Sony Ericsson W660i in-depth review -

Look and Feel

Sony Ericsson is making a lot of the designer look of the W660i. There are two designs, a black one for men and a flowery one for women. It's well made and handles beautifully, and the keypad is spacious and great for texting.

Features

The Walkman music player is the star of the Sony Ericsson W660i, and sounds great even though the supplied headphones. And FM radio and music recognition software add to the fun. Bluetooth, a two-megapixel camera and memory card slot aid its entertainment profile.

Ease of Use

The Sony Ericsson W660i has a great keypad that works for even the fat-fingered. The user interface is a agreeable as ever, and shortcuts are accessed easily.

Performance

The Walkman music player sounds great through the supplied in-ear headphones and even better through Bluetooth or regular headphones. The low resolution screen lack crispness, and photos come out pasty because of the lack of photographic aids.

Battery Life

Six hours of talktime is pretty good, and means you can listen to your tunes and chat for a good long time between charges.

 Sony Ericsson W660i Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:23 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

6

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

The whole Walkman music experience is seamless, right from the PC software, through to transferring your songs and finally listening on the fully-feature, superb sounding music player.

Cons:

Compared to recent Sony Ericsson handsets like the W810i and K750i, the W660i's two-megapixel camera is poor.

Mobile Choice is incredibly fond of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phone range but lately, the excitement has gone a tad flat. If you exclude the higher end 8GB W960i and HSDPA shake-control W910i, recent editions have just been variations on a theme.
Thus the 3G-enabled Sony Ericsson W660i is the W850i slider melted into candybar form.

Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson is billing the W660i as a designer Walkman phone. While the W880i broke the mould with its gossamer 9.4mm profile, the W660i sadly returns to the well-worn signature candybar format. It's still quite trim at 14.5mm, it's well constructed and it handles beautifully. Two coloured versions - black to appeal to men, and black/white/silver with etched floral patterns for women - seem to be what give the Sony Ericsson W660i its designer tag.

User friendly

The keypad buttons are nicely sized and perfect for speed texting. The navigation pad doubles as controls for the music player, and there are a dedicated Walkman player button and an Activity Menu button to easily access shortcuts.
Sony Ericsson phones are always approachable and lucid to use and the W660i is no different. One disappointment is the resolution of the display. We assumed its would be QVGA quality (320x240 pixels) like the W850i and W880i, but it only stretches to 176x220 pixels and lacks crisp detail.

Walkman phone

The Sony Ericsson W660i uses the second version of the Walkman music player. The user interface is slick with sub menus connected via family tree type links and these neatly slide into view when selected. Music is easy to store and find. Transferring your digital files is carried out through Sony Ericsson's intuitive Disc2phone software and you hook up to your PC via the supplied USB cable.
A bundled 512MB Memory Stick Micro gives you room to store around 125 MP3 tracks, so if you want the W660i to be your primary music player you will have to invest in a 4GB card to make it worthwhile.

Music recognition

The Sony Ericsson W660i sounds great too. As supplied headphones go, the in-ear headphones are cracking quality, and you get a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter if you prefer to use your own. Better still, we hooked up a pair of MOTOROKR S9 Bluetooth headphones and experienced a lively sound, especially with the five mode equaliser set to Mega Bass. Elsewhere in the music department, the W660i has a built-in FM radio and Sony Ericsson's proprietary music recognition software, TrackID, that can identify songs simply by holding the phone to the music source.

Two-megapixel camera

Along with the Sony Ericsson W660i's screen resolution, the two-megapixel camera has to be the most disappointing aspect of this Walkman phone. There is no macro or autofocus, or even room for an LED flash light. Because the snapper is basic, the picture quality can be quite pasty at times.
The Sony Ericsson W660i confirms our feeling that Walkman phones are becoming predictable, but we can't deny the W660i is an accomplished phone.