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Sony Ericsson Yari Review

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Interface and games:

The Sony Ericsson Yari utilizes the manufacturer´s standard interface for feature phones. It´s motley, amusing and easily personalized with various themes. One of the cool options of its latest edition is threaded messaging. Moreover, the handset offers automated email setup for accounts registered with popular service providers to allow you to get down to composing emails as soon as possible.

Home screen - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Main menu - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Threaded messaging - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Email - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Home screen

Main menu

Threaded messaging

Email



The so-called Game Carousel is another novelty feature that can be activated in the games menu. It provides access to all titles directly from the home screen of the Sony Ericsson Yari. You move between icons with the D-Pad or the built-in accelerometer that sports proper sensitivity and can be used to control the gameplay in several titles. Naturally, this is something we have already seen with other models of the manufacturer. One of our favourite games (Loco Roco) comes preinstalled on the Sony Ericsson Yari and managed to eat up a good part of the time we spent on the current review.

Game Carousel - Loco Roco - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The games menu - Loco Roco - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Game Carousel

The games menu

Loco Roco - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Loco Roco - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Loco Roco



Unfortunately, the games that can be controlled via the video call camera are just two – Fitness (tells you how to do squats, yoga exercises and sidesteps) and Tennis (you can control the racket strokes, but not your movement across the court). As a whole, the idea is most interesting indeed, but you would have to deeply focus and get engrossed in the gameplay to get a proper kick out of it. Moreover, both games are bound to get you bored quite soon, due to the lack of a decent challenge.

The games Fitness and Tennis - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The games Fitness and Tennis - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The games Fitness and Tennis - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The games Fitness and Tennis - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

The games Fitness and Tennis



Another shortcoming of the device is the limited number of games preinstalled on the Sony Ericsson Yari – only 9 with our handset. Compare this to the abundance of 61 titles on the F305 – anyone is certain to find at least a few to their liking. You can get more from PlayNow Arena, but they are not free, not to mention the service is not available in certain countries yet. On the other hand, the price tags are rather steep for what you get - say Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 will set you back with nearly $7 which we believe is unjustified, because the in-game graphics is really simplified alongside of, say, FIFA 2010 for the iPhone and you can get the latter for $9.99. As a whole, the games you can play using the Sony Ericsson Yari are amusing, but quite simple as of today´s standards.

Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Sony Ericsson Yari Review



Camera and Multimedia:

The phone is equipped with 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and small LED flash. Its interface offers ample options like face and smile detection, effects, white balance and various presets. The snapshot quality is surprisingly good for a phone that is totally unpretending with this respect – they have enough details and colors appear saturated and eye-pleasing.

The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The camera interface - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

The camera interface


Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Outdoor photos taken with the Sony Ericsson Yari


Strong light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Medium light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Low light - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Darkness - Indoor photos with flash set to auto - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor photos with flash set to auto



You can capture videos at VGA resolution and 24 frames per second. Their colors are rather thin, but as a whole the clips are totally usable, because they play smoothly.

Sony Ericsson Yari sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution

The Sony Ericsson Yari is good at audio playback as well, despite the lack of 3.5mm jack, which means you will have to make do with the boxed headset or connect the phone to wireless earphone pair thanks to the stereo Bluetooth support. The boxed set offers proper sound quality provided the player is not going at full blast. It´s slightly odd that the equalizer settings are not grouped by relevant style as it is with all other recent cell phones of the manufacturer.

Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The visualizations of the audio player - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The visualizations of the audio player - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
The visualizations of the audio player - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

The visualizations of the audio player



The Yari sports a built-in GPS and preinstalled navigational software – Wisepilot. The application is snappy indeed and utilizes NAVTEQ maps that come in pretty handy if you need guidance finding your way in unknown areas. Unfortunately, you would have to buy the program if you like it once the trial has ended.

Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Yari Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Yari Review

Wisepilot



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posted on 21 Aug 2011, 04:56

1. SDV (unregistered)


Yari in Hindi means friendship, usually amongst the youth!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:20

2. Rein94 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


It was awesome when i bought it 4 years ago, we had a good run buddy.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.94 x 1.89 x 0.62 inches
(100 x 48 x 15.7 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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