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Sony Ericsson W595 Review

Sony Ericsson W595

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Sony Ericsson W595 Review
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Another wise Tibetan saying says: “Thou can live well, but even then thou may need to call someone…” For instance, you may want to invite a friend over, in order to listen to your favorite band’s new album têt-a-têt via the “shared jack”.

You won’t experience any dialing problems with the W595. From our side there was a slight background noise and the voices were sharp, but completely real and understandable. Despite our voice being heard as a bit monotonous at the other end of the line, the collocutor had no complains.  Unfortunately, the loudspeaker sounded like a badly synchronized radio station – you’ll need a lot of practice to develop the skills, needed to catch the word among all the crackling and noise.

The battery life is of great significance for any music phone and should let the user listen to music long enough. According to SE the W595 should last up to 9 hours of talk time, 385 hours of standby and 25 hours as a music player, which is a serious achievement.


Conclusion:

In movies you’ll often encounter the “sequel syndrome” – no matter how many episodes come out from a series, neither of them is able to surpass the original. It’s the same with Sony Ericsson’s W595.

We didn’t like the W580 much, because at the time it was released its features were already outdated. A year later Sony Ericsson release a product that wouldn’t be any different from its predecessor, if it wasn’t the 3G support and the really nice browser. The W595 looks good, even better than the previous model, but its keyboard is so unhandy that it can easily withhold you from writing messages. The camera is higher resolution, but the pictures are no good, and the music quality is just OK but nothing more.

In other words, if you buy the W595 at the higher price (about $380, compared with $240 for the W580 without a contract), you’ll get the same dated features, only slightly refreshed. This doesn’t sound really cool, right? As a whole, Sony Ericsson will have to do a little better in order to win the mid-range-music-slider competition. The main opponent for the W595 is Nokia’s 5610 XpressMusic, which is clearly better when it comes to multimedia. Take into consideration the upcoming Samsung BEATs, and it’s clear that the rivalry is going to get even more spirited.

Pros

  • Lovely appearance
  • Outstanding internet browser
  • 'Shared jack'
  • High-quality sound during calls, and when listening through the headphones
  • The display handles well, even when exposed to direct sunlight

Cons

  • Unhandy keyboard
  • Lagging menus
  • Poor video support
  • No camera for the video calls.
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size3.94 x 1.85 x 0.55 inches
(100 x 47 x 14 mm)
3.67 oz  (104 g)
Battery950 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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