Why I haven't bought it
Reviewed on Thursday July 14, 2005 by Erik, Toronto
So far I've only had one Ericsson - the T616 - and I can tell you that the T616 is the best phone I've ever had, and I've had many and from different manufacturers.
So when the Z500a came out, I eagerly went to the store to get a feel for it, being unimpressed with the aesthetics of the T637.
I'm afraid my first impression was, 'wow, that's big.' Is it necessary for the phone to be twice the size of most non-PDA phones? While disappointed, this would have not kept me from buying it if not for one thing:
Why on earth is the main display so small? It is exactly the same size of the one in the T616 but because the unit itself is so big, and the display is recessed deep inside the unit, the screen looks about half the size.
For someone like me who receives email-to-text messages on a regular basis, this is a big downside.
I was also dismayed to find that there was no Infrared port, which is extremely useful for data transfer.
I only hope the upcoming Z520a will impress me and make up for the shortfalls of the Z500a.