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Sony Ericsson W395 review

A cheap new Walkman music phone which gets the job done

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 10 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 8 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 176 x 220

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For

  • High quality walkman player
  • 1GB Memory Stick bundled
  • Stereo speakers
  • FM radio included

Against

  • Camera is fairly poor
  • No 3G connection
  • No flash for camera
  • Basic browser
  • Clunky email setup

Splashed with Walkman branding, the W395 is one of the budget wannabes in Sony Ericsson's music mobile line-up rather than one of its top-of-the-bill acts.

Pitched at a wallet-soothing £70, it makes a play for the cash-conscious music phone buyer with a low-key features line-up – fronted up by the tune-playing pull of that Walkman label.

The Sony Ericsson W395 slips into the sort of cheap music mobile territory previously occupied by the likes of the W350i and W380i.

This model, though, is more of a straight-ahead sliderphone design, with the prominent stereo speakers on the back the main eye-catcher for its target youth market buyer.

While it lacks 3G connectivity, the W395 has the essentials for an entry level handset – a 2-megapixel camera, an FM radio to go with the music player, email support and video clip watching capability, plus a mobile internet browser.

sony ericsson w395

That Walkman branding, though, does promise a bit more punch in the music department than the average down-range mobile.

So how much should you really expect from a low-budget Walkman music phone?

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory10 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, HSCSD, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 800, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Micro (M2)
Phone StyleSlider
ColourDusky Gray
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution176 x 220
Weight (Approximate)96 g
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Width47 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time480 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameW395 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number1220-9057
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Boost your favorite tracks through the stereo speakers. The equalizer and the deep bass offer excellent acoustics, no matter how loud you play. Control your music via dedicated keys and the Walkman player. Identify the song with TrackID, then use PlayNow to download. Snap pictures with the 2.0-megapixel camera and enjoy them on the large 2.0" crystal-clear screen. Or share them in an instant through your blog.