Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Not bad for the price
Sony Ericsson W395
Member Name: kissandmakeup
Sony Ericsson W395
Advantages: Cheap, fairly easy to use, has all the basic functions
Disadvantages: Some annoying features, camera not good
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!
Summary: Don't expect the world of it but it's not a bad phone
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