T39m 8/10. Date Posted 16/09/2002.
mobile phone division recently merged to form Sony Ericsson. This phone
was one of the last to be designed purely by Ericsson. Looking at it,
the phone is quite stylish. It has the usual flip down design of Ericsson
phones. Not quite as accomplished as the flips you have on Samsung phones,
but it nevertheless prevents the phone dialling itself when inside your
pocket, which can be very irritating. Also opening the flap initiates
calls, whilst closing it hangs up - especially useful when you using the
phone with one hand.
phone is packed with features. It has Bluetooth, infra-red and the now
ubiquitous GPRS system, which you can use in conjunction with WAP. WAP
is essentially a low bandwidth version of the internet specifically for
mobile phones and organisers. Although using GPRS I found the pages came
up quite quickly, it tedious reading pages with the T39m small screen.
It would be much better to use the T39m with a PocketPC to view WAP pages,
via Bluetooth or the infra-red. One nice feature with the T39m is that
you can synchronise it with Outlook and update all your contacts and diary
on your PC. This can save you a lot of time, especially if you updating
more than 2 or 3 contacts. You can even get the T39m to read your e-mail
(although this is more trouble than it's worth!). Most users are probably
just going to stick to SMS messaging in any case. As a result, it is good
to see that Ericsson have included predicative text for SMS. You have
all the usual features as well, that you seen on mobile phones today,
like voice dialling, games (Tennis) and vibrating alert. One area which
has let this phone down is in ease of use. As a regular Nokia user it
took me a while, to get used to Ericsson's system of navigating through
the phone. I suspect this is mainly because I had never used an Ericsson
phone up until this point, but I would hope that in Ericsson's new phones,
this matter is addressed.
number one feature of this phone, apart from it's relatively small size
and good reception, has to be its battery. Like other Ericsson's it boasts
a state of the art lithium polymer battery. I have been able to use the
phone for a week without charging! Even after a year of use, the battery's
capacity still does not seem to have diminished at all. Obviously heavy
use of the data functions may reduce battery life.
phone has more than enough features for even the most demanding of users.
Couple that with long battery life, the fact it is one of the few phones
that work in America as well as the rest of the world (being a tri-band)
and you have a decent phone: just make sure you can get past learning
to use it first!