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  1. #1
    Steve Kraus
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    I got a Sony Ericsson T316 a couple months ago to replace an Ericsson that
    would no longer connect. Am I missing something or does my new phone have
    some of the most inconvenient menus and options ever devised?

    The layers of menus that one has to go through for frequently used tasks
    like to dial a stored number or to do something like, say, switch from ring
    to vibrate, or look up the number of a missed call, is simply ridiculous.
    Unless (I pray) there are some quick ways that I am not aware of. And is
    there even an option to shift the number of an incoming or outgoing call
    direclty into the phonebook and label it? Now I kinda wish I had taken the
    Nokia I was offered at the time. Next time around I better do some
    research. I can live with this--as long as it works I'll be fine--but boy
    is it lame. What were they thinking?



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  2. #2
    Carl.
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    "Steve Kraus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I got a Sony Ericsson T316 a couple months ago to replace an Ericsson that
    > would no longer connect. Am I missing something or does my new phone have
    > some of the most inconvenient menus and options ever devised?
    >
    > The layers of menus that one has to go through for frequently used tasks
    > like to dial a stored number or to do something like, say, switch from

    ring
    > to vibrate, or look up the number of a missed call, is simply ridiculous.
    > Unless (I pray) there are some quick ways that I am not aware of. And is
    > there even an option to shift the number of an incoming or outgoing call
    > direclty into the phonebook and label it? Now I kinda wish I had taken

    the
    > Nokia I was offered at the time. Next time around I better do some
    > research. I can live with this--as long as it works I'll be fine--but boy
    > is it lame. What were they thinking?


    Hoping it works the same as the t300 . . .

    To switch to vibrate quickly:
    Find the vibrate setting the "long way," and set vibrate function to "on if
    silent." Leave it like that, you won't need to touch it again. Then when
    you want to switch to vibrate, from the main screen (time/signal meter)
    press the option key below the YES key, and select silent mode. Do the same
    to return to normal ringing.


    For other tasks:
    Make use of the shortcut menu. From the main screen, just push the joystick
    left (menu will come up with shortcut option highlighted) and press YES.
    That menu can be customized to include all kinds of options. If for some
    reason you want to leave the ringer on and just toggle the vibrate feature,
    you can add the vibrate setting to this menu. There are a LOT of things it
    lets you add.


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  3. #3
    Michael Pronay
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    Steve Kraus <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The layers of menus that one has to go through for frequently
    > used tasks


    If it's the same structure as the T39 (which I presume), then
    there are quite a decent number of shortcuts.

    > like to dial a stored number


    Pressing and holding [2] to [9] keys gives you immediate access to
    the phone book, at the beginning of the entries with the first
    letter on the key. Further hits of the same (or any other) key
    dongles between the other letters on this key.

    > or to do something like, say, switch from ring to vibrate,


    As has been said, first set the vibrator to "on if silent" mode.
    But from them, no need to access the menu: Press [C] key for a
    second or two, confirm. Same way back.

    > or look up the number of a missed call,


    Just hit [YES] once, and you're in the calling list; little icons
    show you the type of the calls (active/passive/missed).

    > is simply ridiculous. Unless (I pray) there are some quick ways
    > that I am not aware of. And is there even an option to shift
    > the number of an incoming or outgoing call direclty into the
    > phonebook and label it?


    No, it's the other way round. Go into menu -> phone book -> add
    contact / edit contact. When you're at the approprate number
    entry, hitting [left] and [Unsaved nos.] brings you to the list;
    select and hit [YES]. Don't forget to save before exit.

    M.



  4. #4

    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    "Michael Pronay" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Steve Kraus <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > The layers of menus that one has to go through for frequently
    > > used tasks

    >
    > If it's the same structure as the T39 (which I presume), then
    > there are quite a decent number of shortcuts.
    >
    > > like to dial a stored number

    >
    > Pressing and holding [2] to [9] keys gives you immediate access to
    > the phone book, at the beginning of the entries with the first
    > letter on the key. Further hits of the same (or any other) key
    > dongles between the other letters on this key.
    >
    > > or to do something like, say, switch from ring to vibrate,

    >
    > As has been said, first set the vibrator to "on if silent" mode.
    > But from them, no need to access the menu: Press [C] key for a
    > second or two, confirm. Same way back.
    >
    > > or look up the number of a missed call,

    >
    > Just hit [YES] once, and you're in the calling list; little icons
    > show you the type of the calls (active/passive/missed).
    >
    > > is simply ridiculous. Unless (I pray) there are some quick ways
    > > that I am not aware of. And is there even an option to shift
    > > the number of an incoming or outgoing call direclty into the
    > > phonebook and label it?

    >
    > No, it's the other way round. Go into menu -> phone book -> add
    > contact / edit contact. When you're at the approprate number
    > entry, hitting [left] and [Unsaved nos.] brings you to the list;
    > select and hit [YES]. Don't forget to save before exit.
    >
    > M.


    Not to mention the "my shortcuts" menu.

    Has to be another "Nokia Desciple"...............

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  5. #5
    Q
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    ">[email protected]@-<" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Not to mention the "my shortcuts" menu.


    The problem with the shortcut menu is you can't have a shortcut to it!
    Selecting the 1st in the list is easy enough but there are too mant
    steps to get to the list itself to make it useful IMO.

    >
    > Has to be another "Nokia Desciple"...............


    However, his last phone was an Ericsson. I know what you mean about
    Nokia devotees hating the SE UIs. I personally am underwhelmed by the
    Nokia's but not to the extent I want to go to war over it. I wouldn't be
    surprised if Nokia's market share drops quite far simply because they
    can't stay top dog for ever in such a fashion aware market.





  6. #6
    Michael Pronay
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    "Q" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> Not to mention the "my shortcuts" menu.


    > The problem with the shortcut menu is you can't have a shortcut
    > to it!


    Hmm. On my T39 it's [arrow {left or right}] and [7]. That's short
    enough - at least for me.

    M.



  7. #7
    Q
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    Michael Pronay - typed:
    > "Q" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>> Not to mention the "my shortcuts" menu.

    >
    >> The problem with the shortcut menu is you can't have a shortcut
    >> to it!

    >
    > Hmm. On my T39 it's [arrow {left or right}] and [7]. That's short
    > enough - at least for me.
    >
    > M.


    As it is with my T39 (the best phone ever at launch IMO). The T610/310
    need too many presses of the joystick. A shortcut to the shortcut menu
    would be useful for this reason.





  8. #8
    Olaf Peuss
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    Q wrote:

    [Shortcut to shortcut menu?]
    >> Hmm. On my T39 it's [arrow {left or right}] and [7]. That's short
    >> enough - at least for me.


    And not to forget voice commands. You can't really have it more convenient
    than that. :-)


    > As it is with my T39 (the best phone ever at launch IMO).


    I challenge that and award the prize to the R520m, the best business phone
    that ever came from Ericsson. It excels the T39 with an extra "option key",
    a hands free speaker and a much bigger and easier to read display. :-))
    BTW: I've noticed that the EL display really suffers from a significant loss
    of brightness over a period of two years. If I compare the brandnew display
    in my R520 to the old one in my T39, I realise a tremendous difference. Time
    to change displays on the T39, I'd say.


    > The T610/310
    > need too many presses of the joystick. A shortcut to the shortcut menu
    > would be useful for this reason.


    I've never understood (and will probably never understand) why Ericsson
    wanted to be "super clever" and substituted the menu keys with that stupid
    joystick as that tiny little knob is anything but joy. The SE phone on which
    the joystick works quicker than the menu keys is still to be built. :-(


    Kind regards,
    Olaf

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  9. #9
    Michael Pronay
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    "Olaf Peuss" <[email protected]> wrote:

    [Shortcut to shortcut menu?]

    >>> Hmm. On my T39 it's [arrow {left or right}] and [7]. That's
    >>> short enough - at least for me.


    > And not to forget voice commands. You can't really have it more
    > convenient than that. :-)


    They might be more convenient, but take slightly longer - at least
    imho.

    M.



  10. #10
    Olaf Peuss
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    Michael Pronay wrote:

    >> And not to forget voice commands. You can't really have it more
    >> convenient than that. :-)

    >
    > They might be more convenient, but take slightly longer - at least
    > imho.


    Aye, but isn't it nice to know that at least one or two things in the world
    work exactly the way you tell them to? :-))


    Kind regards,
    Olaf

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  11. #11

    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    "Q" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Michael Pronay - typed:
    > > "Q" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>> Not to mention the "my shortcuts" menu.

    > >
    > >> The problem with the shortcut menu is you can't have a shortcut
    > >> to it!

    > >
    > > Hmm. On my T39 it's [arrow {left or right}] and [7]. That's short
    > > enough - at least for me.
    > >
    > > M.

    >
    > As it is with my T39 (the best phone ever at launch IMO). The T610/310
    > need too many presses of the joystick. A shortcut to the shortcut menu
    > would be useful for this reason.
    >


    610:

    1) Press joystick to get into menu
    2) press 3

    Voila - "My shortcuts" - What's so difficult about that??

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  12. #12
    Q
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    ">[email protected]@-<" <[email protected]> wrote in message >
    > 610:
    >
    > 1) Press joystick to get into menu
    > 2) press 3
    >
    > Voila - "My shortcuts" - What's so difficult about that??
    >

    That's cheating! Also takes 3 steps from Standby I often use the
    number keys to access a menu item but it never occurred to me to do the
    same for the icon menu - doh! Point taken Guys.





  13. #13
    Q
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    Re: Sony Ericsson menus stupid?

    Olaf Peuss - typed:
    > I challenge that and award the prize to the R520m, the best business
    > phone that ever came from Ericsson. It excels the T39 with an extra
    > "option key", a hands free speaker and a much bigger and easier to
    > read display. :-)) BTW: I've noticed that the EL display really
    > suffers from a significant loss of brightness over a period of two
    > years. If I compare the brandnew display in my R520 to the old one in
    > my T39, I realise a tremendous difference. Time to change displays on
    > the T39, I'd say.


    The R520m is still easily available (£67 sim free), unlike the T39. The
    advantage of the T39 is its size & flip, if little else. I still use
    mine from time to time & did wonder if the display was originally that
    dim! It was always dimmer than my T28 though.





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