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2005-11-03
Sony Ericsson Z520i
Want a rather cheap, stylish, nice and light-weight clamshell phone that's supported in 10.4.3's iSync out of the box? Then you should definitely take a look at the Z520i. SE has upgraded their default interface with a couple of things that make life easier, such as showing the last few contacts when you're creating a new short message. I've had it for a couple of days now, and I gotta say: Certainly a nice phone.
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I've got a SE T610 (yes, I know that it's an old one) and I'm not really satisfied with the software part, expecially the SMS one.
Writing SMS was painfully slow (compare it with a Nokia: you press the key, the letter just appears) and the user experience was not really good (you write an unknown word? you deserve a 3 seconds-long "word not in a dictionary" modal warning).
Things are better now? I would like a new cellphone, but I'm not really into the smartphone-thingie, and I would like a iSync compatible phone.
 
Then you're the perfect customer for the Z520i, I'd say. That is, if you like clamshells. I've had the T610 myself (my girlfriend still has one, too...), and I wasn't very content with the very same things you mention. Those things are really solved, I must say.
Maybe you can add other stuff, and I can tell you whether they're fixed and how.
Mind you: The basic functionality is still more or less the same. Animated menus are certainly nothing really to write home about, but overall, I'd say they took on the right things and made them better. Which is something that sadly is rarely seen in mobile phone "progress".
 
Yeah, but does it have the menu lag and the weak reception that the T637 has? I finally had it with the T637 and moved to a Moto V551 and am very happy with it. Except for the lack of the post-it notes, I think the Moto menu system is much better than the SE.
 
No, the lag's really gone. And the note on the Stand-By screen is really, really helpful, isn't it. ;) ... I guess personal preference is very important with mobile phones. That's why I think SE is doing good with enhancing the interface instead of replacing it with something new that has new problems.
On the other hand, there's this thought in the back of my head, that Apple could simply _rock_ the mobile phone world with an interface that's _actually_ good.
 
Apple really should design a phone interface.

But I'll believe it with this new SE phone when I see it. :) As the menus, I like the Moto ones much better because I think they are much more customizeable, or at last more easily, with simple dragging and dropping. I use the shortcut feature a lot, and it was a total PITA with the T637, where with the Moto go to any menu thing and hold down the middle button and it adds, it, and you can rearrange it by just dragging the stuff around. And the iTAP predictive text input on the Moto is better than the T9 on the T637.

That said, I would like to check out this Sony. Not worth moving to it, though, since it has the same quality camera as the Moto. I'd like to see the screen, too, since the Moto's is crystal clear and the T637's was pretty bad.
 
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