A cheap new Walkman music phone which gets the job done.
One of the upsides of a relatively feature-light handset is that the battery doesn't take so much of a power-whacking as on high-end do-it-all models. Sony Ericsson rates the W395 as being capable of up to 8 hours' talktime or up to 480 hours' standby time – or music player life of up to 12.5 hours – between charges.
We found the handset did produce an above-average power performance, keeping going for up to four days at a stretch with limited music playing. Hitting the Walkman play button regularly does, of course, lower that phone performance considerably.
Sony Ericsson deals the W395 a standard pack of entry-level organiser applications and tools. It's all quite serviceable stuff we've seen played out on many Sony Ericssons before.
They include calendar, alarm clock, stopwatch and timer features, calculator and tasks option, plus world clock 3D and convertor apps, and a sound recorder.
The W395 supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity, with a cable supplied in-box. No PC syncing software is included however, so if you want to use this for backing up content, or syncing contents, contacts and calendar, you need to download software from Sony Ericsson's website at www.sonyericsson.com/support.
Sony Ericsson includes its standard PlayNow content download portal link, which offers a limited alternative to network download options.
You have to pay for music and other premium content, plus possibly incur network download charges to get it delivered to your handset. The W395
Sony Ericsson W395 snap pictures with the 2.0 megapixel camera and enjoy them on the large 2.0-in crystal-clear screen. Or share them in an instant through your blog. Boost your favorite tracks through the stereo speakers. The equalizer and the deep bass offer excellent acoustics, no matter how loud you play.
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2009, February
Status Available. Released 2009, March
SIZE Dimensions 96 x 47 x 14.9 mm
Weight 96 g
DISPLAY Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 176 x 220 pixels, 2.0 inches
- Scratch-resistant surface
SOUND Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3, AAC ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers
MEMORY Phonebook 1000 x 20 fields, Photo call
Call records 30 received, dialed and missed calls
Internal 10 MB
Card slot Memory Stick Micro (M2), up to 4GB, 1GB card included, buy memory
DATA GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
CAMERA Primary 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels
FEATURES Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Openwave), RSS reader
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes, incl. motion-based + downloadable
Colors Dusky Grey, Blush Titanium, Fiesta Black, Happy Pink
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
- Walkman player
- TrackID music recognition
- Picture editor
- Voice memo
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion
Stand-by Up to 480 h
Talk time Up to 8 h
Music play Up to 12 h 30 min
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