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Sony Ericsson J200 and T290

Discontinued
26th October 2004

Sony Ericsson have produced a number of extremely impressive high-end phones lately, such as the Sony Ericsson P910, S700 and V800 models, and have a strong showing in the mid-range including the K500 and popular T630. In fact, it seemed that Sony Ericsson were only really interested in the midrange and high-end markets, with only the T230 being generally available to cater for entry-level buyers.

It comes as a bit of a surprise therefore to see two low-end candybar handsets from Sony Ericsson, because we'd assumed that they weren't really interested in that market segment. These phones are the J200 and T290, available as the T290a in North America, J200c and T290c in China and J200i and T290i in the rest of the world.

Sony Ericsson J200

There's a strong family resemblence to the K500 and K700 series phones with the J200. It's a much simpler phone than the K-series ones, with a 128x128 pixel display in 4096 colours, tri-band GSM with GPRS, infra-red and a WAP 1.2 browser, plus MMS and SMS messaging. On the down side, the J200 has no digital camera, and worse still there's no Java support for downloading games, but the J200 can be personalised  with various themes, wallpaper and ringtones. There are three embedded games for entertainment, and a ringtone composer. However, the J200's unique selling proposition has to be weight - it comes in at just 74 grams, making it one of the lightest handsets on the market.

The J200 will be available as the J200c in China and Asia-Pacific countries at the end of 2004, then early in 2005 at the J200i in Europe and other territories.
 

 Sony Ericsson J200

Sony Ericsson J200 at a glance

Available:

Q4 2004/Q1 2005

Network:

Tri-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

128x128 pixels, 4096 colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Small candy-bar
101x43x19mm / 74 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 8 days standby

 Sony Ericsson T290

If you thought the J200 was a little basic, then the T290 will be a bit of a shock. Aimed pretty much at the bargain basement end of the market, the T290 comes with a small 101x80 pixel display in 4096 colours, dual-band GSM, GPRS, WAP 1.2 and just two embedded games. There's a speakerphone, which the J200 lacks, but no infra-red, Java and certainly no camera. However, the phone only weighs 72.9 grams, making it even lighter than the J200 and although it's not as attractive as the other handset, it still looks fairly presentable.

However, although the J200 is competitive with other entry-level handsets, the T290 really isn't. The small 101x80 pixel screen seems to be a relic from the past, and even though it features GPRS and WAP, which some other low-end handsets don't, the small screen will make web browsing difficult. On the other hand, the maximum talktime is a truly impressive 12 hours, with up to 12 days standby, so really the T290 is a mixed bag.

The T290 will be available from early 2005 in various dual-band configurations, the T290i and T290c being 900/1800 GSM models, and the T290a 850/1900.
 

 Sony Ericsson T290

Sony Ericsson T290 at a glance

Available:

Q1 2005

Network:

Dual-band GSM

Data:

GPRS

Screen:

101x80 pixels, 4096 colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Small candy-bar
102x44x19mm / 72.9 grams

Bluetooth:

No

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

Battery life:

12 hours talk / 12 days standby

 

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