The Sony Ericsson W995 is the latest Walkman series phone by Sony Ericsson. This phone was unveiled by Sony Ericsson in the WMC in Barcelona earlier this year and now the phone is out in the market. The phone being a Walkman series phone surprisingly has some features of the Cyber shot series phone of Sony Ericsson, which makes it different from other phones of this series. The phone has an 8.1MP camera with Auto Focus, Image stabilizer, Video stabilizer, face detection, smile shutter, BestPic, Video light, LED flash, 16x digital zoom and geo-tagging.
The phone also has in-built a GPS, Wi-Fi, three axis accelerometer and is DLNA certified which means that you can view pictures on your television just by connecting your TV and W995 wirelessly using Wi-Fi. It also has a 3.5mm jack on the top and a kick stand for watching video.
Along with the phone come free accessories like the HPM 77 earphones, MS 410 speakers and an 8GB M2 card. The phone has an in-built memory of 118MB and is expandable up to 16GB. The phone supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 networks. Video call is also supported. The phone gives 9hrs talk time in GSM/GPRS/EDGE connection and 4hrs in 3G connection.
The phone has a 2.6 inch screen (diagonally) with 240*320 resolution. The display of the screen is brighter and sharper compared to other TFT screens. Pictures and videos where very sharp and bright in display.The screen is also scratch resistant. But the phone being a multimedia phone, it should had a bigger screen for better video experience.
The keypad of the phone is very good with keys placed at a good distance from each other, so typing was easy and fast. Three media buttons are also present on the right side of the phone, each for previous, play/pause and forward respectively. These buttons work even when the keypad is locked, so song changing is made easy. The camera button is also placed below the three media buttons.
The phone has 5 D shaped keys on the slider along with the navigation keys. Two keys for the phone browsing, two for call and end respectively and one for shortcut.
The camera is very good and can do the job of a digital camera pretty well. The camera takes very good pictures in the sunlight (as usual) and decent pictures in dim room.
As mentioned above features like Auto Focus, Image stabilizer, Video stabilizer, face detection, smile shutter, BestPic, Video light, LED flash makes a good camera. The video is recorded in MP4 format and is good in day light and video
light for dark condition.The only negative point is that no lens cover for the camera which makes it vulnerable to dust and scratches.
The music quality of the phone is backed up by the company’s latest music technology Clear Bass and Clear Stereo. The music is the clearest I have heard till now on any phone. The Bass is clear without any hint of distortion. The HPM 77 earphones are very good. The MS 410 speaker given free with the phone is loud enough compared to its size but the sound distorts when in bass equalizer and it doesn’t have its own battery, so the phone battery suffers. The phone’s speakers are at the top and bottom of the phone.
The phone has preloaded navigation applications like Google Maps 2.3.1 and Wayfinder Navigator (trial version), which is accurate enough, it also helps in finding nearby landmarks like restaurant, multiplex etc. The phone also has a fitness based application Tracker which calculates speed, distance and the direction of running/walking using the GPS. The Wi-Fi is very easy to operate and connect.
The phone has 7 preloaded games amongst which 3 are motion controlled. The phone is also Youtube compatible so watching and uploading videos on
Youtube is easy. The Music Mate 5 application helps guitar players to tune their guitar.
The coolest Sony Ericsson application TrackID is also present which helps recognizing song name, album and artist of songs using internet. Access NetFront is the default browser which is good compared to previous browsers. Java applications are supported.
The MediaGo file transfer application which comes with the PC Suite makes file transfer very easy. Now no need to convert the video before adding on the phone, just copy the video through MediaGo and it will convert the video and copy it simultaneously to the phone. Songs are also analyzed for SensMe in MediaGo. SensMe helps creating playlist according to the mood of a song, like happy, sad, slow and fast.
The major negative point of the phone is the battery, which has not been made strong enough compared to the features available on the phone.
Overall the phone is a very good package of entertainment with good camera, very good sound quality and features like Wi-Fi, GPS and Youtube. The only negative point is the battery. I will rate Sony Ericsson W995 8.75 out of 10.
This is a guest post by Rahul Shah who is a class 12 commerce student from Kolkata. Rahul Shah will be joining the Mobile Buzz team soon as a regular author.