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The handset is also a good performer when it comes to normal mobile calls. Reception was generally strong and, although the earpiece wasn't the loudest we've come across, it did produce clean, distortion-free audio. Battery life isn't bad either. 3 says the handset is good for around 4.5 hours of call time, which is more or less in line with our own experience.

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Unfortunately, the phone's camera isn't so peachy. It's only got a 2-megapixel sensor, so the shots it takes don't stand up to much scrutiny when you transfer them to a PC and view them on a monitor. The camera also lacks a flash, so shots taken indoors tend to come out looking very dark and noisy.

There are also a few other annoyances. The S2x doesn't have a standard headphone jack. Instead, the supplied headphones connect to the USB port on the bottom of the phone. Even the USB port is non-standard -- the S2x doesn't use the normal micro-USB connector found on most of today's smart phones and mid-range mobiles.

The handset's music player is also dreadful. It looks and acts more like a file browser than the type of music apps we're used to seeing on handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. The phone's menu system looks tired and dated too, with uninspiring icons and graphical effects.

The 3 Skypephone S2x's Skype integration is excellent and offers a real opportunity to save money if you make plenty of overseas calls. We also like the sturdy build quality and stylish design. But the dated menu system and dreadful music player are real letdowns. If you're primarily looking for a handset to make cheap foreign calls, it's an excellent option, but a mid-range Nokia or Sony Ericsson handset would be a better option for most other people.

Edited by Charles Kloet 

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