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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The Sony Ericsson Zylo's camera appears modest right from the outset. The 3.2-megapixel sensor is a big step back in terms of pixel count from the likes of Satio, or even the Aino.

However, the iPhone 4 has reminded everyone that it's more than just number of dots that makes a good phone camera, so we were still hopeful of some fine images from the Zylo.

There are a few options when taking pictures, like Panorama and Burst modes, not scene modes (like portrait, landscape, sports and so on), save for the solitary Night mode.

The white balance and metering can be adjusted, though we doubt you'll ever touch them, really. You can also add a few effects (Black & White, Negative and Sepia).

Video recording is available, along with the ability to upload to YouTube easily from the phone.

Video is output at 640 x 480 and 30 frames per second, and you have the option of recording in MPEG4 for PC playback, or lower quality for sending over MMS.

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LANDSCAPE: There's no detail in the trees, no detail in the grass and the greens are all washed out. Not an auspicious start

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NO DETAIL: This young bird was fluffy. Its wings had lots of texture. That's all gone

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CLOSE-UP: When it comes to the flower in the mid-ground, they're actually fairly sharp and colourful. Sadly, we were trying to take a picture of the big blurry one at the front

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COLOUR: You can barely see where one flower ends an another begins. In any case, even these colours are a bit flat – none of the vibrancy the real display had

Ultimately, we were very unimpressed with the camera's output. The video quality doesn't really acquit itself any better.

Very little in this scene has any definition, including the grass and trees. The 30fps recording gets the cyclists' motion fairly smoothly, but they all have a fuzzy trail of artefacts just behind them, which is a sign of the compression in the codec just not being able to keep with the movement.

It also seems to struggle to pick up much light. Any significant amount of shade causes all information to disappear, leaving just a murky blackness where there really should be some sort of detail.

Similarly, though it was overcast when we took the video, it wasn't as grey as the washed-out colours in the video might lead you to believe.

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