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Sony Ericsson W960i Review

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Sony Ericsson W960i Specifications:-

  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, June
    Status:-Coming Soon.
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-109 x 55 x 16 mm
    Weight:-119 g.
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT touchscreen, 256K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches
    – Handwriting recognition- Wallpapers, screensavers.
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (40 channels), MP3, AAC
    Customization:-Composer, download
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
    Call records:-Practically unlimited
    Card slot:-No
    – 8 GB shared memory for storage,- 128 MB RAM,- 256 MB flash memory (96 MB reserved for OS + 160 MB user memory).
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    3G:-Yes, 384 kbps
    WLAN:-Wi-Fi 802.11b
    Bluetooth:-Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, v2.0.
  • Features:-
    OS:-Symbian OS v9.1, UIQ 3.0
    Messaging:-SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML(Opera 8.0), RSS reader
    Games:-Yes + downloadable
    Colors:-Vinyl Black
    Camera:-3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, video(QVGA 15fps), flash; secondary VGA videocall camera
    – Java MIDP 2.0,- FM radio with RDS, – Walkman Touch player,- TrackID music recognition,- T9,- Image viewer,- Picture/document editor,- Organiser,- Voice memo,- Built-in handsfree.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Po 900 mAh (BST-33)
    Stand-by:-Up to 370 h
    Talk time:-Up to 9 h
  • Sony Ericsson W960 is aptly the big gun in the Sony Ericsson portfolio of music-centered handsets. Gifted with the scorching 8GB of storage space and a large touchscreen TFT display, a 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and 3G capabilities, the W960 easily stands out in the Walkman crowd. Powered by the Symbian OS and UIQ user interface, it delivers one-of-a-kind Walkman experience with rich fullscreen visualizations and advanced track filtering.
  • Key features:
    Walkman Touch music player
    Symbian OS 9.1 with UIQ 3.0
    3G support with video calls
    Wi-Fi support
    3 megapixel camera with autofocus
    8GB of storage space
    Dedicated touch-sensitive player keys
    262K color TFT touchscreen display
    FM radio
    Stereo Bluetooth (with 3.5 mm adapter included)
  • Main disadvantages:
    Not as impressive in life as in the promotional photos
    Slow interface response as storage gets nearly used up
    Back key location changed
    No memory card slot (yeah, we know it has 8GB of internal memory)
    Music player cannot sort tracks by filename
    No EDGE support
  • The Sony Ericsson W960 is the successor of Sony Ericsson W950, which came with 4GB of integrated memory, but failed to gain popularity for the lack of camera and Wi-Fi capabilities. In fact, featurewise the W960 resembles more the Sony Ericsson P1 – they are almost identical in terms of hardware (although the P1 has an Infrared port, which lacks in W960). The W960 features the same 208MHz processor and the same amount of RAM – 128MB. However, the W960 boasts a dedicated Walkman key, three touch-sensitive keys for controlling the music player and, finally, that all-important Walkman home screen application with fullscreen visualizations.
  • Call management
    The Call log lists store all the information about the calls received or made. Now, when it comes to call management, besides call filtering there are two other nice things that the W960 can do for you. The first one is sending an SMS with a predefined text to the person whose call you are reject

    ing. The second one is automatically storing a callback event in the calendar every time you reject a call.

  • Walkman inspired
    Sony Ericsson W960 boasts one of the most elaborate music players we have seen in a mobile phone. Of course, it supports playlists with shuffle and loop options, while offering the usual equalizer presets including the Walkman MegaBass.
  • We finally got a camera
    The Sony Ericsson W960 is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and a dual-LED flash – again, much like the P1 and unlike the previous Walkman-enabled smartphone W950. The maximum resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels. Pictures are taken by holding the handset in landscape mode. The camera interface is intuitive – all settings are arranged in a toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Final words:- Sony Ericsson W960 easily offers more than any other Sony Ericsson Walkman before. Positive changes compared to the W950 are noticeable both in system performance and in the hardware equipment. In terms of software, the handset is identical to the previous UIQ 3 mobiles and, when compared to Nokia S60 smartphones, loses only on VoIP capabilities, which are much more elaborate in the latest S60 mobiles.
    The biggest controversy as we see it, when making the purchase decision for W960, lies in the use of a touchscreen interface for a regular smartphone. Our opinion is that a smartphone interface should be either optimized for finger touching or the screen should not be touch sensitive at all. Pulling the stylus out for anything except handwriting on the screen is not justifiable. So, just to put it shortly, the W960 would have been a great choice if it had some sort of a D-pad to allow easy single-handed navigation through the menu options without the need for stylus all the time.
    However, we find the Sony Ericsson W960 a great choice for all you music fans that don’t mind using both hands for operating their handset.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently working as a Java Front End developer and he loves writing about tutorials, technology, algorithm, etc. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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