Sony Ericsson Spiro review

No bells, no whistles – can a stripped-back phone make it in a smartphone world?

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The Sony Ericsson Spiro really has no bells and no whistles when it comes to this part of the phone. That's not to say it's bad, but a socially integrated phone this ain't (though it can be done with this kind of phone, as the Nokia C5 proved).

The simplest way to access your contacts is by using the right-hand softkey from the Home screen. It simply takes you to your contact list, with the 'New contact' option at the top.

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When adding a new contact, you start with their name, and a number (you can specify home, mobile and so on). By moving across the tabs on the screen, you can also add email addresses, pictures and custom ringtones, addresses and the contact's birthday.

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Within the contacts list, you can simply scroll to a name to see its primary phone number. From there, you can hit the green Call button to ring them, or press the central key on the navigation pad to open the contact and see all its details.

From there, you get context-sensitive options for each bit of information (when on phone numbers, you get the option to send a message – to call you still need to use the green Call button).

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While the Spiro had no problems getting and keeping a good signal (in fact, it was better at finding an Edge signal than many smartphones), call quality was actually a little disappointing.

Calling a landline was okay, but calling another mobile could often lead to great chunks of conversations becoming garbled. The speaker is also quite easily drowned out, so trying to hear someone when they were near a road was often very difficult.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandDual Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory5 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
SAR Value1.03 W/kg
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourStealth Black
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time4.50 Hour
Product ModelW100i Spiro
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)90 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height92 mm
Width48 mm
Depth16.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time476 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameW100i Spiro Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number1233-4521
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Limited Warranty2 Year