The Good Excellent battery life; Bluetooth and IrDA connectivity; world phone.
The Bad Awkward design; some buttons not clearly marked; low-resolution camera.
The Bottom Line Though it pulls through in performance and connectivity, the Sony Ericsson Z600 misses the mark in features and design.
Sony Ericsson Z600
Sony Ericsson has developed a reputation for sleek, fashionable handsets. Unfortunately, the Z600 doesn't compare favorably to its candy bar-style siblings. In addition to a clumsily implemented flip cover, the integrated camera isn't of great quality, and the keypad layout is unintuitive. The Sony Ericsson Z600 does shine, however, in battery performance and its implementation of Bluetooth and IrDA connectivity. The Sony Ericsson Z600 has a flip-style cover that seems like an afterthought, as if a lid were attached to the top of a candy bar-style phone. When you open it up, it locks slightly behind the main body of the mobile, which causes the hinge to rub against your face. However, it snaps open and shuts solidly, and the phone has a sturdy feel overall. At 3.5 by 1.9 by 1.06 inches, the Z600 isn't the thinnest handset around, but at 3.9 ounces, it's not overly heavy. We think the two-line external LCD is too small; it shows battery life, signal strength, caller ID (when available), and the time but lacks photo caller ID.
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