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      19.09.2012 00:15

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      I would recommend this to those who want to text and call but still want a good-looking phone

      This was my first phone and that is the phrase that best summarises its appeal. It is a very simple style and design with a basic slide to reveal the keypad and a front with the most important buttons. The menu system is highly effective with an opening screen offering quick links to the sorts of tools you will use most often such as the camera and your contacts. The main menu is easy to grasp quickly with accessible icons such as a camera and games. It is overall, a stylish interface with a large number of customisable backgrounds and dynamic, moving shapes and colour schemes. Externally, it is an aesthetically pleasing shape and colour. The black shown in this model is chic and this applies also to its other variations. For example, you can also buy an apricot and white version, which is even more appealing.

      However, its features are less impressive. For basic usage, such as text messaging, calls and contacts, it performs reasonably well. There are a number of issues which I have highlighted, though. The keys have been known to jam through wear and tear and the strict cap on characters in texts is infuriating. Moreover, its features are increasingly out of date in the mobile market. By comparison to smartphones, its internet capabilities seem like they come from the Stone Age and the 1.3 megapixel camera and video recording is ineffectual.

      Overall, therefore, this phone is suitable as a device for those looking for basic functions. It is highly durable for those that need it for these purposes and has lasted me about four years. In that time, it has survived falls from windows and moving buses; this is how reliable and hardy it is. A good first phone for me, but one that encourages you to buy a more complicated, up-to-date second phone.

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      31.08.2011 21:08
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      Nice little phone, let down by numerous technical hitches. Would not recommend.

      This is my first review, so I thought I'd go for something I know well and use every day... please bear with me. I got this phone for Christmas 2009, so I have had it for about 20 months. I think it's a good looking phone, I also like that mine is the pink version.

      It's quite light, and it slides open to reveal the keypad. The Menu screen is easy enough to get around - there are nine images, one for each submenu, and the title of each one comes up when you highlight it. The camera isn't bad (1.3MP), and the screen is pretty big. The keys are easy to use. There is a track ID function where you can play a song, and the phone uses the internet to identify it, but I've never used this. There are 2 games already on it, they are easy to use and pass the time, but nothing groundbreaking. You cann download other games for it though. There is a radio function; this only works when the headphones are in. I use this phone a lot for Facebook, and it is really slow, the pages are often too large to load completely, and it runs the battery down very quickly - phone usually needs charged once a day, but battery can drop straight from 'green' section into the 'red' as soon as you use the internet. It has all the usual functions - calendar, alarm, etc. It's a good basic phone, but it can be very frustrating.

      There are unfortunately a lot of negatives for me about this phone. The memory is very small without a memory card, which meant that I could only take one photograph and one 30second video. The sound on the video is good though.

      When I got it there were four different colour schemes you could choose from for the menus etc (available in the Settings menu). I don't know what exactly has happened, but a few months after I got it, the phone reset itself and now all the colour schemes are locked, so everything on my phone is less than basic. The background image is just a blank black screen, as the one photo that I had taken is now locked, and I can't do anything to it, even delete it. The ringtones now don't work either so I'm back to the good old Sony Ericsson ringtone.

      Another problem I have is that when I am texting, sometimes the phone freezes on the number of the key I'm using - for example, when writing the letter 'C', my phone will stick on the number 2, and the only way to get round it (apart from switching off and on again) is to keep pressing the same key until it works again. It also slows down when you are nearing the full capacity of the text message.

      It also has a funny habit of turning itself off or deciding not to ring when people call.

      When I started writing this review, I almost felt like I was cheating on my phone, and I felt bad, but reading it back, now I'm wondering why the hell I still have this handset.

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        07.03.2011 11:16
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        Not a bad phone.

        This phone is a fairly modern phone which came out only a few years ago. I know that now seems like a phone which is quite old really given the recent technological advances which have meant that smart phones are becoming the phone of choice. When I got this phone though it was a pretty decent phone.

        The phone came in a typical mobile phone sized box which was mostly red, given that it was locked to the 'Vodafone' network when I bought it. It had the typical 'Vodafone' logo on it and then a picture of some people using their Sony Ericsson W205 phone with smiles on their faces on the front of the box. There was some basic information about the phone on the box as well, including the name, model and the fact that this phone was on a 'Pay As You Go' tariff at the time of purchase which I thought was very useful information to have.

        Inside the box there was two compartments, one with the mobile phone inside it and the other with the charger and a USB to phone charger socket data cable. There was also a selection of manuals and product information inside the box, including information on how to use the product, how to charge it, safety information and warranty information.

        Once I had charged the phone (I think it recommended 8 hours on the first time it was charged) I turned the phone on fairly easily as the on and off button is just the 'reject call' button pressed and held down until it vibrates for a few seconds and then turns on. This was the first thing I found to be somewhat a problem because it took about a minute to get to the point where it was on and ready to work. For me, this was far too slow and should have been considerably faster.

        On a positive note though, the screen was a reasonable size (128x160 pixels) and quite bright. This meant that it was easy to use and see what you're doing with it without having to strain at all. The general size of the body of the phone was quite reasonable as well, coming in at 92.0 x 47.0 x 16.4 mm. This fits well in your hand when it is at this size being closed. It is a slide phone so therefore when you want to get to the keypad, you slide the screen up to reveal the keys and the phone becomes longer than this. Another bonus was the weight, as the phone only weighs 96g which is certainly not a bad weight.

        The memory of the phone is 5MB which isn't overly large but it does come with a memory card already in it which contains a further 124MB of space - certainly handy. It is fairly easy to get hold of a larger memory card to replace this one with though and this will mean that the space on the phone is increased.

        Upon opening up the main menu of the phone, you are presented with some options (9 on a screen, all in image form) for what you want to do next. These include entertainment (vodafone internet connection, video player, "TrackID" app which identifies a song when it is being played by taking a recording of it and then checking it online, games, radio and record sound), an internet connection, organiser and tools (my files - includes pictures, music, videos and memory card, alarms, calendar, torch, tasks, notes, timer, stopwatch and calculator), camera, messaging, walkman (mp3 player in-built into the phone), recent calls list, contacts and settings. From the settings menu there are five options; general (profiles, time and date, language, shortcuts, security, setup wizard, phone status and master reset); sounds and alerts (ring volume, ring tones, silent mode, increasing ring, vibrating alert, message alert and key sound); display (wallpaper, theme, startup screen, screen saver, clock size, brightness and sleep mode clock); calls (speed dial, smart search, divert calls, manage calls, time and cost, show or hide caller ID, handsfree, 'open' to answer and 'close' to end call) and connectivity (bluetooth, USB, phone name, mobile network, internet settings, java settings and accessories).

        Although this all appears to be somewhat complicated and like there is a lot of information to do with setting up the phone, I found it was actually quite easy because there is a different section for each thing you might want to do with it. This means that you are more unlikely to do anything wrong as you can just undo the one thing you had changed before things went wrong.

        When it comes to actually using the phone, it stated in the manual that came with it that talk time would be 9 hours and stand by time would be 425 hours. At first, I would say this was definitely the case. However, soon enough this changed to barely being the case at all and it definitely needs charging every single night without fail now. It often even dies during the day when I only took it off charge a few hours ago. This is probably the worst feature of the phone. I like to be able to use my phone and not have to worry about the battery dying all the time. I have actually recently purchased a new battery for it however and it seems to be working a bit better again so perhaps it's more a problem with the batteries.

        When you call someone, the phone seems to kick in to ringing the other number very quickly with little time being wasted waiting for it to get a decent signal. I always seem to have a signal everywhere I go apart from in one street I sometimes go to which isn't too bad considering I travel quite a bit around the UK. It is good for typing in the numbers as well because while the keys are quite small (probably 1cm across by 0.5cm down) they are surprisingly easy to use. Maybe this wouldn't be the case if you had larger fingers than I have though. When it comes to texting, sometimes there is a slight delay on the screen as it catches up with your texting speed if you're fast as I am but in general this is a pretty good phone for texting. It rarely misses out letters of words or anything like that anyway.

        When I bought this phone it was £50 and included £10 of credit which I thought was pretty good given that I didn't want anything too advanced or too pricey. I thought that the £10 credit it came with was good as well as this meant the phone only really cost £40. The credit wasn't on the SIM card the phone came with either which I thought was really good because this meant that you could add it to you existing SIM card rather than having to use the credit on a new phone number you may not even wish to keep.

        Overall I would say it is a fairly easy phone to use and has a reasonable camera and reasonable sound quality when you take recordings with it, especially given the price of this item. It's a shame the battery is so bad because in my opinion this phone isn't as bad as some people seem to be saying it is. It does it's job of being a phone after all and I feel that the other features of this are simply a bonus on top of the quality of the calls and texts it can produce.

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        01.11.2010 00:27
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        Not worth it what-so-ever. Save your money and buy something better

        I purchased this phone for about £50 as a replacement for an old one which had broken. And to be honest, i would have rather had the broken one than try and use this thing.

        It is a fine phone for use, though fairly slow in peforming simple tasks like typing a message, trying to flick through your contracts etc, and it is a pest.

        After about 30 days of ownership, which for my luck was just outside the warranty with the shop i got it from, the phone packed in completely. When i turned it on i would get a blank white screen, and taking out the battery and putting it back in worked for a little while, but 5 minutes later the same thing would happen.

        Also it wasnt actually sending the messages i was telling it too sometimes, i had many friends claiming that they hadn't recieved any messages from me. As well as this, in general use, the microphone and speaker on the phone are rubbish, you can barely have a conversation on it.

        Fair enough it is a cheap phone, and if you want a phone for 30 days or so then ok. But i would not recommend anyone to buy this. Save your money and get a better one.

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          09.08.2010 15:37
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          The W205 is one of my Sony Ericsson favourites, I'm not the biggest fan of Sony Ericsson phones because of the issues id had in the past with other phones, but this one impressed me.

          Walkman music; ....
          This phone has walkman on which is shown easily by the logo appearing on the front of the phone. It was the first walkman phone id had and I didn't buy it for the music as I had an ipod, but I did use the music and got along with it fine.
          The phone has a very decent sound quality; the volume is very good and clear. When on full volume, the volume is loud enough to be heard by everyone in one room.

          However the volume can also be turned down for your own personal hearing.
          The volume is turned up or down by the buttons on the side of the phone, I loved this as it meant you can hold the phone normally whilst editing the volume without having to use two hands... useful when you are carrying a lot!
          The music can be played, stopped and paused using the big circle button and songs are easily skipped. The music is so easy to use, even my mum can work it.

          Calling and texting; ....
          I find with Sony Ericsson phones, you don't need to re-learn how to use their phones whenever you get a new one, they are all set up using the same menu's and controls.
          One thing I did think about this phone thought was that it had an old looking menu, the display doesn't seem to be as up to date as most other phones. But for the price, you can't expect it to be great.

          Texting is simple and easy, selecting 'create new' from the list in messaging selection brings up a blank box where the text appears. However you can also add in text lines from the options box which some people prefer to use. Texting is no different than any other mobile phone, how easy you find it to text depends on how easy you think the buttons are to use on the handset.

          Calling is also easy to work, you can manage your calls from the phone menu to see the latest calls you have made or received, or see any missed calls you received. This can also be viewed by pressing the green call button whilst in the home main view.
          To make a call, you open your contacts from the menu and press the green call button when the person's name is selected.

          The phone; ....
          I found the buttons on this phone to be of a decent size compared to other Sony Ericssons I have tried. What I loved about the buttons on this phone is that they aren't raised! Because of this, sticky keys are avoided as there are no button gaps for liquid or moisture to escape down. Not having raised buttons also reduces the chance of getting dirt stuck between the keys thus reducing key problems!

          The buttons have a transparent layer over them, giving them a smooth feel making texting easier as your fingers can glide over the keys easy.
          The phone holds a slide feature however the phone can still be accessed when it is closed. Calls can still be made however obviously texts can't be made without having the buttons out.
          The unlock buttons are simply the left and then the right keys, meaning the phone can be unlocked without sliding it open.
          The screen is of a reasonable size however now that I have used larger screened phones, I wouldn't be able to adjust back to this phone very easy as the screen is much smaller than other phones which are newer to the market.

          The camera isn't fantastic and I wouldn't recommend buying this phone FOR the camera. If you want a phone with a good usable camera it would be worth buying a more expensive phone for that feature.
          This phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera with up to 2x zoom and video recording. 1.3 megapixel isn't too bad however I think because of the small screen size, it doesn't do the camera any favours.
          When wanting a wallpaper for this phone, I got someone to Bluetooth me a picture across and hoped it would work. Not all images will be shown sent through Bluetooth.

          The look of the phone is great and is mainly what drew me towards the phone in the first place. I went for the black however it can also be bought in pink and I think I saw it in silver also. The layout and look to the phone is smart and compact, the phone fits easily in the hand and the buttons on the front of the phone have a slight twinkle to them. This doesn't mean it is a girls phone however! The 'twinkle' makes the phone looks clean and doesn't give it the fairy dust effect at all.

          Battery life; ....
          I've always found Sony Ericssons to be not the best with battery life! When I had this phone I charged it about every other night, however on occasions where the phone was used more than usual, for example for music or a lot of calling, I'd need to charge the phone earlier.
          Since using this phone I've been onto Nokia's and found their battery life to be A LOT better, so even though the Sony Ericsson wasn't too bad at the time, if I ever went back to it, the battery life would probably irritate me.

          Price; ....
          This phone can now be bought for a very low price of between £30 and £40 depending on where you are buying it from. It is available from Tesco, phone stores and online as far as I know. It can also be bought in pink and is found on amazon for a little under £30! The cheapest place I've seen it so far, with free delivery!

          Overall; ...
          A perfect 'first phone' but not one to be recommended for the experienced mobile go-ers! The texting and calling is simple, the phone is overall simple and easy to use but the camera isn't great.
          Great for the price though and would be ok to be bought as an emergency car phone or work phone, or for the kids!
          Thank you for reading, I also post on Ciao

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            27.07.2010 20:22
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            An Old legendary phone,mostly for target audiences of 12-20.

            The Sony Ericsson w205 is a Walkman slide music phone which includes a range of features that makes this phone a complete achievment from sony, in comparison with quality and price.

            *****---Features---*****
            Camera-YES 1.3
            Audio-YES Walkman music player
            Bluetooth-YES
            Track ID-YES
            Talktime-13.5 hours
            1.8 inch TFT 65k Colour screen (128x160 pixels)
            Built in radio feature.
            Weight-98g

            *****---Price&Quality---*****

            The phones price is good for the quality and features that the phone holds. The current selling price for the phone is £40 PAYG and £90 Sim Free. The phone is currently only sold on VODAFONE communication network but can be unlocked at a charge to allow other network sims.
            When the phone was published on the 4th September 2009 it has become popular because of it's music quality and has been known as a new version of sony' music capabilities.

            ***---Disadvantages&Battery life---*****

            The phones screen is rather small which lets the phone down as most phones have quite large menu's and this one is little and does not match the phones looks or do the phones quality justice as it makes it look tacky. The screen harbours 3x3 menu icons that arein grid collumns which makes you feel like it is going on for a bit and they just could not be bothered to put much effort in to the phone. Around the phones screen there is lot's of extra space, I don't really know why it's there, it could be to make it look good but I don't feel it does much.
            The phones battery life is good as you can talk for 13.5 hours without the phone dying on you, this I feel is a very good timing for a phone of this price.

            *****---Extras& What comes with it---*****
            The box the phone comes in includes a PC cable so you can transfer media files from your computer and also charge at the same time.
            The phone also comes with a tidy headset so you can listen to your music on the go. I know most phones come with an instruction manual but I feel it is important to include it. The phone does not have 3G capability which I feel is important to have in a phone. 3G means 3rd generation in internet technology and gives the network extra signal strengh when browsing the net on your mobile.

            ****---My Experience with this Phone---*****

            I was bought this phone for my birthday last year and was not totally impressed with the quality of the phones actual look and feel. Like when you slide up the screen you can feel the back of the screen scratching the keypad which resulted in several marks making the phone easily damaged. I liked the phone at first because of the music player because I liked the quality of the audio coming from the speaker, the sound was clear and easily understandable. I thought the memory card slot (M2) like most sony ericsson phones the memory was excellent. Depending on what capacity the memory card was the songs could vary from 100-10000.

            ***---Overall-***
            Overall I will recommend a phone like this to someone who is looking for a cheap phone that will just do the job. Also that looks good,the phone comes in pink as well as black so if you were a child looking for a first phone you couldhave one like this and be the talk of your friends.

            Thanks for reading :)
            Pinky
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              19.07.2010 15:48
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              Great for price

              I like tinkering with phones as well as cameras and today I was given the opportunity to test the Sony Ericsson W205. As its just for me to play with on a Pay as You Go sim, I obviously cant comment on tarrif.

              One thing that I immediately like is the size of the phone. Its small enough to carry around, yet because its slides open revealing the keypad, its big enough to see the keys.

              The screen is a nice size with 128x160 pixel quality and the actual display provides a crisp clear image. One thing I cannot stand is a screen with a fuzzy display.

              In terms of capabilities, it has the usual phone book but goes one step further in that it has four personal phone books. This is a nice gimmick but when you assess the practicality of it, who would use four phone books? Personally I could think of nothing more frustrating than searching four phone books for one number!

              The camera is a nice 1.3 mega pixels, which isnt bad for a phone in this price range, I only expected a VGA camera so to find that its a bit more was a pleasant suprise. It also has video recording.

              Its very easy to use with the navegation buttons on the front being self explanatory, as well as the icons in the main menu screen. It has the usual functions you'd expect nowadays from a mobile such as bluetooth, Web Browser, Text Messaging, Multimedia Messaging, an Organiser with applications such as, torch, timer, tasks, stop-watch, notes, calendar, calculator and alarm clock.

              A novel featire which I believe is also available on selected Samsung handsets, though not in this price range is the Track Id function. Play a short sample of music to the speaker and using the internet it will identify the song as well as giving you the option to download to your phone. Another feature is that you can record your own ringtone.

              Battery life, seems to be ok, it lasting for approx 4 hours without loosing a bar with me playing on it.

              All in all, a great little phone, spot on for the price!

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              15.06.2010 15:32
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              Now as you all know I part of like to stick with what I know when it comes to writing reviews. I think Im best at writing about mascara or face lotion so thats what most of my reviews tend to be about. But since Dooyoo have changed their points system Ive been debating whether or not to try and write a review on this phone as I didnt know whether Id be any good at it but Im going to give it a go today and see how I get on. An electrical product newbie here so bare with me LOL. I bought this phone only a few weeks ago basically as a stand in until I could afford a better one (my old Sony Ericsson phone recently broke) and since Ive pretty much always had Walkman phones in the past I thought this would a reliable replacement that wouldnt cost the earth. Now when it comes to mobiles Im not to fussed to be honest as long as they call and text Im pretty happy and although I do like some added features they dont have to be top of the range and super duper to impress me.

              This phone only cost me £50 from my moms catalogue site Simply Be. I got the phone on PayAsYouGo but I have read you can get it on contract if you wish. My phone came on the Vodafone network but I think if you went to a proper phone shop you can get it on a network of your choice - I plan to get mine dual banded anyway. Also if you get this phone from places like Phones4U I think you can get great free text or minute packages with it so that may be worth keeping an eye out for if you are interested. I also got a 1GB memory card included with my phone but obviously if you need more memory than that you will probably have to upgrade your memory card.

              Appearance:
              The appearance of this phone to me actually makes it look more expensive that it actually is because the design is really sleek and trendy. My phone does look exactly like the one in the picture being black and silver in colour but I think it is also available in pink and white. The phone is really light and compact and is a slide up phone - this one will fit in your pocket without the obvious big phone bulge. All the buttons and everything are clearly marked so you know exactly what button does what and there is a memory care slot on the side that has a sort of protector over the top so your memory care doesnt keep slipping out - I had a phone previously that did that constantly so that is a great added design for me. Overall the appearance of this phone is great its small and compact so perfect for while your on the go.

              Navigation:
              I find this phone really easy to find my way around because Ive always used Sony Ericssons in the past but even if you never have before I dont think it would take too long to get to grips with this one. Like I mentioned previously all the buttons on the front of the phone are clearly marked with symbols so you know what buttons take you to what feature easily and there are shortcuts you can set yourself to get to things quicker for example your camera. The buttons on the side tell you exactly how much battery and memory you have left so you know exactly when your phone needs charging - no dead batteries here! The "homepage" is clearly set out with different sections like: messages, phone calls, address book, camera, Walkman and so on so your going to find exactly what you need really quickly. Im not sure whether or not this comes under this section but I do have 2 very slight problems with the buttons for this model: the keys are quite slow and by that I mean when you press a key it takes 4 or 5 seconds to register what youve pressed which means sending a text sometimes takes a lot longer but maybe Im too impatient. And the other minor issue is that this phone is constantly locking itself even when your in the middle of using it - I suppose that could be seen as a good thing though as at least you wont be making accidental calls to everyone in your phonebook while you phone is in your pocket. Finding your way around this phone is pretty easy to do and I think everyone can pick it up quickly apart from those two minor niggles I didnt have a problem.

              Features:
              I have very mixed opinions on the features for this phone because a few of them are absolutely great and there is one in particular that really is not. I didnt really buy this phone for amazing features but I still like a few such as a decent camera which believe me this phone does not have but it does have a great music player so that is why Im stuck at coming to an opinion on them.
              The Camera:
              As I already have a digital camera Im not to fussed about having REALLY clear pictures on a mobile phone and as this is only a 1.3 mega pixel I wasnt expecting them to be great quality anyway but the images really are beyond bad, The pictures come out really blurry so much so that you can barely tell what the image is of and that goes for whether your taking this picture super close or far away. The colours all seem really washed out and the pictures that Ive taken with it generally dont look very good at all and sadly the same goes for videos. If your buying a phone for a great camera then I cannot recommend this one.
              The Walkman:
              This is by far my favourite bit of the phone because I listen to music constantly. Ive only had this phone for about 2 weeks and Ive already got about 150 songs on it so far and I tend to favour this phone over my Ipod at times because the music controls are so much easier. The Walkman feature is great for people who are always on the go and especially if you use the gym because you can create set play lists for certain occasions its like having your whole CD collection in your pocket and if I was recommending it on the music player alone then Id be telling you to rush out and buy it!
              Messaging:
              Theres nothing majorly special about the messaging capabilities of this phone because it does exactly what it promises. You can send both pictures and videos along with your texts and also create and send voice messages. Ive not tried out the voice messaging yet but both the picture texts and ordinary texts have worked fine for me. Nothing special but it does the job.
              Calls:
              Again theres nothing really special about the calling on this phone. You can add your friends numbers into speedial and you can also voice activate peoples phone numbers but that is often more hassle than its worth because you have to say their name EXACTLY the same everytime.
              I have rang a few people and received a few calls on this phone (Im more of a texter!) and Ive been able to hear everything they are saying clearly and I hope they could understand me to. The first day I got it my friend was laughing on the other end as I couldnt figure out how to end the call and I had started a conversation with someone else while she was still on the phone - lucky I wasnt bitching about her LOL.The phone does the job call wise but I wasnt expecting anything special.

              Other features on the phone include email, Internet and bluetooth which I guess are pretty standard features on phones these days but as I keep saying I did not purchase this for its outstanding features. The features for the phone are good but not amazing and probably what you get on most phones. The camera is awful but the rest of them are pretty good overall so if your just looking for a phone that is reliable with a great music player and an okay camera then this is the phone for you!

              Id say you only need to charge the battery on this phone every three days possibly more if you listen to music a lot like I do from time to time so if you just need it to call and text your battery will last a lifetime!

              My Overall Opinion:
              I honestly cannot think of anything else to say about this phone so hopefully Ive covered all the information needed and added some opinions of my own! I think this is a pretty good phone and I fully recommend it to anyone who is looking for a simple, reliable phone that covers the basics without anything extra fancy. For people who like their special features though Id suggest you keep looking because you will be disappointed with this one. Ill be continuing to use this phone for some time to come and I think it will be a great stand in. PHEW! First phone review over hehe!

              Thanks For Reading

              x0 Salz 0x

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                02.06.2010 14:02
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                A solid purchase

                I got my W205 about a month ago now from Phones4u. The main reason I got it was because it was a really good package - 300 minutes, unlimited texts for £30 a month but with £300 automatic cashback. Therefore meaning I recieved 10 months of my 18 month contract free. Up until this phone I have always had a Nokia phone however a really good friend of mine has had the same Sony Ericsson phone for about the last 4 years! Having had a trial run with his phone I decided that Sony Ericsson was worth a punt.

                Thus far I am pleased with my phone; I have quickly got used the the navigation of the phone which is actually fairly similar to Nokia's. The W205 itself looks quite trendy and it is very light and easy to carry around. It also has a music player which I haven't actually used yet however it does seem like a good idea if you are out and about and don't have your ipod/mp3 with you.

                For my personal use the phone has all the features needed. It has a decent camera, music player, radio, bluetooth, access to the internet and most importantly it is easy to use.

                With the phone being quite small and compact you do find that you can hit the wrong keys when texting if your not careful however I think that this is something which is quite hard to avoid with a small phone.

                As the reviewer below quite rightly says the main issue with the phone is the slight unresponsiveness of the keys. I personally don't find it too much of an issue but there have been a couple of times where I have gone to do something quickly on my phone and it hasn't reacted fast enough so I have then pushed another button and after a bit of pause the phone will then jump on the wrong option.

                Overall this phone is clearly not the best on the market but thats not what I bought it for. I purchased it because I wanted a simple, attractive, reliable phone that was easy to use all on an attractive contract. I think that the W205 ticks all these boxes and therefore I think its a good purchase.

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                09.02.2010 13:20
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                An OK phone, but not for me

                I bought my Sony Ericsson W205 (black) from Phones4U as part of a promotion they had on at the beginning of December (although since then it seems to have been discounted in many other places too).
                Having had only Samsung phones for years, I was prepared for it to take a little while to get used to a completely different brand of phone, but on the whole it wasn't too difficult.
                Unfortunately I haven't really got on with this phone. Mainly because the keys seem fairly unresponsive - they seem to need to be held down for a relatively long time. This makes e.g. sending text messages more time consuming than I've found in the past. The main problem I had with this handset is that it seemed to have developed a fault. When creating a text message, if I entered a number rather than a letter this would invariably cause the phone to freeze. More often than not, the only way to 'unfreeze' the phone was to take the battery out!

                All in all - probably an OK phone, but not for me.

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