If you use your mobile to stay in touch socially with your mates using text messaging or updates to Facebook and Twitter then the Sony Ericsson TXT is the mobile you need. The TXT is a feature phone not a smart phone. Designed with the socially connected generation in mind, the Sony Ericsson TXT is optimized for text messaging with its portrait oriented physical keyboard. Looking similar to a Blackberry, the layout is a natural for text oriented functions. Stylish for the younger set it comes in four colours; blue, pink, black and white. The TXT also has basic mobile features and a utilitarian 3.2MP camera to share snaps on the social network of your choice.
The Sony Ericsson TXT is a mid size “candybar” mobile designed specifically to meet the needs of the text user. This messaging-oriented feature phone has a portrait oriented 2.6 inch colour display with a physical QWERTY keyboard below it. Weighing only 95 grams with a length of 106 mm, it fits neatly into either palm for single handed use but is wide enough to be held in two hands so both thumbs can access the nicely tactile keyboard. The keyboard layout and predictive text input feature allow for very fast text entry speeds.
Running a proprietary OS with 64MB RAM and 100MB user storage, the mobile ships with enough power and memory to do what it was designed to do—messaging. The connections on the Sony Ericsson TXT consist of quad-band GSM and EDGE, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the microUSB connection for computer interface and charging.
The Sony Ericsson TXT has nice size navigation and special function keys below the screen which include a dedicated text messaging key, and social network integration with Facebook and Twitter. The TXT has a “friends” function that allows you to keep five of your mates handy for instant updates and messaging with a single button push. Virtually any screen gives you access to Facebook or Twitter for sending updates. The mobile, of course, also supports email and instant messaging via Google Mail and Google Talk.
While not a smart phone, the Sony Ericsson TXT provides media access for images, video, and music. The Opera Mini browser is included for Internet browsing while connected via Wi-Fi. The 3.2MP camera located on the back of the mobile does not have an integrated flash. The fixed-focus camera can produce decent images in 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. The mobile also sports basic camcorder functions for videos to upload to Facebook or to share with your mates. The mobile can also stream audio and video and has a YouTube player.
The music player can play mp3 or aac encoded audio files and features TrackID music recognition to identify unknown songs. Audio playback is quite acceptable via the speaker or ear buds from the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge of the mobile.
If you are looking for a mobile with dedicated texting and immersive social networking features, then, to be truthful or “tbt,” the Sony Ericsson TXT is the feature phone to get.
- Band: Quad-band GSM support, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Memory: 64 MB RAM; 100 MB Storage; expandable microSD card up to 32 GB
- Connections: Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port; Wi-Fi; EDGE
- Display: 2.6-inch 320 x 240p, 262K colours, WQVGA
- Camera: 3.2 megapixel
- Dimensions: 106 x 60 x 14.5 mm
- Weight: 95 grams
- Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Battery: Li-ion battery
- Battery Life in Stand-by Mode: Up to 416 hours
- Battery Life in Talk Time: Up to 3.2 hours
- Designed for texting
- Four colours: Black, Pink, Blue, White
- Integration with Facebook and Twitter
- Basic camera
- Basic camcorder
The Sony Ericsson TXT is a pretty basic phone, but offers some great features for a really cheap price.