Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman review: Music to go

GSMArena team, 24 November 2011.
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Telephony without Smart dialing

The Sony Ericsson Yendo had no issues with reception and the in-call sound was loud and clear.

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The in-call screen • No Smart dialing

The device lacks Smart dialing like most of the recent Sony Ericson phones. It does support searching by number, but this is not the smart dialing we hoped for anyway.

In the Mix Walkman the call log is a part of the dialer application. Thanks to the proximity sensor, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman automatically disables the touchscreen during a call.

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman. The phone scored "Good", meaning you could miss some calls in noisier environments depending on the ringtones you use. You should also know that placing the device down on its back doesn't seem to muffle the sound – it gets amplified instead. More info on the test, as well as other results can be found here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini (xLOUD off)61.760.363.2Below Average
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro (xLOUD on)70.762.270.1Average
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman (xLOUD off)69.465.467.7Average
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro (xLOUD off)67.766.275.7Good
Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman68.769.175.7Good
Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman (placed down)70.372.175.7Good
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman (xLOUD on)75.668.278.1Very Good
LG Optimus One P50077.174.577.9Excellent

Simple messaging

The SMS and MMS section is quite straightforward. When you add multimedia content to the message, it is automatically turned into an MMS.

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Writing a message

The Mix Walkman’s email client supports both POP and IMAP inboxes, but we had to configure manually. This only took us a few moments though. The Email app interface is simple and thumbable.

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The Email app

On a screen this small, the lack of a virtual QWERTY keyboard shouldn’t be a surprise. All you get is an alphanumerical keypad, even in landscape.

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The Mix Walkman has no virtual QWERTY keyboard

The gallery does the job

The gallery interface is a plain grid with the images sorted by date. The app supports up to five megapixel shots.

Since the phone has a built-in accelerometer the screen orientation does switch automatically when you rotate the device.

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The image gallery is decent but hardly the best we’ve seen

Pinch-zooming isn’t available but Sony Ericsson have come up with their own version of one-finger zoom that actually works fine. You just hold your finger down and then sweep upwards to zoom in or down to zoom out. It works but it could’ve been quicker and way more responsive.

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The one-finger zooming could be quicker and way more responsive

With the Mix Walkman sending pics via Bluetooth is easy. You can also send images over email or MMS.

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