This thing is built like no other Sony Ericsson phone and that’s a very good thing. It’s covered by an aluminum and mid-grade plastic body. It’s a bit larger and heavier than my T68i and that is also a good thing. I found the T68i way too small to handle. The “joystick” and buttons also feel much more solid. I wont be worried about breaking them off by throwing it in my pocket (a scare I had with my T68i). The screen is large (for an Ericsson) and very bright. There’s no problems seeing it in the sunlight. It’s spec’d at 68k colors, but I haven’t really been checking out photos on it to tell.
This phone is quick. Startup is quick. Moving through contacts is quick. SIM card loads are quick. With my T68i, I felt like I could turn on the phone and walk away for 5 minutes before it was ready to use. None of that with the T616. I’m guessing you can credit that to the updated OS running on it which is simply a lot less “dry” than on other Sony Ericsson phones. The T616 is Bluetooth enabled with full iSync compatibility. Mac OS X found it instantly and had all of my calendars and contacts transfered within a minute or so. You gotta love Apple for this kind of simplicity.
There is one thing that I don’t like about the T616. There is a camera on it and I have no need for it. In fact, I don’t know who would need it. Seems way too gimmicky. It’s really not that great of a camera anyway and it takes up a lot of memory I could use for other things. I haven’t fully tried it yet, but I’ll put up a gallery soon for you check out.
Now back to the pros. For me, this is the pro. Unlike my T68i, I am actually getting strong signals in places where I couldn’t before! The reception is incredible from what I’ve seen so far.
So I guess you can say I like the T616. Ok, you can say I love the T616! It’s damn sexy looking, feature rich, does work as a stand-alone phone, and performs all of the tasks I need it to do extremely well. Anyone want a T68i? You can have it for a big bowl of nothing and maybe some shoelace ends.