Sony Ericsson K660 Preview: First Look: User Interface, Phonebook, Messaging, Multimedia

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User interface and applications

Sony Ericsson K660 is a midrange offering but it packs together some features we're more used to seeing in the high-discontinue Sony Ericsson handsets.

We welcomed the three soft key layout in K850, W910 and W890. Along with it, K660 has the optimized Media Center, Walkman 3.0 with Mega Bass, the Cyber-shot SE v2.0 capturing camera user interface and Flash Lite themes support. TrackID, Smart Search, the NetFont 3.4 browser, Location services, Manage messages and message categories complete the set of applications in the phone.

The prominent absences are the auto rotate function, as well as Gesture and Shake control. But those are rightfully reserved to the high-discontinue Sony Ericsson devices.

The user interface in K660 has the well known Sony Ericsson feature phone styling, spiced up with some features we've known since Sony Ericsson K850.





Standby view • the main menu • a listed sub menu

Like many other Sony Ericsson handsets, the Sony Ericsson K660 also supports Flash Lite themes. With our prototype version of the phone we had 4 standard themes preinstalled: Amethyst, Clarity, Gossamer and Kriss kross.






Three of the four themes in K660

Phonebook

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, too. 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.






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

Messaging

Along with the standard messaging functionality, Sony Ericsson K660 offers the Manage Messages and Manage Email features, plenty of settings for accounts, and the option to assign categories to messages.

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. The K660 email client supports POP3 and IMAP4 protocols, plus all the usual settings and customizations, which we saw in K850. There is a separate Manage email application, with the same structure and features as the one for SMS.





Messaging menu • typing a text message • reading e-mail

Users may opt to sort messages by category list, if a specific category has been defined for a message. Six of them come predefined: Business, Favorites, Follow Up, Fun, Holiday, Important, but categories are fully customizable as well. You can also delete all messages in a given category.

"...K660 has the optimized Media Center, Walkman 3.0 with Mega Bass, the Cyber-shot SE v2.0 capturing camera user interface and Flash Lite themes support. TrackID, Smart Search, the NetFont 3.4 browser, Location services, Manage messages and categories are here too..."

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