Sony Ericsson Walkman W960i music phone

It's a phone. It's Walkman. It's a robot. Well, maybe not a robot...

On the plus side what you do get is 802.11b wi-fi; the latest in Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera with twin-LED flash; the Symbian 9 OS with UIQ 3.0 user interface; an RDS FM radio with 20 station pre-sets; a voice recorder; the PDF+ reader; Quickoffice for all your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents; and the usual peripheral do-dads such as a unit converter and stopwatch, plus a couple of games: QuadraPop and Vijay Singh Pro Gold 3D.

Something we haven't come across before was the Business Card Scanner. Fire up the application, take a picture of a business card and in theory it extracts all the relevant info and stores it to your contacts. Most of the time it got the name, phone number(s) and email address correct. It also stores the jpeg of the card with the contact so you can manually check the information.

Sony Ericsson W960i Walkman phone

The 3.2 megapixel camera does a fair job

The email part of the messaging application is comprehensive enough and will handle IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP protocols as well as SSL and TLS encryption. The handset also supports most push email providers while Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync comes pre-installed. Web surfing is competently handled by the Opera browser, version 8.65.

Being a Symbian handset you can of course knock yourself out downloading other applications and utilities.

Actually doing stuff with the W960i requires you to get jiggy with both the stylus and your thumb, and occasionally forces you to use both hands. The majority of day-to-day operations can be managed using the good old Mk 1 thumb, the screen proving to be just about large enough to house the 15 programmable shortcut icons and the Main Menu, Hide Shortcuts and Back buttons in such a fashion that unless you have the hands of a navvy you will hit what you are aiming at nine times out of ten.

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