Sony Yendo: An Entertainment Feature Phone
If you are the non-conformist trend-setter type and think iPhones and Android phones are so overrated, then consider the Sony Ericsson Yendo. The Sony Ericsson Yendo is a pseudo XPERIA phone but with the Walkman logo brand. According to reports and reviews, Yendo loks like the XPERIA X10 (with the same qualities in design and UI department) but acts like what it is – a full-touch feature phone. The Yendo is the first feature phone to come with the Four corner UI.
By and large, Sony Ericsson Yendo is fine with its entry level specs, what this phone can boast about is that, together with Sony Ericsson Cedar, it belongs to the series of environmentally-friendly GreenHeart phones.
In terms of design, Yendo is made entirely of plastic with a soft-touch matte coating covering its back. This compact touchscreen handset, carrying the Walkman logo in the bottom right corner,
sports a 2.6” capacitive touchscreen display with 240×320 pixel resolution and 262k for color. Sitting at the back is the phones 2MP camera with no flash. On the top lies the power/lock key and 3.5mm headset jack. Overall, Sony Ericsson Yendo measures 111×49×15, 5 mm and weighs only 87 grams.
Phone Interface and feature wise, Yendo is clearly not a smartphone. The model uses four shortcuts in the four corners of the screen that lead you to the Walkman player, messaging, dialer and phonebook. Basic functions like calendar, notes, calculator, voice recorder, and email are present. The model supports network standards of GSM / GPRS / EDGE 900/1800 MHz and provides a 5 MB internal memory, microSD memory cards slots with support for up to 16 GB, Bluetooth, and FM-receiver.
But exactly how good is the Yendo? So far, reviewers find this device ordinary with www.phonearena.com writing:
“We want to make one thing clear – we are not thrilled with the Sony Ericsson Yendo. Aside from the nice and compact design, there was nothing to really attract us (at least, in a positive manner). It has the potential to become a fairly successful budget touchscreen phone, but for this to happen, Sony Ericsson needs to deal with the issues we witnessed in our prototype – most notably, the overwhelming lag.”
GSmarena, a trusted technology review site, has listed down Yendo’s weakeness while parting with these words:
“We’ve been painting a rather bleak picture but these are all things users will be right to expect in a Walkman – albeit an entry-level phone. Not least, the Yendo isn’t exactly short of rivals in the basic touch phone segment”.
No 3G, Wi-Fi
Smallish, low-res display
Sluggish user interface
Basic music player (for a Walkman phone)
No file browser
No accelerometer for auto-screen rotation
Sony Ericsson, a joint venture by Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony Corporation and the Swedish telecommunications wizard Ericsson, had initially set the launching of this XPERIA X10 lookalike third quarter of this year but had decided to postpone the launching and reschedule to February of 2011.
Yendo is the company’s first full touch feature phone and first full touch handset with Walkman branding.