November 8, 2005

Sony Ericsson S710a vs Motorolla Razr v3

Posted in Category: Work — Amr Awadallah @ 7:36 am | link | | comment (0)

My Cingular plan was due for a phone upgrade which I did this week. I had to choose between two offers they had:

Sony Ericsson S710a for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate

Motorolla Razr v3 for $199.99

After a lot of reading and research I picked the Sony Ericsson S710a which I think beats the Motorolla Razr v3 with all hands and legs down !

This is why I choose the SE-S710a:

— SE-S710a screen size is 240×320 (Razr is 176×220)

— SE-S710a memory is 32MB on phone 32MB MemoryStick Duo (Razr is just 5MB total).

— SE-S710a has a 1.5 Megapixel camera (Razr is only 0.5 Megapixel)

— SE-S710a records video (Razr only plays back video)

— SE-S710a camera has 8x Zoom (Razr is only 4x zoom)

— SE-S710a has a builtin flash light (Razr got none)

— SE-S710a comes with a head set for no extra charge

— SE-S710a comes with a very nice memory-stick/compact-flash USB reader device.

— All the PC Connectivity Software for the SE-S710a is free, while you have to pay $29.99 for the Razr PC software called “mobile PhoneTools”

The only advantages of the Razr over SE s710a are:

— The Razr is quad-band and hence supports the 900MHz band (while s710 is tri-band and does not support 900MHz)

— The Razr is a little bit lighter and thinner (though its wider)

Other than the features listed above both devices were a tie.

So in summary, if you absolutely need a quad-band phone (i.e. supports the 900MHz frequency) then get the Razr, otherwise you should definitely get the SE s710a.

— amr

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