The Ericsson T60c is Sony Ericsson’s latest CDMA handset offering a near-complete smorgasbord of features, comparable to those found on Ericsson GSM-based models. Most CDMA phones available in the market don’t seem to have near-enough of what GSM handsets feature on the inside. Ericsson phones, such as the T60c in this case, are a very good example of being one of the very first.
The T60c comes with a refined user interface, which attempts to provide for a less-confusing experience (especially true when you are trying to set up the phone for the very first time!) For previous users of Ericsson GSM handsets (for example, T39m and T65 phones), you will find the menu system very similar. Various messaging methods are supported by the T60c, while the built-in WAP browser allows for the browsing of Internet content.
Having a screen which displays up to 7 lines of text seems to come at a price - a handset which is sized slightly larger on the top half than the bottom. Although the egg-shaped screen area does seem kind of cumbersome, it does give the phone a rather unique look. Compared with other CDMA phones, the T60c does come to being slightly larger on average.
User Interface (UI)
Adopting a very similar menu system as those found on newer Ericsson GSM models (T39m, T65), the T60c has also been given a new way to physically navigate the phone. Gone are the traditional YES/NO buttons, and replaced with two soft keys and a 5-way joystick. Some may find it weird not to have ANSWER/REJECT buttons - getting use to it shouldn’t take too long though. I actually find using the new joystick easier when it comes to going around the phone’s menus.
One thing I found annoying at times was that I could not go back to the previous menu or standby screen when I tried pressing the CLR (clear) button, which was possible on previous models. Usually, I use the CLR button (or REJECT or red button on other phones) to go back to the main menu or standby screen - which is a good feature to have when you may be doing something wrong with the phone :)
Making and receiving calls
Even without the YES/NO buttons, call handling is virtually the same with the only difference being the two buttons being labelled on the screen instead. A retractable antenna on the T60c allows a user to improve the phone’s reception if the call signal begins to degrade. Voice dialling is available on the T60c, with the addition of digit dialling as well as the standard name tag dialling method.
The T60c comes with several messaging options - including standard SMS messages, an SMS chat interface, and POP3/SMTP email. T9 predictive text input makes composing messages a much easier task compared with having to tap each letter in individually. One slight downside with messaging on the T60c (and most other Ericsson phones) is the somewhat slow response speeds while typing messages.
I was able to get around 2 days' worth of usage from the T60c on average use, with talking time lasting around 1-2 hours on a single, full charge. This figure will vary significantly if you start playing around with the phone's menus a lot.