The new W995 is not just a Walkman phone but also a decent Cyber-shot type camera, portable GPS unit, internet browser and video player to name but a few. Ok so its not an iPhone killer but then again the battery lasts for more than a minute, you don’t need to sell your children to get one, and it does a great job of handling phone calls and keeping reception, which is after all what phones are for.
Sony Ericsson has done a grand job here, probably the best non-smart phone on the market in my mind. Have a look at the pictures above to see the phone and some of the photos I took with the 8.1mp camera, pretty stunning. The W995 also comes with a great set of headphones and a 3.5mm jack. Shortcut keys for media, camera and Walkman functions are all ergonomically placed. The battery lasts at least 3 days even with heavy call/music use (Tip: Turn the screen brightness to minimum if you have a SE phone and the battery lasts a lot longer).
From getting the phone out the box, to copying all my contacts across, took under 5 minutes with the software and cables provided with the phone. The software works with iSync for Mac and has a custom programme for PC users.(If you have an existing SE phone you can just copy all your contacts across via Bluetooth, from the contacts advanced options menu)
Loves: 8 Gig memory included, Camera, Phone size / durability, Walkman sound, Battery life, screen size and ease of use, Wi-Fi
Dislikes: Cant play more video file formats yet, camera lens not protected, I don’t own one yet.
Hot as: Hades
- Brushed metal body parts
- Quad-band GSM, dual-band HSDPA
- 2.6" 256K-colour TFT display of QVGA resolution
- 8.1 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection
- WQVGA video recording at 30fps
- Built-in GPS with A-GPS functionality
- Wi-Fi with DLNA support
- Bluetooth (with A2DP) and USB v2.0
- Accelerometer sensor
- 118MB of internal memory and M2 memory expansion (8GB card included)
- Stereo speakers
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- Walkman 4.0 music player with Shake control and SensMe
- FM radio with RDS
- Multi-tasking support
- Smart dialling
- Comfortable keypad, nice sliding mechanism
(Just a quick one, Sony Ericsson sent me the phone for review. This post is not paid for etc etc)