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Sony Ericsson W760i
 

Sony Ericsson W760i

15 January 2008
Written by Max Bondorovsky

The highly amped annual CES (Consumer Electronic Show) did not disappoint with the release of new handsets and accessories. In usual tradition, Sony Ericsson has unveiled three new handsets, two of them belonging to the walkman family. First off the block is the Walkman W760i, packing all the latest features into a tiny 103x48x15mm frame and weighing in at 103g.

What makes this phone worth considering? Well, let’s start with a massive 2.2” TFT screen (240x320) capable of displaying 262k colours. This becomes very handy when taking photos on the built-in 3.2mpx camera with 2.5x digital zoom and video.

Now we move on to the interesting part of the phone – GPS. The W760i comes equipped with a built in GPS. Sony Ericsson will also include Google Maps and Wayfinder Navigator for its navigation maps. Integrated into the phone is a GPS-supported fitness application that will allow the user to record distance, time and speed.

When it comes to multimedia, the W760i doesn’t disappoint. Being part of the Walkman clan means that music is its forte but even though it includes some new features, nothing revolutionary should be expected. Some of the new features include:

  • SenseMe – “create playlists based on tempo and mood. Slow or fast, happy or sad - in your phone, songs show as dots on a two-axed map. SensMe™ requires that you use Media Manager PC software for transferring songs to your phone” (was previously introduced in some of the latest releases eg: W890i)
  • Shake Control – “With Shake control activated, press and hold the Walkman key and flick your wrist. A vibration lets you know that the track is changed - a new song from your current playlist is randomly selected and automatically played”
Of course the usual Walkman features are also included such as MegaBass, dedicated Walkman key, FM Radio, Disc2Phone software, ability to browse music through Album art and support for MP3, AAC and MP4.

Gaming is another strong front for this device. The 3D gaming is enhanced with motion control allowing for higher user interaction - accelerate, slow down, turn – simply by tilting your phone forwards, backwards, left or right.

What impresses me most however is that more and more devices are coming out with internet oriented applications. It started in the early days with browsers, and then moved into the realm of direct uploading from the phone and so on. The W760i keeps on the trend with the inclusion of RSS reader and Blogger. This will work hand in hand with the super fast 3G internet access and worldwide quad-band compatibility (850/900/1800/1900) allowing for anytime, anywhere blogging.

Memory is comprised of both internal and external – with internal storage being 40MB and external expandable via Memory Stick Micro (M2).

Arriving in Australia in the first half of 2008 and coming in three distinctive colours - Rocky Silver, Fancy Red and Intense Black, the Sony Ericsson W760i will become a significant player in the middle market where looks and features will be on par with the price. This handset will not be a standout nor will it be anything new – I don’t believe this handset is worth anticipating.

The W760i will be a fair competitor to the other devices that will be on sale at that time. Don’t get too excited about it but do consider it as it might be the right phone for some – not me.

FYI .:. Sony Ericsson W760i
(ETA 1st quarter of 2008)


Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (quad-band)
3G: 850/1900/2100 (UMTS/HSDPA)
Form factor Slide
Size 103 x 48 x 15mm
Weight 103 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 & 3G: Up to 240 minutes*
Standby time* 2G & 3G: Up to 350 hours*
 
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 with A2DP and USB 2.0
Camera support 3.2mpx (2048x1536), 4x digital zoom and video
Data support EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA and UMTS
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Access NetFront browser, RSS reader
Memory
  Internal -
  External -
 
Yes, 40MB Shared memory
Yes, Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, instant messaging, and e-mail (with attachments) supporting SMTP, IMAP4 and POP3
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, True Tones, and 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)
Stereo FM radio
GPS with Google maps and Wayfinder navigator
Handsfree speakerphone
Motion control gaming

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


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