Sony Ericsson txt pro Review
The Sony Ericsson txt pro needs a SIM card to work, but once it's in there, you get the green light to dive into the corner Touch UI. Well, dive might not be the best word as the Touch UI is pretty shallow in comparison to even the most basic Android build, but with a feature phone that's what you get. The overall feeling is of sluggishness – the phone responds to your taps and touches, but does so with a perceivable lag all over the menus. It's not terribly bad, but it's there.
The txt pro offers rich contacts and messaging applications. With full QWERTY you can type away as fast as you wish, but if you choose not to use it, you'd have to struggle with a virtual T9 on-screen keyboard as there's no virtual full QWERTY option.
Except for the standard contacts application, which is pretty straightforward, your contacts are also brought together in the Friends app. It adds a layer of social networking integration to the standard phone number/email style of contacts. You have to first grant it access to your Facebook/Twitter accounts through the Settings menu, and then you're all set for reaching your buddies via those networks. The Friends application displays five of your favorite buddies with a big icon, a nice visual treat in the otherwise slightly ascetic Touch UI. If you use social networks a lot the app might prove to be somewhat useful, but the Friends app is no replacement for a native Facebook/Twitter app, which we don't have on the txt pro.
icons in the four corners of the interface. Accessing those is easy, while right in the middle are your three side scrollable home screens.
Sadly, even though the phone supports microSD cards of up to 32GB, we found some basic options like copy/paste/move of files missing. There was no file manager to help our cause of moving the files either.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Sony Ericsson txt pro comes with a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera, which lacks flash. A dedicated camera shutter key helps snap photos faster, but you'll also have to make do with a shutter sound which cannot be disabled. After each of the shots, you are automatically taken to the last picture taken, which can be a bit of a nuisance as it cannot be disabled and basically means that you can't snap two pictures quickly one after another.
Overall, the camera is as basic as it can get with no adjustable settings whatsoever. If you tone down your expectations, though, you'll find that it performs reasonably okay shooting stills with fairly accurate color reproduction and decent amount of details for such a low-level shooter.
recording video, again you have no settings, no complications – just the record and stop buttons. With the poor QVGA, or 320 x 240 pixels of quality, you don't need them as the video is only good for viewing on the small 3-inch screen.
Sony Ericsson txt pro Sample Video:
Multimedia playback on a 3-inch screen is not the best experience out there, but it's something we can imagine some will use. The txt pro only supports playback of MPEG-4 encoded videos at a resolution close to its native 240 x 400 pixels, but those we tried ran smoothly. The music application supports cover art and organizes your tracks by artist, song and album. The loudspeaker on the back of the phone produces loud and clear sound, increasing the chances of you using the phone as a portable media player.
Internet and Connectivity:
The lack of 3G might be one of the biggest drawbacks of the Sony Ericsson txt pro, but even with GPRS/EDGE and Wi-Fi support, the phone does have a basic Internet browser. Don't get your hopes too high – pages render terribly unnaturally on the small screen, getting divided into subpages, so that a single simple webpage will often load as two, three or more subpages depending on its complexity. Double tap and mutltitouch are a no go, and you can't even zoom in or out. Of course, you can always resort to Opera Mini, which works much better, but that's hardly an excuse for the stock browser on the handset.
The handset should also appeal to texters and Facebook/Twitter addicts, but again we have to stress that for both there is no app, only shortcuts to the mobile versions of the two websites, which is a downer given the browser.
In terms of connectivity, the handset sports Bluetooth and FM Radio with RDS, but no GPS or maps application.
1. JLHON (unregistered)
Ahhh... classic PhoneArena stuff... always "reviewing" the bad side of phones... but if it was made from Apple.... OMG this phone was great! 9/10... come on you guys be serious for a minute, it's true it may be a little crappy but for the price what do you expect? a 4/10... I dont think so...
2. bling bling (unregistered)
yes you are right it should have scored more 4 does not do justice , it should have scored atleast 3 or 2
5. JLHON (unregistered)
dont start crap... you know it's not fair... but anyways it's your opinion so whatever... 9_9
3. John (unregistered)
Nice cheap phone, until i saw, that it lacks 3G.. So it must not score more than 4 stars. Yeah, qwerty is nice, price is decent, but nowdays even the crappiest phone has such feature.
36. ferongr (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)
I've used it, it's a bad phone, does not deserve its pricetag. Even basic functions like Contacts and Messaging are badly thought-out.
4. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
SE start making some hardcore high end androids for the US. All we have is the Play and X10/X8. The Arc would've sold very well on a US carrier IMO.
6. funny (unregistered)
"We found it to be just a tiny bit harder to slide it in and out than we would like to, but you get used to it."
That's what she said. lol!
7. ana shahkira (unregistered)
menapa gprs x ade dlm senarai sony txt pro.....
8. navinya (unregistered)
i m very much excited abt this phone :-)
9. kunal (unregistered)
is this phone worth buying ????ths phn jst fits into my budgt.can u suggest some other mobile phones in ths range better thn ths.A QWERTY is must.
17. ulluboy.l (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
this is a nice qwerty at this budget. u can go for it.
10. mikerotch1993 (unregistered)
come on its a cheap phone that does the job right. Personally i think people who spent hundreds on phones are pretty dumb unless its like an iphone but if you wanna text people and call them why spend so much? i don't want 3G and i don't want a browser i have a laptop ffs
34. TXT Pro (unregistered)
Completely agree with you... has been reflected from its name TXT PRO! This TXT PRO is not a smartphone, why need 3G for sending TXT? Alternatively, use the WiFi for internet browsing!
12. lei (unregistered)
how do you use the SYM "ü" option in the keyboard for sony ericsson txt pro?
14. nobleboy44 (unregistered)
this option is for adding symbols in the msg
13. nimrat (unregistered)
I m using txt pro but does not know how to minimize a running application . Can anyone please help me and tell how to minimize an application .
22. joska (unregistered)
it doesnt have any OS so it's impossible to minimalize it
15. jithu (unregistered)
Hai Guys is that possible to hide display clock time home screen pls tell me i going to buy this. please tell me the + of the Phone And of the phone i am waiting for your reply
16. honey sing (unregistered)
awsome phn yrr i buy dis phn and its awsome to use widout 3g olso..
so guys dont give comment until u use it..a
wsome sony ericson...
18. r3mpuia (unregistered)
Main qualms I have with this phone:
1. Music, Camera, Phonebook, Messages, Dialling keypad (touchscreen) has only one accesspoint. Not even the shutter acts as a camera shortcut as most phones do. Also, you cannot set your personalized shortcuts anywhere.
2. Unability to use the up down button at the side for browsing the menu.
3. Calculator does not rotate and cannot be operated from the keypad. Which is a problem because the touchscreen sensitivity on the bottom corners is particularly useless. Which also creates problems when you want to end a phone call.
4. I am an avid fan of Sony Ericsson because I personally think their user interface is the easiest and most friendly to use. Even on phones costing as low as Rs.5000. This phone is NOT FRIENDLY. Even Micromax has much much better UI which is friendly even on their phones costing around Rs3000.
5. Sound is poor, especially on playbacks. Nokia gives much better sound clarity in their low end phones than this.
Dont buy. If you want qwerty, look somewhere else. if youre just looking for a phone which is smart and easy to use, get the Nokia X2-03 touch & type. Almost the same price. Youll be much happier with it.
19. r3mpuia (unregistered)
Oh, when I connect to my PC using the Mass Storage option, all my settings, especially the ringtoones- move bnack to default. Whats up with that huh??
32. ronron (unregistered)
coz you screwed it when you had it disconnected from your PC
20. andrejerman (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Do Anybody have bought it?
My only concern is about the review is the microphone quality of the headset because if you buy a phone you want to use it at least as a phone to call somebody. if you voice quality are poor it will be a real chaos right?
Could someone answer me is the reviewer just got a the "wrong" phone or is it the standard quality of all the headset ?
21. sophas6860 (unregistered)
its a nice phone and all but i have only had it for less then 2 weeks and it is already doin my head in... its bugging all the time i dont know why but its doin my head in.
ive deleted all my music evrything exept what was on it when i bought it, but it still buggs for me it was a nice phone exellent handling and quick texting but the buggs aww so annoying does anyone know what too do ?
23. janefer lanot (unregistered)
question is -pano mag open nang games sa txtpro..na dinaoad ko sa ck15 erecson text pro.
25. ax_92 (unregistered)
anyone can teach me how to use wifi from txt pro???.......
33. TXT Pro (unregistered)
Go to SETTINGS and select CONNECTIVITY. Tap WIFI to turn it on (if it has not turned on), then tap ADD WIFI NETWORK (if you want to set manually), otherwise you can use REFRESH NETWORKS. Remember to SAVE at the bottom of the screen.
27. sanhga (unregistered)
hey i own ths phone..it plays viddeos very loudly!! bt unable to play mp3 so loud..its really dum!! are u too faicng this prob??? if not dn wat shud i do?? if there wud hav been ne prob in speakers dn video sound quality wud hv been low too..but its really strng..help me out!!
28. sonam singh (unregistered)
I want to purchase this mobile.is this ok .
pz suggest me
29. sonam singh (unregistered)
i m very much confuse abt nokia x3-c02 and txt pro.so plz tell me which should i take.and tell about battery backup.which is best for back up and performance..
30. sonam singh (unregistered)
is there text editor or txt reader...plz reply me..
31. madisoncmjenkins (unregistered)
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35. ferongr (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)
My father decided to buy a mobile phone without consulting me and he bought that. Played with it for one or two hours.
Those are my thoughts, taking in account you can buy good Android phones for the same price or less.
1: User experience: Pretty abysmal. For occasional lockups, to sliding gestures mistaked as taps to jerky animations, it felt painful overall. There are no two finger gestures either. The contact list has no search-as-you-type function, rather, you enter text and it filters afterwards. It also seems the phone does not support delivery status on SMS messages.
2: QWERTY Keyboard: Decent feel and spacing, although the backlight is very dim, making it hard to use in certain lighting conditions.
3: Display: Mediocre contrast, bad viewing angles, loves smudging.
While it might not seem very bad at first glance in the store, there are many small annoyances and problems that make the experience frustrating. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, when you can buy a superior Android handset for the same money.
37. srishti (unregistered)
very disappointing handset..sony txt pro..a really bad xperience//
38. Raj02 (unregistered)
Guys i wanna buy this mobile.. plzzzzzzzz tell me how is audio output in and out...
39. dhargi (unregistered)
heyy any body teach me how to send video to other mobile via buletooth from sony ericsson ck15i.
40. dhargi (unregistered)
i suggest not to buy sony ericsson txt pro instead of it u can buy xperia x10 mini pro coz in this mobile there is problem of hanging at each and every moment.
41. omarfloresx (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
i bought this phone in mexico so that i could use it in the US once unlocked. its exactly what i wanted in terms of size and feel. im tired of all these 4-5in android smartphones which the only thing they manage to do properly is add more surface area for the radiation to reach your brain. the keyboard is great but i could not find any traces of the friend app or get the WIFi to work but i think it has to do with an update that i havent done because SE updates aren't supported on macs. id give it a 5.5/10 and if it had the errors fixed 8/10, in the feature phone category
43. shakluvsu (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)
HORRIBLE.PHONE. I've had this phone for about 5 months and it sucks!
You cannot listen to youtube videos, has very low memory space, sometimes spazzes out while being charged, will not open contacts for DAYS after being turned off and on, cannot save or lock messages. I don't think its a good phone for the price.
44. nesan (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
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45. jabba (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)
This phone looked like a good concept- a smaller, tactile text phone. But it looks like they released it before actually testing it. The scroll down feature for seeing your incoming texts basically doesnt really work or should I say barely works. You swipe your finger one millimeter out of the 1 inch swiping zone- it will go all the way to the beginning of your conversation. Its super buggy . you really have to press hard and slow on the screen if not it will tap a 1/3 of an inch below. Why bother putting any extras on it like facebook when ending a simple call on it is a challenge....Also heres the kicker-- when you are on a call, everytime you put your finger about an inch away from the screen, the screen sleep mode, like its trying to screw with you.
Overall this phone should never have left the Sony Eriksson factory. Looks bad for them.