Sony Ericsson shows shake-to-shuffle Walkman phone
Symbian smart model too
Sony Ericsson's been busy, busy, busy this week: in addition to announcing an upgraded Cyber-shot camera phone, it debuted a pair of new Walkman music phones - once controlled simply by shaking, rattling or rolling it.
Sony Ericsson's W910: shake it up
The W910 has the flick-of-the-wrist control. Select its Shake option, and you can skip and shuffle around your music collection by doing just that: giving it a shake. The novel mechanism also works with games.
A slider phone kitted out in fiery "hearty red" hues, the W910 has a two-megapixel camera on the back, a 240 x 320, 262,144-colour screen on the front and a 1GB Memory Stick Micro for song storage - in addition to the 40MB of built-in memory. It has quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge and 3G HSPDA connectivity, along with Bluetooth to link it to headsets and stereo headphones.
Sony Ericsson said it would also offer a 2.5G-only variant, the W908.
The W960 has Bluetooth stereo - aka A2DP - too, and like the W910 features TrackID which Sony Ericsson claimed can identify a song that's playing around you - on the radio, on the pub jukebox - and text back the title.
Sony Ericsson's W960: Symbian runner
What really makes the W960 stand out is its foundation on the Symbian operating system - it's smart phone as music phone - complete with 240 x 320, 262,144-colour touch screen, stylus and jog dial as per Sony Ericsson's P-series smart phones.
Likewise, it has Wi-Fi on board and the Opera web browser pre-loaded. For cellular connectivity, it has tri-band GSM/GPRS and 3G radios.
It's a more traditionally styled, black model, and comes bundled with a Bluetooth stereo headset. There's a 3.2-megapixel camera on board and 8GB of memory. Like the W910 it has an RDS-capable FM radio.
All three handsets are due to arrive in the shops in Q4.
More W910 and W960 pics on the next page
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The shake to control seems like a solution in search of a problem to me. Whilst I applaud the engineering design that went in to it I suspect that it is a 'cool' feature that wont be seen elsewhere
Jeremiah, I think you missed the text "Select its Shake option...".
It obviously optional functionality that you can turn on/off depending on when you are running or not. Besides, I would imagine they had thought of that too so it probably takes a more vigorous shake to shuffle than a little trip.
Go for a jog, it changes tracks with each step.
Trip while walking around the office, shuffle your carefully crafted playlist.
Thank you, but I already have enough trouble with my laptop (you know, the kind you turn upside down and shake to reboot).
Worthy successors, until...
The 960 looks like a worthy successor to my 950 - a great phone, and introducing WLAN, camera and upgraded memory is great. Then they'll give to Orange who'll slap their own software on it and ruin the damn thing...