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If the answer to the above question is yes then this phone may be the one for you. The mobile phone market is one that is heavily crowded and seemingly dominated by iPhone and Blackberry users. The Yendo however focuses heavily on it's reliance on music to separate it from the crowd. Linked in with the 'Walkman' brand shows the efforts Sony has gone towards trying to convince music lovers to purchase the phone. But is it any good?
The handset measures 93.5 x 52 x 15.5mm, and weighs just 81g which makes it easy to fit into most pockets and you won't really notice that it's there. As the current trend dictates the phone comes with a touch screen. I'm not particularly fussed on touch screens, I don't really know what was wrong with buttons in the first place...The screen is however quite sturdy and scratch resistant but I would still advise buying a cover to protect it.
Probably the coolest aspect of the phone is linked to the walkman. If you want to skip a song you simply shake your wrist. It may look strange in public but it's pretty neat and saves having to unlock your phone to move to the next track. The walkman software features all the usual functions of a music player in regards to creating playlists etc.
There is however no wi-fi or 3g on the phone so anybody looking to surf the internet on their phone will have to look elsewhere but for those that only use their phone for calls and texting this is a good solid choice. My only other concern is the small internal memory, realistically if you plan to use this mobile to listen to music you are definitely going to need to buy a memory card to expand the memory. So remember this when factoring in how much the phone will cost!
The phone is available in a multitude of different colours including Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Silver, White and Yellow. So there should be at least one that tickles your fancy.
I would have to say that basing your phone's unique selling point on a music player is a risky business considering how capable something like iTunes is on the current mobile phone of choice the iPhone. But in saying that the Yendo is significantly cheaper than an iPhone will ever be. I think this device is a suitable replacement for an old mp3 player considering you can add a memory card to hold over 16gb worth of songs plus you have the ability to make and take calls.
Things to consider before buying:
*the cost of a memory card
Get into the music. In the easiest possible way. Everything you want is one touch away. Four corners, four icons. Dance till you drop, or just lean back and drift away. Tap the top right corner of the 2.6" screen. Touch to listen. Skip, fast forward, play it again. With the full touch Walkman player, your music is at your fingertips. Discover new music with TrackID music recognition and PlayNow. Time to get organized? Transfer your media files from PC to the Yendo with Media Go.
|Product Description:||Sony Ericsson Yendo - mobile phone - GSM|
|Product Type:||Mobile phone|
|Service Provider:||Not specified|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||52 mm x 16 mm x 94 mm|
|Band:||GSM 900/1800 (Dual Band)|
|Integrated Components:||Digital camera, FM radio, digital player|
|Wireless Interface:||Bluetooth 2.0|
|Display:||LCD display - colour - 2.6"|
|Input Device(s):||Touch sensitive screen|
|Supported Social Networks and Blogs:||Twitter, Facebook|
|Digital Player (Recorder):||WAV, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+, MIDI , MPEG-4, 3GP, H.263|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards:||microSDHC - up to 16 MB|
|Talk Time:||Up to 240 minutes|
|Standby Time:||Up to 400 hours|