Sony Ericsson W960 Review: Walkman Extreme: Phonebook, Messaging, File Manager, Gallery

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Make contact

The Sony Ericsson W960 offers an extensive phonebook designed to suit everybody's needs. It can store unlimited amount of numbers. You can choose to filter your contacts by groups or by saving location; and group them into individual folders, which you can later utilize for call management.






Contacts list • applying list filters • filtering calls

The details you can save for a given contact are plenty and include several numbers and email addresses, job title, office and home postal addresses and voice commands for the different phone numbers of the contact. Finally, you can associate a ringtone and a picture to a specific contact. There is a field to enter the contact's birthday and the entered date gets synced with the Calendar. Much like the smartphones based on S60 user interface, you can add your own custom fields here, too.






Dexter's contact details: there are plenty of fields as you can see

Call management

The Call log lists store all the information about the calls received or made. Now, when it comes to call management, besides call filtering there are two other nice things that the W960 can do for you. The first one is sending an SMS with a predefined text to the person whose call you are rejecting. The second one is automatically storing a callback event in the calendar every time you reject a call. In case you opt for that, you can set how many minutes after the call the call back reminder should appear.






Outgoing calls • call details • Reject with SMS • setting a follow-up call

A touch of messaging

Usually the messaging department is among the strengths of any smartphone. Sony Ericsson W960 is not an exception to the rule. It offers rich functions combined with several text-input options. You can enter text using a virtual on-classy screen QWERTY keyboard or simply handwrite with the stylus on the touchclassy screen display. As regards handwriting recognition, the phone manages very well. The Sony Ericsson W960 also offers an enhanced version of the T9 dictionary - its thesaurus is expandable - you can add your own words and it can even remember whole messages.

All messages share one inbox. The supported types are SMS, EMS, MMS, and RSS feeds. The last one is available through a dedicated application. Emails have their own separate Inbox for every single account. Composing messages is nice and easy with the different input methods available. Use of emoticons is enabled, should you feel short on words. The font size can vary according to your needs. A lot of editing options are at your disposal, too.






Messaging menu • starting a message • virtual QWERTY keyboard - a stylus aiming exercise? • EMS emoticons

The email client is not really a separate application. It has extensive options but setting it up to work with your email account is quite easy. It supports the POP3, IMAP and SMTP protocols, as well as SSL and TLS encryption. The W960 has support for various push email providers - the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync comes preinstalled.




Email inbox • reading an email

Writing an email is as simple as writing a standard SMS. By default, the client downloads only the email headers or you can set it up to automatically download entire messages if they don't exceed a predefined Kilo Bytes (KB) limit. Adding an attachment is easy as usual - all you have to do is open the corresponding tab in the "recent email" editor.

The Sony Ericsson W960 offers an extensive phonebook designed to suit everybody's needs. It can store unlimited amount of numbers. You can choose to filter your contacts by groups or by saving location; and group them into individual folders, which you can later utilize for call management.

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