Sony Ericsson Z610i review: Sony Ericsson Z610i

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Small and slim 3G phone. Attractive. Compatible for business use. Easy to use. One click publishing media to the Web.

The Bad No headset or headphones included. Average photo and video quality. Small memory card provided.

The Bottom Line Sony Ericsson's Z610i is a hot 3G phone for this summer with some serious features under the hood, but you may not want to use it as your main camera or video player.

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Design
The Sony Ericsson Z610i is a hot little number that will turn heads. Available in blue, black and for a limited time pink, the Z610i's clamshell design comes with a sleek mirror finish. On the front of the phone is a simple 128x36-pixel OLED screen that lights up when users receive an SMS or phone call, which is a handy feature for those wanting to screen calls from editors wondering where a review for this phone has got to.

The Z610i will appeal to the masses with its small and slim 94 by 49 by 20 millimetre dimensions and rounded edges that make it easily slide into a pocket. Weighing in at 110 grams it is on the lighter side of most 3G phones on the market and a country mile lighter than the first 3G phones in Australia.

Inside the clamshell is a somewhat typical Sony Ericsson numeric keypad. We found the keypad easy to use and comfortable, however, we did find the navigation pad a little clumsy and hard to master. On the plus side the phone has a bright 262K-colour screen that measures 220 by 176 pixels, which we found clear for viewing photos and video.

Sony Ericsson has made the design of the Z610i simple and easy-to-use without compromising on style and looks.

Features
While the design is stylish and simple the Sony Ericcson Z610i has plenty of features for consumer and business users alike.

Included in the phone is a 2-megapixel camera which takes videos and stills. Using a 3G provider and an application on the phone called "The Picture Blog" users are able to upload their images to a blog site automatically.

Music lovers will be able to play MP3s using this phone, however no headphones are included in the standard unit and will have to be purchased separately. Also, the phone only ships with a 64MB Sony Memory Stick Micro but the phone does support cards up to 1GB. With 3G access users are able view the Web, mobile TV and download tunes or ringtones directly to the phone.

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Sony Ericsson Z610i

Part Number: CNETSony Ericsson Z610i

Typical Price: $669.00

See manufacturer website for availability.