Three Skypephone S2x

Three Skypephone S2x

The 3 Skypephone S2xs plastic and silver frame is durable and able to withstand falls on the ground

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Our Rating: 79%

Our Three Skypephone S2x Review

Design

The 3 Skypephone S2x adopts a practical look and feel. From the moment we first met the 3 Skypephone S2x, we felt a strong sense of nostalgia for the old days. The design is almost identical to that of Sony Ericssons models in the late 90s. The 3 Skypephone S2xs plastic and silver frame is durable and able to withstand falls on the ground as proved by us accidently knocking it down to the ground. We thought the design could use some refined touches here and there but it works out nicely for men and outdoor adventurers.

Screen

The3 Skypephone S2xs 2.2-inch screen is bright and rich with colours. Sporting a QVGA resolution, the screen is a performer under the sun and direct light sources. We didnt have any problems with reflections; making this handset ideal for those on the move.

User Interface

Like the 3 Skypephone S2, the 3 Skypephone S2x has a simple, organized user interface. It is designed with the basic user in mind. We accessed almost everything we needed in less than 3 clicks. The Skype integration is smart and functional. We liked navigating through the 3 Skypephone S2xs menus as the processor is rapid enabling smooth transitions.

Keypad

The 3 Skypephone S2xs keypad arrangement is identical to that of its predecessor. There is a slight modification to the D-pad and functional keys. The 'call' and 'end' buttons are now coloured for less experienced users. We found the keypad to be responsive and easy to type with. While we missed the traditional QWERTY keyboard, we managed to type a quick text message without any hassle.

Camera and Multimedia

The 3 Skypephone S2xs camera has been downgraded from 3.2 MP to 2 MP. This fall is disappointing, as weve expected more pixel density. Like its predecessor, the 3 Skypephone S2x lacks flash and autofocus. This of course is a nightmare for anyone capturing an image at night. The image quality is still agreeable but definitely not for anyone looking to capture high resolution images. We were looking for a front camera, but were surprised by the lack of a video-conferencing camera given that the handset is Skype phone. The extended memory gave us more storage space to store images and videos.

We were quite pleased with the music players file support. We were able to play our collection without any problems. Video playback is not as versatile; however, we were quite content with its performance.

Connectivity and Battery Life

The 3 Skypephone S2x is built to be the ultimate connectivity package. The Skype integration means that you can make free calls and send instant messages. The sound wasnt choppy or average, but rather high-quality on the 3G connection. In addition to making Skype calls, you can easily access different websites through the built-in browser such as Facebook and Last.fm.

We loved testing the battery life of the 3 Skypephone S2x. It took us some time to drain it with several long Skype calls, internet surfing, and music syncing. This, again, makes this handset a winner for anyone commuting or simply out on an adventure away from power outlets.

What We Liked

We liked the 3 Skypephone S2xs practical design, Skype integration, and 3G connectivity.

What We Disliked

We disliked the 3 Skypephone S2xs camera performance and modest screen size.

Our Final Verdict

The 3 Skypephone S2x is a handset ideal for adventurers and campers. It offers great performance at affordable rates. We loved the Skype integration as we were able to call friends and family abroad free of charge. While the camera isnt what we looking for, users will find the 3 Skypephone S2x is simple to use and sports awesome battery life.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 102.9 x 45.4 x 13.75 (mm)
Talk Time 372 mins
Standby Time 333 hours
Weight 95 g
Tri Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 2.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Internal Memory 160MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes

Three Skypephone S2x Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 102.9 x 45.4 x 13.75 (mm)
Talk Time 372 mins
Standby Time 333 hours
Weight 95 g
Tri Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 2.00 megapixels
Video Player Yes

Phone

Internal Memory 160MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes

User Comments

As a student living away from home, the skype phone S2x was a good choice for me. It's great for calling my family and friends whenever I want without spending a fortune. I can surf the internet easily without any trouble connecting. Works for me!

Kandie submitted on 20 January 2010
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