Sony Ericsson Zylo review

The Sony Ericsson Zylo is the first phone with FLAC support, but does it hit the right note?

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Sony Ericsson veterans will find the Zylo reassuringly familiar when it come to the contacts list.

You can access the contacts from either the main menu or by pressing down on the circular D-pad from the Home screen.

Despite the social networking widgets, there's no Facebook or Twitter (or anything else) integration in your actual contacts. When you add or edit a contact, the different information fields are presented in a handy tabbed format.

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The first tab is phone numbers, with internet presence (email, website), address, settings (such as ringtone and picture) and a tab where you can add information like birthdays.

When viewing your contacts, you see the phone number of each person as you scroll to them, and you can then press left or right on the D-pad to access different contact information.

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Hit the central select button to see all of their information, with the select button then becoming context sensitive for whichever contact method you've scrolled to – so when on a phone number it becomes 'Send Message'; when on an email address is becomes 'Send To'.

At no point does the central button feature the option to 'Call' – you can't just click through using the middle button to ring someone. You have to get to the number and then hit the Call button on the left of the fascia. It's not a problem, but it can be a bit counter-intuitive if you're new to Sony Ericsson's layout.

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Call quality was disappointingly average. We weren't struggling to understand people or anything, but it didn't take much to drown people out. Voices weren't too distorted, but they simply lacked the high level of clarity we've come to expect from this type of phone.

We'd put the call quality about on par with the iPhone 3GS – an adequate communicator, but nothing impressive.

There is one silly little niggle: sliding the phone closed doesn't end your call. Come on, surely this is half the reason to own a slider – the satisfaction of shutting it it forcefully while slipping it back in your pocket.

As it is, you have to press the Terminate button. Don't forget that, in case you end up accidentally talking to someone's answer machine…

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory260 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSUPA, HSDPA
SAR Value0.88 W/kg
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourChacha Silver
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Product ModelW20i Zylo
Screen Size6.6 cm (2.6")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)115 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height103 mm
Width52 mm
Depth16 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time339 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameW20i Zylo Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number1240-2744
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Hip hop heroes. Indie icons. Rock legends. Stuff your fave artists into the Sony Ericsson Zylo music phone, style the Walkman player, pop in the earbuds and lose yourself in superb sound.

Music intelligence with TrackID

You hear a great song on the radio. Then another from the speakers in the coffee house. But who's playing? Find out with TrackID.

Your social scene - Facebook and more

Share the fun. Or the utterly boring. On Facebook or Twitter. Snap pics and post on Picasa and Flickr, and let the world see what you see.

Clips on YouTube

What makes you laugh? Regardless, it's probably on YouTube. On the Zylo 2.6" screen, you view videos whenever's good for you. Or upload your own in just two clicks.

Limited Warranty2 Year