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Sony Ericsson TM506 review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Sony Ericsson TM506 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 38 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Sony Ericsson TM506 is a fashionable flip that offers a 2MP camera with video, stereo Bluetooth, microSD expandability, GPS, voice commands and speakerphone.

The TM506 also has an alarm, calendar, calculator, to-do list and stopwatch. It’s a well rounded device with a menu system that you will want to check out before making a decision, since it will be a matter of taste. To get to the camera, for example, you have to press two buttons and it takes about three seconds for the camera to come online.

This two-toned clamshell has a good MP3 player but does not offer either a 2.5 or 3.5mm jack, so you are stuck when it comes to headphone selection.

With the TM506 you can browse the internet, text, MMS, take pictures, video, listen to music and find places with the GPS.

Rated at an impressive 9.5 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time, the TM506 provides another choice for users looking for “just the right” phone.


OS
No
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

The Sony Ericsson TM506 for T-Mobile is a very stylish clamshell with a healthy set of extra features. It's also one of the first Sony Ericsson handsets to come to T-Mobile, and features 3G support and a built-in GPS receiver to boot! The multimedia features are impressive, including the extensive P...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn


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Sony released the Ericsson TM506 on August 21, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Ericsson TM506 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Ericsson TM506 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Ericsson TM506 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Sony Ericsson TM506's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
35 MB

Internal memory is 35 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

Ericsson TM506 Specs

Overview
Release date August 21, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 35 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.4 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Car Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Green, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.5 x 4.7 x 1.8 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 101 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome OLED, 36 x 128 pixels
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 7 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2.5x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AMR, Real Audio, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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MobileBurn

Very stylish clamshell with a healthy set of extra features

from MobileBurn

The Sony Ericsson TM506 for T-Mobile is a very stylish clamshell with a healthy set of extra features. It's also one of the first Sony Ericsson handsets to come to T-Mobile, and features 3G support and a built-in GPS receiver to boot! The multimedia features are impressive, including the extensive PhotoDJ and VideoDJ editing applications. Unfortunately, the 2 megapixel camera does not offer much in terms of photo quality though. Music implementation is good, but the lack of stereo headphones or a 3.5mm audio port makes enjoying your music rather inconvenient. Nonetheless, the Sony Ericsson TM506's build quality is fantastic, and battery life is solid. Those looking for a non-smartphone with plenty of extras will be pleased with the TM506. We at MobileBurn.com give this clamshell a 'Highly Recommended' rating....

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The Sony Ericsson TM506 for T-Mobile is a very stylish clamshell with a healthy set of extra features. It's also one of the first Sony Ericsson handsets to come to T-Mobile, and features 3G support and a built-in GPS receiver to boot! The multimedia features are impressive, including the extensive PhotoDJ and VideoDJ editing applications. Unfortunately, the 2 megapixel camera does not offer much in terms of photo quality though. Music implementation is good, but the lack of stereo headphones or a 3.5mm audio port makes enjoying your music rather inconvenient. Nonetheless, the Sony Ericsson TM506's build quality is fantastic, and battery life is solid. Those looking for a non-smartphone with plenty of extras will be pleased with the TM506. We at MobileBurn.com give this clamshell a 'Highly Recommended' rating.

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User Reviews


Amazon

I can't hear you now

from Amazon
Somewhat usable phone with a whole bag of problems. It takes longer to boot this phone than PC. Phone constantly looses signal (in the area where signal is good, e.g. at the office). Once signal is lost phone is not trying (AFAIK) to acquire it back. Trick that works most of the time is to tell it...More
Somewhat usable phone with a whole bag of problems. It takes longer to boot this phone than PC. Phone constantly looses signal (in the area where signal is good, e.g. at the office). Once signal is lost phone is not trying (AFAIK) to acquire it back. Trick that works most of the time is to tell it to check minutes (T-Mobile #646#). For whatever reason this query results in phone rediscovering its purpose and finding signal. If that doesn't help reboot solves the issue (see 2nd statement). T-Mobile folks once spent hours trying to troubleshoot the issue to no avail and exchanged the phone (for same one - my mistake - with same problems). Less
Amazon

Solid flip phone

from Amazon
I've had this phone for about a year now, and have been generally very pleased with it as a talk/messaging phone. I don't have a web/data plan, so can't speak to how it does with web browsing. Pros: * Very sturdy. These days, so many phones are made of flimsy plastic. This has a very solid, dur...More
I've had this phone for about a year now, and have been generally very pleased with it as a talk/messaging phone. I don't have a web/data plan, so can't speak to how it does with web browsing. Pros: * Very sturdy. These days, so many phones are made of flimsy plastic. This has a very solid, durable metal feel. * Very good photos with camera, and easy to send or upload to My Album. * Reception has been fine. Probably had only one or two dropped calls over the whole year in the Seattle area. * Excellent sound quality. * Nice sharp screen. Cons: * Speaker so quiet as to be barely useable. * Can't zoom when taking 2MB photos, only in VGA mode. Less
Amazon

Love the phone!

from Amazon
I love this phone, despite the bad reviews I've read, I think it's a great phone.
Amazon

Never again, Sony Ericsson

from Amazon
I hate this phone and I'll never buy another Sony Ericsson phone again. It shuts off completely randomly even in the middle of calls. I asked T-mobile about it and they didn't have any advice for me. I'm counting down to my contract renewal so I can get rid of this piece of crap.
Amazon

Nice design, but has issues

from Amazon
I bought this phone about when it came out, so now (8/10) it's been a couple years. The first phone kept hanging up and turning off, so I had to get it replaced. The second phone, although good as far as user-friendliness is concerned (good voice quality, loud ringtones, good battery life. decent came...More
I bought this phone about when it came out, so now (8/10) it's been a couple years. The first phone kept hanging up and turning off, so I had to get it replaced. The second phone, although good as far as user-friendliness is concerned (good voice quality, loud ringtones, good battery life. decent camera), became more and more finicky as time went on. It would lose signal randomly, drop calls (though my blackberry does too so I suspect a large part of this is t-mobile coverage), and the worst was that it became more and more likely to just randomly freeze up. Then the buttons stopped working - as of now the center 'menu' button doesn't work (no menu for me), nor does the red 'hang up' button (so I have to shut the phone to hang up). I'm calling it quits and getting a new phone, and I'm not getting another Sony Ericsson. Less
Phonedog

Sony ericsson tm506

from Phonedog
Pro: Great video quality ! And diffrent menu theams. Tons of entertainment with gps /video dj/music dj/ and photo dj Con: Texting !! This phone is extreamly delayed when your trying to text . Finger prints are annoying too. Using experience: 2 years I would have to say its 50/50 its not bad but i...More
Pro: Great video quality ! And diffrent menu theams. Tons of entertainment with gps /video dj/music dj/ and photo dj Con: Texting !! This phone is extreamly delayed when your trying to text . Finger prints are annoying too. Using experience: 2 years I would have to say its 50/50 its not bad but its not great either like it has many features that can keep you busy for a good while but if you text alot DONT GET IT!!! Im a really fast texter and i always have to wait on this phone to catch up. and it takes forever to do any thing when you first turn it on or after you edit your contacts Less
Amazon

Worst Phone I ever owned!

from Amazon
I've owned this phone for over a year and have been having nothing but problems. The phone is very sluggish at times and does not hold a signal. I have to reboot my phone at least 3 times a day because it won't pick up any signal and the only way I've found to fix the problem is to turn the phone off a...More
I've owned this phone for over a year and have been having nothing but problems. The phone is very sluggish at times and does not hold a signal. I have to reboot my phone at least 3 times a day because it won't pick up any signal and the only way I've found to fix the problem is to turn the phone off and back on again, then I'll miraculously get full bars. The phone will also randomly decide to power down on its own! I was expecting an important call today and the phone decides to shut off mid ring before I could answer! Are you kidding me Sony?? This is a known problem by the way. I googled it. It turns out there is a software update for this very problem on the Sony Ericsson website, but of course I can't get the damn update to work so here I am at 10:45pm posting this to warn everyone. This phone is TRASH! I got it as a free upgrade and it's still not worth it. Less
Amazon

Sony Ericsson TM506...All You Could Ask For

from Amazon
If you are like me, you want a cell phone that is easy to use and reliable but still does everything you want it to. The Sony Ericsson TM506 can provide relief for your connectivity cravings, just as it has for me. Notwithstanding its shortcomings, the TM506 is dependable, easy to use (but powerful), a...More
If you are like me, you want a cell phone that is easy to use and reliable but still does everything you want it to. The Sony Ericsson TM506 can provide relief for your connectivity cravings, just as it has for me. Notwithstanding its shortcomings, the TM506 is dependable, easy to use (but powerful), and is inexpensive. The Sony Ericsson is reliable (with regard to hardware as well as software), which is a huge factor in how I feel about it. In the last few years, I have had to replace no less than five phones because they are buggy and stop working, or just because of physical damage from being dropped onto sidewalks and kitchen floors. The Sony Ericsson is a phone with a basic flip-phone design, both inside and out, but the phone just works. It gets great signal (in places where my other phones never got reception) and I have never had to call T-Mobile customer support about the phone. The TM506 is easy to use but has many great features and applications. I am a college student, so I text message more than I talk. One of my favorite things about the phone is how easy it is to text; there are so many little things that give the phone an edge over others, such as just being able to add words to the phone's predictive text dictionary and not having an inbox message limit. The multimedia features on the phone are great; it has a 2.0 megapixel digital camera which can be used for still photos or for videos, which can both be edited right on the phone. The TM506 also has a memory card slot, so there is virtually no limit to how many pictures you can take. Probably one of the best selling points for the phone (especially for college students, but even for most people in this economy) is how cheap it is. When my last phone died, I was able to get this phone as a free replacement. Amazon.com sells the TM506 for $0.01 with a new service plan. I think it would be quite a feat to find such a high-quality cell phone for any cheaper than that. Of course, the phone has a few quirks and shortcomings. The phone doesn't have threaded text messages, which would be a convenient addition to this already great phone. The battery cover is extremely hard to get off, and the exterior of the phone is glossy plastic that smudges easily with fingerprints. The outside display of the phone is very small (displays only one line of information at a time), and the TM506 is a bit bigger than some phones out there. As for the software, it can be buggy every now and then; the phone occasionally likes to turn off in my pocket or even while I am using it. The operating system does run a little bit on the slow side, with small delays. These problems are so few and far between, however, that they should not scare potential buyers away. This phone is great. It is inexpensive but very solid and reliable. The phone packs a lot of excellent features and an easy-to-use operating system into a conservative, sturdy flip-phone design. The messaging features are great. The phone just has so many little tweaks and options that put it over the top in convenience and ease of use. If you are considering getting a phone from T-Mobile, I highly recommend this one. Less
Amazon

Too much lag time between screens

from Amazon
I've had this phone for a couple months and the lag time in screens prevents me from using the phone for my job, which is frustrating when I'm trying to call clients. If you call a 1-800 # and then have to work through an options menu, you are not always able to dial the options because the screen hasn...More
I've had this phone for a couple months and the lag time in screens prevents me from using the phone for my job, which is frustrating when I'm trying to call clients. If you call a 1-800 # and then have to work through an options menu, you are not always able to dial the options because the screen hasn't caught up with the call. At times, the screen will go to screen saver/black, and I'm still listening to a menu repeat itself over and over because I can't dial any options. If I call a number and happen to get a busy/out of service signal, I can't hang up to make another call for a few seconds. If a call comes in and the screens are slow, I can't answer it. I'm going to call T-Mobile to see if they will help me. I wouldn't recommend this phone because of this problem. Less
Amazon

It's no iPhone, but it does the job

from Amazon
This is a solid phone that has many (but by no means all) of the niceties of a smartphone, but it's inexpensive up front and lets you keep your monthly phone bill significantly under $100. Every few weeks, the interface gets slow which requires a reboot to get back to normal, and the sound is a little...More
This is a solid phone that has many (but by no means all) of the niceties of a smartphone, but it's inexpensive up front and lets you keep your monthly phone bill significantly under $100. Every few weeks, the interface gets slow which requires a reboot to get back to normal, and the sound is a little quiet. Still, I think this phone is a very good choice in the "free phone" category. Pros: -Good construction. Not as nice as the Motorola W490 I had before, but still feels very solid after spending a few months in my jeans pocket. I like the glossy black finish, looks nice. -Great battery life. I talk for hours on my unlimited numbers; I'd really believe the ~10-hour talk time it's rated at. -Beautiful screen. I don't think I've seen a nicer one in a flip phone before. Viewing the pictures and videos taken with the camera is great, and websites look really nice too. -Nice camera. 2 megapixels is enough to take acceptable photos for screen display, but I don't think they'd print well. Awesome for sending picture messages. -Takes good short videos. They look nice on the screen or computer, and the recorded sound quality is actually very nice (no hiss). -Web browsing on this phone is as good as I've seen with a flip phone. It only adds $10 a month for a data+text plan, or $25 for unlimited. (I use the $10 plan...) -Gmail. This phone works with the gmail java application, and it's just wonderful to have real e-mail in my pocket. I don't type very many messages since I'm not too good at the txt typing on the numeric keypad, but it's awesome for reading messages. -Google maps. This phone works with the google maps application, which is awesome for searching for businesses or getting a quick idea of directions somewhere. -Media player. The built-in Sony media player is awesome. It organizes your songs by album just as accurately as my iPod does, and it has very good audio quality over the headphones. You need an adapter, but the in-ear earbud+micrphone set that I ordered for $5 or so is amazing. When you get a call, the music stops, you start talking through the microphone, and then when you hang up the music picks up right where you left off. Just as slick as an iPhone... -Nice calendar, contacts, and alarm clock. It syncs via bluetooth to the Apple address book and iCal. -I tether my Macbook for internet access through the phone. (I'm actually doing that right now...) I haven't gotten it working with a Windows or linux laptop though...but it should be possible if the Mac can do it out of the box with no fancy configuration. Cons: -Sound quality is so-so. The phone is quiet, and the speaker phone is so quiet you have to be home alone in near silence to use it. -Acts strangely sometimes with my Motorola bluetooth headset. (Maybe if I bought a Sony one..?) -Non-standard charger. They aren't very expensive to order online in this day and age, but it's annoying to have to buy new data cables, chargers, and headphones for every phone again. -The user interface randomly hangs sometimes. If I'm using an application or the music player, about once every couple weeks the phone gets really slow, and I have to restart it. Not a big deal, but it happens... -Doesn't sync with iTunes on my Mac, but it would if I bought Salling Media Sync. (I haven't...but the unregistered version of it works alright.) -No "apps." You can run a lot of the .jar old-school mobile phone programs that are out there, but I feel a little left out every time I hear about a cool iPhone or Google Android application that comes out. But, this is true of all of the other "free phones" out there, so I can't really complain. Less