Buddy on the Catwalk

We have tested two 3 g mobile phones with a look that in-house for Nokia and Sony Ericsson have focused as much on it will fit under the hood? By Tomas Nilsson

Why would the appearance of mobile play less role than the appearance of clothes or other things you carry with you all day long? Mobile manufacturers are now trying to outdo each other with not only technology but also in style. We have let the Nokia and Sony Ericsson’s catwalk-enabled mobiles go against each other.

The form and buttons

In terms of size, they both mobiles rather close to each other-the Sony Ericsson Z610 is a few millimeters larger while the Nokia 7390 is five grams heavier. Both are classic clamshell phones without rotating displays or other mechanical refinements. Quality feel is consistently high in duellanterna, but Sony Ericsson will not really up on the same level as Nokia. The plastic of the 7390 feels very durable and suspension in the hinge is nearly so strong that it would fit in a mousetrap. Z610 is a bit more plastic with their lighter weight. The material feels especially thinner and the creaking a little bit in the doors and hinges when using your mobile phone.

Sony Ericsson Z610 has a glossy black back and a front this gadiformes-related article. The battery door is fitted with the Green logo and brand name in subscript letters, but otherwise the back blank except for a speaker grilles. The front of the cell phone is more interesting. The material is a dark gray transparent plastic (the cell phone is also available in pink and turquoise color) with a mirror coating that allows it is somewhat reminiscent of a polished stone of the mineral iron (III) oxide or Hematite as it is also known. Behind the plastic shell sits the tiny OLED display that shows clock, signal strength, battery level, the number of the caller and other important information. When the display is active, all the characters can be seen clearly, but no light leaks out that reveals the shape or size. Just by tilting your phone under strong light, one can see that the shell has a square window around the display. If nothing is displayed, the display is completely invisible. Nokia has previously tried to build TFT screens in color during the mirror housings, but a monochrome screen actually works better for this purpose. With OLED technology’s luminous pixels, the result is much nicer than with TFT lacking contrast to give it a little magical feeling that display pops up out of nowhere. Inside there is a hefty keypad with navigational button, seven function buttons and the phone’s power button. All buttons are pleasant to touch and emits a distinctive, but silent, click.

Nokia mobile is quite conventional in its design when compared to other mobiles out of their design collections. Earlier topped off “L’amour Collection” of the very special mobile 7380 who challenged the limits of what a mobile can look like. Perhaps we lack the small dimensions of 7380, but at the same time, it is a relief to get a real keypad instead of the scroll wheel of 7380 which made sms-writing to a severe test. Nokia 7390 is available in two different colours-white and shiny pink or black and bronze. The shape of the cell phone is strict with straight lines and easy rounded corners. What makes it more fun than wood slöjdens blocks are all the details. As well as on other design mobiles from Nokia, there is a small textile-tag on the page. The back of the phone has a large area of embossed leather and facilitated also by a chrome plated fasteners around the camera lens and Flash. A chrome strip running around the edge of three of the mobile pages and separates the white surfaces from the pink. While the front has a patterned pink surface on the outer screen and the three buttons on the music player. When we open Nokia 7390 we find a slightly smaller keypad than on the Sony Ericsson mobile. In depth, however, seems Nokia have let their buttons get plenty of space. Long stroke and moderately stiff opposition makes it easy and convenient to dial numbers quickly and write long messages.

Outside we find several buttons on both Nokia 7390 and Sony Ericsson Z610. Nokia has volume buttons, camera button with trigger in two levels, switch and three function keys under the outer screen. Sony Ericsson has volume buttons and a pause button for the music player. Nokia has managed a little better even with the external buttons of Sony Ericsson are too small to work really well.

The buttons are better and higher in quality than Nokia 7390 feeling of Sony Ericsson Z610, although the difference is very subtle. On the other hand, mirror shell, and the hidden outer display on Z610 larger design innovation than all the designs and details on 7390 where most feels familiar from the older Nokia models. Mobile phones have the same score, but Sony Ericsson wins the category after review by målfotot.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Z610


On paper, it looks like that the Nokia should take home 300 yards win in this category, but how well does screens, music player and camera in practice? We start with the screens. Inside Nokia bet on a QVGA display with TFT technology. The sharpness and colors are excellent, but the backlight is very weak. Both the Sony Ericsson Z610 as other models from Nokia has better light. The delay from the last keystroke to the backlight dims even more is, moreover, extremely short. The outer screen is high resolution to be a secondary display with 128 x 160 pixel corresponds to the main screens on such as Nokia 6080 or Sony Ericsson K320i. Because it is small in size, it also gives the impression of high clarity, but the colors are pretty faded and the contrast is not the best.

Sony Ericsson has been content with 176 x 220 pixels for the main screen. This means that it does not match the sharpness of Nokia. The surface is also slightly less, so Nokia is in a better position for the program that shows a lot of information, such as browser and calendar. When it comes to brightness, however, as I said, big wins over Z610 7390. The outer screen specifications on Z610 is not so impressive in itself-128 x 36 pixels, and black and white image. On the other hand, makes OLED technology that the contrast is good even though the display is located behind a plastic shell that absorbs light. TFT and STN-displays can be compared to a grid of color filters and shutters that filter the light from a backlight while an OLED screen consists of a small source of light for each pixel. With the OLED produces a black pixel does not emit any light while there is always some leakage on TFT, STN.

Camera on Sony Ericsson Z610 has a two megapixel resolution and is of the kind that requires the best conditions to take good pictures. Test photos were taken about two hours before sunset, a decembereftermiddag, and despite the cloudy weather, images from Z610 very dark. Flash or photo lighting is missing, so interior shots in low light contains a lot of noise. In the summer in sunny weather, I can imagine that the camera performs well-delays from imprint to exposure and between images is fairly short, even with the highest image quality set. Nokia camera delivers significantly better pictures. It has three rather than two megapixels, but it is not the number of pixels, but other characteristics that make the images better. Autofocus means for Nokia 7390 to the sharpness of the images is much better-especially in low light. The optics also seems more adept at seizing the light and slides from 7390 more closely agree with reality. The external screen works well as a viewfinder when shooting and the special photo button has an intermediate position for focus-just like a real digital camera. However, if you take pictures with your phone open and press the navigation button with the camera focuses when you press the button and take the picture when you release it. It felt a little strange at first, but works fine after some exercise.

Music pillars differ not so much in terms of functionality. Both mobiles have support for playlists and internet links to purchase and download music directly to your music player. Nokia also has practical, auto playlists for most recently added and most played songs. With 7390 also lets you listen to FM radio. Sony Ericsson Z610 works with all the brand’s music accessories, but Nokia 7390 has not provided with the usual pop-port connector without using a four pole 2.5 millimeters contact for headphones. It does not repeat the same to 7390 accessories that other music phones from Nokia N92, N93 for example, or Music Edition. Both Z610 and 7390 works with bluetooth wireless stereolurar.

Sony Ericsson will see its Z610 defeated in the multimedia category. Nokia 7390 has improved, although not as technical and design interesting, screens. autofocus camera in 7390 takes both brighter and sharper images than Z610. As music players are mobiles equivalent, but the Z610 has no FM radio.

Winner: Nokia 7390

Systems and software

Grass cuts in Nokia 7390 and Sony Ericsson Z610 belongs to the most proven. 7390 using the system called Series 40 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2, which includes support for most java features and bluetooth profiles while you recognize from the older Nokia phones. Even Z610 combines the brand’s traditions with the latest technology in menus and in the built-in applications. The interface uses scalable fonts that make all text looks nice out, and support for java, bluetooth and different file formats feels complete.

Neither Nokia or Sony Ericsson has added some important parts of the interface, such as the music player or the mail client, in the form of java programs. On the other hand, contains javamappen in Nokia 7390 three Add-ons; world time clock, clothing size converter, and the program “Sensor” that are used to share information over bluetooth.

The two handsets contains most of the features you would expect from mellanklassmobiler. Menus, file manager and software works very well, but neither 7390 or Z610 contains no direct new or unexpected with the exception of Nokia’s feature “active standby mode,” which allows you to choose what information is displayed on the screen in its original position. Sony Ericsson wins the category because the Z610 exploits tabbed browsing and icon menus in multiple columns to speed up navigation in the menus of the phone while Nokia running with simple lists.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Z610

Telephony and data

Call quality and features to manage calls and messages behave as they should. Nokia 7390 works better out of the two that the speaker phone feature is easier to access and the speaker sounds better. Phone books naturally supports many different fields with phone numbers and addresses for each contact and can be synchronized with the computer or with any backup service of syncML. For data transfer, you can use bluetooth or USB cable. Nokia 7390 also has an infrared port. Nokia has not succeeded 100% with its bluetooth features. For example, I want to send more than one file to another mobile must search for new devices to be made for each consignment. Your phone will only remember the devices that is saved with the password and cannot, as at other Nokia mobiles, to stop searching as soon as the requested device has been found.

Sony Ericsson uses its own data cable with fastport connector. Nokia has chosen the standard mini-USB connector, so many cables for digital cameras, USB drives and other computer accessories. Useful if you want to copy files from a computer at work or at a friend’s House-the probability to find a cable that fits increases considerably when standards are used instead of proprietary solutions.

SMS, mms and email is obvious and on Sony Ericsson Z610 is also an RSS reader among the options under “Messages”. The RSS feature is integrated with the phone’s Web browser and a special icon appears when you browse to a page that links to RSS feeds. Web browser in the Z610 is flexible and can handle unlike Nokia’s to view many pages that are intended for computers.

Better manage bluetooth connections and better browser gives the higher score to Sony Ericsson despite weaknesses that speaker phone.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Z610

Performance and memory

Nokia Sony Ericsson on the fingers of both when it comes to the amount of onboard memory, and the size of the memory card that comes in the box. Now 128 MB is not enough even that far, so no matter which mobile you choose, it is necessary to buy a larger card to be able to use the music player properly. MicroSD cards that Nokia uses is a little less than 10 percent cheaper than the M2 card for Sony Ericsson.

None of the manufacturers seem to have it on the mobile devices of processing power. Menu systems work without annoying delays and java performance is clearly approved in both phones. Nokia gets 2616 score in SP-Land test against 2304 for Sony Ericsson.

Winner: Nokia 7390

The winner

Nokia 7390 duellens becomes the winner. The mobile which is the prettiest one can have different views on, but as far as the number of features and performance WINS Nokia. FM radio, a sharp camera and good performance gives good dividends in the rate table. However, it is not possible to get away from that Sony Ericsson’s external display is insolent.

Box: Options

Motorola V3xx

Good quality feel, smooth style and turbo 3 g.

LG U890

A Three-cell with lower design ambitions, but with good music player and support for Messenger.

Samsung Z620

A thin, fast and stylish mobile phone. Turbo 3 g and megapixel camera.