Ever since the MOTOFONE
, our standards have gone up just a little bit for what we'd consider... shall we say, a minimum level of fashion sense we expect entry-level handsets to possess. Sony Ericsson's latest, the Z310, does its best to fill those shoes, sporting a trick polished, translucent exterior (in your choice of orange or pink) that cleverly lets a 96 x 64 monochrome external display peek out from underneath. The front also comes equipped with four icons, a la Motorola's W220
, that indicate the kinds of things your average cellphone owner cares about -- charge status, voicemail, and the like. Other notable features include Bluetooth, support for Sony Ericsson's PlayNow service, MP3 ringtones, EDGE data, VGA cam, and a 160 x 128 internal display. Sadly, the initial version lacks that GSM 850 us yanks love so much, but areas of the world more friendly to 900 / 1800 / 1900 handsets can look for the Z310 starting in the first quarter of next year.