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Review GSM phone Sony Ericsson J210i


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Sony Ericsson J210i is a renewed version of the J200. The main change is a 65K display against the former 4096 colour one. Also MMS is now supported.

The phone size remained the same (101x43x19 mm) and the weight forms 74 grams. Both wearing in a shirt and a trousers pocket is possible due to small size and low weight. It lies well in a hand; the weight is almost not felt. The design copies the predecessor's, the only change is two colour solutions for the J210i, and they are Mineral Silver and Floral Green.

A fully-functional IrDA is placed on the right surface, and the left side is empty. A strap hole is in the top center and a standard interface connector is on the bottom.

A small 65K STN 128x128 pixels screen is on the front panel. The quality is rather acceptable but not more. Reading information gets practically impossible in the sun.

A plastic keypad with small and well-distanced buttons prevents from accidental pressures when entering SMS/phone numbers. The backlighting is orange and even, all the inscribed characters are well read.

Navi block keys are middle-sized placed close to each other. However, are quite comfortable to work with. A 5D navi joystick is also comfortable.

The back cover is removable with a loudspeaker for call signal under it (gaps are present in a corresponding place of the cover) and a 700mAh Li-Ion battery. In Moscow the phone worked for 3 days in case of 20 minutes of talks and 30 minutes of sing other functions a day. Full recharging takes about 1.5-2 hours.


The main menu is represented as a set of 9 icons traditionally for Sony Ericsson. Quick navi using numerical orders is present.

Access to these or those menu items may be assigned to joystick deviations in standby mode.

Phonebook. The handset's memory may contain up to 200 names and one of them can have a single number assigned. A picture and a melody may be correlated to a contact, besides you can create caller groups. There is a first letter search in the list. Both phone numbers from SIM-card and phone memory are displayed in the total list. Fast dialing for 8 numbers is present.

Separately you can write e-mail address (entered name and address).

Phonebook capabilities are enough for a modest user with a big contact base.

Messages. This is rather commonplace once more. EMS standard is supported and some pictures are pre-installed for that. The memory permits to save up to 50 messages. Group message is supported.

You can work with MMS, which also distinguishes this model from the predecessor. MMS editor is plain and clear making no troubles.

Call info. All the data about dialed, received and missed calls with duration.

Connectivity. All the network and data transfer settings are here. You can switch here IrDA,

Parameters. Here are phone settings. Adjust profiles from here. For a display, choose wall-papers, set contrast and backlighting.

Entertainment. Three games are present. They are well known by the previous company models Casino Wheels, Deep Abyss, Black Deal.

Simple melody editor is here.

Choose and set one of the four preset themes.

Besides folders with all the melodies and pictures are here. For extra melodies and pictures download you can use 600 KB of memory.

Organizer. Alarm clock is only one, though may be either once or recurrent.

Calendar view is possible monthly, weekly or daily. All the events may be viewed at once. For an event you can set date and time of start and end, enter some text and set preliminary alarm.

A plain calculator, a stopwatch with intermediate values and a countdown timer are present.

Internet services. There is a WAP-browser version 1.2.1.


The quality of connection is average; we had no problems while testing. Loudspeaker volume and microphone sensitivity also roused no cavils. The polyphony is 32-tones with medium quality; however the signal is loud and hard to miss thanks to a separate loudspeaker. The power of a vibra is average.

In general the J210i provides with nothing new, that is a slightly improved version of the J200i. The advantage over the predecessor consists of only one screen and MMS support. The device is to be launched in the end of August for about 100 USD. This handset is a typical low-end solution with the minimal functions. Unfortunately, there are too many rivals sometimes offering even more functions for a similar price.

Call melodies ( 324 KB, mp3)

Vladimir Fokin (vladimir.fokin@mobile-review.com)
Translated by Maria Mitina (maria.mitina@mobile-review.com)

Published — 25 July 2005

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