Sony Ericsson W760 review: Walkman meets GPS

GSMArena team, 25 March 2008.
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Sony Ericsson W760 made a name for being the first Sony Ericson phone to offer an integrated GPS receiver. With a large QVGA display, stereo speakers, Media Center and the 3 megapixel camera on top, the W760 packs a nice punch. It's an exciting slider that may look no-thrills on the outside, but has all the prospects of becoming a bestseller.

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Sony Ericsson W760 official photos

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM support
  • Tri-band HSDPA
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • 3 megapixel camera with geotagging
  • Walkman player with Shake control and SensMe
  • Media center
  • Stereo speakers
  • FM radio with RDS
  • YouTube integration
  • 2.2" QVGA TFT display
  • M2 memory card slot (1GB card included)
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Built-in motion sensor

Main disadvantages

  • No video-call camera
  • Camera has basic portrait interface and no autofocus
  • Poor legibility under direct sunlight
  • Integrated stereo speakers are not impressive neither in sound qiality, nor in loudness

Expected in Q2 2008 Sony Ericsson W760 may as well make this summer hotter. It's got nearly all the high-end Walkman stuff. Right from the very first moment we saw it, we were struck by the resemblance to Sony Ericsson W850. Both handsets share pretty much the same size, form factor and market positioning, so we think it's a safe bet the W760 is the true successor of W850, bringing the best of the Walkman range to the current Sony Ericsson lineup.

For starters, the W760 takes advantage of the proprietary Sony Ericsson Media Center enabling users to organize and enjoy all their multimedia files, be it music, video, photos, games or streaming content such as YouTube. The Sony Ericsson Media Center offers ease-of-use and rich functionality unmatched by current feature phones on the market.

The user experience with the Media Center is further enhanced by the built-in accelerometer that enables screen auto rotation, as well as Shake control. Speaking of multimedia, the W760 packs in the latest Walkman 3.0 player and even supports the SensMe mood recognition feature that allows creating playlists based on mood and tempo.

On top of that, you also get the benefit of the integrated GPS receiver - you can use it to geotag your photos, work out with the Tracker fitness application or use turn-by-turn navigation and Points of Interest search.

Sony Ericsson W760 will be available in three different color versions: Rocky Silver, Fancy Red, and Intense Black. We had the grey/silver one for a review. A definite thumbs-up for the 1GB memory card in the retail package, though we've seen Walkmans ship with 2-gig cards.

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The W760 will be available in three colors, ours was the Rocky Silver variety

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