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Sony Ericsson Hazel Review

Sony Ericsson Hazel

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Sony Ericsson Hazel Review
As far as call quality goes on this eco-friendly handset, we can say that it does a pretty decent job. Both incoming and outgoing sound quality is above average, with strength being just enough. Voices sound more on the natural side, although we weren't exactly blown away by what we heard from the Sony Ericsson Hazel's earpiece.

Sony Ericsson has supplied the Hazel with a Li-Polymer battery that is rated for 10 hours of talk time or 18 days of standby. These numbers are satisfying, given the Hazel's feature-phone, but still feature-rich nature.


We love eco-friendly phones. To know that your gadget is made with the environment in mind is nothing short of great, and we truly appreciate Sony Ericsson's efforts in this area. We love green gadgets especially when their eco-friendliness doesn't come at the expense of features, because we love features too. Lots of them! Although not yet a smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Hazel manages to combine those two aspects by being green and featuring stuff like 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 5MP camera with flash.

Moreover, it does most of the things it is supposed to do in a pretty decent manner, with a usable 12-key numpad for texting, feature-rich social networking apps, as well as decent 5MP photos and VGA videos.

Already said this before, but it would be great if we see these green initiatives adopted by other big name phone manufacturers. Imagine HTC releasing an eco-friendly Android smartphone, or Apple replacing the gorilla glass from the iPhone 4 with recycled plastics! These times surely seem to be too far ahead, so until they come, it'll have to be up to Sony Ericsson to innovate in this area.

The Sony Ericsson Hazel is a capable handset that's perfectly suited for handling calls, texts, photos and even occasional social networking. That's what it's good for, and we can easily recommend it to you, if that's what you're looking for.

If you seek for similar features, but don't like this particular offering for one reason or another, you might be interested to check the manufacturer's other GreenHeart phones such as the Elm (identical to the Hazel, but candybar), C901 GreenHeart or the Naite.

If you are looking for something a bit more contemporary, you can take a look at the Samsung Blue Earth, which adds goodies like a 3-inch capacitive screen and solar panels as an alternative charging source. And just in case that you are into the environment but want to go smartphone, you only option seems to be Sony Ericsson's very own Aspen, which runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and packs a 2.4” touchscreen, as well as a full QWERTY keyboard.

Sony Ericsson Hazel Video Review:


  • Made from recycled plastics
  • Decent 5MP camera
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS
  • Good social networking apps


  • Lacks a decent web browser
  • Stiff camera key
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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!

posted on 28 Aug 2010, 06:30

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?

posted on 02 Sep 2010, 09:33

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....

posted on 07 Sep 2010, 06:51

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 23:17

5. Cliff (unregistered)

Nokia has no comparison with SE. Nokia is worst in quality and also service.

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 11:30

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

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 13:43

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.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 02:42

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..

posted on 06 Sep 2011, 04:09

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.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 23:15

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?


posted on 18 Sep 2011, 05:05

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!:)

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 22:02

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...

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:02

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 sudhir.042@gmail.com

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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.02 x 1.95 x 0.63 inches
(102 x 49.5 x 16 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)

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