Review: Sony Ericsson S710a
Composing a message is one of the few times the S710 needs to be opened. As seems to be the standard shortcut now, hitting left on the D-Pad starts a new message dialog. However instead of defaulting to an SMS, the dialog starts by asking whether you want to create a text or picture message. After the initial selection, composing a message is quick and easy.
Despite other delays in the interface, T9 keeps up relatively well with fast fingers. The T9 dictionary comes populated with many SMS abbreviations, and it's easy to add more.
Composing picture messages is very simple, our only issue with the MMS composer would be that you have to navigate to the options menu to finally send the message.
Addressing messages is easier than normal since the address screen is pre-populated with the last 10 contacts or numbers you sent messages to. You rarely need to leave this screen and actually look up a or enter a phone number.
Reading and receiving both types of messages is simply and obvious, just as it is on most phones.
The S710 also supports sending and receiving email on both POP3 and IMAP4 accounts. It is possible to setup multiple accounts on the phone, however only one can be active at a time. There are a number of options for downloading mail - how many of the most recent messages to retrieve, how much of those messages to download, and even how often to get mail if you set scheduled downloading. After the mail is downloaded, reading and writing email is the same as in the SMS inbox.
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