Sony Ericsson Z530i Review
Review: July 2006.
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
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!
Features of the Sony Ericsson Z530i 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)
- 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,
- 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
- 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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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by nicole from england on 25th Jan 2007
i got dis fone at christmas and i fink its rubbish it makes it sound
like its gonna b fab but its not. da bluetooth dont work an da videos
only last a few seconds i fink it takes really bad pics so if ya wanted
just a basic fone it wud b perfect 4 u. however if ya wanted 1 wiv loadz
of stuff on u wud have 2 luk 4 another.
Reviewed by miniplowman07 from uk on 25th Jan
this phone is the same as the walkman one the only thing wrong with
it is that its not very load
Reviewed by Jonathon from Jersey on 20th Jan 2007
Reviewed by John from Hungary on 19th Jan 2007
Only bought the phone today, but it seems ok to me. Main thing for mew
is that people can call and text me, and this does the job well. As
people have mentioned, the camera doesn't seem great, but taking great
photographs is the domain of cameras rather than phones, in my opinion.
Other than that and a few really grating ringtones, it's a great little
phone for the money.
Reviewed by Warren from Northern Ireland on 12th
This phone is good and i would recomend it for people who like to listen
to music! use the camera time to time (besides the camera not bein very
good compared to others, the camera is good) its a good compact flip
Reviewed by Alison from UK on 8th Jan 2007
I had a Siemens CL75 for about a month and had to get rid of it (too
complicated and had to re-charge daily). I read lots of reviews about
the SEZ530i and bought it when it was only available in China. What
a wonderful phone. I don't do all the technical stuff (MP3, e-mailing,
etc that the kids do) but I do use it a lot for texting, and even my
fat fingers can use it just fine. I find the menus great, a lot like
using Windows, and as a phone it's perfect for me. I love only having
to re-charge it once a week, and for photos of my daughter in the park
it's been just fine, taken a few good ones (sure, it's not great, but
it's a PHONE!) - I got the memory card for that purpose. I love this
phone! Now all i need is a cheaper package lol
Reviewed by Racheal from Australia on 4th Jan
This Fone Has A Great Design And Is Great For Any Age. However, The
First Day i Bought It I Was Using Bluetooth And It Suddenly Shut Down
Completely. I Coudn't Turn It On Or Anything. Did Anyone Else Have The
Same Problem? Now I Have To Wait For Sony Ericsson To Send Me a New
Reviewed by tom from england on 26th Dec 2006
i think it is worth the money because you are guarnteed to befint from
this aas you can do what you want to dod with it its stylish small and
easy to use so go on get one thats my advice
Reviewed by Erik from Estonia on 24th Dec 2006
After watching the other reviews here I didn't see anyone else having
the problem I'm having with this phone. I like the design and I can
understand the bad quality of photos, but the problem for me is a battery.
It just doesn't stay charged more than 1 day!!! I went back to the place
where I bought it and they said that it's a new kind of battery that
takes a month or so to start working correctly. I have no idea wether
to believe it or not, but the phone as it is now, is not good AT ALL!
Reviewed by MARK from AUSTRALIA on 21st Dec 2006
this is the perfect phone . It's great
Reviewed by pete from uk on 20th Dec 2006
love this phone! ok, the keys are a bit dodgy for texting, but this
is only a minor inconvenience. ive had no problems with it, and definately
wont be going back to my old nokia! great phone for a great price!
Reviewed by s.jongs from Botswana on 14th Dec
the phone is good, idont know maybe not sure,wherther all the dealers
sell only the phone with no accesaries,atleast the head phone. it only
has the chager...otherwise its very much interesting
Reviewed by fahad from pakistan on 13th Dec 2006
cmon guyz u r talking about a phone that gives u all what u need in
only 8800 rupees can any one just get all this at such damn cheap price
those who r moaning are definitely exaggerating the slot for memory
card is the jewel in the crown poor resolution is the only flaw its
Reviewed by Kumar from India on 7th Dec 2006
Can any one get a good looking phone with mp3 player, videorecording,good
connectivities,expandable memories, that too for a cheap cost? I bet
we can't, except sony eric z530i..ofcurz the clarity of the pic may
not be soo clear, the audio may not be so loudy, but if u are goin for
a cheap phone, naturally we can't expect all those things..Expandable
memory slot is still advantages and i bet nobody can get such low cost
mobile with memory slot..so obviously this phone is best suited for
users who don't care too much of quality, but expecting many functional
Reviewed by mikie from england on 27th Nov 2006
this phone is rubish ii ve had it for 4 months now its was a great lett
down as i paid 125 pound when it first came out!!! this phone is rubbish
it has a rubbish camera and the external screen is orange wot bout the
colour screen has sony.e gone mad !?!?!?! the music player drains the
battery falt and needs recharging every 2 days.the key pad layout is
annoying as i am a texter.the only decentthing about this phone is expansion
slot ! if u was thinking of buying it dont.. i am so glad i am upgrading
to the chocolate or the Sony Ericsson V630i
Reviewed by Vasu from Dubai on 21st Nov 2006
I took Z530i for my Wife. its quite light weight and simple basic fone.
we dont want much fuss in phone so this is good model. Camera should
not be compred to Nokia N Series. I like it very much. But i am unable
to add MP3 Ringtones, can any one help to this.
Reviewed by abbas from dubai on 14th Nov 2006
Very bad. the screen goes white whenever i open the clamshell. It has
bad pictures and speaker volume not enough when talking.
Reviewed by Katie from England on 13th Nov 2006
This phone is really good. For the price what you get is really good.
A good mp3 player, great games, good connectivity, a memory card slot
and looks good. The camera is a bit dodgy but if you want to take good
pics get a flippin camera. I love it because it has everything i wanted
and it was only £70 with O2, the signals with O2 are great aswell.
Reviewed by AESENSEY from U.K on 12th Nov 2006
Im a huge text fan on phones and this fone quite frankly is the poorest
fone i have ever used for texting. My constant phone has been the Motorola
V980. It has 500ish characters avaliable FOR ONE TEXT MESSAGE. This
phone has just 150 characters for one message plus the annoyance of
easily hitting the wrong button and deleting what has just been written.
I got the phone and within 2 days sent it back from where it came from
it just didnt feel right to me going from the big chunky realtively
normality of my motorola to this i felt i had lost a part of me!!! .
:D ( im not perfectly sure about the number of characters but they are
around that mark
Reviewed by Lucy from ireland on 4th Nov 2006
i think this phone is outstanding it really is!
Reviewed by Charlene from UK on 3rd Nov 2006
I have had this phone for a few months now, I bought it fairly cheap
as I am a bit of a mobile-a-ohlic and buy new ones far too frequently!
Firstly the keys are big enough to actually text without hitting other
buttons at the same time, the dictionary however is quite limited and
I found I had to type some words in myself..and no they weren't swear
words! The menu is easy to navigate and most things are pretty functional.
The ringtones leave alot to be desired I had thought that by now phone
companies would have caught on and stopped putting their cheesy versions
of miami vice and spooky in their phones. My advice for this phone is
to use MP3. (which you can't use for texts) The ringtone volume is quite
low as is the text message alerts, some of them you can barely hear.
Not a good gift for your grandparents, perhaps a good phone for those
with selective hearing that just can't be bothered to text, now you
have a legit excuse. Overall this is a good little phone for texting
and making phone calls. The camera is poor the quality is very poor
so don't think you can get away with taking decent photos on a saturday
night, it isn't going to happen! I thought that I would get a clamshell
phone as I tend make annonymous phone calls if it's in my bag, however
I am starting to get sick of opening and closing it for every text and
phone call...time for a new one!! This is a decent little phone and
would recommend it.
Reviewed by Nair from Malaysia on 2nd Nov 2006
Very nice phone.User friendly and long life battery.
Reviewed by paul from england on 29th Oct 2006
great phone, got mine for only £60 brand new the only thing is you have
to buy a 1gb memory card to really get the best out of the media player
Reviewed by samiullah from afghanistan on 27th
I thig it's the best phone i've ever had in my life it has a smooth
bottons and you can do email chat it has 9.5 bloothef conection and
has mp3 and mp4 it has high standard quility of it viose and it has
video calling that you can see him but not other person can see you.
it has 512 mb memmory.
Reviewed by tom from england on 22nd Oct 2006
It's an amzing phone and is not at all rubish. I've got the black version
and it still looks cool. It's very easy to use.
Reviewed by Frankystine from UK on 21st Oct 2006
I don't know why people have such a problem with this phone! Its much
prettier than the z520i and it feels nice in your hand! Its not expensive
and has BOTH infa red and bluetooth so i can always send things to my
friends. It has changeble covers (LOVE that feature)and the monochrome
screen is not at all hard to read! Also i am very clumsy and have dropped
it down the stairs smashed it into the corner of a wooden post, trood
on it, splashed it on a boat trip, and had my next door neighbors dog
try to eat it and there is not a single mark on it! ITS INDESTRUCTABLE!
perfect for clumsy people like me. It also has large keys so it makes
it easy for you to press the key you intended to! The only thing i would
say is that the screen gets smudged a bit if you touch it with greasy
hands but other than that it is excellant!
Reviewed by chris from england on 19th Oct 2006
i cant understand why people are moaning about this phone what do you
want for £89 yes it as its bad & good points but at under £100 im very
happy with my phone people who give it a bad review should have done
there home work before buying
Reviewed by pooja kataria from india on 17th Oct
I have not seen such a remarkable phone before.Its too good
Reviewed by razia from thailand on 14th Oct 2006
i think this phone is buff!!
Reviewed by burnsy from - on 12th Oct 2006
this fone is junk! i had it 4 3 weeks and sold it on. i've had loads
of SE's and they've all been gr8 apart from this 1. the camera is rubbish
and build quality is poor. dont buy this fone by another SE instead!
Reviewed by Andy from Indonesia on 11th Oct 2006
I bought this phone a week ago. i think this phone feature is quite
good..but i have a ringtone problem.each time i set the ringtone at
low level (1-3) its sounds scratchy. and thats very annoy me..i need
somebody to solve my problem. please email me at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by Nims from UK on 8th Oct 2006
I've always had Nokia phones but liked the look of this...wrong! It's
'ok' but bad points I've found are; You can easily erase the text you
just wrote as the buttons are too small. Ridiculous back key that you
have to press frequently. Camera is poor quality. Too many menus half
of which are un-necessary. If you are on O2...don't get this phone!
Reception fantastic but you try and get the settings for email etc.
I've had this phone 3 months and it still isn't working. O2 say it's
SE and SE say it's O2. In short, the phone looks nice, is light and
stylish but a pain in the butt to use and I seriously wish I'd stuck
Reviewed by jenny from uk on 29th Sep 2006
i love love love this phone its compact disign is just right i love
the keypad and the fact that you can add extra memory to it. my last
phone was a motorola v220 so compare to that this phone is the the dogs.the
camera its that good be when you send via a text it looks really good.
Reviewed by bad boy from england on 24th Sep 2006
i had dis fone 4 bout 4 months and it is ok but it gets messed up after
a bit so i swithched to a sony ericsson w810i! dats wot i call a sick
Reviewed by Karthic from India on 23rd Sep 2006
I am extreamly sorry to say this. This phone is worst. Even though it's
a VGA camera, not good as nokia. Nokia's VGA camera is really good compared
to this. Very very poor picture quality. It didn't look like 65,536
color screen. Poor display (Pixelated). Mp4 is also not good in this
screen. Even though it is stereo speakers it is not loud enough. Only
good thing is the mp3 quality is better like Sony Ericsson K750i (Only
if you hear it through handsfree). Always hangs. The only sollution
is to remove the battery when it get's hang. Don't keep the phone memory
full. Otherwise you will be wasting a lot of time. because it's very
slow while the memory is full. M2 memory card is very costly. 512MB
is Rs. 3000 Rupees in Sony World in Coimbatore(India).I recomend to
go to Sony ericsson W550i for good music or Sony ericsson K750i for
good camera or Nokia 6681 for good smartphones.
Reviewed by sarah from on 9th Sep 2006
has anyone else had problems with reception on their z530? I had an
old v220 before this and never had a problem with that. I'm on the same
network and somehow it never picks a signal properly. i'm always getting
dropped calls. should i replace it?
Reviewed by Sasha from United Kingdom on 6th Sep
I think this phone is great, anyone who has got a problem with it is
mad! I love the way the keys and external screen light up orange and
not blue like most phones! The keypad is excellent nice and easy to
use because it's flat, everyone who saw it when I first brought it complimented
on how they love the keypad!!! Everything else fab too, long battery
life, nice looking and sounding got all you want in a phone! Love Sony
Reviewed by Iain from UK on 5th Sep 2006
This is the first time I used a sony ericsson fone, the camera quality
is really poor and you need to folk out a memory stick to use it as
mp3 player..but neverthe less it is a good looking flip fone...buttons
are difficult to use, and navigation of the menu is definitely not the
Reviewed by Kez from UK on 5th Sep 2006
I love this phone! I had the W800i before (but lost it) and this is
just as good. It hasn't got a radio (but I didn't use that anyway) and
the camera isn't as good (and I didn't use that either). The only thing
that I would say is that it needs a different style memory card, I had
a 1GB memory card duo for the W800i but I can't use it in this phone
as this requires the memory card micro. So I've got to get a memory
card micro (more expense) but I can use the memory card duo for the
Sony PSP (which I'll save on). Other than that the phone is perfect.
Reviewed by Colin from England on 5th Sep 2006
Nice size, not bulky. A bit disappointed with the screen though as its
a bit difficult to read outside and the volume is not very high either.
Sony have provided a nice Theme Maker for this one though , downloadable
from their website. All in all , not a bad starter phone for the new
generation of mobiles
Reviewed by tina from britian on 1st Sep 2006
this phone is really easy to use and has got everything a phone should
have so thats why i have given it a 5
Reviewed by kaylz from uk on 23rd Aug 2006
i think this phone is more for a man coz of the fact its big and bulky
everything else is good iv had no problems with it touch wood
Reviewed by - from Europe on 21st Aug 2006
I am very happy with this fone. He's got everything! bud I don't understand
the style-up covers.. where do you get them? I'm looking
Reviewed by leanne from uk on 19th Aug 2006
Not pleased with this at all. It's not just the keypad that sucks but
all the control keys. They're too small and hard to press. The space
on the phone isnt well utilised and the keys are unnecessarily cramped
together and if u press too hard u hear the phone squeaking which is
a bit of a worry. Yes u get a lot of features for this price but there's
a reason for that...
Reviewed by Shashank from India on 13th Aug 2006
Well have had this phone for abt a month and a half and simply speaking,
this phone rocks. First let me write about the pros: 1) expandable memory:
I dont think any phone is worth the money if its memory cant be increased.
This phone clearly emerges the winner coz it might just be the cheapest
phone with expandable memory. So u can store all ur fav hits n listen
to them on the go. 2) mp3 player: the mp3 player ROCKS. the stereo sound
quality is brilliant. And with expandable memory, it easily replaces
ur iPod. (Not in case of the snobs who will still carry theirs') Also
with the flap closed one can use the two specially designed external
buttons to control the media player!!! 3) Camera: Although a VGA, it
is still handy can can give u pretty neat pics. 4) Looks: A radical
looking keypad which although looks difficult to work with, is actually
pretty good. you just need to get used to it. the keys especially give
a nice feel when pressed. 5) Price: Yes it is one of cheapest phones
around with similar features. Now the cons: 1) No FM: But with expandable
memory, who needs one!!! 2) Low message memory: this is a disappointment
as it can store only about 130 sms messages. 3) Display: Poor as it
is not a TFT. but i can live that. Overall this phone really is a scorcher.
I dont know why people have given it such bad ratings. But i feel SE
phones, many a times are underrated, for people dont quite know what
they want to buy and just go by what others say. But with features like
these and price so low, its the best buy.
Reviewed by Jayaram S from India on 6th Aug 2006
It's really outsstanding.....
Reviewed by abhishek from uk on 5th Aug 2006
it's simply great huge funtions at low price but keypad seems not be
user friendly it is small and easy to use so what r u waiting for just
buy it guys..........
Reviewed by Josie from England on 4th Aug 2006
The camera works great what are you guys on about?!?! To maximize the
quality of the images you have to switch on/off the ‘Night mode’
(depending on the brightness of the environment obviously) another thing
you can do is to set it to ‘Fine quality’. These little
things should bring out the full potential of the camera! The different
‘Shoot modes’ & ‘Effects’ are fun too if you’re
real bored.. I think the Z530i camera is better than my old Nokia 6230i’s
camera in some ways :) well don’t just listen to me try it before
you buy it.
Reviewed by Zezalie from Oxford, UK on 3rd Aug
I love it! (Although my opinion can be a lil biased due to the fact
that my boyfriend bought it for me..) The keypad is not the best around
but you’ll get used to the fact that they’re joined up vertically
(like a caterpillar cake) and to be honest it doesn’t really affect
your speed of data-inputting. The sound is superb!!! (both in the video
and media player) The quality of the camera is not that great but I’m
sure you can live with it :P Bluetooth works fantabulously and the expandable
memory is a brilliant bonus!! What more do you want?!
Reviewed by kc from london on 29th Jul 2006
What a poor phone. Only had it for five days and screen goes white everytime
i open the clam. Took it back and switched to a samsung.
Reviewed by SHAH SHAMS TABREZ from INDIA on 27th
It has good functions but the keys are very difficult to use. It is
very handy too and small so u can carry it where ever u need to rather
than carrying those huge brick looking mobile phones. this is absolutely
wonderful, despite the style of the phone. but u can adapt to it very
easily. but i still donnot know if it has 3G or not?
Reviewed by theo from greece on 26th Jul 2006
the best phone
Reviewed by Zobo from Scotland on 17th Jul 2006
I just got this phone 2day and so far its been fab! My last Sony Ericsson
phone went falty and so did my brothers but they said we could both
get our diffrent ones exchanged my brother got his but they didnt have
mine in store anymore so they offered me the z530i and i took it!!!
i was worryed at first that you couldnt change covers but when i found
you could i was over the moon!
Reviewed by will from uk on 16th Jul 2006
this a brill phone whys every one complaining ok the keypads not that
good but the rest is brill get it
Reviewed by Matt from uk on 15th Jul 2006
WOW! i luv this fone! but im gettin a the new k800i on tues so i wil
hav 2 let it go! lol but any1 who wants a new fone get this 1 ! its
easy 2 use (unlike some sony ericsson!) cheap! n its got a gd camera!
so buy it now! trust me !
Reviewed by Clara from croatia on 15th Jul 2006
It has good functions but the keys are very difficult to use. I had
Z600 before and this is not solid made like that one. But it does not
cost much and has good techonology.
Reviewed by scott boi from wales on 9th Jul 2006
igot this fone 4 my birthday and im realy pleased because the fone has
brillient features and the bluetooth works realy well just a bit dissapointed
at the quality of the camera ans volume on the mp3 player but apart
from that i higly recomend it but iff your after a music fone this isnt
Reviewed by ollie from london on 8th Jul 2006
this phone is absolutely fabulous. it has practically everything u need.
it is very handy too and small so u can carry it where ever u need to
rather than carrying those huge brick looking mobile phones. this is
absolutely wonderful, despite the style of the phone. but u can adapt
to it very easily. but i still donnot know if it has 3G or not?
Reviewed by Pete from England on 7th Jul 2006
Not very impressed at all. Bluetooth keeps cutting off during transfer
and it restarts itself, keypad is terrible and makes texting a nightmare,
screen looks very pixelated and cant be seen at all during direct light
and the whole phone just makes loads of creaking noises when handling
it. I returned it and found myself a samsung e720 on special offer for
the same price and havent regretted it.
Reviewed by Mark from Englland on 6th Jul 2006
This phone is outstanding. the bluetooth works well and the camera is
suprizingly good quality for a phone. mp3 player works well and the
memory expansion is just great. I think for just under £100 its a great
phone has all the things you could need. a must buy phone
Reviewed by Jim from UK on 6th Jul 2006
Excellent mp3 phone - the cheapest available on PAYG with expandable
memory, up to 1 gig. People not happy with the camera etc are missing
the point. This phone is for music!
Reviewed by dave from japan on 6th Jul 2006
Absolutely amazing!!!!!! features fantastic durability brilliant all
in all an excellent phone and for a measely £80 FANTASTIC!!!!!
Reviewed by Karen from uk on 5th Jul 2006
A very poor phone. The hinge is a bit loose and the two parts dont completely
touch each other when its closed so when it's in your handbag things
like your keys easily get inbetween the clam and scratch the main display
which is supposed to be protected. That loop antenna thing is also a
bit of a nuisance cos it's always getting dangled with things in my
bag. The final straw before taking it back had to be the keypad which
is impossible to text with and feels very flat and slippery. Not a very
well designed phone so i'd think twice before buying this.
Reviewed by jessi from new Zealand on 5th Jul
random fone... sony ericsson z520i is better... this one its random
camera-bad bluetooth-dosent even work propelry!
Reviewed by Laura Lou from UK on 3rd Jul 2006
i think this phone is brilliant and handy,its small and cute and i'm
very happy with it, moto razors are rubbish which is the phone i had
before my z530i and that phone was a nightmare!
Reviewed by Paul from uk on 1st Jul 2006
this phone is class feels nice, sounds great the mp3 player is great
to and the camera is pretty good so moaners stop moaning.
Reviewed by JMAN from UK on 30th Jun 2006
hmm this phone is equally good and bad: the main plus point is it has
excellent features at a decent price howevr it is let down by a poor
quality camera, *VERY* fiddly control panel and it doesnt look very
Reviewed by satinder from india on 29th Jun 2006
really good phone for a mediocre person, affordable, fashionable, style
with performance,and an expandable memory slot really give it a first
choice as far as medium range phones are concerned. only drawback is
the camera it must have a higher zoom and clarity. rest it simply the
Reviewed by melissa from uk on 28th Jun 2006
Well i dont know much about phones but i do know that this has got the
be one of the cheapest made electronic gadget i've come across. And
to think it has the sony ericsson brand on it.
Reviewed by Buktawar Butt from Pakistan on 28th
Well this phone is a great one, i like the mp3 player and the bluetooth
is excelent. I really like the design and the layout and how the mp3
player has 5 settings for sound quality Its a great phone
Reviewed by Happycheesecake from England on 27th
To you moaners - what are you complaining about?! Its not a Moto V3i
- because it's got better Bluetooth, battery life & signal strength.
I know, I test phones for a living. I get a PDA Bluetooth link to this
phone thru 2 Victorian thick walls 10 metres away - something only the
K800 can match. And as for the build quality - it's no different to
Samsung or LG builds. Battery life - 6 days on standby with 2.5 hours
of calls. Signal strength is a good 15% better than the V3i. Personally,
if you want to be a iPlod clone get the Moto; but the Z530i is a better
usable phone. And as you kiddies are all about looks these days I guess
I know what you're going to get.
Reviewed by xxx-hayles-xxx from England on 21st
well, its got goos features but its UGLY i mean hav u seen how thick
the top part of the phone is! and also the button in places are fiddly
to use and dont always work soz to the peeps that like it but i dont
Reviewed by Kiran.M.V from India on 21st Jun 2006
Hi readers, The phone have excellent mp3 player with user adjustable
5 band equalizer. The original headset makes the perfect boom-boom effect.
Extendable memory till 1G, i have 256MB, no hanging or performance problem.
Bluetooth and IR works well.The software didnt hung or showed any problem
for the last 2 months. The problems are have a not so good VGA camera,
no FM, no keypad security lock.
Reviewed by henry from malaysia on 20th Jun 2006
Z530i...it's a very good phone indeed which packed with almost all the
features that make ourlife easier. Read its spec and u'll know what
it has got for you. If this phone came with at least 1.3megapixel plus
has 3G, it's gonna be a very PERFECT phone! But for such price and all
the functionalities it has, don't over expected it coz S.E has tried
their best & limit to offer us such phone in its own class. Thru all
the reviews from many sites & forums tat i've survey,some ppl juz donno
how to appreciate it & too unfair on this phone! Especially for those
who r complaining that this cell dont have flash or poor screen or fragile
or poor megapixel and so on & fort.well,all i can say is,always ask
ourselves wat we want/expect and according to our budget wat can we
get!if not enough money,don't buy and complain left & right later. Yet,
read the specs, try it out before u buy and always make survey around!
if dont like it, just walk away, is that easy! And once more, Z530i
Reviewed by KJ from Denmark on 19th Jun 2006
I've had the phone 1½ month now, and am very satisfied. Unlike
- apparently - some of the other reviewers, I did a bit of research
before I got it, and made sure it fit my needs. I wanted a small phone,
with good battery-time, mp3 player with room for an external memory-card,
and a camera - NOT to replace my real camera, but just as a little practical
extra. ALL THIS is fulfilled in Z530i. Its small, but unlike others
I think it feels much more solid to hold then the looks would have you
believe. Battery time is a great plus - I've used the mp3 for hours
without getting near running out. Camera is not very good in my opinion,
but I am rarely impressed with mobile cameras. Screen is fine except
in direct sunlight, mp3 player is really good, with good sound - though
it doesn't play VERY loud, it satisfies me perfectly. The memory card
has gone down in price - I got 512Mb for roughly 20£ in Denmark (with
such a cheap phone I think that is quite ok). For me, the only minus
is the four-way control button. While I like the unusual numeric keypad,
the four-way control button which has the main selection button in the
middle, is a bit tricky to handle - you easily push the wrong way while
pressing the centre button. I found it annoying at first, but after
a bit of practise its ok. I would think anyone with large fingers would
be highly annoyed though! Apart from that - perfect for my needs. And
I've experienced NO freezing or stuff like that - no problems at all.
Reviewed by lucy from scotland on 19th Jun 2006
Mine kept crashing everytime i put in the memory card. The same thing
happened with the replacement so i exchanged it for the pink e530 instead
and am very pleased with it. It's much more solid aswell.
Reviewed by Vlastimir from Bosnia&Herzegovina on
17th Jun 2006
It's a great phone. Pure SE classic: pure screen with high resolution,
excellent camera, 3G support, great autonomy... What can I say? Even
though I'm from Bosnia, I can tell which phone is good, and I say that
SE is superb...
Reviewed by Daniel from Scotland on 17th Jun 2006
i hve this phone and it is a god
Reviewed by ian from england on 15th Jun 2006
What an absolute piece of junk. I had no idea sonyericsson was into
producing toy phones cos that's what this is, a cheap plastic toy. I'm
too scared to hold this phone with a good grip in case it breaks in
my hand. It has some good features but dont think i can live with a
phone that needs extra care when handling it, i mean it's not exactly
a nokia 8800 which deserves such care.
Reviewed by toffeesi from UK on 13th Jun 2006
Had a Nokia 1100, which did what I needed it to do, make calls sednand
receive texts...and that was it. So I treated myself to a new phone,
and got this little cheeky number. Loads of features, great sound, looks
great, and does loads of stuff I did not know a phone could do!! Plus
it has Bluetooth....which DOES work!! I got it for £60.00 which I thinks
is pretty good, and if I can get 2 years out of it then what a bargin!!
Reviewed by Gurudev from India on 13th Jun 2006
Fantastic Cell friends, I love his figure, Well designed, Easy to Handled,
Picture resolution and Sound Quality is Superb,It hould have been grat
if it had Radio FM in it.. Just get it Guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Reviewed by ben from country on 12th Jun 2006
great phone, high quality camera, gerat quality music, definately 5
Reviewed by vegas from UK on 12th Jun 2006
you can get the fhone for £80 the fhone is good for what you pay did
some of you not look at the phone before you got it this fhone is good
Reviewed by Charlotte from England on 12th Jun
i've had my phone for a few months now and i love it. Fair enough it's
not as great as other models around but hey, for 100quid it's great
value for money! I especially love video DJ.
Reviewed by rajesh from India on 12th Jun 2006
Very very poor display. dont buy this mobile.
Reviewed by SURENDER from AUSTRALIA on 12th Jun
IT IS VERY HANDY
Reviewed by jake from england on 7th Jun 2006
it is really good and it has a brilliant mp3 player and has quite good
memory plus you can change the covers and has great games
Reviewed by Michelle from Malaysia on 7th Jun
This is Rubbish i tell ya .RUBBISHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by mel from england on 6th Jun 2006
So disappointed with this!!!My friend has the z520 and i liked its style
and features so i decided to do one better and get the z530. Big mistake!
It keeps freezing everytime i try to play music, bluetooth doesnt work
properly, screen is too small and cant see at all during daytime, keypad
is not very easy to use and the flip mechanism doesnt feel very solid
at all i have to be extra careful not to open or close it too hard incase
i damage it. Anyway, it's gone back now and replaced it with the samsung
Reviewed by MAX from ENGLAND on 5th Jun 2006
hay u guys I had this phone for five days and it works like a dream
come thrue better than a Motorola v6
Reviewed by Andrew Ullathorne from UK on 4th Jun
had the fone now 2 days nd its startin 2 freeze up had a nokia 6230
for about 2 yrs never broke ounce but i thought it was due for a change
so i decided to buy this 1 but now i think am starting to regret this
decision unless they cn fix it..
Reviewed by imzi from UK on 3rd Jun 2006
this phone is completely rubbish. i bought it yesterday and was extremly
disapointed. the camera is not clear at all. i was betta off with ma
nokia N90. now im suffering with this uglii phone
Reviewed by cris from uk on 1st Jun 2006
dis fone is amazin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Da 1.3mega.p camera is awsome. A
MUST HAVE FONE 4 2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by BELT TAX from UK on 1st Jun 2006
IT IS RUBBSH YA NA IT BROKE THE FIRST DAY I GOT IT DO NOT GET IT I TELL
YE MAN !!!!
Reviewed by Nigel from UK on 29th May 2006
Had this phone for 4 days. Its is nice and compact and light. It has
all of the functions that i need. It would be nice if fm Radio was included
but you can't have it all. Just to clear something up, the camara is
VGA resolution. However, the phone has some 'clever' software which
enhances the resolution to 1.3 Mega Pix through a process called "interpolation2.
Once i downloaded a picture to my laptop i found the quality to be comparable
if not better than some other images from my other 1.3 Mega Pix camara
Reviewed by muhammed from south africa on 27th
i dont reaLLy have this phone but i know a lot about phones so i'll
say that this phone is a very smart phone so if you looking for a phone
to show of this is the phone for you if u looking for a phone with fetures
dont buy it
Reviewed by tara from uk on 24th May 2006
Just got it on pay as u go and am returning it immediately as i realised
i got a plastic toy and not a mobile phone. But what do u expect for
£99 for a phone with bluetooth and memory card. I guess i'll either
have to stretch my budget or settle for less features. At least then
i wont have to worry about it breaking in my hand.
Reviewed by juli from england on 23rd May 2006
well just to say i dont like this fone at all its just not for me but
has got some good features such as video recording and bluetooth
Reviewed by martyn from uk on 23rd May 2006
Had phone for one day and took it back.Camera is terrible quality (vga).Phone
looks and feels cheap.Does have mp3 player but to expand the memory
you have to add a memory stick.Have you seen the price of them?! better
sony ericsson phones on the market for roughly the same price.The k510i
is much better.
Reviewed by Irfan from England on 22nd May 2006
hey u guys this is one of the best fones dat i hav ever had, i definately
recommened it, the only bad thing is that the camera is not very good
but other then dat it is a great all rounder