Sony Ericsson Spiro review

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

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To describe the video recording offering on the Sony Ericsson Spiro as 'slight' would actually be quite charitable. However, it does record video, and if you squint hard enough you can see it below.

That's a 3GP format video recorded at 176 x 144 resolution and 15.8 frames per second (according to our analysis, anyway). It is roughly as good as you would expect video at that quality to be.

For those interested, we clocked the bitrate at around 0.2Mbps, so there was never going to a vast amount of detail on show. The lens struggles with the exposure to a degree, with the top of the shot appearing pretty blown-out.

The constant rippling of the water is choppy, as is even the slower movement of the swan. It's hard to even tell what the ducks at the start of the video are (but we can assure that, yes, they are ducks indeed).

It's not surprising for a handset of this budget, but the video is very poor. However, it is functional, and will capture large, simple things with just about enough clarity to not be mildly useful.

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