Summary: You'll probably know by now if you're a Sony Ericsson fan or not. The Sony Ericsson W995 suffers from all the same drawbacks as previous Walkman mobiles: it's walled off, and lacking the power and customisation of your standard smartphone. If that doesn't bother you though, what you'll find is one of the best multimedia phones on the market, and this time that includes picture taking.
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.
Excerpt: The evolution of the cell-phone camera takes yet another leap forward with the Sony Ericsson W995a. Along with a Walkman-branded digital music player, the W995a includes an 8.1 MP camera, the highest resolution camera yet available on a phone. But the W995a is an unlocked phone, which means its $600 price tag goes unsubsidized by a carrier.
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.