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Review: Sony Ericsson TM506

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The TM506's browsing performance is very good. Even with EDGE data speeds, the browser is very capable, and pulls down graphic-intensive sites quickly. What's even better, is that T-Mobile and Sony Ericsson have opened the TM506 up to Java apps, which means you can download and use Opera Mini, which is great for browsing the Web.

T-Mobile's home page loads quickly in both EDGE and 3G coverage areas. T-Mobile has recently revamped T-Zones a bit. The new layout is much cleaner and easier to navigate on. There is a search bar at the top that lets you perform mobile searches instantly.

The content on the home page is not different from that offered by most other carriers. You can get weather reports and news headlines. You can customize it to your location so that your local weather forecast shows up. You can optimize the view between full screen, landscape, and text only, as well as pan around and zoom within web pages.

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In 3G coverage zones, the browser was fast. Pages loaded quickly,
even those laden with lots of graphics or images. In EDGE coverage areas, it also performed well.



The TM506 comes with five preloaded themes, though three of them are nearly identical if you ask me. You can customize which four applications are accessed with the D-pad, you can add shortcuts to the shortcut menu at will, and of course each contact can be assigned unique ringtones and pictures. Setting pictures from your photo album to serve as the wallpaper is a snap, but there is a barely adequate number of pre-loaded ringtones. If there's a way to set your MP3s as ringtones, I couldn't find it.


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