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Sony Ericsson Z530i review

 Review: July 2006  
 

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In a nutshell: Clamshell phone with VGA camera, video camera, music player, memory card and Bluetooth.

 

The Sony Ericsson Z530i is the replacement for the Z520i. It's a compact clamshell phone, although slightly larger than the Z520i. The keypad is really not very nice - for some strange reason Sony Ericsson have replaced the perfectly good keypad on the Z520i with one that is both ugly and difficult to use. Texters beware! Disappointingly too, the colour external screen of the Z520i has been replaced with a monchrome STN display on the Z530i - a display that is very difficult to read outdoors.

Functionally the phone is virtually the same as the Z520i - featuring a below average camera & video camera, an MP3 player, speakerphone and good connectivity (Bluetooth, infrared, USB & Fast Port). In another backward step, the Z530i is only triband (Z520i was quadband). However, the Z530i does have one key improvement - the introduction of support for a memory card, so you can store a lot more MP3 tracks and videos. This is the one and only improvement that we could find. Users are reporting a variety of problems with this phone, from random freezing and shutting down to Bluetooth errors and poor audio quality. Probably one to avoid!

Sony Ericsson Z530i features include:

  • VGA camera (640 x 480 pixels) with 4x digital zoom and picture editor
  • Video recorder with VideoDJ™ video-editing software
  • Main display: TFT, 65,536 colours, 128 x 160 pixels
  • External display: STN, monochrome
  • Media player: MP3/AAC (audio), MPEG4 (video)
  • Speakerphone
  • Sound recorder
  • Voice controls
  • 40-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
  • MusicDJ™ application for creating polyphonic ringtones
  • Exchangeable Style-Up covers
  • Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Instant Messaging, E-mail
  • Java™ games: embedded & downloadable
  • Animated wallpaper, screensaver, themes
  • Picture phonebook
  • Personal organiser functions
  • Memory: 28 Mbytes plus Memory Stick Micro support
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, infrared, USB, Fast Port
  • Vibration alert
  • Triband
  • Size: 90 x 47 x 24 mm
  • Weight: 93g
  • Talktime: 9 hours
  • Battery standby: 400 hours

Sony Ericsson Z530i user reviews

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Reviewed by AKASH from UK on 4th Jan 2011
WORST PHONE WITH ALL FEATURES BUT OF WORST QUALITY!A VERY BAD CAMERA,BATTERY AND KEYPAD.ALL THOSE SAYING ITS OUTSTANDING ARE BIGGEST FOOLS AND WANT OTHERS TO INVEST IN THIS PHONE AND BECOME FOOL.
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Reviewed by Big Pete from UK on 7th May 2010
I have had this phone for 4 years now and I feel its great! I text a lot and got used to the keypad very quickly. The battery life is amazing. The only initial problem i had was the back cover kept sliding off, but a bit of gaffa tape sorted that right out. After 4 years, the phone is now on its last legs, as when i flip it open, the screen is often blank, so i have to re-open it a number of times to see the screen. I am currently looking for a new phone, but i can't find one that is reliable and cheap (under 50) with a good battery life. I'm tempted to buy another one of these; camera, video, mp3 player, calendar, texts, calls, and games/apps (from a dodgey website!) What else do you need?! All these new fancy touch screen phones seem to break all the time, and they're so expensive!
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Reviewed by Asamanya from UK on 30th Mar 2010
I have been using this phone for 3 years but although the camera is bad the user interface is just superb. Bluetooth remote & call recording is worth mention.
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Reviewed by Sam O from UK on 17th Mar 2010
I have had this phone for quite a few years now. Bear in mind that I am not cool or trendy or a tech-head...but it does me perfectly fine. It's been really hard wearing getting knocked around in my bag. It's easy to use, easy to hear, the keyboard is fine, the menu systems work well. The camera is woeful tho!
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Reviewed by Harley from UK on 15th Feb 2010
i had this phone for 2 years and i think it was fantastic, the sounding is load, and for the megapixel of the phone i would say it was rather good, i never had any problem with this phone and i love the fact that it is so light and consistent, the only thing which is diffent from the walkman kind is that it dosnt have walkman but dont let this put you of has it has a mp3 built in which you can make albums and everything, the texting is good as any other phone, the games are great and the brightness it great, for the money i paid for it and the offer in which it is now i would say it is an bargin, its easy to see outside and it never crshed for me and i had it for 2 years, it has survived through the wash, bangs drops u name it and yet it is still working great, this is a great bujet phone and i highly recomend you buying this =]
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Reviewed by MONU CHOUDHARY from UK on 10th Feb 2010
PHONE IS NICE TO BEAR JAVA PROGRAMS VERY GOOD PERFORMANCE THERE bt keypad not good. and i can't see full screen or videos. and can't find themes like nokia large clock on screen..
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Reviewed by hasina khanom from UK on 31st Dec 2009
i have had this fone for 2 years now, it was a hand me down from my friend. its a very old phone style do not buy!!! or you will get bullied, you defo will need a memory card if you decide to buy this phone.
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Reviewed by aarkay from UK on 2nd Aug 2009
hmm nice piece ... have one .. i m goin 2 get it repaired today .. have it since 4 yrs.. working good. no probs in the OS..
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Reviewed by Ann from UK on 12th Jul 2009
ive had this phone for abt 2 yrs now, n im abt to upgrade since its simply outdated now but since ive bought it ive had absolutely no probs with it. it holds the charge for a very long time, plays loud mp3s, holds alot in its internal memory,plays video etc. my onli prob was the picture quality (its horrible) but ive always had my cam. also, i dnt realli like how the display shows my pix that i wuddve sent from the computer but...it functions exactly as promised an is very durable.
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Reviewed by Ollie from UK on 21st Nov 2008
I've had this phone for two years. It's done it's job for me, but I'm not obsessed with my phone. If you are one of those people who loves their phone, then this isn't the one for you. To be honest, the camera is practically useless. I can't make out peoples faces when I take pictures. The speaker is also very quiet compared to other phones. Overall score: 4.5/10
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Reviewed by semi-mental from UK on 1st Oct 2008
best ever
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Reviewed by Bill Mclaren from UK on 18th Sep 2008
In the family we have had 4 of these for a couple of years and (other than accidentally destroying one by putting it through the washing machine while switched on - twice) have never had any problems with them. They are used as MP3 players constantly, either played through the car via the radio or tape adapter or via external speakers. They get a lot of abuse and, washing machine excepted, they stand up to it well just having to have a new crystal case occasionally. They are now dirt cheap 2nd hand and if you are looking for something to play MP3 and work well as a phone then go for it. If you want a top notch camera then why are you wasting your time reading this?
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Reviewed by charlie from UK on 15th Sep 2008
the phone is sooooo bob never get it
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Reviewed by omee from UK on 12th Sep 2008
i bought this phone 2 months ago and its great phone......at low price... it has great pics.full screen in my computer its head phone is too good i wonder why it didn't got the W title..........
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Reviewed by Abhinav Kumar from UK on 18th Aug 2008
Overall the mobile is good, just the camera is poor and there is no full screen video option.
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Reviewed by Claire from UK on 18th Aug 2008
I loved this fone and i am gutted i cant buy anotehr one! only complaints i have are the tiny screen and ringtones not being loud! thats it!!
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Reviewed by Jonathan from UK on 2nd Jul 2008
The z530i is one of the best phones i've come across. I love my phone. My friends love the features, the color, and the shape so much that they are looking all over for one. It's all sold out
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Reviewed by jack from UK on 21st Jun 2008
it is cheap but u dnt realy get ure moneys worth it does not come with anythink like a usb and camras rubbush u can only take 5 sec videos it is just not worth it but it is strong and does not break that easily
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Reviewed by Kirsty M from UK on 11th May 2008
I love this phone, iv'e had it for like 2 years now and still not broke. I drop it on the floor and threw it a few times but it never seems to brake, just many scratches lmao. The camera isn't too good but it does the job if you just want it for a basic phone. When the memory gets low it does go slow. I love this fone but getting a new one as I feel it might go out on me soon. I would suggest this phone if you want a plain fone as the camera isn't good and doesnt include many exclusive features..xx..
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Reviewed by Papiya from UK on 2nd May 2008
I've had this fone for about 5 years now and its done me proud. The camera is good when theres just the right amount of lighting. the mp3 player holds about 6 songs and then the voice recorder enables 2 u record much more. holds upto 200 txts. calls r easy 2 make and recieve. overall its dun me good but i'm moving onto anotha fone but will sill keep this fone as a back up. i wud say its worth it if ur afta a long lasting fone.
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Reviewed by monika from UK on 28th Apr 2008
after inserting a memory card (512 mb)i have lost the quality of all the songs
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Reviewed by divya from india from UK on 13th Mar 2008
ok.. here goes....i have formerly always used nokia.... always said it was the best.. but i tend to differ abt this phone..i have been usin it for a couple of months..its real good.... its got expandable memory..a pretty good mp3 player....if the lightin is proper it gives decent pics.... yeah... it not that loud...but its got a pretty good sound yeah abt the keypad its all together, , it taked dome time to get used to, but the keypad is pretty good, i totallly love this phone... its more than outstandin... hey for this price u cant ask for more... yeah it lacks radio... i miss it... plus its got extendable memory u can just get the songs u love into the phone... ps: my phone hasn't hanged for so long plus the looks are too good... gals a guys its a phone worth its price... ps am a very clumsy and rough user
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Reviewed by Nik from UK on 11th Mar 2008
I've had this phone for a year so I'll leave my comment. I'll be moving on to the K550i next month :). First, the looks. It's small and not very slim. Kindof chunky with an annoying hook at the back. As a result I preferred to go cargo or baggy. The camera, as others have touched upon, not the best. As with most SEs, it's okay in the daylight (okay because you can't expect much from a 0.4 VGA) and terrible at night. No flash so the 'night mode' doesn't make much of a difference. Four modes : Normal, Panorama, Burst and Frames. Also includes a fun FaceWarp. The buttons are okay for me. It takes a while but soon you get used to it. Especially coming from a person with big hands. The screen is so so. The external orange monochrome makes you squint to see it in bright daylight but the internal is fine. I never found any 'Style Up' covers in Malaysia so I can't comment on that. The menus are easy to use by the way. Also, the front cover is next to impossible to get off f or me. It plays MP3s although I find the internal memory lacking so you might want to get an M2 stick. Overall quite a decent phone but very basic. And only triband. Battery is okay. Don't really keep track but you should turn off Bluetooth because it drains the battery. Using the internet does that too. Bluetooth transfer is decent but I can't comment until I get my K550i and compare. MP3 player doesn't seem to drain battery much.
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Reviewed by SHUTUP from UK on 10th Mar 2008
hey all u sooks that keep saying the camera isnt good or the sound isny lous enuf well its a good fone at a good price if u dont like it the dont get it i hav 1 and im quite happy with it
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Reviewed by amie from UK on 7th Mar 2008
i think this phone is great and whatever these people say they are liers because this is the best phone i have ever had. amie aged 14 (and a half) from washington england
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Reviewed by H454N from UK on 24th Feb 2008
dis 4one is ok but when i listen to music on it it messes up and starts making dis noise like a radio tuning and it freezes .Does anybody else av dis problemo if so den wright a review. It aint append recently so its all ight. UDER den dis the 4one is great especialy the memory card slot.
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Reviewed by Catherine from UK on 10th Feb 2008
I have had this phone for a fairly long time now and i think it is perfecting fine. The camera is good enough, though a bit grainy, it doesnt make you wait for a long time, the bluetooth & infared works really well. For me this phone nevr freezes. You can change the theme to the camera which is PRETTY cool :]. Just a good basic phone, looks ok, works well, and has loud volume. Not very good viabrate though.
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Reviewed by tatku from UK on 3rd Feb 2008
this phone is shet.it's tasht, freaks, give this phone to your momes.
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Reviewed by amged from UK on 26th Dec 2007
good phon
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Reviewed by mcrxx from UK on 15th Dec 2007
i got this phone....it was heepz madd until i found a nuther phone i wanted thers absulutly nutin rong wit this phone.. picture quality isnt 2 bad.. blue tooh works great has infrared and calls.texts. and plenty so yerr its kool xx i had it 4 lyk 2 years now..no problems at all =]
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Reviewed by Danny from UK on 13th Dec 2007
this phone rocks!!! i have it!! my battery got stolen and i have recently bought a new 1 but the battery is rubbish and i have charged it for 16 hours and it says: charging: 0% im not sure if its the fone or battery!!!
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Reviewed by veer from UK on 3rd Dec 2007
ofcourse its great for its worth .. you know now its price is rs5200/- only... all the features are great except that of camera which is an ordinary one ... but i dont think that a phone is particularly meant for taking pictures or videos... it is deserved for the money that has been paid
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Reviewed by Ronny from UK on 25th Nov 2007
Nuthin gurd 2 say bout this.Camera is rubbish.Worth bout 1p
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Reviewed by Hannah from UK on 3rd Nov 2007
I got this phone last year, in summer, and personally i think it's a great phone. The camera is not as good as i thought it would be but, it takes photo's that you can see what they are and that's all that's needed really.
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Reviewed by glinion from UK on 25th Oct 2007
i found it a good fone wen it was my first fone but then as technology grew i didnt like it so much good first fone very hardwering ican drop it off a house roof and it doesn't break gd fone
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Reviewed by Joe from UK on 22nd Oct 2007
WORST PHONE EVER MADE WHAT EVER YOU DO DONT BUY IT!!!!!
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Reviewed by Roger from UK on 18th Oct 2007
Got the phone recently, its a good, well working phone for the price. i got it for 350 malaysian ringgit which costs about 103.615 USD. pretty resonable if you ask me. connectivity is good. 20 meters bluetooth connection, fast USB recognition, IR is ofcourse lame(tell me if there are any IR connection that works GREAT.. Please). the picture.... quite ok for a phone taking that there is an option for extended size of pictures. but if youre taking still picture, be sure to stay totally still. nevertheless, its good for the price. try it. i totally recommend it if youre not a tech junky.
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Reviewed by N/A from UK on 5th Oct 2007
This is my phone.It's great to use and very compact.The keypad is actually very easy to use and has a backlight on the keys.Great for night time!!I woould recommend this phone to people that want a small, compact, clamshell type of phone and loves to surf the net.THIS IS A MUST!!!
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Reviewed by Ray from UK on 1st Oct 2007
I've had this phone for 12 months without any problems at all.
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Reviewed by SomeCHICK from UK on 30th Sep 2007
This phone is the worst phone ive ever had. The picture quality is absolutely rubbish! Never seen a worse camera phone in my life! As for the endless amounts of problems ive had with this phone, its definitely one to avoid!
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Reviewed by Akhil from UK on 26th Sep 2007
i like the camera very much because camera have take very high quality images
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Reviewed by BOBS UR UNcle from UK on 22nd Sep 2007
Great Phone without all the overkilll now associated with phones nowadays. I have had a E65, W 600, and V3 all in the last 6 months, this one beats them all. Good back to basics unit. Great reception, audiable speaker phone- unlike the E65- and great battery life!!! The SOny w600 and the E65 Nokia were always on charge/flat. Nice one sony.
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Reviewed by Melissa L from UK on 18th Sep 2007
My song ericsson Z530i has been really good. It hasn't froze or anything. I like my mobile. I put my rating as 3 stars as there could be more stuff to add in and could be more better in a lil way. But i am happy with my mobile so far.
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Reviewed by kandii07 from UK on 30th Aug 2007
I got this phone 4 my bday and i hate it! My music won't play for some reason, my phone randomly freezes or switches off by itself and the camera is horrible!I wouldn't recommend this phone.
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Reviewed by Elaine from UK on 27th Aug 2007
I've had this phone a couple of months now and I'm really pleased with it. The battery lasts for nearly a week and I find the keypad really easy for texting. Unlike the previous reviewer, who only gave this phone 2 stars, I don't use bluetooth and videos a lot - if I did I would expect to pay for a more sophisticated phone. I text a lot and make quite a few calls and it's proved to be a brilliant little phone.
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Reviewed by Olusola Olufemi from UK on 23rd Aug 2007
I love the phone because of the compatibility, and very easy to use. I've been using it for 6months now and it gave no problem.
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Reviewed by sian69 from UK on 18th Aug 2007
this fone is amazing its great quality! get this fone!
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Reviewed by jayz from UK on 15th Aug 2007
damm cool phone........yo
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Reviewed by unkown from UK on 15th Aug 2007
the phone is sucky and boring
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Reviewed by MrVent from UK on 14th Aug 2007
I've always been a Nokia user, and have been daunted by the thought of changing phone brands, especially since Nokia is renowned for it's great user friendliness. However, after gettting the Z530i, i dare say that Sony Ericsson has come a long way, and maybe even surpassed Nokia. In short, the features of the Z530i: Good camera with real flash. Though the protruding koni shocks lens cover is prone to sliding open in your pocket. Very large, clear, and bright screen. Nice user interface and menus. Easy to use. Good organiser (calendar, alarms, etc.) Nice bundled software (Facewarp, 3D games) What attracts me to phones are its features, and this phone has most of the features u could want. Cons: Battery life seems shorter than what is advertised. Don't know if it's the network (3), but signal drops off and on, sometimes goes to roaming. Would like a PDF viewer. Phone does not come bundled with an external memory card.
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Reviewed by stephen from UK on 14th Aug 2007
gd lil fne this 1, gt it lst yeer nd its stil all gd. music player is decent, sound quality amazin, gd blutooth, 28mb memry + a fink up 2 a gig mini memry card, eezy ta use, ppl sayin th keys r relly bad fr txtin bt afta lyk a week or so if ya txt alot yall fynd tht it relly gd fr textin nd ya cn txt wel fst!!!games inclood neopets,neopets mobyl shop,quadrapop(supa addictiv) nd puzzl slyder, which av fwnd owt dnt relly wrk :s camera a bit dissapointin nd so is th screen-ya cn c it bt its nt vry gd brightness at all.relly nyc lookin fne, i gt it in blak nd it gt a wel nyc texture , it lyk rubber suede LOL. droppd it a million tyms frm pretty big heights on2 concrete, on th bus chukd it off a wall nd evryfin, tiny scratches nd wrks jst as gd as wen i gt it!!! mre durabl thn nokia 3310 lol, cn chuk it arwnd as much as them ancient rubber fnes lol!!! quite an old fne nd since havin it a yeer th tiniest fings r annoyin lyk th camera nd brightness, it gts 2 ya lyk so its a short-term fne a wud say, relly gd battery lyf also, cn play moosic fr lyk 5 hwrz b4 it goes red lol hop cmmnt ws helpful
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Reviewed by Hamst3r from UK on 12th Aug 2007
Its such a good phone im surprised. The battery life is brill. But when on O2 and you live in Cornwall,England dont buy it. AND ITS INDEStRUCTABLE
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Reviewed by Ramirs from UK on 26th Jul 2007
I got mine for free... I love it =P
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Reviewed by andrew from UK on 26th Jul 2007
great fun mobile, easy to use, very easy to text only bad thing to say about it is poor camera quality but its only a cheap phone so cant complain
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Reviewed by ANDY SOUTH WEST from UK on 25th Jul 2007
VERY GOOD VALUE AND FUN, ALTHOUGH CAMERA FAIRLY POOR, VERY EASY TO TEXT SO I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE ON A BUDGET
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Reviewed by Ovie Ikoya from UK on 24th Jul 2007
The z530i is just perfect, and i praise you guys for your effort.
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Reviewed by s from UK on 22nd Jul 2007
Its rubbish. The reality is it's poor quality in every aspect.. sound camera memory reliability. The only good thing was that i could put a 2gb card and hold all my songs. Its totally deteriorated over 6months, it barely works and it cuts on and off during calls. I wouldn't recommend, although it's cheap it will let you down. You're better off spendin a bit more and getting a decent phone that you can rely on.
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Reviewed by Jack$ from UK on 20th Jul 2007
Nice phone
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Reviewed by Emilyy_xO from UK on 19th Jul 2007
Whenn ii Got Thiis Phone iit Was The Best Phone I Have Ever Had But After A Year There Was Some Falts About It But It Was Exelent Phone But You Can Only Fitt 6 Songs On It PoOor Lol.But GoOod phOne.!!!
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Reviewed by milly from UK on 18th Jul 2007
very nice
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Reviewed by golly from UK on 16th Jul 2007
this fone is rubbish and am sellin it:|
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Reviewed by Fiona from UK on 15th Jul 2007
This phone has great buttons on it not sad tiny buttons thats why i bought it.
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Reviewed by Angela from Greece from UK on 12th Jul 2007
Excellent phone!!!This phone is beautiful !!!!!!
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Reviewed by sarah from UK on 6th Jul 2007
i love this phone =] it is very good because of the mp3 player yh the camara is rubbish but what camaras are good on phones to be honest i dont care about the camara just that it has an mp3 player on it since i cant take my mp3 player with me on holiday because it needs a usb cable for it so i cant charge it so i bought this phone =]
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Reviewed by Justin! from UK on 5th Jul 2007
This phone is only AUS$280.00 For that price it really is an AWESOME mobile! I brought a 512mb memery card for it, (AUS$50.00), and now I have 85 full mp3 songs on it, and still more space for new ones! The keypad does look like it would be hard to use, but it's not really that bad. I can now text quite fast on it! And the 'Monochrome' screen on the outside, It's the most easiest thing to read ever! I don't know where they got the CRAZY idea that it's hard to read! Even in the sunlight, you can read it with ease. I have had it for over 6 months, and it had frozen says, once or twice in that whole time. For the price, I recommend this phone Love it.
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Reviewed by Samantha from UK on 1st Jul 2007
This Phone is great but it hasnt got much memory
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Reviewed by thomas boyd from UK on 1st Jul 2007
is a good phone and u should get it the camera is not so good vga 4x zoom im getting it y dont u get it
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Reviewed by |*nikki*| from UK on 30th Jun 2007
hii well my mum just bought me this new phone b/cz ma other one broke lmao x well i got this nd i fink its wiked . beta than ma othere sony ericson its loud the cameras good and if u get anuothere memrory card it stores more on so id advise everyone to get this phone u can also by coers for it my best one so far is my playboi one :D x x
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Reviewed by I l0v u (GIRL) from UK on 29th Jun 2007
This phone... its camera only 0.3 megapixel.. make me very angry while i'm choosing this phone h0pe some one can buy a new phone for me! If someone wanna buy a new phone for me! plzz...add me in msn or friendster jessica_hui_yee@hotmail or B@ka.Yee
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Reviewed by kax sharma from UK on 22nd Jun 2007
the phone has a really fast blue tooth and good connectivity although its camera is not upto the mark
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Reviewed by Glendon from UK on 17th Jun 2007
Good
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Reviewed by bret from UK on 17th Jun 2007
i had this fone for xmas and the cath inside the slider went on it so when i flip it down it turns off happend again to ma mums so no way go of rthe Samsung E370 mint!!!! baraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapppp!!!
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Reviewed by rosie from UK on 16th Jun 2007
this fones great but for a month wen eva i went on the media player it wud say the song is not avialable when it stopped saying that it was fine thenafter a couple of weeks it started freezing for ages when i went on media player. but now its ok.
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Reviewed by stace from UK on 13th Jun 2007
this fone is the best fone i have ever had!!!
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Reviewed by crawley, england from UK on 11th Jun 2007
this phone is aite, onli got it couple days ago nd i think its been gd. not had ne problems wid bluetooth, or charging i guess, lol...wel nt yet! neway al i gota do now is get a better colours cover nd sum accesories, den t al gd. camera is rubbish bt o wel, seein as i have a bloomin digital camera neway. but mp3 is gd, nd i think for me its a gd phone, shame it dnt cum wid usb or headphones, even speakers lol! wud of been plus
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Reviewed by Tanya from UK on 7th Jun 2007
I had this phone for a couple of months now and i am yet to find a fault with it. It does everything a phone is suppose to do (calls and texts)I agree that the picture clarity is not outstanding but it is a phone not a camera. I am also especially pleased with amout of memory that this phone has. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Reviewed by Tweet from UK on 2nd Jun 2007
Have just got a Z530i and can't believe all the comments I have read about it being a bad phone. Come on its a phone not a camera all the extras are just fine! If you want excellence you have to spend! So all you moaners out there stop moaning please.
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Reviewed by Nikh from UK on 1st Jun 2007
my mobile is very good very practice but have not got a camera with good resolution
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Reviewed by wbk from UK on 31st May 2007
The phone is pretty good. The camera's not very good though and battery life could be better. As a phone its easy to use and comfortable in the hand. Speakerphone is loud enough to be heard whilst driving but obviously not as good as the bluetooth headset option that i got with my phone. Shop around and they can be got quite cheaply now. A decent, easy to use phone.
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Reviewed by Kalpesh from UK on 29th May 2007
This phone i have got to say is the worst. i got this phone last year and thought that it wouldnt be so bad, but turns out that the camera quality is not good at all and the screen resolution is really poor. what really gets me is that sony ericsson have put really good features on this phone such as, bluetooth, infrared, mp3 player, expansion slot etc, but hadnt thought about the camera and screen. why not just put a TFT screen instead of a UBC one. Who puts a UBC screen on phones nowadays? sorry but you've let me down sony ericsson!
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Reviewed by allison from UK on 29th May 2007
i got ma phone and its lose of time i dont like it ut whatever it always work for door hanger,
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Reviewed by faye from UK on 25th May 2007
it froze on me!!!!!!!!!! it is rubbish
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Reviewed by simon from UK on 25th May 2007
i got dis fone for my birthday and i fink its great, the only problem was that the memory was to small
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Reviewed by Aditya from UK on 21st May 2007
Just bought it 3 days for Just Rs. 5,900/- (131 US Dollars). Dont kno y such bad comments for this cute looking mobile worth its price. The Display is wonderful. Signal Strength and Battery is awesome. And an upgradable memory slot. Camera is working fine in my fone. with neat pictures. Just one problem. The battery takes 2 hours to get fully charged. Overall its a great fone...
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Reviewed by Matt from UK on 14th May 2007
A Good phone choice, Has blue tooth, a camera (although only VGA), hands free, speaker and removable memory. if it werent for the bugs and glitches. this would be the greatest value for money phone. Common bugs include bluetooth not detecting/ not working, randomly shuts itself off (usually from the impact of the cloing flip)Battery life image fake (e.g. showing a near full battery when the capacity was down to 20%. Also compared to the w300i the headphone jack is very lose and eaisily comes off.
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Reviewed by Jon from UK on 13th May 2007
Ive got one its stylish it hold pics/videos ETC, Its outstanding
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Reviewed by Lisa from UK on 13th May 2007
i got this phone few months back. I think it's a great phone compare to the price. i dont have any problem with the bluetooth. i love the keypad. really nice to press (i text a lot!). The camera is ok i guess, it's not great, VGA, what do you expect. The only thing that slights me a bit is the screen resolution. But that's just a tiny bit of problem. This is truly a nice phone.
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Reviewed by sree from UK on 12th May 2007
it doesn't have a good pixel camera and sound is also low
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Reviewed by Beth from UK on 8th May 2007
I think the sony ericsson z530i is brilliant because it is all that i want and my friends got it and i will only have it if it has bluetooth (as it does)music player as it does camera and video as it does so out of 10 8 or 9 out of 10
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Reviewed by Anonymous from UK on 7th May 2007
Its basically a walkman phone (w300i) but it isnt very loud thats the only thing i would say is bad about it. The bluetooth is all you would expect from a sony ericcson. It's got nice in build memory. Altogether its a very good phone for someone on a budget.
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Reviewed by faithluv from UK on 7th May 2007
Iv'e had this phone for bout six months, at first it was brilliant but basic, but now it freezs and doesent hold its charge and tuns itself of, was thinking of getting a knew one cause still a nice basic fone.
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Reviewed by warren from UK on 6th May 2007
i think the phone is absolutly amazing i have had it eversince it came out the onli problem is with it is wen it crashes but it doesnt matter it has a lot of memory to store tones and vids and pics and to any 1 who buys i it is well worth the money
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Reviewed by grace from UK on 5th May 2007
i think this phone is very good quality because i av had no faults with it and ive had it 4 a yr. but it has a v small memory space as it only can hold 9 songs !
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Reviewed by DIIL from UK on 4th May 2007
DIIL from DSLIMS in Lithaun it mobile rock
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Reviewed by nic from UK on 3rd May 2007
.good phone for the money. u cant complain for the price u noe. good phone i got this as a bday prezzie and i think the only thing they could improve wud be the external display...
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Reviewed by Kirsty from UK on 1st May 2007
This is a good all round phone as it has good buttons for texting, a couple of good games, some alright ringtones and it's got bluetooth and infared! The only thing i would say thtas wrong with it is that the camera and the screen aren't very good!
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Reviewed by Piyush More from UK on 23rd Apr 2007
I have Sony Ericsson Z530i.It is the best phone i have sean.But I don't know that how copy softwares and games from computer to phone.
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Reviewed by Dave from UK on 21st Apr 2007
This phone is great my frends sed so i bought it and it really good the camera i not bad too all of u sayin its rubbish
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 21st Apr 2007
Brilliant sound!Ideal first phone
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Reviewed by Tina from UK on 21st Apr 2007
Yukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkky little phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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