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Sony Ericsson Elm review

Adding a dash of eco-appeal to a decent phone

Although the user interface is mostly typical higher mid-level Sony Ericsson, the Elm adds to the D-pad and Activity menu shortcuts with a widgets feature on the homescreen.

A widget manager – accessible as one of the D-pad shortcuts with an 'up' click – enables you to select from a limited number of widget options to post mini apps on the homescreen that provide quick updates.

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These include calendar, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter functions, plus one for Sony Ericsson Walk Mate Eco pedometer application.

Once selected, these sit on the homescreen, and you can switch between them, so you can see regular updates from whichever of the online services you use.

The widgets do work neatly for a phone like this. The Facebook status updates appear, for example, with thumbnail pics of friends with comments that carousel automatically when you click on the widget, and you can add your own status update, comments and so on.

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You can toggle sideways between widgets you've activated, so you can follow tweets on Twitter and then slip into Facebook or MySpace with a side-click of the D-pad. All nice and easy, and you can enter straight into the full application by selecting a softkey menu option.

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The overall phone navigation set up is straightforward to operate. The main menu structure is essentially based around a conventional grid of function or folder icons with subsequent sub-menus arranged in lists of options – occasionally tabbed if required for multiple categories.

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This is mostly conventional and intuitive stuff and the D-pad is responsive enough for easy navigation and selection.

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