Camera and Multimedia:

The Zylo's 3.2MP camera takes below average photos, with a lot of noise and little detail. Indoor shots only work under strong lighting conditions, as there is no flash. Despite that the phone doesn't have a GPS module, pictures can be geotagged by roughly triangulating the position from the cell towers around.



The handset’s video recording mode is VGA. There are no official fps specs, but our video test shot appears as 30fps on some players, and 24fps on others. Regardless of which one is politically correct, the quality is actually pretty smooth for the camera specs. We'd be remiss not to mention that the phone played MPEG-4 videos up to a VGA resolution without a hitch.

Sony Ericsson Zylo sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.

Sony Ericsson has included the latest 4.0 version of its Walkman software with the Zylo, which has some pretty themes and allows for searches by artist, album, playlists, and  genres. Since it is a Walkman series phone, in there are Sony's proprietary Clear Audio technology and gesture control. The music formats support is broad, and the Zylo can even deal with the FLAC codec for high quality lossless audio. The speaker is very loud, and outputs clear sound even at the highest volume.


To fully enjoy the music, though, you will probably have to get better headphones than the ones supplied. Not that they are bad - the base sounds are pretty deep and overall quality is high, but the intensity is low, it's just not the blast you would expect from a Walkman series headset. Who knows, there might be restrictions in place for headset decibel levels now. We would also add to the wish list some sort of a surround sound in headset mode like on some of the latest phones. After all, the Zylo is a music-centered device.

Software:

A bunch of useful applications is bundled with the Sony Ericsson Zylo - chief among those are Google Maps and the YouTube client, which works surprisingly well. Additional apps like the barcode scanner NeoReader can be downloaded from PlayNow on demand. Unfortunately, the supplied games are trial versions.

TrackID is included as with most company phones recently to recognize the song currently being played around you. The Walkman handset also has the SensMe feature for categorizing and playing songs tailored to your mood, or the time of the day.

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