The Sony Ericsson Yari may look like your average Sony Ericsson handset but it comes with something a little bit extra – gesture-controlled gaming. So when you’re playing tennis, you’re not just tapping buttons but waving your hands around desperately trying to get the timing right in order to hit the ball. We’ll have a full review up soon to see how it measures up as a phone as well as a gaming device, but for now you can have a nosey through the box with our photo gallery below.
Sony Ericsson are missing a trick in this cold weather as the Yari does not come bundled with a hot water bottle. A real shame.You do, however, get Sony Ericsson headphones, a gaming stand, USB connecter and charger along with the handset and user guide.
The screen is nice and crisp, with animations adding interest. There are a plethora of buttons on the control panel though, we’re not sure they’re all entirely necessary.
The slide-out keyboard takes the length up to around 13.5cm, but the keys are really nicely spaced unlike other Sony Ericsson models we’ve played with.
The 5.0 megapixel camera should take care of all your photographic needs, as well as having flash and video capture as standard. It also has face- and smile-detection, so photos should come out nice and crisp.
The Yari packs a good amount of features into a handset that is relatively slim.
Expand the storage with a microSD card which is easily inserted on the side, so there’s no need to take out the battery and fiddle around with the back panel. You can also control the volume from here and launch the camera function.
Unfortunately, you still have to use the Sony Ericsson proprietary headphone connecter. We’d really like to see it embrace the 3.5 standard jack so we don’t have to fiddle around with converters any more…
The handset comes with a gaming stand, so you can really make the most of those gesture-controlled games. The tennis game, for example, copies your movements into the front facing video camera which would not be practical if you were trying to hold the handset in one hand as well.
Definitely handy for when you’re at home or in the office, but we can’t see people playing the gesture controlled games out and about on the train, for example.