We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android smartphones Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Sony Ericsson Spiro review

From free depending on contract; £39 inc VAT (PAYG)

Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a basic slider phone with good looks and a penchant for playing music.

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a basic slider phone with good looks and a penchant for playing music. 

The Sony Ericsson Spiro proudly carries the 'Walkman' tag, and is reminiscent of the non-touchscreen phones era. This is a fresh-looking, unpretentious mobile phone aimed at the budget buyer.

Sony Ericsson Spiro: Features

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a very basic mobile phone, so don't expect any major connectivity options: if you're thinking of buying the Spiro, you'll have to be happy with no Wi-Fi, 3G or GPS. The only connectivity features that you get are GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth.  The camera also is a very basic 2Mp one with no flash and no autofocus.

Sony Ericsson Spiro menus

The Spiro also comes with a couple of pre-installed applications. Social networking is taken care of by a Facebook app but strangely there was no Twitter app pre-installed on the review model we received. Another weird thing was that although a Track ID app exists in the Spiro's list of applications - there's even a hardware button for it - the Track ID app just didn't work on the review model.

Other applications include a basic organiser, a calculator and a colour-matching game.

Sony Ericsson Spiro: Design & usability

The Spiro comes with Sony Ericsson's own user interface (UI), which is pretty basic but good to look at and easy to use. The UI is also quite fast and navigation is aided by plenty of hardware buttons including ones that control media playback.

Sony Ericsson Spiro D-pad

The Spiro's D-pad also serves as media navigation buttons

We did have an issue with the placement of the volume control button right in the middle of the left side of the phone, and it would have been easier to use if it had been placed closer to the top. The Spiro's alpha-numeric keypad is decent and the keys themselves are slightly curved to aid in typing without looking at the keypad. 

Sony Ericsson Spiro keypad

The Spiro's keypad features slightly curved keys to aid in typing

The Spiro's 2.2in display is good for a phone in its price range but overall, it's nothing special. The screen's sunlight visibility is low and because it's completely made of plastic, the screen is prone to getting scratches.

Our review model of the Spiro came with a white plastic body which made it look really cute and fresh. I don't think I've seen a better looking phone in this price range. The build quality also feels solid and the slider action is smooth in spite of the Spiro using a lot, and I mean a lot, of plastic in its construction.

Next page: Performance benchmarking, browsing & multimedia, and our expert verdict >>

See also:

Best deals on the Sony Ericsson Spiro

Mobile phone deals

Mobile phone reviews

Sony Ericsson Cedar review

Sony Ericsson Spiro Expert Verdict »

Sony Ericsson Spiro W100 Scores 6.4 out of 10 based on 450 reviews
Mobile phone
2.2in (320x240) screen
5MB internal storage
memory card slot
2Mp camera
FM radio
talktime 6 hours
48x92x17mm
90g
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is available for £39 pay-as-you-go, making it a budget phone. If you are looking for a very basic phone that looks good and is capable of very strong audio playback, then the Spiro is a fair purchase.

  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz review

    Sony Ericsson Vivaz

    The Sony Ericsson Vivaz smartphone sports a very stylish, curved design and records 720p video.

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini review

    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini

    The idea behind Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini mobile phone is very much in-line with the Nokia N97 mini and the HTC HD mini mobile phones.

  • Sony Ericsson Naite review

    Sony Ericsson Naite

    The Sony Ericsson Naite (pronounces Nighty, apparently) is an entry-level 3G mobile phone with green credentials.

  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro review

    Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

    If you had ever felt the need for a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard that could also record 720p videos, then the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro might just be the phone you are looking for. The Vivaz Pro has a slide out QWERTY keyboard and a 5Mp camera and runs on Symbian S60 5th Edition.

  • Sony Ericsson Yari review

    Sony Ericsson Yari

    Sony Ericsson's Yari is the first mobile handset to include motion-controlled gaming. Unfortunately, it's otherwise fairly unremarkable.


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: What's the best Android phablet?

IDG UK Sites

The iPhone is doomed. Doomed to be marginally less successful than a very successful thing.

IDG UK Sites

How to prototype native mobile apps without writing code

IDG UK Sites

How to prepare for and update to OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install Apple's...