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Review: Sony Ericsson S710a

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If it does not come pre-configured from your carrier, setting up the browser is pretty complicated. However like other manufacturers, Sony Ericsson will send the settings to your phone from a web interface. Unfortunately, this is less reliable than similar web-based configuration from some other manufacturers.

Once setup, the browser is speedy and useful. The homepage has a link to Google and other useful sites. EDGE means you can download pages, even fairly large ones, quickly. This is especially advantageous since the browser is capable of reading fairly basic HTML pages in addition to WAP 1 and 2.

Sony Ericsson also implemented a few nice extras in the browser navigation, for instance the volume up and down buttons become page up and down when reading web pages or emails.

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The S710 plays both MIDI and mp3 ringers. The phone comes with a wide variety of ringtones from the standard to the unusual (like a woman singing "hey, your phone is ringing"), with a good number of dance tunes thrown in for good measure. Thanks to the Bluetooth, IR and even the email client, sending your own ringtone to the phone is just as simple as choosing a new one from any download service.

Sony Ericsson uses themes to customize the entire look of the interface. It changes the home screen, menus, dialog boxes and nearly everything else on the phone. The themes from Sony Ericsson are all very well put together. It is possible download homebrew themes or even create your own, but often they don't turn out as well. Once a theme is chosen, the only additional way to customize the look is to change the wallpaper or add an animated screensaver.

File Management
The File Manager serves as a memory and file management application for the whole phone, not just certain applications or media files. Files are sorted by type, then from within each list, the location (phone or Memory Stick), size and other data is available. From inside the list you can check on and manage each file type, including deleting them, viewing (or using) them, and sending them via Bluetooth, IR, or mail. Unless purchased with DRM, files can be moved, deleted and copied freely.

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