Playing it straight
According to Sony Ericsson, the 920mAh battery is good for 4 hours of chat or 400 on standby. During my test I had to charge the handset on average every two and a half days. Call quality and signal reception were both of a uniformly high standard throughout the test.
Given it needs an adapter for a choice of headphones, the Zylo is left wanting as a music phone
My review handset came from 3 and the cellco will chuck the Zylo into a £13 a month airtime deal for no extra cost or sell you one on PAYG for £90. Those are both pretty good offers and if the thing had a 3.5mm jack I'd suggest buying one over an MP3 player. My advice would be to march into a shop and demand a FastPort adapter as a condition of sale and see what happens.
Support for Flac will have people dancing in the aisles, the absence of a 3.5mm audio jack will have them running for the fire exit. It's a horrible contradiction that cannot be forgiven and until it's rectified, it's hard to recommend the Zylo to the very people it's aimed at: those who take their music seriously, and kids who will probably lose the bundled earphones within a week. ®
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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