Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000 Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated May 27 2010
Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000 Review
DIGIT RATING
80 /100
  • design

    90

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    80

  • PROS
  • 5MP camera with auto focus & LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection & image stabilizer
  • Dedicated gaming keys above the display for motion & gesture based games
  • Attractive vertical slider keypad
  • CONS
  • Lacks support for Wi-Fi capability
  • Poor ergonomics - keypad layout lacks beveling and optimal spacing

Verdict

Sony Ericsson Yari is a feature rich mid-range multimedia mobile phone, targeted at mobile gaming enthusiasts and appeals as a decent multimedia phone, if price were not to be a constraint.

Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000 detailed review

The Sony Ericsson Yari (U100i) is primarily advertised as a multimedia and gaming phone and ships in three avatars: Achromatic Black, Cranberry White, Metal Rose. It is built with hard plastic, reinforced with a solid steel metallic border around the screen, making for a comfortable grip. It has a glossy black finish to the front panel control buttons, with a hint of white on the navigation controls and 'option selection' buttons, adding to the design aesthetics of the mobile.


Sony Ericsson Yari U100i (front view) 
Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - power/headphone port

The volume controls are conveniently placed on one side of the mobile while the power/headphone port on the other. The U100i has a sliding keypad and an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation of screen. However, we found that these accelerometer sensors aren't very accurate and sometimes rotate the display without user input. It has two dedicated gaming keys above the screen. The keypad keys require the user to press along the dotted markings on the keypad. Any slight deviation from the dotted markings while pressing the keys will not register the input provided by the user. The keypad layout lacks beveling as well as optimal spacing, hindering the finger movements while typing. Thus, this model lost out by a huge margin in ergonomics.

Sony Ericsson Yari - 5MP camera with auto focus & flash

The U100i is feature-rich and includes: a 5.0MP camera lens with autofocus and LED flash, a microSD card slot upgradeable up to 16GB, and support for A-GPS with WisePilot Navigator.

Sony Ericsson Yari - camera button, volume controls & microSD slot

The U100i bundles some amazing games including FIFA10, LocoRoco (of PSP fame), Tennis and more. The gaming software enables camera based motion sensors which capture input using the hand movements of the player (For e.g: Tennis, for those familiar with the Wii, the phone offers similar motion gestures). In Tennis, the game is controlled using these gestures to control the racket movement and the direction the ball is supposed to travel after hitting it. Although not anywhere as accurate as a Wii, the game is a delight for the geek in us.

Sony Ericsson Yari - motion sensor based Tennis

The Verdict:

The Yari lives upto its tag of multimedia and gaming phone, especially the latter, with dedicated keys and motion-detection based games. The Yari U100i truly impressed us with the abundant manual camera settings it offers to tinker with, like metering mode, face detection, smile detection, panorama and various scene shooting modes like: twilight landscape, twilight portrait, beach/snow, sports which were missing in some of the phones in the mid-range category. However, its performance in the photo/video capture test was too ordinary and just finished ahead of Blackberry Curve 8520 in that category. It performed moderately in the call clarity and signal reception test. But overall, it failed to impress in any of the key tests.

Our Ratings:

Features
8
Ergonomics
8
Build Quality
9
Performance
6.5

Value for Money

7
Overall
8

Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹16950
Release Date: 27 May 2010
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    NA
  • Camera Camera
    NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA
  • Battery Battery
    NA

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Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000

Sony Ericsson Yari U100i - 5MP, GPS & motion sensor games, under Rs.17,000

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