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Sony Ericsson P1i with BlackBerry Connect

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Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

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.

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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Sony Ericsson P1i Expert Verdict »
Sony Ericsson P1 Scores 7.9 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
Triband 3G smarthphone (GSM 900/1800/1900)
240x320-pixel touchscreen
160MB internal memory
Memory Stick Micro slot (takes up to 4GB M2 cards)
SMS, MMS, video calling, Opera web browser, Bluetooth, USB, 3.2Mp camera, MP3 player
TrackID, voice recorder, stylus navigation
20-key keypad
scrollwheel navigation
claimed talktime of up to 10 hours (standby up to 18 hours standby) 55x17x106mm
124g (ex battery)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

On the whole, then, the Sony Ericsson P1i is a so-so business handset. Connectivity is plenty fast enough thanks to the 3G provision and there are more than enough distractions, but we wouldn’t honestly choose this phone over any number of solid Windows Mobile 6.0 smartphones (some of which can also work with BlackBerry Connect) or, indeed, either the latest Curve or Pearl BlackBerry handsets.

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