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This was my last non-smartphone which I got on contact from 3 and lasted me for 24 months. I still have the phone as a spare in case of emergencies like when my iPhone crashed. It is still in perfect condition as I always kept in the little grey case with a press-stud flap over the top which came with the phone and which stopped it getting scratched in my handbag by my keys.
I always found this phone very easy to use. It's a flip top phone so I set it so that I could answer calls by flipping the top up and then flipping the top back down finishes the call. I always had flip top phones as I found that the non flip top variety always got caught in my handbag and I would accidentally end up calling someone I didn't mean too. Also I didn't like locking the phone as I find putting in a code really annoying, flip top avoids this.
The phone is a shiny silver and their is a display screen incorporated on top of the phone when closed which lights up and shows the time and battery usage and when a call or text comes in the name or number of the personal calling moves across the screen. On opening the phone the screen is on the under side of the flip top which is about 4 x 2.5 cm in size, and in colour, and nice and easy to see.
The menu is a list of icon pictures, which can be navigated from the 4 point button above the keypad and it's easy to get around the menus or get back to the main menu by pressing the button in the middle of the 4 point pad. The keyboard is just numbers, like telephones used to be and each number has 3-4 letters dedicated to it so it used predictive predictive text which I was never very good at.
The battery in this is really good and I would only charge very other day, although over time the battery has got weaker and now it needs charging most days. One can take the battery out and underneath is the place for the SIM. To get the cover off to the battery is easy, some phones I have really struggled to get the back cover off and end up tearing my nails.
The phone has a very basic camera (2 mp) , but good enough for out and about shots. It is then possible to use pictures taken as a background theme. The phone also has the internet but I didn't ever use it as I hadn't got Internet allowance plus it was really not easy to surf the net on it, too small and fiddlely. Other features include an alarm clock, which I always used to get me up in the morning - it was very reliable and a calendar which I never got to grips with. It can also play music, but I've never used this function and there are games, but I seem to remember they were only free for a limited amount of time initially when my contract started.
The only real issue I had with this phone is the memory must be quite small as I was forever having to delete texts as my in and out boxes were full. This was annoying as I would have to either delete them all or if wanted to keep some texts delete the ones I didn't want one by one.
Really, for me this is a phone for texting and phoning purposes, tasks which it does really well as long as you can use predictive text. The sound quality when listening on the phone is good and the opened out shape of the flip top means it curves from ear to mouth nicely. I generally ignored its wider functions, I didn't choose it for its extended features, but for a phone which costs around £70 it's neat and compact and more than did the job for me.
I owned the Rose Pink version of this phone, very girly but very stylish. The OLED screen is a lovely touch on the mirrored front. When on a call the front of the pink model displays moving bubbles, in hanging up the call it first shows call duration then the time. The only downside about this mirrored external screen is that it's impossible to read in bright conditions.
The keypad is nicely spaced out but the clamshell means that the buttons have a small profile which can be difficult to get used to at first. But the side buttons are easily accessible and the layout of the phone is good for audio calling and video calling. The speakerphone works well and the camera is decent enough.
The operating system on the phone works pretty well, key features of the phone are easily accessible. However, it seemed to be pretty slow, especially the text messaging inbox when you had several texts stored. This slowness did frustrate after a while, and coupled with the bulkiness of the phone detract substantially from all the other good features it has.
I brought this phone as it was relatively cheap when i broke mine and just needed a new one. But since then i have come to love it and would definitely recommend it. I believe now you can buy it for around £60. The battery life is fantastic. It's tough, can be dropped and allsorts and still work! You can clearly hear people when they call, and any songs you choose to play.
It has quite a large memory. I'm afraid I am unsure of the actual size. It's java enabled, so you can download applications from the internet. I play poker on my phone and use a version of instant messenger on it. It only has a 2.0MP camera, which compared to the new samsung 12MP i guess that pails in comparison. But it still takes clear photos that are still good once uploaded to your computer. It also films short videos, which again are of a reasonable quality. It has a couple of games that come with it. And mine had a photo editing app on it too but that may depend on your network provider. I have upgraded my phone several times since but find myself continuing to go back to this one. It's reliable and smart and it's good looking!
It has a display on the front when closed so you can still see who's calling or who has sent you a text. You can answer just by flipping open the phone. You can store a reasonable amount of music on the phone and plug headphones into it. The songs play in good quality. I am yet to find something to complain about with this phone. You can change almost everything to your taste in the settings folder. It's well priced and apart from the camera quite modern for 60 quid! I would definitely recommend!
I owned this phone for about a year and it endured so much, let me tell you! This phone has been dropped in puddles and thrown and was still alive and well when I gave it up for my new phone.
I owned it in the rose pink, I loved the mirrored appearance of the phone, however, I did find that the front scratched really easily. I would recommend keeping it in a case if you did purchase it.
The keys are of a reasonable size and it is easy to use all the functions. Functions include an MP3 player and 2 digital cameras, which can be used for video calling. The main digital camera is 2MP and has various settings but no flash. Pictures come out at a reasonable standard if taken in good enough light. I found that the MP3 player was good if the volume was set on full, otherwise the built in speaker seemed quite crackly.
The internal memory of the phone wasn't too shabby, however, I did purchase a 1GB memory card to expand the memory. if you use the phone for browsing the internet it does seem to be quite fast and well adapted, I recommend using it with Opera Mini!
It is a very cute, well built phone that is ideal for those likely to drop it the minute they buy it (much like me!).
When the time comes round each year to upgrade my contract mobile phone I generally take the opportunity to pick up a new handset with a few additional new features that my existing phone lacks.
Last year, when upgrade time arrived, I discovered that none of the new handsets around could offer me much more than my existing Sony Ericsson w810i Walkman phone already had. It's all just personal preference I suppose, but all I was after was a phone with a decent camera and mp3 player, both of which the W810i had.
Over the years I have owned various different Nokia phones, but was happy with my switch over to Sony Ericsson, plus I'd never owned a flip phone, so I decided to give the Z610i a try.
With its clamshell design, available in 3 colours, (black, blue and pink) the phone is clearly stylish, which is only confirmed when the 'invisible' external screen comes to life (only apparent when a call or text message is received). The external screen can also be used to display the time at by pressing either volume button on the side of the phone at any time.
The phone is very easy to use and sticks to the usual Nokia/Sony Ericsson style layout. Anyone who's used a mobile phone before will master this handset within hours, and complete mobile novices will not be far behind them. The instruction manual provided also gives clear instructions for any support required.
As you'd expect, the phone hosts the usual SMS & MMS facilities, WAP internet capabilities, Bluetooth, calendar, alarm clock, MP3 player, camera (2.0 mega pixels) and video player. It also comes loaded with a number of games (Millionaire 2nd Edition, Zuma, and Quadra Pop) though these are only available for a trial period and then you have to pay to either rent or buy them. It's not a major issue, but this did slightly annoy me as all previous phones I've owned have come with at least one permanent free game. The phone does come with a couple of other fun and useful applications including FaceWarp and MusicDJ.
The Z610i comes with 2 built in cameras, one on the external shell and one internally at the top of the screen, because one other really cool feature it has is the Video Call facility. You are able to hold up your phone and video yourself while watching the person you're calling on the screen. Sadly I don't know anyone who has a compatible phone, so I haven't been able to check this feature out properly yet, but it looks very cool.
So, included in the box when you buy is:
- Sony Ericsson Z610i handset
- User manual
- 1 USB cable
- Memory card (MemoryStick M2 - 64 MB)
I got my handset free on a contract deal, but the phone is available to buy 'pay as you go' on various networks (for example £64.99 on Orange network, via Amazon).
To sum up, if you're looking for a styish phone with a couple of cool features, and all the standard mobile kit you'd expect, the z610i might be the phone for you.
This review is now available on Ciao also.
The Sony Ericsson Z610i is a slick, chic clamshell mobile telephone that you would be proud to answer in public. The modernity and sophistication of a phone such as this provokes many compliments from onlookers. I received my Z610i on a monthly contract and have been happy with the commitment I made to the phone as I received what was promised to me; a classy, easy to use, reliable and fashionable mobile phone. I am unable to fault the functions the phone offers and the quality of its applications, for example the 2 excellent 2.0 mega pixel cameras included (one used solely for video calls,) and also the quality of the video and music player the phone includes. The ease of use of all Sony Ericsson phones is also second to none, and this phone is no exception. Being a techno-phobe myself, I was still able to text, video call, make videos, edit photograghs, copy and paste contact details and download music with no hesitation whatsoever. I would highly recommend this phone to anyone wanting a change from a boring, dull phone to a funky, sophisticated phone with a twist. It suits everyones needs, and is even available in pink, blue or black to accomodate everyones style.