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Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Sony Ericsson P1

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We are using the phones just like a normal customer would do it, but in addition to the everyday-usage, we are putting them through standard variety of tests, in order to see objectively how they perform with signal reception, battery life and voice quality.

The P1 is not the phone you should get if you are in an area with fringe coverage. Although it is a large device and its dimension may house a big internal antenna, it performed just as the U700 Ultra Samsung did, scoring average 5 out of 10 mark for the signal reception.

In the continuous talk time test, we were able to squeeze just 6 hours, which is way below the claimed from the manufacturer 10. It is normal not to meet the claimed results 100%, but in our case P1 got 60% out of the claimed time, which is just slightly more than the half.

The P1 isn’t excellent, but is one of the good students when it comes to call quality. It offers very good outgoing sound, with high volume and respective quality. Drawback is that the voices are slightly flat, which makes them not very clear but still pretty realistically sounding.

The incoming sound is with lower volume and quality. It is slightly muffled and not very clear, but still, more than usable.


Conclusion:

We like the P1! Compared to the M600, the new P-series smartphone offers the desired high-quality camera and Wireless LAN (WiFi) which is a must in such style device. When put next to the P990, the P1 reduces the size, removes the dual-type keyboard and with the hybrid QWERTY allows for even faster text typing. P1 is not only successor of the M600, it is the successor of the P990 and it is a good one. Its main drawback is the tri-band GSM and single-band UMTS, but if you are in the supported frequencies, P1 will give you all the bells and whistles of a UIQ phone plus very good multimedia including music and video player, FM Radio and good 3MP auto-focus camera. Alternatives are Windows Mobile Professional phones, which also have stylus-based OS and offer an environment, closer to the one on a personal computer with Windows, which has both positive and negative sides.


Pros

  • Pocketable size with comfortable keyboard
  • One of the best cameras found on a smartphone

Cons

  • Tri-band GSM and single-band UMTS leads to limited usability in North America
  • Average signal reception
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 208 MHz, ARM9 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.16 x 0.66 inches
(106 x 55 x 17 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1120 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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