The Zylo comes with built-in applications to let you access and manage your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter accounts and each app has an associated live widget that you can set to appear on the standby screen.
Shake to shift to the next track
You also get a host of games and apps including Sony Ericsson's SenseMe mood playlist analyzer, Photo fix, a POP3/IMAP4 e-mail client, Skype, a YouTube client and NetFront web browser, RDS FM Radio and TrackID – though in the post-Shazam world, the last is less of a distinguishing feature than it once was.
Shake the Zylo with the Walkman button held down and the player will skip to the next track – not a new feature but still one I rather like. Flip the handset on its side and most, but not all screens swap from portrait to landscape.
In the absence of Wi-Fi shunting data about is down to the HSPA cellular radio, but since it supports 7.2Mbps downstream and 2Mbps up, there are no real worries on that score. There's no GPS either but you do get Google Maps preloaded and A2DP Bluetooth.
The camera is a flashless 3.2Mp fixed focus affair, which will suffice for quick uploads to Facebook but little else. Video footage can be shot at 640 x 480 and 24fps. On-board storage is a meagre 260MB but you get a MicroSD slot good for cards up to 16GB.
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I'd pay 90 quid just to have a phone with that cassette skin!
Sony's music collection
"Choose the cassette theme and the spools turn and the track information appears hand written on the content strip."
Handwritten? OMFG! Sony are encouraging consumers to become "teh piratz"!
I love that skin
That media player skin is awesome! I'd love to have a phone with it on.
Also, cute guinea pig!
Given that 4 of the last 5 Sony Ericsson handsets my family members have had have failed in less than a year, I think I'll give it a miss.
Formerly good quality. Now down the toilet, as far as I'm concerned.
I thought Sony had gone and bundled a cassette Walkman into a mobile phone. I really miss the tape getting snagged, that hiss, the wow and flutter as the tape stretched/tape transport wobbled and the need to click open a cover to change tapes....oh, wait, at least I did not have to dismantle my Walkmen to change tapes.....maybe mobile phone co.s COULD learn from the past.
Mines the one with the lopsided pocket cos it's full of tapes