Sony Ericsson Z200 Review: Released in 2003, the Z200 (along with the Sony Ericsson Z600) was a real attempt by Sony Ericsson to release a dual screen, flip phone. The company had many models which did feature a flip (Sony Ericsson P800, Ericsson T28). But these were among the first phones produced that featured the more popular clamshell style.
Sony Ericsson were relatively late movers into this market. Phones such as the Samsung A300 and Samsung T100 were popular. In the case of the A300, this had been on the market since 2001. The advantages of the flip were numerous. It allowed the phone to have a larger screen, and it allowed the phone to keep a small overall footprint while keeping a respectable size of keypad. Whilst Ericsson released some astounding small handsets (the Ericsson T66 was just 59g) it was fact that the limiting factor of was the size of human hands. Too small, and buttons cannot be pressed.
Sony Ericsson brought out two handsets at this time to satisfy market demand. The Sony Ericsson Z600 was aimed at the premium market. This phone featured additional features such as a camera and higher resolution screen. The Sony Ericsson Z200 was aimed at the younger market with a more basic set of features. However, both phones reflected the trends of the time and featured customisable front plates.
These phones were popular enough and Sony Ericsson continued this line for some time. The direct successor to this was the Sony Ericsson Z300, but took another two years to be released.
Sony Ericsson Z200 Review Pros:
The design was fun, and well thought out. An integrated aerial provided an advantage over Samsung and Motorola phones. Covers were easily changeable and the phone featured a large loop for hanging a lanyard.
The phone also featured a circular external screen similar to the Samsung A300. This was mono in terms of colour, but full use was made of it. It could display information or alternatively a traditional clock face.
A standard operating system was kept in place for the model, with a similar navigation model to other T-series handsets.
The extra space allowed a better keypad layout: a much more spacious d-pad made it easier to navigate.
Sony Ericsson Z200 Review Cons:
The phone display was rather underpowered: a 128 x 128 pixel, 4096 colour screen was nothing special at the time and poor for photos.
No camera was included on board (although one could be attached separately). With limited on-board memory imaging was not the strong point of the handset.
The price of the phone was relatively high: a premium still existed for the flip function.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
Many of these Sony Ericsson flips are very distinctive. Thus there is some pricing premium attached to these (many of the low-end Nokia models are very cheap in comparison). Would expect this trend to continue into the future.
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