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Sony Ericsson TM506

Announced
Aug 21, 2008
Market status
Released
Release date
Sep 8, 2008

US carrier availability

Discontinued: T-Mobile

Pros

No pros

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.69 inches inches)
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

Sony Ericsson TM506 is a GSM clamshell with support for the 1700 MHz 3G band, used by T-Mobile USA. It has QVGA color display and monochrome external one, 2-megapixel camera, microSD slot, and integrated GPS.

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Design

  • Dimensions:
    • 3.70 x 1.90 x 0.69 inches (94 x 48 x 18 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.40 oz (96 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)
  • Features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys

Display

  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • 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
  • Additional display:

    Additional display - Shows specs of the phone's additional display

      • Yes
    • Resolution:

      Resolution - Refers to the width and the length od the additional display

      • 128 x 36 pixels

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Software Features:
      • Digital zoom
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes

Hardware

  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.035 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • Memory Stick Micro (M2)

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 950 mAh
  • User replaceable:
    • Yes
  • Talk time:
    • 9.50 hours
      the average is 14 h (838 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 10.4 days (250 hours)
      the average is 16 days (389 h)

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 1700/2100, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • UMTS, HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s

Phone features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
  • Other features:
    • Voice recording

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS
  • Other:
    • Computer sync
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Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 21 Aug 2008

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 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

      • 18 Jun 2008
      • FCC ID value:

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

        PY7A3132011 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 1.40 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz
    • Body:
      • 0.89 W/kg
    • Measured in:
      • 1900 MHz

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