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Sony Ericsson Z300 Review

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Interface:

Unexpectedly, the interface of the phone is the same as the one of the Z200, which is an almost 3 years old model. After it Sony Ericsson has a few generations newer interfaces used in the series K700, K750, etc. The main menu is presented by a 3x3 icons grid, such as every one of them is linked to the appropriate key – for example pressing the key 1 enters the menu, located at the upper left. By pressing 2 one enters the menu in the middle of the first row, etc.

Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
The sub-menus (in a list form) have shortcut keys as well, but sadly are not numerated, and with more options you have to judge visually which quite often is not accurate and you end up entering another sub-menu. The functionality in standby regime of the 4-way button can be adjusted as well. Overall the menu is easy to understand and hardly anything can get you confused, and the moving through it is relatively fast, and even the built-in games load very fast.


Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review

Phonebook:

The phone book can store up to 250 numbers and by default everything is saved to the SIM card. To save to the phone either the card should be full or one must enter manually a position number greater then the limitation of the card (250 in our case). Every contact can hold one number and there are no extra fields to be filled. Groups of contacts can be created which cannot be personalized at all, but are used to send messaged to many people at once.

Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review

To every contact a personal picture and melody can be assigned – for the pictures the phone pulls up a search engine and that's the way to choose the contact. Strangely it is not the same with the melodies, where the number needs to be manually keyed in, but pressing left opens up the phonebook, where you can choose one of the contacts in the phone. It would be good if the two menus were the same, since they have similar functions. Email information can be stored as well but it is not related to a contact, but only a name and operates as a note. The search is performed from submenus “find and call” and “find and edit” and there one can search by a word different then the first one; within the already loaded results from the search, one can jump across them by pressing different letters. Overall the phone book is a little bit confusing in the beginning, regardless of the few options it offers, but it is useful and has pleasant extras such as personal picture/melody.

Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review

PIM:

The alarm is strangely located in a separate menu related to the “organizer”, which includes calendar, calculator, timer and stopwatch, which can trace of up to 9 times simultaneously, and at the end they are all easy to look at. The alarm is quite simplified in a way that the only setting is the time for the alarm to go off; its signal may be changed from the settings of the phone. The calculator and the timer are nothing special as well, which can surprise you. The calendar can be looked at in a day/week/month format and has the option of adding events with a starting/ending time and a reminder for them, which is simple, yet comfortable.

Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Alarm menu
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Organizer
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Stopwatch
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Calculator
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
Timer
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Month view
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Adding a task
Sony Ericsson Z300 Review
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Display128 x 128 pixels STN
Size3.30 x 1.80 x 0.90 inches
(85.5 x 45 x 23 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery900 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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