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Sony Ericsson C702 rugged handset

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There's also the option to zoom in or out of pages and to display text only so you cut down on your data bills, as well as receiving RSS feeds. But there's no accelerometer on board to automatically flip the screen resolution between portrait and landscape, though there is the option to do this manually. It's a clunky system compared to fast-lane flash Harrys like the iPhone 3G or HTC's Touch Diamond, but it's not bad for a mid-range phone.

The music player isn't quite up there with Sony Ericsson's Walkman series, of course, but it's perfectly decent, including playlists and podcasts, plus Sony Ericsson's addictive TrackID service that allows you to identify tracks played on the built-in FM radio – or any other radio come to that.

Sony Ericsson C702

And there's a chunky metallic lens cover on the back

It's only a pity that there's no 3.5mm socket to upgrade the basic earphones that come with the handset, though if you really wanted to, you could use the headphones from a Walkman phone, which include an adaptor.

The C702 has 150MB of memory on board, which isn't bad, and you can also beef this up to 4GB with a MemoryStick Micro card. Battery life seemed pretty decent too – we managed a good three days of moderate use before we had to recharge.

Verdict

It's rugged credentials may be a bit suspect - it's more Ross Kemp than Andy McNab - but this is still a great little mid-range phone. The 3.2-megapixel camera is more than competent and packed with features, the music player does a better than average job and we found the AGPS system a breeze to use.

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Sony Ericsson C702 rugged handset

It's not as rugged as it looks, but it's a cut above the mid-range average.
Price: Contract: from free, handset only: £235 RRP

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