Sony Ericsson W910 Review
The software of the W910 is from new generation, upgrading the one of previous Sony Ericsson non-smart phones. In the bottom line of the homescreen, you will note that in addition to the functions of the soft keys, the function of the central key of the d-pad is shown, but most of the time it is just “Select”. Otherwise, the homescreen is very similar to previous models, and its coolest option is the support of animated GIF files as background image.
The menu system is also like the one from previous models, displaying the menu as 3x4 grid of icons with vertical list for the sub-menus. By the way, as other Walkman phones, this one also features Flash themes for the main menu, which can change its icons and the way it visualizes – this is a proprietary feature for the Walkman phones, the other Sony Ericsson don’t support it.
In the contact list up to 1000 names can be loaded into the phone memory with several numbers each, but the total must not exceed 2500 numbers. Contacts are viewed in a vertical name list without images. There is an option to search by up to several symbols, but only applied to the first name word. This has been our major complaint for quite some time – there is no way to search by family name.
Each contact has a quite a lot of blank lines that are sufficient to fit the necessary information in most cases. Up to five numbers can be entered, but only one of a type (i.e. it is not possible to type two mobile phone numbers); also several e-mails and an address. There is a space for adding text information and one for birth date, which enables you to enter an All Day Event to your calendar. It is a bit inconvenient that it will not inform you of the exact age of the respective person. Each contact can be supplied with its own Caller ID image and Ring ID tone, which can also be a Video file.
Here you will find the standard Sony Ericsson organizer as well. The number of alarms has been increased to five; however, other problematic issues have not been fixed. For example, the days with ascribed events from the calendar are only barely marked in bold and one can hardly tell them from the rest. In the Task menu reminders with an alarm for certain hour can be set and the calculator interface is rather inconvenient. Notes, Timer and Stopwatch are also available. Code Memo is an odd application: in it you can create messages that are not protected by a password – it only serves for decoding them instead. However, anyone – even not knowing the password – can erase them, which makes us think there is little sense in this.
The voice control system is really useless and mediocre. It has to be manually activated and, not being speaker-independent, a voice tag for each name to be dialed must be recorded. While recording (respectively – searching) a voice tag, the unit must be in contact with your ear. First it displays the necessary instructions on the screen and in no time has to be pressed against the ear, so that you can hear the ‘beep’ sound prior to recording the tag. Whether one has performed that right is not registered by sound, which takes another look at the display in order to confirm you have successfully done so.
The phone features around 28 Mb in-built user-available memory, which can be increased thru a Micro M2 card. Fortunately the manufacturer has included a 1 Gb Micro M2 in the sales package. If you wish to replace it with a one of larger memory, there are M2 cards of up to 4 Gb on the market at present.
In the messages field you will find not only the text and multimedia messages, but extras like e-mail, My Friends (instant messenger) and an RSS reader as well. The electronic mail can be used while on the move with POP3, as well as IMAP4 servers. The RSS reader is convenient and easy option to look at an interesting Internet site without having to download it all; the RSS content will enable you to receive only certain information. My Friends is a chat messenger that combines your contacts from the other popular messengers (including MSN, ICQ, AOL, and Yahoo) in one shared program on the telephone. In order to start using it you need register free in yamigo.com.
The local connection to other phones is done only thru Bluetooth so long as this model lacks Infrared. Clearly Sony Ericsson have at last decided to follow suit and do as Motorola and Nokia did – stop using this technology, which is already obsolete. Bluetooth version 2 is supported, supposed to provide the highest transfer speed; and thanks to the A2DP profile music can be played thru a wireless stereo system or headphones of the same standard.
As other new models of the company, the W910 is equipped with full HTML internet browser that loads pages as you’d expect to see them, like on a computer. The complicated phonearena.com homepage isn’t problem for the modern browser.
The phone is a quad-band GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), which allows for its use in America, as well as in Europe. Unfortunately, its 3G resources can be utilized in Europe solely since only one UMTS/HSDPA frequency is supported (2100 MHz).
I like that phone. I hope it wont be to expensive so I can buy it.
2. Tessabelle (unregistered)
I love this phone!! Thats why im buying it. hopefully i'll have it by thursday! Gah! It looks really complicated! >.< Oh well! im smart with technology! I'll figure it out!!
i got the phone when it came out it is the best phone i ever had....i love it...
it is the best phone ever whoever whants it should get it!!!it is the best
the phone is great i got a year a go almost and still no problem it fell from my hands so many times and still no problem at all
when i got i didnt think i whould be so good but it really is...