The Sony Ericsson Z750i is a standard clamshell with a modest feature set. Available in both purple and silver, the Z750i offers a 2MP camera with 4x zoom and video, Bluetooth, memory expansion via Menory Stick Micro, FM radio, MP3 player and an impressive 9 hours of talk time.
The external monochrome screen displays signal strength, battery life remaining and time, while the internal screen offers a 240 x 320 pixel resolution, able to reproduce 262k colors.
The alphanumeric keypad is standard fare, with well proportioned keys that are easy to use.
While the Z750i is not designed for a meaningful internet experience you nonetheless can surf the web in a limited manner. You can also SMS, MMS and email.
The Sony Ericsson Z750i is a well made, basic phone and if basic is what you are looking for, include this one on your list.
Reviews (5.5/10 Avg. rating)
Offers a number of improvements
Not Any Goof
This is the worst cell phone I've ever owned. The back would not stay on - I had to hold it on with a rubber band. The battery would not hold a charge, and I ended up buying 4 batteries for this phone. It would not work out in the country where I live, but both of my Nokia cell phones did. My daughter-in-law bought the same phone (different color)the same day I did, and her phone is just as bad. We ended up buying cheap Nokia pre-paid phones and switched our SIM cards. This was my first and last Sony Ericsson phone. Neither AT&T nor Sony Ericsson would respond to our pleas for phones that would work.Less
Want to throw it under a bus
To say this is one of the least user-friendly phone I have ever used would be an understatement. I wanted a phone with two qualities: good reception and good battery life. I will give it credit for neither. Now the negatives. When you turn the phone on or off, it makes a noise as loud as a rocket launching. I am a lawyer, and the looks you get in the elevator when leaving court are terrible. Maybe a child would enjoy it. I emailed Sony support and asked how I can turn it off, and I was told that is cannot be turned off or modified. As for answering a call, there is a button on the side of the phone that silences a ring and automatically sends the call to voicemail, which sounds like a convenient feature. However, the phone is very difficult to open (requires two hands) and only half the time am I able to answer the phone without touching the very sensitive button that cuts the call off. There is an external display on the phone that is supposed to show the phone number/name of the person that is calling you, but it is on a fast crawl, that disappears after each crawl for several seconds. I hate looking at a ringing phone waiting for the message to reappear, so I can honestly say that feature is useless. I replaced a Motorola RAZR that had died with this phone, and I greatly regret that.Less
It's a love hate thing
Pro: long battery life; easy to use; looks nice Con: self shutdown/text message hang ups I liked this phone from the first time I picked it up. It looks nice and has many great features. It was the last one the store had of this model because it was being discontinued. The fault it has is that it shuts off by itself then turns itself back on in about a minute. It did it from the start and I called on it. They sent me a new battery at no cost. It continued to do it, but I liked the phone enough to put up with it. Most recently and the deal breaker was that in addition to shutting itself off, text messages started getting hung up in the outbox. Sometimes for days. I just replaced it and am sad to see it go.Less
Nice phone 3G phone with out the 3G price tag a great all around phone that is nice and does not look cheap! It a good buy!Less
No No No!!
Pro: Shape, color, feel, battery life, reception. Con: Texting, shuts itself off at will. Using experience: 7 months I really wanted to like this phone. Except for the shutting itself off problem, I'd still like it. I've had the phone since July of 2008. Until a few months ago, the only complaint I had about the phone was the functionality of the texting. When I get a long text message that is broken up into 2 or 3 pages, I can't just scroll through to the second page. I select the first page, read it, then I have to selet "Back", press down to highlight the second page, press "Open" to read the second page, then "Back", select page 3, press "open", you get the idea. Doesn't sound like a pain when you read this, but on my other phone all I had to do was read the first page, press down, read the second page. None of this back and forth stuff. Ok, now for what really turns me off of this phone. For no reason at all, it will turn itself off. It will do it when you're making a call, when you're in the middle of a call, even when it is sitting on the nightstand and you're doing nothing with it. It will do it with the bluetooth feature on or off, or with the battery at full charge or half. It will do it whether it is plugged into the charger or not. When it does this, it won't turn back on and you must take out the battery and put it back in and turn the phone on. Also, the phone takes a while to turn on. I hadn't even had the phone 6 months when it started doing this. I'm not rough on cell phones, either. I don't drop it or sit on it. It stays on my bed most of the day and in a protective pouch when I'm out. From what I've read on other reviews, 6 months is a long time to have the phone before it starts shutting off for no reason. I've also read in other reviews that the cell provider and Sony Ericsson are very unhelpful in dealing with this. So, I'm not going to bother. I'm going to use my old phone until I can get another phone, and my new phone won't be a Sony Ericsson; never, never, ever again!! Oh, I should mention the echo you get sometimes. I hear myself on feedback when talking to people sometimes. Very disturbing to hear what you just said repeated back to you, especially when you're tryin to conduct business.Less
Exceeding Expectations, to a point
Pro: Really cool hidden LED external display, Beautiful internal display; very vivid, Fantastic music player on a non-walkman SE device, Camera Con: Sometimes freezes/lags, battery hatch easily pops off, some side buttons somewhat unresponsive Using experience: 1 years Before this phone, I had the extremely reliable SE Z520a, which was the best phone I ever had. When the salesperson told me it was basically that phone was a predeccesor to this, I decided to try this out. When I bought mine, the purple color was still available and that color was extremely vivid and eye-catching. The hidden LED display is perfect and pretty much blew all of my friends away. It's no good in the sunshine unless you shield it with your hand or something, but you could always just flip it open and check there. I think the first time turning it on, the first thing that would catch the eye of the user was the brilliant internal display. Due to its large size, obviously the phone was on the larger side. Although the phone was on the big side, it just gave it a durable, solid feel rather than unnecessarily large. The buttons were extremely well placed and it's a great phone for texting on. I kept the camera on its lowest setting (VGA) and the performance was still outstanding, and the 2 mp pictures were astounding. The phone has an impressive internal memory because i was able to store most of my text messages from when i first got this phone as well as music and pictures. The sound on this phone was awesome and I thought a really cool feature was that if you chose to, you could actually close the phone while on speakerphone and the call wouldn't end. The call quality was really clear at first, but as time went there would be these annoying times that got more and more frequent where the call would end and the phone would shut off. I'm not certain if it was on this specific device because my sister also has this device and hers does not do this, but just be wary. Also, if you're clumsy, this may or may not be the phone for you. On the con side, the battery hatch easily pops off when it falls (but not when trying to take it off- go figure. However, on the plus side, for such a stylish product, it's pretty durable. I've dropped it on numerous occasions and although your phone will automatically shut down or say inactive smartchip, if you just turn it off and take out then put back in the battery, it works good as new. The small music button is somewhat unresponsive, but that's only when the phone is closed, so I don't personally think that point is a deal-breaker. The battery life really isn't something to rejoice about, especially while texting. However, like most SE devices, it will give you a warning that the phone is abut to die (like 5 times) before actually dying, so you can warn your mom/spouse/whomever that you can't be reached (: Overall, for the price this is a fantastic phone with a few annoyances that aren't disruptive to the overall performance. If you're someone who's looking for a bunch of media on one phone at a wallet-friendly price (around $9.99 with a 2-yr contract with at&t)this really is a spectacular phone. It's not one of the higher-end phones from SE, but it still performs really well. I'd definitely recommend thisLess
Ericson z750a Phone battery life fix!
I had the same problem until I turned off the G network on the phone itself. I called ATT and they told me: "There's no way to disable the G network" then I called Sony and they told me that the phone was built like that per ATT's request. Since it was using ATT software on the phone's operating system it was not able to disable the G network. In summary this is the fix and i have tested on several phones and it worked: Step 1: Replace your ATT Sim card with a different provider's SIM card. This SIM card doesn't even need to be activated. I used T-Mobile's SIM. Step 2: Once you use a differen SIM card your phone's programming options will change. You will have a new option that will let you disable your G network as default. You can even turn it off. That's what I have. Your phone will last at least 4 days or more. Step 3: Reinsert your ATT SIM card and enjoy life. You won't see the "G" on your screen anymore. You don't need it.Less
Nice phone, but not for a dead zone
I live in what Verizon calls a dead zone. If you do too, you need to be sure to get the phone with the best signal - a non-low-end Motorola or Nokia. This one did not work! It is sharp-looking in purple, but is always covered in fingerprints. (I ended up with a Motorola. Love it, and it works!)Less
Great when de-branded takes 8G cards
This is my review which was on a different color version of this phone. Update: I picked up a 8G card for this, works fine in both branded and de-branded versions of the phone. Also, there are 900mAmp and 950mAmp versions of the battery, I have the 950. I picked up this phone (2 actually) for $50 each after rebates. Call quality if excellent. Has Walkman-like media player for music and video and podcasts, audio books. Megabass for headsets, but no stereo speakers on unit (there are lots of external speakers available though). When on 3G you can surf and talk at the same time. First, make sure you get a unlimited data plan. There is one for $15/mo. (at this time) since ATT doesn't consider this a smart phone. You can tether with this phone on that plan. Download the PC software from SE's website to sync the phone to your Outlook or other contact list. Can sync with bluetooth or data usb cable (proprietary but only about $5 at many websites). Then decide if you really want TV or XM radio on the phone. The TV is clips few of which are updated daily unless you subscribe, a few music videos etc. XM is a $9.95 subscription. MLB Game Day is also an subscription. If you don't want these things (and will never buy anything from the ATT Media Mall), then spend $16 or so, and debrand the phone and uncover a gem. Here's a partial list of what you can gain: 1. GPS - I get accuracy to 10 meters, works best in car with charger attached, can drain battery in 2 hours or less. Must use 2007 NavTec Google Map app in firmware, newer Google won't work as well. Locator Services can be left active and minimized so that Google will immediately know where you are. But do it connected to a charger! Also AmAze navigator (the version for the C702, I think) will work on the phone giving you turn by turn navigation for free. (don't look at the phone while driving it's too small) 2. TrackId is now free rather than a subscription. I don't know why anyone would actually pay for this monthly. While I am sometimes curious as to what I'm hearing, I'm not paying $5/mo to find out one or two songs. TrackId works fine on music from classical to country to rap/hiphop, the most abstract techno/disco strangeness you can come up with, and on generic firmware it's free. 3. Blogging from camera as a 'send to blog' (Blogspot.com) uses email account and data plan. 4. RSS Desktop - has as many features as an iPhone's. Auto scroll, configurable updates. easy to add RSS, when browsing the RSS symbol will pop up and using the left soft key, you can add it to the listing. Updates anywhere from every hour to once a week. 5. Podcasts (video and audio) I believe that it may be configurable by the rss feeds rather than the PC Suite sync method, at least my phone seems to update them. PC Suite method will load podcasts daily, and sync with your phone. Media Suite needs data cable (about $6 from other Amazon sellers). 6. Exchange ActiveSync without any shortcomings (as have been reported elsewhere), specific Exchange sync. 7. SyncML for everything else. There are reports of it working with MyLife/iLife. 8. Email push client - works with ANY pop or imap server, and can filter out unwanted domains, etc from the 'push'-- you can select domains to accept from. No applications to view attachments, but you could bluetooth or use cable to transfer to a PC/laptop. 9. Network Sharing function, phone can be part of office network via USB or Bluetooth 10. Choice between 'GSM & 3G' vs 'GSM' only is now unblocked, fixing the battery life issues. Even in combined mode, if the phone isn't updating it will drop down to GSM/Edge when not actually using the web. You can also search networks and simply not chose the 3G ATT network too. You'll need SE's webite and tools to reconfigure internet, picture and SMS services if you debrand. Recent updates may not show the z750a, use the z750i. You can also configure ANY ISP's email from their site (including Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, any so called 'residential' carrier like Comcast or Cablevision, etc (but not MSN/Hotmail), and multiple ones on the phone. 11. You won't accidentally open a Internet browser when pressing the central button, it's a Message Center button now. Other buttons and shortcuts are also rearranged in a more logical fashion, camera button changes to MediaNet browser and all the softkeys are configurable including the ring around the central button. There's OperaMini for this phone, Yahoo Go!, AmAze, etc. FM radio needs antennae phone jack to work, but if you want to use your standard stereo headsets you'll need it too, to connect with since ATT didn't include the part. FWIW, ALL SE phones use the came cables and chargers, so if you have a prior SE phone that came with cables use those. The are a ton of profiles built into the phone including the latest Stereo Bluetooth profiles, Bluetooth remote controls, etc. I bought a HBH-DS980 the Bluetooth Stereo wireless to use with this phone. You can't use it with FM radio, however. Voice command controls only for/with handsfree units, allows multiple commands per contact, multiple phone numbers per contacts, multiple addresses per contact. Just like Outlook or any other full blown contact manager. Contacts can have own ringtone and photo. Naturally if you are using your SIM card to store you can only have ONE phone number per contact. Download SE's software to get the sync software to put all your Outlook contacts into the phone. I don't like that it's hard to find appointments and you have to view each day to see a list, rather than a consolidated list of the appointments in order. Tasks as nice, multiple alarm timers. Generally its a very nice phone, battery issues aside. Better, IMHO, unbranded. (Oh, and it's SE Java8 platform, so no MS Mobile here.)Less
Mid level phone user's phone
The Sony Ericsson has all the bells and whistles that a super cell phone user may have but it may not be the most convenient for them. I for one don't use internet hardly ever. I know it has it but too be honest I would just get frustrated being on it. It's the normal flip phone and if you basically just text and use it as a phone then it's probably the perfect one for you. I do like the fm radio feature but its required you get their earphones (sold separately) to use it and its not so convenient to carry them around also. The one complaint everyone has is the battery life. Don't believe the description it gives. The main thing about battery life is the capacity measured in mAh. The more of those = the more battery life. I think it has 950 mAh so it's basically the same as any other phone. I usually charge it every night. I usually can go 2 nights without a charge but if you use the phone a lot you'd probably only get 1.5 days of life. Other than that its a decent mid-range phone. No problems and no big complaints.Less
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