TODO alt text

Sony Ericsson W995 review

The latest Sony Ericsson Walkman also has an 8 megapixel camera

Our Verdict

We liked the Sony Ericsson W995 - it's still very much a music phone, and it does it better than virtually anything bar the iPod, and even though its camera isn't quite at the top of the 8 megapixel game, it's certainly good enough to make it worth your while

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 118 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8.1 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

View full specification

For

  • Walkman music player
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • Decent quality headphones
  • Supplied loudspeaker
  • A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA 3G

Against

  • Camera disappointing
  • Battery life could be better
  • Weak video stand

The Sony Ericsson W995 is the latest phone to carry the famous Walkman name.

Sony Ericsson's music-oriented Walkman series and photography-centred Cybershot series have been drawing closer for a while now, as the camera phone's music player has improved and the music player's camera has got steadily better.

And it's quite possible that the two will disappear altogether next year following announcements from Japan that the company is planning to move away from the two sub-brands next year, instead focusing on providing similar quality levels of each function in specific phones

So if this is to be one of the last Walkman phones to appear, it's just as well then that it's the best one yet, with an 8.1 megapixel camera, an improved media syncing system (which few could deny it needed), HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi and A-GPS, all wrapped up in a neat, if slightly bulky and button-heavy slider package.

Casing

The Sony Ericsson W995 is a slider, so you'd expect it to be on the chunky side. That said, they've kept it reasonably slim by keeping the top part to a svelte 4mm, delivering the vital statistics of 97x49x15mm and 113g. So it's still a fair old handful, but not bad at all considering what's inside.

gg

SIDE: it's not the slimmest slider phone, but it does pack a lot of features

But before we get to that, we have a wealth of buttons to get through, namely the six semicircles surrounded the circular D-pad on the front (call start and stop, plus two soft keys, cancel and the shortcuts menu), and the music controls on the right side, plus a volume/zoom rocker and camera shutter button.

dpad

BUTTONS: each button takes on a different role depending what you're doing

On the left side there's Sony Ericsson's Fast Port power socket, a dedicated Walkman button and the Memory Stick Micro slot, though it's hidden under the back cover.

At the top there's a 3.5mm headphone jack (at last!) while on the back is the 8.1 megapixel lens (wot, no cover? For shame…), LED flash and a small metal flip stand so you can set it somewhere handy to watch video.

It's right at the end of the phone though and ours kept falling over until we realised it worked best with the slider open.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported8 GB
Built-in Memory118 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Product FamilyWalkman W
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Micro (M2)
Phone StyleSlider
ColourProgressive Black
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelW995
Screen Size6.6 cm (2.6")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)113 g
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID
Height97 mm
Width49 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesW
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameWalkman W995 Cellular Phone
Product LineWalkman
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number1223-2416
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lose yourself in movies with the Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman phone. Watch movies through the mobile movie player or find your favorite YouTube clips. Enjoy them all on the W995's bright 2.6" screen and feel closer to the action with crystal-clear sound. Media Go technology makes moving music from PC to phone as easy as do, re, me. The Sony Ericsson W995 video phone's super-sharp 2.6" colour screen makes everything a must-see. Perfect for watching movies on your mobile. Get music, games and endless fun for your Sony Ericsson W995 from PlayNow.

Limited Warranty2 Year