Sony Ericsson W710 Review: Display, Accessories, Telephony, User InterfaceBy cheatmaster 03:41 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments
Two sparkling displays
The external STN display of the W710 is rather large with a diagonal of 1.5" and a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels. It's inverted monochrome one with an orange backlighting and is perfectly readable under direct sunlight. It has rich functions - from displaying the caller ID to the sports applications to detailed information from the music player or the Frequency Modulation (FM) radio.
The main display is a 262K colors TFT one, measuring 1.9 inch in diagonal and has a resolution of 175 x 220 pixels. It's on par with the one used in Sony Ericsson W800 for example. It's legibility under direct sunlight poses no problem at all.
Main display in the dark
Peripherals do matter
Being a sports oriented model, the Sony Ericsson W710 comes equipped with a set of sports accessories such as a belt clip, an arm band and sports headset. The belt clip is made of white plastic which seems strong enough to haged the mobile in its place during your morning runs. It clips straight to the mobile and holds it in four spots. When the belt clip is on, the handset can be carried in a vertical or horizontal position - the clip provides for that. A remarkable thing about it though is that it is not just a simple belt clip but also an armband clip and using both accessories you can carry the phone firmly fastened to you arm. During our test though it turned out that the armband itself is too short for a large men's arm.
W710 belt clip
The headset that comes with the W710 is not your usual Walkman handset. The exact model is Sony Ericsson HPM-65 stereo headset. The main incompatibility with the usual HPM-82 model is the hooks that allow for a more firm fastening onto the ears. In terms of quality they seem just a small bit inferior to the HPM-82.
Generally, we are quite pleased with the ergonomics of the mobile. It's easy to acquire used to. The dedicated music keys seem rather intuitively placed and the clamshell mechanism seems stable and works fine. And as strange as it may sound, when held to your ear the Sony Ericsson W710 feels more comfortable than most of the clamshells that we have reviewed lately.
W710 held in hand
More than comfortable, more than reliable
We already mentioned that we are quite pleased with the user-friendliness of the W710 design. Using it for what it's made for - making calls comes as easy as ever. The reception signal is of fine quality in all recent mobiles, so we wouldn't expect any less than that from the W710.
It met all our other expectations too, since it played out its ringtones loud enough to be heard even in a noisy street, and the vibration is strong enough as well. The loudspeaker produces sound with no hissing or buzzing even at the loudest volume levels, but it must be noted that it lacks certain bass elements. But that's really ok for a mobile phone.
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Nice and cozy from the inside
The user interface in W710 is a standard non-smartphone Sony Ericsson user interface. This is the reason why we would utilize some excerpts from our previous reviews of Sony Ericsson phones. Of course, we would utilize the screenshots from W710 for illustration and the text would hold into account all the interface specifics of this model.
A nice thing is that the phone has a dedicated Flight mode, which can be turned on seamlessly without even turning the phone off. Even if you have to turn it off for some reason, there is an option that the phone asks you whether you want to start it directly into Flight mode. The phone cannot work in Flight mode unless there is a SIM card inserted.
Turning the phone on
In active stand-by mode the classy screen displays information about the network signal, battery strength, current date and time, plus the next alarm that's due to go off. You can choose to display the clock with large semi-transparent numbers, which hold up half the classy screen but bldiscontinue with the chosen wallpaper very well. A fine thing is that you can set the clock to be seen in the upper correct angle of the classy screen even while browsing through the menu. An fascinating addition to the stand-by classy screen is the pedometer output which states how many step you have made today. The external display shows almost the same info.
Standby view: two types of clock • external display
Pressing the navigation pad in any of the four directions can start a given feature or application according to the user preference. In fact when you start using the phone for the first time, the phone reminds you of that option.
Create shortcuts to the pad's four ways
The main menu itself is made of a matrix grid with 4 x 3 animated icons. All sub-menus are in listed view with tiny icons on the left side. The phone reacts and performs quick in every submenu and application.
The main menu • a listed sub menu
There are several themes that come preinstalled in the phone. They change the color scheme, the wallpaper and the menu icons.
Main menu icons: two of the preinstalled themes
One of the things, that have been developed a lot, is the Activity menu which has a dedicated shortslit key on the keypad. The Now running tab of the menu offers real multi-tasking. In W800 you could only run simultaneously one regular application and one Java application, for example. Now you can run three Java applications in the same time, which allows for a lot more freedom and flexibility in everyday usage. For example, you can open the browser, open an instant messenger client, listen to the radio and play a game, all at the same time. That's a remarkable functionality that is not seen in other non-OS phones of other manufacturers. The rest of the functionality of the Activity menu has remained the same - it offers quick access to recent events, the web menu with integrated Google search and the My Shortcuts menu which contains a list of frequently used features and can be modified to the user preference.
Three of the tabs of the Activity menu
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