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      23.09.2003 17:10
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      1.Thanks to its ample DISPLAY dimensions (the largest in its category!), excellent graphics (has a high resolution graphic display which no Nokia has this category), display is so clear and easy to read. -Most READABLE DISPLAY in this category, 9 lines (small font), selectable display font (Nokias can't even compare, with Nokias you have only 4 lines and most Nokia models have too weak displays, that make it too difficult to read most of the times) -Small, elegant but tough. EXCELLENT BUILT QUALITY (All the cellular world knows it by heart that Nokias suffer from low built quality) -Excellent reception (can't even compare with small Nokia model, which have almost no reception most cases) The sound quality, is great for both reception and transmission (triple voice coding). 2. The jog dial is great. 5 FUNCTIONS WITH A SINGLE BUTTON!. So easy, even a fool can reach all the sub-menus in a second. 3. In silent mode, all the phones on this planet do the same thing: just stay silent. Vibration strength is excellent. 4. All the accessories are available in the market. 5. Excellent battery life. Still the same after 2 years: 3 days straight. Excellent for such a small battery size (by the way a 8210 needs a full charging everyday) 6. Built quality is PERFECT. Dropped it several times and had no problems at all. You don't get the bone cracking sounds coming from a Nokia keyboard. You don't have any display problems that Nokias are famous with (this site contains several reviews about Nokias display problems) 7. Reception: Perfect. Can not even compare with Nokias. I've used 5 different Nokia models, they had terrible reception. I've both phones right now in my hand: a Nokia 8210 and a Sony CMD-Z7. Sony has full reception but Nokia 8120 has 3 reception levels !!!! 8. Volume control is so easy with the great jog dial. Anyway, you hear so clear all the times that you won't even try to increase the volume. 9. Ring tones are great. (Nokia 8210's 1-5 volume selection makes no difference in ring volume, missed so many calls with 8210). Polyph.ring tones are so different that you have no change to miss a call. 10. Scheduler functionality is great. Excellent full month view (which you don't have in Nokias), events and appointments can be arranged separately (which you can not in nokias) 11. This is an excellent cell phone built by Sony. Far better than 6xxx,7xxx and 8xxx Nokia series in all aspects.

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        25.12.2002 01:42
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        Very often advocates of this phone will focus on how pleasing the Sony Z7 is to the eye and how compact it is (the term 'credit card sized' is often quoted by shops). But I don't think this really applies anymore. Admittedly I still like the look of this phone, but with the release of a new generation of more high-tech and more compact phones (many of which have colour screens) the Sony Z7 is no longer at the cutting edge of mobile phone technology. While it's still small enough to fit snugly into a jeans pocket the phone's thickness compares unfavourably with many other similarly priced phones (it's even noticeably thicker than its predecessor, the Sony Z5 - the price that was paid for the absence of an external aerial on the Z7). Another thing that might put off potential buyers is it feels a bit 'plasticy' and is easily scratched in comparison to other phones (for example the Samsung range of phones which, despite being a nightmare to use, do make a satisfying 'thud' when you close the flip.) One other minor gripe is that it has a very weak vibrating function (the vibrate is actually powered by the phone's speaker). However in my opinion the drawbacks to the Z7 stop here. Contrary to some other users I think the Sony Z7 is one of the easiest phones to navigate. Not only are the menus easy to navigate for those new to the phone they can also be navigated extremely quickly for people familiar with it. This is down to two main factors: 1) The large screen allows for extremely clear graphics making menus clear and user friendly. 2) The Jog dial: This feature of the phone has been criticized by some other users but I think it is a fantastic characteristic of the Z7. It's fairly easy to use to for beginners, but as you get familiar with the dial you really can perform operations in a flash. The dial can be moved in 5 different ways: It can be scrolled up and down (to navigate menus), pushed in (t o select), pulle d towards you (to cancel), and pushed away from you (for other functions). This may sound strange at first but this range of movement means you can navigate you phone with one hand without taking your finger off the dial. Most of the actual features of the phone are fairly standard. It has a WAP browser common to most phones now, but you can also use it to browse HTML pages on the web (admittedly you have to stick to simple text pages for obvious reasons). The phone book also has room for 500 contacts and you can input 5 bits of information of each contact (3 numbers and 2 bits of text - I use this for birthdays and email addresses) resulting in a capacity of 2500 bits of information! Another useful feature I have found invaluable is the phone?s capability of using an ISP to send and receive email (you need a POP3 email account like Yahoo). Once you have set up details of an ISP (there are many you don't even have to sign up for such as UK2) you can check email simply by clicking on 'Read email'. This is a great little feature and one I feel is slightly under-advertised considering its usefulness. You can also send email but this is more for emergencies (typing up to 700 characters on a phone keypad, even with T9, is not one of the greatest experiences). The phone has a number of other useful features which I won't go into detail about. These include a good calendar, voice memo and a calculator (one far easier to use than the Nokia equivalent). A much hyped feature of the Sony Z7 is its ability record ringtones of your own from any sound source, but this is a novelty that soon wear's off due to disappointing quality. The polyphonic ringtones sound pretty good though, and don't grate on your ears as much as traditional ringtones. Another feature of this phone often neglected is its pc connectivity. With the additional purchase of a data cable you can perform all sorts of tasks such as using it a s a modem to connect to the internet. There are a number of other things you can do with a data cable and pc. With Sony's QN-3DS software it is possible to create and download ringers and wallpapers directly to the Z7. The ringer software makes it possible for you to find ringers other people made (on the internet) and download them to your phone (or even convert midi files). The wallpaper software allows you to convert any image you have into a background (albeit in a slightly grainy greyscale format). However this software is hard to come by and very expensive (about £50 last time I checked). There is also a program called FoneSych which is useful for synchronising your phone's address book with programs such as Outlook, which is great when you have a lot of contacts to add and get frustrated with typing on the phones keypad. There is one major drawback with the phone's pc connectivity - the Z7 is not officially compatible with Windows XP or ME. I've heard of people getting it working but I haven't had much luck myself. In addition to this there is no longer any support for this phone so this is not an issue that is likely to be corrected. As SonyEricsson support are quick to point out, the Z7 is not a SonyEricsson phone, it's a Sony phone and as a result you get little support from them if you need help. This is not a great disaster but is something you might want to take into account if the ability to download new ringtones is something important to you (as it is to so many people now). So to conclude the Sony Z7 isn't really considered a flash phone anymore (which could be considered an advantage). It isn't Bluetooth compatible, it can't take photos, it doesn't have a colour screen, and it won't slide into the change compartment of your wallet. However quality of the features is does have are top-notch and the sheer ease of use of the Z7 makes it a phone I'd want to hang onto. It's just a pity that there won't be a successor...

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          28.10.2002 02:10
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          I bought one of these offline for £150 from Carphone Warehouse to replace my ageing Nokia 8210, and I have to say after nearly a week I am disappointed. I bought it initially because I trust the Sony brand and I was impressed with the design. It is a very attractive phone, with an internal aerial and active flip that only partially covers up the screen so you can see who's calling you, and it's all wrapped up in a tasteful brushed silver colour plastic. However it does seem to be that type of tasteful brushed silver colouring that will wear off with time and leave you with nasty worn patches. Unfortunately I have little to say about this phone in its favour, but I will try! For a start, the call quality seems very good, even in the gale force winds we had today I turned around so the flip could block the wind and it helped a lot. The speaker could be a little louder though. Apparently there is a speakerphone option built in but I have had no need to use it, and obviously it will then be too loud to have up to your ear! The active flip is a very useful feature with this model though, and there's nothing more satisfying than clapping it shut to terminate a call. I am very disappointed with power consumption. Despite having a lithium polymer battery, I've had to charge it up twice in six days so far, and I haven't even made that many calls with it. However I have a sneaky suspicion that it is partly (but only partly) caused by my playing with the jog dial whilst the phone is in my pocket. Ridiculously, the backlight comes on even when the flip is closed! I have also found that I have accidentally changed the ring type (silent/ring/loud ring/bleep/vibrate) whilst it's in my pocket, as you can do this with the jog dial whilst the flip is closed. This is another part of the phone I am not fond of - the four-way jog dial. It's just too complex for its own good. The jog dial can be dialled up or down, and p ressed i n, down, or up. So five functions, basically, on one tiny little control. Not good design, Sony; the amount of times I've pressed the dial down rather than in accidentally and got a different function is uncountable. Another thing is; this phone is pretty unreliable. The software has crashed twice on me already, once when I was setting the clock, and once when it was just in my pocket on standby. Moving the jog dial, opening the flip, pressing buttons, even trying to turn it off; nothing. I had to pull the battery out in order to reset it. Very irritating. What else.... ah. This is great, you'll love this. I used to use my Nokia 8210 as an alarm clock. With the Nokia, you could set the alarm, turn the phone off (so I didn't have any calls or messages waking me in the night), and it would wake you up in the morning and then turn itself on after you turned the alarm off. Brilliant! I presumed the same sort of thing with this Sony, but oh no. I set the alarm, turned the phone off... and it completely failed to wake me up in the morning. So, the next night, I left the phone turned on, only to be woken with a start at four in the morning by the "battery low" noise. The alarm did succeed in waking me up later at 9 o'clock but I still wasn't very happy. The following night I set the phone to Silent mode so I wouldn't be awoken by any calls, messages, or any more impeding "battery low" messages. The following morning the phone did not make any noise when the alarm was scheduled. This is simply stupid programming on Sony's behalf, it doesn't take that much common sense to realise that when you set an alarm it means you want to be woken at that time and at no time previous. Talking about noise, the ringtones on this phone are appalling! They are all terrible melodies, all of which sound horribly distorted when you crank the volume up to maximum so you can actually hear them, ex cept for the sta ndard "ringing" tone, which is distorted at any volume you pick. Don't bother thinking about using the vibrate alert to tell you when you get a call either; it has all the power of a flatulent gnat. Although you can record your own ringtones on this phone, they always, always sound distorted. Other minor criticisms include the games. They're pants. Now, I didn't buy the phone to play games with, but they are pretty much a standard feature on mobile phones now. You have a choice of Blackjack (the 21 Pontoon card game) or... table football. Blackjack isn't bad, truth be told, if you like gambling card games, however Sony have evidently never heard of winning by getting 21 in five cards if the dealer gets a 10 and an Ace. Don't bother with the table football game. Just...don't. You have to control everything with the jog dial. Text messaging is spoiled by the necessity to use the jog dial in order to select special characters (eg " :;,.!?(@)#/ " etc) . This phone is not easy to use with one hand. Other than that it's not so bad as it has the T9 predictive messaging that other manufacturers like Samsung and Siemens have in their phones which is pretty easy to pick up. All in all, it could be worse. But it's such a disappointment that it's not so much better.

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            30.07.2002 19:55

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            • "Pathetic vibrate"

            I traded in my screen disabled 8210 for the sony 2 months ago. Initial impressions were good especially the £15 price tag for the orange upgrade (including the part-ex on the 8210). It looks good the jog dial seemed intuitive (I have a Sony Clie with one). The sounds seemed impressive and the screen clear. However I'm now wishing I'd saved my £15 and stuck with the dodgy screened Nokia. I use the phone for its primary function and haven't tried WAP etc so can't comment on those. The most annoying aspect of the phone is that it doesn't let you know that you've missed a call without running through the laborious menu system to find missed calls. The Nokia was so much better as it always informed you of this. This is especially annoying as the vibrate is pathetic and in a noisy enviroment you can't have tone and vibrate on together. The jog dial is such a pain, access to the menus is much slower than the Nokia short cut system. Sound quality of calls is fine, and the flip works well. Battery life is ok and charging fine. The phonebook is a pain and last calls menu not great either. The reception is not good. I work in a hospital and on leaving the 8210 would pick up a signal within 10-20 seconds after switching on. The Sony can take 2-3 minutes before picking up anything which is very annoying. Anyway enough of a rant. I've now owned Motorolla, Ericisson, Nokia phones as well as the Sony. Considering this is the latest generation of phone I would say the Sony has dived into last place. It's going to be a long 12 months before the next upgrade.

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            16.07.2002 17:05
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            As much as I want to recommend this phone I can't. I bought the Z7 as an upgrade to its predecessor the Z5 and I'm sorry to say it isn't that much of an improvement. However, to begin let me tell you what IS good about it. It sounds great. The polyphonic sounds and ring tones sound great compared to other phones and when people hear it they do take notice (whether you like that or not is a matter of opinion!). The Scheduler. A great way to manage your life if you just need a simple diary with reminders. Its easy to use and has a large capacity if you want to fill it up with your busy social activities. The Phonebook. Also very easy to use and allows you to store a number of different numbers of notes for each entry. The Voice Dialler. If you want to call someone without having to scroll through the Phone Book or Dial their number just say their name and the phone does it for you. Perfect. The Games. Table Football isn't that great but Black Jack is addictive. When your phone is new this game may become a bit of an obsession for a while! Ok, so the phone doesn't sound that bad at all and it even looks nice too. But here's my problem. Almost all of the best things on the phone can also be found on the Z5 which you can get either free of very cheap now. Not only that but the menu system on the Z5 was easier to use and better organised. Another great thing is that the Z5 has a scratch proof coating. That went out the window for the Z7. It also feels "cheaper" than its predecessor and the dents in the plastic where I've dropped it suggest that the quality of plastic has been downgraded from that used on the Z5 which didn't dent when dropped. At the end of the day, if you've upgraded from an ancient or simple phone then the Z7 will not dissapoint you. It is a great phone and you'll be very happy with it. However if you're coming from a Z5 or simil ar phone don't bother with the Z7. Its just the same phone with a flashier but cheaper cover, a new style of menu and one or two new but unimpressive features thrown in.

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              16.07.2002 01:09
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              I wouldn't go so far as to call this a completely new phone, as it is basically a facelift to the popular Sony Z5, so consider it more in terms of a Ferrari to a Porsche. The Ferrari is better looking, sleeker, and a bit quicker, but at the end of the day, you wouldn't really mind owning either! I ordered this phone through MobileShop.com, and it came quickly and well packaged. I firstly charged the phone for the recommended 4 hours - which was my first surprise. Previous phones I have had have required longer initial charging than that. I then started to get aqquanited with my new 'best friend'. Users of the Z5 will find the phone's menu and buttons familiar and easy to use with it's scrolling carousel options - although these are now greatly improved and look more like a Game Boy than a mobile phone. The Jog Dial button is in a slightly lower position, but they buttons are much more positive and easy to press. Like most people, one of the first things I tried out were my new ring tones! These are pretty much the standard affair as on the Z5, but in a 'Polyphonic' sound rather than beeps. This, on its own, makes other phones sound a little dated by comparison. The only problem I found is that there are not as many 'subtle' ring tones as on say a Nokia - they are mostly tunes, and the range of nice beeps or plain rings is lacking. You can record your own ring tones, by typping in your tune, but you can also record voices, music or soundbites through the microphone ? which gives a limitless array of possibilities! You cannot download ring tones direct to the phone and doesn?t bother me, it may to some. As far as general features, there are too many to go into here, but there are three I must mention. 1. The Phone Book is a delight. You enter one name, and you can store multiple phone numbers and email addresses against that person - they can also have their own personal ring tone. Don't underestimate the usefulness of this - I am amazed at how I managed without it, and how many few other phones have this functionality. 2. The Scheduler. Although not as comprehensive as a PDA, it is has all the functions for a forgetful person like me. Hugely useful. 3. The games! Black Jack and Table Football. Table football is good, but a little bit annoying to play for me, but you get a serious with Black Jack! Overall, if you have, and love your Sony Z5, I would definitely recommend this phone. As I couldn't find any others that matched my Z5 when it came to functionality and looks, this was really the only contender. If you are new to the Sony phone range, you will definitely find it different to your Nokia, or whatever, and may find it hard to use at first, but I believe that if you stick with it, you will actually find it easier and more intuitive than any Nokia's and Motorola's I have had, and arguably much better looking. It is available free now on most contracts, so give it a go, I don't think you'll regret it.

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                13.06.2002 07:11
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                Having been in the posession of this tasty morsel of phoneage for a month or so now I feel it is time to lay down the pros and cons (of which there are a few!) for the handset. [Insert witty "oooo please don't give me a crown" joke here (like i even know what a crown is....)] Well the main control for the z7 is the fancy little jog dial thing on the left hand side. For some reason, i don't know why, sony have had an obsession with jog dials. In this instance pretty much everything can be controlled with the dial except the typing of texts and numbers. This takes a bit of time to get used to and i'm not sure (as a right hander) whether the dial is on the correct side of the phone. It feels easier to use it with my left hand somethimes. Also the use of another button for 'select' operations would be useful instead of having to press the jog dial in all the time. Access to most things is pretty intuitive and the phone book operations are pretty similar to any nokia on the market. One neat function is that the phone keeps you up to date with how much memory is left and how many spaces you have for text messages and numbers on the sim card. Pretty standard 500 numbers memory on the phone itself. well i assume you can see from the pictures that the phone is pretty damn sexy looking. Sound quality is good on the handset and it doesn't sound like a mobile from the other end. One thing of note is that the handset does not get as good a reception as my nokia handset (with external arial). now the whole point of a flip down phone (for me) is that it make the phone longer and you actually talk into the microphone. How disappointed was i to get a phone where the flip down is just for show and the microphone is half way up your face like one of those tiny nokias. Now onto the games. HAHAHAHA call these games? now blackjack is ok. but table football?! they paid someone to d evelop this game !??? that is sooo funny! at least in a real table football game you can tilt the table so the ball starts moving again. in this one it just stops.... for ever... did i mention the snazzy orange backlight? ringtones are a bit lame, there are no simple ones just a bunch of silly tunes. and the loudest ring is sometimes not loud enough. vibrate is stupidly lame and even when holding it in your hand it would be easier to feel the vibrations from a fly farting. there is the option of recording your own ringtone too if you have the time to waste. You can send DTMF with this phone but not numbers in your phone book. you need to remember them i'm afraid. Having slated the phone for pretty much the whole review you may be wondering why i gave it 4 stars. The reason is because i only want a phone for the simple things and it does those simple things remarkably well and looks cool with it. stuff like wap and downloading silly pictures and ringtones are crap whatever the phone and are just there to appeal to the teens. when it comes down to the simple business of actually being a phone, then this phone really IS the business.

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                23.05.2002 01:32

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                I had been with nokia for a long time. When i decided to get a contract a decided to have a change so purchased this. I love this phone it is much nkicer than anything nokia can produce. The first thing you notice is that the phone is very stylish. It has a silver finish, a flip done cover that has Sony planted right in the middle. It also has an orange backlight that makes it look different to other phones. The first impression of this phone is that it is a business designed phone (i will explain why later) it is exactly the same size as a business card. The menu system is great, its in 3D and it swivels round every time you move the jog dial. The phone comes with all he usual features you would expect any phone to have. Txt messaging, infomation services etc etc. The phone book is great. You put the name of the person in and then that person has his own file you can then put in three numbers for the person and have two memos under his name too. You can then put the person in a caller group and add his own ring tone. The wap system is quite good. The phone uses microsoft internet explorer which works quite well. I quite enjoy wap and find it quite useful. The screen is large enough for a wap site to be viewed comfortably. With the phone you can also send faxes and emails, but this needs to be set up through orange. For gamers theres a table football game. And blackjack. On blackjack you get 50 credits everyday, however if you lose all your credits then the casino closes and you have to wait for tomorrow to play again. With the phone you can also record voice memos, your own ring tones, and record your conversation your having on the phone. The phone also has a calender where you can asaign notes to different dates. I believe this phone is for business poeple because of is sleek design. They way you can take quick notes make appointments and send faxes. It is perfecty for any business user. How ever i think its great phone. It feels great in your hand its quite small and very easy to use. Personally ithink its great. I think that the best part of the phone is the flip down cover its fun!!!

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                18.04.2002 00:22
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                • "Its Sony.. What else"

                please please please, do not choose this phone as a part of a package/upgrade. It is a lovely phone to look at and can impress others with its charms.. But hey, others don't have to use it! Bad points: * Very flimsy flip up lid, which as it has a notch either side to allow for easy opening, it doe's get caught on many occasions, either in hand or clothes. * Menu system is hard to navigate with very limited configuration compared to Nokia's and original Ericcsons (before sony merged). * Battery life is pretty poor when backlight is in use (which I feel is always required) * No Infared... I didn't realise this before I took the phone, and am really p**sed because of this. * Extras are expensive, and so far they are all Sony made.. No cheap fakes which do the job. * Poor quality of ring tones and never seems quite loud enough for when you are out on the street, so you end up holding it in your hand most of the time. * Vibrate feature is as bad as feeling an earthquake in Japan, whilst having a cup of tea in England. There are other bad points, but I'm just about to leave work (sorry) Good points: Nokia don't really have any competition and continue to make decent "usable" phones.

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                  Okay it's stylish. Okay it has a fancy backlight and "feels" good in your hand. But wait a second... The Z7 is my 5th mobile in 6 years (Orange network) and all the others have been Nokia. So I guess I'm a bit of a Nokia'phile. My previous phone was the, still, excellent 8210 (small, stylish - bit dated maybe, but performed excellently). I saw the Z7 before Xmas (2001) and was sold on it's looks, style and the promise of it's features, so rushed out to the shops to find it wasn't yet available. But it was available via Carphone Warehouse (great service) over the phone. So I flexed my spending might and ended up with the usual Orange design mobile phone box, but a few short days later. Excited I opened the box and marvelled at my new Z7. Yes, as I said, it is stylish and all gathere around and approved of it's very dapper looks... But having now owned it for 6 months I would say the following: 1. You wouldn't believe the number of times I've come so close to attempting to return the phone... 2. The manual is terrible, to change ring styles you have to push the scroller button down with the flip closed. Now it took me and all who also tried quite a while to realise that "down" didn't mean "in" as we expected, but physically down - okay maybe I was being daft. But the Manual could have explained this and a lot of other things a lot better. 3. Manna? profiles on Nokia?) a) Silent - yeah, silent is silent, just what you'd expect, no ring, no vibrate nothing. b) vibrate - ha ha ha is that what they call it, have you ever seen the 8210 "dance" on your desk. Well the Z7 vibrate seems positively and chronically fatigued in comparison. You have to concentrate to feel it in your hand! Oh and you cannot combine vibrate with anything except...erm... vibrate. c) Normal - well normal is normal...but withou t the possible combination of vibrate. d) One ring - well not one ring actually. It's one beep. One quiet beep... e) Loud. A little bit louder than normal. Compared to the Nokia profiles, give me back my 8210 (can't - gave it to my sister). 4. Accessories. Erm... 6 months later and still no sign of ANY accessories at all. No hands free kit.. nothing. 5. Build quality - Afraid I'm going to do a Nokia comparison again. All my old Nokias could take a tumble and they did, many times... I've dropped my Z7 once and it broke and needed replacing - the microphone gave up. Okay so the 8210 screen always died, but dropping my phone once! If you get the chance to hold one before buying, tap it and feel how solid it isn't... 6. The Games - Now I don't play games on mobiles as they are invariably quite pathetic, sure snake would pass the time as a last resort (for two mins). But the games here are not worth having. Table Football - erm, impossible to control. Blackjack - erm actually it's about as bad as snake, fun for two minutes when desparate. 7. Battery Life. Am getting used to this now. But expect to be charging a lot more than an 8210. 8. Ring Tones - are all pretty much useless. I miss so many calls because my phone is in my jacket pocket and I don't hear the undistinctive ring tones, plus you can't combine vibrate (which is useless anyway) with a ringtone. Oh but you can record them! Erm, I've never found a quality way to do so. Don't expect to record your favourite songs as the "mike" just isn't up to it. If you want to record your girl/boyfriend saying they love you, then make sure they shout... 9. Signal/Reception. Again doesn't compare to the Nokia's. Sony don't have an excuse here, they have Ericsson as a partner and Ericsson's don't have problems, so what's the problem here? The internal aerial? Can't be, plenty of other phones have excell ent signal (8210 for eg) with internal aerials. 10. WAP. Do I really need to speak about WAP. Does ANYBODY still believe WAP to be the next great thing. You don't "surf" the net on WAP, or atleast if you try, expect to constantly fall off your surfboard due to lost signal etc (and that's when standing still). Okay I can access my email, which is useful occasionally. But it's soooooo slow! 11. Volume control (when in call) makes hardly any noticeable difference. I have a terrible time trying to hear people on the noisy streets of London, when traffic is about. 12. Ring Volume. Silent, Really Quiet, Quiet, Normal, or Really bloody Loud. Again, sorry, bring back the 8210's ability to control volumes... 13. Scheduler - The calendar functionality is average and, really sorry everyone, doesn't compare to the Nokia's. I'll leave it there. As, hopefully I've put you off by now. In defence of my constant comparisons to Nokia, I'd like to say this: Nokia is market leader. Why? Because it does, almost, everything very well. Why didn't Sony Ericsson look at the Nokia's for functionality influence when designing there phone? This is beyond me... (would also like to point out that the non Sony just Ericsson phones look very good from reports from friends/colleagues. The 8210 looks a lttle dated not, some 18/24 short months since introduction. But still is a lot better than the Sony Z7, unless you want WAP. Think I may ask my sister for my 8210 back. I wasted £90 on my Z7, please think twice before you do (they're cheaper now though - surprise surprise). Hope this review helps you. Not surprised they're are only two reviews so far... maybe this, in itself, says something! p.s if Sony would like to get in touch, I'd happily go through all this in greater detail - Sony please contact: lordlucan1974@hotmail.com

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                    18.02.2002 19:33
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                    Last year Sony took the mobile phone market by storm with two of the years best handsets the award winning CMD-Z5 and the CMD-J5. This was reflected in the awards for best phone of the year from Mobile Choice with the Sony Z5 running away with the award. With Sony J5 also snatched the prize in the most innovative Phone category. So I was of course very excited at the prospect of getting my hands on the new CMD-Z7. The first difference I noticed was that the aerial had been removed this of course means the phone will fit much more easily in your pocket. As you would expect from a Sony product the CMD-Z7 exudes class. The phone is finished in a smart metallic silver, while the backlight display glows a satisfyingly sophisticated orange. Frankly the Z7 is very difficult to put down. But where Sony really excels is with the little touches. For example, with the flip open the network logo sits very flush in the middle of the screen. Yet when you close the flip it shift up a fraction so all the information is on display. To get around the menus you have to use the jog dial which can be difficult to get the hang of at first. But once you get used to its very easy as you just rotate clockwise or anti clockwise to move swiftly through the menus. Surfing the mobile internet works fine, the Sony Z7 employs the Microsoft Mobile Explorer I set mine up with the genie portal which takes only about 5 mins to set up using the Sony instruction book. It is a little slow due to the fact the phone is not GPRS but overall it’s an enjoyable experience as the screen size is a nice size to display a lot of information. The Sony also come with a few decent games to keep you busy on those lonely train journeys etc. The games are Blackjack and Table football. The phone also has recordable ringtones which will please many people. Another feature is predictive text messaging which is now standard on most handsets it also has email function and the ability to let u book appointments etc. The battery performance is around 480mins on talktime and standby is around 220 hours. The weight of the phone is only 95g. When I was out and about with the phone I found nor problems with signal so the aerial works fine After thought I wrote this last week and have been waiting for dooyoo to put the phone on the site. In this time I have ahd a few problems getting another model Sony repaired and it now turns out the reapir centre have lost the phone. This could be a one off incident but then again I did have to wait about two weeks for them to pick the phone up, and in that time had to make many phone calls. So it might be worth bearing this in mind before purchasing

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