The Sony Ericsson Spiro proudly carries the 'Walkman' tag, and is reminiscent of the non-touchscreen phones era. This is a fresh-looking, unpretentious mobile phone aimed at the budget buyer.

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is a very basic mobile phone, so don't expect any major connectivity options: if you're thinking of buying the Spiro, you'll have to be happy with no Wi-Fi, 3G or GPS. The only connectivity features that you get are GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth.  The camera also is a very basic 2MP one with no flash and no autofocus.

Sony Ericsson Spiro menus

The Spiro also comes with a couple of pre-installed applications. Social networking is taken care of by a Facebook app but strangely there was no Twitter app pre-installed on the review model we received. Another weird thing was that although a Track ID app exists in the Spiro's list of applications, there's even a hardware button for it, the Track ID app just didn't work on the review model.

Other applications include a basic organiser, a calculator and a colour matching game.

The Spiro comes with Sony Ericsson's own user interface (UI), which is pretty basic but good to look at and easy to use. The UI is also quite fast and navigation is aided by plenty of hardware buttons including ones that control media playback.

Sony Ericsson Spiro D-pad

The Spiro's D-pad also serves as media navigation control.