Fold Me!

Mobile has tested seven folding phones that take up less space in your pocket.

Folding phones is like a folding knives. Folded is the highly pocketable with its soft, rounded shapes, but not particularly useful. The foldable headset, try to get around it with various buttons and displays that will make the content available to your phone even when it is closed. But it often becomes as the little red knife that tumbled around in my trouser pocket when I was a child. When it was folded, I could access a toothpick and tweezers, not particularly cool when you were out and wreak havoc in the forest.

Another obvious similarity, of course, is that you should never stop-down either the knife or vikmobil in your Pocket without folding it. The result is guaranteed to be slashed leg or a broken phone. It leads to an awful lot of felling back and forth when you have a clamshell phone, the first concern, of course, is whether it will stick together. We start there.

Form and quality

The idea of a folding phone is that it will take up less space and to be protected when it is in your bag or Pocket. Right protected is well all the phones in the test when they are folded, but all is not so small. Motorola V8 is clearly thinly but the surface is instead fairly large. When you unfold the phone is of course the surface double and then it is really big. I think it feels a little clumsy in its open position because it is so big. The materials are metal, plastic and glass and it gives a luxurious impression. The keypad consists of a whole piece of metal with white, backlit numbers that sticks up a little so that you can feel them, it looks real, but fast little in the keypad when I press on it.

Samsung’s two lurking feels a bit plastic at first glance. M300 is a simple phone, but its small size can certainly appeal to those who want a phone that does not take place. On the outside is just a volume button and a small screen. Despite the fact that the material doesn’t feel solid as feels the phone quite durable, maybe just because there aren’t many extra bells and whistles on it that can break.

 

M300 by Samsung is the minsting, and it has side effects on the function.

Z240 is also drawn with a certain plastighet and it starts already with the interchangeable covers that come with the package. But after using it, I like it more and more. The keypad is flat and the numbers are quite large and is located on the same surface, separated by small ridges. Samsung has chosen to make the lid with the screen a bit shorter than the bottom of the keys. Below the figures is therefore an edge sticking up flush with the screen when it is folded. I don’t really understand what is the idea behind this, but may contribute to giving the sweetest Z240 hop precipitating sound. If one pops up the handset with some speed to get a muffled “klopp” in response. The other phone gives a more angular “heel” when the folds, maybe just an insignificant detail, but it gives Z240 more luxurious feeling.

Phone from Sony Ericsson is similar in size and shape. They feel a little more lavish, especially Z770 that looks elegant with mattad black and silver grey plastic on the outside. A small screen that looks like a mirror on the outside and a volume button is the only external features, it is a stripped-down phone. Inside there is a 2.2 inch screen and a keypad that is located in the same space. Also inside is the most elegant in black and silver.

W380 belong to Walkman series and are focused on music. It shows on the outside, it has three music buttons adjacent to the small screen. They are marked in something like Braille and it is possible to know which is which, even with the phone in my pocket. Otherwise, the volume control and a slider for the music buttons on the outside, which is made of purple plastic. Unfolded, a 2 inch display and buttons that are separated from each other, but that folded down to the next becomes one with the surface. But they work well and the risk of ending up on the wrong button is small even if you have a big thumb.

The two Nokia phones differ from each other a lot. 6290 is a smartphone and with many bells and whistles tucked has become quite thick, over two centimeters in the folded condition. On the sides there are volume buttons, USB, charger, headphones and two small speakers. Inside sits a 2.2 inch screen and clear buttons located one-and-one. Everything is great and works well. It feels well built without being neither exciting or surprising in the features or design. The format is good, the only thing that speaks against it is that as I said is quite thick and do not slide down so smoothly in the trouser pocket.

The dimensions are not exceptional, but the slim feeling makes the Nokia 6555 still seems to slip a little light down in the Pocket.

It does, however, the Nokia 6555. It is streamlined with a little 80-the 60th century style of design. It’s not so much thinner than 6290 but the shape of the phone is slimmer and it makes it seem easier to take with you in your pocket. Big buttons inside without any fuss provides a clean and simple look.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Z770

Ease of use

All the phones in the test has some sort of screen on the outside but they are very different. Motorola V8 stands out with an external screen at 2 inches, clearly the biggest in test, but unfortunately, you can’t use it for much. When the phone is closed, you can control the music player with three like that pops up on the screen. It reacts well and confirms its position accordingly with a slight trembling. You can also select the profile by using the buttons on the side and take a self portrait with the camera when it is closed. It also works well to read text messages on the external screen. On the inside, everything is real and substantial, there is plenty of room on this great phone and you need quite a long thumb to reach across the surface of the keypad. But the large buttons minimizes the risk of error, of course, presses. The menus offer not directly on any surprises, they feel a little bit old but is clear and easy to find your way in.

Samsung M300 is well Motorola’s total opposite. It’s very small, both folded and developed. Despite its small size, the keypad works fine I dots right without problems on numbers, and off, the only thing that feels a little stunted is menu wheel with a button in the middle. Although the middle button is a little elevated so I happen to several wrong presses when I’m going to jump around in the menus. There are no functions on the outside, calling it, just fold up the cover. The only thing you can do is to lower the volume when the phone is folded. The screen is small and not very sharp, and well there that lower the grade most on the phone.

Samsung Z240 also gives only the option to adjust the volume when it is closed. Will there be a call can therefore not press it off without opening the phone. But it’s quite lean and is good in the hand and is pleasant to use. What surprises me is that the menus consist of black and white icons. It does not matter that much but it gives a sad impression. Otherwise, menus are clear, it is easy to find the right in them and I rarely need to look very long to find the settings or features that I’m looking for.

On Sony Ericsson Z770 is buttons delimiting through small bumps around the numbers, it works decently, but I occasionally end up on the wrong button, especially on lurknapparna which, although they are quite big invites you to the wrong presses because they are close to each other and are a bit ill-defined. Menu buttons consists of four thin strokes to buttons that work well even though they hardly feels under your finger.

Once inside the menus looks all neat like, in the same way as the phone’s exterior are the menus themselves simple and sober. Also in this phone it pops up black-white icons here and there, but Sony Ericsson makes it look elegant with small animations that Nock. On the outside, it is empty except for the volume button. It mutes the ringer if you press once, and rejects the call if you press two times.

On the W380 has wanted to make it even easier to make themselves unavailable. Here, there is a built-in motion sensor next to the camera lens, which is actually a light sensor. When it rings, wait until a small lamp flashed, then pull your hand back and forth above the lens and then rejected the call. Certainly it feels contemporary but might not be so practical. I manage to reject a call by taking it out of the Pocket and close the sensor and use the volume control in the same way as on the Z770 if I want to print off the call. Otherwise similar W380 if Z770, although the screen is a bit smaller and not as sharp.

 

Here we see inside, but already on the outside offers Nokia 6290 on good shortcuts.

Nokia viklurar differ not only on the outside but also when to fold them. 6290 with its bulligare shape hides the more powerful Series 60 operating system unlike the 6555 running on Series 40. 6290 is the only smartphone, but despite many good features, it is not completely clear as a Bell. The screen is not as sharp as I would like and the many outlets on the outside of the phone is hidden by the plastic covers that are just too difficult to get up. They look great and help protect against dust but is a clear annoyance when something should be connected to the phone.

Under the external screen are three buttons used to navigate menus in music when the phone is closed. To access the player, a library and a radio using these buttons. They are also used to mute and reject calls when it rings and to read text messages. Along with Motorola V8 has 6290 the most useful outside.

6555 has just a camera button and a volume button on the outside. With the volume button close to the ringing sound with a pressure and reject the call by pressing and holding the button. Unfolded is clear and easy-to-use buttons. 6555 succeed with the balance to be simple without being boring. It is simple and easy to use but have what it takes.

A general problem with folding phones is to respond if one hand is busy. It is necessary to manage to trick into your thumb between the two parts to flärpa up the phone. This can of course be avoided by use of hands-free, but is forced to bear a child or a bag of groceries in one hand and responding with the other, I think the Nokia 6555 and Samsung M300 is the easiest to get up by using the thumb as they are thinner than the other, and they both have a little clearer the seam between them which makes it easier to get into the thumb and lift the lid.

Winner: Motorola V8 and Sony Ericsson Z770

Music opportunities

All headphones in the test has some kind of music player built in. They also have software that either come with or can be downloaded, which can be used to transfer music to the phone. Clearly the fastest you can transfer via USB cable and all programs work to transfer songs. Another way is to send via bluetooth and it works on all but Samsung M300 which lacks bluetooth. Considering that it is quite slow to send using bluetooth is the best solution if you only need to send over a couple of songs. Several albums takes too long, I think. Another thing to consider is memory. M300 and Motorola V8 has no slot for extra memory cards. V8 has 512 megabytes of built-in memory, and it can handle themselves well on. But if you want a lot of music to your phone, have space for memory cards.

The player in the W380 is not good-looking, but the sound is really good.

The only phone that focuses on music is thus included in the W380 as Sony Ericsson’s Walkmanserie. I try the phone using the included handsfree earphones and W380 turns out to have quite good sound. The player may not be really nice but it must in all cases with a small image of album cover. The outside control unit using the buttons in relief like image writing also works well, you can stop and skip between songs. The display is in one row and the text scrolls up and not offer so much information. One advantage of the keys is that you can feel them in your pocket.

The player in the Z770 looks basically the same as that of the W380, slightly nicer thanks to a better screen. However, the sound is not as good, despite the fact that I use the same headphones. Nor is it possible to access the music player when the phone is closed. Then presented song and artist in the small external screen. It is possible to control the volume, and press and hold the volume button you jump back to the beginning of the song being played. Both models from Sony Ericsson lets you plug in headphones with 3.5 mm contact in handsfree cable, they also have built-in radio. Unfortunately, they also have a disturbing klckljud jumping between songs.

Nokia has chosen 2.5 mm plugs in its two phones that can plug into your regular lurking in them. 6290 has a stylish player who shows the artwork for the album but the sound is not as good as I wish. A plus is that it is possible to control the player with the phone closed. The buttons under the external screen allows you to start both the music player and radio. The music player in the battle of the 6555 is easier. Unfortunately, it also applies to the sound that is not very good. Here I also affected by sharp clicking sound when I jump between songs. It has no built-in radio.

Samsung Z240 is also a player of the easier the battle but the sound in the headset is still really pretty. In no way Cannon sound but still more than what I had expected of the phone. The headset that comes with giving no possibility to plug in other cons without you is directed to those who follow with unless you buy a separate cord for plugging into ordinary fools.

For Samsung M300 is successful I never transfer any music. I’m running Vista and my computer does not recognize the phone, it works either with Samsung’s software or via Windows Media Player. In its defence, it should be said that it has a built-in radio but in musikväg have M300 not so much to come up with.

Motorola V8 surprises with great sound even though the included headphones don’t look so fun. The player displays images and it works well to control the player with touch buttons when the phone is folded. The only problem with them is that it is easy to access them when you are going to pick up the phone out of your pocket or just when you take in it, but it is possible to activate the key lock.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W380

Camera

A problem with folding phones is that they become flat and hence it is difficult to fit with decent optics and features for the camera. Sony Ericsson Z770, Nokia 6290 and Motorola V8, all cameras with two-megapixel resolution. But as we know, Megapixels is not everything. In my small test successful W380 take the best pictures both outdoors and indoors. There will be no great pictures, but they are fairly crisp and colors are okay.

Motorola Razr2 V8

Motorola V8 also approved images but they are a little less sharp than W380. Then comes the Nokia 6290 and Samsung Z240 with a little worse colors and more blurring of the images. 6555 delivers even more blur and the colors start to go a little green. Z770 has the worst sharpness in my test and although the colors are decent, the grade of course down when it becomes difficult to see what the image depicts. Samsung M300 only takes pictures that barely good enough to send by mms, the camera, I have a little trouble understanding why you have put there.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W380

Synching

The Samsung uses the PC Studio. With its help you can synchronize the contacts and calendar, send, and manage files and write mms on your computer that you send via your phone. It works to run through both the USB and bluetooth, unfortunately it only sync Outlook and I use Mail in Vista then synchronization is interrupted. The program for creating multimedia works reasonably well but it is just as easy to create mms in the phone I think.

 

Samsung Z240 has some similarities with Motorola’s classic Razr, but do not as good as the Razr2 in rating summary.

Sony Ericsson run with the program PC Suite works seamlessly. It is easy to install and the interface is good. Contacts and calendar data synced smoothly over bluetooth and send files to the phone is no problem. You can also send and receive sms and mms messages from your PC when your phone is connected via bluetooth. If you are communicating a lot via sms, it is nice to be able to write the texts on the computer and not have to enter everything on the phone. There is also a feature to back up and restore your phone if something would happen.

Nokia’s software for synchronization is called also the PC Suite and Nokia and Sony Ericsson’s software is very similar to each other. It works great to sync, send texts and transfer files both with phone connected by USB cable and bluetooth. There is also the ability to make backup copies of your phone, something that might be good to keep in mind the more information you put in your phone.

Motorola’s synkprogram contains much of the same features and it is easy to get started. Syncing of contacts and calendar are going well. SMS can be send when your phone is connected and new text message comes up on the screen of your computer. The program itself looks like a picture of the phone on the computer screen, the interface is a bit funny but when selecting different functions you end up in new menus that are easy to understand. You will also access to Motorola’s Web-based backup service but unfortunately it costs money.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W380 and Z770

Internet and e-mail

Four of phone comes with 3 g, the one that stands out is Sony Ericsson Z770 has even faster connection via turbo-3 g. It is marketed as a surftelefon and sure enough it works good. The only thing you can object is that the screen is perhaps the smallest team for it to be really nice. On the Z770 is a type of mouse pointers that are controlled by the menu buttons that make it possible to click around on the internet pages in a manner similar to how to do it with an ordinary mouse. Pointer jumping around incremental but it’s still a pretty convenient way to navigate. The configuration of the e-mail account follows a template and for me is it easy to get started.

Both phones from Nokia has 3 g. 6290 has a good browser, also there is a mouse pointer that is controlled with the menu buttons. The feeling comes pretty close to surf as usual on a computer looking through that screen of course is much smaller. For example, you should read the paper there will be some scrolling on dn.se, for example, but a master box automatically pops up on the side of the screen and make sure you get approved. Email is also easy to get started with if you just follow the automatic settings.

While 6555 has 3 g that allows Web browsing without having to wait for you to death on the pages to be loaded. Email is no frills but the internet function is a little easier than in 6290. There are no pointers but when you jump up on a page, move between the marked headers. But to the simple surf to search information, so is connectivity with 3 g alright, especially to be a simpler phone.

Z240 has also the 3 g. A simple Web browser in combination with a screen with a bit lower resolution makes surfing gets a little tough despite the faster data rate. It simply looks a little sad when I jump between headings and the text on the pages will be a little hard to see.

A classic in many respects, Motorola’s Razr as in latest version called the Razr2 V8.

Motorola V8 has curiously lacks 3 g. With the big screen, it feels like 3 g should be a given. But at this point feels a bit old V8. The browser feels pretty fast and it rolls very fast down the sides once they have finished loading. If you stick to mobile-friendly pages with less information, it works great. Had it had the 3 g, it would have been fun to surf while on normal pages but the long time it takes to load pages makes me just yearn for a faster connection. The e-mail program will take me a while to set up but once it is up and running, I think it works well. It does not give as good an overview as in Sony Ericsson Z770 and Nokia 6290 but it is clearly approved.

W380 also suffers from a rather small screen when going out on the net. The text is small and in combination with the lack of 3 g, it also works best on mobile-friendly pages, the browser also feels a bit slow. After a bit of planers, I have also set up the e-mail program and it works great.

Samsung M300 lacks email program but it is possible to surf passably. It is possible to enter at mobil.dn.se and read the news but it is nothing to be happy by. Slowly and is difficult. But of course there is the possibility there.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Z770

Miscellaneous

Call quality is of course an important factor but where it is difficult to set a rating. I’ve called with all phones and all the phones get approved. Samsung M300 I think sounds better with hands free. But on the contrary allows Nokia 6290 worse with headset, just the model, I think, have a bit of poor sound quality given that it’s a pretty advanced phone. On the other phone, there is nothing that makes me want to criticize the sound. Just the phone folds out means that they become quite long and speaker and microphone ports near the ear and mouth, perhaps it helps to increase the sound quality.

When it comes to overall rating, it will be a fairly large gap between the winner and the last in this test, Samsung M300 falls far behind the others. It is a simple phone that focuses on basic features. Are you just looking for the basics, of course this phone also be an option, but it is simply against the others ‘ performance in the test.

Z770 WINS on regular income, but if you want a more business-oriented phone, the Nokia 6290. Despite lower score in the test was a good officelösning to read and edit documents, and a good browser. The music is the main thing, W380 also host to watch, I think it has the best sound quality.

 

Total Winners: Sony Ericsson Z770

Z770 gets consistently good ratings, it manages to combine form with good content and is victorious. It is easy to use, fast to surf with and good at music with built in radio as a bonus. The biggest weakness is the camera that delivered fairly blurry test images.