Sony Ericsson W760i review: Sony Ericsson W760i

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Typical Price: $879.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 7 user reviews

The Good Great Walkman music player. HSDPA data. Foxtel Mobile TV.

The Bad Conventional-looking slider. No significant internal memory.

The Bottom Line The W760i is a solid performer, and we've found it hard to fault this handset during our tests. Yet, with strong competition hot on its heels, the W760i falls short of bowling us over.

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7.4 Overall

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 W890i, 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.

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