Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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All-Around Good Phone, Great Camera
Sony Ericsson W995
Member Name: Boris93
Sony Ericsson W995
Advantages: Great camera and music player, headphone jack, easy to use
Disadvantages: Proprietary memory card, not suited to web browsing
The W995 Walkman is a simple phone that is much easier to use than a smartphone like a BlackBerry or iPhone. I borrowed mine from a family member for a few months before I bought a new phone and it was instantly familiar as I'm sure most people first used a phone that had a 12 key keypad on the front rather than a touchscreen or keyboard. The navigation menus are nice and simple and Sony have really well organised this. The phone is really compact and feels nice in the hand.
One of the highlights of this phone is the 8 megapixel camera round the back. This has a small flash and while it isn't as good as the Xenon flash on the Cybershot phones, it does a really good job as long as what you are photographing isn't too far away. The camera takes nice, detailed images, although the colours do look a bit off compared to a dedicated digital camera.
As a Walkman phone the W995 has a really good music player. I had an 8GB media card for mine which fits plenty of music on, but annoyingly Sony decided to use their own proprietary memory card rather than a standard format like microSD. The Media Go software is really easy to use if you rip your own CDs to your computer's hard drive, you can then easily transfer your music to the W995. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack so I could use my own Skullcandy headphones not the cheap proprietary ones that come with it.
Texting is easy and you have the choice to turn predictive text on or off. You can set up shortcuts with the directional pad at the front to open up your address book at the home page and this was great as I could easily get to my contacts to make a call or send a text. You can start dialling a number from here too and it was fairly easy to set up speed dialling so I could have important contacts set to a single number.
The web browser isn't great though, if you are going to be making constant use of the internet you are better off looking into a BlackBerry or other smartphone. The alphanumeric keypad really isn't suited to typing web addresses and the small screen can't show much of a page at a time.
Summary: Good for taking pictures, listening to music, but simpler than a smartphone.
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