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The w960i was my first smartphone but having used Sony ericssons in the past I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for. Sadly this was not the case.
For starters the w960 runs the symbian UIQ3 OS which is kind of obsolete now. The menu panels were similar to most other walkman devices but everything else was different.
The w960 sports a 2.6" resistive touch screen and a stylus is included and it's slots nicely into the device itself for storage.
The phone has a very nice design being all black with White sides and a fee touch sensitive music controls above the alpha numerical keypad.
The keypad is very easy to use with keys having satisfactory space and travel. Lacking any kind of dpad meas that navigation is done by the touch screen or the scroll wheel on the side of the phone.
For the most part the touch screen works well enough to navigate through menus and browsing the web but some of the icons are quite small and are hard to reach on the resistive screen with out the use of the stylus.
While text entry itself was fine, selecting different words was a right pain. Pressing say 323 would spell "dad" but if you actually wanted to write "fad" you hvae to scroll and select it with the scroll wheel located on the side of the phone. This makes text entry quite slow and you wouldn't want to be tapping out lengthy emails on it.
You can also enter text manually without t9 Which takes even longer!
You can use the touch screen to write words with the stylus which works ok but is not very accurate and some of the shortcuts are hard to learn.
Another alternative is using the on screen qwerty keyboard, which I can almost certainly say that you should not do as it does not fit the screen fully. It actually fills less than half the screen which makes it nigh on impossible to use.
The music player on the device is fantastic given it's Walkman heritige with music sounding very full and of high quality. A problem is that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack but the included in ear headphones are quite good yet I would have liked the option of using my own.
The phone has 8gb of storage which seems to be the industry standard and it should hold most of your music and videos.
Videos look ok but the screen is rather small for prolonged usage.
The OS has a few apps that can be downloaded and a few games that are compatible, nothing special which would not have been a problem 3 years ago but people are expecting more from their phones now a days.
The camera is quite good and is quite quick to start up so is perfect for a few quick snaps. You can also edit the photos using the touch screen to draw on the picture, gimmicky but fun non the less.
Being my first smart phone I took some time to get used to it. Once I forgot to close all my apps and my phone died over night and my alarm didn't go off so I was late for work!
The task manager is easy to use but accessing it is very hard as the icon is so small and is located in the top corner of the screen!
I think if you are prepared to commit some time to learning the ins and outs of the phone it will serve you well. If you're looking for something which "just works" then look elsewhere.
I have had quite a few Sony Ericsson Walkman phones over the years; W810i, W950i, and the most recent one was this, the W950i. The features it boasts are the touch screen, regular keypad, walkman software, 8gb memory and unlike its predecessor has two cameras (one for video conferencing and one for taking normal photos.
I purchased this phone, as I liked the idea of having a keypad and touch screen; meaning you can have all touch screen functionality for navigating through menus, but you also have normal keypad to quickly make phone calls and sent texts. This phone did give me this, so it is a good feature of the phone.
The UIQ3 operating system on the phone doesn't really give this phone justice. It makes the phone feel sluggish when looking through different apps, and just cannot multitask very well at all.
The walkman software on the other hand performs very well making looking through and listening to your music collection simple and easy. The only issue I had was that it takes a long time to process lots of music, but this is expected when you are processing 1000s of songs. All the Sony Walkman phones have "Track ID" which when music is played to it, will tell you the name of the song. This is very useful on nights out when a song is playing. I was on orange, so I could not use this, but there is an alternative called "Shazam".
The 8gb memory provides lots of room; roughly about 2000-4000 songs.
The main problem with this phone, and with all other walkman phones (minus the w995); there is no 3.5mm jack for normal headphones. This seems ridiculous on a phone made for music, but it is sadly the case. The handsfree adapter doubles up as an adapter for 3.5mm headphones, but is very temperamental and tends to fall out very easily.
This phone has its good and bad features; but I would probably avoid it with so many phones having the same features and more!
I originally had the 950i and if you have read my review you will see i wasn't impressed however, I liked the idea so I decidied to give the W960i a go. Well it certainly doesn't crash all the time like the last one did and to start off i loved this phone. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera which the previous version did not have. The photos are of decent quality although I still find the phone to be slow and fiddly to use because of the touch screen. I find that it isn't accurate and gets worse over time. I have had mine a year now. It is no good for sending quick texts as you really need the stylus to open applications which is not always practical. It does have some great features like the business card scanner which I find useful. I find the battery lasts a couple of days but games will drain it quite quickly. I just think for the money you could get something newer and far superior. The walkman is good with good quality sound and the phone speaker is fairly loud unlike the previous version and there is 8gb to store all your tunes on. Like the previous version it is heavy and bulky and not that quick and easy to use you certainly need to read the manual. Also one annoying thing is that you have to individually delete messages which takes forever. They may be another way to do it but I can't figure it out if anyone knows please tell me!!!!
I got my Sony Ericsson W960i back in January 2008, and for about 6 months I didn't have any major issues.
The phone is fairly attractive which large buttons and a large display (two of my favourite features). It has an 8 gig hard drive, but unfortunately does not have a card slot to expand this, however 8 gig should be enough for an average person, I had around 100 albums stored on it with plenty of space left over at one point.
The price of these handsets has lowered quite a lot over the past year, you can find one on ebay for around £100.
The Walkman software worked fine, it's fairly clear and easy to use. My only issue was when adding songs to the library, it would occasionally multiple copies of tracks to the playlist which meant I had to completely re-scan the phone for music.
Text messaging can be frustrating, especially when trying to view sent/drafts etc as the arrow you have to press to get to each folder is incredibly small, you find yourself constantly viewing received messages and having to press the back button to try again. When entering new words into the dictionary an error will flash up, when you press continue you are kicked out of messaging and lose anything you have written.
Here is a short description of a few bigger issues I have had with the W960i:
Within days of owning the W960i the screen was scratched (even after taken extremely good care), which didn't really bother me as the touch screen still seemed to function correctly. I would recommend using the included phone cover. Back in January this year, one year after getting the phone, the touch screen would not work when touched in the bottom left hand corner, this was VERY annoying. The scroll wheel on the side packed in shortly after this followed by the number 1 key. I am always very careful with my phones, I've never knocked or dropped it, so this to me was unexceptable. Shortly after this the entire screen ceased to work, which meant that now the phone was completely unusable even with all of the ingenious techniques I had developed to access certain parts of the phone! Luckily for me the phone was still under warranty so I had it sent away and a few weeks later it came back good as new! Now a few months on the screen is starting to play up again :S
In summary, I have stuck with my W960i through all of the annoyances due to being tied into a contract until July, If you are looking for a Walkman phone with plenty of storage space then it might be worth considering, otherwise I'd recommend staying away.
Sony Ericsson W960i
After the releasing of Apple iphone Sony has encountered tough competition with its walkman series phone. Before iphone Sony Ericsson was the king of music phones, but now the real competition starts and fully featured phone has been released. Nokia is also struggling to get status in music category phones. So in this competition period we have seen some good models of music phones in recent years. Sony Ericsson has launched it new fully featured music phone W960 in December 2007, and it is upgraded version of previous model W950, with adding some extra features like Wi-Fi connectivity, camera and doubled of memory size.
Now this phone is a higher level fully featured, so its price also very high and how it will deal with its value, I will discuss here briefly about its features with advantages and disadvantages also.
Design and look
First of all have a look on its design and display, phone is measured with 109 x 55 x 16 mm, and heaving a weight of about 120gm. Phone is slightly larger with compare to earlier walkman phones but is has been loaded with many good features so it doesn't matter at all.
Display size is about 240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches of diagonal with 256K colors TFT touch screen. Resolution of screen is slightly lower than Nokia phones but it has been provided due to its touch screen facility. The touch screen concept here put to close rival with Apple iphone, but in the matter of resolution it failed to compete with excellent resolution of iphones.
Next important feature is its memory size and it is completely compete with Nokia N95 8GB phone, with 8 GB of installed memory, excellent capacity for DATA storage but it doesn't have any card slot. Here card slot is not a big matter because it already have better inbuilt memory size. And the other mportant feature here is it has excellent 128MB of RAM size to provide better speed and accessibility But this phone goes slow when internal memory is fully loaded with music or DATA, so the good RAM here also get some problem to provide fast speed.
This phone also has reserved 256 MB flash memory for internal applications, messages and contacts storage, not a big matter but it is more or good with compare to other phones.
Now the fully loaded features in this phone is in terms of connectivity and it provide almost all connectivity solutions like 3G (that is more important feature in this phone). GPRS, Bluetooth, WI-Fi 802.11b, and USB connectivity with high speed 2.0, but there is no EDGE connectivity here.
Music and Music
Now the excellent feature of this phone is its Walkman player with superb sound quality and I think Sony Ericsson provides best sound quality in phones and I am fond of Walkman series phone due to its superb music player. The equalizer facility also available in handsfree with Bass or mega bass feature. And the megabass ofwalkman player provides excellent experience of sound in phones. Phone also has a dedicated walkman key for instant access to music player.
And the most compulsory feature in any phone called FM radio that is also available with stereo FM radio having RDS facility.
Now the discussion about camera and I am satisfied with its camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, having autofocus feature, and this type of camera with more than 3MP with autofocus facility is a good camera in any phone. Photography is not meant with mobile camera and there is not a satisfactory results with point and shoot camera also so that it is a feature of time pass but not for a good resolution pictures.
Battery life is satisfactory but not so good, with having Standard battery, Li-Po 900 mAh (BST-33), it is lithium polymer battery and something better than Lithium ion battery, claim 9 hours of talktime but as practically you won't be able to get more than five hours of talktime. In music player the back-up time will be less than talktime.
Over all it is excellent music phone with 3G capability and touch-screen facility with excellent 8GB of storage space and Wi-Fi support. Price is also less than iphone but phone is not less than iphone. Recommended.
The Sony Ericsson W960i is about the same size as there other Cyber-Shot range but is more stylish in design compared to there previous Walkman series.
- 109 x 55 x 16 mm
- 119 grams
The phone has no card slot as seen in previous models but has a impressive 8GB of internal memory, so why would you want a card slot? 8GB internal memory is big enough for internal standards let alone for external cards.
The W960i is a 3G phone and has many features which include 8GB of storage as mentioned above, touch screen, UIQ interface, wi-fi and 3.2 mega pixel camera. Below is a full list of features and spec of the phone:
- UMTS / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
- 2.6 Inch TFT Touch Screen - 256K colors - 240 x 320 pixels
- Handwriting recognition
- MP3, AAC & Polyphonic (40 channels) Ringtones
- Composer & Download (Ringtones)
- GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
- WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b
- 3G 384 kbps
- Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
- USB v2.0
- Photocall & 2000 entry phonebook
- 8 GB internal memory
- WAP 2.0/xHTML & HTML(Opera 8.0)
- RSS reader
- Symbian OS v9.1, UIQ 3.0
- MMS, Email, SMS & Instant Messaging
- 3 MP - 2048×1536 pixels with auto focus and flash video(VGA)
- secondary VGA video call camera
- FM radio with RDS
- Java MIDP 2.0
- Walkman Touch player
- TrackID music recognition
- Built-in hands free, Image viewer, Organiser, Voice memo, Picture/document editor & T9
The phone also has a decent battery life taking into account all the features it has and the power they consume.
- Up to 370 hours standby
- Up to 9 hours talk time
I personally wasn't that impressed with the Sony Ericsson W960i. The issues which concerned me were firstly the sound. Being a walkman phone as it is marketed you would expect the sound quality to be decent but unfortunately it is merely average. There are also issues with the touch screen its not as effective as it should be compared to its competition the iPhone, it has problems with the design. The W960i's competition Nokia's N-Series would be a better choice taking into account value for money and the iPhone by Apple is above the W960i hands down even though it costs more.
The W960i is a bitter disappoint for Sony Ericsson but im sure they will learn from there mistakes and manufacturer a much better and more versatile phone next time.
Overall I think if you can get hold of this phone at a good price then it can be a ok phone taking into account the features it has.