Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson W995 looks like the Walkman phone we've all been waiting for. Packed with features and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it looks like it could be a winner. Read our review to find out if Sony Ericsson has cracked the Walkman code or if it's just another rehash of an old phone. What we like When you fist take the W995 out of the box you'll be surprised by its size -- it's a lot smaller than it looks in pictures.
Sony Ericsson W995 Review – discover the best kept secret in mobile phones
13 November 2009
Conclusion: So, should you buy the Sony Ericsson W995? If you’re looking for a feature-rich high-end mobile phone that takes great pictures and has the best in class sound system, then yes, the W995 should be top of your list! It doesn’t have the slick touchscreen user interface of the average smartphone – it’s just a straightforward high-end mobile phone. But because of that, you get to buy the W995 at a knock down price. Bad news for Sony Ericsson, but great news for you!
Summary: The Sony Ericsson W995 doesn't bring anything new to the table with its moderately strong vibro alert, a bit too loud ring tones and decent call quality.
Let me be honest - I spent a whole lot of time writing this review, trying to play the role of devil's advocate, forcing myself to dig deeper into the phone's menus and specs in order to find more positive things about it.
Conclusion: In a time when $200 gets you a touch-screen smartphone with at least a 3-inch screen, 16GB of memory, a full HTML Web browser and a QWERTY keyboard, $600 for a slider phone with a pedantic 2.6-inch screen just seems unreasonable, even if its 8.1-megapixel camera produced spectacular results – which it doesn’t. There are plenty of sub-$100 subsidized phones that perform most of the W995a’s tricks, and unique options are not worth another $500.
Pros: 8.1 MP camera; speedy Web access and full email access; external access and controls for camera and music; stereo speakers
Cons: Expensive; disappointing photos; anachronistic Ericsson connecting jack; below-average talk time
Conclusion: Sony Ericsson Walkman phone fans have enough to be excited about with the W995a: it has an excellent music playback experience thanks to the easy-to-use UI and the new Walkman Player software. The dedicated hardware music controls, very nice sounding stereo speakers, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and Bluetooth A2DP round out a strong music-centric package. Add a built-in GPS with Google Maps, U.S.
Pros: Great music features and loud stereo speakers. Good call quality.
Cons: 8.1-megapixel camera doesn’t make it a killer camera phone. Price isn’t competitive.
Summary: The Sony Ericsson Walkman W995a has multimedia features that surpass some of our top-ranked phones. Both the camera and the music player go above and beyond the capabilities of the current BlackBerry model, the HTC smartphones, and even the iPhone 3GS (the camera, mostly). But the fact that the W995a isn't a smartphone keeps us from praising the Sony Ericsson W995a too much - it just doesn't have the browser, keyboard, and email connectivity that the others have.