Sony Ericsson Zylo Review

Interface and functionality:

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.

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