I just came back to Cingular (left Verizon) and have been using the SE z520a for about a week. I am 50/50 if I will keep it. I wanted to get some feedback regarding what you think the best phone is out of these 3 Cingular branded phones: SE z520a, Moto Razr V3 (black), Samsung D357. I am still in my 30 days exchange window.
My phones in the past have been Nokia, SE, then Samsung. I really want a small Nokia slider but my 30 day window ends this month. I mainly am concerned with battery, reception/clarity, ease of use, durability, voice dialing (for driving), easily fits in pocket, and looking forward to trying bluetooth. Lastly, I am in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I have all three phones and to be honest if I had to pick one to keep, and price made no difference, I would keep the Z520. The reception and battery life are great, and the menu system is unparalleled. It's a steep learning curve with Sony Ericsson, but once you get the hang of it you can do any operation extremely fast.
Don't get me wrong, I love the D357 and the V3, but unless you are using PTT there really is no point in the 357, because the Z520 offers the same features and more. The V3 is awesome on reception and looks amazing, but the Z520 just has so much more.
The z520a offered through cingular has some serious problems. It's a great phone when it works, but that's the stipulation. The features are unparalelled for the form factor, all it's really missing is EDGE...and truth be told, stable software. I mentioned this on your cross-posted thread on the z520a forum, in which I stated I'm returning my z520a for another model phone. The D357 is one I'm looking at, as well as the RAZR.