Sony Ericsson Spiro review

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

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Though the Sony Ericsson Spiro's messaging functions aren't much fancier than its contacts options there is one bell (still no whistles).

The Spiro has inherited the new 'Conversations' option for reading your messages – essentially threaded SMS viewing. There's only a very slight difference in shading between your messages and those you've received, but it's still a nice option to have.

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If you decide it's not for you, you can just press left to tab back to the regular inbox. As we say, it's not fancy, but it'll more than suffice for the average texter.

Selecting to write a text opens a big white screen to write in, with options to attach multimedia down the bottom of the screen. The keyboard works perfectly well, as we mentioned in the 'Design' section.

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What surprised us was the lack of email options on the Spiro. Granted, there's no divine right to have it on every handset, but it's become ubiquitous to the point that it's unusual not to have an option.

However, you can send multimedia to people via email. Actually, it seems to go via MMS, and is then relayed to the email address by your network. In any case, you can email people pictures and video, but seemingly not text, and you certainly can't read your emails.

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Incidentally, we did try to access Gmail through the web browser, but we got nowhere (as explained in the next section).

Tech Specs

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

Sing it out loud. Go wild. Or just chill. The Sony Ericsson Spiro with Walkman is a music phone for the best sounds around - your sounds.

How do you want your music?

Wanna be free to jump around to the beat? Go for a wireless Bluetooth stereo headset. Or use your favourite old headphones. Plug them into the 3.5 mm jack.

Find the song with TrackID

You hear a great song - on the radio, in a shop, anywhere. But what is it? Press TrackID and find out. If you want it for keeps, get it from PlayNow.

Get the gossip

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Limited Warranty2 Year