Sony Ericsson F305 review: Sony Ericsson F305

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Neat design; good battery life.

The Bad Lacks 3G; low-resolution screen; games are too basic.

The Bottom Line You'll quickly tire of the Sony Ericsson F305's motion-controlled games, but you shouldn't write it off because of that. With a cute design, good call quality and impressive battery life, it's a decent budget buy overall

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The Sony Ericsson F305's main claim to fame is that it features motion-controlled games, which you play by waving the handset around, much like a Nintendo Wii controller. The phone is aimed at the budget end of the market. It's available for free on a £20-per-month contract or can be picked up for around £50 on a pay-as-you-go deal. You can also buy it for around £100 SIM-free.

Cute but sturdy
Like many of Sony Ericsson's budget phones, the F305 has more rounded edges than the company's higher-end handsets. This, combined with the glossy white, plastic finish, gives it a cuter, more feminine look. The handset sports a slider design that gives it a relatively upmarket air, especially as the slider mechanism feels quite sturdy.

The phone's screen isn't wonderful, with a low resolution of just 220x176 pixels. But it's much better than the screen on Sony Ericsson's other budget slider phone, the W205 Walkman , and it's quite bright and easy to read, so it's more than acceptable on a handset in this price range.

The slide-out keypad is rather small and has a flat membrane rather than individual keys, but it's still quite responsive. As long as you don't have fingers like a gorilla's, you shouldn't have much problem using it for texting.

Disappointing games
Sony Ericsson has made a big deal of this phone's motion-controlled games. The games are very basic, however, and, unlike the Wii controller, the handset doesn't have a built-in accelerometer. Instead, it uses the camera to detect motion. There are 11 games pre-loaded on the phone, but only three of these have motion controls: a horse-racing game, a bowling game and a fishing game. The motion control doesn't actually work that well and, as the games are so basic, you'll be bored of them after only a couple of goes.

The F305's slider mechanism feels sturdy, and its keys are easy to text with

In contrast, the phone's music player is quite good. It can deal with both the MP3 and AAC file formats, and provides you with a five-band equaliser, plus a stereo-widening effect that does a good job of expanding the stereo image. The supplied headphones connect to the proprietary Sony Ericsson charging port, so you can't swap them for your own cans without purchasing an adaptor cable. This is a shame, as the headphones aren't that great. They're on the quiet side and also too heavily weighted towards the treble end of the spectrum, so tracks lack bass and tend to sound too tinny.

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Sony Ericsson F305

Part Number: CNETSony Ericsson F305

Typical Price: £100.00

See manufacturer website for availability.