Can anyone tell me what's the volume for ringing tones like? Compared to previous models like k750i or nokia? Tks for your reply!
hey, tnx for d tip..pressing & holding the volume key does change d track & d radio station..that makes it so cool..it works on both media player & radio so that makes this phone even better than W300i..no need to open the phone to change track / station..and d external display is really great, it even tells who's sent u a message unlike other external display where only the envelope key appears & u have no idea who sent u an sms..
yeah, the memory card type is expensive..but i wont be surprised it d price falls down pretty soon, just like microSD..
i find the mp3 ringtone/msg tone loud enough..it can be heard on noisy surroundings..
thanks for your response. but im quite surprised, that the silver park on the black model is really metal. can we get a confirmation on that from anyone else please?
I'm very satisfied with my phone
I work at a phone store and we already got 2 broken 6131's. They don't have protective glass over the screen and the auto open feature works a bit too well i think. The D600 has a lousy mp3 player so for me the choice was simple :)
Hi, for those interested, I have added 2 new photos taken on a sunny afternoon to my original camera review:
I definitely agree with you that one glaring disadvantage of the newer SE phones, including Z550i, is that they are using M2, which is probably the most expensive format now. Let's hope that Sandisk will introduce theirs soon so that there's at least some price competition for Sony.
To Shin & jojokulit:
Don't you just love finding out undocumented features? In radio mode, pressing and holding on the volume button will immediately scan to the next available FM station.
This volume button thingy, like most part of SE's interface is very well thought out too. When the clam shell is closed, the press and hold feature to skip tracks or FM stations will only work if the external display is active (you can make it active easily by just pressing and releasing on the volume button). This way, if the phone is in your pocket or something, accidental brushing of the volume buttons will not cause a sudden change in music tracks.
The 2 phones you mentioned have 2 distinct advantages over the Z550i:
1. They have QVGA (320x240) screen
2. They are loaded with 2 megapixel cameras
Thus, they are actually in a different class.
I have actually considered both phones and like the auto-flip feature of the Nokia 6131. But what turned me against it was that there was nothing protecting the internal screen. No hard plastic or even any clear film. I was very uncomfortable with this particular design aspect of the phone.
For the Samsung D600, what I did not like about it is my pet peeve about most Samsung phones - they simply do not support "vibrate and ring" at all. This is of course a matter of personal taste and while this may not matter to some users, I find this feature very important to me.
Thank you....so you're satisfied with your phone? You will recommand it in its range or price (about 200€ here in Italy) , do you think is better than Nokia 6131 or Samsung D600?
The black part is plastic, it feels nice
The silver part is metal and feels even better :p
The phone can't read MS Office documents
Thanks Nathan! And thanks to all the other ones writing info here. Now, I'm getting one of these.
Does this phone has the ability to read MS Office or .pdf files, like the Samsung D600?
TO Dark Ray,
Thanks for your opinion about Sony Ericsson Z550i. Yep, you told it right the X700 doesn't rings & vibrate at the same time, and in fact the vibrator is not of sufficient power. Actually, I am hard core Sony Ericsson fan - I had owned K500i & K700i, once I had little J200i, even. And I agree to it that no one makes phone like Sony Ericsson. And, the best I had ever used was K700i. But only thing now is M2 cards are very expensive and not widely available (in India).
Anyway, thanks for your valuable opinion on Sony Ericsson Z550i. Keep writing... :-)
hello, thanks for all the uselful info. one question: in the black/silver model, is the silver part metal or plastic? (i presume the black part is plastic). and if plastic would you say it's more or less durable, rather than flimsy-ish? thanks!
to L A
Yeah if you hold down the 5 button you go to the first J letter, 6 button goes to first M letter etc.
Perhaps a stupid question but... can you reach the phonebook by holding a number like in older (Sony)Ericsson phones? I can't find anything about it in the manual on the SE-webpage. What I mean is that pressing (and holding) for instance '5' you will reach the phonebook and the first 'j'-name (6 will result in the first m-name, 7 the first p-name and so on). Have SE taken away this or just forgotten to mention it in the manual?
Darkray u missed one thing, you can change tracks when the phone is closed just press the volume keys for a second and it will change track.
I am seriously considering getting this phone, the only problem is that it works on 900/1800/1900Mhz, and I am with Cingular, Philadelphia, which uses 850/1900 Mhz. I am concerned that with one less band accessible to this phone (the 850 Mhz band), the reception and call quality may suffer. Does anybody in the US on the Cingular network have any insight in this matter? Any general comments on reception in the US with this phone? Thanks in advance.
OK, my phone stopped crashing & i promised to make a review of this phone..For me, Z550 is the best clamshell SE has ever produced..Comparing it to my old Samsung E730, w/c is a nice phone too, it is defintely ahead in a few aspects, more specifically the expandable memory card.
DISPLAY - It is vivid & sharp, can stand up with E730/E720/E770/D500 from samsung. In fact, it doesnt fade in the sun unlike some samsung phones. Comparing it with W550i/K750i/W800i, it is sharper, bigger & more colorful. The external display is very useful. It is readable & even shows the song & artist when on playing mp3. However, when on radio, it doesnt show the station.
MP3 PLAYER - I had W550i before & the sound is comparable (in the headset), & it's awesome. Ofcors, u need to buy the walkman headset or other quality headsets to have CD-like soundings because d package doesnt provide one. It doesnt hav control keys outside so u hav to open the phone to change track. THere's only 1 key outside the phone, the volume key.
CAMERA - No flash. BUt the quality is fantastic, better than normal 1.3MP Camera. I would say the quality is like Nokia 6630. Definitely better than W550i/ Samsung E730/ Noki 6230i.
VIDEO - Crap.Very low resolution like most SE phones. Dont even think of using it.
BATTERY - I charge it almosy every 2 days coz i used it as an MP3 player, listen to the radio. If u just make some calls & text, it shud last for 3-4 days.
DESIGN - Very sleek, compact. MOre good looking than samsung E series. Nokia has no clamshell phone of this quality. It beats 6131/6125 in any given day.
Ok that's it. Basically, it's K750i in clamshell factor with significantly improved software. Phonebook search is done by typing the first letters. No stupid "message sent" pop-up.No stupid joystick. THe keys are soft & responsive. They are backlighted in blue.
If you want an SE phone in a flip-top factor, this is the phone. Dnt even compare this to W300i, it's plastic, keys are annoying, and the display is xtremly poorer. It's only the package that is good about W300i. If SE provided 256MB MS micro, a walkman headset in this phone, nobody would even think of buying W300i. C")
Here you can find programs for sync. with windows, it works perfekt and you can even sync. with bluetooth, fast and painless.
Even I did get my z550i :) Love it.