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Sony Ericsson W890 Review

Sony Ericsson W890

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Sony Ericsson W890 Review
During the period, for which we used the W890, we had no troubles at all. The speed of the OS is pretty good without any lag in the menus. Only when we uploaded a ton of music and video files, the playlist refresh took a little longer.

While talking, the quality of the sound is quite good. The outgoing sound is clear, but sharp at times and muffled, as in most phones. If you are at a very noisy place, close to a night club or on a busy street for example, the person on the other end of the line will have trouble understanding you, but will hear all the surrounding sounds clearly. Things are a bit different when you are listening. The incoming sound is loud, you hear voices clear, but monotonous and it could become fully unintelligible.

Under W890’s back lid there is a 950 mAh li-polymer battery, which, according to the official data, will let you talk for 9.5 hours, or will give you 360 hours in StandBy mode and 20 hours of listening to your favorite music. That sounds pretty good, having in mind the size and the weight of the phone.


We are left with positive feelings about the Sony Ericsson W890. It is a nice, light and slim Walkman, which would satisfy even the most capricious music fans. In addition, thanks to the high-speed UMTS you can check your mail or your RSS feeds, which interest you. Moreover, the nice appearance, in combination with the quality sound, will compensate for the lack of autofocus and flash. If you are looking for a beautiful music phone, W890 is a very good choice. However, if you are still not sure, take a look at the youthful Nokia 5310 XpressMusic.


  • slim with a pleasant appearance
  • good sound quality
  • there are back lid lockers
  • long battery life


  • No 3.5 mm jack
  • Limited camera capabilities
  • Insufficient integrated memory
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. SE (unregistered)

The phone will accept the BST-40 1120mAh battery normally found in the SE P1i. There's a "very slight" bulge in the MicroSD slot area but "barely noticable". This should help increase the talktime and battery life of the phone! Let's hope it doesn't burn out any circuits or anything! The center controls are still too small but it's made similar to the size of the original iPod Nano! Too bad the software stinks for updates and media transfers! Also, the camera lacks the autofocus and flash making it essentially useless except for bright, closeup, daytime usage!

posted on 17 Nov 2008, 10:38

2. jannie (unregistered)

My battery barely lasts 2 days...and i'm barely using it....?????

posted on 06 Oct 2010, 17:59

3. RosarioAmie21 (unregistered)

Some time ago, I really needed to buy a car for my corporation but I didn't earn enough cash and could not order something. Thank heaven my sister suggested to try to get the personal loans from trustworthy bank. So, I acted that and was satisfied with my college loan.

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.10 x 1.83 x 0.38 inches
(104 x 46.5 x 9.9 mm)
2.75 oz  (78 g)
Battery950 mAh, 9.5 hours talk time

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