Sony Ericsson W960i Review: Music Phone with Office Feature

Sony Ericsson W960i
Even is noted non the first phone which combine the feature of music and business, but W960i or W960 can present the new nuance passed ‘Walkman’ brand plus the support of 8 GB internal memory.

This innovation is the correct direction. We are not only gets compete multimedia feature, but also the office ability plus superior data storage.

Sony Ericsson makes W960i with candybar model, typical of office phone. Quite big, with larger screen portion compared to keypad area. W960i physical can be said is alike with W950i and P1. It’s because W960i is the transformation of both phone. But, its screen surface now is covered with flat glass which flat also with the keypad; do not like W950i which is rather embedded.

‘Walkman’ shortcut button placing it’s also in one package with alphanumeric button formation. This position is facilitate enough the access to music player, compares to with W910i which misplaced in upper side of body. Very disturbs. Still in the line of keypad, W960i returns to presents 'back' button as original identity of Sony Ericsson phone, which disappeared in W910i and W950i.

To add enjoyment when listens the music, W960i planted music player button with touch sensor. Similar with 'touch sensitive key' technology, belongings of LG phone music and Samsung. Color and designs of its button is more conservatively compared to mostly Walkman series. Even when Walkman feature is activated and applied to play music, the sensor is responsive enough and its color brightness is also brilliance.

As High-End phone, it’s appropriate if Sony Ericsson W960i offers third generation network (3G/HSDPA) with fluent besides triband GSM standard line. The result, its data download ability can be reach speed of 3,6 Mbps.

To implement all applications on it, Sony Ericsson W960i entrusts Symbian v91, UIQ 3.0 operation system, similar with W950i. With this OS, you can input various third party applications to maximize the performance. Unhappily, the availability of UIQ 3.0 application is still a few.

Another weakness of W960i is the processor which still adopting W950i technology, namely ARM9 with speed 208 MHz. The result, the response when opening menu is counted lag. Especially is when the multitasking activity activated. Left behind if compared to Nokia N95 which the speed is 330MHz.

Sony Ericsson has 2,6 inch screen size. It’s equivalent with M600 and P1. Color durability and layer type which applied is also one level. That is TFT Touch screen 262.000 colors, at 240x320 pixels resolution (QVGA). But, still failing compared to Nokia N81 screen which is have 16 million colors,

Presents of e-mail as one of business complement, I think is representing enough besides SMS and MMS for sends message. Its protocol can pass POP3 or IMAP. While for Instant Messaging (IM), it’s not default provided. Not like other Sony Ericsson phones, there is ‘Friend’ as standard IM feature. But, with UIQ operating system inside, this chat application can be added.

W960i has 3,2 megapixel camera. Complete with autofocus feature, two flash lamps and video record ability with speed of 15 fps. Secondary camera at front side is also presented, to accommodate video call service in 3G/HSDPA line.

Autofocus feature and macro mode at W960i camera is still less responsive. The photo result will not focus or shaky if shoot position unstable. Even has same 3,2 megapixel camera, but the W960i outdoor and indoor photo still failing compared to K800i and also K810i.

While to record video, its only provide 3gp format. Its maximum resolution is 320x240 pixels (QVGA), with other economical resolution choice. Because its standard speed, hence the quality is also patch up.

For office activity, W960i is better compared to W950i. It’s because this phone in advance is planted with office file viewer application (QuickOffice), whereas at W950i I must install it first from the available software CD. Besides its ability to view file, ‘QuickOffice’ application at W960i also can be applied to edit file documents which saves in phone memory. This phone also has Pdf+ viewer, Business Card Scanner and Exchange ActiveSync which can be used to maximize work activity.

One plus points of W960i compared to several seniors, it’s the Wi-Fi 802.11b, besides Bluetooth v2.0 (A2DO) and port cable.

Because WAP 2.0 and Opera 8.65 browser and support of 3G/ HSDPA network, W960i can open wap/web sites with ease and perfect. Smart fit format and landscape mode it’s also can be used.

Sony Ericsson W960i Review

• UMTS / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
• 2.6 Inch TFT Touch Screen - 256K colors - 240 x 320 pixels
• Handwriting recognition
• MP3, AAC & Polyphonic (40 channels) Ringtones
• Composer & Download (Ringtones)
• Vibration
• GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
• WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b
• 3G 384 kbps
• Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
• USB v2.0
• 30 received, 30 missed calls & 30 dialed (Call Records)
• Photocall & 2000 entry phonebook
• 8 GB internal memory
• WAP 2.0/xHTML & HTML(Opera 8.0)
• RSS reader
• Symbian OS v9.1, UIQ 3.0
• MMS, Email, SMS & Instant Messaging
• Games
• 3 MP - 2048×1536 pixels with auto focus and flash video(VGA)
• secondary VGA video call camera
• FM radio with RDS
• Java MIDP 2.0
• Walkman Touch player
• TrackID music recognition
• Built-in hands free, Image viewer, Organiser, Voice memo, Picture/document editor & T9
• Up to 370 hours standby
• Up to 9 hours talk time
• 109 x 55 x 16 mm
• 119 grams

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