Sony Ericsson Elm Mobile Phone Review

Sony Ericsson Elm is one of the so-called eco-friendly phones by the
company. The company’s ‘green’ handsets are mostly made of recyclable
plastic and will thus contribute less to the pollution of the planet
than any other mobile. It is quickly apparent that Elm is a phone for
SMS freaks.


Genius SMS keys

The keys are large and clear. These are organized into four rows down, a
clear distinction between each row. Vertically you will find very
little space that shares with the keys but because they are so big you
may find yourself press wrong keys.

The keys are also good at press and the semi-soft plastic makes Elm to a
suitable tool for communication freaks.


Navigation keys are nothing to say on; these are well marked and most
likely to be key locations that quickly fit into the fingers.

Curved back

Another thing that makes Elm a good phone is the design of the actual
phone. The reverse is actually curved so that it fits better in the hand
grip than the others with quite right angled phones. The lower part of
the back is also fluted giving you extra grip.

On the back, there is a camera. This is quite unprotected, and can
quickly get scratches when bring together with sharp objects. There is a
small abolished ring around the lens glass, in addition to the phone’s
circular curve, so that you can put the phone on the table without
damaging the camera.

Elm has two shortcut keys, both on right side: a camera button and a
double key to control call volume with.

Elm is very easy to operate and the weight of 90 grams helps to give
your phone a "cheap" feeling. But it is not a creaking track somewhere
and that set is build quality ensured.

Elm’s screen is of 2.2 inches high. The menus are pretty much the same
as other simple Sony Ericsson phones that has been released in recent
years. A small exception is that the menu icons in Elm have a slightly
different look than other models.

Smart Sleep

Although Elm is a "dumb" phone, it works well as an example that even
dumb phones is getting smart in their own way. Elm has received some
nifty shortcuts in standby mode.

By pushing up the four-way button brings up a new menu. Here are five
features that you can choose to display in standby mode: Calendar,
Facebook, and MySpace, Twitter and Walk feed eco (pedometer). You can
only see one of the features of the screen at a time but all may well be
activated simultaneously.

A little slow

Otherwise there is little to remark. Menu Options and functions are
logically set up and should not bid on the major challenges for young
people as well as older users. The menus can unfortunately be a little
slow sometimes. Are you fast on labs, you may get annoyed when you find
the phone take a bit more time to respond than your fingers!

Since Elm is a so-called environmental phone, the package is quite
small. There is not much in it:

  • Phone with battery
  • Chargers
  • Handsfree
  • Instructions

For those who put coffee or coke in your neck of the phone’s color, we
would like to reassure that it is also available in black.

Elm is a phone you can call home pretty much all over the world. The
fact supports all four GSM frequencies.

Much surfing technology

The mobile phone also has a lot of surfing technology: Edge, 3G and
super-3G. It means in practice that you get at least Edge speeds
wherever you are and broadband speeds when you surf the cities and urban
areas. Are you in the wireless zones; you can also surf with the free
Wi-Fi.

Local wireless communications have Elm’s Bluetooth; so you can transfer
pictures or other files onto your phone. If you have greater things to
transfer, such as music, you can use the supplied data cable.

 

The phone’s internal memory is 280 MB. Thinking about songs, you can
store around 50 items in your phone. If you want more, you can expand
your storage capacity with extra memory cards. You have to buy it
separately.

Setting up e-mail on Elm involves no headache. We tested with a Gmail
account, and needed just to enter your username and password. Once
that’s done, pick up the phone even down mailbox installation you need.

Customizes web pages to the screen

Basically the browser shows the Elm website as they are created as that
of PC monitors. You will be seen a very small portion of the website at a
time and quickly lose track. Scroll a bit in the settings of your
browser you will find a cleaner solution. This is called Smart fit. By
activating it, it is forcing the browser to show all the content into a
size suitable for display in Elm.

This is done in Opera Mini that you can see normal web pages on small
mobile screens. In Elm you don’t get any profit from it and it looks
slightly messier. You will, however, want a far better overview of the
site than in normal mode.

Talking on the phone with Elm is not a problem. The sound is clear and
fine at both ends. Battery life is not much to criticize. With moderate
use, you can count on having to recharge between every third and fourth
days.

Elm comes with "basic package" of the media features: Music player,
radio and camera.

It comes with a handsfree, which you can also use to listen to music. As
such handsfree, in general, cannot reproduce music as good as decent
headset. Handsfree kit included in Elm should, however, be used if you
just need music for a short time. If, however, you are keen to catch the
deeper layers of the music, then you might want to connect to a
wireless headset instead. Would you use headsets with standard audio
jack, you must purchase a transition from Sony Ericsson’s own plug.

Memory low

Internal Memory in the Elm is 280 MB, as mentioned previously. There is
no memory card in the pack, even if your phone supports this. Now-a-days
extra memory card is not at all expensive, so an additional investment
need not topple the economy account.

Sony Ericsson Elm also comes with a game: Quadrapop. However, it is not
difficult to buy and download more games through the media store PlayNow
if you wish.

Camera to Elm takes what one might call the middle of the tree images.
They are not sharp enough to give some wow-feeling, but not
catastrophically bad.

 

The images tend to be slightly faded under normal lighting conditions.
The camera can handle however dark fairly well and avoid destroying the
images with digital noise.

Colour reproduction is nothing to say on. When it comes to detail, the
graph shows that the Elm scored fairly high.

Specification

  • Size: 110.0 x 45.0 x 14.0 mm (4.3 x 1.8 x 0.6 inches)
  • Weight: 90.0 g (3.2 oz)
  • Screen : 262,144 colour TFT with 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
  • Available colours: Metal Black, Pearly Rose
  • Memory: Up to 280 MB, MicroSD support (up to 16 GB)
  • Battery performance
    • Talk time:
      • GSM/GPRS/EDGE
        850/900/1800/1900 – 10 hours
      • UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 – 4 hours
    • Standby time:
      • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 – 430 hours
      • UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 – 446 hours
    • Video call:
      • UMTS/HSPA – 3 hours
  • Camera: 5 megapixel up to 4x Digital Zoom
  • Music tones: MP3, AAC
  • Web:
    • Pan & zoom
    • Access NetFront Web Browser
    • Web feeds
    • Google search
    • Bookmarks
  • Entertainment:
    • Radio – FM radio with RDS
    • YouTube
    • Video streaming
    • Video Clip
    • Walk Mate
    • Tracker
    • Media
    • Java
    • 3D games
  • Connectivity:
    • USB support
    • USB mass storage
    • Modem
    • Google Maps
    • Bluetooth technology
    • Wi-Fi
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Exchange ActiveSync, Email
  • Organizer:
    • Timer
    • Tasks
    • Stopwatch
    • Phone book
    • Notes
    • Flight mode
    • Calendar
    • Calculator
    • Alarm clock
    • Torch functionality

Conclusion

Elm is the latest shot in the stem of the Sony Ericsson range of
environmental phones. The phone costs about $300.

At first glance there is little to distinguish between Elm from other
mobiles in classic format. But this phone is curved back which means
that it fits very comfortably in the hand. The great and good keys make
Elm a very good SMS phone.

The menus should be simple to understand for most and you can choose
between several ways of arranging the menu icons on.

Elm also has a little "smarter" sleep than other simple phones. You get
little mini-lists of services such as Facebook and calendar just in
sleep mode.

Unfortunately, the phone is a bit slow at times, and may irritate those
who like to use mobile phones in phantom speed.

Need an inexpensive phone to surf the web; Elm should be a highly
topical candidate. The fact is that it supports super-3G, 3G and EDGE as
well as Wi-Fi. Latter lets you surf for free within the wireless zones.

On the other hand, we can add that it is not difficult to use Elm to
send and receive e-mail. If, for example, to setup a Gmail account, you
only need to enter your username and password and the phone does the
rest itself.

Elm is a good phone to talk, and neither we nor counterparties had
problems with the sound.

When talking about sound, the sound of music playing is not very bad
either. Experts in sound will naturally cry on her nose, but the average
citizen should get along fine with the sound of Elm on the way to or
from work. If you listen to music in a long time and will have better
sound, we recommend connecting to a wireless headset instead. Elm has,
in fact, a normal audio jack.

Want to use your mobile as your daily music plays, you probably invest
in a memory card. This follows because it’s not included in the package
of Elm.

At the rear of the Elm is a 5 MP camera. This takes quite decent images.
However, they have a tendency to be slightly faded.

Thus, we think Elm is an above average good phone. It is good to write
SMS with, many surfing opportunities, simple e-mail and sound that are
not so very bad. Unfortunately it is too slow and missing a few elements
that it reaches all the way up.

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