Sony Ericsson Elm review

Adding a dash of eco-appeal to a decent phone

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The Sony Ericsson Elm can run data connections via high-speed HSPA on mobile networks, or alternatively use Wi-Fi where available. You can connect via Wi-Fi on home or office Wi-Fi networks or using public hotspots.

Wi-Fi is quick and easy to set up with just a few clicks – it heads up the list of pre-loaded shortcuts that can brought up by pressing the Activity Menu button (under the Call key). Wi-Fi works over a decent range too.

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The browser is an Access NetFront full web browser with a similar-looking launch screen to previous models – it has Google search and address panels, plus a list of bookmarks and history options beneath.

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However, the user interface in the most recent version has had a small graphical tweak.

The left softkey can be used to pull up a small toolbar onscreen (for zoom, text input/search, bookmarks and downloads), and while this is displayed a further press brings up a second panel with a list of navigation options (refresh, send link, zoom, find on page, save picture, mark and copy, history and settings).

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It's a slight improvement to the default navigation menus that users may appreciate.

The browser does its job effectively enough, rendering pages swiftly when in high-speed data coverage. There is also a Smart-fit option if you want to tailor the page to fit the display.

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You can use the browser in landscape mode; the phone's motion-sensor switches automatically as you change orientation of the Elm.

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The browser doesn't have the desktop-like intuitiveness of some more advanced touchscreen phone browsers, however.

While it obviously doesn't have the slickness of the iPhone and some Android models, other budget touchscreen phones, such as the Samsung Genio Slide, also offer more intuitive handling and functionality.

A Facebook application is pre-loaded on top the Elm, enabling users to log on to view accounts and manage profiles. As mentioned earlier, a widget for this can display updates on the homescreen.

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Sony Ericsson has included a decent bundle of additional online-based applications that come pre-loaded on the Elm, including stalwarts like YouTube, AccuWeather weather forecasting, and links to Sony Ericsson's PlayNow content download service.

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A selection of online location services also utilise the Elm's onboard A-GPS satellite location technology, including Google Maps and WisePilot satellite navigation, plus Sony Ericsson's NearMe search facility.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

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