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Review: Sony Ericsson S710a

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The S710 has a very bright QVGA 320 x 240 screen. Resolution is sharp and the colors are bright under all lighting conditions. The screen can easily double as a flashlight when fumbling around in the dark. Everyone notices the screen on this phone, especially in dark rooms or bars.

Sony Ericsson have really improved their antenna technology. The S710 can go toe to toe with the best any other manufacturer has to offer signal strength wise. Not only is it strong, but it is fast at seeking out alternative towers when signal gets lost. Although the phone will get enough signal to receive calls or messages when closed, even in weak reception areas, the quality of service noticeably improves when the phone is opened. However under normal conditions this is not necessary.

In addition to using this phone as a flashlight, it can also be used as a megaphone. This phone rings loud, is loud and clear during calls, and even louder when used in speakerphone mode. I found myself turning the volume down more often than up during calls. Adjusting the volume is quite easy using the volume up and down keys, which can be operated by feel during a call. When the phone is opened, the key functions are switched so up is still up even though the keys are turned around.

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The big, bright screen, CCD camera and other advanced features take their toll on the battery life. The S710a averages about 2 full days of use per charge. While sick, I discovered leaving the phone alone and making just a few phone calls per day will result in an extra day or two of battery life. However it's unlikely that any person who purchases this phone will be able to leave it alone for too long.


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