Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... 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 mu... more
I Love This Phone!
Sony Ericsson W395
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Sony Ericsson W395
Advantages: Easy, Stylish, Great Functions
Disadvantages: A Few Minor Bits Missing
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.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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