SAGEM my400x

It’s tough making your mark at the lower-end of the handset business, but Sagem has done pretty well with the my401x. It’s a lightweight, tri-band, businesslike handset (indeed, Orange Business has taken it) with a conventional but cool candybar design. And it’s slim at just 15mm thick.
Sagem’s menus are good, call quality was ok, and reception wasn’t at all bad either. You get Bluetooth (not on the my400x variant, which is also dualband only) but not USB. That slows down the synchronisation function that can link a PC’s phonebook and appointments via Sagem’s SyncML software.

The number pad is good, with well-defined keys and good feedback when you press them. The navigation joypad is less successful, but you get used to it. There’s a VGA camera – the only real difference between this model and last year’s my301x, and not an especially successful addition. The resolution is of course poorer than on better-specified cameras, and the contrast and colour richness aren’t too good either.
Battery life could be better: up to 350 hours standby, 4hr talk time. So could the memory – just 3.2Mb.

• Basic functionality on a budget 

SPECIFICATION

Size
Length 105mm
Width 46mm
Depth 14mm
Weight
90g
Main display
TFT, 65K colours
128×160 pixels
Camera
VGA, 640×480
pixels, video
Connectivity
Bluetooth, IR
Battery
Standby 350h
Talk time 4h

 

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