Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Messaging menu is as standard as you can expect: you have inbox for messages and email boxes. Composing a simple TXT message (SMS) allows you to add multiple recipients, insert simple images or sounds, use BOLD for the text, three size options and insert emoticons (text codes - [ :)] for example), visualizing as animated faces on phones that support it. Composing a multimedia message (MMS) you can add real images and sounds, and even video clips.
Using the email client is a piece of cake: you set it up for a couple of minutes and can choose how to download your messages: there are options for headers only or to download only messages smaller than a set size (100kb for example).When you've written a message, you can choose if you are willing to send it immediately or save it to the outbox, where it will stay until you use ”get and send” in convenient moment (when you have Wi-Fi nearby for example).
One of the main drawbacks of the P1 just like the P990 in our opinion is its radio: it is tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) with single-band UMTS (2100) which makes it slightly-unusable in the States. It would work, but only in the areas with 1900MHz coverage. As a high-end business oriented phone, a quad-band GSM and world tri-band UMTS that turn it into global-roaming capable smartphone will be much more suitable, as it is with the HTC TyTN.
When the phone is connected to a cable, it asks you to choose if you want Phone mode or File transfer mode.
Copying a file from the computer through the USB cable from the box, connected to USB2.0 port and the cradle, we transferred 54 MB to the phone's memory for less than 2 minutes, which is a speed of 502KB per second which is way faster than the transfer we obtained with the P990. As it is recognized as mass storage device, neither drivers nor software will be required for most computer OS.
The supported version of Bluetooth is the latest 2.0 with multiple profiles including A2DP for stereo audio distribution – this can once again turn the P1 into a small multimedia center. The Wi-Fi supports 802.11b only and not the faster g standard, but is still a feature that is a must in high-end Smartphone. Using it you can obtain internet connection in short distances, but unfortunately drains the batter much faster than if it is off. We suggest you to turn it on only when you really use it …
With the growing speeds of mobile internet, we expect to see better and better browsers on the mobile computers. Using such powerfull devices with large screen we can now see the pages as on a computer, and not only ones adapted for the phone’s screens. The Opera coming with P1 can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation and an option “fit to screen” allows for optimized preview, which will cut the need of horizontal scrolling but will change the appearance of the page. If it is not selected, you will see the websites as on a computer, rendered in their original view.
Using Wi-Fi, we easily opened PhoneArena's home page in a few seconds and were able to read and see the latest news about mobile phones. Doing it we see that the browser is not flawless and may render incorrect some pages, but the bigger part of them is shown as it should.
An additional “RSS feeds” options allows you to get the information you need in just a few seconds, without the need of super fast (Wi-Fi or UMTS) connection and generating lots of traffic.