With so many handsets doing the rounds at the moment Sony Ericsson has to find a differentiator for each one, and colour is not enough on its own. In this case the differentiator is all about the web and this is where I get onto the backlights.
There are four of them, to the right of the 3, 6, 9 and # keys. They are lit up when they can be used, which means you are in the web browser. Hit the relevant one and you can enter text into a Google search bar, slip quickly over to your bookmarks, go back to the 3 home page, or use the zoom and pan feature.
If you hit the zoom and pan button you can then use the navigation button to pan around a thumbnail of a web page, and zoom in by clicking the central select button.
Another web browsing plus is what Sony Ericsson calls ‘horizontal web browsing’. This doesn’t refer to browsing the Web when you are lying down, though that is absolutely doable. No, it means you can turn the screen into landscape format. Hardly a novel idea, but it does make browsing through more complex page that bit easier with a few more pixels of width to play with.
If you are really into the online stuff, you get your own Blogger site with the phone and can upload pics and vids to it direct from the handset. The upload process is available as soon as you’ve captured an image or some footage.
Now, actually, there isn’t a great deal more web stuff going on here in comparison to the W890i I reviewed recently. The shortcut buttons are a differentiator, though, and I did find them handy at times.
To make the most of all this web browsing you are going to need reasonable data speeds. And you get them. The K660i is an HSDPA handset. When you can’t get that kind of connection it’ll drop through the spectrum till you hit GSM, at which it supports quad-band access. There is a front-facing camera for two-way video calling too.
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