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The Sony CMD-Z5 is the smallest WAP to date, weighing just 83 grams. Not only is it a WAP handset, but it also has built-in e-mail facilities and HTML browser. The number pad has a flip key cover, which can be set up to answer and end calls automatically as it is opened or closed. The screen is a good size. Up to six lines of information can be displayed. It has got a thumb wheel interface, making scrolling up or down effortless. The wheel can be used to control most of the phone?s operations, allowing you to control with just one hand, the thumb alone doing all the work. Voice quality is good and the tonality is excellent. Signal strength is good, keeping the phone working in areas where other phones often struggle. Battery performance is adequate, giving you enough power to keep going through the day. The Z5 is a very cute little package, but its real winning feature must surely be its diminutive size. If you are looking for a new phone try this its quite good.
While it's not a perfect phone, it pretty near being the best out there. Lets start with the bad points: 1. It doesn't take knocks and drops too kindly 2. It's aerial isn't the best But that's it, which isn't too bad. As for things it does averagely, this is everything else with the exception of three things it does brilliantly and which I couldn't couldn't be without now. The Scheduler is the first thing. It acts like a Filofax in allowing you to enter your appointments allows you you to be reminded via an alarm when they are due. You can orgainse things years in advance, and excepts 500 entries, which is more than enough for everyone - as long as you deleted past ones. The Phone Book is the second - this allows you to enter a name, and multiple numbers, and email addresses for that name, which is brilliant. You can have 5 numbers per person, as well as email addresses. This prevents the same person being listed 3 times for their home, mobile, and work numbers as on other phones. The last thing is the size and looks - it looks great, and even though is over 18 months old now, it still stands out from other phones. I wouldn't recommend this phone now though, I would recommend its sucessor the Z7 which is even better looking, and by all accounts even better to use.
The Sony MZ5 is a cunning little phone which I owned for a period of about 8 months. With its unique little jog dial which has 4 way movement it takes a bit of getting used to but once you've sussed it, it makes it rather fun to use. The menu is quite straight forward and easy to browse through. This phone comes with many ring tones to chose from and also allows you to access the Internet and email via wap. The phone is slick, stylish and also compact enough for you to be able to slip into your pocket neatly. It is light and convenient. The phone has a flip, which allows you to answer calls and finish calls quickly. Alternatively you can answer calls using buttons on the face of the phone. The phone did have a couple of draw backs. In the first few weeks the jog dial broke not allowing me to use the menu at all. Also the flip is a bit flimsy and I had to have this replaced another time. However, saying this all the replacements were done quickly and i was given a replacement phone in the meantime so i was very happy about the service. I did come across a few problems with this phone. The main one being, that the battery life is not very good. Mainly to do with the size of the battery, but if you can put up with charging the phone every evening then it?s a cracker of a phone.
This a realtivly new phone and has an important feature to its name 'Sony'. So you already know that it is going to be good quality. You don't want a Nokia as everyone has them and you feel like a sheep with one. If you want something different pick this phone. What does this phone do? Looks- Although i think it is a big long it is really thin and so light that it can't feel it in my pocket and i don't feel weighed down by a nokia. It also has an amazing feature a wheel. Mobile phone makers have discovered the wheel! Amazing. Instead of having to fiddle with little menu buttons Sony have cleverly put everything on a wheel on the side of the phone. Push it in for the menu, then spin it round through the animated menu screen (very clever) to whatever service you want. It has great little graphics when you flick through the menu so i really does feel like something special.Text messaging with predictive text. A must nowadays to reduce the amount of smoke that can be seen coming from peoples key pads as they maniacally smash away meaningless yet amusing messages to friends. The dictionary isn?t that great but it learns once you type in word that it doesn?t recognise and then just turn on the predictive text again after it. The memory on the phone is huge, holding about 600 name and numbers, also holding e-mail address's and grouping together one persons e-mail, home, mobile and office number. This shortens the phone book when you want to look for someone, when you find them, one click of the jog dial and you get to choose from there various numbers that have been grouped. Initially the battery life is poor but after a few complete discharges and recharges it will be better than most! And a final advantage is the pin number for accessing the phone, it doesn't have to be 4 letters, it can be as many or as few as you want, therefore increasing security for you. From the main screen (standby) there are
many quick options; Moving the jog dial up or down takes you straight into the phone book, clicking the jog dial takes you straight into a animated menu. Pressing the call key gives you the ability to quickly call the last 20 people who you called, or who called you, and finally pressing the loud speaker button takes you into the WAP menu. It has groovy ring tones and they are not the annouying ones that you find on ordinary phones they are ones that don't make you deaf but are pleasant to listen to. There are 20 to chose from. It has WAP which isn't too interesting as most of the phones have it and the modem isn't too fast. The games are good when you get your head around how to play them. Schedule and other useful but boring bits. Again like the Nokia it has a calendar that you can make little notes and alarms on which can be really handy is you?ve got a sieve like memory like me. (where am I again?) Also its got a calculator that you never need but ?might just come in handy one day?. This has a voice recorder which isn't too useful but is a great little extra all the same but records god quality sound. I recommend this phone to everyone and anyone. It isn't as boring as a Nokia and has all the features as one. It also dosen't weigh down your pockets. It costs around £120 on vouchers.
When looking at the Sony CMD-Z5 it can be very easy to get carried away in the worship of its looks, ingenuity, and quality. What is needed is a rounded view... (for a quick summary please scroll to the conclusion) FEATURES ----------------- The Z5 is certainly packed with features: SIZE It is about 4inches in height including the aerial and about 2inches wide, with dimensions like this and an incredibly light weight design it can only be termed petite. It could be described as to small but to be honest you will have no trouble using it, the screen is generously large, and with the Jog Dial navigation you don't need a large keypad. It won't leave that unsightly bulge in your trousers but you may not notice it is there either. LOOKS This is, in my humble opinion, the most desirable phone on the market. It oozes that typical Sony style. But not at the expense of practicality. This is all I’m going to say on this topic, just take a look for yourself. BATTERY The battery is very quick to charge but doesn’t last as long as one would hope especially when playing Games or using WAP. The charger, in typical Sony style, is unique, but included, and a separate car charger will be needed for charging on the move. The Plug does however utilise the new design so it can be used abroad without an adaptor. The battery itself is ultra lightweight, and there is an option for a larger battery, which will add to the weight, but the phone still won't be heavy. JOG DIAL This is a quite simply an incredible feature. I have it on my Vaio laptop but the use on the phone is more fundamental. It allows easy access through all menus without touching the keypad and is brilliant for WAP. The fact it can be pushed forward, back and in as well as being able to rotate gives u more functionality than a mouse on a computer. For me this makes this phone stand out from similar size a
nd price competitors. I have no complaints about the Jog Dial at all. CALLS With the ability to pick up the phone by flipping down the cover it is quick and easy to answer the phone but this isn't anything special, and to be honest neither is the call quality. Yes it's clear both ends and they're is no problem speaking into it, however if you want this phone just for call quality then your looking at the wrong phone, its not that it's bad its simply not what this phone is about. PHONE BOOK Sony couldn't accept normal protocol when it came to the phone book, what they designed, is not without flaws but it certainly has its upside. The Phone Book is arranged by name. So what I hear you cry, but this is unique, instead of having an entry for 'Mum Home' 'Mum Mobile' 'Mum Work' you simply have MUM and then clicking on mum gives you a list of choices each represented by a little icon. This is really good but can be a nuisance when you miss a call from Mum and don't know which number to ring back. There are quick access numbers, which are good, search facilities, and the ability to group. The memory is large, I’m not sure how large but I’m never going to use it all and it beats the normal Nokia amounts. It also includes the ability to save to the phone allowing use of multiple SIM cards without having to re-input the numbers MESSAGES Text Messages are big, and I mean really big. Nobody told Sony. The T9 text input is their version of predictive text and takes a bit of getting used to but doesn't slow the accomplished txt type for long, however I can't see it ever being as quick as predictive text and requires the jog dial and hence two hands. What is frustrating is the way that when you click reply, it gives the old message first. Which is incredibly frustrating. On the up side it does let you set message validity and add an automatic signat
ure at the bottom of the txt. RINGER This is a flaw. Not much choice of good tunes. They failed to include the ability to record your own, and the fact that their composer is unique you can't get them off the Internet. But then with a Phone like this you don't need to stand out anymore. SCHEDULE Why is this included? Good question! Well it works and I suppose is a nice little feature, but unless you want to top all your little appointments in then its not much use. I'd use a diary. CLOCK Well it is a clock and it keeps good time, what else can I say? It gives you the option to find the time all around the world which will entertain you for a few seconds but that’s about it. DIVERT Options to Divert Calls under different circumstances as well as Fax and Data calls, good for the business user, but pretty standard for the non-business user. CALCULATOR The calculator is quicker to use than the Nokia one, mainly due to the Jog Dial, and can get you out of a jam when your mental arithmetic lets you down. Probably the most useful of the standard useless features on all phones. CALL HISTORY Confusing at first, the call history records, received, missed, and outgoing calls all on the same page, sorted by the direction of the arrow and its colour. Unique, because its Sony, but not necessarily better. SETTINGS There are a whole range of standard settings, such as the backlight, greetings, sound, animation, language. Things to note are: The Security Codes, to stop use of the phone even with the original SIM card removed. Call Waiting, is always useful, especially when using WAP. The '1 minute beep' option is good for the cost conscious. MEMO The memo function is an attempt at a voice memo but like the voice dial on some phones the microphone is slightly over sensitive and I can't see a practical use f
or this function. GAMES Well it may not have Snake, but the Clay Pigeon Shooting is good, and the Fishing can keep you interested if you're waiting for that bus or train again, but I can't see anyone getting addicted. BROWSER With WAP you either use it or you don't, it cost a fortune most of the time but if cost isn't a problem then it can be useful, for checking e-mails, sport scores and even buying things. If you do use it the screen is large enough to make it usable and the Jog Dial makes navigation easier than on any other phone. WAP isn't something to rave about but when you want to use it this is a good thing to use it on. ................. CONCLUSION ................. This phone is functional, with some new ideas. The Jog Dial is unique and makes its use easy, call quality is good, and any problems with txting are minor. It has the usual excess of features but not amazingly over the top and it is the best phone for using WAP on. But that isn't what this phone is about. This phone is about looks, style and something other than Nokia. It is highly desirable and many will be eternally jealous. I have had it stolen once already, and this is a point to note. Insurance is a must, but ensure it covers the cost of the handset at over £250 some insurance may not cover it. Being Sony there shouldn't be any problems with workmanship and with a one year warranty you shouldn't have a problem. My experience of Sony customer services is top class. You may notice that I haven't mentioned cost. This is a status symbol of a phone and if you’re worried about the cost of this phone, at about £50 with a contract, then your looking at the wrong phone. Image is priceless!
I`ve had the Sony CMD-Z5 for just about a year now and have a fairly mixed opinion of it. The phone certainly looks the part, I personally think it is one of the nicest looking phones on the market currently, and it was one of the reasons that I purchased this phone. SIZE: The phone is also an excellent size (just about credit card size) which enables you to carry it without the inconvenience of carring a spare bag for it, like some other handsets. SHELL: The promise too of a scratch-proof outer shell also made me think this was a good buy, as I do work in an enviroment where a plus like this would come in useful. Alas the phone did not deliver on this point and my phone is scratched a little (still looks good though) PHONE FEATURES: The actual phone features look good when you buy the phone, but to be honest, I did not find any of them that impressive. The Jog-dial was a great invention for manouvering round the screen options, until mine decided to no longer work. Ringtones: Ringtones are of good quality, but the ringtone maker takes a little getting used too. Not having an infa-red port was a big downside too, as you can not send ringtones or new sotware to the phone without the use of a seperate data cable (which you need to buy seperatly). Adding Text: The buttons are quite easy to press considering the phone is so small and to help even more there is T9 text input system, so that you should not have to do multiple presses all too often. Games: The two games provided are brilliant. How many phones can boast a fishing and a shooting game, which are of both high quality. Speaker Quality: The speaker quality was a little poor IMO for a sony product, as I think it is not as clear as it could have been (I don`t have hands free so can`t comment on that) WAP: I also don`t use the WAP features either really, as I`ve never been a great believer in mobiles WAP capabilities
yet (maybe i`m wrong, who`s to say) Ansering: Ansering the phone could not be easier, just flip the handset, or you can also define any key to answer that you want. Memos + answer machine: The memo function is a nice inclusion to the phone, and the in built anserphone would have been good if you could have defined how many rings there was before it clicked on( I hardly ever managed to pick up before the answer machine clicked in) BATTERY LIFE: Battery life is one of my biggest disappointments with this phone. Yes, the phone is tiny and the battery too, but is just does not seem to hold a charge more that 3 days max. Maybe I`m being a litle unreasonable, but I expect more from Sony.(and yes the battery has been checked out by Sony many times) CUSTOMER CARE: Lastly is Sony`s customer care for this phone. It is not as bad as some companies. My phone has been back to be fixed 3 times since i bought it, and each time the phone has been fixed and returned within a week. The only gripe that I have is that it got released with so many problems in the first place. OVERVIEW: All in All I like my Sony (probably more than this review seems) its just I still would expect better quality from Sony in the first place. The phone is beautifully crafted and very portable and this I think are the two main reasons that people should consider it. I have been informed that some of the initial bugs with the phone have now been fixed and I hope in future Sony deliver a more complete package. So I hope I`ve not put you off the phone completely, just thought you should know the whole story. I may have been a little unfortunate with my phone, who knows. The good thing though is , I still Love the little damn thing to pieces !!! Cheers Verbal ©
Now that my current phone's contract is imminently coming to an end I've been giving a lot of thought to what to get next. Im on Orange Everyday 50 and have the Nokia 3210. Yawn (the same as half the planet it seems!). Im extremely happy with my contract it is perfect for me but the phone is getting dated. So me and a friend decided to swap phones for a week, causing a lot of confusion to friends in the process ;-) My friend has the Sony CMD-Z5 -a sleek well designed phone and I couldn't wait to check it out. I like Nokia phones they're reliable and look good. However I want something different to everyone, hate to follow the crowd you know... The Sony CMD-Z5 is the most well thought out, feature packed phones I've ever used. It is compact, with a flip design covering the keys and half of the screen. The flip is active, meaning it starts and ends calls when you open it. The phone weighs about the same as a Nokia 8210 (a phone that I'm thinking of getting after discovering that I need Snake and the option to change my logo and ringtones once in a while!). At first the screen looks a little small. This is not true - when the flip is closed - in the standby position, half of the screen is covered. When you switch your phone on you have the option of having an animation of your choice - flowing water, a city or snooker balls breaking up. The animations on this phone are of excellent quality compared to ones on the Nokia 3210. The Z5 also includes a built in answer phone. I really cannot understand why Nokia's don't have this function, you can record voice memos on it or use it as a voice mail machine. So it saves money too! The phone also has WAP functionality which is useful however I didn't get round to testing it myself. The email facilities on it are also excellent because you can use your own POP3/SMTP account from whichever provider you have. There is a great composer on this phone and 3 ringtones can be stored on the phone, 30 are already included on the phone. Unfortunately if you like your ringtones then this phone may not be for you as they are hard to find on the net. Theres also a lot of memory. It can store 500 names and numbers which can be grouped and different ring tones assigned to different people. A strange thing that happened a few times was that the phone actually switched itself off. This wasn't due to the battery dying so I don't understand it. (Even my Alcatel from two years back didn't do this!) After this experiment both my friend and I have decided to stick to our own phones. I'm going to get an 8210 so I can still be fickle and change the look of my phone all the time. However the Z5 is an excellent topclass phone which looks great. It is perfect for people who use their mobiles for professional jobrelated purposes. If it was available on Orange I would've got it, but hey it's my loss!
The sony Z5 is a great little phone, absolutely packed wih features. Anyone considering buying a mobile phone then this one should be high on their list of priorities. The sleek design makes it one of the most sought after mobile phone. It is also quite a robust phone. There are two games and both are superb. One is afishing game and the other a fishing game, both require a lot of skill. Also WAP is made a lot easier and faster with microsoft mobile explorer. The operation of the phone is easy although it takes a while getting use to the unique system. All in all a great phone. Only concern is that in the future it will need to be replaced as WAP will be replaced by a faster and better service.
Occasionally I am surprised by a new product. The Sony Z5 didn't surprise me. It simply lived up to my high expectations. It is one unique, powerful little phone. Initially you are drawn in by the sheer style of the handset - it's the sort of phone you want to put on the table in front of you when you go down the pub. But underneath the polished chrome exterior lies probably the most user friendly interface Ive come across. The jog dial is a revelation allowing you to access all of the menu features easily using one hand. Once you've discovered that the dial can be pushed back as well as in, you'll have access to all of the phones numerous features. And what features they are. WAP access which seems to run considerably faster than I expected, utilising Microsofts Internet explorer. Accessing your normal e-mail account, something the Z5 and only a handful of other phones can do, is also staightforward providing you have all the necessary details. Both of these are extremely useful for me as I often have to pick up business e-mails on the move. Other features to note are the in built answermachine/voice memo function, which means you can take messages without having to dial up your voicemail. When you add in the ring tone composer for that bit of added individuality (and fun!), plus the normal features you'd expect from a quality handset, it makes for a powerful portable device for both business and leisure. And at only 83g it's light enough to carry around in a shirt pocket. What about the battery and call quality I hear you cry? Well, battery strength isnt bad considering it's size (I tend to charge mine every couple of days), but can vary dependant on the amount of WAP usage which is more draining. Call quality has so far proved excellent even when the took a call in a seemingly granite built supermarket and I only had 1 bar of signal strength! All in all, the Z5 gives you something a lit
tle different. If you are looking for a 'run of the mill' mobile buy one of Nokias existing offerings which will be of course be top quality. However, if you want something thats looks like a Star Trek communicator and is almost a powerful, then the Z5 is a must!
My Mitsubishi Astral was in dire need of replacement so I decided to start looking for a new handset. After much wandering around the multitude of phone shops I decided to plump for the Sony CMD-Z5 at £49.99 with the Vodafone Leisure 200 tariff (14.99 amonth with 200 off peak minutes free). What I didn’t realise was though just how impressed I was going to be with this tiny little powerhouse. Weighing in at about 84 grams this phone has plenty of features to enjoy. The actual phone is only the size of a credit card and has a good strong hinge for the flip cover. This cover serves an additional pupose as it is also the indicator for the phone to either display up to two lines of text when in a closed position or to use its full screen capability whilst in an open position. The actual menu navigation is performed through the use of a jog dial mechanism on the top left of the phone. A little confusing at first its use is quickly mastered and the revolving menu is a delight to use. This phone also has WAP and email capabilities but I have yet to use them only having had the phone two weeks so I cannot say what these are like. I would say the setup process that I was provided with takes a little time and needs to be done when the user can devote the proper attention to it. Some of the phones nicer features Ringer: Some 27 ringtones are supplied and with the additional function of a ringtone composer you can add a further three of your own. There is also the standard vibration alert if you work in an environment that frowns on mobiles ringing during work hours. Schedule: Mark in things to do using this facility. This has a rather interesting input method as it uses icons to specify the task to be recorded. Answer machine: A useful alternative to voicemail. Is this a loophole for not paying for voicemail? Please let me know if it is.
I remember when I first purchased the Nokia 3210, it was new then and not everyone had it. It was state of the art, it was small, light and it turned heads. Now it seems it’s as common as muck. Well not that far. A few months ago, after having my Nokia for just over a year I decided to get a new phone. The 3310 put me off, it seemed as if too many people were getting it and I wanted something a bit more unique. Not that I’m vain like that, I just wanted something a little different. I went to the contract phones, which offered a lot more variety in terms of quality and features. After weeks of deliberating I decided to buy the Sony CMD-Z5 over the Nokia 8210. I knew that quality wouldn’t be a problem because Sony has a long-standing reputation of near perfect quality technological products. It certainly looks the part. It looks a lot more mature (if a phone can) than the Nokia phones out there. It has a sleek silver-coated cover, which is non-removable so you cant swap covers like you can with the Nokia’s. It is also very small, no bigger than a credit card and very light, only 3g more than the Nokia 8210 (see below for the Spec’s). One disadvantage it may have is the external ariel which some may find off putting. I do not have a problem with it, it just adds to the phones style. The screen is pleasingly big; it has a 6-line display, which makes writing and viewing text messages nice and easy. It is also protected against fingerprints and scratches thanks to its high value UV coating. Sony has implemented a ‘jog dial’ onto the left hand side of the phone, much like the scroller on the Nokia 7110. This can take a bit of getting used to initially but it does come in very useful and once you get used to it it’s very easy to use. The buttons are well laid out and clear and (usually) are very responsive although because of the phone size people with bigger fingers may
end up pressing the wrong buttons. There are several functions built into the phone and can be accessed via a very nice looking menu system, a sort of nice little scroller type thing. The functions (including the sub sections) are… PHONEBOOK The phonebook can handle up to 500 people. Each person you enter also has room for fax and e-mail information, which can be helpful and again reinforces this phones professional quality. People can also be put into groups, represented by some little symbols, like smiley faces or office blocks. This helps if you have a long list of people because you can easily get to the group. MESSAGES Read | Create | Settings Like most phones the Sony one comes with predictive text input (in this case T9) more than often it gets the word you want right. The optional words are displayed at the bottom of the screen, instead of having to go to a different screen, by using the job dial you can scroll to the word you want. By pressing the * and # you can change the case of the lettering or insert functions. The functions are lined up by rows which can be selected by the jog dial and then the character will be chosen from that row. Sending the message does take time because you have to push the jog dial in then up but, again, its just something you need to get the hang of. The inbox can handle up to 10 messages. Each message can contain up to 160 characters. RINGER Ringer | Vibra Alert | Manner Mode There is a selection of 27 ringing tones available on the Sony phone. You can also compose them with a little built in keyboard although you can’t download them from the net like you can with a Nokia. You can also assign ringtones for the different groups of people. The ringer volume can be adjusted but it doesn’t really get too loud. You can also program so it makes a single beep, vibrates only or is totally silen
t. SCHEDULE This is a very helpful little function. Basically you can program important events in, such as meetings, into the scheduler. You can have an alarm to go off to remind you of it at the time or 5mins before. It is easy to navigate around and again symbols can be used to determine the event. CLOCK Alarm | Timer | World Clock | Time Signal |Clock Format | Analogue | Auto power off | Set day/time The clock is pretty standard, coming in 24hour, AM/PM, with date or World clock format. The world clock is useful if you intend to ring people abroad and want to know if you are about to ring them up or not. The alarm is quite loud enough to wake you up and if needs be can be turned a bit more discreet. DIVERT You can divert calls if Unavailable All calls If not reachable If no reply If busy You can also divert All fax All data CALCULATOR Not really much to say, it adds up and takes away numbers very accurately. It is also displayed as a real calculator which makes it a bit more unique and easier to follow. CALL HISTORY A list of all incoming and outgoing calls you have had giving you the time and date phoned. SETTINGS Preferences | Security | Call time, cost | Call Settings You can program this phone to your hearts content because it has so many different options. You can change the language, key click sound, make a greeting message and also change the animation that greets you (a nifty pool of water, city or pool table) among many other things. You can also create 2 PIN codes and a personal lock for security reasons. Call time is useful although it doesn’t actually display the cost although this may or may not have something to do with my network. MEMO Voice Memo Box | Record Voice | Answer Machine Another useful little feature. This allows y
ou to get a sound recording of up to 30seconds. There is a maximum of 10 slots it can take up. The answering machine also saves you going to your network answer phone service and will also save you money if it does cost anything. There are also the ‘Extras’. For some reason or other Sony neglected to put these on the original menu and does involve quite a tricky manoeuvre with the jog dial to get up (in my experience push down hard and up at the same time). It also doesn’t devote much space to it in the manual. BROWSER Home | Favourites | Settings I must admit I don’t spend too long on the WAP function, seeing as I can get on the real thing for less money. However from little looks it looks okay, it has Microsoft Mobile Explorer, which looks well laid out and quite easy to use. The favourites act just like the ones on here so it saves time and effort. The screen, because of its size, can display a comfortable amount of info E-MAIL Read | Send | Settings You access this through the Mobile Internet Explorer. Useful if you are not at your computer but because of the keys it can take a bit longer than usual. GAMES Shooting | Fishing What phone these days would be complete without the games? In this case clay pigeon shooting and fishing. They are both controlled easily by the jog dial and can while away a few minutes with ease. There are around 5 rounds in the shooting game, the fishing game lasts for around 4mins where you have to try and catch the biggest batch of fish. Be careful though because your thumb/finger controlling the jog dial may get a little worn. That is the Sony CMD-Z5. A solid, good looking and well equipped phone which gets attention as well. There are the aforementioned problems, the keys and the lack of extras on the menu but apart from that it is hard to fault. Battery life (below) is long lasting, I charge it a
round every 3-4 days and it doesn’t take long. The charger itself it also very nice. If you want a phone you can personalise to death with covers and ring tones get a Nokia 3310 or 8210. If you don’t mind sticking with the same cover and limited ring tones in exchange for far more features then the Sony is for you. And for all you dirty minded people thinking about the title, don’t. SPECS Length 88 mm Width 49 mm Height 21.5 mm Weight (with standard Slim Battery) 82g Talk time (with standard Slim Battery) up to 220 mins Standby time (with standard Slim Battery) up to 150 hrs SONY CMD-Z5 IS Very nice looking Professional Feature packed SONY CMD-Z5 IS NOT A ‘teeny’ Nokia phone Like many phones really Going to survive a 10ft drop
KeyFeatures: WAP-compatible, Microsoft Mobile Explorer software, offers e-mail through existing accounts, dual-band GSM 900/1,800, 220 minutes talk time/150 hours standby, world clock and currency converter, six line LCD screen, built-in custom answering machine, scheduler function for meetings and alarms, weighs: 82g, measures: 88x47.21.5mm The CMD-Z5 is Sony's first WAP phone, giving you Net and e-mail access in a compact and elegant package. Last week in Soho, I saw a certain late night Channel 4 presenter. Nothing unusual there - these days, London is home to hundreds of comedic, Irish TV presenters. No, what's truly sad is that I noticed the guy's mobile phone a full 30 seconds before I recognised the face. He was carrying the Sony CMD-Z5. This phone turns heads. It's unreasonably tiny - smaller than a cigarette packet in fact - and looks fantastic. The phone's shiny with a gently curved flip lid and arched case. There's a splash of lilac around the screen giving a bit of colour without detracting from its sleekness, and there's even a little loop for a carry strap just in case you're feeling continental. The phone's controlled using a scroll 'n' click wheel (or jog-dial) on the top left corner of the phone - a bit like the Nokia 7110's Navi-roller. The positioning of the wheel is a little pesky for left-handers, although it doesn't take too long to familiarise yourself with it and it's a great way of navigating the menus. The CMD-Z5 is also the first phone in the UK to run Microsoft's Mobile Explorer software - a micro Internet browser compatible with both WAP and standard e-mail programs. This means you can browse WAP content on the Net, and use the phone to send and receive e-mail through your existing ISP. Thankfully text messaging and e-mail both benefit from T9 predictive typing, which is a necessity on a phone of this size. The Sony phone's functionality is als
o leaping into new territory. With the Z5, you can customise everything from ringing tones - using the composer function you can assign different rings to each number in the directory - to the icons that launch the phone's many features. Plus it's got a couple of games built in, such as billiards and football, which make the phone vibrate when you score points. Call quality's excellent, and although Sony claims 150 hours standby, that translates into around two days of normal use between charges. The funky answering machine can be set to record different messages for different callers - so long as the caller is in the phone's memory. This means you can cunningly record a separate answerphone message for work calls ('hi, this is Sally, I'm in a meeting') and another for personal calls ('I'm in the pub, come and get the beers in'). With so many features squeezed into a diminutive case (82 grams and just 88x47.21.5mm) something has to give. For a start, the construction of the phone feels a bit on the flimsy side - for example, the flip lid isn't on a spring mechanism giving the impression the lid could easily snap off. In addition, the rubber pad designed to stop the lid scratching the phone's screen doesn't look like it would work long term. If there's one major flaw with the phone, it's the cruelty of the person who designed the user interface. Take the fiendishly designed jog-dial, for instance. You need to control it in one way when you scroll through the menus, another when you click to highlight options, and another when you scroll in alternate directions through the sub-menus. The function of the wheel also changes according to whether the flip lid is open or closed. With the Z5, an hour spent reading the manual - something I always try to avoid - will save a lot of tears and recrimination later. The Internet access is a massive improvement over conventional WAP phones, and I
found myself able to surf for an hour without coming across a failed page load. However, between the jog-dial and the tiny keys, it's still a slow process. The real bonus is the ability to access your regular e-mail account, and save and receive e-mail without having to set up a separate WAP account. Priced at £150 with contract, the Sony CMD-Z5 is the phone that finally lives up to Sony's reputation for design in other consumer devices. However, those good looks come at a price, and usability has suffered as a result. Verdict: Owning the Sony CMD-Z5 is like dating a beautiful woman: you get the stunning good looks, but it can make things a little more complicated sometimes
Firstly I assume you've seen: http://www.sony-europe.com/com/z5/ It's quite informative - and you can get pictures and a screensaver and *everything*! I like my phone. As I see it the pluses are: -V.v.small -V.good looking -Lots of features, easily accessed through a menu system that is intuitive and easy to learn, if a little complex at first -Big screen - in terms of the characters you can fit on it (you can even adjust the font size) -Flip - protects the keypad -Long standby time - the ickle battery it comes with lasts me about 2 days... at the same time as buying my phone I got a good deal on a "fat-batt" - the larger version - still not very big - that, I kid you not, does me 5 days on standby! -WAP access - over-rated as WAP is - it's still handy to be able to get directions, footy scores etc. -E-mail - sadly WAP as a rule lacks here - slow connection rates and the need to break messages down into portions about the size of 3 text messages can get quite annoying. But the option is worth having. -Talk quality - very few echoes and sound quality is exceptional at two bars and above. Sadly, I'm one One2None - such signal strength is a rarity for me! Vodafone will be fine, I suspect. -The phone book - up to 3 phone numbers and 2 lines of text for each entry - with room for 500 entries in the phone and 100 on the SIM > (500+100)*3 = 1,800 phone numbers. It's dead handy - i.e. for my friends, I key them in, and them have their mobile number (with piccy of a mobile next to it), their home number (with piccy of a house next to it) and their work number (with picture of an office block next to it) and the jog-dial navigation means you can find people in no time! -Easy accessed choice of settings - i.e. silent/vibrate/1 beep/normal - can be altered very discretely without having to even open the flip. -T9 predictive text input for makes text messaging quicker. -Stylis
h graphics and animation on menus, on/off screen, text delivery etc. As you'd expect from Sony. -The browser - made by Microsoft, and very versatile and easy to use. And like anything, the negatives: -Flip is a bit plasticy, and after a while the silver begins to rub off - to reveal a hint of dull white circuit-board-style plastic. -Ring tones - not compatible with all the Nokia malarkey, and the ringer isn't very loud if the phones is your pocket or buried in a bag. Can programme in up to 3 ringtones of your choice - programmed using a on-screen piano keyboard. A few web pages exist giving sample tunes (mainly german for some reason!). -E-mail - as I said, it's slow, but then so is most WAP-mail. I use breathe.com - I think they're better than most. You need a dedicated e-mail address for your phone - just so people know not to send forwards or huge messages. WAP/E-mail access is often quite costly, at around 10p/min. -The browser speed - it's probably a One2One thing - but getting a WAP line during peak hours is a bit of a lottery... -Startup - my phone came without the WAP presets in - took me a few weeks speaking to people to find out what all the IP/POP3 addresses etc should have been! -Games - clay pigeon shooting's not to bad, but the bass-fishing is just designed to make you bugger up your phone and have to buy a new one! nothing quite on a par with snake or reverso/othello etc All in all - a very good phone that is (at last) reasonably priced. You won't regret it, but you might get a little jealous of the Nokia mob every once in a while. Sleek, functional and cool! Well, let me know how you get on, Hope that helps,
I brought this phone from a local mobile dealer last september for around £100. Initially I was considering the Nokia 7110 however I couldn't help but choose the sony, it was love at first sight. The phone not only looks good but the features it has are incomparable. There are numerous office tools, a good couple of games and a memo function so that you can record your conversations, which is dead good when pranking your mates! Despite the phone being an excellent allrounder there are still many flaws; the battery dies very quickly and the jog dial on my phone has decided to pack in a few times leaving me stranded unable to make a call also the wap function can be tiresome and the tones that are available to download are abysmal! Despite this the phone has proved an excellent piece of kit! even 9 months down the line people still get really excited when I whip it out my trousers (pockets that is)!