The Walkman phone is back in a new avatar. This time it is cool white, has a 3.2 inch WVGA screen, its Home button is in the centre, and it runs onAndroid 2.3. Though it is powered by a single core 1 GHz processor, it is still very responsive. The rear camera can do 5 megapixels—and 3D panorama and HD video (720p only) at 30 frames per second. There is also a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
In this new avatar, the dedicated Walkman key is located on top, where you typically find the lock key on Android phones. As a result, I was hitting this instead of the lock key a lot. The headphones that Sony bundled with the phone earlier were not very good. The phone is now bundled with a Benetton set of headphones. It is slightly better, but to really enjoy this phone you will still need to upgrade the headset.
Since it is branded as a Walkman, this phone is specifically designed for music lovers and has features that are not common on most other phones. There is a 10 setting graphic equaliser to customise your music. Its built-in xLoud loudness enhancement engine improves the sound quality. There is also direct integration to help you look for song videos on YouTube, search for artiste information on Wikipedia, look for lyrics on Google, and also pick out karaoke videos of that song on YouTube.
On the hardware front, its GPS is pretty accurate and locks on to the appropiate satellites without much delay. A few of the GPS applications did tend to hang up when there was an incoming call. But this could be an application-specific bug.
The user interface is also clever and lets you access messages, media, your phone and phonebook quickly.
While Sony says the battery runs for 14 hours, I got a little over 10 hours. I was using 3G services and also did a couple of hours of GPS. But 10 hours on this phone is good enough. On the downside, there is no HDMI to connect the phone to your TV. You have 3D panorama, but it’s a painful experience. The 2D panorama works perfectly fine, though.