Sony Ericsson W950i in-depth review -

Look and Feel

The Sony Ericsson is by no means a small phone, but for a phone with 4GB memory, it's surprisingly slim and light. It looks highly desirable and very stylish.

Features

The main features of the Sony Ericsson W950i are the Walkman 2.0 player and the 4GB flash memory. The rest of the package includes Bluetooth and 3G, but there is no camera.

Ease of Use

This is a phone of two halves: the Sony Ericsson W950i's music player is intuitive and very easy to use. The rest fails badly: the touch-screen is hard to get to grips with and the keypad is unresponsive - it dampens the experience.

Performance

The Walkman player delivers great sound quality through the supplied speakers. The QVGA screen is perfect for viewing web pages via a3G connection.

Battery Life

A whopping 450 minutes of talktime means you can listen to a fair percentage of your 4GB playlist without having to recharge.

 Sony Ericsson W950i Review -
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Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:37 PM

8

out of 10

Performance

6

out of 5

Look and feel

4

out of 5

Ease of use

8

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Once again the Walkman player is a dream to use and sounds sweet to the ears.

Cons:

The central touch-screen operation may be a nuisance if you're coming from a standard phone perspective. Its keypad is also a thorny customer.

We've had to wait what seems like a lifetime to get hold of the Sony Ericsson W950i, with its 4GB flash memory. With all the hype that's built up around it, it's inevitable that any failings are going to hurt more. And we're sad to report that the W950i has them in spades. Ouch.

Walkman phone

So is it really that much of disaster? As a phone, yes, but as a music player we're pleased to say it continues the Walkman's winning track record.
The Sony Ericsson W950i shares the same chassis as the M600i smartphone but the keypad is quite different and it's got a fetching purple finish. Despite a wide profile, it's still remarkably slimline and lightweight. Compared to its arch-rival, the Nokia N91, it's just about pocketable. It looks highly desirable and very stylish.

Touch-screen

Walkman 2.0

The Sony Ericsson W950i may have faults, but the music player is outstanding. It uses the latest Walkman 2.0 player version and its 4GB flash-memory can store around 1,000 tunes encoded at 128kbps in AAC format.
Fire up the Walkman player and the main menu features sections for artists, albums, tracks, moods, playlists, auto playlists (top rated, most played, least played, last played) and, lastly, one for your own recordings. All the player functions are easily accessible on screen.
If the songs are recognised by the online CD database when you transfer them from your PC, it will automatically download the cover art to accompany the song when you're playing. There's also a tracklist button that shows you a shortlist of upcoming songs so you don't have to keep returning to the main menu to skip some way ahead. All these convenient options make the Walkman player a pleasure to use.

Music recognition service

With a host of audio enhancements and a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, the Sony Ericsson W950i delivers a big sound. The bundled earphones give substantial deep bass sounds.It also supports A2DP for wireless Bluetooth streaming to compatible headphones or speakers.

QVGA screen