Sony Ericsson G700 Preview: Smartphone In Disguise: 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

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The Sony Ericsson G700 measures 106 x 49 x 13 mm and weighs only 99 g, which is not poor for a smartphone. It's relatively compact and when you first set your eyes on it, you probably won't notice that it's one of the latest Sony Ericsson power gadgets. Under the everyday disguise however hides a full-fledged smartphone with touchclassy screen functionality.






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Sony Ericsson G700 360-degree spin

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Design and construction

The Sony Ericsson G700 is powered by a 208 Mega Hertz (MHz) processor and has 128Mega Bytes (MB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM) - Sony Ericsson used the same powerplant in their Sony Ericsson W950, W960 and P1 smartphones. The user interface clicks quite quick and turning off the available transition effects makes it even faster.

Along the bottom and the correct side of the display there are markings, which remind of the touch-enabled keys of the Sony Ericsson K850. This is not the case here though - they simply serve as reference points. The display however is touch-sensitive, so there's no need for touch-sensitive keys anyways. Above the display there is a video-call camera.





The touchclassy screen display is not that large but is really fine under sunlight

Sony Ericsson G700 surprised us with its transreflective display. As a result, the legibility under direct sunlight is great, way above any other previous smartphone by Sony Ericsson. It still has poorer colors and contrast than most high-discontinue Sony Ericsson feature phones, but when it comes to sunlight legibility it comes really close to the all-time champions Nokia and Apple iPhone.

The keypad of the G700 is really nice. The alphanumeric keys are quite large, with distinct press feedback and prove remarkable for typing. The navigation D-pad and the soft keys around it offer remarkable ergonomics too.

Speaking of soft keys, with the G700 you will find something that we don't see in other UIQ smartphones. It's the two context keys just below the display. Their presence allows truly comfortable operation of the user interface without the need of a stylus. This is a real bonus point for the UIQ interface - so far with previous smartphones, we've hardly managed without pulling the stylus out.






The keypad deserves a thumbs-up • so does the addition of context keys

At the sides of the Sony Ericsson G700 there are further changes to the UIQ smartphone style used so far. There is no scroll wheel for example - a beloved feature by all UIQ fans. But with the added context keys on the front and the wonderful D-pad, it is hardly needed anymore.

There is also a dedicated lock/unlock key for the keypad - the old-fashioned way of using a key combo is still present though, so the hardware key is just an option.

"...The Sony Ericsson G700 measures 106 x 49 x 13 mm and weighs only 99 g, which is not poor for a smartphone. It's relatively compact and when you first set your eyes on it, you probably won't notice that it's one of the latest Sony Ericsson power gadgets. Under the everyday disguise however hides a full-fledged smartphone with touchclassy screen functionality..."

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