Written on: 13/04/2004 by andygrif (8 reviews written)
Small, stylish, nice functions, intuitive.
Quiet speaker, polyphonic ringtones, screen scratches easily.
I've always been an 'Ericsson man' back from the first mobile phone I bought ten years ago. This was an upgrade from the T39 (superb phone) as I wanted the colour screen.
I was torn between the Z600 and Sony Ericsson T610 (same phone, different outside) and as the 610 seemed better built I plumped for that option. It looks great with the brushed aluminium fascia (not interchangable) and the bright and good sized colour screen.
First impressions are that the phone is very good, its user interface is much more Nokia-like than previous Ericsson thinking (which never changed in 10 years!). Even for someone used to the Ericsson interface like me, moving to this new way was very simple.
The features of the phone are exceptional, including, but not limited to Bluetooth, tri-band (so you can use it in the States), Java games, predictive text which works (unlike the T39) built in camera, email functions, MMS, calendar and contacts that sync with your PC....etc etc etc.
It also has polyphonic ring tones. Now I guess you either love them or hate, and I fall into the latter category. Not only, though, do I hate this devil invention, but there is no alternative on this phone, which is a real shame. Not only is there no alternative, but when you do download a polyphonic tone, you can barely hear it when your phone rings, unless there is complete silence all around and you are standing right next to your phone! So I'm in search of a polyphonic ring tone that sounds like the old 'medium' ring of my T39, and is loud enough to actually hear on the train!
Talking of loud enough on the train, I am struggling with the volume of the speaker in your ear. Whilst not impossible, even at the loudest setting, you will struggle to hear your caller if you are anywhere with any ambient noise, like a busy street, car or train. The Sony Ericsson hands-free kits get round this problem, as long as you don't mind walking round looking like Robocop!
Anotehr niggle is battery life. It lasts nowhere near as long as the T39 (which could last a week on standby). Plus they appear to have forgotten to include the very useful power/time info that previous Ericssons had, which told you how many minutes of talk and stand-by time you had left on your charge. A minor but highly useful function.
Those niggles will make this an unwise purchase for some, particularly if you travel a lot whilst needing your phone en route.
Side for this, this is an excellent little phone (which is about to be superceded, so who knows those 'features' may be fixed) which I would recommend. Just take it for a test drive first.