Sony Ericsson F305 review: Sony Ericsson F305

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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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

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Where to Buy

Sony Ericsson F305

Part Number: CNETSony Ericsson F305

Typical Price: £100.00

See manufacturer website for availability.