The T650i is the spiritual successor to the much loved T610i, but Sony Ericsson has done more than just produce a rehash of an old favourite because this updated model boasts both an innovative new design and impressive 3G features.
The handset is available for free on most contracts or can be bought for around £270 SIM-free online.
Sony Ericsson has come up with some flashy-looking phones of late and the T650i continues the trend. Its metallic case looks pleasingly industrial and bestows the phone with a distinctly solid feel, but it's the square, metal buttons that give it a unique design identity. They may look like they'd be rather torturous to use, but in actual fact your thumb glides across them quite comfortably and they're very responsive when tapping out long text messages.
Under these buttons the T650i has flashy keypad backlights similar to those found on the S500i. Basically the lights can be animated in waves to move in tandem with your chosen screen saver, or to just act as a novel way of alerting you to an incoming call. It's a simple idea and to be honest rather useless, but it's the first feature that proud owners are going to show off to their mates and it certainly does the trick of adding to the phone's desirability.
As the handset supports 3G it has a secondary camera for video calling. The VGA camera at the front is so discreetly placed you have to look closely to actually notice that it's there, but the 3.2-megapixel offering on the rear is more prominent. Thanks to the autofocus and LED flash it produces good results even when working in relatively low light, so it's definitely something you'll make plenty of use of.
The screen uses scratch-resistant mineral glass and although it's a little small compared to those now found on some rivals, it's razor-sharp and does a great job of displaying pictures or showing pages in the excellent Web browser.