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Sony Ericsson Zylo

Sony Ericsson Zylo

A Walkman phone by any other name

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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.

Sony Ericsson Zylo

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.

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Sony Ericsson Zylo

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Sony Ericsson Zylo

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Sony Ericsson Zylo

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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.

Sony Ericsson Zylo

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