Sony Ericsson may be feeling the pinch, but the company continues to announce handsets with vigour. The latest one to hit my desk is the W760.
The W in the name indicates that this is a Walkman handset, so its star feature should be its music playing. But there are some canny extras on board which give it a little something more.
A penchant for gaming means there are two dedicated gaming keys sitting above the screen. There is an accelerometer built in so that the screen can flip into wide format at various times when you turn the phone sideways on. This has a use in some of the games. EA’s Need for Speed sees you tilting the phone to control your car for example.
And there is built in GPS. Along with quad-band GSM, EDGE and 3G with HSDPA, the range of features seem to nudge the W760 towards the all-singing, all-dancing handsets at the top end of Nokia’s ranges.
But hold on just a moment. There is no Wi-Fi here. Without that, however good it is at its individual tasks, the W760 can’t touch top end Nokia handsets on the specs front. One more step, Sony Ericsson, and you may be in Nokia N series territory.
Still, what we have here is a solid and serviceable mobile phone. Let’s just digress for a moment and deal with look and feel before plunging back into features.
The W760 is a little on the large side to carry around. It measures 15mm thick, 48mm wide and 103mm tall, and is a slider. When opened up, so you can get at the number pad, it is about 135mm tall. It weighs in at 103g, which frankly is surprisingly light for such a chunky phone.
The size means it feels quite solid in the hand, and Sony Ericsson has managed to put a raised horizontal bar beneath the screen to give some purchase when opening and closing the slide.