New Phone – Sony Ericsson T250i
I’ve been back to my old and rusty T68i since I lost my Z710i last april. Finally, after months of struggling with the dying old keypad, I bought myself another phone: Sony Ericsson T250i, my third T series after T39m and T68i (both of them are still alive by the way).
No bells and whistles in this one: no bluetooth, no USB, no EDGE nor 3G, and absolutely no walkman. All it got is a phone (of course), GPRS, IrDA, FM Radio, a 0.3 mpx camera and a classy slim looks. Extremely basic, but it should be fine for my day to day activity.
Sadly my complaints with this phone rises from the little things. The little things that one won’t even think of checking when they’re looking for a phone. Here are they:
- Canceling an SMS does not automatically save the messages to the draft/unsent folder. A regression compared to my old phone.
- Pressing the clear button for 2-3 seconds on my old phone will delete the last word written. Doing that in this phone will delete everything behind the cursor up to the beginning of the message. Why oh why?
- There is no way to know whether a message in the sent folder is already sent, is still pending or has failed. Again a regression compared to my T68i which has distinctive icons for all three statuses.
- I found myself pressing more buttons just to send an SMS compared my old phone.
I am very annoyed with #1 and #2. That, my dear readers, is not a good usability at all. A system should not delete user-inputed data that easily. Its a huge let-down, especially knowing that the old models does things in a much better way.
I’ve learned the ugly side of entry-level phones the hard way. If it says it can do SMS, it doesn’t mean it can do it as good as the next phone :(
Sony Ericsson T250i
Package: Phone, charger, handsfree