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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Again, Sony Ericsson has very firmly declined to reinvent the wheel, though we do see a little more invention and social networking coming into play.

Accessing the Messaging menu from the main menu produces the typical options for Write New, Conversations, Facebook, Messages, Email and Call Voicemail.

Conversations is a threaded view for your SMS chats. It's not as polished as some – the speech bubbles back and forth are told apart only by the direction of the points and that they're slightly different shades of blue – but works well enough to be our interface of choice for SMS.

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The Facebook option simply takes you to the Messages tab in the standalone Facebook app. It's a somewhat handy shortcut, although we often struggled to get that tab to load.

There's no email notifications on the Home screen, like the ones you get on the Nokia C5, but setting up your email inbox literally couldn't be easier. Simply access the email wizard and, for many services (including Gmail), just type in your name, email address and password.

In 30 seconds, our messages were downloading and we were away. No elaborate setup screens, no online troubleshooting – just as email on a phone should be. Kudos, Sony Ericsson.

By default, there's no shortcut to your email, but pressing right from the Home screen is an unattached shortcut. Accessing it takes you to the main menu, where you can navigate and add whatever you like as the shortcut destination.

We promptly added our email inbox as the spare shortcut, bringing the phone right up to what to what we expect from an internet-connected device these days.

The email inbox isn't fancy, but it works well for the phone layout. New messages appear with a slightly bolder subject line, which isn't the easiest to pick out from the others but does the job.

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You can arrange the messages in different orders, use the email addresses in various ways – all the usual email features. The software will pick out phone numbers, email addresses and web links from emails to offer you context-options for what to do with them.

As far as writing the actual messages go, the T9 layout suffices for short messages, but you won't be a power emailer. The keys on the numberpad have a nice click giving you feedback when you hit them, but we struggled with it.

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The keys aren't very large, and we have man thumbs. Not giant, fat man thumbs, just normal-sized, but we still found ourselves mashing two buttons at once pretty often.

It's not even close to being a deal-breaker for messaging, but be warned if you're equally man-handed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
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 Address
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