Sony Ericsson W910 Review
This is Walkman phone, and the multimedia, especially the Music, is its main target. The W910 is the first phone with Walkman 3.0, which is the upgrade to the 2.0 version. We can’t say the interface during playback has changed much – it still shows visualization and the set option on the top, and the track information below, with indicator for the d-pad functionality. You can also use the player in landscape mode, and the cool feature is that you can turn auto-rotation option on, which will rotate the interface when you rotate the phone.
According to information, supplied by the manufacturer, the Walkman player supports the following file formats: MP3, MP4, M4A, 3GP, AMR, AAC, AAC+, еAAC, WAV, Real 8 and 3GPP compatible streaming video. At testing the video player we found that it can handle H.263 and H.264 (baseline) encoded video files trouble-free. The maximum resolution of the H.264 file that the unit was capable of reproducing was QVGA; this is quite sufficient, the display resolution being the same. With models such as K770 for example, the highest achievement was QCIF (144 x 176 pixels) – a rather unsatisfactory one. The absence of this drawback in W910 is praiseworthy!
Other new and cool thing is the Media menu, which you can access from the main menu or by choosing back, while during music playback in the Walkman player. This media menu houses Photo, Music, Video and Settings and has flash interface, which is different than the other submenus but changes (its background) with the change of themes.
In the Photo menu you will find the latest photos on the phone, camera album sorting the captured pictures by months. You preview their thumbnails in flash interface and can start a slide show with music, choosing from Silent, Sad, Romantic, Happy, Energy moods. The feature is called x-Pict Story. You can put tags to the photos, like Favorites for example, so they will be more organized. You can add Tags, choosing a name and a small icon.
In the Music menu, you can sort the tracks by Artist, Albums, Tracks (list of all), Playlists, SenseMe, Genre, Year, Audio Books and Podcats. You can create and edit playlist directly on the phone, and you have two by default – Most played and Not played. SenseMe will organize the songs by mood which the computer software, coming with the phone inputs. Here is the Sony Ericsson description: “When music on your PC or on a CD is imported into Media Manager, it will use SenseMe™ technology to incorporate mood analysis into the track details. So, when you transfer that music onto your phone, each song contains information on the mood of the track, which can then be used with the SensMe™ feature. “
Another cool new thing which we tested is the "Shake Me" which controls the music player (selects next/previous or random song) when you shake the device in your hand with a pressed walkman button. This can be done with the keypad locked; the phone will signal the command has been fulfilled by vibrating.
The phone also has built-in FM stereo radio with a memory for 20 stations. You should use the headphones as an antenna. The radio supports RDS, so text information from the stations will be streamed.
Although it is not targeted as an advanced cameraphone, the W910 features the new camera interface, which the K850 will also offer. This one is upgrade to the previous interface, found in K800/K810 Cyber-shot phones.
It starts for three seconds after the shortcut is pressed and uses the whole display as a viewfinder, in landscape mode. The left software key opens the options menu, where you can set the mode (normal, panorama, frames, burst), resolution, and other settings like night mode, self timer, white balance, etc. Like the Cyber-shot phones, W910 has two keys above the display, which are shortcuts to night mode (on/off) and shoot mode. The images taken by the camera have realistic colors, though lacking detail; as a whole, their quality is highly dependent on the degree of illumination. This feature is even more notable on photos, taken indoors. At bright light, colors are well reproduced despite the insufficient detail, whereas, in a darker surrounding, the unavailability of a flashlight makes itself felt – so much so that images are rendered practically unusable.
The camcorder captures QVGA resolution video which is an upgrade, when compared to the QCIF of earlier phones. Still it is in only 15fps and the biggest drawback is the 3GP format, which leads to high compression and low quality.
Sony Ericsson W910 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution
Using the d-pad directions you can move to the camcorder or the preview option. The camcorder has similar interface as the camera. In the preview you can move left / right to see the captured images but still return easily to the capturing interfaces.
Like previous Sony Ericsson phones, in the entertainment menu there are Photo, Music and Video DJ applications which are simple multimedia editors in the phone. Here also is the Bluetooth Remote control application, TrackID and the Games. Track ID is a program, which records a sample of sound, sends it to a server, and tells the user which song they belong to. The application operated faultlessly – it recognized 5 out of 5! After vocal performances we decided to encumber it with a guitar solo of Joe Satriani – it guessed the track unmistakably. Then we ‘tried’ it with a little-known song from a compilation of electronic music (Sounds of Asian Underground), which was also recognized easily. Within around 20 seconds (including recording, sending and analysis) the program achieves very good results. It is rare to see a screen message that Track ID has not found any results for your music.
You dispose of a total of three games to kill time: Lumines Block, V-rally 3D and Marble Madness 3D. The first is a Tetris variant and the second – an amusing rally simulator. In the Marble Madness 3D you must control a ball over a relief terrain, but the unique thing is that it is controlled by the tilting of the phone, thanks to the sensor that is used for the orientation of the interface. As W910 supports JAVA MIDP 2.0, such applications can be additionally installed.
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...