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Sagem my850V review: Sagem my850V Crystal

The Good Glossy front section; easy-to-use keypad.

The Bad High-pitched noise during calls; inside section looks rather ugly compared to the outside.

The Bottom Line This is one of Sagem's most attractive handsets to date and it's easy to use, but we could hear a high-pitched noise during calls, which slightly ruined the whole experience. This problem may not be an issue with all my850Vs though, and aside from that we enjoyed using it

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Hidden in the free upgrade list on Vodafone's product portfolio is a shiny, attractive clamshell phone that goes by the name of the Sagem my850V Crystal. Sagem's history as an entry-level handset manufacturer might be the reason why Vodafone isn't shouting about this one from the rooftops, but it's actually got surprisingly good features, and it looks pretty nifty too.

Similar to the Motorola Motorazr Maxx V6 and LG KG810, the my850V Crystal features a reflective, glossy front section that hides a small colour screen and touch-sensitive music keys. Even though this shiny plastic cover attracts fingerprints, it looks good when it's clean.

The back of the handset has a satisfying rubbery finish to it and is very minimalist. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the inside of the my850V. We were definitely disappointed that the slick looks on the outside aren't mirrored on the inside.

The clunky-looking inside of the my850V doesn't do the outer section any justice, but it is functional. The screen is bright and readable, and the keypad is large and easy to press. If you hate small, fiddly keypads, the my850V's keypad could be an option.

Due to Sagem's focus on entry-level kit, we were surprised to find some high-end features on the my850V. You can browse the Internet, make video calls, listen to music using a pair of stereo Bluetooth headphones and take pictures with the 2-megapixel camera.

The my850 also comes with an expandable microSD slot that can store up to 2GB of songs and pictures, among other things. Annoyingly, there isn't a USB port, so we had to use a card reader to transfer all our data.

Interface-wise, the my850V features the standard, eye-pleasing Vodafone icons and is quite straightforward to use. Texting is easy, as is searching through contacts. It's not a revolutionary interface but it does what it says on the tin, which is more than many handsets do.

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