Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson W595
Member Name: black_gold
Sony Ericsson W595
Date: 04/11/11, updated on 12/09/13 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Walkman player, price, well built
Disadvantages: No headphone socket, camera could be better
The Sony Ericsson W595 is a good for those who want a no fuss easy to use affordable phone. I've always liked the Sony Ericsson interface and found it simple and easy to use. It does all the basics you expect from a phone these days with focus on Walkman. When I bought mine I wasn't looking for anything fancy but I'm constantly listening to music so the Walkman feature was useful.
The obvious feature of this phone is the music player. If you are used to Apple technology or touch screen the W595 won't be as slick so if you have thousands of tracks and you're looking for a specific having a key operated phone won't find it very quickly. However for actually playing music the sound is great. The speakers are located on the top and bottom slanted edges on the front of the phone. This produces a loud volume which is aided by sitting the phone on a surface. Using headphones also produces good sound (obviously the headphones you use will play a role here also). I have since used other devices and I wish they had the volume the W595 has.
The downside to using headphones as with all Sony Ericsson phones until recently it that the phone itself doesn't have a normal headphone port. This is fine if you use the headphones provided as the length of the attachment and the headphones (the headphone cable is quite short) together is fine as that how it is designed to be used. However if you want to use a non Walkman headphones you'll have a mass of cable to tuck in a pocket somewhere.
A special feature of the Walkman in this phone is shake control. If you hold down the Walkman button on the side of the phone and shake the phone it will automatically change the track which is playing. This is something I never really used and forgot about as it's a little unnecessary.
The 3.2 megapixel camera is good but at only 3.2MP you wouldn't buy it for the camera. I personally find no problems with it and I've always found the quality to be satisfactory. Although the phone doesn't have a flash function so it's not great for detail in the dark. It also works as a video camera which I've actually found copes better with the bass at a concert than my digital camera.
The phone is capable of holding a micro memory card up to 8GB. It depends on your needs and purpose for using the phone if this is suitable for you.
The build of the phone is very sturdy. It has dropped/fallen numerous times none of which have had an effect on how the phone works. The corners have minor chips but I think that was the result of falling from my pocket onto concrete (just the once!) so to be expected.
Overall it's a great solution if you don't want to spend much on a phone and would like to be able to use it for music. The additional feature can come in handy but wouldn't be you're primary reason for buying the phone. I kept mine for three years until the ear speaker stopped working (could only hear calls if I had headphones connected) but during that time it had been reliable and I never felt the need to get anything else.
Summary: A good solution if simplicity is for you
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