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Review: Sony Ericsson W600

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Although the Sony Ericsson menu interface is 3 years old now, you'd never know it. SE continues to update and improve the menus, not just making them more user friendly, but also faster. Additionally they continue to make small tweaks that show they pay attention to how people actually use their phones.

Sony Ericsson have changed the home screen to make the most important feature - access to the main menu - more obvious. Unfortunately by doing this, they violated their own standards. This is the one case where hitting the right softkey takes you deeper in rather than back or giving you options. However it is common that both home screen softkeys take you deeper into specific functions, so we can't really fault Sony Ericsson. This is also the only case in which the D-pad select does the same thing as the right softkey instead of the left.

Because Sony Ericsson no longer uses the D-pad select key as a main menu key, SE also reorganized all the menus inside applications so that everything is now accessed from the right softkey as well. The center select key no longer brings up menus in random applications, instead it consistently does whatever action the left soft key is labeled with.

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SE has made other interface changes. Since the main menu is accessed from the right soft key and the Walkman software takes over the shortcut key on found on other recent phones like the k750, pressing up on the D-Pad now activates the new shortcut menu. This isn't as convenient as the old "more" menu because most functions now require at least 2 clicks instead of one, but it is still more convenient than digging through menus to activate Bluetooth or turn on the flashlight.

The main menu remains the same, with a grid of 12 choices which can be accessed by pressing the corresponding key on the keypad as well as using the D-pad.


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