The Ericsson A3618 is a
simple phone that has a variety of functions that can be found on an average
mobile phone in the market today. Although
this phone is very much similar in size in comparison with a Nokia 3310, it
boasts only very basic functionality – really just enough for an average user
to get around with. For a phone
that is worth around $260 to $320, I suppose you’re getting your money’s
Weighing it at 86 grams, it
felt like it was lighter than most other phones.
But because of its size, it is the weight that has been distributed which
gave me that initial impression. The
curvilinear design of the phone makes the A3618 somewhat more attractive than
some of the previous Ericsson models.
Turning on the phone, I found
the backlight to provide sufficient ambience for reading the LCD screen. The phone’s four backlight colours allows for use during
normal operation or to screen callers with the help of caller line
identification (Caller ID). For
those who may not have worked out how to change the backlight, you need to go to
settings, then display, then light, and choose an option – then it will let
you choose the colour you want.
Ericsson A3618 has four backlight colours that helps identify callers with
One of the things that I have
disliked about Ericsson phones is the difficulty in using the keypad.
For some reason, I just find it hard to put in a sequence of numbers, or
just simply navigate the phone’s menu, because sometimes I tend to miss a key
when I have definitely pressed it. For
the A3618, this problem is very evident – especially when I am trying to type
my SMS messages using the T9 input method.
Apart from that, I welcome
the use of icons to represent various sub-menus.
Unfortunately, there were no other changes – which mean that menus
under the main menu are still somewhat cluttered and somewhat overwhelming.
Being a Nokia user, I would prefer that each menu function and its
setting listed on one page – instead of a list of functions spanning down the
As for battery life, you
should be able to get around 2-3 days standby and around 2-3 hours of talk time.