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Sony Ericsson Naite (photos)

Sony Ericsson's Naite may classify as an eco-phone, but its packed feature set makes it a good pick for socialites shopping in the midlevel range--daintier carbon footprints notwithstanding.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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Get to know Naite

Sony Ericsson is positioning the Naite as a green machine, but though it is indeed made from recycled materials, we're guessing that "Earth-friendly" is the last thing you'll notice. You'll instead be drawn to the sharp and bright display typical of Sony Ericsson phones, and to the pack of features inside. These include an FM radio, video camera, and video and photo editors in addition to MMS, e-mail, and Google Maps.

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Screen: keys

The candy bar Naite gives over about half its height to the screen. That comes at the expense of the button keys. We found them a little cramped, though their shape didn't impede texting.

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Trim and slim

There are thinner phones on the market, sure, but at 4.3 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by 0.5 thick, the Naite is small enough to slip comfortably into pockets and purses.

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Shooters

The Naite's 2-megapixel camera is decent enough for a midrange phone, and has multiple shooting modes that include black and white images and burst photography. Switch the software to video mode for recording long or short clips.

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Image quality

Photo quality is so-so coming out of the camera (shown), but an onboard photo editor goes a long way to making basic pictures palatable.

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In profile

Sony Ericsson has elected to keep the Naite's spine relatively clear of buttons, with the expected exception of a volume rocker on the right spine, and the strange decision to put a charger port on the left spine instead of at the base.

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