The S312's battery life is rated by Sony Ericsson as being good for up to eight hours of talk time or 400 hours on standby. We found the 930mAh battery kept the phone going for two days if we were sparing with music playback, but a daily battery boost might be in order if you listen to a lot of music, especially if you do so with Bluetooth A2DP headphones. A slightly different take on battery life, the phone managed to play music from a full charge for seven and a quarter hours.
Not short of competition
Sony Ericsson hasn’t primed the S312 with much memory. The official specs say the handset has 15MB, and fresh out of the box ours had 14.4MB free.
Investment in a Memory Stick Micro card is imperative if you want to have a decent amount of music on board or and to take photos indiscriminately. Call quality was fine. We had no problems making calls and could hear the folk at the other end of the line loud and clear.
There is a fair range of other software on board that we’ve not mentioned in detail. Track ID, sound recording, a trio of games - Nitro Street Racing, Guitar Rock Tour and Sudoku - a single alarm, calendar, tasks manager, timer, stopwatch, calculator and a unit converter. In short, no shortage of regular-use features.
If you want a low-cost PAYG phone, the Sony Ericsson S312 isn't bad. But there are plenty of alternatives to choose from, and there’s nothing that makes this one stand out from the crowd. ®
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Sony Ericsson S312
Nice (for the price)
SE always hit the spot with this sort of phone, 750i was a classic, the w810i is a great phone (within it's limitations) 770i does the job in 3G, bit bigger but pocketable, the side mounted port is annoying to have it in your pocket but proprietry isn't a problem as there's a zillion 3rd party headphones/chargers etc. available and remeber it's just one connector (not two like usb+mic), also unlocking and customising is usually easy on SE's if that's what "your"* into.
*I guess this was a typo not some odd attempt at a bad accent.
Side-mounted fast port
Yes, please kill this beast and return the port to the bottom where it belongs.
Paris, on the bottom where she belongs.