Sony Ericsson Z610i in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Sony Ericsson Z610i is a clamshell with slightly plasticky mirrored fascia. A concealed OLED displays incoming caller ID and music track info then fades away. It's hardly slimline but it's compact with a clunky but springy snap action.

Features

For a fashion phone, the Sony Ericsson Z610i is generous. A two-megapixel camera, a music player, 3G and expandable memory are all on offer.

Ease of Use

The Sony Ericsson Z610i has a spacious keypad and responsive user interface. Dedicated buttons fire up the camera, video calling and task manager so you can access your more popular features almost instantly.

Performance

Photos taken on the Sony Ericsson Z610 are of a respectable quality, while video calling is juddery and inaudible. The music player works well and sounds pretty good. Nicely scaled down web pages make for pleasant browsing.

Battery Life

420 minutes of talktime is pretty good for a fashion phone, so you can make use of the multimedia functions without worrying about running out of energy.

 Sony Ericsson Z610i Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:24 PM

6

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

8

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Surprisingly for a fashion phone the Z610i makes all the right feature noises and you won't want for anything.

Cons:

While the mirrored varnish has a certain appeal, it still smacks of laziness from Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson has already licked mobile music with its Walkman range and is on its way to similar success in camera phones with its Cyber-shot brand. But when it comes to fashion phones, the company is almost non-existent. The Sony Ericsson Z610i its strongest push yet for this segment of the market.

Mirrored fascia

It has mirrored fascia with a concealed petite monochrome OLED that magically appears displaying incoming caller ID and music track info. It look good, if a tad plasticky, but you'll have to spend a lot of time polishing off fingerprints.
The Sony Ericsson Z610i comes in three colours, Rose Pink, Airy Blue and Luster Black. The clamshell follows the same design as other Sony Ericsson flip phones. While hardly slimline at 20mm, it's still compact and has a clunky but springy snap action when opened and closed. It's not the most robust of phones, it's not as fragile as the glass coating suggests.

3G fashion phone

Sony Ericsson's standard mid-range 176x220-pixel display is present and correct. While not the sharpest on the block, it still retains a sufficient level of brightness and detail.
Below this is an accommodating keypad with generously spaced keys and the navigation control setup is responsive and easy-to-use. Dedicated buttons fire up the camera, video calling and task manager so you can access your more popular features almost instantly.
There is also a generous feature allocation. The Sony Ericsson Z610i offers 3G, a two-megapixel camera, video calling, a built-in music player and expandable memory facilities.

Two-megapixel camera

The camera is pretty straightforward with no auto-focus or flash, falling short in prowess compared to the likes of the W810i. Photos are shot in a 1600x1200-pixel resolution and quality level is respectable. The same can't be said of the QCIF-quality (176x144) video recording. The footage proves as juddery as a first-time driver.
A second camera lens sits inside the top right-hand corner of the phone for video calling. Like most 3G video-callers, the quality is infected with pixelation and strangulated audio.

MP3 player

The Sony Ericsson Z610i's music player is designed around the famed Walkman player and you benefit from some of its trimmings; creating playlists on the move and Mega Bass sound enhancementsLike most Sony Ericsson music phones, the fidelity is dynamic and rich. The 16MB of internal memory won't hold a bean, so it's down to the MemoryStick Micro (M2) to squirrel away your multimedia gubbins.
Full internet surfing is also available via the NetFront browser that neatly scales the web pages to fit the small two-inch screen for easy viewing and navigation.
Sony Ericsson's first stab at the fashion market is commendable, with enough individual fashion sense to differentiate itself from the mobile crowd. However, it lacks the 'wow' factor of the LG KG800 Chocolate or MOTOKRZR K1.