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Sony Ericsson Spiro a

Announced
Apr 13, 2010
Market status
Released

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Lacks Wi-Fi
  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (EDGE)
  • Low pixel density screen (182 ppi)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.66 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 320 pixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks an e-mail client
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

Sony Ericsson Spiro is a dual-band GSM slider phone for the music fans. It has a QVGA display, 2MP camera, microSDHC card slot, stereo Bluetooth, and organizer.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Feature phone
  • Form factor:
    • Slider
  • Dimensions:
    • 3.62 x 1.89 x 0.66 inches (92 x 48 x 16.75 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.17 oz (90 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (136 g)
  • Design features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys (2), D-Pad
  • Colors:
    • Black, Pink, Green

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 182 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Colors:
    • 262 144

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video calling

Hardware

  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.005 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 16 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 4.50 hours
      the average is 12 h (714 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 19.8 days (476 hours)
      the average is 20 days (491 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 20.00 hours
  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album
    • Features:
      • Background playback, Music recognition
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
  • Radio:
      • FM, RDS
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Obigo Q7
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Twitter

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Flashlight, Calculator, Timer, Stopwatch, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • JAVA:

    JAVA - J2ME (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) is a technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). J2ME consists of programming specifications and a special virtual machine, the K Virtual Machine, that allows a J2ME-encoded program to run in the mobile device.

      • Yes
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol, Object Push (OPP)
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
    • Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 09 Jun 2010
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        PY7A1880026 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.08 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.62 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 13 Apr 2010

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Stereo portable handsfree, Charger, User documentation
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