Sony Ericsson W660i

Another Walkman branded music phone from Sony Ericsson, the W660i features 3G connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera and support for RSS feeds.


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The Sony Ericsson W660i is a full-featured, yet no-surprises 3G mobile phone, sporting slick looks, intuitive functionality and a smattering of useful applications. Weighing 93 grams and measuring 102 by 46 by 14.5mm, the Sony Ericsson W660i is pitched as the must-have mobile device for folks who want their music on the move.

Design
The adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be Sony Ericsson's golden rule, and the Sony Ericsson W660i is certainly a testament to this. Throughout, the handset shares more in common with its predecessors in the K3x, 5x and 6xi series than otherwise, not only sharing a classic candy-bar form-factor, but a near-identical user-interface, button layout and list of features. As much as this may limit any convincing argument as to why existing 3G Sony Ericsson users should upgrade to this new, bells-and-whistles model, it should be known that it does possess a number of defining features that are not only quite useful, but also a lot of fun.

The Sony Ericsson W660i's rounded corners, tactile keypad and matte finish have been sculpted with maximum comfort in mind. One could imagine it to be the brainchild of some illicit mobile phone-using motorist's club (you know who you are), bearing the single goal of crafting a phone that can be wholly utilised using one hand. The keypad is very responsive and easy to the touch. Being a Walkman-branded product, the Sony Ericsson W660i transforms from phone to music player with the press of a button, and likewise into a digital camera. In turn, the four-way keypad can be programmed with shortcuts, taking the repetition out of performing common tasks.

Features
One of the Sony Ericsson W660i's more standout features is the inclusion of an easily-replaceable 512MB Sony Memory Stick Micro, providing ample room for either oodles of photos, or a few music albums. Contrary to old times, a phone-to-USB cable is provided, meaning that you can now transfer files to the handset post-haste, or at least without fooling around with a Bluetooth connection. Considering this is a digital music-oriented phone, this is not only a great improvement over previous models, but a timely feature set. However this said, the largest-capacity Memory Stick Micro currently available in Australia is 2GB, which is certainly not enough to have serious audiophiles considering the purchase of a Sony Ericsson W660i as a viable replacement for their higher-capacity MP3 players.

Aiding its role as equally phone and music player, the Sony Ericsson W660i contains a variety of music-oriented applications such as the Walkman Music Player (complete with fancy visualisations and skins), the PlayNow music purchasing service (not yet available in Australia, at the time of writing) and the gimmicky, DIY pop-tune creator, MusicDJ. Most interesting of all is the TrackID program, which allows you to record a short sample of a tune, before polling the Gracenote database for its respective artist and album. As expected, this feature links in with the Sony Ericsson W660i's built-in FM radio software, providing a godsend for folks who regularly fall smitten of songs they hear on the radio, only to live the nightmare of never uncovering the song again.

Music aside, the Sony Ericsson W660i possesses a crisp and bright 262K-colour TFT screen, which is great for previewing photos. The 2-megapixel digital camera and software is unchanged from that found in this handset's predecessors, and continues to produce images with good colour reproduction in bright light, suitable for 4 by 6-inch printing.

For all this adulation, the Sony Ericsson W660i does have three small quirks. First of all, the W660i is not natively supported by OS X's iSync application, meaning that Mac users will only be able to sync their contacts and calendar items after they install the iSync plugin (available free at ThinkSmartShop, in French). Secondly, we found an indexing bug when searching through contacts saved on the SIM card; while you can search by the first letter of a contact's name, any subsequent letters added to the search are ignored. This bug probably won't crash any planes, but if you're of a paranoid disposition and only save your contacts to your SIM card, it may become quite obvious. Finally, the Video Call feature is oddly filed under Organiser in the menu system, suggesting that either nobody used it in previous incarnations (and thus it needed to be hidden), or Sony Ericsson's engineers are prone to whimsy, too.

Performance
The Sony Ericsson W660i possesses excellent battery life, busting out a competitive six hours talk time and 360 hours on standby. Its battery life and the reliability of its battery meter seem to improve quite noticeably in the weeks after its initial charge, after which it is capable of close to a week's moderate use between cycles.

Sound from the Sony Ericsson W660i is of good quality and can be turned up fairly loud, not only for calls but music playback. The Walkman Music Player software includes an equaliser to help compensate for the tinniness of its small speakers, however this effect is only remarkable when using headphones (supplied).

The Sony Ericsson W660i is certainly not among the most inexpensive 3G phones available, but given its feature-richness and sheer ease of use, it should still be regarded as an attractive choice. In so much as many existing Sony Ericsson users may not identify enough new features to warrant an upgrade, music lovers will certainly be impressed by its Walkman smarts -- and everyone else may feel sorely tempted to try text messaging on the road again.

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tonman888
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tonman888 posted a review   
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The Good:Nothing but It has Walkman phone and FM Radio and sound quality (only for earphones).

The Bad:Difficult to use ( it has back key below the Walkman key (which is hard to get used to), No Answer or Hang up key, no sound quality, LIAR! it doesn't have 3G it has 1.5G (how do i know that because the web browser is too slow), for girls only, not a good security ( when I want to Master reset/ clear it doesn't require security code), keypad too small. THIS IS THE CRAPPIEST PHONE I'D EVER HAD!!!

This is the crappiest phone I've ever had! When I want to buy a new phone, I went to Mo's store and the man sold me this phone only for me but I HATE IT! I used to have this phone, now I have Motorola RAZR2 V9.

P.S It's very difficult to use(complicated back key (founded beyond the Walkman key because it's difficult to function)), No call or hang up key.

mr x
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mr x posted a review   

is this $300?

affcxnbn
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affcxnbn posted a review   

The Good:everything

The Bad:dont care about the cons

seems like an alright phone mite be getting one for xmas fingers crossed

azee
9
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azee posted a review   

The Good:great music player, awesome battery life, doesn't hang up!

The Bad:the video quality is just average..

this phone is simply amazing. I've had it for a couple of months now and it hasn't give me any problems what so ever...

Parthib
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Parthib posted a review   

The Good:Nice design and features...!

3G...!

Walkman...!

2MP camera...!

The Bad:No flash and backlight....!

Birthdya reminder and all not there...!

Nice Phone...!

Gud phone for gud price...!

i hav this phone since diwali...!

woody
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woody posted a review   

The Good:Perfect

The Bad:No link to mac

Loved this phone until I couldn't sync it to my mac

****ace
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****ace posted a review   

The Good:everything

The Bad:nothing

i luv dis fone

pongkoy
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pongkoy posted a review   

The Good:MegaBass
Walkman~
good sound quality (external speakers)

The Bad:no flash/light
no autofocus
small navigation pad.
slippery when dry. XD

Cool Phone~ I like the design and size of it! And good price*

Shed Entertainment
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Shed Entertainment posted a review   

The Good:Design, comes with games, FM radio, great-quality earphones, clear camera, Walkman feature, 512mb of included space

The Bad:Can't think of any!

A brilliant phone, got everything you need and looks great!

skirmozas
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skirmozas posted a review   

The Good:cool design, great quality of music, best player:}

The Bad:camera does not really differ from vga ^^ . i can't picture my notes to use it in written test:D

i had this phone since chirstmas:] it's actually great:]


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User Reviews / Comments  Sony Ericsson W660i

  • tonman888

    tonman888

    Rating1

    "This is the crappiest phone I've ever had! When I want to buy a new phone, I went to Mo's store and the man sold me this phone only for me but I HATE IT! I used to have this phone, now I have Motor..."

  • mr x

    mr x

    Rating10

    "is this $300?"

  • affcxnbn

    affcxnbn

    Rating10

    "seems like an alright phone mite be getting one for xmas fingers crossed"

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