Sony Ericsson F305 review: Sony Ericsson F305

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Typical Price: £100.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

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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6.5 Overall

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.

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