Sony Ericsson's Yari is the first mobile handset to include motion-controlled gaming. Unfortunately, it's otherwise fairly unremarkable.

Although it doesn't include Wi-Fi, Sony Ericsson's Yari does come with 3G support and GPS. The Yari also offers a regular 2.4in screen, capable of displaying 256K colours at 240x320. It's a slider phone with an alpha-numeric keypad; a 5MP camera and an LED flash are found at the rear. The phone has a meager 60MB of internal memory but support for microSD lets you boost this to 16GB.

The Yari isn't much of a looker. It's smart, but it won't make heads turn. The display is functional but not outstanding, making a good job of retaining visibility in bright sunlight. The Sony Ericsson Yari also sports a number of large, easy-to-use hardware buttons. Elsewhere, the plasticky Yari's design is less impressive. The shortcut buttons below the screen and the volume controls on the right side are too thin for comfortable usage, while the camera button requires a hard press to capture images. When the alpha-numeric keypad is slid out for use, the phone is susceptible to shaking. Neither is this smooth keyboard very conducive to blind dialing.

The Yari uses the same Flash user interface as we've seen in older Sony Ericsson phones, making it a simple and painless affair to navigate. Indeed, the slick navigation and menu system is perhaps the Yari's best feature. Browsing the web is a fairly simple and speedy process, although the default browser is somewhat plain, devoid of extra features.

We also found fault with call quality, and could hear the echo of our own voice when communicating with the Sony Ericsson Yari.

The Sony Ericsson Yari's unique selling point, its motion-controlled gaming, also failed to impress. We tried playing a tennis game and found the feature pretty neat when it worked - more often then not, it didn't. The Yari also supports accelerometer-based games and the preinstalled library of games is very impressive.

Both imaging and music playback on the Sony Ericsson Yari were disappointing. The phone has a bunch of features, including smile detection, panorama mode, face detection and autofocus. Outdoor shots nonetheless appeared washed out and the white balance didn't work as intended. Indoors too, photos appeared washed out and dull. The camera was also unable to focus quickly and refused to do so at all a number of times in macro mode. On the plus side, noise levels were relatively low.

Sound quality is fairly decent, but the volume level is set too low. You'll also have to rely on the poor earphones supplied with the Sony Ericsson Yari, since no 3.5mm jack is present. Thankfully, the Yari also sports external stereo speakers which are surprisingly loud and clear.

Sony Ericsson Yari: Specs

  • GSM/GPRS/Edge 850/900/1,800/1,900, UMTS/HSUPA 900/2,100 handset
  • available in Achromatic Black and Cranberry White
  • 2.4in (240x320) display
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 5Mp camera with 4x digital zoom
  • 60MB internal storage
  • supports microSD
  • battery life: 10hrs (talk time), 450hrs (standby)
  • 100x48x15.7mm
  • 115g
  • GSM/GPRS/Edge 850/900/1,800/1,900, UMTS/HSUPA 900/2,100 handset
  • available in Achromatic Black and Cranberry White
  • 2.4in (240x320) display
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 5Mp camera with 4x digital zoom
  • 60MB internal storage
  • supports microSD
  • battery life: 10hrs (talk time), 450hrs (standby)
  • 100x48x15.7mm
  • 115g

OUR VERDICT

Sony Ericsson's Yari plays it a little too safe. As a result, the Yari is a decent product but something that will probably be completely forgotten in a couple of months.

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