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Review: Sony Ericsson Z750

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As we said earlier, the entertainment features of the Z750a are extensive. If you open the entertainment center, you get a big menu of choices. The media player is right at the top. Selecting it brings up the PSP-style menu, and offers you the opportunity to jump into your music, photos or videos.

Choosing music, you'll see a large menu of options. The Z750a is stuffed full of different ways to get your groove on and discover information about the music you choose to listen to. The top of the list is a Music Apps choice. It fires up the MEdiaNet browser and takes you to a shop for music applications. There are also links to music communities, music videos, XM Radio, and MusicID in here as well.

If you want to skip all that content and play your own stuff, the media player defaults to the "artists" selection. You can sort through your artists, albums, songs, and playlists. Once you've made up your mind what you're in the mood for, selecting it brings up the media player itself. The media player is pretty simple. Album art, if you have it, will be displayed prominently, and the song title, album and artist are all listed, as well.

The left soft key is the options key. Here is where you can adjust the player's settings. You can turn on/off shuffle, and on/off a loop. You can also find the equalizer here (one of my favorite features). There are five presets, with no-brainer names such as bass boost, treble boost, etc. You can also manually adjust the five-band equalizer to suit your own tastes. This is what I did, and it made me happy.

How did the music sound? Good. Damned good. My new obsession is Cavalera Conspiracy (Max and Igoor rule!). The Z750a ate it up. It handled the raw power of metal's foremost riffmaster with no problem. You could dial up the sound to be plenty annoying, if you want it to be, without fear of distorting the internal speaker. If Max Cavalera can shred his vocals at full volume without wrecking the Z750a's speaker, that speaker can handle the worst you can throw at it. Just to be fair, I also tested some (newer, electronica) Radiohead, and, yes, some Beethoven. It all sounded good. Ditto for stereo Bluetooth headphones.

The music will play with the phone closed, but you can't launch the player with the phone closed. The play/pause button on the side of the phone only works with the phone open and the music player running. If you close the phone, you'll see the track info scroll across the OLED display, but pressing the music button stops the music. Unless you are using the controls on a stereo Bluetooth headset, you can't re-start a song once you've hit the button on the side of the phone. That's just weird and inconvenient, if you ask me.

 

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