First Impressions: Sony Ericsson W995

We had a little play with the W995, Sony Ericsson's long-awaited (at least by us) merging of its excellent Cyber-shot and Walkman phone lines.


Sony Ericsson W995 - Look and feel

The W995 is a slider with an 8.1-megapixel camera and the Walkman music player. The model we saw was 'Cosmic Silver', and just slightly chunky at 113 grams and 97x49x15mm when closed.


Looks wise it doesn't differ so much from Sony Ericsson's other Walkman phones, but a neat addition is the auto-rotate function where the display rotates with the phone. The TFT display is sizeable for a slider at 2.6 inches, and the navigation menus are intuitive and easy to read, with a dedicated media bar.


Sony Ericsson W995 - Under the hood

With a 3.5mm audio jack and a bundled 8GB M2 memory card, the W995 is as dedicated a music phone as we've come to expect from Sony Ericsson, with the added bonus of a high-spec camera with auto-focus and flash, plus the associated Cyber-shot apps - photo fix, face detection, and picture/video blogging.


Its Walkman player comes with all the extras that put the series at the head of the pack - Clear Bass and Clear Audio, shake control to operate the player, plus access to PlayNow, Sony Ericsson's music download service.


Media, rather than simply music, is more of a focus for the W995 than its predecessors, and the phone can re-orient its display in widescreen for comfortable video viewing.


We also really like the Media Go software, which allows the phone to share media files with other devices, such as PC, stereo and TV, by recoding all files into the same format. The W995 is HSDPA and Wi-Fi enabled, and as is de rigueur for phones these days, has A-GPS and location-based services support.


We'll have a full review up soon, but in the meantime, check out our video demo by clicking here.

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