O2 has provided the Cocoon with three decent Java games: The SIMs 2, EA Air Hockey and Tetris, and more can be downloaded. Other applications include standard fare like a calendar, notepad, calculator, currency converter, voice recorder, stopwatch and world clock. PC Suite 1.1 software supplied enables Windows PC users to sync Outlook with the Cocoon.
In addition, the O2 Cocoon has a hidden bonus: If you happen to come within range of the O2 venue, cell ID technology communicates with the Cocoon to change the wallpaper, and offer maps of the location and other exclusive content.
Making and taking voice calls on the Cocoon proved generally acceptable, although sometimes there’s a clipped sharpness to speech or a slight hollowness in the earpiece. At the other end of the phone, speech came across clear and loud. The Cocoon didn’t grab on to signals quite as strongly as our reference Nokia in side-by-side tests, with 3G coverage slipping off more easily in marginal areas.
Battery life is quoted by O2 at five hours for GSM talk time, three hours of 3G usage, and 330 hours on stand-by. Or you have 15 hours' music playback. Obviously, those estimates change depending on other power hungry gadget-fiddling, but we managed to keep the phone going for over four days with ample time spent playing with all the goodies.
A flash-fitted camera is part of the package
The O2 Cocoon is an impressive music player in a phone with enough quirky - and intelligent - features to justify O2’s claim to have produced something a bit different. It is distinctive, but the graceful lines of the design are let down by the phone's proportions. It’s not huge, but where it’s coming from music-wise, slim is king.
Nevertheless, with a capacity of up to 4GB with a memory card inserted, and at the price O2 is quoting, the Cocoon is a solid music phone. And it makes a great alarm clock too...
O2 Cocoon mobile phone
Re: O2 have balls
"If you're asking £295 for this as a PAYG shows O2 have either big balls or they've totally lost touch with reality"
If my recent dealings with them are any indication[*], it's definitely the latter and one of the main reasons I've booted them into touch and gone over to T-Mobile instead (I've also 'downgraded' from an XDA Mini to a Nokia 6300 - never been happier)
Having seen a Cocoon in the York O2 shop, the first thing I thought was 'Eeeewwww!' - looks like the bastard offspring of an iPod and a bedside alarm clock and, given the quality of O2s reception round here, is probably more useful as one of these than as an actual phone.
[*] - eg. ringing their customer support to request my PAC code and having to sit through an advert for the bloody iPhone.
Own worst enemy
Is it me, or is O2 going to bite its own arse?, they have already bought a deal for the iphone, why have this aswell
O2 have balls
If you're asking £295 for this as a PAYG shows O2 have either big balls or they've totally lost touch with reality if they think this phone is worth nearly £300. At that money they're saying it's got more to offer than nearly anything coming from Sony-Ericsson, Nokia, LG or Motorola. They're clearly a bit mad.
The phone lacks one thing and the review lacks another..
Why don't manufacturers put a standard 3.5m jack in music phones? My SPV is the same as this, uses some crappy proprietary plug and they charge you a fortune for a new set of headphones. It was cheaper to buy a new MP3 player than it was to replace the orange (nothing special except the price) headphones.
- I know they also need to add a mic. and other control lines too.. but there are ways of dealing with that.
- And yes, it comes with a 'adapter', but I'll bet the adapter has crummy strain relief, breaks after reasonable use, and costs a fortune to replace (if you can even buy it separately).
As for the review, yet again we are not told about how the phone synchronises.. Just mac and windows info and no discussion aboutr wether it mounts as a USB drive (and is therefore compatible with pretty much everything.)
- Simon; this is, unfortunately, in the finest tradition of el-reg reviews.. Please, please give a overview of the sync method (USB filesystem, vs. proprietary/activesync/telepathy) and then note any handy apps they supply for specific OS's. Ta.
Oh wow, there's a bonus.. A corporate entity changing my wallpaper for advertising purposes? It's like they read my mind!
A pint of Bishop's Ringfinger to the first person who hacks that to send out goatse.. :)