CNET First Look
Sony Ericsson NaiteWith it's sharp display, steady call quality, and bundle of multimedia features, the Sony Ericsson Naite is a strong midrange phone.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET, taking a First Look at the unlocked Sony Ericsson Naite. The Naite is made from recycled plastic, but unlike other eco-phones, like the Samsung Reclaim and Motorola Renew, the box is not made from recycled materials. However, the box is smaller than usual and is made from less cardboard. To save on paper, there's no included user manual. You can find that on the phone or online. The Naite does, however, come in a recyclable sleeve that's frankly, kind of smelly right out of the box. As with other phones, the charger is EnergyStar compliant, and the standby mode is said to suck up a little less power. The display is really clear and bright, which is typical of Sony Ericsson phones. Navigating around is very intuitive. The buttons are a little squat for our taste, but it didn't get in the way of texting or typing. There is a proprietary headset jack along the left spine. We prefer a jack this large to be out of the way on the bottom of the phone. Also, since this phone has a music player and an FM radio, it's too bad that the jack isn't standard. Now, you'll need to get an adaptor if you don't want to use the included headphone. On the back is a 2-megapixel camera, no flash, but it will take video as well as photos. Pop off this grooved back cover to get to the expandable memory slot, which will take up to a 16-megabyte microSD card. Inside, there's a decent web browser, email capabilities, and a Google map app. For multimedia, we're looking at an FM radio, video camera, and music photo and video editors. Unfortunately, we weren't able to try out some of the interesting multimedia features like voice calling, which isn't operable within the US. Call quality was strong in most cases. The speaker was extremely echo-y and mumbly. The Naite has a rated talk time of 13 hours, which is really quite high. Again, the Sony Ericsson Naite is unlocked world phone that will work on any network in North America and Europe. It costs $159.00, which is very well priced for an unlocked phone. All in all, the Naite may be billed as an eco-friendly phone, but we think that you're more likely going to consider it for its feature set, which is strong for a mid-range phone, than you will for its minimal packaging. I'm Jessica Dolcourt. We've been looking at the Sony Ericsson Naite. ^M00:02:07 [ Music ]