Ericsson T28s Review – Iconic Flip Mobile Phone Handset

Ericsson T28s Review: The Ericsson T28s was released in 1999. This is quite remarkable looking at the style and design of the handset, which was clearly ahead of its time. To be sure, the flip phone was not a groundbreaking thing on its own. The Ericsson T10s and Ericsson T18s were phones with quite a similar design. But what made the T28 stand out was its size: at just 83g it was one of the lightest handsets on the market. At 1.5cm thick, it was one of the slimmest.

No surprise then that this was a premium phone attracting a premium price. In terms of handset competition, this put it up against the Nokia 8210, which was also released in this year. This was also a very small phone, and slightly lighter than the Ericsson model. The T28 added a ‘wow’ factor with the addition of a flip to cover the keypad when not in use. This was a spring loaded feature, but also added utility to the phone. Calls could be answered (and terminated) by opening and closing the flip. This was by no means exclusive to Ericsson: Nokia had something very similar in the Nokia 7110.

The Ericsson T28 was released in several variants. Each phone was identical in the physical sense, but had a different letter suffix. Ericsson T28w, Ericsson T28z, and Ericsson T28sc simply pertained to which type of network the phone would operate on.

Full specifications here.


Ericsson T28s Review: Pros

The phone came in an extremely small package: one of the smallest available at the time. It still looks impressively compact to this date.

The flip was not just there for display. It protected the phone from accidental key presses and phone calls could be answered and dropped with it.

The T28 was one of the first phones to switch to lithium-polymer batteries. This allowed the same power at a smaller weight. The phone supported two different types of batteries, much like the early Nokia phones. This gave users a choice of weight or talktime.

The operating system also gain some upgrades and was more in line with the Nokia operating system. There was stopwatch, calculator, time functions as well as some games.

Ericsson T28s Review: Cons

The phone came with a high price tag: typically several times the price of the older Ericsson T10 model but with much the same functionality.

Much like the other phones in this series, the phone came with a rather large antenna which was not removable. The Nokia 8210 by contrast offered an integrated style.

There was little change in the screen resolution from the T10s, and information could look cramped.

Future Prospects and Current Pricing

The Ericsson T28s seems certain to be one of the phones that attracts a large premium going forward. It is priced well above that of equivalent phones such as the Nokia 8210. A possible reason for this is that unlike the Nokia phones, refurbishing the phone is not easy and spare parts are rare. This is only likely to increase their rareness into the future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.


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