Sony Ericsson S312 Review – New Family of Candybar Phones

Sony Ericsson S312 Review: Released in 2009, the Sony Ericsson S312 was a mid-range mobile phone. Several new families of models had been released upon this line: the T-series and the business-oriented G-series. These almost replaced the now longstanding Cybershot and Walkman series of phones. Given that great imaging and music capability had become pretty standard on phones, there was no need for the supplemental branding.

Many of the candybar models pushed out at this time were of only average spec, and this phone was no exception. Perhaps with the way touchscreens were going much effort was being put into these, and 2009 was the year of the first Xperia models. The first S-series phone was the S302, which was fairly similar to the older Sony Ericsson W880i.

This phone was notable for using design elements from a number of different models in the past, and features a pretty classic design as well as a budget price. By now though, there was some extreme competition in this market of phone, and certainly it compares unfavourably with some of the old classics of the past in terms of spec.

Full specifications here.

Aside from the Sony Ericsson Elm and Hazel, this was one of the last phones produced of its type. Slide models were preferred for the non-touch variants, and of course Sony Ericsson were disbanded in 2011.

Sony Ericsson S312 Review Pros:

  • The phone came with a new type of screen coating as seen in previous LG models such as the Shine. This screen was more scratch-resistant and also under the right lighting could be used as a mirror.
  • The size of this handset was very small and weighed just 80g. A wider keypad and slightly bigger function buttons allowed a little better usage than the S302.
  • The phone came with most of the same music features as seen in Walkman models – trackID and MP3 player and M2 memory card support.#
  • The efficiency of the phone screen improved and talktime and standby power were better on the same battery size.

Sony Ericsson S312 Review Cons:

  • In terms of resolution the screen had progressed little: a 176 x 220 resolution was fairly poor and worse than even budget phones of a few years before.
  • The camera was a little underpowered at 2MP, and also did not feature a front-facing camera.
  • On-board memory was a little small at just 15MB; this was smaller than that of the S302.
  • 3.5mm headphone ports had still not come to these models, which still relied on the Sony Ericsson connection and an adapter.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

This was a rather obscure phone which didn’t sell in large numbers. By 2009, most of the competition was in the form of touchscreen phones. With many of the older models also offering better specifications, this also had a tough job in persuading people. Perhaps the rarity factor may work in its favour in 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.

Sony Ericsson S312 Disassembly Guide

If you are interested in opening the Sony Ericsson S312 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.

Sony Ericsson S312 Video Review

Here is a video about the Sony Ericsson S312, covering most of its major features.

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