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I loved this phone when I first got it a couple of years ago, as it did everything that I wanted it to. It made phonecalls, sent texts, connected to the internet, had googlemaps and doubled up as an mp3 player.
My love of the phone soon vanished though as it very quickly started going wrong. Only a couple of months into owning the phone, it started to lag behind when typing or moving between applications, before eventually freezing up, buzzing and either restarting itself or just going to a blank screen which would then mean taking the battery out for a while and then replacing it before it would work again. I thought it was just my phone and took it to be checked, though they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Since then I have come across other people who have suffered similar problems with this phone, so it seems to be a general fault rather than my particular handset. The most irritating part was when it would freeze as you answered a phonecall, then when you restarted the phone to call back it would freeze again...and again...and again.
One of the only advantages of this phone is the fact that it is incredibly small and lightweight, but generally I wouldn't recommend this phone at all. I couldn't be happier to see the end of it!
When I first got this phone I loved it, particularly because of the sleek design. I've always preferred smaller, lightweight phones and this one ticked all the boxes. It still had enough technology to do everything I wanted but didn't have to compromise on looks to fit it all in. I never ran out of space to store music and never deleted a song the entire time I had it (18 months).
The camera is really good on this phone, not as good quality as a digital camera but no blurring. Again, I had no probles with memory, I took a lot of photos.
However, during the last few months of using this phone it started to turn itself off when fully charged and a red light would appear on the back of the device. I couldn't switch the phone back on until this light went out which was extremely annoying. It always happened during phone calls also so after enduring a few months I upgraded and started a new contract.
I got this Sony Ericsson W890i phone on contract and I haven't been happier to get rid of it!
I've always been a fan of Sony Ericssons until I had this phone....
To start with, I was pretty pleased with the phone when I first got it. I loved the design, the feel of the phone and it didn't take any getting used to as it holds the same layout to every Sony Ericsson phone.
This phone is available in three different colours, silver, brown and black. It's the brown I was given and I was pleased with the casing and durability of it.
The casing doesn't easily scratch however many times it's dropped!
I've found with other mobiles the phone looks dated after a few months of carrying it around with you! I had this phone for over a year and by the time it broke it still looked almost new!
I found this phone very easy to use, as it is a Sony Ericsson phone which holds the layout and settings to every other S E, I already knew the basics of the phone. Although I found it quite easy to get a hold of every new aspect!
The phone has a unique design; it's very slim making it easy to fit into your jeans pocket and your tiny handbags! Because it's quite slim, it's also light and easy to hold. I liked the shape of this phone as I like to feel I can hold on firm to my mobile when I'm out and about.
The buttons on the phone are quite small and I struggled to work it a lot of the time. This phone definitely isn't suitable for the 'sausage finger' type people! The keypad buttons are firm and easy to press although their size makes texting annoying and frustrating!
The power button is found on the top of the phone and is also very tiny! I couldn't even find it when I first had this phone! The size of the power button could make it difficult for some people to use however it also means it's harder for your mobile to accidentally get caught in your bag/pocket and turn itself off!
As well as the power button, the other buttons found on the outside of the phone are also very small! Although this is expected due to the slim design.
The screen size is reasonable and I didn't find any problems with it, perhaps it could have been improved by increasing the button sizes and decreasing the screen size!
The screen quality is clear, I didn't have any problems with the quality of the screen.
The screen specifications are; ....
262,144 colour TFT,
I got a memory card free with this phone so I found the memory capacity to be very good. It supported any images and music I had saved to my phone.
There is the option to update the memory card in the phone to suit a larger capacity if needed.
Bluetooth is available on this phone making sharing images and music easier. The Bluetooth is easy to find and easy to use. I didn't have any problems with the speed of the Bluetooth when using this phone.
This phone is a walkman phone, meaning it's great for storing music and using music from the phone! The songs get saved in an easy to use layout giving you the option to search for various artists through the list of songs you have on your phone.
The volume isn't great for a walkman phone. I stuck to listening to my music through my earphones!
I don't depend on my mobile camera although it's always handy to have a little camera available for those 'picture opportunities!' If you are wanting a mobile with a good enough camera.... this phone isn't for you! In fact after the first 2 months of having this phone, I gave up using the camera all together!
There isn't a flash on the camera meaning the pictures come out very dark indoors unless you are under a bright light! Taking pictures outside isn't much better though, they often came out blurry and of poor quality, even when I held my breath to get a still picture!
There is a 3.2 zoom option with the camera which I never really used, it didn't improve the camera quality so I didn't see the point!
The camera is a 3.2 mega pixel which isn't very low; I've used other phones of the same quality before which have been a lot better!
Overall, the camera is basically rubbish!
Battery Life; ....
The battery life of this phone went downhill rapidly. When I first had the phone I was charging it around every 2 to 3 days, and being sure not to over-charge it.
After about 4 months I found I needed to charge the phone much more often and in the end the phone was on charge every day! I did consider buying a new battery for the phone, thinking maybe it was just my luck! Although when consulting others with the same phone, they said they also had the same problem.
Main faults; ....
This phone soon developed faults which rapidly increased. The phone turned itself off at random times and sometimes did it multiple times a day.
I was told by someone that this was also a battery fault.
I've had this problem with other Sony Ericssons I've used, so is this just a S E fault?!
Another fault I found was that the back didn't like to stay on; it sometimes came off when I gripped the phone too tight or lightly dropped it onto the sofa.
I dropped the phone one day and the back came off, from that day onwards the back slipped off very easily. The catch which was supposed to keep the backing on the phone was very small and tacky! It must have gotten broken and caused this problem!
I wouldn't recommend buying this phone. I'm not the only person to find problems with this phone, other people I know who also had it also experienced the same problems! I heard the phone is no longer available from stores! However if you are considering buying this phone ... I wouldn't waste your money!
Coming to the end of my 18month contract i am choosing to review the phone now.
The phone is pretty easy to use, the menu pictures display what each option is quite clearly.
The phone comes with a free 2gb card, but i got an extra 4gb card free with my deal.
The buttons on the phone are quite small, so if your previous phone had chunky buttons, this would take some getting used to.
The Camera is 3.2mp camera, but it has no flash and is terrible at taking pictures in the slightest bit of darkness. But in daylight i have taken some pretty clear pictures, quality you would expect from 3.2mp.
Another downside is that the zoom fuction only works on the VGA camera, not on the 3.2mp, which can be annoying at times.
The phone, after about 12 months constantly freezes and/or crashes, resulting in me having to take the battery out to re start it. Even during phone calls.
When you have the MP3 player on in the background and are trying to write a text, it has a delay on writing the words.
I am now having to charge the phone every other day, and i hardly use it, and sometimes the charger doesn't connect properly, which i had no problem with at the beginning.
This phone is what I would class as 'nothing special'. After having it for 12 months I can't wait for a change. Although is great for very basic phone users and very asthetically pleasing and slim line I wouldn't recommend for a heavy phone user. Often had trouble with the software, resulting in the phone restarting itself. Also seemed to be heat sensitive: when moved from a cold surface to the warmth of my face it would restart. Not good for answering phone calls!
** The Phone **
Sony Ericsson market the W890i as "as thin as a CD case and dressed up for grand openings", I'm not quite sure what the last bit means, maybe that it is a classy looking phone, but the first bit is definitely true. I picked this phone as my last one was a Sony Ericsson and I had no problems with it at all, and I wanted one that wasn't a slide phone (as I found myself cutting people off left right and centre!) and I wanted one that was pretty (!).
The phone has a number of features that are handy from a Walkman player (a bit like a CD player in your phone), a radio inbuilt and a 3.2 megapixel camera.
** Features **
The W890i has various applications, some of which I have never even used, but I am sure are great for the crowd that want more than just a phone.
* Media Go * - this is something that allows you to transfer your files between your PC and your phone, meaning you have access to all sorts of files etc. using a specific drag and drop method. Media Go automatically converts films and music files so that you can view them on your phone.
* Walkman * - This, as I said above, is like having a little CD player on your phone, so you don't need to have a media player and a phone, its already inbuilt.
* Video Call * - This phone is also 3G which allows you to make video calls to other 3G mobile holders.
* Web Browser * - This phone has internet browsing capabilities, allowing you to browse almost any website wherever you are.
* Integrated Camera * - built in digital camera with dedicated menus and direct interaction with phone messaging and even video.
* PictBridge* - This allows you to connect your phone directly to a printer and print your photographs, without using a PC
** Specification **
Size: 104.0 x 47.0 x 10.0mm, 4.1 x 1.9 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 78.0g 2.8oz
Colours Available: Sparking Silver, Mocha Brown, Espresso Black
Memory: Memory Stick MicroTM (M2TM) support (up to 4 GB) Phone memory 28MB*
** My Opinion **
I have had two other Sony Ericsson phones and so thought I would carry on and get another one when my upgrade was due. This phone looks smart, and feels so light and thin that I jumped at the chance to have it. All has been very well, the camera is brilliant and so is the video giving great quality images. The games are ok, but there could be more generic ones (there is a Sims game which doesn't interest me, I would prefer the normal Bejewelled or something similar, but that's me being picky).
The phone itself has lasted ok, and even though it has been used quite regularly still looks quite new.
The buttons are easy to use, and are not too small. The menu is also easy to use, and the colour screen is great.
The only real problem I have had with this phone is the reliability of late. For some unknown reason it turns itself off, and then more recently it has taken to turning itself off and loosing all of my photographs, music and downloaded ringtones. It was like this for a good two weeks, then after another session of it switching itself off again and rebooting, they all re-appeared.
It is quite worrying so I have decided that I shall be investing in a new phone soon, but maybe it just needs a new battery?
Anyway, overall a good looking phone with lots of cool gadgets, but the reliability leaves something to be desired.
This was my previous Sony Ericsson before my new phone.
To me it was a standard phone no oomph about it, nothing special. Was good size, lightweight and easy to use.
Good camera, great if you like music as it is a walkman phone
I couldnt get picture call to work at all, it kept cutting out and freezing, switching on and off, nothing exciting compared to other Sony Ericssons before this one, Small buttons so not the easiest to use, my partner had same one and the sound on his went could only hear through head phones.
I also found in most Sony Ericssons not just this one after a while the charger and charge bit on phone comes dodgy you have to play around and get it to sit right for it to charge almost seems like the charger is loose and not sitting properly.
I found it a waste of money when it came out at £149 after a few weeks it was down to £89.
Comes in Mocha, Silver and Black but I wouldn't buy again.
A slightly better looking version replacement to the W880i. Although suffers from software problems with the orange software. Will work for a period of time then just start to restarting itself all the time for no reason. The camera was exceptionally poor as my old W810i could take better quality pictures. Walkman software was old and outdated however it was easy to use. The downside I had with this phone was it being with Orange the shortcut button only showed open items and did not offer shortcuts as the name would imply. Casing was very strong as proved when dropped several times. As hardwearing as the W810. The video calling quality was very poor as you could not hear the other person unless using the headset which in itself was poor as well. The features and applications the phone would have had were not in use as the Orange software altered what you could use making it not so good. Overall a relatively easy to use if you do not have the Orange software - I would definitely NOT recommend having any Orange software at all else you may not enjoy the use of the phone!
The w890i phone is the first Sony Ericsson mobile I have used. The positives with this phone is that it is a great looking phone, very slim and lightweight. The buttons are small but easy to use and the camera takes very good photos. The walkman 3.0 Music Player I haven't actually used a I still like to use my MP3 for listening to music.
However, although this phone has some good positives I feel that the negatives far outweigh these. I was very happy with my phone for the first 6 months then problems started. Firstly, the phone is not in anyway shockproof - even dropping it on the carpet in my house would make the phone turn off, also it would often turn itself off when carrying it the back pocket of my jeans. This I could deal with but then the main problem occurred. In a strong signal area (Vodafone network) the phone would say 'emergency calls only'. I took it to be repaired as it seemed to be stuck on this signal strength. I was told to download new software from Sony Ericsson to sort the problem - it did not. I bought a signal booster to increase signal strength, no change either. (I knew I was in a strong network area as my husband would have full bar strength on his Vodafone). The phone then started to cut out in middle of texting and would freeze up. This requires you taking the battery out and turning the phone back on to fix the problem - this could happen up to six times daily. Very frustrating. I have 6 months left on my 18month contract and I have now bought a PAYG phone to get me through to the end of my contract.
Yes, it is a great looking phone with very good features but I would not recommend this model of phone - I have spoken to others and these problems seem to be common unfortunatley.
I loved this phone, its small compact easy to use and with the memory card has loads of space for music and completely replaced my mp3 player. It has loads of litle gadgets on the walkman side of it and i really like the sense me app on it. the rest of it is just a simple phone very easy to get you head arround and the camera is good quality although you cant zoom as your taking a picture which i found weird and at times an inconvenience. Its fairly simple to hook up to a computer but did take a bit of getting used to.
As for the look and feel of the phone it feels really nice, all in metal so it doesn't feel cheap. I love the size of it, very slim not chunky, barely noticeable in your back pocket. The screen is also a nice size, if you have big fingers though you may find the numbers a bit troublesum, personally i never found it an issue but i know others that did. There are also lots of ways to personalise it with nice backgrounds or using photos.
My issue with this phone however was it kept turning itself off (and no it wasnt out of battery) i took it into vodafone and they said i just had to download a software upgrade online, i did this once but the a month or so later it started mucking about again and to be honest i don't have the time to muck arround with stuff like that so I have now traded it in for an LG arena and although i prefer the w890i, it doesn't break down. I know a lot of people who have had software problems with sony erricson however my dad and brother both had this phone and had no problems with it.
Overall I loved this phone and if it wasn't for the software problems i would still have it.
My contract with this phone has recently run out, however the W890i proved a very handy phone for the 12 months I had it, showing very few problems.
Initially, the phone was of excellent use and the slim metal casing gave it a modern and sleek look along with a pair of standard headphones and together they proved very durable, however within a few weeks I found that the navigation scrool key had been chipped all around the edges and that the gold colouring on the answer keys was beginning to wear off; although I am known to have butter fingers and the phone casing as a whole never chipped around the edges following drops from all heights!
The features on the phone include a 3.2 megapixel camera with night features and editing features, a walkman player producing good sound (although I found to search through the songs on the phone proved very slow, even though I had only 100 songs), video player, TrackID, Radio, Music and Photo DJ which kept me entertained on boring journeys, Sound recorder, Bluetooth, Games and downloads, all of which provide something for everybodies use.
However despte these excellent features, I must point out that after around 9 months of use, the phone began to repeatedly freeze causing me to have to remove the battery and turn the phone back on. Though although I didn't take the phone to be repaired, a friend of mine who had the same phone and experienced the same problems did and it was repaired for free. However unfortunately she didn't keep the phone long enough to see if the problems arose again.
The size of the phone is perfect to slide into pockets and the buttons are a good size, however the keypad does take a little getting used to if you aren't used to keys so close together. Furthermore, the battery is said to last around 9 and a half hours of call time, excluding the use of other features, and I found that this proved to be true as I was able to have around 4 hours of call time alongside using many of the features.
Altogether despite the freezing problem, which can be fixed, and chipped keys, this phone proved to be very useful and there was nothing I felt was missing, a very good phone!!
Yesterday saw me changing my phone contract. This has made me look at my old phone fondly wondering if my new shiny phone will be as trusted as my old friend has been.
Rewind twelve months. This saw me on the phone to my current provider O2 upgrading my contract to a new phone. I was one of the lucky ones a year ago to secure a 12 month contract. These are like gold dust now and O2 don't offer this service anymore, being one of the last to actually do so.
When it comes to upgrade time, I never quite know what I want to my Sony arrived to me as part of a surprise. I had decided I could take the gamble being only a 12 month contract as it would go a lot quicker than 18 or 24 months if I didn't like it.
The advisor obviously recommended the phone to me as they would but it seemed to fit my basic requirements. I don't use my phone a massive amount so I don't really need a huge amount of great specification from a phone as I knew I wouldn't get the most from it.
The Sony Ericsson W890i comes in Mocha brown or silver. I'm not a fan of silver phones and was offered the mocha brown which straight away seemed different.
The basic spec of the phone is as follows
- 3.2m camera
- 2gb music player
- FM radio
- 3g video calling
- Bluetooth and USB
- HSDPA for fast downloads
- 10mm thick
- Weight - 78g
- Video camera
- Mp3 ringtones
- SMS, MMS, email
- Quad band plus 3G
- Size - 104 x 47 x 10mm
As you can see the spec is what you would expect on a phone today. This model was released in spring 2008 but still a year on its standing its own against the non touch screen models.
When I first set my eyes on the phone I saw how stylish it looked. The mocha colour made it stand out against any other phones that support the shiny bright colours, purely for the fact that it didn't need a bright colour to be attractive.
I'm not a fan of small keys on phones and was relieved to see that whilst the keys were on the smaller side, they were whole keys in their own right, and not just small half buttons that some Sony Ericson models sport, especially on the walkman phones.
Whilst it looks like a basic phone, once you delve into the menu, you can see the depth of all the applications available to you.
Sony Ericsson for me has a great layout to their menu base. I love the way you can click through from one area and be able to scroll across the screen into sections rather than having to scroll down a large list just to find what you're looking for.
The W890i has what on first glance is a small menu area, covering the basic screen only, but as I mentioned it gets deeper the further you go into it. All laid out clearly through for the novice user, this is definitely a good phone for someone who doesn't want to get bogged down by many different functions like me.
Obviously like any phone you can send SMS, MMS and if you choose to set the function up, email is available from this phone. As every phone covers this function I won't cover anything special about it, because it is what it is.
** Entertainment **
The phone has a couple of games that may keep you entertained for a few minutes, but the great thing about this phone is that you have a cute little picture, video and music editor that will actually keep you entertained for longer if you need the distraction.
All your photos are available to doctor slightly by changing the colour, adding clipart etc and text. Music is available to create by adding melodies from different instruments.
This feature is quirky and useful for when you want to amuse yourself or the children.
** Media **
Here is where all your photos, videos etc are stored. All in nice folders making it easy to look through, your photos for example are automatically stored into folders containing the month in which you took them. I find this great for looking back at how old the kids were when I was taking photos and forgetting to give them names.
You can also section them off yourself into separate folders. This is great if you use your phone as your main camera. All pictures can be stored to the memory card and then transferred to your PC etc at a later date.
** Camera **
The camera is easily accessed via the main menu or a button on the side of the phone. Being a 3.2meg the camera is fairly basic compared to brand new phones but does stand up against many recent phones on the market.
You have various settings to change the resolution, sepia, portrait or landscape etc before you take the photos. I find the delay on the camera slightly too long for any decent action shots, but it's better than a lot I have used. Taking photos of my children running around I find that half of them comes out blurred, and the delay between taking one photo and being able to view the camera again ready to take another is slightly too long for me to catch any decent shots.
That's not to say the camera doesn't stand up against other phones as it does do well for its age, and I have managed to get some nice shots from the camera when I have forgotten to take my own camera.
** Radio **
Sporting an FM radio is great for when you need something to listen to and you're sick of your playlists. To access this function you have to insert the correct usb lead which is included in the box so remember to keep it at hand if the radio is a function you want to use.
** Walkman **
The walkman function of the phone is the place where you really want to access for your music. All tracks can be placed into playlists, and set into folders containing the albums of the artists etc. This is the same as accessing the music feature through the media function so I'm not sure why Sony decided to add an extra menu button to be honest.
The function itself is well worth having on the phone and will be well used by most users. The sound quality is good and the use ability is fairly easy for a novice user to understand.
** Settings **
You can change any of your ring tones, vibration mode, text alerts etc through the settings menu. This function is laid out well and contains a lot that other phones don't in a way that is easy to understand by a new user.
** Organiser **
Every phone these days has an alarm clock, diary, calendar etc and the W890i is no different. I found it is hidden away slightly and to gain proper use from it I would suggest placing the button as a shortcut from the keypad to get the most from it.
You also have call history to keep track of missed calls etc, and also a section to list your contacts. The phone holds plenty of spaces for contacts and no-one will ever use them all unless you are super sociable. Both of these areas are standard to any phone and don't need extra information.
** Overall **
My experiences of the W890i have been nothing but good. Twelve months later and there are only a few minor scratches on the phone despite being dropped a few times by both me and a toddler.
The software on Sony's are known for freezing, which this model has experienced trouble from a couple of times but not enough to have to send the handset back to Sony which is good compared to some others I have seen over the last year from friends etc.
After wanting a basic phone, but with nice features, I believe this is what I got in the W890i. It doesn't bombard me with too many applications that are difficult to understand, but at the same time it gives me what I want from a phone which at the same time looks good and can keep up with the competition.
Despite its age, I believe anyone getting this phone now will still get some good use from it for the next year or so.
Ive had the Sony Ericsson W890i for about 6 months now and it has been quite reliable.
I'll start with the good points; firstly the phone is very slimline and light so i can fit it in my pocket, the looks are lush and modern. It has quite a lot of features i have come to expect of Sony Ericsson Walkman phones, like the very good walkman that is probably better than every other type of music player (in my opinion), there is a web option, email, 3.2 megapixel camera and video recorder, all the small stuff like calculator, alarm, and the always fun music dj. The keypad is quite small but is easy to hit the buttons and the screen is a good size for a small phone. The speakers are clear but not very loud so when people ring me i cant hear it that well.
Now for the bad points, the first bad point is that my particular phone is not very shock proof so if I accidentally hit my pocket with the phone in it sometimes shuts itself down. Also my dad had a problem with it that he had to send it off to get fixed, but Sony Ericsson were very helpful and fixed it in no time.
In summary i think that it is a good phone with all the features but there are better phones out there, I would recommend it!
I have had this phone for about 2 months and I can't say a bad word about it at all. Its been the most reliable phone I've ever had. As it is a Walkman phone I very often put different music on it and listen to it on the bus. The sound quality is excellent for such a small device. The earphones work great with enough bass and enough treble making it quite the perfect sound. The camera on this is not exactly the most flash camera about with loads of pixels but it does get the job done and gets good clear pictures because I mean your not actually going to use your phone as a proper camera. Its very light weight, stylish and thin. It has a great big screen and the buttons are probably about the right size for me. The camera and walkman buttons on the sides make it so much quicker to take pictures and listen to music. Very easy to use and just all round excellent.
this phone is small and light weight. the fell of it is nice and smooth and i have been using this phone for a few months not. even when dropped it still seems to work and i have even smashed the camera. the quality was quite good but the cracked camera makes it fussy. the walkman feauture was great because it saves you buying an ipod (i still got one anyway). the back is easy to get off as it is just two little switches and that is really usefull because previous phones i've had have really hard to get off back cases. and the sim card tray is easy to open. also the battery life is good and long.
The phone sometimes freezes and i have to take the battery out and reboot the whole phone which really gets on my nerves so i am switching to the sony erricson xperia x1. It takes ages to switch on and reboot and takes a lot of power to do that. There's a side button which triggers the walkman (music player) and that is a bad thing because i always press it by accident. be carefull when putting this phone near sticky things because sometimes the buttons stick which is really annoying. when i switch the phone on the theme usally changes and takes ages to do that so this means you have a different wall paper, screen saver, it vibrates when you press a button and the whole phone looks different.
two digital cameras each with a high quality of 3.2 megapixels each. fm radio, digital player. walkman which is a good music player. 3g internet (i think). light wait and thin. good lcd brightness.
great phone worth the money but there are a few downsides but i reccomend it.