Sony Ericsson Jalou

The Good Convenient size; unique design; crams in a decent camera and music player, among other features.

The Bad Screen is too shiny; small number keys; SD card slot is inconveniently located under the battery.

The Bottom Line It could have been all style and no substance, but the Sony Ericsson Jalou turns out to be a remarkably versatile and convenient piece of technology, packing loads of features into a tiny package

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Sony Ericsson Jalou

The Sony Ericsson Jalou is a very small clamshell phone with a unique design that's intended to appeal to roughly 50 per cent of the population. Despite its diminutive size, it manages to include most of the functions you'd expect from a modern phone, and more besides. We've yet to see how much it's going to cost on either pay-as-you-go or contract deals, but we'll update this review when we find out. It's available for about £400 SIM-free.

Ladies first
The first thing you'll notice about the Jalou, especially with its clamshell folded shut, is that it barely looks like a phone at all. It's roughly the size of a matchbox, although that comparison does little justice to the Jalou's jewel-like appearance. Sony Ericsson's design team has obviously worked hard to create a handset that's eye-catching and convenient at the same time, and the result is something of a success on both counts. The Jalou comes in metallic purple, black and blue versions, as well a rose and gold special edition, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, for dedicated followers of fashion.

If you haven't guessed the Jalou's target market already, chaps, let's just say this handset isn't aimed at you. Other clues include a feature that allows you to use the phone as a compact mirror. This simple idea actually works quite well. The main display has a shiny, reflective coating. By pressing the cancel button with the phone open, the backlight switches off, allowing you to see yourself sufficiently well in the 51mm (2-inch) display to tease your hair, apply a fresh dose of lippie and check your teeth for chewing tobacco.

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