Mobile phones GSM and 3G review 2008

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02.Results

  Performance
Model 3G OverallScore Price ($) Battery Sensitivity Everyday Use Ergonomics SMS
Samsung SGH-G600 69 515 69 71 80 54 81
Sony Ericsson W610i 68 499 70 73 61 68 61
Sony Ericsson W880i 68 69 73 62 63 64
Sony Ericsson W660i 67 599 66 77 62 66 61
Samsung SGH-D900i 67 599 61 74 82 56 69
Sony Ericsson T650i 67 899 62 73 61 68 63
Sony Ericsson K550i 67 449 71 73 61 65 64
Nokia 6288 66 449 57 78 80 58 75
Nokia 6233 66 389 67 74 80 59 68
Nokia 5300 Xpress Music 66 50 76 78 54 76
Sony Ericsson S500i 66 199 60 78 68 59 64
Nokia 2626 66 109 83 80 70 58 62
Nokia 5700 Xpress Music 66 559 67 70 63 61 71
Nokia 3110 Classic 65 260 55 70 78 64 67
Nokia 8600 Luna 65 720 57 80 80 49 75
Nokia 6300 65 389 55 76 75 59 68
Nokia 6070 65 199 72 78 79 66 73
Motorola MOTOKRZR 65 630 66 80 65 46 49
LG KE850 Prada 65 899 58 77 64 56 53
Nokia 6120 Classic 64 549 61 71 64 62 65
Nokia 7500 Prism 64 399 47 73 75 57 75
Nokia 6110 Navigator 64 759 64 70 64 51 71
Nokia N73 64 629 70 67 63 61 63
Samsung SGH-U700V 64 599 56 68 70 51 59
Motorola Motorazr² V8 64 749 52 76 73 38 73
Samsung SGH-J600 63 299 60 86 77 51 56
Nokia 6080 63 219 69 77 75 61 69
Samsung SGH-L760 62 399 59 65 70 53 61
Nokia N93i 62 1029 69 72 64 38 63
Nokia 5200 62 309 62 76 77 47 74
Nokia 1600 62 89 85 74 60 51 45
Nokia N76 61 679 43 68 64 54 71
Nokia 1110i 61 79 76 73 62 54 51
 
 

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Features Specifications
Model Sound Quality Music Picture Quality Versatility Portability Durability Dimensions Digital Camera Resolution (MP)
Samsung SGH-G600 69 68 61 64 68 105 102 x 48 x 16 5
Sony Ericsson W610i 69 71 61 75 73 93 102 x 46 x 14 2
Sony Ericsson W880i 60 69 64 72 84 71 103 x 47 x 11 2
Sony Ericsson W660i 63 72 61 72 72 93 102 x 46 x 14 2
Samsung SGH-D900i 72 51 63 59 78 82 104 x 51 x 15 3
Sony Ericsson T650i 68 67 69 61 72 97 104 x 47 x 14

3.2

Sony Ericsson K550i 64 63 61 68 70 95 102 x 47 x 17 2
Nokia 6288 63 37 69 79 51 119 99 x 47 x 23 2
Nokia 6233 63 52 63 66 64 111 109 x 47 x 19 2
Nokia 5300 Xpress Music 57 68 63 84 59 107 93 x 49 x 22 1.3
Sony Ericsson S500i 68 62 65 71 73 94 99 x 47 x 14 2
Nokia 2626 52 N/A N/A 37 77 91 104 x 43 x 18
Nokia 5700 Xpress Music 68 47 64 79 60 115 108 x 51 x 17 2
Nokia 3110 Classic 64 N/A 56 73 74 87 109 x 46 x 16 1.3
Nokia 8600 Luna 68 35 58 65 55 143 107 x 46 x 17 1.9
Nokia 6300 56 40 67 72 74 94 107 x 44 x 15 2
Nokia 6070 59 N/A 25 54 72 92 105 x 45 x 19 0.3
Motorola MOTOKRZR 68 50 56 73 71 102 103 x 43 x 17 2
LG KE850 Prada 63 54 61 71 77.75 85 99 x 54 x 12 2
Nokia 6120 Classic 67 42 63 67 75 89 105 x 46 x 16 2
Nokia 7500 Prism 62 58 62 64

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83 109 x 44 x 15 2
Nokia 6110 Navigator 69 29 62 82 52 126 101 x 49 x 20 2
Nokia N73 63 49 72 65 49 116 111 x 50 x 21 3.2
Samsung SGH-U700V 67 49 61 73 79 86 103 x 50 x 12 3.2
Motorola Motorazr² V8 70 40 61 64 66 118 103 x 54 x 12 2
Samsung SGH-J600 68 48 53 49 76.75 86 98 x 46 x 16 1.3
Nokia 6080 59 N/A 26 54 69 93 105 x 45 x 20 0.3
Samsung SGH-L760 71 56 54 57 73 93 100 x 47 x 17

2

Nokia N93i 66 54 69 75 24 164 109 x 61 x 26 3.2
Nokia 5200 57 57 35 66 60 103 92 x 49 x 23 0.3
Nokia 1600 60 N/A N/A 22 76 82 104 x 45 x 18
Nokia N76 61 30 66 77 66 115 107 x 52 x 14 1.9
Nokia 1110i 59 N/A N/A 21 77 80 104 x 44 x 18

Table notes

The following are explanations of how we arrived at the scores you'll find when using our table above or interactive database.

Overall score
The overall score is based on a combination of the following scores:

  • Battery life: 17.5%
  • Sensitivity: 12%
  • Sound quality: 9%
  • Music quality: 5%
  • Everyday use: 9%
  • Picture quality: 10%
  • SMS: 10%
  • Versatility: 10%
  • Portability: 7%
  • Durability: 5.25%
  • Ergonomics: 5.25%

Battery score
This score is mainly based on the time-in-use, but we also considered the charging time, the battery’s weight and the battery status warning.

Sensitivity score
In both the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands we measured the phones’ sensitivity and sending power.

Sound quality score
For both incoming and outgoing calls, we carried out a number of acoustic measurements, such as frequency response. In addition, a user panel subjectively rated the sound quality of calls.

Music quality score
We measure the ability of the phone to perform as a music player. If a phone doesn’t have this ability, or the company indicates one of it's primary purposes is not to play music (for example by providing mono ear phone only), the score for music quality isn’t zero; instead the weighting for the music quality score may be shown as (N/A) and the scores are distributed evenly across the other category scores.

Daily use/SMS/Ergonomics scores
A user panel assessed the following:

  • Instruction manual.
  • Daily use (for example, ease of answering a call, storing a number into memory and dialling a number stored into memory).
  • SMS use (writing and receiving an SMS, and suitability of the display for SMSing).
  • Ergonomic features, such as the ease of using the keys and menus.

Picture quality score
Where applicable, we assessed the phone's digital camera, the display quality, and the transfer and storage of pictures. If a phone doesn't have a camera, the score for picture quality isn't zero; instead the weighting for the picture quality score is distributed evenly across the other scores.

Versatility score
We checked each phone against a list of features and functions, and assessed their suitability as a mobile office and for fun and games.

Portability score
Among other things we assessed the weight and volume of the phones and the ease of locking and unlocking the keypad.

Durability score

  • Shock resistance: We put the phones in an 80 cm diameter barrel that was then turned, simulating falls from, say, a table or out of a shirt pocket. After five, 15 and 25 turns the phones were checked for damage. There was a maximum of 50 falls. This is a fairly severe test.
  • Water resistance: We stored the phones in hot, damp conditions, and carried out a rain test.
  • Workmanship: We assessed the build-quality of the phones.
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