Sony Ericsson W995 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA. The American version supports AT&T's 3G network.


There are always things to the Walkman lineup that surprise us. On one hand, most devices come with cool, upbeat design, offer entertaining functions (ShakeMe, SenseMe) and comfy interface. On the other, they lack 3.5mm jack (so an adapter is needed) and have mediocre video playback capabilities. The flagship, the Sony Ericsson W995 is designed to turn these views upside down.

We finally have 3.5mm jack on a Walkman device and it´s located on the top side of the phone. Despite it, the boxed earphones are still plugged into universal port (for cable, charger, earphones), but you get a 3.5mm adapter with the set. What you will also get with the phone is 8GB expansion card, wall charger, USB cable, manual and software CD.

Similarly to the Sony Ericsson W705, the phone looks stylish, presentable and buttoned-down. Both its front side and battery cover are made of metal and sport nicely looking brushed pattern that is, however, hardly noticeable on the black handset we are reviewing. Still, the W995 also comes in silver and red varieties.

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Display looks pleasing with its 2.6 inches. This is a feature Sony Ericsson has definitely improved on alongside of the previous models – all of them have smaller ones. Resolution, however, remains the same – QVGA and the screen supports 262k colors. No matter, image quality is really good. Thanks to the light sensitivity sensor, display is usable even in bright light, although colors get rather worn-out.

As a whole, we do not have any gripes relating to the navigational buttons or the keypad. They are prominent enough and easy to use. Send and end buttons are a bit harder to press, because they have small travel. Volume rocker, audio player and camera shutter that are on the right hand side of the phone are also fine. We are once again pleased with the lighting effects that Sony Ericsson have integrated – starting the phone audio player makes controls light up in orange, while camera shutter begins to glow in white when you get down to taking pictures.

There is a pair of quite big loudspeakers on the top and bottom sides that, by the look of them, should be able to provide high quality sound. The back houses 8.1-megapixel camera with photo flash and expandable video stand and a M2 expansion card slot is located under the battery cover. The video stand is unsteady and even light shakes or sways can cause the phone to tumble over.

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1. deepak_nr

Posts: 26; Member since: May 31, 2009

I have loved SE ph's (owned 3 of them), but i am now moving away. SE is going down big time. Their mistakes are similar to the big 3 US auto makers. Not giving what customers want, instead expecting them to buy what's offered. As a Flagship W995 WM ph should have had Touchscreen, better video, head phones. Others like Samsung, LG, HTC all are racing ahead with countless, cool touch screen ph's. SE's web site shows a long confusing list of Music n camera ph's. They have announced 3 touch ph's but have not launched them, such a pity. Not only does SE take for ever to launch good ph's but they also overprice them (X1). Why can't they do away with M2 cards & have micro SD instead in their ph's, replace that pop port with microUSB. Sony Erricson will probably never wake up. Good Bye Sir & thank you.

5. afzsulaiman

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

hai.friend i have seen your comments about w995 sony ericson i would like to know whether if i bought this phone it will be lose for me?

2. aks316

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

hey so true.. they are going down and they need to act soon.. the problem is 5 years back the competition was less and they could do what they want and people had to buy it.. nowdays there is soo much of competition and brands that companies has to go according to the consumer and what they want.. i just love sony ericsson and i really hope they get out of this mess.. and the biggest advantage sony ericsson has is they have lot of loyal fans but they just need to be aggressive and move on by giving us good touchscreen phones, 3.5mm jack, microsd cards, micro usb chargers and fully loaded features and get more all in one phones like business series and mulitmedia series.. i am a die hard fan of sony and sony ericsson products and i am using x1 right now and i just love it.. SE RULES!

3. deepak_nr

Posts: 26; Member since: May 31, 2009

Everyone knows the X1 is a neat ph, but it costs a heap load of money. In contrast N97 with that big 3.5" screen, mammoth 32gb memory, magnetic compass, stereo speakers, 5 mega pix camera, actually costs less.

6. afzsulaiman

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

im intersted to buy sony ericson shall i move to buy tat..?

7. Hlorri

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2008

A nitpick on this and other recent SE reviews: They state that the Contacts list will not allow you to search by last name. Technically, this is untrue. You can go to Contacts -> Options -> More -> Adanced -> Sort order, and select "By last name". From now on, you will search by last name, not firstname (also applies to "smart search" in the home screen). Clearly not as useful as "partial match" searching (like e.g. Nokia S60), but still, needs to be corrected in this and other reviews.
  • 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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