Sony Ericsson Z710 Review – Advanced Flip Walkman Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson Z710 Review: Released in 2006, the Sony Ericsson Z710 was another evolution of the flip phone range from Sony Ericsson. Beginning with models such as the Sony Ericsson Z600 and Sony Ericsson Z200 these phones were always upper-end handsets with interesting, stylish designs. This phone is no exception to that, and it features a very cool look with very large oversized external screen.

The phone also was one of the first flip phones where the ‘Walkman’ music functions were not contained to just the W-series of phones. Recent improvements in technology such as the use of memory cards were now common, and as such any phone could be used as a MP3 player. To this end the phone features external buttons on the front face of the phone allowing it to be used for music without opening the flip.

The Z710 came out at the same time as the Sony Ericsson W710, which did feature the Walkman branding. This was almost an identical phone in design and shape with the core differences being the addition of more ‘active’ software applications on the latter model such as fitness trackers and a pedometer.

Full specifications here.

This phone was followed by a flurry of other flips, although none perhaps were successors. The Sony Ericsson Z610 offered a similar spec but with selfie camera, the Sony Ericsson Z558 was an interesting model which featured a resistive touchscreen. 2008 saw the Sony Ericsson Z770 released, although the target market of the phone had drifted slightly downwards by this point and only featured modest improvements.

Sony Ericsson Z710 Review Pros: 

  • The addition of the new Sony M2 memory card was a game-changer for these phones. Roughly comparable in size to the microSD, it allowed up to 2GB storage and greatly enhanced the phones capability.
  • The design of the phone was a high quality, premium design. With dedicated music buttons on the front and support for Bluetooth headsets it was easy to use as an MP3 player.
  • Internal screen gained an upgrade in resolution and at 1.9 inches this was large for this type of handset.
  • The external screen was extremely large and by keeping it mono allowed a great deal of information to be displayed without associated battery drain.

Sony Ericsson Z710 Review Cons: 

  • 2GB was still a tad on the small side for music and media. Some of the top dogs such as the Nokia N95 were offering 8GB on-board storage plus expandable, albeit at a much greater price.
  • The cameras were on the weak side with Sony Ericsson reserving their best for the K-series. 2MP was a low resolution and there was no flash.
  • An adaptor was required to use standard headphones, an inconvenience for a music-based phone.
  • With very little difference between this and the W710, it made more sense to go for the latter for the additional features.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

This is a relatively unique handset which is not that common on the market. It seems likely that a shortage of models on the market should be good for resale prices.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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