The W710i has a lot of other software of note. A calendar and contact manager can exchange data with a PC – you get the software and a cable for this job. There is an RSS reader as well as a web browser, thought the low resolution screen lets browsing down somewhat. There is an email client and sound recorder, calculator, stopwatch and separate timer useful for standard, non fitness related tasks such as boiling an egg.
An FM radio is included and the headset is in two parts so that you can use the handset connecting section as the antenna and plug your own 3.5mm headphones into this if you prefer them to Sony Ericsson’s in-ear buds with their over-ear fittings.
There are lots of other software extras I don’t have room to cover. Instead I’ll close with a look at the camera and battery life.
The camera’s performance is variable. As always, I left it to automatically work out how to cope with the lighting conditions for every shot. My standard reference shot, taken indoors under ordinary home lighting is somewhat grainy and rather disappointing, as are the two outdoor shots. The outdoor shots were taken on an overcast winter day with low light levels. In one, you can see that some of the catkins are out of focus – it was a little breezy and the camera did not cope well with the movement this created. On the other hand, the cheeses were shot in a well lit shop and are well reproduced. You can blog photos direct from the handset.
Battery life is a bit of a let down. I got continuous music for just under five hours from a full battery charge, and this was with the screen going off after just a few seconds. I was disappointed with this result, and rate the W750i average to poor on battery life.
If I had to choose between this and the Nokia 5500 Sport for fitness use I would choose this handset because it lets you calibrate the pedometer.
In actuality, I would rather choose neither. The camera is a little wobbly, as is battery life. On the upside, Sony Ericsson provides PC Connectivity, plus there is an FM radio and a good music player. Additionally, the front screen is large enough to be useful, the side buttons for music control work very well and I even rather like the clamshell design.
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