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Sony Ericsson Spiro review

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

Our Verdict

While it does have some features to recommend it (especially the excellent build quality), there's some problems too.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 5 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 4.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Build quality
  • Price
  • General ease of use
  • Decent features for the price
  • Screen

Against

  • Software crashes
  • Poor camera
  • No included USB cable
  • Internet problems
  • Call quality

The Sony Ericsson Spiro launched alongside the Zylo, its Walkman-branded slider brother-in-arms. While the Zylo used its FLAC audio support as its unique selling point, the Spiro doesn't really have a comparable feature, so what's to recommend it?

While we generally abhor clichés, it's hard to deny that the Sony Ericsson Spiro is both small and perfectly formed. Media playback includes music, photos and videos via the built-in Walkman software, and there's a 3.5mm headphone socket.

Internet connectivity is provided by Edge connectivity, while a 2-megapixel camera snaps images and videos you can view on the 2.2-inch 240 x 320 (QVGA) screen.

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All of these are pretty mild as far as modern specs go, so let's skip to the good part: the Spiro is available for as little as £40-£50 on Pay As You Go. While we all enjoy drooling over the latest and greatest smartphones, let's not forget the giant section of people who want PAYG phones and don't want to spend £400.

Not that the modern digital age has been completely forgotten – a web browser and Facebook and Twitter applications can both be found on the feature list.

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Rounding out the Spiro's specs are the addition of Sony Ericsson TrackID song-recognition software and an FM radio, as well as a micro-USB port for charging and connection to PC and Bluetooth. Sony's PlayNow service is included for downloading media and software.

The meagre 5MB of on-board memory can be supplemented by a microSD card up to 16MB.

In the box you get the phone, some instructions, a mains charger and a hands-free kit/earphones. As with the Zylo, no USB cable is included, so you'll need to find your own way to get music onto the memory card, or pictures off the phone.

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The Sony Ericsson Spiro is available in Stealth Black (our review model), Contrast Black, Spring Green and Sunset Pink.

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

Spread the word. Learn what's hot. Chat in style. Stay connected with the Sony Ericsson Spiro - a phone with Facebook and Twitter.

Limited Warranty2 Year