Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
The Zylo interface experience is worsened by the extremely small and uncomfortable to press soft keys. Other than that, there are a lot of thoughtful touches throughout the interface, such as the ability to add widgets on the home screen. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Music Genie and Walk Mate are all available to be placed as live feeds on your default home screen, and shuffled with the d-pad. The phone has an accelerometer, which switches the screen orientation. It is also used as a volume adjustment by waving the phone up and down in the music player, or as a pedometer in the Walk Mate application.
The phonebook on the Sony Ericsson Zylo is a simple list of contacts with their phone numbers; there is no integration with social networks, but it is searchable with the keypad from the homescreen. The handset also offers a video calling function, which uses the primary 3.2MP camera on the back of the phone.
There are twelve icons in the main menu, which can be arranged in a grid, swirled, or scrolled through as single icons. The Organizer menu, for example, contains all the utilities like Calendar or File Manager. The calendar is very basic - a step-by-step wizard guides you through setting up an event with an alarm to it, but it is simple and intuitive.
Since the keypad is the only way to enter text on the Zylo, you probably won't be using it for long emails, but there is an email app, which downloaded our Gmail settings automatically, and even supports push email and large message sizes. Text messaging is threaded. and attaching multimedia to your message is easily accessible under the text box.
Connectivity and Data:
The Sony Ericsson Zylo has no Wi-Fi chip, thus for data transfer you have to rely on its 3G connection, which offers you up to 7.2Mbps download speeds. The phone also has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP for wireless stereo music.
The browser is NetFront, with a good rendering functionality, but poor settings choice and fiddly menu. Of course, using a browser on such a small screen is only for the most patient among us.
1. AladdinSane (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)
I wonder which U.S. carrier will feature the SE Zylo? This device is NOT all that. SE should have included a flash for its camera, at least. Speaking of SE, AT&T should finally drop the w518a device from its roster. It's about time! Peace-
2. Moa Aonok (unregistered)
I was planning to buy the Zylo, as I had not used a Sony Ericsson phone in a long. Everything seemed fine with the zylo except for the absence of a 3.5mm jack. How on earth does a walkman phone not have a 3.5 jack?!! That was the dealbreaker for me. I'll get myself a nokia xpress music.
3. ronnie.leo11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2010)
i am big fan of sony ericsoon..and i m planning to buy zylo..sonu walkman series has already given lot to their users..no other brand has touhed its sound effect...hope this zylo will also hit the market..
19. Lakshman (unregistered)
Hi. my suggestion to u is not to but Zylo.
"no other brand has touhed its sound effect" this is not suitable for zylo at all.
4. Tink (unregistered)
I have been planning to buy this phone but the absence of a jack turns me off. Now, I feel lost in space! Still looking for the right phone. =(
5. ???A??? (unregistered)
i just got a fone nd now i tink i'm gonna get a zylo. im in ireland nd they r just out so no 1 really has 1! hope it goes well!!! ???A???
6. gentar (unregistered)
Sony E are a frustrating company, why are all the best features spread out on different phones...I mean the Spiro will be released with a headphone jack it but doesn't do flac?! That doesn't make sense, surely the zylo should've had the headphone jack too, especially as its being touted as a audiophile phone!
8. bams (unregistered)
its great phone,l use this phone and i love it and superb phone too,not like nokia!!!!!!!!!
10. vibhu (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2010)
as u say u have this product.. could you please tell me whether these applications like d facebook & twitter widgets can be removed from the home screen..????
18. ATTACK!ATTACK! (unregistered)
is the battery life good? or is it like the Spiro's? (horrible,play one song and the battery drains from 100%-92%) and does it have the "out of memory" issue like the Spiro or anything that bother you besides the missing 3.5mm jack?
9. vibhu (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2010)
which is a better choice ..?? zylo or the nokia c5..... m really confused..
11. mael (unregistered)
I've bought zylo for about 2 weeks. it's a very good music phone, but you need to add 8 or 16gb microsd, load with your favorite songs, swap with hi-fi headset and you'll get a superb jukebox-in-the-phone. i love the deep bass and clear stereo audio output from this phone.
if you only music lover like me, you should buy this phone but if you rely to other superb functions, go get others..
12. DILLY (unregistered)
From my exprience i always upgrade my mobile in only SE. Specificly Zylo is good. I like to share few things, what got by using it last two days
1. 2.6 inches TFT gives such a natural color,
2. Cam Clarity Classic,
3. Music is Magnifing,
4. Browsing is Blasting.
Buy it and you feel quality,
1. Ear Phone(hearing speaker) is Low in OutDoor
2. Audio jack.
13. Tresna (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
I hope Sony Ericsson will continue walkman lines in the future with better features, just like the old time :)
14. aaccaacc (unregistered)
I currently own the SE naite/J105 and I HATE it!!! I might be able to get a new phone and if I do i would like the zylo or the W595. I sure hope that they wont be a letdown like th naite
15. munib (unregistered)
is it,s slide is good. i mean is it show,s good sliding result
16. amulya (unregistered)
its a awesum phone,there's nothing bad about it battery.u cud buy extra 3.5 jack from open market for just 35 rs
17. dhiju (unregistered)
i have a sony ericsson zylo phonee................! nice phone & so stylish...........!
20. Neo (unregistered)
dude(s).. Blasting fone..
A little developing (like changing acoustics, etc..) nd u r ready to go..
The sounds gr8..
Multi-tasking is best (compared to another j2me phones)..
Many walkman features like 'sense me' etc..
3g is gud..
Battery backup is also gud..
Nd in last the price is so affordable..
Now.. what u need..??
I hve been using this fone since 2 months.. Nd i can't get better than this..
21. Jrsw (unregistered)
One word; unreliable.
I've owned many phones and when I got my first Sony Ericsson, I discovered a new love. That phone was brilliant. Unfortunately, the phone became outdated and mine just happen to have been stolen so I paid over £100 for this Sony Ericsson Zylo, as soon as it came out. In just over a year, I've been sent 6 replacement phones, at least. It's always the same problem... A fault with the screen mechanics (duplicated screen, colours messed up, etc). However, my most recent replacement broke yesterday. The off button had broken... that meant I couldn't end calls, couldn't turn my phone on or off, and the first thing I was asked when I asked for a new replacement was "Have you dropped it". Actually, it had been sat on the table and was working perfectly fine until I wanted to close all my open apps. I don't know anyone else with this phone so I can't compare, but considering my past phone's have survived flying out of windows and being sat on and I've learnt from those mistakes, this phone has no reason for constantly breaking... if you intend to use your phone as frequently as I do, don't even think of getting this phone. In my opinion, this phone is nearly as bad as the frequently complained about, LG cookie, but that's a completely different story.