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A Reliable Stand In Phone
Sony Ericsson W205
Member Name: xxSalzxx
Sony Ericsson W205
Date: 15/06/10, updated on 15/06/10 (45 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable, Long Battery Life, Cheap, The Walkman
Disadvantages: The Camera & Its Not The Best SE Phone Ive Had.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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