Sony Ericsson P1 Review: A Smart Sharp-shooter: Calls, Messaging, File Manager, Media Player, FM Radio

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Call management

The Call log lists store all the information about the calls received or made. Now, when it comes to call management, besides call filtering there are also two nice things that the P1 can do for you. The first one is to sdiscontinue an SMS with a predefined text to the person whose call you are rejecting. The second one is to automatically store a callback event in the calendar every time you reject a call. In case you opt for that, you can set how many minutes after the call the call back event should remind you of the call.

Outgoing calls • call details • Reject with SMS • Setting a follow up call

Tap, tap…

Usually the messaging department is one of strongest ones in any smartphone. Sony Ericsson P1 doesn't create any exception to the rule. It offers rich functions combined with several text-input options. You can enter text with the QWERTY keyboard, utilize a virtual on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard with the stylus or simply write with the stylus on the touchclassy screen display. As regards handwriting recognition, the phone manages very well. The Sony Ericsson P1 also offers an enhanced version of the T9 dictionary - its thesaurus is expandable - you can add your own words and it can even remember whole messages.

The messaging menu combines all messages in one inbox. The supported messages are SMS, EMS, MMS, and RSS feeds. The last one is available through a dedicated application. Emails have their own separate Inbox for every single account. Writing a message with the plethora of input methods available is rather easy. Furthermore, you have many emoticons to express your feelings graphically.

Messaging menu • Starting a message • Virtual keypad • SMS emoticons

The font size can be varied according to your needs. A lot of editing options are available to your disposal, too.

Font size • Text formatting

The email client is not really a separate application. It has extensive options but setting it up to work with your email account is rather easy. It supports the POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols, as well as SSL and TLS encryption. The P1 has support for various email providers such as AlteXia, Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, BlackBerry Connect, Seven, Sybase/iAnywhere, and Visto.

Writing an email is as simple as writing a standard sms message. By default the client downloads only the email headers or you can set it up to automatically download the whole messages if they don't exceed a predefined limit in kilobytes. Adding an attachment is easy as usual - all you have to do is open the corresponding tab in the "recent email" editor.

Managing your possessions

The Sony Ericsson P1 has 166Mega Bytes (MB) of flash memory and 128Mega Bytes (MB) RAM. Storage memory is expandable by using the Memory Stick Micro M2 slot.

The smartphone offers a nice file manager, which resembles a lot the interface of the file managers of Sony Ericsson non-OS phones. It has two tabs - one showing the folders in the phone's memory (no system files visible) and another one showing the files and folders on the memory card. You can imprint multiple files or folders and then copy, go or sdiscontinue them to another device. There is full support for DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection. It can be applied to all types of multimedia content such as audio, video, images and Java midlets.

Browsing folders • Document folder • folder context menu

Browsing through pictures though is much easier through the Picture gallery application. It offers almost the same folders & files interface as the file manager but it has some additional options as well as several view settings. You can browse the pictures in portrait or landscape mode. You can also set whether you want the pictures in portrait mode to be seen fullscreen. When browsing in landscape mode the fullclassy screen is the only available option. Of course, you can zoom in the pictures to their original size and even more. When zooming, a mini-map appears which allows you to see which picture area you are looking at.

The P1 has support for various email providers such as AlteXia, Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, BlackBerry Connect, Seven, Sybase/iAnywhere, and Visto.


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