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Sony Ericsson W995 review

The latest Sony Ericsson Walkman also has an 8 megapixel camera

As a Walkman handset, music is obviously the core skill for the W995 and it has all the features we've come to expect, with exceptionally good sound quality augmented by Clear Stereo and Clear Bass features, as well as a five-band graphic equaliser and FM radio with RDS.

But the W995 comes with its own set of external stereo speakers.

They do a good job of augmenting the handset's own stereo output, and provide enough volume to fill a medium-size room with background sounds. They run off the phone's battery though, and there's no way to plug either into the mains when they're connected, so it's a feature you'll want to use sparingly.

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SPEAKERS: they do a good job but we'd still recommend using the supplied earphones wherever possible

The supplied headphones are supposedly the best that Sony Ericsson can offer and they are indeed very good, with a pleasingly broad dynamic range and decent levels of bass. This is the first Walkman phone with a 3.5mm jack plug – and the first time we've felt that we didn't really need it.

Media

The W995 plays MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC and WMA audio formats (but no ATRAC, which seems to have been left out to quietly die by Sony) and MPEG-4 and WMV formats for video.

Playback quality was generally decent enough considering the size of the screen, though not all formats can be shown full screen – so widescreen movie trailers for instance played with black bars on top and bottom.

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MUSIC & VIDEO: the W995 is a great little media player but falls behind many of its big touchscreen rivals

The new MediaGo syncing software is a boon, making it easier to sync media with your PC or Mac. There's even an online store, not that there's a lot on it just yet, and a selection of free movies via the PlayNow Arena online service, which offers locked ODF files.

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They're not great movies in truth, Jackass 2.5 was the best available last we looked (no, really), but it does offer an easy way to get full-length, free and legal films onto phone, and Sony Ericsson says it will be adding five new films each month.

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

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