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    SonyEricsson T68m
    Author: David Pitlyuk
    Date Posted: August 21st, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 9.5/10
    Bottom Line: It's small, it looks awesome, its got tons of features, and that's why we gave it our editor's choice award.

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    Design

    You probably don't know, but this review is SLCentral's first cell phone review. Before even thinking about reviewing cell phones for the site, I was very excited for the release of this phone as I thought it looked very good and would have a pretty decent price point ($199 with service contract). Even though I had good thoughts about this phone before getting it, I will be keeping this review as unbiased as possible to make sure you guys get the truth, so any bad points I have…well…I won't hesitate to state them.

    Ok, enough of my little intro, here's what I think about the design of the T68. It kicks ass. Period. Before using this phone, my favorite style was the Nokia 8260. The way it looked was great, but I thought it was a LITTLE too small. So I ended up getting the Nokia 3360, a little bit too big now. The T68 fits my hand and my pocket perfect, and it's VERY light. As for the style, it's very similar to the Nokia's, one reason why I like it, but there are a couple things that I like better about it.

    First of all, there are two available colors, lunar grey (what we are reviewing) and ziroccan gold. Here's a comparison shot of the two phones:

    I haven't seen the ziroccan gold in person, but I really do like the color scheme on the lunar grey…it's the typical design that I favor (silver on grey). Aside from the color scheme there are a few notable things that assist on the good design. First of all the back off the phone has a rubbery texture to it, so it makes it very nice to grip…I really liked that. On the front there are two lights on top, green on the left and blue on the right. If you haven't seen already, there are places that will hook-up phones with all kinds of crazy blinking lights and what not…blue lights are the "in thing" right now, and I think it looks really great. The regular buttons light up orange, a nice contrast, and easily seen in the dark. The yes and no buttons are a chrome plastic, they actually look a bit out of place, but aren't too bad. I do think they feel a little flimsy though. Here's a close up on those:

    Aside from the color display, the main thing that you will most likely notice is the joystick in-between the yes and not buttons. This is a new feature that I thought was very clever and works really well…especially when you want to play games or navigate through the menus on the phone. One thing to note though, is the joystick is pretty sensitive, and wouldn't hurt to be a little more "stiff". There have been plenty of times where I would be trying to push the joystick in, but instead it goes down or sideways. It took a little bit of getting used to, and it doesn't happen as much, but just something to keep in mind.

    Other than that, on the top right side is the infrared port and on the top left is helpful sliding key. The sliding key just goes up and down and is used to increase/decrease volume while talking or to scroll up/down on pages, especially useful when using WAP services.

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    1. Introduction
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