akamike (2007-2010)

o2 Cocoon

Despite a recent terrible shopping experience, I managed to pick up a new phone. I've been desperate for one since my old one died months ago, and since an iPhone is currently out of the question I decided to go with o2's sexy looking Cocoon. I have been playing with it for a few days and I am quite happy with it, so far.

Now, I personally don't have much to look up to in terms of my experience with mobile phones. I was never really a big phone user, so I just went with hand-me-downs from family members so that I had any phone. The Cocoon is the first phone I have actually bought, and at £59.99 (was £99.99 but it's dropped significantly in the past week or two) I am quite pleased with what I paid for. Calling, SMSing and managing contacts is simple and straight forward on the Cocoon. Sound quality of calls is good and there is video calling, though I haven't had a chance to try that out yet.

I went with Pay as You Go, since I don't have a need for a contract yet and if I did I would probably go for a smart phone instead. The Cocoon isn't a smart phone, however, it offers the usual calendar, notepad, calculator, Java (games) and clock/alarm which all work great, especially when coupled with the PC Suite. More on that later. First...

Media

With 2GB built-in storage, about 500 songs worth, there's enough space to carry a decent amount of your music library with you on your phone. There is also a micro-SD slot for even more storage, up to 2GB, if you really need it. You can play back video clips and view images, and take photos/record a clip using it's 2 mega pixel camera. It's not an amazing camera but it's good enough for the quick memorable shot if you don't have a dedicated camera to hand.

Audio playback is excellent. The phone comes with in-earphones and has playback controls on the side (which can be disabled with a lock switch). The sound quality is awesome and there are several options for tweaking the audio, including an equalizer and surround & bass boost. In fact, the quality is far better than my old (and recently deceased) Samsung YH-920 GS mp3 player, making it a perfect replacement. I have not found it to skip while moving around, even while shifting boxes and boxes for setting up my home office, unlike my Samsung. One issue I have with the music player is there is no dedicated stop button. You have play/pause, next, previous and library/radio (oh yeah, it has FM radio) buttons down the side but no stop. In fact, the media player itself doesn't even have an immediately available stop option, you have to go into the options menu to access "Stop". It's not a huge problem, just a little awkward.

The camera is a little slow to take photos, taking nearly two seconds to actually snap the shot. Video recording is a bit degraded, but records decent audio and is enough for clips of your friends drunken antics or happy slapping, though I completely don't condone that! Video and image playback is good enough on the small screen, with options to take up the full screen for a bit better viewing experience.

o2 Cocoon - Church from Phone Camera

Design

I love the design of the cocoon. A white shell with LEDs beneath and a sleek black interior, it's not your usual slim phone but it is a decent size and is quite light. The LEDs are very functional and attractive, scrolling messages in blue to notify me of events (such as incoming calls or messages) or details (such the time or what song is playing). A really neat use of the LEDs is the message preview which reads out a new SMS' message when it arrives, without even having to open the phone! "HI IM TXTN U RITE NOW LOL WRUU2?" in big blue letters is always fun.

o2 Cocoon - Closed Top o2 Cocoon - Closed Side o2 Cocoon - Open Top o2 Cocoon - Open Side o2 Cocoon - Open Back o2 Cocoon - LED Time o2 Cocoon - LED Now Playing Message

The internal interface is nice, speedy and easy to use. There is even a short cut menu on the home screen which you can customize, so you can quickly access your favourite areas. Though, it does require a button press to activate before browsing, which is the same for accessing the main menu. Best to assign deeper level tasks to this menu.

o2 Cocoon - Music Player Interface

PC Suite and Connectivity

The Cocoon comes with a CD containing Windows Media Player 11 (for syncing music), QuickTime (videos) and the PC Suite. The PC Suite is used as an easy way to modify and sync contacts, calender items, notes, profiles, messages, media and allows you to use the phone to connect to the internet. You can also sync data from Microsoft Outlook (Express), though I would like to see easier was to sync from other sources. I can't speak for mac users, unfortunately.

o2 Cocoon - PC Suite

One little thing to note: When connecting the Cocoon to your computer, you have to open up the phone. This is so you can access one of three choices from the internal screen. It's a bit awkward to have to interact with the phone before moving to the PC, but I'll get used to it.

Overall, the Cocoon is an awesome phone and mp3 player. Excellent design, good storage and great sound quality makes this a great piece of technology, I'm extremely happy with it. Being an o2 made phone it's exclusive to o2, but as I said above it recently dropped in price so now is a good time to get one if you are in the market for a great phone.

13 Comments

Iaman

Unfortunately, I just got a new phone (just a RAZR 3, nothing special) so I'm not exactly in the market for a new phone right now. This does sound like a pretty nice one, though, and I'd definitely consider if I were looking to buy something right now!

Mike

I'm not sure of the Cocoon would be easily available in the US anyway, since o2 is a UK company.

Darren

So why did it take you so long to send me a text? >:(

also also get the redesign up, I want to show Chris (and maybe Dean if he's interested)

Mike

Because I forgot to add your number! It also seems I lost a bunch of numbers to my old phone :/

It'll be up....soon-ish... ;)

HybridZero

Good read, looks like a cool phone. I'm starting to look around for phones right now actually - my current contract expires in August, and I'm starting to shop around. Any particular phone recommendations? The three main providers around here are Rogers, Bell and Telus (I live in Ontario). Just wondering if you have any recommendations.

I'm looking for something thin (my current phone takes up my whole pocket), something that has a nice sharp display, USB connectivity, and POSSIBLY a qwerty keypad to help simplify texting...any ideas?

Mike

I'm not really sure what to suggest HZ, you really don't have as wide a selection as we do in the UK :/

mangesh

i need the pc suite software for the O2 cocoon where do i get it from??and will it work over bluetooth...coz i dont have the usb cable.

Mike

Hi Mangesh, I am not sure about getting it to work via bluetooth but I'll have a look for my CD and see if I can copy the software. :)

dvio

Hi,

I recently reset my O2 Cocoon and but now I have a problem with it. Now I am unable to know when a new message arrived. There is no new message notification icon on the external display or on the internal display, I can't even hear a new message tone while the other function seems to work well.

Can anybody help me, please?

Thanks,
dvio

Mike

I can't offer any advice other than checking your settings or getting in touch with o2 themselves. I haven't experienced a problem like this and neither has my girlfriend, who now uses my Cocoon. Sorry!

Vini

Hi,
I'm totally lost... would appreciate any idea or advice... I installed pc suite on my laptop but when I connect the phone to laptop, PC suite always shows "not connected"... I have no problems with transfering the files, music or pictures, but if I want to synchronize Cocoon with my computer it simply shows that it's not connected... I tried everything with two Cocoons and the same problem...
Any idea what could be the problem? I installed and uninstalled PC suite a few times and the same thing anyway...
Thanks,
Vini

Mike

Hi Vini,

I do remember some connection problems with my cocoon but I cannot recall how I fixed it.

Though, I do remember that there is an issue with connecting it through the dock. You have to connect directly through the phone, in case you haven't tried this already.

If I do remember the software issues I ran into and how I fixed them, I'll let you know!

Vini

Thanks Mike,
I have tried everything, yes I connect directly through the phone... I was searching the internet and found that one guy had the same problem. In all other forums people mention only that they do transfer the files, but no-one else talk about sychronizing, maybe no-one tried thi at all, or if someone tried they couldn't do it as well? :)
Maybe this is a "standard" problem with all Cocoons? Honestly, I couldn't find on the internet that anyone would tell that they did synchronize the Cocoon :)
Anyway, if any news or some info please let me know.
Thanks!