The J105i Naite is one of the first eco-friendly products from Sony Ericsson manufactured with the mission to reduce its carbon dioxide footprint up to 15 % by using recycled plastics, reducing packaging materials and waterborne paint. It boasts features like dual camera, music player, FM radio, high speed internet connectivity and even supports all java applications.
The Naite, being one of the first phones from the Greenheart Program,, is made of plastic recycled from water bottles and CDs. This eco-friendly phone comes in a candy bar design and has a physical dimension of 4.3 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches. Owing to its plastic body, the Naite weighs just 3 ounces but still does not compromise its premier look or feel. It has a 2.2 inch QVGA TFT screen that supports 262K colors. You can find the secondary camera for video calling just above the display. Below the display, you can see the 4-way navigational pad with a central confirm button with the two soft keys on both sides. The call and the end call buttons are below the soft keys with the menu and C (Back) button occupying the last spot just above the 12 alphanumeric keys. The end call key also acts as the power button.
The volume rocker is on the right spine of the phone while the left plays host to the large proprietary charger port which doubly acts as the headset jack. The main camera is situated on the ridged back of the phone which hides the microSD slot. The top and the bottom of the phone are left bare with no keys or button there.
There is not much option in terms of color choice as this phone just comes in silver and ginger red.
This Sony Ericsson handset has a 2 megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom that can capture images and pictures at a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. You can even optimize the image quality of your photos with the Photo Fix application by adjusting the contrast and light balance. You can record videos at a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at 15 fps. It has a secondary camera for video calling.
The in-built Sony Ericsson media player fares really well with its varied features. You can sort your music according to the artist, album and track. The phone also gives you the power to create your own playlists with all your favorite songs. Not only that, the phone makes your audio experience more enjoyable and colorful by enabling album art. The trademarked MegaBass feature which enhances the bass frequency and the overall audio quality of your music is also preinstalled in this handset. The spoiler is that the media player only supports MP3 and AAC formats. The absence of WMA compatibility decreases the choice of music that we want to store in the phone to some extent.
The media player also supports video playback and supports 3GP and MP4 formats but the small screen size is a hindrance and a spoilsport.
Completing the phone’s media aspect in terms of music and videos is its RDS powered stereo FM radio
The device has WAP 2.0/ HTML (NetFront) as its default web browser which does not really live up to the mark. But your browsing experience can be increased many folds by just installing the Opera mini browser. You can even read your emails on the phone as it has support for email attachments and IMAP, POP3, and SMTP protocol support.
Also in the device are two eco-centric applications namely GreenCalculator and the EcoMate. The GreenCalculator helps in calculating your daily greenhouse emissions while the EcoMate is educative and provides information about conserving water and power.
The Sony Ericsson Naite has an internal memory of 100 MB which is a decent storage size for phone logs, entries, contacts and messages. You can even store your ringtones. For files that require a bigger storage, it has the external microSD slot which can be expanded up to 8 GB.
The Mobile phone does not have Wi-Fi or 3G features but still can transfer data through GPRS or EDGE. The phone supports the quad band GSM 850/ 900/1800/2100 for 2G connectivity. The device also supports three frequency bands of UMTS and HSDPA namely 850, 1900 and 2100. For local connectivity, this eco friendly phone has Bluetooth Version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate. It also has a USB 2.0 port to ensure wired local connectivity with other compatible devices like printers and computers. The inclusion of SyncML makes synchronizing your phone locally or over the air possible.
Instead of the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, the Sony Ericsson Naite has its proprietary audio jack.
The phone has a very good call quality with loud and clear voice signals on both ends of the phone. But the speakerphone can sometimes disappoint you as call quality can be very poor and indecipherable at times. The image quality is very good for a 2 megapixel camera. The only complaint is its inability to take pictures in landscape mode. The integrated music player also fares poorly when compared to previous Sony Ericsson music players. The cramp dial pad and the absence of the standard 3.5 mm audio jack are not going to win any admirers.
But the phone’s high end multimedia features like video calling, email, high speed internet and tools for editing music, photos and videos are going make up for all the drawbacks. And on top of that, the budget friendly price makes this phone an irresistible value for money phone.
The Naite does not blow us away with its features but still it does not disappoint with the regular calling, texting and the odd google search. And at a market price of just $124, this phone is a must-have for all people looking for a budget phone with decent features. Buy this phone to show that you care about the earth.
Reviewer’s rating: 4/5