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I purchased the Sony Ericsson W395 roughly 4 years ago, as I have a tendency to break phones easily, when they drop out of my pocket or something.. Thus, I was looking for a sturdy budget-phone, so if anything happened to it, I wouldn't be too hard done by. I read a few reviews and ended up with this.
I moved onto Smart-phones last Christmas, despite them being around for two or so decades now..! It had reached a point where I needed a new phone desperately, as the on-off (and end-call) button had stopped working on the W395. Had the battery gone completely flat at any point, there would have been no way to switch it back on. Luckily, the battery tended to last around 2-3 days without requiring any charging, as I rarely used it (Sony Ericsson claims 480 hours on standby, 8 hours phone call "talk time" and 12.5 hours of music play. I'd say this is quite optimistic, to say the least, though the battery wasn't too bad), so it was a while before the inevitable death happened. Due to my paranoia about the on-off button, though, I did charge it every single night.
It was definitely pretty sturdy (and me-proof!) for a slider phone, and the sliding screen only began to wobble with the last few months of use, which lasted much longer than I had expected.
Another problem I encountered, and I'm not sure if this was the phone, my SIM or a combination of the two, was that if my signal / reception was lost (as often happens where I live, in the middle of nowhere, North Wales), it would then refuse to receive any of my messages until I restarted the phone and removed the battery etc, or made an outgoing call. But if I hadn't noticed my signal had gone, I wouldn't know that maybe there were unread, un-received messages somewhere on the network, trying to get to the phone... So, annoyingly, I had to do this on a regular basis, 'just in case'.
Appearance-wise, I thought it looked quite chic and 'cool'. It came with the choice of four different colours; Dusky Grey, Blush Titanium, Fiesta Black and Happy Pink. Mine was Fiesta Black (back side of the screen was purple though; nice touch!)
The keypad seemed small but unless you have large fingers and very little experience with typing on a keypad, then it shouldn't cause a problem. It was handier for me to have something that could fit into even the smallest of pockets.
The 2 inch display was certainly bright enough, whether in the dark (I used the screen as a torch to get up the stairs in the dark many-a-time!) or in direct sunlight, despite the actual image quality being fairly poor. I've noticed with phones before and after the W395, that in sunlight, there's usually no hope of reading anything at all.
As with all Sony Ericsson phones that I know of, the W395 has a very unique charging port, and so the only hope of charging it is with a Sony Ericsson charger (e.g. Samsung phones share the same connection / port as a Blackberry, and many other phones). Also, if you happen to lose the earphone adaptor, you've completely lost the ability to listen to music through earphones. In my opinion, it could do with a normal headphone socket too, as I've often misplaced the earphones with the adaptor attached and had to go without, or carry my MP3 player with me anyway, which defeats the object of having a Walk-man Phone...
It has a 2.0 Mega Pixel camera, which is really not great. In fact, it's awful, but it does have both video and photo capabilities. It does take photos and you can sort of work out what they're of. But this is a phone, not a camera, and it's advertised as a Walk-man Phone more-so than a Camera phone, so they don't claim to offer anything special on this front, either. I'd say that it's acceptable, considering the price range of the phone.
The Walk-man feature worked well, probably the best feature of the entire phone: the built-in stereo speakers were very loud, and even the in-ear earphones included in the package were great quality, considering that this is a budget phone. I even liked the little touches such as the attempt at visualisations during music play - that is, provided the screen is on and not locked, the directional keys (top centre) would flash purple in time to the music playing.
I managed to store 100-ish songs on the pre-installed card - 1GB Memory Stick Micro (included), but it seemed to produce a 16MB memory dump, and a lot of the 1GB appeared to be used up by unseen files, meaning it had less memory than expected.
Whilst there is no WLAN feature, it does have the Internet, with options to surf the web via a browser and read/answer emails. But without the 3G capabilities, it was too slow for me to even consider, and thus I never used the internet on the W395 (plus my Pay As You Go package with Tesco Mobile meant they tried to charge me a fortune whenever I even attempted to check an email).
However, because it doesn't have 3G, the battery life was somewhat better than even some smart phones today.
The pre-installed games left a lot to be desired; I recall mine had a Street Racer and Guitar Hero game, but they were both pretty limited (3 strings only on Guitar Hero pressing 4-5-6 on the keypad to strum). It also had a 'Sudoku Café' installed but there were charges incurred every time I wanted to play a game of it.
It has a FM Radio feature but the poor quality aerial meant I only had the option to listen to local radio stations. Predictive text worked, as you'd expect it to (I'm not a fan of predictive text anyway, though, so I'm pretty biased), and some other features I found useful were the Organiser and Bluetooth. I was also glad of the USB cable being included with the phone, so that music could be more easily transferred onto it. The ringtones and themes provided on the phone were average, though I did like the Yellow rubber ducky as my screensaver!
Processing was very slow, for me at least. It could take up to 10 minutes to load an application, and there is no option to minimise games or applications, so I just had to sit and wait for it to load. It also had a very low internal memory.
All in all, it's not a great phone, but it has many features that others in its price range don't, even if they're somewhat poor quality. It does what a mobile phone needs; it makes phone calls and sends/receives text messages (with the exception of my problem above), and a couple of the extras are decent, but most were simply satisfactory or poor. It worked, but there is nothing special about this phone.
I had this phone for a month because my previous phone broke. I have always had a Sony Ericsson make phone so when my other phone broke I quickly needed a cheap and good phone. This was the only cheap phone I was able to get without paying £10 extra for a top up as I was on a simplicity contract and didn't need it as it would of been a waste of £10.
Personally I didn't like it for one reason only. It didn't have a shortcut button where you can minimize applications and I needed that so I only used it for a month and then used my mums old phone until I brought another Sony Ericsson.
Apart from that, the camera is OK. The music player is good quality for the price of the phone. It cost me £60. It is easy to use and a good, nice little slide phone to have as a gadget. It is a Walkman so I'm happy to say the speakers are good quality.
Things I found good about this phone that made it what it is:
- Dimensions: 96 x 47 x 14.9 mm and weight is: 96 g
- Alert types are Vibration, MP3 and AAC ringtones
- Loudspeaker with stereo speakers
- Memory Stick Micro (M2), up to 4GB, 1GB card included. Internal memory: 10 MB
- Phone book contacts 1000 x 20 fields with photo ID
- SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, IM
- Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Standard battery, Li-Ion 950 mAh
Stand-by: Up to 480 h
Talk time: Up to 8 h
Music play: Up to 12 h 30 min
I have previously owned Sony Erricson phones prior to the purchase of the Sony Ericsson W395. I usually buy cheap £5 phones, as I lose them etc, and don't need internet etc whilst on the move, but had previously been 'donated' old Sony Erricson phones. Last year I bought the W395 from very.co.uk as I was in credit with their website and thought I would spoil myself, however was very disappointed indeed.
From the word go I had issues with the phone freezing up, sometimes rendering it unable to answer calls, or freeze midway through text messages. I appreciate most phones do this once in a while, however not usually from new, and certainly not as regularly.
I also found the Sony Ericsson user interface quite difficult and less user friendly than some mobile phone software, such as on a Samsung or Nokia, finding that some of the menus and options didnt seem to make sense. The other problem I encountered was that the phone seemed to regularly put itself into handsfree mode without me asking it to. More often than not I was able to turn it off this mode, however it was quite frustrating and did mean the phone made some noise on more than one occasion in my pocket when it was meant to be on silent. ( A glitch I have also had on other Sony Ericsson phones)
There are however some positives - the sound quality however was perfect on calls, and whilst using the built in walkman facility on the phone, with the volume turning up to very high levels, higher than on the other phones I have owned over last few years. The phone in itself was very attractive and looked like I had paid a lot more for it than I had, with a sleek silver case and clearly spaced button and keypad. The screen was also well lit for ease of viewing content and text messages.
I wouldnt recommend this model to others, and this has put me off buying a Sony Ericsson in the future, although do admit the other models I have owned in the past have been reliable and good quality.
It sucks as a multimedia phone.
It does play music though, as you'd expect from a walkman phone. This particular model has pretty good speakers and blast out some tunes loudly with very little distortion. Rather good for those long bus rides when you want to share some music with friends.
I got this phone intially as it was touted as an upgrade to 580i, which was a versatile phone.
It depends what you want to use this particular phone for, it's good for phone calls and does most of the network from GSM900-1900 and it's good for music. It's not good for other things, for example whilst it features a 2mb camera, it has no flash and the photo's themselves tend to be grainy - the lens, like many of the sony phones, is unprotected.
It's a budget phone, you can probably pick one up for £50-60 top whack. If you pay more than that, then please send some money my way too - I need it more than you do apparently. Be wary of any contract that offers you this phone and no gift for more than £15 a month depending on minutes and texts.
It comes with all the basic stuff you'd expect from any phone, so it scores no bonuses there but there is one thing that should be mentioned - It's supposed to have some sort of motion capabilityon it and some games that can take advantage of this. It's lies unfortunately, well, so far it is.
Personally, I find the operating system very slow and it struggles greatly to do more than 1/2 a task at once.
All that said, it's got an excellent battery on it - you can get about 6-7 hours of talk time out of it on a full charge (they say 8 on the website, but that's really, really unlikely) and the walkman option is fantastic - I load up the memory card with a couple of albums and spend a day cycling and still have 3/4 battery charge left when getting home. That's pretty neat. It does not have a headphone jack though, this is pretty dissapointing as the Sony Ericsson headphones are pretty rubbish.
i would not get this phone again, I'd rather get a phone with a camera, flash and some lens protection. It's good if you want a walkman and telephone combo. That's all!
I must say i quite like this phone its easy to use and great for music and simply calling and texting.The wap leaves a bit to be desired it is rather slow and can be difficult to pick up signal but if like me thats not that important then dont let it put you off.
This is the first phone that i have bought mainly for the walkman. its very simple to upload things to my laptop from.the camera isnt great,unfortanatley it is only 2mp which leaves phots(especially indoors)rather blurry.however i have taken and printed some fantastic out door shots that i am very pleased with. the little head phones that are included were far more comfortable than i expected and the volume control is very simple and of a good quality.
great little phone for general every day use,i use it alot for capturing my childrens antics on the camera and voice recorder.
pretty basic but suits my needs
I have always had pay as you go phones rather than contract ones and for the last few years I have had Sony Ericssons so when my last phone broke I decided to stick with what I know.
Firstly I'll explain what I look for in a phone so you know the viewpoint I'm reviewing this phone from... I do far more texting than calling so a straightforward easy to use text function is essential. Also, as I don't have a separate MP3 player I like my phone to have this function so I can listen to music whilst on the train etc. I don't use the camera on a phone very often as I have a digital camera but I do like it to have a camera facility as I don't always have my camera with me.
So, I have pretty basic requirements when it comes to a phone. This one was on special offer at the O2 shop and was only £40 which was pretty good. I had previously tended to spend about £100 on a phone but this time I was a bit skint so opted for this one.
Firstly the Walkman facility on this phone is great and just as good as previous, more expensive SE phones. I have a 2mb memory stick which is essential for this phone if you are wanting to store any music at all as the actual memory on the phone itself is tiny. Other sizes of memory stick are available, I can't remember how much I paid for mine as I had it from my previous phone, but I think you can buy a decent sized one for around £20. It is easy to upload music to your phone using the software provided and once the music is on your phone the Walkman function is simple to use. You can create playlists of your favourite music and tracks can be listed by artist or track title. Earphones are provided with the phone.
The text facility is simple enough but does have some annoying traits such as if you want to type a word starting with a capital letter the phone sometimes decides halfway through that it wants it all in lower case and changes it! It's a minor point but there are a couple of other niggles like this (that are too tricky to explain in writing!). All in all though, it texts, it's straightforward so what more do I need?!
The camera is somewhat disappointing. At 2mp it should be fairly decent (it is not so long ago that the majority of digital cameras were only 2 or 3 mp!) but for some reason it just isn't. It is grainy, doesn't take good pictures at all indoors and is not as good as other phones I've had with supposedly the same quality of camera. As I say I don't use this function loads so it's not a major problem to me, just slightly annoying, but it may matter more to some people.
Other than that, the phone has a calendar, alarm, calculator, a couple of games and an FM radio amongst other things. The calendar isn't the easiest thing to navigate when you are trying to set reminders and appointments, which I find annoying as I need this as my memory alone is just not sufficient!
The charge lasts for a decent length of time. I use the phone a lot each day and this includes some listening to music and some playing games, both of which drain the battery more and although I usually charge it overnight if I miss a night it still lasts until the following night. With less use I imagine it coule easily last someone 3 days before having to charge it up again.
It basically has all of the functions you will need for every day use of a mobile phone. It won't do anything spectacular and there are a few annoying things about it but for the price I'm not really complaining. Lets be fair, it probably won't be long before I lose it / drop it down the toilet again!
**How I ended up with this phone**
Back in March this year my mobile phone contract was up for renewal, having been a Vodafone customer for 10 years or so with a good payment history but a relatively low monthly spend I was offered a wide range of incentives to stay with the company. Spoilt for choice and fancying something up-to-date and modern I renewed my contract and selected the touch screen Nokia 5800 as my brand new phone. What a mistake. I hated the phone on sight and found it awkward to use the touch screen and considered it far too complicated for my limited requirements of making and receiving calls and sending texts while having the ability to store and play music tracks. At the same time as my upgrade my wife, who is on Vodafone Pay as you go was looking for a new handset and chose this, the Sony Ericsson W395. You can probably guess what happened next, yep; we ended up swapping handsets so I now have the W395 and my wife the Nokia and what a relief it is to have a phone that does exactly what I want with a minimum amount of fuss.
The Sony Ericsson W395 was launched early last year and similar to other Ericsson's is a 'Walkman' phone. For the purpose of this review and in an attempt to make this easy to read I will discuss the features that I think are relevant to a casual, everyday user in individual paragraphs and share my opinion on each of the points. So let's start at the very beginning:
**What do you get in the box?**
The handset itself (obviously), charger, USB cable (more on this later) instruction manual and battery. The instruction booklet gives a clear and concise walkthrough of the features of the phone but unless you have never owned a mobile phone before you won't really need to refer to it and its really just a case of inserting your sim card and battery, switching the phone on, plugging in the charger and allow it to charge for a couple of hours or so before being able to get to the good part, customising it to your own requirements.
The W395 is a slider phone whose screen covers its keypad. The screen gently slides up and down with very little effort but is not too loose so could open if turned upside down, The handset itself measures just under 10cm in length, 5cm in width and 2cm in depth and weighs only 96 grams and is comfortable to hold in one hand . The screen itself measures 2cm in length and 1.5cm in width and is a full colour screen which is clear and easy to read, there are 6 circular buttons on the handset itself which sit under the screen with the main menu button being the biggest of them all and around this are the navigation keys which allow you to move up, down, left and right though the menu options.
**Ringtones plus Making and Receiving calls**
Perhaps the most important reason for owing a mobile phone, right? In the past you had to make do with tinny, boring ringtones which came with the phone - not with the W395. As this is a Walkman phone it allows you to transfer your MP3 tracks that you may have on your computer into the phones dedicated music player and allows you to set your own choice of music for your ringtone. You can select individual songs for all of your contacts which I think is a nice feature and enables you to recognise who is calling you just by the song that plays.
Answering a call is easy as the phone can be set to connect as soon as the slider is moved up so there are no buttons to find or press. Making calls is just as simple as it's just a case of scrolling through your contacts with the navigation keys and then pressing a single button. Definitely user friendly and a hassle-free device on which you can make and receive calls without concern, there are absolutely no criticisms from me in this area on the W395.
Again, another area which is important to mobile phone users. You want to be able to send and receive texts on any phone and the keypad on the W395 is intuitive and easy to use - the buttons are smooth and although quite small they are not too fiddly so that you are prone to make mistakes. It does take time to get used to admittedly, but all new phones are the same - however once you have sent a few texts your thumb does become accustomed to where the keys are and I can text from this phone just as easy as I ever could on my other phones (apart from the terrible touch screen of the Nokia!) Similar to the customisable ringtones you can set any song you want from your music collection to act as the alert for when you receive a text and again I like this particular feature.
Perhaps the phones strongest area and the reason my wife originally bought this handset in the first place (and why I was happy to exchange my Nokia for this). 1GB of memory allows you to transfer some (probably not all) of your MP3 music tracks from your PC/Laptop to the phone via the USB cable which comes supplied and the tracks are stored on the phone for easy access. The back of the handset features 2 inbuilt speakers which provide clear sound reproduction and the volume can be set surprisingly loud for a mobile phone. Accessing your music tracks is straightforward and easy and rather than carrying my IPod and mobile phone around together I find that I can make do with just my phone when I'm out and about as the earphones are interchangeable between the two devices - of course my IPod has a larger memory and holds more songs but if I'm out with the dog or just want to listen to some music for a short period of time I know that I can select my favourite tracks on my phone and pass a bit of time.
Where the Walkman is the strongest area it has to be said that the camera is without doubt the weakest. A 2 mega-pixel camera really isn't good enough for what is a relatively new phone and I find that the picture quality is quite appalling really, pictures are grainy and blurred and this is the only feature of the phone that I consider to be poor. If you are a regular user of a camera on your phone then this will undoubtedly, and quite rightly, put you off buying the W395 as there far better options available to you. Fortunately this is something that I don't use very often as we still have my Nokia which boasts a 5mp camera; however this is still disappointing and should have been more impressive than what it actually is.
I don't use this feature so cannot comment on how it works - I am a bit old fashioned I'm afraid when it comes to phones and only use them for making calls and texting so this is one area where you would have to research further. Sorry!
All in all the W395 appears to be well made and sturdy. Depending on what network you choose will determine which handset you end up with as there are different colours available. Orange have an exclusive 'pink' version of this phone whereas Vodafone's is silver, the other networks have it in a generic black colour (as illustrated in the picture above) and fortunately for me mine is from Vodafone and is therefore silver (I really wouldn't fancy carrying a pink phone around with me!)
The menu is easy to navigate around and the keypad simple to use, the phone could probably be best described as being 'low end' and isn't an all singing, all dancing affair I have to admit. However, for me it is ideal and would probably suit someone like me who is looking for an easy to use and straightforward device on which to make and receive calls and texts. The music player is an added bonus which lifts the handset from being too basic and you would probably be correct in assuming that my wife got the better end of the deal ending up with a £300 Nokia and me a £50 Sony Ericsson but to be honest with you I wouldn't want to swap back!
Rather than make this review anymore epic in length then it already is I won't list all the specs, facts and figures as these can be viewed on the Sony Ericsson website here-
http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate /products/phoneportfolio/specification/w395# (remove the space)
-as otherwise it will just make for unnecessary padding - I have mentioned the areas that I am familiar with on my phone as I believe that is what an everyday consumer will look for in making a purchasing decision.
**Price, Availability and My Rating**
From the Vodafone website this phone will set you back £55.00 but can be found cheaper from other places (Amazon for example) and for me represents excellent value for money. There are concerns particularly with the camera but overall I am very happy with my phone and would recommend it to anyone looking for something cheap and reliable, you can expect to get a significant amount of talk time and standby time in between charges (anything from 8 hours constant use up to around 3 days of minimal use) and the phone is quick to fully recharge (in around 1-2 hours).
Recommended and well worth its price tag, the Sony Ericsson W395 receives a very good 4/5 dooyoo star rating and gets the thumbs up from me
Thanks for reading my review.
After seeing this phone's 'downgrade' online a month ago, I was delighted when my husband bought me it for Christmas. Only left to be disappointed as the internet was awful and I was having real trouble picking up a signal. He popped down to Phones 4U and ended up coming home with this phone, the upgraded version of the one he returned. I was actually much more impressed with this one, it looked a looked a lot better than the previous version, and the functions were much more improved, too.
After using my Viewty for about 18 months prior to this, I had grown used to a touch screen phone and worried slightly about getting used to a different handset. The first thing I preferred about this phone was the size, it made my Viewty look like a brick! It sits very nicely in the palm of my hand and is really light, too.
My version of this phone is pink - the casing on the front is a metallic pink. There is a screen roughly about 1.5-2 inches long and an inch wide.
Underneath the screen are some keys - in the centre is a round dial, which is your navigation bar to use your phones menu, and also double up as controls for the Walkman feature, including play/pause, and skip back and forward. Either side of the dial are your call butons for accepting and hanging up calls. Underneath the accept button, is a small round key with a 'w', this button takes you straight to your Walkman music instead of going through your menu. The cancel button is underneath the disconnect button, and there are two more keys to use a shortcuts through your menu.
When you slide the screen up it uncovers your number key pad. On the side of the phone is a camera button which acts as another shortcut. And on the top there is a slot for an M2 memory card.
The camera is a 2.0 MP camera, so good for nice basic snaps, but it doesnt take the greatest pictures. They can sometimes come out a little fuzzy and in dim light they are really hard to see, but if you use it outdoors it manages to get some pretty good snaps.
The Walkman feature can be accessed in your menu. I add songs by connecting my phone to the pc via the USB cable that was supplied, and use a simple drag and drop technique to transfer my songs. They all then show up on a playlist on your phone. This phone has two loudspeakers on the back which help you enjoy your music better as the volume is good and the sound is clear. I have on more than one occasion had problems of my music crashing and making a horrible noise and I have to remove the battery to stop it, but Im not sure if this is a phone fault or my files, but I dont often use the Walkman player so I never bothered to find out.
Im a big fan of phone internet, especially Facebook, so it was important to me that I get a good connection and easy access. I can quickly access my internet from my menu, it doesnt take long to connect, and all my favourites are saved on the homescreen. The image quality is great and its easy to use. I only really use it for Facebook, Sky news and football results, but have no complaints about it doing what I want.
My main downfall on this phone is that I am a huge fan of texting, I send lots and receive lots, so I like to have a big memory as I cant really be bothered to keep deleting texts, but the text memory is not as good as I have had in the past, so every few days I have to delete all my messages.
Other functions this phone has are - file manager, to sort your music, photo and video files. Organiser, which includes a basic calculator, calendar, alarm and stopwatch plus a few others, plus settings to sort out your call settings, connectivity, phone settings etc. There is also a FM radio which you just need to connect headphones to to listen to.
There is also bluetooth connectivity, and you also have the USB connectivity too.
I have to say, that after having a more expensive phone, I wasnt too sure how I would get on with this one, but it is brilliant. I have no problems with it, it has a few nice little extras as well as doing all the things I need from a phone, calls, texts and internet, and it does it well.
The other thing with this phone is that its so much cheaper than some handsets around today - you can pick this up for just under £50!! And if you are buying the pink one for the girlys out there, Phones4U have this for £49.95 and it comes with a Bourjois lipgloss and mascara, that for freebies are actually pretty good!!
If you after a simple but effective little handset, I would efinately recomend this one
i got this phone for my birthday about half a year ago, it was my first phone so it's hard for me to compare it to others. however, i can tell you what i think about it. at first it seemed difficult to get used to the navigation of this phone but after several days playing with it you suddenly get used to it. thats when the phone becomes attractive, something it is already, i've always like the colour design of the phone, the platinum and orange works well. the battery life of the phone is very good at minimal use it could last at least two days and at maximum use (which for me is texting + listening to music) it can last one day. the phone has alot of features as well, the ones i use the most seem to be: the mp3 player, the fm radio and the camera. the mp3 itself has a few faults sometimes when i receive a text it sometimes turns itself off, other than that it's provides a great music player with excelent sound quality. the camera works well if you have good lighting, trying to use it at night isn't really an option and finally the fm radio provides that little bit extra when you want to listen to the radio. the phone has a few faults of the ones i can remember are: you get buzzing when your in a call, which can be very annoying. finally i don't like how you can't listen to the radio and charge teh phone at the same time, but i guess thats a problem for all sony erriccssons.
I bought this phone when my beloved Sony Ericsson W580i bit the dust. The W580i is the more advanced, older version of this phone which is strange because you would think that a newer version would be better, more advanced...you'd be wrong.
I would say that roughly 60% of the features are missing off this new model, its so basic, I bet my pet rabbit could use it (and get as bored as I do with it..) The games are naff, the ringtones are primitive and you cant view emoticons or animations on a message. Half the applications are missing and I personally miss the pedometer feature and fitness app. You cant edit photos like with the W580i, or make video stories linking photos with music.
I got the phone in a blind panic, a little research on the net before hand then BANG i bought it. The second I turned it on I sensed something was awry..somthing not quite right with it..it was...a simpleton phone.
Dont get me wrong Im no evil genius who loves gadgets I just like things to be how I expect them to be. The Sony Ericsson website and GSM arena made the W395 out to be a better-sister phone of my beloved W580i and of course it wasnt and of course when i took it back to the shop they wouldnt accept it because i had been opened.
Admittably me and the phone are getting on fine nowadays. The keys have snapped through the plastic - and the camera gets more rubbish by the day - but I can call and text and thats all thats important. I think. Its very reliable though, and it is sleek and light but beware of the battery it can drop quite quickly unexpectedly.
I think its pefect for a kiddie or teenager because it has Guitar Hero loaded on it. Either that or a mid-life-crisis age person who wants the simple life but with things to impress peers with like a camera and mp3.
I got the Sony Ericsson W395 about a month ago now, and I've been really pleased with it so far. It was very reasonably priced on the Tesco Direct site at £65, and I also got a bonus 2000 clubcard points when I bought it (which are worth £80 in clubcard deals!). So obviously I was pretty chuffed with the price, as I technically have got this with a £15 profit. But I'd have been just as pleased if I'd paid £65 for this without getting that bonus back. If you shop around, some places offer it from £50 even.
Setting this phone up and getting to grips with it was easy. The menu is clearly laid out and very easy to navigate around. There are lots of picture icons in the main menu, with the pictures obviously pointing to what the manu option is for. I've had a fair few mobile phones over the years now and can honestly say that this is one of the easist ones I've owned with regards to set up and navigation.
The big things worth reviewing here are obviously the phonebook, the call quality and the text facilities as they're the main things that most people look for in a phone (that isn't an iphone type of thing). Well the phonebook is good, though there is one small gripe I have with it, and that's that there isn't an option to attach multiple numbers to a single name. I like being able to put people's work and home numbers etc under a single listing, but this phone means I have to put people's names in as Lloyd Home and Lloyd Mob etc. On the plus side the phone book is accessible using one key from the standby screen, and I can type in the first letter of someone's name to bring them up quickly too.
The call quality is good, though it isn't the best I've ever had. For a phone in the lower price range it's the best you could ask for, but I would say that I could do with the volume being that tiny bit louder sometimes. I can hear what people are saying clearly, and they can hear me too, but I would have liked the option to turn the volume up really.
The texting facilities are perfect, and I can access those from the standby screen too. I can choose from standard texting, predictive texting or numbers when I write, which is great because I hate predictive texting and can't stand it when phones try to force me to use it! Once you've chosen your preference, the phone will always automatically give you that setting when you go to write a text message.
There are quite a few added extras on this phone, with the Walkman being the most obvious appeal. It's an absolutely brilliant walkman by phone standards, and especially when you consider the price of this phone. Again, there is a way to access it from the standby screen using just one button, so it's quick and easy to get to. It's loud enough to use from the main speakers, or you can use the headphones which come included with your phone if you prefer.
You can easily and quickly connect this to your PC to download your favourite MP3 files to the phone, and you can just do this using Windows Media Player (which most people have) so there's no extra software to download. Plus there's a 2gb storage card already included in your phone, so you don't have to worry about space! I've got over 100 songs on mine and there's still most of the card left to fill if I want to.
The sound quality is great, and I can easily skip between tracks using the buttons on the circular dial on my phone. I can even create playlists if I want to, so I can have pre-arranged song lists at the ready quickly and easily to suit my mood. I really can't praise the walkman facilities highly enough here. Some people might not be impressed that the volume won't go up terribly high on the speakers, but then it is a phone not a sound system!
There's also a camera on here, and it produces perfectly reasonable quality pictures and short videos. Nothing particularly special, but again, this is a phone - not a camera. It takes perfectly adequate pictures of spur-of-the-moment snapshots, and it's an easy way to get wallpapers of family members onto your phone as well. That said, you are able to download existing photos from your PC to use as wallpapers on your phone if you prefer.
There are some games on here though these are only really demos, and if you want to play them regularly you'll have to fork out for the full versions which you can download from the internet. A little sneaky yes, but then there's so much on this phone that you can't grumble too much.
Finally, the system settings are really easy to use. You can change the themes on this phone to suit your personality, and it's really easy to choose either a pre-installed ringtone or an MP3 file as your ringtone. The internet facility is easy to access, and I've had great connection using this phone on T-Mobile. I just click to access the internet and wait a few seconds before going live. I can bookmark my favourite pages, such as my email inbox, and quickly access them to check things online while I'm out and about. Similarly the organiser and alarm clock are straightforward to use, and very well designed too.
I can't recommend this phone highly enough. It's without a doubt one of the best I've ever had within this price range. There are a couple of very minor gripes, but nothing that could stop me from giving this five stars. This is the best value for money I could have hoped for. I can't believe how easy this phone is to use, and yet it has so many great functions. It even looks stylish and is slim and lightweight too.