"Sony Ericsson W760a"
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Sony Ericsson W760a
>>It's the best Sony Ericsson Walkman phone that we've seen so far. I'm Brian Tong from CNET.com and on today's product spotlight we're showcasing AT&T's Sony Ericsson W760A -- our top choice in the cell phone category for this year's holiday gift guide.
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>>The Sony Ericsson W760A caught our attention at CES 2008 and its delivered since we first saw it. It features a slide design that's easy to use and its curved edges smooth out the corners. It also uses a textured pattern on the bottom and backside, plus you'll have this shiny yellow metal backing on the camera side, so that adds unique styling to this phone.
>>For a phone this size, I like its weight and the responsive feel of its sliders, so they did a good job there.
>>Now you'll have the face buttons here, but they're also unique because the speakers are set right behind them and the [inaudible] navigation is pretty easy to use. The Sony Ericsson line has had some problems with clunky and hard to use controls, but this phone puts those to rest.
>>Now the [inaudible] GSM phone has a 2.25 inch display that really pops with its rich and vibrant colors. Slide the phone and you'll get a full flush keypad and if you flip it you'll see a 3.2 mega pixel camera. You'll get stereo bluetooth, a memory stick microcard slot, and there's an adapter that allows you to plug in a 3.5 mm headphone jack and email support.
>>Now this is a Walkman phone, so what we should probably talk about is music playback features. You'll purchase your music on the phone through the Napster music store. Two cool features - the phone has an accelerometer that you can use when you're in the Walkman mode and it also had a unique feature where you can hold down the Walkman button on the side and shake the phone to move to the next track.
>>What are some of the things we'd like to see improved? Well, how can you make a music phone without a standard headphone jack on the phone? With the W760A, you have to connect an adaptor to get it and on top of that, the adapter has to be plugged into the phone to use the FM radio because the antenna for radio is in the cable. Not good. Now the menus can be a little sluggish and it's nothing serious, but it's something we should let you know. The cnet team also likes camera phones that have a flash, and unfortunately this one doesn't.
>>On the performance side, this is a full world for coverage both inside and outside North America and call quality was solid. 3G connectivity with this phone was sporadic and San Francisco's area is pretty heavy with 3G users, but when we connected it, it was fast. Sony Ericsson claimed a battery life of 9 hours for GSM talk time. Our lab squeezed out just over seven.
>>I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com and the Sony Ericcson W760A is not only a slick slider phone, but its features make it an easy choice as our top cell phone pick for this year's holiday gift guide.
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