With only 100MB of on-board memory, you'll also need some extra storage space for all your music, movies and photos. Thankfully, there's a handy microSD card slot that allows for up to 4GB of additional storage. The only drawback is that the slot is placed underneath the battery, which makes it unnecessarily fiddly to insert or extract your memory card.
Easy does it
The operating system is a Jalou-themed version of the same OS that you'll find on many current Sony Ericsson phones, including the eco-friendly Naite. It's not a particularly exciting interface, but it will be familiar to many people. It's also easy to navigate, and relatively fast and responsive.
The jewel-theme continues beneath the screen, with small, shiny, gem-shaped buttons on the keypad. These aren't particularly easy for large, masculine, sausage fingers to handle. The Jalou's battery life isn't fantastically long, but we got more than two days of fairly frequent use out of the phone on a single charge, which isn't bad.
Whether or not you like the Sony Ericsson Jalou's appearance is down to personal taste, and it's possible that a number of minor issues may rankle with some users. Nevertheless, from a purely practical point of view, the Jalou is an extremely convenient way of combining your phone, camera, music player and, of course, your compact mirror in a single, tiny device.
Edited by Charles Kloet