It's small, looks vaguely familiar and, unlike most of Sony Ericsson's phones these days, doesn't come with any kind of special branding. But, for all its old-school charm, the T715 combines a solid set of up-to-date features with a stylish, understated design. You can pick up the T715 for free on a £14-per-month, 18-month contract, or for £100 on a pay-as-you-go deal. It's also available for about £180 SIM-free.
The T715's unfussy appearance and refreshingly uncomplicated operation match its no-nonsense name. It comes with 3G and HSPA support for fast data transfers, Internet browsing, video calls and the like. Web apps like Google Maps are included to take advantage of this, although they're somewhat tucked away within the handset's menus.
The phone's software should be familiar to anyone who has used a Sony Ericsson phone before. The T715 uses an updated version of the same interface that the manufacturer has been using for a while now on many of its low- and mid-range models. It's pretty easy to get the hang of and you're never too many button presses away from your phone book or text messages.
Sony Ericsson has entire product lines that are specifically aimed at music and photo buffs, and the T715 benefits from this, up to a point. Photo-wise, for example, there are traces of the manufacturer's Cyber-shot camera-phone brand. The T715 has a 3.2-megapixel image sensor and offers panoramic, burst-shoot and video modes. It's also possible to manually set the white balance.
For the full gamut of camera-phone features, however, you'd be much better off with a proper Cyber-shot model. There's no flash, for instance, and the photo light makes for a poor substitute. Image quality isn't quite up there with that of the best Cyber-shot models, either. Photos mostly look great on the handset display, but, at full size on your computer screen, you'll soon spot the rogue pixels and artefacts.