Shanghaiist went gadget shopping today — tired of carrying around the laptop to check emails and blogs, we are planning to upgrade our mobile phone. And we bumped into the Sony Ericsson Z610 (official link). This phone made us happy with its slim design and the nice glamour effect on the outside (despite business functionality, we want to stay fashionable — gotta keep appearances up). The big surprise was the built-in RSS reader. Wow, keep yourself updated with Shanghaiist feeds on your mobile — that is very convincing selling point! Actually, we didn’t find any other brand offering this function (here a list of Sony Ericsson phones with RSS-reader).
Like most of the latest generation phones it comes with an MP3 player and a two megapixel camera. This allows you run around with one device instead of three. The phone has a nice internet browser that allows browsing normal websites and it has an email client. Here more details.
What is disappointing? The Z610 is not officially available in China. So you can only get it at gray-import electronic markets (about RMB 2,200) — you can find these small shops either on the underground levels of People’s Square or at the crossing of Fuxing Lu and Xiangyang Lu. Second, it comes only with a 64MB memory stick — so you should upgrade to something larger to store your music and pictures (e.g. 1GB for RMB 600). Finally, for browsing the internet the screen (two inches) could be larger as well.
FYI. Shanghaiist does have a mobile version.