SONY ERICSSON – W900i

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SPECIFICATION

 Size
Length 109mm
Width 24mm
Depth 49mm
Weight
148g
Main display
34x45mm QVGA
240×320 pixels
262K colours
Camera
2mp, video, flash, 8x digital zoom
Connectivity
3G, tri-band GSM, Bluetooth, USB
Memory
470MB plus Memory Stick slot
Battery
Standby300 hours
Talk time 8 hours

LOOK AND FEEL:
Build quality seems good but it’s big and bulky, even for a 3G phone (and especially for an MP3 player). Quirky jacknife opening works well enough. Nice slick finish, too.
6/10

EXTERNALS:
Very small edge buttons select camera and music player; one rocker doubles for music volume and camera zoom. Rubber covers for Memory Stick slot and all-purpose connector look ripe for abuse.
7/10

KEYBOARD:
Good-size and well-defined keys inside, with good white backlighting. Navigation joypad and soft keys on top work well.
8/10

DISPLAY:
Generous screen (31?40mm) and nice display with excellent colour – better than K750i, for instance.
8/10

MEMORY:
Loads – 470MB in the phone itself, plus more available via memory card. Definitely MP3-player territory.
7/10

CAMERA:
2mp camera as used in K750i/W800i – good white balance, good auto focus, good colour saturation. No protection for lens through, and contrast could be better. VGA camera provided on front for video calls.
8/10

MANAGING MUSIC:
Plays MP3s and others (not iTunes and other online music store formats though). Simple and effective interface.
8/10

PLAYING MUSIC:
Volume range is fine, equalizer has some presets that do make a difference (especially megabass). But earbud headphones are tinny.
6/10

IN USE:
A bit hefty as a phone and battery life could be better, but is comfortable and generally logical to use for all its many functions.
7/10

EXTRAS:
PC sync software, video camera, FM radio, lots of software.
7/10

WE LIKE:
• Enough memory to store enough music, good interface to play it.
• Build quality and overall feel – especially fine display.
• Full feature set, including 3G functionality.

WE DON’T LIKE:
• Bulk.
• Poor earbud headset.
• So-so battery life.

OVERALL:
Not the ideal iPod replacement, but it will do as an alternative to basic MP3 players. And as a 3G camera phone it does perform well.

72% 

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