Sony Ericsson has established itself as a leader in music phones with the Walkman brand. Quality or just marketing? We will be Sony Ericsson’s new 3 g walkman to the Nokia 5700 contenders in a musical duel.
Format & design
It is a small, lightweight, and designed phone you get in your hand. The phone is available in vinylsvart and rosy, and vinyl records or roses go through everything from the design of graphic themes. In the tested black feels the theme with circle leading associations to vinyl records both well thought out and cool. The keys have good touch feeling and are properly separated. Music buttons have prominent places and are clear, but serving in other roles when the phone is not in player mode.
Compared to the Nokia 5700 W660 is a colossus. The phone has a rotatable keypad with numeric buttons on one side and media player buttons on the other. In practice, this feels most like a gimmick that doesn’t add anything to the music features. To edit the playlists you have to also turn back the keypad. In addition, the cell phone a puffy design in red and white or black and white. The Red looks most like a candy cane. The design feels right for the kids, but it’s hard to imagine an engineer with this by ear, but an embarrassed smile.
The media player is good looking and user friendly. Basic functions such as equalizer, and playlists are covered, and you can also share music with other phones over Bluetooth. The player works fine in the background, and when it changes song song title passes past the top of the screen. The phone has FM radio with RDS. But the real bonus feature is Track ID, which you can use to identify a song played on the radio, in a store or at the disco. It goes on for a few seconds and it works eerily well.
The Nokia Music Player covers the same basic features as the Sony Ericsson, but in a less appetising format. The screen is utilized poorly, and there is no view to see upcoming songs. The phone has a radio that does not have RDS but can download channel settings from the network. Otherwise, 5700 an extremely generous external speaker that makes it actually going to listen to music on the speakers without it becoming not please. This would be most useful to the radio, but unfortunately does not work right there.
Headset and audio quality
Walkman cell phone makes a sound as compared to Nokia phone has noticeably more powerful bass, but poor resolution in the treble and midrange. Most of this effect comes from the headset. Rendering in Sony Ericsson headset is more suitable for pop and rock but worse for classical than Nokia’s. Sony Ericsson headset comes with earbuds in three sizes. For the phone’s own sound, we note that a noise in an audio file is heard in W660 but not 5700, suggesting that Sony Ericsson’s rendition is more faithful to the source.
The Nokia headphones have better representation in the treble and midrange, and are generally somewhat better, which compensated somewhat by a noticeably lighter base. The headset comes with a remote control which can control volume and fast forward and backward, while with Sony Ericsson remote control can only answer the phone. On the other hand, the remote right plasticky and fragile. Nokia headset sat not quite comfortably on one of the test subjects.
User experience as music player
W660 is responsive and pleasant to deal with. the programme for the transfer of music from CDs or computer to the cell phone is easy to use and transparent, but CD-converter is a little grumpy, which makes me fail to copy some music files to your phone. Generally offers this phone at a visually attractive, easy-to-use and hassle-free music enjoyment. A small detail that could be mentioned. If one pauses the music turns off not vice versa, but fades out, and turn the tone in again, in order to protect your hearing against sound shocks.
Nokia phone has a lot of small details that irritates. If the screen is off and you want to light it by pressing a button and button function is performed, for example, produced a spoof song by mistake. The volume control has the right rough steps, and it easily becomes either too high or too low. Nokia’s software to transfer music to the phone is unpedagogic. Once the tank over the music to the phone you have to go into the player’s settings and manually refresh the track list for the new songs will be detected. In addition, react music player buttons with one-second delay.
Outside music features is right, if an ordinary W660 than neat, 3 g phone. The camera does not impress, the screen has a lower resolution and fewer colors than the Nokia, Internet reader is competent but not great, but e-mail features works in all cases good. The phone offers some rewards programs, but they have the most entertainment value.
Here, 5700 finally a chance to strike back against W660. 5700 is a smartphone with Symbian Series 60, and is thus far more powerful than the competitor. The ability to install native applications in addition to java opens up functionality considerably. Both the screen and the camera is much better, and swivel the keypad will better in their right when the phone is used as a camera or tabletop tv.
Winner: Sony Ericsson W660
There’s no doubt that you get more phone in every sense of the word (including weight and volume) for the money if you buy the Nokia 5700, but now we compare them as music players. Sony Ericsson delivers a seamless experience focused on music from shell for software, while Nokia has taken his smartphone and angled it a bit for music direction but to convince fully. Sony Ericsson’s focus on the small details make the difference, in the end, more than one could believe.
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Sony Ericsson W660i
Type: 3 g mobile phone with tri-band dimensions: 102 x 46 x 14.5 mm weight: 93 g screen: 262 144 colors TFT, 176 x 220 pixel price: 3000 SEK
Type: Smartphone with 3 g and quad-band dimensions: 108.2 x 50.5 x 17, 8 mm Weight: 115 g display: TFT 16 million colors, 320 x 240 pixel