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Sony Ericsson F305

 Sony Ericsson F305 Discontinued
17th June 2008

Coming up with the next big thing in mobile phones is always pretty difficult. Your marketing department has to think up something clever, and engineering have to actually make it work. In the case of the F305 we can only assume that the marketing department has been terribly impressed with the Nintendo Wii and have tried to do with same thing with the mobile phone, and this is certainly an interesting engineering challenge.

So, what Sony Ericsson have produced is the F305 slider phone. This comes with a built-in motion sensor so that it is used something like a Wii remote controller. The F305 comes with three games to take advantage of this, "Bowling", "Bass Fishing" and "Jockey" plus a number of others that are presumably a little more traditional.

Apart from the motion sensor, the F305 is pretty standard. There's a 2 megapixel camera, 2" 176 x 220 pixel display, expandable memory, dedicated gaming keys, stereo Bluetooth, a multimedia player and F.M. radio - which we would say categorises this as a "lower midrange phone". One interesting feature is the CPP-100 power pack which can be used to boost the phone's battery when you are away from a mains socket.

 Sony Ericsson F305 Despite the cleverness, we think that this is a deeply flawed product. Although the concept of Wii-like gaming on a phone is tempting, remember that the Wii outputs to a TV, the F305 displays on the phone itself.. which of course is difficult to see while you're waving the handset around. Even though the F305 comes with a wrist strap in the box, the Wii remote also comes with a protective jacket so it is much better protected - and a mobile phone is quite an expensive thing to drop. Worse still, the F305 is an utterly unremarkable phone with a relatively small screen and limited resolution display - hardly features that will make gaming fun.

There is perhaps some mileage in this concept - but surely the motion sensor should be in an accessory rather than the phone, and gaming really needs at least a 2.4" display. As it is, we suspect that the F305 will follow Nokia's N-Gage into gaming oblivion.

If you really want one of these, then Sony Ericsson say that the F305 should be available during Q3 in "polar white" or "mystic black", although no pricing information was available at the time of going to press.

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Sony Ericsson F305 at a glance


Q3 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900




176 x 220 pixels, 262k colours


2 megapixels


Medium slider
96 x 47 x 15mm / 98 grams



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro









Battery life:

8 hours talk / 29 days standby


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