Summary: The developers have put too much effort into morphing a touch-screen based
smartphone into a feature phone, but somewhere along the way they forgot
to cut its price. So they have boosted it with a couple of accessories,
but even on this front it is not all sunshine and rainbows. This way,
the Sony Ericsson W960i will retail for roughly 765 USD.And in Europe
it will come in with a price tag of 500-550 Euro, which isn't the best
offer out there either.
Excerpt: Sony Ericsson, one of the most important handsets manufacturers, is also one of the fewest that managed to educate its fans and teach them how to choose their future mobile phones. From this point of view, things are much easier for the Japanese-Swedish company, who made it clear for its consumers that it won't mix high quality music features with top-notch camera modules and latest business applications into only one handset.
Summary: The W960, as a music device, has the bone of contention that all devices have, you need to get your music onto them. Sony Ericsson bundle their brand new Media Manger application with the W960 to deal with this, along with a number of other features that lift this out of the ‘utility’ pile into something… well, something that sits a little bit awkwardly at the side of the room.
Excerpt: As far as Sony Ericsson's Walkman music phones go, the W960 is pretty sedate looking. But while it might look more like a suit than a hipster, it still packs a touchscreen and the full Walkman experience. Ricky asks it to dance in this review.
Summary: The volume produced by the 40-chord speaker proves to be sufficient for most environments, and it won’t fall flat anywhere, so you will always hear your W960i ring. The vibro alert is average volume-wise, but thanks to the casing’s thickness you will easily feel it.
Obviously the developers have put too much effort into morphing a touch-screen based smartphone into a feature phone, but somewhere along the way they forgot to cut its price.