Sony Ericsson Zylo Review: Walkman Rewind: Multimedia: Music, Video, FM Radio, Audio QualityBy cheatmaster 07:08 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments
The Media Center is the place for fun
The Sony Ericsson Zylo runs the flash-based Media Center. Its menu lists the Photo, Music, Video, Games, RSS feeds and Settings icons. As we already said, there's an accelerometer on board so auto classy screen rotation is enabled.
The Media Center
Walkman music player
The Zylo has the latest Walkman player. Across the Media Center menus, you can like classy screen auto-rotation. The player is compatible with numerous file formats, including the regularly used MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A and E-AAC plus the MegaBass equalizer preset and Stereo widening. Surprisingly, the Zylo also supports the HD FLAC audio format – an open-source lossless audio codec.
The interface colors of the Media center vary across different themes. The Walkman player on the Zylo also offers fun Styles – skins that change the see of the player into a vinyl record player, a reel-to-reel tape player, Compact Disk (CD) player and others.
The Styles change the see of the player
There is no shake control however, despite the built-in accelerometer. It is a hip feature – on phones that support it you can skip songs or even shuffle the playlist by just a flick of the hand.
Sony Ericsson Zylo has the Walkman 3.0
A familiar Walkman goodie, SensMe, offers a different approach to populating a playlist. It automatically generates playlists based on what tempo and what mood you want – quick or slow, sad or happy. Songs need to be tagged, which is only possible with the Sony Ericsson’s Personal Computer (PC) software.
The SensMe interface
TrackID is also present – it analyzes the currently playing song on the radio or whatever it picks up with its mic and retrieves the performer and name of the song.
The Photo gallery stores the shots you've taken along with the pre-bundled wallpapers. Luckily, auto rotation is available so you can still rotate images to landscape orientation not only manually but automatically as well.
Images are generally displayed as a 3 x 4 grid of thumbs. The shots in the dedicated Camera Album are sorted by the date they were taken on.
Opening an image makes the thumb zoom in to fullclassy screen view mode, while exiting the fullclassy screen view zooms out to thumb view.
Unfortunately, the Photo gallery can acquire quite laggy when there are a lot of photos in a folder. At times, the phone froze for a couple of seconds before moving on.
The dedicated Photo viewer
The dedicated Photo viewer
The Sony Ericsson has no inbuilt GPS receiver but it still can geotag capturing camera images (using Cell-ID). Then, you can utilize the View on map option in the image gallery. It allows you to check the place where the shot has been taken directly on the map using the preinstalled Google Maps application (data charges may apply).
The view-on-map feature that we love
Video player does subtitles
The video player in the Media center supports fast-forwarding and rewinding, and the interface is simple and stylish. The video files are accessible via the file manager too. Display mode automatically switches when the phone is rotated. It works with the MP4 and 3GP video formats.
Videos in the Media Center • playing a clip in portrait and landscape mode
The video player can also show subtitles, it handles the .SRT format. Subtitles are displayed against black background. We wish this was more customizable – options like text size, background opacity and so on would have been nice.
The Video player can work with SRT subtitles
The video section also keeps the pre-installed YouTube client, which gives you full access to clips and uploading, bookmarked favorites and so on.
The YouTube client is integrated in the Media Center
Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS and TrackID
The inbuilt Frequency Modulation (FM) radio of the Sony Ericsson Zylo has memory for 20 stations and supports RDS. It has a nice interface and makes remarkable utilize of the TrackID music recognition service. The radio can be minimized in the background much like the music player.
Frequency Modulation (FM) radio interface
Very fine audio quality
Unsurprisingly the audio quality of Walkman-branded Sony Ericsson Zylo is great. The handset performed excellently in each and every part of our traditional tests, scoring some pretty nice results.
The frequency response is perfect for the entire audible range, the greatest deviation being hard to detect even in lab conditions. The signal-to-noise ratio is also excellent and so are the dynamic range and the stereo crosstalk.
The distortions are also neatly kept under control and if it wasn't for it being slightly on the quiet side we would pronounce the Zylo a perfect portable audio player.
TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Sony Ericsson Zylo+0.02, -0.10-85.585.50.0031
Sony Ericsson Hazel+0.03, -0.09-87.387.10.0049
Sony Ericsson Elm+0.02, -0.09-87.287.00.0054
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pureness+0.03, -0.09-86.786.60.0058
Sony Ericsson Vivaz+0.39, -1.94-86.285.70.011
Sony Ericsson W910+0.25, -1.25-81.582.70.00710.028-81.9
Apple iPhone 3GS+0.01, -0.05-92.192.10.00350.011
Sony Ericsson W902+7.31, -2.18-81.784.10.0039
Sony Ericsson Zylo and Hazel frequency response graphs match perfectly
You can find more information about our audio quality test here.
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