The Good Soothing construction and design; Connection to social networks; Good music playback capabilities; FM radio; TrackID music recognition.
The Bad No Wi-Fi; Small internal memory ;. Bad camera.
The Bottom Line For half the price of Zylo, its stable Sony Ericsson company, the Spiro makes a lot more sense – especially considering the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you’re looking for a phone that plays music less than 50 pounds, it’s definitely worth analyzing, though you’ll have to forgive the lack of Wi-Fi, a non-rugged camera and tiny internal memory.
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After being damp muddy Sony Ericsson Zylo , a Swedish-Japanese firm looking to capture the hearts of mobile music lovers using Spiro.Cheaper and much more fun, this pint-sized phone makes an impression. However, supposedly the corners were cut out to get it to the stores at such a reasonable price.
The Spiro is available from £ 40 at checkout, with contract prices starting at £ 10 per month for a 24-month period when the handset naturally comes free.
You will always walk alone
Even Sony Ericsson fans admit that Walkmanrange is not the force it used to be. A few years ago, when the very concept of MP3-playing atones was the subject of the wildest dreams of a madman, the company received several coveted feature phones. But, with the introduction iPhone , the playing field has been dramatically changed.
No company knows more about this than Sony Ericsson, and in recent months, the manufacturer has been trying to bolster its fast-paced market share by teaming with Google’s Android operating system. This is not to say that the Walkman brand is dead and buried in it. There is a market sector that cannot afford to commit to expensive phone contracts, and it is because of this lowered audience that SonyEricsson is aiming for its latest phone.
The oyster is almost disarmingly modest, with a clear design and sturdy construction. The glossy front picks up the finger with ease, but it gives the phone a sense of style. The matt battery cover provides contrast and also prevents the device from slipping from the palm of the hand during frantic use.
The alphanumeric keypad that comes out when the phone is opened – has large tactile buttons and a joy to use. Low key profile sometimes leads to occasional keystrokes, but overall, very little moaning.
A big-favored buttonhole fulfilled the dream of an old-school sweetheart.
Elsewhere in the device, you’ll find the standard SonyEricsson panel and button customization designed for music playback. Buttons can be a bit crowded at times, especially when navigating through the phone’s menu menu. The volume keys, which are the only other physical inputs on the phone, are located on the right side, almost exactly in the middle. This makes them uncomfortable to press when Spiro is in a “closed” state, as the necessary pressure can sometimes make the phone slip out of your grasp.
Unlike Android packaging relationships, the Xperia X10 and Xperia X10 Mini, Spiro uses Sony Ericsson’s own operating system. This is an evolution of the same interface that the company uses almost adequately, and it will be instantly familiar to anyone who has previously caroled aSony Ericsson in their palms. Everything is where it should be, and finding your way around is not problematic.
One of Sony Ericsson’s tasks for this device – along with its sister phone, the Walkman Zylo – was to successfully connect music through social networks. Spiro is equipped with pre-loaded Twitter and Facebook clients, none of which impress with the applications available on iPhone and Android.
The same can be said of the annoying web browser of the phone, which makes hitting the network a painful experience. The tiny screen and lack of Wi-Fi doesn’t help.
Musicon the move
Fortunately, Sony Ericsson’s own Walkman 4.0 software is extremely impressive. It connects to the (admittedly expensive) PlayNow repository, allowing you to download music, ringtones and games directly to your phone’s internal storage. At this point it is worth mentioning that Spiro comes with a weak 5 MB of internal storage, so a microSD card is a must.
The set of headphones is gloomy, but the 3.5mm jack will gladly accept your 100 pounds + a couple of jars.
TrackID is another powerful tool in the Spiro arsenal. The software can only detect a song from listening for a few seconds, though you will need to rely on an Edge or GPRS connection to chase Sony Ericsson data servers with your request for music streaming – Spiro is missing 3G.
The clever inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack (something that its dear brother, Zylo, couldn’t even control) means you can plug in your expensive headphones. This is highly recommended as the included pair simply does not match the fair play quality of the phone.
Ideally, we would like to see special real-time monitoring, as was the case with previous Walkman phones. The need to drag TheSpiro out of your pocket every time you want to pump up the volume or choose a song again becomes tirelessly fast.
With only 2 megapixels to play and no flash, Spiro isn’t going to tweak the hearts of photographers.
The Spiro camera is probably the weakest element of theentire package. The 2 megapixel shooter lacks flash and fights with closed images. It’s great that makeshift pictures are sent to friends via MMS, but anything beyond that is probably pushing it.
With such a modest specification, it is clear that the SonyEricsson Spiro is not designed as a straight-line device – this rank is more like “Zylo”, launched at the same time. With a price tag when you go for around £ 40 vodka, Spiro is focused on the lower end of their market, making it easier to justify its shortcomings. Despite the dull camera and the small amount of internal storage, the Sony Ericsson Spirore remains a pleasant device, thanks to its impressive build quality and scarce media playback credentials.
Edited by Emma Bailey