Sony Ericsson T68i Review – Start Of Something Special

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Sony Ericsson T68i Review: Released at the start of 2002, the Sony Ericsson T68i is a special model. It was the first one released under the joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. For this model, there was nothing special planned, and the phone itself was a rehash of one of Ericsson’s last models, the Ericsson T68. The changes were mainly cosmetic, although the software also gained a substantial upgrade to reflect the new branding.

There was good reason why nothing changed: the Sony Ericsson T68i was a phone targeting the very top of the market. With colour screens now becoming mainstream in mobile phones, more needed to be done. The T68i was positioned as a business handset, with many features positioned towards communication. The Bluetooth feature (rare at the time) allowed for quick transfer of files with no wires required. And like Nokia phones of the time, the T68 also could take photos, albeit via a clip-on camera.

The software upgrade included an e-mail client – extremely rare for this type of phone at the time and the ability to send and receive multimedia messages.

Full specifications here.

There were a number of small handsets after this, but perhaps the real successor to this model was the Sony Ericsson T610, which was released in 2003. This kept many of the same features but featured a larger screen and integrated camera.

 

Sony Ericsson T68i Review Pros:

  • The build quality was high on this phone. Unlike the Nokia models which had plastic interchangeable covers, the phone featured a higher quality metallic finish.
  • The Bluetooth connection was excellent on the phone, allowing quick transfers of files and addition of handsfree devices.
  • Navigation on the phone was made much easier with a joystick.
  • The phone had good talktime and standby capacities despite the colour screen.

Sony Ericsson T68i Review Cons:

  • The price of the phone was high – pitched as a semi business phone, it was close to the top of the market.
  • The screen resolution was just 101 x 80 pictures and 256 colours, which was below that of phones such as the Nokia 7210.
  • The phone lacked customisability: covers could not be changed without disassembly of the phone.
  • Camera of the phone was only available via relatively expensive add-on.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This was a popular phone and sold in very large numbers due to its features. There should be many of these in the market which makes picking one up fairly cheap. Many of these were not easy to keep in good condition with cover and battery degradation, so a large bonus for those which are pristine.

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.

Sony Ericsson T68i Disassembly Instructions

If you are interested in taking apart the Sony Ericsson T68i for repair purposes, here is a useful link. These instructions also work for the older Ericsson T68.

Sony Ericsson T68i Video Review

Here is a video review of the Sony Ericsson T68i, which covers the main points of this handset:

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