mobiles released before the CMD-Z1
were manufactured by Siemens
. Hence the closest competition for the CMD-Z5 is the Siemens S35i
(released in April 2000, unlike the CMD-Z5 that came out in Singapore
in June 2000). The Z5 looks smaller, but unlike the S35i has an aerial and a flip.
I had to do a lot of research before settling on one of these two phones, and in the end the Siemens
had most the features of the Sony
at less than half-price (The price for the Z5 in Singapore in June 2000 was $SG 1100, and the Siemens S35i
was around $SG 450. Prices do not include the $SG 100 SingTel NSCK disconnection fee and apply to non-contract binding phones).
Nevertheless, Sony CMD-Z5 offers spectacular features
, and is definitely the
phone to get for those who can afford it. For the rest of us, I would recommend the Siemens S35i