The contacts application on the Sony Ericsson W760a is a simple enough one, with a limit of 1000 entries. Altogether, a user can store up to 7000 numbers on the handset. There is a certain amount of personalization feasible, with custom ringtones and profile pictures. Unfortunately, there is no way to view the SIM card contacts and the ones stored on the handset at the same time; however it is possible to set an automatic update to the SIM card if a new contact entry is created on the phone.
Surprisingly, the W760a encompasses Smart Dialling. It is surprising because many newer phones, which could stand to have it, don’t. It is a wonderful feature to have, as it shows up the various contacts as the user is typing in a number.
The messaging application is sturdy and can have as many folders as the user pleases. All incoming messages, except for emails, go into the inbox – which is less frustrating that having to trudge through the entire contents of the phone looking for a multimedia file accidentally saved in the incorrect folder. There is T9 dictionary support, and the application indicates when the user is approaching the limit of 160 characters. Another especially great feature is the option to store the messages on the memory card. This small option significantly ups the number of messages that the handset can accommodate. The email component is a fledging compared to what is available now, but it is certainly pretty good all things considered. There is no facility to open attachments, of course, as there are no viewers installed on the device.
Media is what really shines through on any Sony Ericsson phone, and the W760a is not an exception by any means. The gallery is fairly sophisticated, with the various types of media sorted into different folders. The handset also comes with a built-in accelerometer so the images and videos flip as the phone is turned. There is an option to turn off the auto-flip, but that seems unnecessary. Additionally, the lack of landscape mode photography is completely inexplicable considering the phone does have an accelerometer.
The gallery also has a photo-editing application called PhotoDJ. It does a fairly good job of changing colour balance and adjusting the brightness, but beyond that it is quite powerless. There is a charming slideshow option which allows the user to set a mood, and accordingly plays background music whilst the photographs are moving. Presumably it is tied up to the music player and the SensMe application – in a remarkable case of integration.
Of course the music player on any Sony Ericsson phone is practically unparalleled. There is an equalizer with presets, album art compatibility and the SensMe application we mentioned earlier. In short, SensMe is an automatic playlist creator. The way it works, is that the user tags the music files with certain attributes. Then the user can set their mood, and the SensMe application will review the attributes and create a playlist based on that mood. There is also the Shake control, which uses the accelerometer to detect the movement of the device, and accordingly changes the tracks playing. Unfortunately, the Shake control only works if the Walkman button is pressed, which detracts somewhat from its appeal.
The camera has a 3 megapixel resolution which is quite good. However, the camera application falls sadly short of expectation. There are a few modes thrown in, but on the whole the experience is almost medieval. There is no autofocus and, as mentioned before, no dedicated camera key. It is not possible to shoot in landscape mode, rendering the entire camera frustratingly limited.
The connectivity options are diverse, including EDGE, GPRS and Bluetooth.The GPS is a little on the weaker side, but it does allow for geo-tagging. The heavier applications like maps may not run smoothly due to weak signals, but it was a step in the right direction at the time.