Sony Ericsson W595 Review
Tired of listening to music alone? You wish to share this experience with friends? According to Sony Ericsson, their new music slider is the perfect opportunity for this.
The W595 is the successor of one of the most successful devices of the Walkman series, the 580, which is being offered at a low price and wide variety of color solutions. The W595 is 3G, its camera supports higher resolution and more features, it’s equipped with stereo speakers and the interesting “share jack”; thanks to which you can plug in two headsets simultaneously, so you can listen to music with a friend.
The package includes:
- Sony Ericsson W595
- 2 GB Memory Stick Micro
- User Manual
- Data cable
- Adaptеr with 3.5mm “shared jack’ + headphones
- Software CD
Take the W580, round it off a bit, and you’ll get the W595. Yes, both models have almost equal dimensions, but look totally different, and thanks to the rounded shapes the new one gives the impression of being something monolithic, when it’s closed.
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The display is 2.2-inch, supports up to 262k colors and as most modern phones do, it also offers a very good image quality. Fortunately, it is still usable when exposed to sunlight. The brightness is automatically adjusted, thanks to the small ambient light sensor, placed above the display.
The slider is stable, without any clearances, and its opening is up to the mark. Sadly, we can’t say the same for the D-pad, the functional keys and the send and end ones. They are all situated on a tiny bit of space and are awfully hard to press. From the start we even thought that it’d take us some time to get used to it, but after a couple of days they were as annoying as in the beginning. It’s a bit of consolation that you can use the music player without them, taking advantage of the ShakeMe function- more on that later.
The keyboard buttons look as if they have been cut from the surrounding material and are also quite small and hard. It’s a good thing that they didn’t cause us so much trouble. However, if you’re keen on writing messages, there will be some hard times to come.
On the right side you’ll find the volume rocker and the music player shortcut. They totally contrast from the rest of the keys, moving nice and sensible. On the opposite side is only the charger connector, since Sony Ericsson still refuses to switch to the more and more popular miniUSB standard. The speakers, which are supposed to produce loud enough music sound for you to enjoy, are located on the top and the bottom sides.
The back side reveals the 3.2MP camera without a flash. Unfortunately, you’ll have to remove the battery lid in order to reach the M2 card slot. That’s going to be really hard, considering that it’s very thin which can cause some small cracks on it, as we experienced.
Like the W580, the W595 comes with great variety of color solutions with some interesting names: Cosmopolitan White (the one we’re using), Active Blue (the one from our preview), Jungle Grey, Lava Black and Ruby Black. An additional extra is the variety of themes for the back side of the slider. As a whole, the phone is lovely and the white version is suitably feminine.