First Impressions: Sony Ericsson Zylo

Zylo is budget phone from Sony Ericsson that doesn’t offer any surprises.

Zylo is a Sony Ericsson model design seen alluding part on Sony’s old cassette player. Among other things, you can let the music player provide the display with a picture of a cassette tape that scrolls when you listen to music but as a multimedia phone, the model is otherwise not particularly impressive. The headphones that come with is not of inear-type is the standard model that is usually sent with Sony Ericsson phones. Socket for 3.5 mm-headphones by better model missing in addition to the phone, which is inconceivable because even the old cassette players had such outputs.

The small screen on 2.6 inch has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 262 144 offers simultaneous colors. There is a built-in software for playback of YouTube videos but otherwise, this is not a phone that will be used for video.

An ordinary keypad hidden behind the screen of the phone and will arrive when this pops up. The buttons are quite large and easy to press. Below the screen sits a circular navigation button and buttons to access and browse through the various menus.

The camera on the back of the handset is on 3.2 megapixel and is not provided with any photo lamp. Image quality is of course there after and most appropriate camera in environments with good light.

Software wise there are widgets for Facebook, Myspace and Twitter installed on the handset and also a Guitar Hero-like game to dance are included by default.

The price tag at around 1500 kroons feels generous for a phone of this type, there are fooling with similar or better properties at lower prices from INQ, for example.

A complete test of Sony Ericsson Zylo, you will be able to read in the next issue of Cell.