Sony Ericsson W660 Preview

Sony Ericsson W660 Preview
The W660 was announced in March as a mid-level Walkman phone with stylish design. It redesigns the W810, changes a little some features and adds 3G UMTS for faster Internet speed. We will do a quick preview as this device is not in final version, but a prototype.

The W660 will be available in two color versions – combination of black and gold and another version with pink instead of black. We are testing the black one and like how gold combines with it – the phone looks very stylish, sport-elegant.

A big drawback is that the display has only 176x220 pixels resolution, instead of 240x320 (QVGA) which is used in almost all new phones (from mid and high level) of the manufacturer. The low-resolution display makes us compare the W660 with old generation Walkmans like the W810 instead of the new ones. The dimensions of the two are also very similar but the W660 is slimmer, at 0.6 inches (14.5mm) instead of 0.8” (19.5mm). Still it is way fatter than the 0.4” (9.4mm) W880 which also has QVGA display.

PhoneArena's Sony Ericsson W660 Video Review / Preview:

The navigation keys are grouped in three “circles” – the left one houses the left soft key, the Walkman shortcut and the back (arrow) key. The middle one is the 5-way d-pad and the right one has the right soft key, the shortcut button and the clear key. Those keys could be bigger but if they are not in those circular forms.

The numeric keys below are tightly next to each other, all in rectangular form and with same size. They are press softly and you cannot press two buttons at the same time with one finger, even if yours are big. The whole keyboard has white backlight, but when the Walkman player is started it changes to orange.

On the left are the play/pause key and the slot for M2 cards, on the right are the camera shortcut and the volume rocker, on the top is the power key and on the bottom is the connector for charging/usb cable/headphones.

As software, the W660 is similar to the W810 but improves a few things. At it is newer model, this one comes with the second version of the Walkman interface. This is Walkman 2.0 player, displaying the album cover and the settings on the top and the track information below.

In the menu you will also find TrackID which is application that tells you the name of the song you’ve played to it, using the internet. The W810 didn’t have that feature and it appeared in newer models of the manufacturer.

The camera interface is similar to that of the W810 and respectively to the K800. Unlike the W810, the W660 lacks autofocus and flash, but keeps the 2-megapixel resolution.

The phonebook, organizer, messasing and other functionality is the typical for Sony Ericsson phones with all the pros and cons of that software – we won’t show them in this preview.

If you can live with mediocre display and need 3G, the W660 is a stylish Walkman phone. Otherwise, we would suggest you looking at the W880 or the W910 slider.

Don't forget to check our Gallery for a few more images.

Expect our full review when final, commercial samples are released.

Also check our previews of Sony Ericsson: S500, W580, W910

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