Sony Ericsson introduces the Z710, a clamshell phone that the company positions as business friendly. Is that Sony Ericsson’s (S.E) answer to the Nokia E50? Let’s take a look: It features push email and RSS support (I’m curious to know how well it works for both Nokia and S.E), can be extended to 1GB via a Memory Stick Micro and is obviously multimedia capable. The 2 Megapixel camera (no optical zoom) can capture stills and video but sending them over GPRS or EDGE is so painful that I doubt many customers would actually do it. Retrieving the photos on a PC seems to be a more realistic option. The SE Z710 also has an integrated web-browser, but with a small display (comparable to the Nokia E50) I really wonder how hellish web browsing can be. It’s probably Hell 2.0 at that point. While I have not tested these phones, I suspect that the Nokia E50 has better productivity software, while the Z710 has a better design and is a better music player… not quite the attributes of a phone for “professionals”.
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