Mobile phones GSM and 3G review 2008

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03.Profiles

The following models perform well in various categories, but if you want one to specifically suit your needs and budget, look at the results table.

Best overall

Samsung SGH-G600 (GSM)

Samsung SGH-G600 (GSM)Price: $515

Good points

  • Very good SMS performance.
  • Five megapixel camera.
  • Easily accessible removable memory card.
  • Can charge the phone via a USB port.
  • Can use standard stereo headphones.

Bad points

  • Music player can be confusing.

Good overall

Sony Ericsson W880i (3G & GSM)

Sony Ericsson W880i (3G & GSM)Price: $899

Good points

  • Very lightweight.
  • Bluetooth stereo support.
  • Can use standard stereo headphones.
  • Easy to transfer photos to a PC.
  • Can use phone as a removable drive.

Bad points

  • Two megapixel resolution only good enough for postcard-sized prints.

Best for music

Sony Ericsson W660i (3G & GSM)

Sony Ericsson W660i (3G & GSM)Price: $599

Good points

  • Has two sets of music player keys, one on the keyboard and one on the side of the phone.
  • Easily accessible removable memory card.
  • Standard headphone jack
  • Can use phone as a removable drive.

Bad points

  • Cursor control small fiddly and imprecise.

Good for music

Sony Ericsson W610i (3G & GSM)

Sony Ericsson W610i (3G & GSM)Price: $499

Good points

  • Has two sets of music player keys, one on the keyboard and one on the side of the phone.
  • Easily accessible removable memory card easily accessible.
  • Standard headphone jack.
  • Can use phone as a removable drive.

Bad points

  • Thin, hard keys can be uncomfortable to use.

Best for photography

Nokia N73 (3G & GSM)

Nokia N73 (3G & GSM)Price: $629

Good points

  • Has two lenses, one for photos and one for video.
  • Easily accessible removable memory card easily accessible.

Bad points

  • Music player difficult to use.

Best basic model

Nokia 2626 (GSM)

Nokia 2626 (GSM)Price: $109

Good points

  • Inexpensive.
  • Very good call handling.
  • Very good battery performance.
  • Standard headphone jack.

Bad points

  • Dual mode means limited support when travelling overseas.
  • No Bluetooth.
  • No music player.
  • No camera.

Where provided, prices are recommended retail, according to manufacturers in December 2007.

 

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