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Sony Ericsson J220

 

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Primitive, but not bad

 

Sep 28, 2007 by Globhead

The j220a is one of the last of an older Sonyericsson platform. No MP3 ringers (not even small files). No XHTML WAP, which means most of the current mobile versions of websites will not work. The MIDI player isn't even very good.

However, it actually has a few good features that were not always phone on older, bottom-rung prepaid phones:

Voice volume is loud enough, even for slightly noisy situations.

The menu is pleasant-looking and easy to use.

The display lands right in the middle of acceptable. It has kind of a washed look, but it is much easier to view in sunlight than the latest batch of cheap Nokias.

A very simple-yet-effective set of navigation keys.

It can use any downloaded sound for ringers, SMS alerts, or the alarm clock.

As is now common, it can do a multi-day alarm (eg, monday-friday only, or any combo you set).

Tips and stuff:

AMR sounds (low-quality audio format) will play in an MMS, but the phone won't save them from messages or wml websites. But you can rename the .amr to a .mid, and the phone will save it and use it for a ringer.

The browser does not work with xhtml websites, and wml is much less common. But there are two ways around this:
1. Google's wml version of their mobile website:
http://wap.google.com/wml?wmlmode=wml

2. This handy directory of wml websites:
http://yeswap.com

YesWAP also has a page to go directly to Google's wml conversion of any website, without having to "find" it first:
http://yeswap.com/goto.wml

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Good, extremely cheap phone

 

Mar 4, 2007 by stocklirider

This phone can be had for less than $50 these days pretty much anywhere.

Overall, pretty nice design. Very sturdy and well built.

+ Excellent Battery Life
+ Well built
+ Cheap
+ Small

- Background Hiss during calls
- Owners Manual is worthless

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Not bad but very basic

 

Mar 1, 2007 by tszefr

Quite a stark difference from the W810i! Feels reasonably sturdy though.

Positive:
* Decent sound.
* Reasonable display.
* Nice keyboard; discrete keys.
* Respectable RF performance.

Negative:
* No java.
* Lame browser
* No IR, blue tooth, USB, etc.
* Staggered keyboard layout.
* Separate phone book handling for email, limit 10.
* No phone book facility for multiple numbers per name.

Conclusion: If you want a nice basic phone and little or no email or data this should fill the bill.

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Cute reliable phone!

 

Feb 19, 2007 by ralph0722

Please be aware that this phone is sold under prepaid service so is basic. No camera. No bells & whistles. But it has 2 very good points to his favor: Good signal and good battery life. Also its very durable. The phone is very easy to carry and it fit nicely in the pocket. Volume is very loud. Very good phone for starters.

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