Sony Ericsson Z320 Review

Introduction and Design
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can operate in
the US on AT&T and T-Mobile.

“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”. That’s the basic principle the mobile phone manufacturers go by, especially when it comes to the lower class models. An example of that can be seen in Sony Ericsson’s new budget clamshell – Z320. Just like previous models from the Z-series, this one has replaceable front and back panels, so that you can easily change your phone’s look.

The package includes:

  • Charger
  • User guide
  • Sony Ericsson Z320
  • Battery BST-33


Z320 is a compact classic clamshell (85 x 47 x 19.5 mm/3.4 x 1.8 x 0.8 inch), weighing at 90 grams (3.2 oz). All the outer edges of the phone are rounded giving it that “gentle” look. The only thing protruding on the front panel is the camera, and right next to it is the speaker. The black line under them, which has the Sony Ericsson inscription, can trick you into thinking that there is an external display also. Unfortunately, there’s only a simple indicator with four icons, similar to the one seen in the budget line phones by Motorola. The first one lights up on incoming call, the second on a missed call and the last two let you know when there is a message received and when the phone is in silent mode. Keep in mind that those stay lit up for about only 20 seconds after the corresponding event, and afterwards you’ll have to press one of the volume buttons to check them. Actually, the volume rocker (on the right side) is the only button accessible without having to open the phone. It is a big and easy to press. Right next to it, we have the eye of the infrared port. The universal connector used both for charging and for connecting to accessories or to a computer, is on the left side.

You can compare the Motorola Z320 to many other phones, using PhoneArena's Visual Size Compare tool.

Get ready for a more extravagant scene once you open the phone. On the top half, we have a 1.8” STN display with 65k color support and 128x160 pixel resolution. It has a nice (high) brightness level and you can use it even in direct sunlight.

In the bottom half we see the five-directional navigational button, which has five other buttons surrounding it; two soft, back, clear and Internet. They are large but are not relieved and are pretty hard to press. The D-pad is not the most comfortable one we have seen either, but it does the job. The keypad looks as if it consists of separate buttons, but this is just a visual effect achieved by the concaving outline. The lack of relief here is also problematic. All keys are lit in white and you’ll have no trouble using them at night.

Overall, the phone has a very nice design, especially with the option to change the front and back panel plates. So far, the only color options announced by the manufacturer are Crimson Red and Atlantic Blue.

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