'paint it pink' route.

 

Its eye catching looks extend to the slim build (10mm), and its handbag and pocket-friendly weight of 78g. Actually, it's hard to overstate how impressively light this handset is - its weight is mostly due to the thin, metallic back and upper case. Slip it into your pocket and you'll forget it's there - though this might not always be a good thing. It is no smartphone, but it's an ideal handset if you just want something cute, light and fun.

It has a reasonable 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash - not bad for a phone that mainly wants to be a looker. There's no front-facing camera, but if video calling is not a priority then this isn't a big problem. It's easy to snap and upload images to blogs and the photo fix option means you can edit the image before sending.

 

Although this isn't a Walkman phone it packs an MP3 player as well as that neat Sony Ericsson special: TrackID, to name that tune you hear playing in a trendy boutique without having to ask the snooty staff. Plus, it has a decent FM radio which, like most phones, uses the earphone cable as its aerial.

Trademark touches

The T700 doesn't have a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack on board but, since most Walkman phones don't have this, it would have been a surprise to find it here. Like other super-slim Sony Ericsson handsets, the charging and earphones socket is on the side of the phone, not the base. Still, speakers are provided so you can listen without headphones. The speakers are not bad but, unsurprisingly, the sound quality is better through earphones.

 

Music storage is on a MemoryStick Micro (M2) card - it'll hold cards of up to 8GB capacity, though it's supplied with a 512MB model.

There are some other Sony Ericsson trademark touches such as a neat home screensaver (discreet sparkles to match the evening style of the handset), modishly understated menu icons and haptic response when you navigate the menus so your thumb knows you've switched from messaging to camera even if you're not looking at the screen.

Conclusion

Some slim phones can sound a bit tinny and as you're still going to want to make calls regardless of the bells and whistles, it's good to report that this is a competent handset. Battery life is also strong, especially given the thin profile. The keypad is small but highly usable, with handy shortcut keys under the screen to take you directly to photos, music and so on, and there's a decent four-way direction pad with a centre button. All these keys are rectangular with rounded edges, matching the straight lines of the phone's design.

 

This is important because the design is likely to be the reason why you'll choose this phone - that and its feather-light weight.