In pictures: Sony Ericsson Yendo

A Walkman phone that so desperately wants to be Android

We were a little surprised to hear that Sony Ericsson was adding a new touchscreen phone to its Walkman line with the Yendo - but now we've had some hands on time, it kind of makes sense.

Essentially it's the Xperia X10 Mini with the Android bit stripped out - but the Timescape-style overlay still remains, apparently.

We say apparently as we weren't allowed to turn it on at Sony Ericsson's request, due to the software not being ready.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

But from the chassis alone, it feels like a much more premium product than expected, especially when it's likely to come in a price point fairly south of £200.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

Curved humans

Like the recent slew of Sony Ericsson handsets, the 'human curvature' feature is back, meaning it sits very nicely in the hand, although we can imagine it will be a little bit small in the hand.

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It does feel a bit more plasticky than other models, which makes sense given the price point - and the resistive touchscreen feels a bit flimsy too.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

There's no flash for the 2MP camera, highlighting the phone's primary function - the fact it's really there for music and not much else.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

It looks fairly similar compared to the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, and like for like we reckon some people would struggle to tell the difference - probably more with the Xperia X10 Mini than the keyboard version though.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

However, there's a slot for a microSD card, so memory expansion is possible - plus the headphone slot is nicely placed for the pocket.

In pictures sony ericsson yendo

It's an interesting reboot to the Walkman brand, and one that could pay dividends if the price is right.



Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.