Loading music on the phone is relatively easy. The needed USB cable and the Disc2Phone software are included, which means you're saved the pain of shelling out more money for a music kit. The Sony Ericsson software can be a bit clunky, so we're glad that you can also drag and drop music from your PC to the W760i. Internal memory is capped at a relatively low 40MB, so it's advisable to use a Memory Stick Micro card. You also get the standard FM radio, as well as a Music ID application for identifying likable tunes you can't name.
The W760i's 3.2-megapixel camera shoots photos in four sizes and two quality settings. Other options include three color effects, a night mode, white balance and brightness adjustments, a digital zoom (usable only at the VGA resolution), 16 frames, and four shutter sounds, plus a silent option. There's also a self-timer, a multishot mode, and an option for taking panoramic shots. The camcorder takes clips with sound and offers a set of editing options similar to the still camera. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at 20 seconds; otherwise you can shoot for as long as the memory permits. Photo quality was quite good. Colors were bright and objects had definition. Our only gripe is that smaller objects were a tad burry and oranges and reds had a lot of noise. And, as previously mentioned, we'd prefer to have a flash. The W760i comes with PhotoDJ and VideoDJ applications, and you can connect the phone directly to a photo printer and upload photos to a blog.
The W760i also comes with a fair set of GPS applications, including Google Maps, a navigation service, a tracking application, and geotagging for photos. We weren't able to test them on our review phone, but they're at your disposal.
You can personalize the W760i with a variety of themes, wallpaper, screensavers, and clock styles. As always, you can purchase more options and ringtones from Sony Ericsson via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Alternatively, the phone comes with a Music DJ application for composing your own ringtones. Gamers can enjoy seven Java (J2ME) titles, Asteroids, Extreme Air Snowboarding, Guitar Rock Tour, Need for Speed, Roller Coaster, Super Breakout and Rollercoaster Rush, with additional titles available for purchase.
We tested the quadband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) Sony Ericsson W760i in San Francisco using AT&T service. We were very glad to see that the W760i is a full world phone, for maximum coverage both inside and outside North America. Call quality was quite good: voices were clear and the volume level was loud. There was a slight background hum during some calls but it sounded more like the GSM "buzz" that plagues so many phones using this technology. The only other issue was that we noticed some voices sounded slightly mechanical. It wasn't a huge deal though, so it didn't detract from our experience.
On their end, callers said we sounded fine. Most could tell we were using a cell phone, but that's hardly unusual. A few people reported that the W760i picked up a fair amount of background noise. When were speaking in loud places, those callers said they had some trouble hearing us, but it was not a universal assessment.
Speakerphone calls were decent on the whole. We had plenty of volume, though the clarity was diminished on our end. Callers reported varying clarity as well, but most could hear us even we were speaking a few feet from the phone. Bluetooth headset calls were satisfactory, though it will vary from headset to headset.
Reception for voice calls remained strong throughout our testing period and we encountered no static or interference. On the other hand, the 3G connection was sporadic. We would have it for a few minutes and then we would lose it momentarily. When we had the connection, however, the 3G experience was fast. The broad support for three UMTS bands (850/900/2100), plus HSDPA, is one of the W760i's better features. We love that we could access 3G networks around the world.
While cruising through the W760i's menus, we noticed that the software was rather pokey at times. The phone tended to take a few seconds to respond when we pressed a button, usually when we were using the navigation toggle. It should be noted that our review model was not the final version, so it's likely that Sony Ericsson will correct this problem before the final version is released.
Music quality was up to the usual Walkman phones' standards. The aforementioned speakers are well positioned to deliver a satisfying audio experience. The clarity was. Also, we liked how you can tweak the audio using the editing controls. Of course, the phone will lack the range of a standalone MP3 player, but for most occasions it's perfectly fine. And, as always, the best experience will be through headphones. You can minimize the player while using other phone functions, and the accelerometer will rotate the display's orientation automatically when you turn the handset to a horizontal position.
The W760i has a promised battery life of nine hours for GSM talk time and four hours for 3G talk time. It has a tested talk time of 7 hours and 5 minutes. The promised standby times are 16.6 days for GSM and 14.6 days for 3G. The W760i has a digital SAR rating of 0.81 watt per kilogram.