Review: Sony Ericsson W600
Setting up an unlocked Sony Ericsson phone to access the internet is still rather convoluted, however SE has improved the web-based configurator you can use to text the appropriate settings to your handset. It now works much faster and more reliably. Once set up, browsing both WAP and basic HTML sites is fast and simple. The browser renders pages, even complicated WAP sites, accurately. Even though there is no menu option to adjust text size, it can be adjusted from the view menu option by selecting zoom and choosing a font size. Despite the fact that both devices are EDGE, the W600 appears to load pages faster than the S710a. Sony Ericsson has obviously optimized some aspect of the browser's performance.
There is no aspect of the W600 that cannot be customized. From the hardware to the software to the audio, everything can be changed. The W600 has a changeable faceplate and battery cover. Each phone ships with a metallic orange and glossy blue set. Users will be able to buy additional ones.
The W600 supports both polyphonic and MP3 ringtones. The phone comes well-stocked with a variety of original ringers spanning the range from rap to new age, with a few annoying ones (like people singing "hello, pick up the phone.") for good measure. Adding your own ringtones is as simple as purchasing them from any provider or sending them to the phone via Bluetooth or IR.
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Like all modern Sony Ericssons, the phone also supports themes that customize the look of every aspect of the phone from the home screen to menus to dialog boxes. You can also use any picture on the phone as wallpaper if the default one for the theme (which is usually animated) is not to your taste.
Not only does the File Manager application manage everything stored in the phone's large memory, but it also acts as a gallery, video player and more. All media and files can be accessed, moved or deleted from the application. In addition, the File Manager also can display a report of free memory and how the memory is being used.
Sony Ericsson Summer 2005
Report from the launch of the new Sony Ericsson W600 and Z520. Hands-on report and photos from the launch event in New York City.
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