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Sony Ericsson Zylo Review

Sony Ericsson Zylo

Posted: , by Daniel P.


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.

Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review

Samples images taken with Sony Ericsson Zylo

Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Zylo Review



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Indoor samples

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.

Sony Ericsson Zylo Review
Sony Ericsson Zylo Review

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.


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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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-

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 13:31

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.

posted on 09 Aug 2010, 02:09

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..

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 05:53

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.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 10:13

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. =(

posted on 19 Aug 2010, 15:25

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???

posted on 01 Sep 2010, 11:22

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!

posted on 15 Sep 2010, 01:47

8. bams (unregistered)

its great phone,l use this phone and i love it and superb phone too,not like nokia!!!!!!!!!

posted on 01 Oct 2010, 23:59

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..????

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 05:22

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?

posted on 01 Oct 2010, 23:57

9. vibhu (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2010)

which is a better choice ..?? zylo or the nokia c5..... m really confused..

posted on 15 Dec 2010, 23:48

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..

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 23:40

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
Excellent Things
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,

Two drawback
1. Ear Phone(hearing speaker) is Low in OutDoor
2. Audio jack.

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 18:12

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 :)

posted on 11 Apr 2011, 04:53

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

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 04:18

15. munib (unregistered)

is it,s slide is good. i mean is it show,s good sliding result

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 00:40

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

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 11:36

17. dhiju (unregistered)

i have a sony ericsson zylo phonee................! nice phone & so stylish...........!

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 09:55

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)..
Blasting camera..
Gud display..
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..

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 07:18

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.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.06 x 2.05 x 0.63 inches
(103 x 52 x 16 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery920 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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