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Sony Ericsson and Nokia have released new Turbo-3 g mobile phones with a music focus. Full memory and flashing light effects at low price and smartphone system in this month’s duel.

The form and buttons

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music

The shape and format is not something that makes the Nokia 5320 stand out. Neither the choice of materials. However, the bright red details to your phone look a little more fun than for example 6120 Classic. The numeric keypad works really well, but the four-way controller is not as accurate as in other Nokia mobiles. Plastic hatches that hides the usb connector and the memory card slot is surprisingly tricky to open.

Sony Ericsson W980

W980 will hardly be any design classics such as the Motorola Razr, but that does not mean that it is a boring mobile. The outer screen blends in nicely in the shell and surrounded by light effects in Walkman-colors of white and orange. The touch buttons are recessed in a small pit that makes it easier to press right. The inside is well proportioned keys and a good four-way button. The front end is fully in shiny plastic-neat, but sensitive to scratches as well as fingerprints. The back has a matte rubber coating.

Systems and software

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music

5320 is a bit “smarter” than its predecessor, 5310 XpressMusic and S60 comes loaded with smartphone system. It means good java performance, support for Symbianprogram and a proven, if somewhat difficult to have surveyed, interface. The browser is great, but the email application and rss reader does not match the sharpest competitors. 5320 has the latest edition of S60 with more customizable home screen and a new menu item for easy switching between programs.

Sony Ericsson W980

A polished interface with lots of animations and effects with transparent elements and 3d feeling. The arrangement is recognized from the recent Sony Ericsson phones, but the media menu is a fresh and well-designed finesse. Here we find Besides music and video player, even the rss reader. W980 running java programs, but the performance does not come up in the same level as significantly cheaper S60 mobiles. The interface is really quite quickly, but the amount of animations sometimes give a sluggish feeling.

Music player and radio

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music

The music player is the same as in all other S60-mobiles-you get in other words equivalent music features in both the N-series, E-series and other mobile phones but specially music focus. What makes 5320 to a music phone is music buttons on the side of the phone and the ability to link lurk and speakers with standard plug directly to your mobile phone. We also note with satisfaction that Nokia no longer dare refuse RDS without added feature to their own Visual Radio technology in FM radio. There is also a great podcasting software, but it is sad that the cell phone is missing the excellent Web radio show from the N series.

Sony Ericsson W980

Walkmanspelaren has everything you could wish for in terms of features and it is both stylish and easy to use. If the music carried over to your phone via Sony Ericsson’s music Manager music becomes searchable even after tempo and mood. It’s quick to access the music player-either via Walkmanknappen or via the external touch buttons. The cell phone has no standard connector for headphones, but you can use the headset cord to that adapter. FM radio, with support for RDS, is not quite as well done interface, but still receive a passing grade.

Memory and computer Association

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music

Nokia PC Suite is a prestandaslukande monster that thrives best on relatively new large-memory computers. Music Manager “Nokia Music Manager” provides a quick overview of the content on your phone as well as your computer’s hard drive and can convert cd’s to the more mobile-friendly aac format. The amount of included memory-1 Gb-feels churlish. These small memory cards begin to disappear from store shelves and buying the 8 GB will cost no more than ¬£ 300. It is expected that a music phone will be shipped with sturdy stick-sharpening Nokia.

Sony Ericsson W980

W980 has a really generous memory of 8 Gb, but it does not really justify the high price tag considering the declining memory prices. Memory is built in, and your phone does not have a slot. PC software does not have quite as many features that Nokia’s counterpart, but also requires less of your computer. Music Manager “Media Manager”, by contrast, are really sharp with features for podcasting, tagging of songs for easier searching on the mobile and of course the compression of cd music to mobile format.

Miscellaneous

Nokia 5320 Xpress Music

The camera is no big shot-the resolution is modest two megapixels and autofocus is missing. However, there is a photo lamp that provides excellent interior shots in the distance around the meter. Outdoor images are good in sunny weather. Headphones in the box doesn’t sound especially good, but there are also standard on the headset microphone element, so a couple of in-earlurar with a short cord is recommended as an upgrade.

Sony Ericsson W980

Successful lurking is a hallmark of Walkmanmobilerna and W980 is no exception. In-earlurarna that comes in the box has good depth in the base and will do just fine if you are not too picky. The camera is mobile’s real Achilles heel-I miss the auto focus, lens cover and lighting. Must haves for a mobile phone in this price range. An intriguing feature is the built-in FM transmitter that delivers the music wirelessly to the radio. W980 broadcasting through out the artist and song title in the form of the RDS text.

Winner: Sony Ericsson W980

The Nordic mobilgiganterna have chosen different strategies-Nokia is investing in a decent music interface over the entire range and does not offer as much extra in music models, while Sony Ericsson knocks it out with lots of memory and a really elaborate players in their Walkmanmobiler. W980 is duellens winners-a full-featured music mobile phone with great wonder and enough storage space directly from the box. The high price and the-at most-mediocre camera is the fly in the ointment.