Levi's phone review: Levi's phone

3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 1 user review

The Good Slim design, solid build quality.

The Bad Small screen; uninspiring interface.

The Bottom Line We're not sure whether we like the current influx of fashion-brand inspired mobile phones but it looks like they're here to stay. While we don't think the Levi's phone will win any prizes for innovation, it feels sturdy and is relatively easy to use. This is more of a catwalk queen than a convergence king, so don't buy it if you expect every feature under the sun

6.5 Overall

For a company that makes jeans, it's strange to see Levi Strauss & Co launch a mobile phone. Then again, everyone's making phones these days. If you like novelty products, then the Levi's phone won't disappoint, but don't expect all the bells and whistles.

It's available to buy from the Carphone Warehouse for free on a monthly contract or around £200 on pay as you go.

Design
Designed by ModeLabs, the company behind the Hummer phone, the Levi's phone is very similar to Samsung's P300 but looks less like a calculator and more like a cigar case or a fancy lighter.

It's relatively small and thin, making it perfect for stuffing into a pair of jeans. The stainless steel casing is sturdy and features the Levi's logo on the back plus small screws on the edges to give it a more industrial feel.


Even though the keypad is small, it's very usable and we found it easy to dial and text with it

As if that wasn't enough to remind you that you're holding a Levi's phone, it comes with a chain that you can attach to your jeans. When attached, the chain protects the phone against getting smashed on the floor but it looks slightly out of place if you don't normally wear a chain.

Thanks to its design, using the Levi's phone isn't a horrible experience. The keypad is small but very usable and the screen, while petite, lets you read out text messages fairly easily. Viewing pictures on it isn't exactly enjoyable, so don't buy it if you like showing off photos to friends. Equally, the 2-megapixel camera on the back isn't spectacular and produces average shots.

The Levi's phone is much more about style than it is substance and while it is easy to use this is a fashion focussed phone and not meant for gadget freaks.

Features
The Levi's theme continues on the inside with a variety of Levi-based icons and screensavers. The user interface isn't as snazzy as we expected but it's easy to understand.

The menu is made up of nine uninspiring icons giving you access to all the phone's features, which as expected aren't cutting edge.

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