Sony Ericsson W995 Preview

Software:

As a whole, the software utilizing the A200´s interface in Sony Ericsson’s non-smart phones is rather easy to use. You will get used to it quickly, even if this would be your first time you´ve seen it. Our prototype unit doesn’t seem to have introduced any groundbreaking changes, but we noticed something new, which is also present in C903. While you are typing messages, an icon bar appears at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to add images, animations, sounds, videos or to say it short, to turn your ordinary message into a multimedia one, fast and easy.


The built-in Wi-Fi supports DLNA, meaning you can view files from other devices on the phone.

The Walkman 3.0 player doesn’t seem to have been through big changes, as well as the rest of the interface, but it’s as good a guess as any what may happen by the time it has come out. The well-known Media menu helps you filter your songs by a number of criteria, view available video files, play a game or see your RSS feeds. We have to mention that the W995 will be Sony Ericsson’s first phone to come with PC Software with their new drag & drop file management function. Its name is Media Go and is still unavailable for download, but should offer you a lot easier video file conversion and music management wrapped up in an iTunes-like interface.



The 8.1-megapixel camera, one of the phone’s high-end features, has got the interface that we already know from Cyber-shot models (like C905 and C902) and features face detection. Since modern top camera phones also have 8MP cameras, we took a few shots to satisfy our curiosity. We are unwilling to discuss their quality and recommend that you not draw any conclusions either; after all, let’s not forget that our unit is just a prototype.






As we mentioned, the W995 features a built-in A-GPS, but in contrast to C903, Wayfinder Navigator is not preinstalled, it only has the standard Google Maps. With or without it, the last addition to Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series looks rather tasty. It has gained a rich functionality and will probably appeal to even the most choosey and exacting customers, but I wonder if it offers a better sound quality than the W980´s. We will have to wait for its official release, in order to pass any judgment. Until then, you can read one (or a few) of our latest reviews or have fun in our forums.

Expect our full review as soon as we get our hands on a final unit.

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1 Comment

1. ex_live3

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

thanx phone arena...great review bout w995....cant wait for the full review.....one thing that i concern is the w995 has the capability of tv-out??? like the previous model that is the c905 and about to launch the c903.....
W995
  • Display 2.6" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP
  • Storage 0.118GB
  • Battery 930 mAh(4.00h 3G talk time)

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