Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
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The Good Attractive; unique; simple; long battery life; clear calls; easy-to-switch SIM cards.

The Bad Few features; screen hard to read; useless Web browser; no camera; expensive; lack of privacy thanks to see-through screen.

The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness is purely for fashionistas looking for the simplest possible phone. The transparent screen looks cool, but isn’t easy to read and won’t protect your privacy, so the Pureness is strictly for show-offs only

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The Sony Ericsson has trimmed the fat with its Xperia Pureness and made a phone that doesn't have room for any extras, just a sleek-looking, simple handset that’s great for a night out. You could get a lot more phone for the money, but if you want something that stands out it's a uniquely stylish option.

The Pureness is only available SIM-free at Selfridges in Manchester, Birmingham and London for £650.

The naked phone
The Pureness's designers claim that they started from scratch for this phone, and you may think that they forgot something -- there's no back to the screen, and no colour either. Instead, the screen is a 43mm (1.8-inch) see-through glass panel where the user interface appears in frosted white like steam on a bathroom mirror. You can't type anything too controversial because, thanks to the transparent screen, anyone looking at the phone from the back will be able to read your texts and the numbers you dial.

The translucent screen is an interesting novelty, but we found that it wasn't that easy to read in nright light. It is illuminated with LEDs around the edges, so it gets clearer as the room gets darker, making it an option for an evening out.

The keyboard is equally obscure, showing as a blank, black surface until the back-lit LED numbers appear when you press a key. Overall, the stealthy keyboard and see-through screen make the Pureness look elegant, and you may get some oohs and aahs when you whip it out over champagne cocktails. But the few advanced features, like Web browsing, are almost useless because of the lack of a sharp, colour display. There's no camera either.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 510 min (GSM)
    Up to 210 min (UMTS)
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Combined with With digital player / FM radio
  • Service Provider Not specified