I’m afraid I am going to rant about Sony Ericsson’s appalling proprietary headset connector again; it protrudes from the left side of the phone and is horridly ugly. You can use a 3.5mm headset thanks to a jack just past the microphone, but really, Sony Ericsson needs to put a 3.5mm connector directly into this and other similar handsets.
Battery life is crucial for a phone with GPS and music playback pretensions. My music playback test got just five and a half hours of continuous playback from a full battery charge, and for a music player that is pretty poor, though Sony Ericsson reckons the phone is up for 9 hours of GSM talk, 4 hours on HSDPA. There is no front-facing camera for video-calling.
The camera lets you geotag pictures and there is a panorama mode that helps you stitch more than one shot together. But the 3-megapixel camera and absence of self-portrait mirror and flash make the camera feel underpowered given the rest of what is on offer.
However, the camera proved quite capable, with the coloured dish photographed indoors under household lights showing quite vibrant colours, while outdoors the white chair is acceptably sharp. The hanging basket was photographed quite close up and colour reproduction is good, although a degree of edge detail is lost.
Other features not mentioned include a Web browser, RSS feed reader, FM radio, TrackID, VideoDJ, PhotoDJ, MusicDJ, Bluetooth remote control, sound recorder, mobile email, five alarms, calendar, task manger, notes taker, timer, stopwatch and calculator.
There is a lot going on with Sony Ericsson’s W760, but its average battery life and lack of Wi-Fi hold it back.
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