Product Type: Sony mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 812... more
Member Name: mjat3
Date: 30/07/02, updated on 30/07/02 (405 review reads)
Advantages: Looks nice, Sound, Screen
Disadvantages: No missed calls alert, Menus, 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.