Sony Ericsson W910 Review: Walkman In Style: Phonebook, Call Management And Messaging

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Phonebook: thank you soft keys, again

The phonebook can store up to 1000 entries with a total of 7000 phone numbers available (as opposed to K850 with its power of 5000 numbers). The phonebook interface makes fine utilize of the three-soft-key layout, as seen in K850. In contacts you can directly open any contact with the middle soft key. The recent More key is renamed Options and is now on the left side, while in recent models, it was inevitably stuck in the right. The third soft key corresponds to "back". Another practical utilize of the middle soft key is the Sdiscontinue Message option, available when a contact is open and a number is highlighted. A fine feature is the Smart Search, which lists all available contacts in the phonebook starting with the digits typed in the standby screen. The search engine looks up both letter combinations in names and phone numbers that start with the digits entered. Here in W910 it can also be switched off if not needed. Also present is the Sdiscontinue All Contacts option that transfers the entire phonebook to another compatible Sony Ericsson device. Now, apart from sending the phonebook via Bluetooth, it is supposedly possible to transfer "as text message", "as picture", and "as email" too.






Contact list and Dexter's details • Memory status • Smart search

As usual, you can choose whether the SIM contacts or the phone contacts should be default for the phonebook. Displaying both lists simultaneously is impossible. On a different note, a nice option allows you to auto save to SIM any recent contacts that you're saving in the phone memory. Contacts can be ordered by First or Last name. They are searched by gradual typing of the desired name.

When adding a recent contact, there are several phone number fields available: Mobile, Mobile (private), Mobile (work), Home, Work, Fax and Other. This is the first tab of fields for the recent contact. The second one is for email and web addresses. The third is for assigning a picture, a custom ringtone and a voice command. The fourth goes for Title, Company, Street, City, State, ZIP, Country information. The last, fifth tab, is for additional information and birth date. When you add the birth date, the phone prompts adding it to the calendar and setting a reminder, which we found to be a handy feature.






Creating / editing a contact

Call management

The Calls log is divided into four different tabs. They are: All, Answered (Received), Dialed and Missed. The maximum number of records is 30 altogether, shared between the separate tabs. When there are several calls made to a single contact, only the last call gets displayed. It's high time Sony Ericsson updated the call log to allow at least 60 records. People with a couple of dozens of calls a day will find 30 records quite insufficient, especially if they receive multiple calls from contacts not in the address book, which they would like to save.



No news in Calls log

Messaging

Along with the standard messaging functionality, Sony Ericsson W910 offers the Manage Messages and Manage Email features, plenty of settings for accounts, and the option to assign categories to messages. These features are embedded in the standard Sony Ericsson interface and will become standard for each recent release. All messages, except emails, utilize one Inbox. No matter what kind of message has been received, it goes to the shared Inbox. Only email messages have their own dedicated Inbox. When composing a message, the character counter will alert you when you're 20 symbols short of the 160-character limit. The T9 dictionary goes without saying.






Messaging menu • typing a recent text message • creating a MMS

The phonebook can store up to 1000 entries with a total of 7000 phone numbers available. The phonebook interface makes fine utilize of the three-soft-key layout, as seen in K850. In contacts you can directly open any contact with the middle soft key.

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