Sony Ericsson W595 Review
As we mentioned earlier, the W595’s camera has a resolution of 3.2MP with no autofocus or a flash. The interface is a lighter version of the newer Cyber-shot phones. You can choose between several modes (panorama, frames, image sequence, night), self-timer, white balance and a few effects.
Since there isn’t a built-in GPS, the information of the GSM cells to which you’re connected is used for geotagging.
The quality of the pictures cannot stand a chance against the new 8-megapixel monsters, but it’s also worse than the better 3MP cameraphones. This is more or less normal for a music phone however, unpretending in this aspect. When shooting outdoors the colors are too saturated (especially the reds), and details are almost missing; you’ll find that in places some of the objects look as if they were painted by a first-grader. Our indoor results were even worse, and the lack of a flash can single-handedly make you give up shooting in the dark. As a whole, stick to the old Tibetan saying: “Thou should buy a cameraphone, if thou want high-quality pictures…”
You can also record videos with QVGA resolution and 15 fps. The quality is satisfying, as long as you shoot during the day.
The other multimedia features are all gathered in the well-known flash menu. In contrast to the previous models with the ShakeMe function, here it not only serves you to change the current track, but also lets you turn the volume up and down. To do this, you just need to keep the Walkman button pressed and lean the phone towards you or in the opposite direction. Unfortunately you are unable to stop the sound with a motion, as you can do it in Samsung’s rival BEATs.
There’s an equalizer, but it only works only when the headphones are plugged in. Moreover, it lacks the nice pictures and an option to save the customized settings, as found on the W902 and W980. We didn’t experience any trouble visualizing the album covers, but they were so tiny that we don’t think someone’s going to pay close attention to them.
Even though the W595 has two pretty large speakers, their power is not that impressive. In comparison with other mid-range phones, like Samsung’s Soulb for example, the W595 is quieter and the sound is a bit hollow. The headphones deliver some decent power, but as we turned the volume to the max the sound was rather sharp and annoying. The problem can be resolved by slightly turning the volume down or turning on Mega Bass from the equalizer. The interesting possibility to listen to music with someone else through the “shared jack” leads to turning the volume down, but the overall quality stays the same which makes it usable.
The FM radio with RDS is present and you can save up to 20 stations. We’re still waiting for the day when it won’t be necessary to use the headphones as an antenna. One of Walkman’s key features – TrackID - is available from here and via the Entertainment menu. It “guesses” the songs correctly as always.
We are not charmed by the video support either. You can’t play MPEG4/H.264 videos, and the H.263 ones offer considerably lower quality. The good news is that there’s an integrated YouTube player with a user-friendly interface, through which you’ll be able to go through the largest internet site for clips.
1. (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
sexy... not this color though. this color is ugly
2. The Administrator (unregistered) posted on 29 Nov 2008, 18:45 1 0
See I agree with the points on this one... but this review is still, nevertheless, bias! You guys haven't even reviewed the Samsung BEAT and you think that it's a better phone already. This phone could be potentially as successful as the W580 because of the cheaper price vs. features/quality ratio as well as the funky looks. You have to say this is one of the most unique sliders of the market.
3. rj04 (unregistered) posted on 02 Dec 2008, 01:26 1 0
the Nokia and Samsung phones you listed are way to fat for the people they are built for. The W580 has done extremely well because it does everything it's suppose to and does it in a colorful and compact housing. This is all that matters for the intended market.
4. (unregistered) posted on 04 Dec 2008, 00:15 0 0
ok, i want to buy a music phone with great sound quality and sometimes watch my fav. videos on it... and i'll buy w595 becuz it's slim, the music quality is OK and... nothing else. ok.
5. AIcrusher posted on 02 Oct 2009, 22:37 0 0
hahaha... yeah what more would you want in a music phone? of course the music quality is OK and... nothing else. ok. xD haha!
6. ash (unregistered) posted on 10 Oct 2011, 12:44 0 0
my cam is not working..........