Sony Ericsson Hazel Review
The software running on the Sony Ericsson Hazel uses a straightforward and polished interface that would provide you with the tools needed to carry out day-to-day tasks such as calling, texting, using a calendar and even occasional social networking. Of course, navigating using the d-pad is not as enjoyable or intuitive as it is with a touchscreen, but it's not hard either.
We like this Sony Ericsson interface as it works quite snappy and you can even do a good deal of personalization to it through different themes. There are no interface novelties, compared to previous models running this software, aside from the new widget system, which is here to ease users who would like to have access to their social networks when out and about.
The Sony Ericsson Hazel sports a standard organizer, identical to the versions running on previous models of the manufacturer, i.e. proper (for a feature phone) calendar, alarms, calculator, torch, etc... nothing coming out of left field here. The phone book can store up to 1,000 separate entries with 7 numbers per person, i.e. no more than 7,000 telephone numbers, which should be more than enough even for bubbly socializing paragons. Speaking of them, such people would be thrilled to know the handset features a Facebook application that is quite functional (status updates, messages, comments, uploading and browsing of pictures, be it your own or belonging to your buddies). There are five home-screen widgets, for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Calendar and Walk Mate Eco and they are not just shortcuts, but dedicated applications. The three social networking widgets come with functionality that should be enough for people on the road. The calendar widget simply visualizes a list of upcoming events, while the Walk Mate Eco counts your steps and tells you the amount of CO2 saved by your choice to walk instead of drive. Finally, you can choose to activate any number of these at the same time, but only one is visible on the screen at a time and you need to scroll horizontally to switch between them.
The Sony Ericsson Hazel comes with standard messaging functionality with texts visualizing in threaded style. It´s a good thing the client handles multiple accounts, recognizes major email providers and sets everything up for you automatically. Of course, typing with the keypad cannot compare to a proper QWERTY layout, but is still comfortable and fast enough.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Sony Ericsson Hazel integrates a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. Its interface features a relatively rich set of options, like shooting modes, scene presets, focusing mode (including macro), timer, metering, white balance, effects, etc. The quality of snapshots taken outdoors and in proper lighting conditions is not halfway bad – with enough details and properly saturated colors. The overall quality of indoor snapshots is not bad as well, with the device failing to produce passable results in utter darkness only. The video capture capabilities of the handset are decent as well and you can take clips at a resolution of 640x480 pixels, 29 frames per second and with acceptable overall quality.
Sony Ericsson Hazel sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.
The Media menu hosts all multimedia playback applications. The Photo Gallery allows for browsing of pictures, Facebook albums, your camera album, photo feeds, web albums, etc.
The Music player is Sony Ericsson´s standard application available on other feature phones of the company and delivers a number of filtering options (by artist, album, genre, year, individual tracks). It also integrates SenseMe functionality to sort tracks by mood tags. All told, the music player is capable enough for everyday use
Sound through the loudspeaker comes out with a decent power, although we can't help but mention that it's also a bit lifeless, so to speak. Plugging the earphones in the proprietary jack naturally makes the experience a lot better, but it is still rather inconvenient to not have a standard 3.5mm jack, thus making it a lot more difficult for you to use your own earphones.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Sony Ericsson Hazel is equipped with a basic Access Netfront browser, which can easily handle mobile sites, but fails miserably when it comes to complex webpages. Once successfully loaded, you can scroll a webpage fairly smoothly using the d-pad, which isn't as comfortable as using a touchscreen, but will to the job, if web browsing is not at a respectable position in your desired features list.
The Hazel boasts Wi-Fi, as well dual-band 3G support (900/2100 MHz), which is perfectly good to provide you with fast data connection in Europe and Asia. The phone also comes with built-in GPS that can be used with the preloaded navigation app Wisepilot, which uses NAVTEQ maps. It's a pretty decent navigational software, since it offers turn-by-turn voice guidance for drivers and pedestrians, 3D view of the route, and location-based POIs. The bad news? It comes as a 30-day trial version.
1. Gerwin Sobremisana (unregistered)
This phone is worth every cent! I bought mine last July and got the black version. Sleek and classic. Feature wise, I am pretty impress with hte zappiness of it's interface plus the screen is a real estate. Also comes with preinstalled applications which is more than I can use and there's still a lot of available applications you can get for free on line. comes with WIFI for added connectivity. I really love this phone hope it just comes with a 3.5mm audio jack for headset. other than that, I'm truly satisfied with Hazel!
2. sInothOr (unregistered)
well how is facebook on that phone?can you show me a pic of facebook on it?ad can you appear online and talk to the chat of facebook?
3. rocker123 (unregistered)
i am here to tell you all the truth about sony ericsson elm and hazel , both phones are very bad...if someone want to buy for camera purpose.....please IGNORE these phones.I recently bought this phone and i am facing camera issue like many people who bought these phone.I called customer care and they said i am the only one who is facing this kind of problem.OK i am telling lie so why don't you see the picture sample in ths review , there are many RED and BLUE lines in pictures and search on net , in dark scene it will make your picture more worst.There is nothing good in these phone . PLEASE GO FOR NOKIA its FAR BETTER than SONY ERICSSON.....SE JUST MAKING US FOOL SELLING SCRAP....
4. frolicAmit (unregistered)
I went through the images in the review again and could not find "many RED and BLUE lines" in the outdoor pictures. As for Nokia take a look at the pictures taken from X6 in its review.
5. Cliff (unregistered)
Nokia has no comparison with SE. Nokia is worst in quality and also service.
6. leecher (unregistered)
Shut the fck up rocker123.....go and lick nokia compny owners ass......SE is far better thn nokia,If u want 2 take good pics at night go buy urself a digicam.even N8 has worst night or low light camera capabilities.K850 has a better flash then N8...
Afterall these phones are manufactured with a cause,even than it has rich set of features...keep that in mind u moron
7. Tom (unregistered)
Nokia has the most worst camera i have seen,Nokia N73 camera is the only one which has some what decent.But sony's 2MP is more good than Nokias 3.2.I have experienced by using SE k660 and Nokia N73.K660 snaps real images,which renders true colours not like N73. Nokia is like black&white camera,which lacks colour reproduction.
8. Symi (unregistered)
After 4 years loyal service from my Sharp GX33 I was really apprehensive about buying a new phone but am so far delighted with my Hazel. It has the same intuitive feel to it as the Sharp had, the keyboard and navigation keys are really easy to use and I have had no problems with either the camera or the Facebook interface. I would suggest that people be realistic about cameras in telephones - it is bonus, not the main function you buy a phone for! If you want a full spec camera, for goodness sake get a camera that comes up to your requirements..
9. Anurag Isaac Rout (unregistered)
Guys I am going to buy this phone. I hope i am taking a right decison. Please help me make a choice. Perhaps a better one but the features offered on this phone are unbeatable and I just wanted to know if The Slide would last for a long time of constant use. I am a heavy user.
10. VV (unregistered)
I am deciding if I should get this or the Xperia Mini Pro. I already own the E66 but if I get the Hazel, it is somewhat the same thing eh. I like the Xperia because it is a slider and touchscreen. Sadly, this phone isn't. Maybe it is not worth getting the Xperia because I am not so into data. Any suggestions?
11. Aivar to Anurag (unregistered)
Just to assure you - I´ve been using Hazel for almost a year now and it still looks, slides and works as when it was brand new. Been through water, dust, sand etc. but nothing seems to harm this piece of art. So by all means GET IT!:)
12. p89 (unregistered)
i planning to gift hazel for an friend. but, i not sure about the quality assurance. is this phone hang very fast? and how is the battery sustainability and picture capturing clarity?? hope i would get an better solution for my queries.
thank you, guys...
13. sudhir.042 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
hello sir i'm also using sony ericsson hazel j20 mobile but i dot know what happened its just simply showing a "insert sim card or view the demo of this phone" after inserting sim also
pls suggest me a solution to my mail firstname.lastname@example.org