When testing out the in-call audio quality of the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman we noticed that the earpiece is sufficiently loud, yet voices sound slightly muffled. On the other side of the line, our voice was accompanied by a fair amount of crackling sounds and background noises. Nevertheless, we think that this average in-call performance is not a deal breaker.

The handset comes with a 1000mAh battery, which should be good for 9 hours and 30 minutes of talk time or 465 hours in stand-by mode. Both of these are impressive figures well above the average. Unfortunately, the Mix Walkman is capable of playing music for only 13 hours on a single charge, and although that should be enough to last you through the day, even older Walkman phones can go beyond that milestone.


Overall, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman has more than a few drawbacks, but its low price makes up for most of them. Currently, the phone can be found for about $120 off contract, which makes it a bargain considering the features that it packs. We were impressed with its beautiful display and the Wi-Fi connectivity is a significant bonus that will definitely come in handy. Most importantly, it handles its primary purpose of being a music-oriented device fairly well.

The only thing that we have a hard time overcoming is its unresponsive touchscreen, which is tricky to use and makes typing a cumbersome process, especially with the lack of a QWERTY on-screen keyboard. The poorly exposed hardware buttons should also be taken into account.

However, if you are looking for an affordable phone that can double as a portable music player, the Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman would be a good choice. Of course, there are a few other handsets that we consider a worthy alternative, such as the even cheaper Nokia X2, which is also packed with features to satisfy music lovers. The evenly powered LG Cookie Plus also deserves some attention, and even though it lacks Wi-Fi connectivity, it makes up for it with its 3G radio. The Sony Ericsson Elm also falls into the same price range and has a lot to offer for its money. There is even a smartphone that you can grab for the same amount of cash – The Android-powered Huawei U8150 IDEOS.

Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman Video Review:


  • Good-looking display
  • Relatively cheap for its features
  • Wi-Fi support


  • Touchscreen is tricky to use
  • Lack of a microSD card in the set

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