We reviewed the 3G Sony Ericsson P1i handset for two reasons: a Sony-branded business phone is a rarity, and it’s the first Sony Ericsson phone to work with BlackBerry Connect.
A further criticism was the relatively poor battery life. The touchscreen’s backlight clicks off almost as soon as you finish using the phone for a moment, but we still found ourselves having to recharge the Sony Ericsson P1i with alarming frequency.
Had we been using the Sony Ericsson P1i for more than accessing our webmail for five minutes at a time, sending a few texts and making a couple of brief calls, we’d have been happy enough. But it was just this sort of everyday phone use that seemed to wear it down. The BlackBerry application seemed not to add to the Sony Ericsson P1i's burden, at least.
Except for the rear of the Sony Ericsson P1i which is dominated by a large-lensed camera, this Clie-like handset is very much a business phone. It has a neat arrangement of two-character-per-key squidgy keys that, as with some other smartphones, have separate sensors on the left and right, so you can select the character you want. We found this largely effective, as was the predictive text.
However, we soon got fed up with having to manually hunt down the SIM book phone contacts list. Most phones are capable of displaying all contacts without having to be told to do so time and again. Being able to import contacts list is one thing, but recognising those stored on the SIM ought to be a given.
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