From a distance Sony Ericsson's latest Walkman phone may fail to stop traffic. In truth, this silver slider is quite conventional looking until you get up close and personal. On closer inspection, the W760i's design highlights bring the phone to life. From the dimpled texturing on the front and back, to its "more glam than rock" disco ball-style menu selection key. Under the start and end call keys you find speaker grills which are illuminated when the screen lights up.
Above the menu selection's soft keys, the W760i sports a 2.2-inch TFT colour display which seems larger and brighter than most mobile displays, though the specs don't support this assessment. The slider mechanism is slick and has a satisfying click when opened or closed. Under the slide is a mostly flat numeric keypad. Though these keys lack significant definition, they are large enough to be used easily.
Firstly, let's skip the bleeding obvious: the W760i features the Sony Ericsson Walkman hardware and software. There seems to be no discernible difference between the quality of playback from the W760i and from that which we saw in the , which was outstanding. On top of this, the W760i features the "shake controls" we discovered on the W910i. These are fun to play with, but are ultimately a gimmick you probably won't use too often.
The big difference between the W760i and previous Walkman's is that it's the first to be available on Telstra's Next G network. The handset features HSDPA data, and links to the full range of Bigpond's service, including Foxtel TV and Bigpond music for downloads. The W760i is also one of the first Next G phones to have Telstra's QR mobile code reader software pre-installed.
When the W760i was first announced at the start of the year it was touted as the "world roaming" mobile phone. This referred to the great number of mobile network frequencies compatible with the W760i. But it's also fitting considering the built-in GPS receiver. Coupled with Telstra's Whereis mapping software you have quite a capable navigation solution.
Most phones, particularly Sony Ericsson phones, come with a selection of quirky software nick-nacks that often doesn't rate a mention in our reviews. The W760i is no exception, however, these funky apps are so cool we feel compelled to talk about them. The W760i features an orientation sensor and a bunch of games/toys which make use of it. There's a "bobble-head Elvis" who, like the bobble-head dogs you have in your car, rocks and swings when you move the phone. There's also a music app called "Music Mate" which features a drum kit you play by tilting the phone in one of four directions.