The slider design is reminiscent of that used in Sony Ericsson’s Walkman range, which is a nice little design. The phone would benefit from a larger screen though.
The T715 is eminently usable, with some useful short cuts and excellent Facebook and Twitter interation.
This is a budget phone, so expectations should match the price bracket. The screen is small, but any photos you take can be uploaded directly to Facebook and you can have both Facebook and Twitter accounts running simultaneously.
The Sony Ericsson T715 performed admirably well considering the quality of its specs, and if you mainly want to access popular social networking sites then you won’t be disappointed, particularly at this price point.
Battery life was above average.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:57:00 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Stay in the loop with live feeds streamed from both Twitter and Facebook
The 2.2-inch screen is restrictive in terms of the amount of content you can view at any one time
It’s been a tough 12 months for Sony Ericsson. Having enjoyed great success with its Walkman and Cyber-Shot ranges, the company is going through a period of transition having unveiled its new flagship range, Entertainment Unlimited, which includes the likes of the Satio and Aino. However, flying somewhat underneath the radar is the manufacturer’s T-series, a lower end alternative but a welcome addition to the Sony Ericsson family. The T715 is the latest member and if you purchase the phone with 3, you’ll also be able to enjoy live Twitter feeds direct to your handset.
The Sony Ericsson T715 is a dinky little number that sees the manufacturer adopting a slider design that was common in the Walkman range. It’s impressively light and pocket friendly, and we were pleased to find a roomy keyboard with nicely raised buttons when we slid the screen up. The display itself is on the small side, measuring just 2.2 inches –which had a detrimental effect when viewing content, but at the same time this is not a touch-screen so you’re not going to be required to key in text on a squashed, virtual QWERTY keyboard.Beneath the screen are two hard keys, a D-Pad, running applications tab and a cancel key. Somewhat confusingly, the right-hand hard key sometimes doubles up as a cancel key, and other times as a back key. We’d suggest assuming it is always the latter and refer to the actual cancel key as a means of deleting text, as we found ourselves frequently closing down the entire application when we only wanted to delete a letter in a text. The running applications tab is particularly useful, as despite its small stature there’s actually plenty going on under the T715’s bonnet, many of which can be run in tandem.
At the heart of the T715 is social networking. As touched upon, if you purchase the phone via 3, you will be able to enjoy an in-depth Twitter experience. There’s numerous ways of accessing Twitter though the phone, including setting it as part of your ‘favourites’. However, to get the most out of it you will need to register via the applications menu. Here you will be able to receive live Tweets from all your friends (and others if you so wish) as they fall from the top of the screen down onto the homepage. You can also display your own location or find other Tweeters near you, though as there is no GPS feature this is done by guestimating your position via a method of triangulation, the same such method that is used when trying to determine your position on the on-board Google Maps.Facebook can also be viewed as a live feed, with the platform neatly being divided into different categories such as your wall, inbox and friends list, much like the view you get on the PC. However, while Facebook and Twitter can both run at the same time, you will only see the live feeds from the platform you were last actively in. It’s another downside to having the small screen.The T715’s relationship with Twitter and Facebook doesn’t end there, however. Take a snap with the 3.2-megapixel camera and the phone is all set up to send aforementioned pic directly to either platform. The pics themselves are only a reasonable quality, but for the purpose of broadcasting your latest events in picture format to your social networking platforms, it is more than suffice.
The Sony Ericsson T715 is excellent value for money and is sure to be popular with the younger generation. It’s top-notch for social networking, with Windows Live Messenger and Skype also on board and though the screen is small, the phone itself bodes well as a back to basics model.