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Sony Ericsson Z770

Sony Ericsson Z770

11 February 2008
Written by David Hall

The Z770 is a mobile Internet-orientated device, encapsulated in a stylish clam-shell form factor that stays true to the very first generation of clam-shells. With an integrated camera, HSDPA data, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a large 262k colour display, and above average battery life, the Z770 hits all the right spots.

Optimised for web browsing, the Z770 has been given support for the latest 3G technology: HSDPA. HSDPA over the UMTS 2100MHz band, used in Australia and around the globe, provides the Z770 with download speeds faster than many wired broadband Internet connections. The handset also Access NetFront web browser, RSS feed reader, Google Maps application, and direct picture blogging support embedded in the UI.

The Z770 has an intuitive Magnetic Mouse Pointer feature that detects the type of content displayed in the web browser, and changes the pointer icon based on its position on the web page. For example, when hovering over a text-box, the icon will change to text-input; and when hovering a link, the pointer changes again. Pan and zoom functions make small-font pages easy to read without squinting.

On the subject of pictures, the Z770 has a 2mpx digital camera with 2.5x digital zoom, perfect for snapping a quick picture to resize and share with friends via MMS or e-mail. The PhotoFix application can make minor adjustments to images and move unsightly things such as red-eye, and crop for an overall better looking shot. X-Pict Story is a nifty application by Sony Ericsson which creates a slide show to share.

Microsoft’s ActiveSync platform is supported by the Z770, allowing users to have e-mails pushed directly to the handset (where supported by the mail server). Sony Ericsson have made things that little bit easier by including a set-up wizard which can configure web-based e-mail accounts like Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, or walk you through setting up other e-mail accounts. Regular IMAP4, POP3, and SMTP e-mail servers are also supported, and not forgetting regular SMS/EMS messaging.

Only 32MB of memory is embedded on the handset, but the good news is expansion via Sony Ericsson’s proprietary Memory Stick Micro format is supported. With 3D Java games supported, and a pre-installed video & media player, most users will find themselves using up the internal memory fairly quickly.

Bluetooth 2.0 and USB can be used to synchronize and transfer files between the Z770 and a PC/other device. The stereo Bluetooth profile A2DP can be used to stream high quality audio wirelessly to compatible devices.

A single charge of the Z770’s lithium-ion battery (capacity TBC), will last the handset an impressive ~8.5 /~4.5 hours of talk time (2G/3G), or ~340/~350 hours of standby time (2G/3G).

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson Z770
(ETA 2nd quarter of 2008)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (tri-band)
Form factor Clam-shell
Size 93 x 48 x 15.5mm
Weight 91 grams
Display 2.2", 262,144 colour TFT LCD display @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ ???mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 510 minutes*
3G: Up to 270 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 340 hours*
3G: Up to 350 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with 2.5x digital zoom and video recording
Data support EDGE, GPRS, and HSDPA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront browser, RSS reader
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 32MB
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail messaging (including Exchange support)
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3/AAC ringing tones
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Sony Ericsson proprietary
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Google Maps pre-installed
x-Pict Story slideshows
Direct photo blogging
PlayNow and TrackID applications
FM stereo radio
PictBridge support (USB)

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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