UK Mobile Phone Review

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

LG KC910 Renoir

12 month contract. This is the best deal so far on LG’s top-selling touchscreen, 8 megapixel cameraphone. Free on T-Mobile Combi 30 (12m) with 300 minutes and 200 texts per month. Line rental is £29.36 per month and you can claim £146.80 cash back, which is equal to 5 months free. This is a brilliant deal for a phone that costs over £300 to buy without a contract.

The LG KC910 Renoir is an 8 megapixel cameraphone with a 3 inch touchscreen and an impressive specification. The camera promises excellent photos with a Schneider Kreuznach lens, xenon flash plus face, smile and blink detection. It can record video at up to 120 frames per second and has a TV out socket and slow motion playback.

The Renoir is a 3G phone with videocalling. It also has HSDPA, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth and GPS for geo-tagging your photos with their exact location. There’s a decent organiser with a document viewer supporting PDF, Microsoft Word and Excel files. The advanced media player features Dolby sound, Xvid and DivX video playback. Fabulous!

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Nokia E71 Black

The Nokia E71 is now available in black, and it looks much smarter than the original white or grey versions. It’s free on Orange contracts and you can save up to £5 per month if you order online.

The Nokia E71 is a professional QWERTY phone, and the successor to the E61. It’s a Symbian smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a 2.4 inch display. Measuring just 10mm this is a very slim messaging device. Email is well supported with plenty of configuration options including Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail and Microsoft Exchange.

Unlike the lower-priced Nokia E63, the Nokia E71 has GPS and comes loaded with the latest Nokia Maps application. The 3 megapixel autofocus camera also makes use of GPS by geo-tagging your photos with their exact location. The E71 has excellent web browser capabilities and performs well with the most complex of sites.

Wi-Fi, 3G and HSDPA ensure high speed mobile internet almost anywhere. The impressive QVGA screen boasts 16 million colours and is great for watching films, if converted to an MPEG4 format. Hot swappable 8GB microSD memory cards can be used to store music, movies and documents. The E71 has basic Office applications pre-installed and extra applications can easily be installed on the Symbian OS.

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Samsung Pixon in Pink

The Samsung Pixon is one of the UK’s most popular phones and it’s now available in pink. You can get one for free on an 18 month contract with Orange for just £34.26 per month, or on a 12 month contract from £37.19 per month. There are a wide range of tariffs to choose from and you’ll receive a line rental discount if you order online.

The Samsung M8800 Pixon is a full touchscreen cameraphone with a built-in GPS receiver. The 8 megapixel autofocus camera can take photos with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. It can capture high resolution video at 30 frames per second and it has auto-panarama, image stalisation, smile detection and blink detection.

There’s also a secondary video call camera. The Samsung Pixon is a 3G phone with HSDPA support. It has a GPS receiver for geotagging photos but unfortunately there is no Wi-Fi. The 3.2 inch touchscreen uses Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, sensitivity is good and the screen provides haptic feedback.

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Pink Sony Ericsson W595 out now on T-Mobile

Free and under £20 per month on Direct Combi 20, with 200 minutes and 400 texts per month.

The Sony Ericsson W595 is a mid range slider with 3G and a whole host of Walkman goodies. It has the latest Walkman music player, Shake Control, SenseMe for automatically generating playlists depending on your mood and TrackID music recognition for identifying unknown music. The W595 also has a dual 3.5mm jack socket, allowing two people to listen to music at the same time, which is a simple but brilliant idea. Memory can be expanded up to a respectable 8GB using a memory card.

The 3.2 megapixel camera features photo blogging, pictures can easily be shared with friends and family within minutes. The W595 can also record video and the 2.2 inch screen has an accelerometer. Videos and photos can be viewed in landscape mode by turning the phone sideways. Other features include HSDPA, a web browser, email, FM/AM radio and stereo Bluetooth. With 9 hours of talk time this is a practical and purposeful Walkman phone, bound to be very popular.

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Nokia 5800 with 6 months free line rental

The best deal so far on our most popular phone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. It’s free on T-Mobile Combi 30 (12m) and comes with £176 cash back, equal to 6 months free line rental. Line rental is £29.36 per month and gives you 300 minutes and 200 texts per month.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a 3.2 inch touchscreen and the latest S60 interface, especially adapted for touch control. As the XpressMusic name suggests, this is a fantastic music phone. Supporting microSD cards up to 16GB there’s plenty of storage for music and video files. There’s an accelerometer, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio and a TV out port for viewing videos or playing the built-in games on your big screen.

The camera on the Nokia 5800 has 3.2 megapixels and a dual LED flash. This might not sound impressive but it has a high quality Carl Zeiss and that makes all the difference. Photographs are noticeably better compared to those taken with an iPhone or with an older generation cameraphone. The built-in web browser is excellent. The screen renders quickly and web pages can be dragged with a finger swipe or zoomed with a double tap on the screen. The Nokia 5800 has 3G, HSDPA and Wi-Fi. There’s also a built-in GPS receiver and a special touchscreen version of Nokia Maps is pre-installed. Don’t forget it’s also a phone! The on-screen numeric keypad makes dialling easy and there’s a choice of on-screen QWERTY keyboards or handwriting recognition for text input.

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New Sony Ericsson C510 with 8 months free

The new Sony Ericsson C510 is out now and it’s free on a 12 month contract with up to 8 months free line rental.

The Sony Ericsson C510 is the latest in the popular Cyber-shot range of cameraphones. The C510 is crammed with plenty of technology and is everything you would expect from Sony Ericsson. It comes nicely packed with a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, which affords a sharp, clear image; and is stylishly protected by an elegant and tasteful sliding lens cover. Of course the C510 comes with all the latest high quality imaging technologies that we have become accustomed to from the Cyber-shot range including autofocus, autorotation and face detection, all of which allow for the impeccable snapshot. Along with all this the Cyber-shot’s ‘Smile Shutter’ technology detects a smile and takes the shot at the ideal moment for a perfect photo.

With its 2.2 inch QVGA screen (240×320 pixels), which makes for pleasant viewing, the C510 makes the most of its innovative camera technologies. Its uncomplicated layout and simple display ensures the phone is very user friendly. The Sony Ericsson C510 is elegant, stylish, slim and light (only 92g), but with all this it doesn’t have the fragile feel that besets some phones. This combined with a standby time of up to 400 hours and call times of up to 10 hours, means the Sony Ericsson C510 will be difficult to put down.

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New Sony Ericsson W705 on Orange and O2

The new Sony Ericsson W705 is free on Orange with 9 months half price line rental on Dophin 30 (12m). If you’re after a new mobile this one is definitely worth a look.

The Sony Ericsson W705 is a Walkman slider phone with a smart look and great music features. Weighing 98 grams, it’s an elegant slider, albeit a little chunky with a depth of around 14mm. But the overall style compensates for the lack of a slender build. As you would expect from any Walkman phone, it comes packed with all the music features that give it its status. It has TrackID intelligent audio recognition, SenseMe mood playlists, Shake control, an FM radio, stereo Bluetooth and YouTube service built in. You would be hard pressed to be disappointed with respect to the phones audio capabilities.

With both HSDPA (3.5G) and Wi-Fi, the W705 has high speed data transfer whether you’re at home, in the city or on the move. Equipped with a decent 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, cell-ID geo-tagging and video record, the W705 is also a capable cameraphone. The 2.4 inch screen has an accelerometer, which allows the display to automatically rotate when the phone is turned on its side. There’s 120MB of internal memory and a 4GB memory card in the box. This should be adequate to store a good number of images and music tracks, if you need more the memory card can be expanded up to 16GB. The Sony Ericsson W705 is ideal for people who like music and entertainment. It’s an ideal package for those looking for a good value, high quality, music phone with a slider design.

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Nokia 6500 classic only £78 on PAYG

Great price for one of Nokia’s most stylish and functional 3G phones. You’ll need to buy a £10 airtime voucher but delivery is free. Available while stocks last at Mobiles2YourDoor, who are actually Phones 4U only under a different name. The offer is available only online, you can’t get this in Phones 4U stores.

The Nokia 6500 classic is just 9.5mm thick and weighs 95g, which is relatively light for a 3G phone. Similar in size to the more advanced Nokia 6120 classic smartphone, the 6500 classic is the more attractive of the two. It’s rounded edges, chrome trim and clean lines pitch it as a 3G fashion phone. It has a 2 megapixel camera and a built-in MP3 player. The 6500 classic comes with a generous 1GB of internal memory.

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SIM Only Deals on O2

300 minutes and 300 texts for just £14.68 per month. No commitment. Plus £15 cash back, equal to your first months line rental free.

With SIM only there’s no commitment, it’s just a 30 day rolling contract. If you spot a better offer or decide to take a new contract deal with a free phone at a later date then you’re free to switch by giving 30 days notice.

If you want loads of minutes and texts for a small monthly cost then a SIM only deal will be your cheapest option. Just plug the SIM card into your existing mobile phone. If your phone is locked to a network then you will need to order a SIM only deal on that particular network. If your phone is unlocked you can use a SIM card from any network.

Other tariffs and networks are also available, starting at just £9.79 per month for 150 minutes and 300 texts.

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