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Sony Ericsson W995 review

The latest Sony Ericsson Walkman also has an 8 megapixel camera

The W995's LCD screen might not match up to the OLED on Sony's recent X-series Walkman, but it's still very good with 240x320-pixel and 262,000 colours.

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SCREEN: it's a tad on the small side when using it for watching movies and navigating music

Our only complaint is that it's only 2.6in – fine for a phone, but not so clever for a media player, which is exactly what the W995 really wants to be. It's not bad, it's just that it suffers in comparison to many of the larger touch screen interfaces available from the iPhone or HTC Touch HD.

Interface

Strictly speaking, it's not a smart phone, which, while it might limit its abilities in some ways, also means that it's not cluttered up with functions you may not need, and it's easy and quick to find your way around the familiar icon-based menus.

Anyone who has used a standard Sony Ericsson mobile over the last few years will be right at home using the familiar interface.

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INTERFACE: it's standard Sony Ericsson menu system here, so it's intuitive without being innovative

Helpfully, Sony Ericsson includes a little bit of haptic feedback when you access menu items too.

Camera

The 8.1 megapixel camera is very similar to that found on Sony Ericsson's last Cybershot device, the C905.

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CAMERA: it's the best camera on a Walkman phone yet

The Xenon flash is downgraded to standard LED but most of the other Sony Ericsson features are there, including an image stabiliser and auto focus, as well as smile detection and the marvellous BestPic, which takes seven pics in quick succession, both before and after you press the shutter, to ensure you get the best snap.

There's also a 16x digital zoom, macro setting and panorama, though we found this didn't stitch the three images together as easily as some versions of this feature.

Pictures were great in comparison with lesser camphones, but not quite up to the top standard of the 8 megapixel brigade – close inspection revealed a modicum of blurring and a bit too much purple fringing on the edges. It didn't seem to handle bright light particularly well either.

Video provided better quality than we were expecting, though it's still a drop in standard from the still picture images.

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FLASH: the LED flash does a pretty good job when taking fairly close shots

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LOW LIGHT: in these conditions the W995 didn't do at all well

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MACRO MODE: close up shots were surprisingly good although lacked the detail of fully fledged cameras

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OUTSIDE: colours are vivid, and focus is good, making the W995 a good all-round camera phone...

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... although from this section of the image above you can clearly see the lack of detail

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PANORAMA: the panorama mode was easy to operate although you can clearly see the joins between the three frames

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height97 mm
Width49 mm
Depth15 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesW
Battery Standby Time370 Hour
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

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Limited Warranty2 Year