Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson Z610i
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Sony Ericsson Z610i
Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: Small memory
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.
Summary: A good choice of phone
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