Sony Ericsson Elm review

Adding a dash of eco-appeal to a decent phone

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The Sony Ericsson Elm passed its call tests with flying colours. There were no issues with call clarity or drop-outs, and all sounded loud and precise.

The phonebook is neatly organised, with plenty of scope to tap in additional details. You can tab across various sub sections and scroll down to add fields where appropriate.

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The Elm follows Sony Ericsson's recent convention of sorting messages into conversations so you can follow threads with people you're communicating with – which works neatly enough.

The messaging set-up is intuitive, with texts presented in typical Sony Ericsson fashion; as you type, a list of words it thinks you're trying to type appears in predictive mode to help you out. It's handy rather than intrusive, and you can easily ignore it while you're typing if you prefer.

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The keyboard is lovely for texting too. The rounded keys on the numberpad are large, tactile and distinctive enough for rapid-fire texting while the key action is crisply responsive.

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The text message template also allows for easy conversion of a message into and MMS. A row of icons at the bottom of the screen can be clicked to add video, image or sound content to the message.

Email set up and usage is also a now-familiar routine. An email wizard enables you to get started with email by adding just a few details – name, email address, username and password.

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Settings are downloaded automatically if you're using popular POP3/IMAP4 email account, and messages from your regular accounts are downloaded to the inbox.

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The inbox presentation is okay for a mid-tier feature phone and serviceable enough – headers are listed for browsing, images are shown in email, and you click a softkey to get more options and download.

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However, the overall experience is limited and more long-winded than some of the current crop of smartphones that offer desktop-like email. Still, you can add attachments to emails you're sending and view some attached images, though there's no onboard document viewing or editing software.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory280 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourMetal Black
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelElm
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)99 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height110 mm
Width45 mm
Depth14 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameElm Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number1234-9386
Manufacturer Website Address
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Enjoy Mozart in the park. Watch blooper videos on the train. Rewind and relax as you please. And the Sony Ericsson Elm is great for work, too. It's a noisy world out there. With the Sony Ericsson Elm, you no longer have to scream to make yourself heard. The Noise Shield filters out the sound around you. Work and play, combined and intertwined? Facebook is close at hand. And so's your email, in case your colleagues need you. Play your part. Show you care. The Sony Ericsson Elm is a GreenHeart phone, made of recycled plastics and free from hazardous chemicals.

Limited Warranty2 Year