The Good Bright display; solid performance; speakerphone.
The Bad Cramped navigation controls; tiny keypad buttons; no side volume control.
The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson J300a is a simple cell phone with great performance, but it suffers from some frustrating design glitches that limit its appeal.
Sony Ericsson J300a
Sony Ericsson J300a
Sony Ericsson has been pumping out so many feature-rich cell phones lately that the Sony Ericsson J300a took us by surprise when it landed on our desk. If the and the are the yin, the J300a is definitely the yang: Small, simple, and functional, it promises nothing more than the ability to communicate. Although it largely delivers on that promise, the J300a's cramped controls and lack of a side volume control are frustrating. No GSM carrier has selected this phone yet, so it will cost you $79 without any kind of service rebate.
The Sony Ericsson J300a is compact enough to please even the most size-conscious user. Measuring 3.9 by 1.7 by 0.7 inches and weighing just 2.75 ounces, it fits into the smallest pockets and is no more noticeable in a bag than a pack of gum. Available in Sensitive White, Plucky Pink, or Midnight Gray (we tested the white version), this phone casts a slim but eye-catching profile with a distinctive looped antenna on the top of the back face. Despite its slim weight, the J300a felt solid in our hands, but flip-phone fans may not appreciate holding such a small phone to their face.
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