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Sony Ericsson Aspen early review: Call, text and tree-mail

Want a touchscreen and a Qwerty keyboard? The Sony Ericsson Aspen is a Windows Mobile phone that offers both -- plus some good karma

Flora Graham
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Sony Ericsson says all its phones will meet the enviro-friendly GreenHeart standard in 2011, so you may want to hold off buying a Sony Ericsson Aspen for purely green reasons, unless the idea of a touchscreen Qwerty phone running Windows Mobile 6.5 really floats your boat. And if it does, that's one odd boat you're sailing, buddy.

The Aspen looks handsome, in a business-like way, but WinMo 6.5 isn't very touchscreen-friendly, and the small 61mm (2.4-inch) screen doesn't make it any easier on your fingers. There's a full Qwerty keyboard, however, and a traditional five-way function button that makes navigation possible, if not pleasurable.

We got our hands on the Aspen at last week's Mobile World Congress, so click 'Continue' to see more tree.

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The Aspen wants to make your life more organised with panels you can customise with your favourite functions and widgets. We find them confusing.
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You can set up a timeline so different panels are active during the day, so your phone's home screen morphs from work mode to weekend fun times.
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The Aspen makes room for a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back, but at 117 by 60mm, this phone isn't small.

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