Sony Ericsson W910i

Its motion sensing feature is a little silly, but with its slim and light shape and plentiful music features, the W910 is still a winner.


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Design
Looks-wise the W910i is much more sedate than previous Walkman phones, which tended to be a very bright, almost radioactive orange. The colour of our review model is what Sony Ericsson refers to as Noble Black. Ascribing nobility to a handset is a bit much, but it does look elegant without being boring. For those who like a bit of colour, it's also available in "hearty" red.

The profile is slim and streamlined at 12.5 millimetres. Given the tapered design of the bottom, the charging and headphone port has been moved from the base of the handset to the left side. This is fine for juicing up your W910i or loading it with PC data, but plug in the headset and the phone is over a centimetre wider in your pocket.

The non-number keys are unusually small, especially in light of the ample space surrounding them. A circular silver five-way navigation key is flanked on either side by teeny send and end buttons that are crammed right up against the soft keys. They look small enough to cause problems, but fared surprisingly well during testing. Even more miniscule are the power and Walkman keys hiding on the top of the handset -- blink and you'd miss them.

The W910i uses Sony's Memory Stick micro, which slots into a socket on the right. Included is a nifty USB adaptor so you can remove the card and plug it into a USB key rather than connecting your phone to a PC for data transfer.

Features
The standout features on the phone are -- of course -- music-related. There's a new menu style for browsing your multimedia, which will look familiar if you own a PS3 or PSP. A2DP allows you to stream songs wirelessly to a pair of funky earcans. In Walkman mode you can move the phone around to switch tracks -- tilting it to the right will go to the next track and tilting to the left will take you back. If you want to shuffle your tracks you can activate the randomise function by shaking the handset like a Polaroid picture.

As well as organising your tunes by artist, title and album, the W910i sorts them visually by mood, representing each track as a dot on a Cartesian plane not seen since the days of plotting parabolas in year nine maths. The x and y axes have been relabelled sad-happy and slow-fast, and you can navigate among the dots, selecting tracks to include in an emotion-driven playlist. This makes it easy to create song sets for every occasion, from post break-up anguish to getting ready for a night on the town.

Just like the iPhone, or the iPod Touch, the 240 x 320-pixel screen operates in vertical or horizontal mode, and can switch automatically according to how the phone is held.

Turn the phone over and you'll find a 2-megapixel camera at the top left corner -- a lower spec than we would have guessed, even for a music-focused phone.

Performance
We don't want to be killjoys here, but while the Walkman's shake function is fun for a few minutes it's ultimately nothing more than a gimmick. It's also hardly a time- or energy-saver given it requires you to hold down a button while simultaneously tilting or shaking. A simple press of the relevant navigation key requires less effort and will attract fewer odd looks in public.

One thing to be aware of is that this thing does not play nice with Windows Media Player. If you want to be able to use all the nifty music features, you'll need to install Sony Ericsson's media manager software and register it online. This is hardly a brand-specific issue -- we've had similar experiences with Samsung phones lately -- but you'll feel a bit put out if you have your tracks, videos and playlists meticulously organised in Windows Media Player.

In general we were impressed with the W910i, which brings Sony Ericsson's commendable Walkman UI to a finger-friendly form factor. The tilting and shaking isn't anything to e-mail home about, but there is much to like beyond the quirky bits.



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dan
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dan posted a review   

The Good:design, easy to use, good music player, slim and light weight, camera, battery life, has all the basic features

The Bad:freezes and restarts, screen can easily break, keypad is hard to press, no 3.5 headphone jack

was a good phone back in those days, but obviously this phone is outdated now.although the design of this phone is still pretty cool. i gave this phone to my grandpa and he's pretty happy with it although the freezing annoys him. my rating is based on what the phone was like back in those days.

Dagman
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Dagman posted a review   

The Good:Small, reliable, easy to use, sturdy

The Bad:Turns off, slide ribbon wore

I've owned mine for 2 yrs now. Have looked after it well except for the one occassion i left it on the roof of my car and drove off, it didn't bother it one bit. I found it was a great little phone with heaps of cool features. Agree that the shake function is worthless.
Camera is easy to get to (no flash though). The speakers are a bit lame. Doesn't open windows based documents. The menu is good and never found a problem with the small buttons. Only things that have gone wrong with it are it freezes on rare occasions (8 times) and the ribon on the slide broke so lost use of the buttons on the face (fixed for $59). A good little phone. I'll be keeping it.

NJH82
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NJH82 posted a review   

The Good:small, easy to use, nice red colour,

The Bad:nothing really

Ive had this phone for nearly 2 years and up until about a month ago it worked perfectly, I never had a problem with anything, it was easy to text and make calls, I could change the colours of the main menus which i did often. I have dropped it a few million times and there are no scratches to the screen, there are some chips taken out of it but after dropping it, its no wonder. It slides out as good as the day i bought it....but now its not so good, it freezes sometimes and I have to switch it off then back on again to get it to work again properly, but other than that its served me well.

redninja
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redninja posted a review   

The Good:memory, dropping it doesnt damage it.

The Bad:calls, random freezing i could go on

Ive had this phone for over 2 years now, and believe me when I say this, its NOT WORTH IT! You can't play music on speaker because it sounds funny, it randomly freezes, especially when someone calls or texts, camera no flash but then again its a 'walkman' so no biggie. BUT its VERY resilient, I dropped it a few times and its not THAT damaged. HOWEVER, whats the point of of a phone that no one can call you on, and honestly I just carry it around with me its to much has hassle to turn the phone on, wait for it to make that irritating ZZZZ sound then wait for it to come on and then call the person (who called you, causing the phone to turn off) and cross your fingers and pray to God it doesnt turn off again.

Ntitn
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Ntitn posted a review   

How much costs for mobile keypad strip for sony ericsson w910i....?

bang_on33
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bang_on33 posted a review   

The Good:Small, easy to use, well built, good features, good battery life

The Bad:Low speaker volume, below average camera

Have owned this phone for two full years now without a problem. Easily one of the best phones I have ever owned. It's well built and it still slides as well as the day I bought it. To all the people here complaining that their handset doesn't work properly.... maybe you should start looking after them better. No phone is bullet proof.

g71
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g71 posted a review   

The Good:Great build and size, Good keypad, Easy navigation, Good for listening to music.

The Bad:Camera, awkward headphone jack, resets itself often

The slide mechanism is fun to play with. That's the main point.

This phone is built really well: it's incredibly light, it looks good, the keypad is flat which I personally think is a big plus, it's comfortable and easy to text with. Speaking quality is decent, and the speaker is alright - although I think listening to it with headphones is better. The headphone jack is awkward, as with most SE phones, and it juts out of the side which is okay when you're sitting on a bus, but not when you're moving or worst of all - needing to swiftly take it in and out of your pocket. The headphones that come with it are absolute crap: get new ones.

The camera is terrible, but then again, the phone doesn't pretend to be brilliant in this area as it's primarily for music. I'll rant anyway: at best, you'll get a couple of photos passable for Facebook, and that's if the light around you is brilliant. Taking photos from evening onwards is a big no-no: there's no flash and you can't see a thing. Unless conditions are crystal clear, the images also come out with that green-and-blackish film grain - lots of noise. Additionally, the phone resets itself often which is terribly frustrating. Don't bother with videos; Youtube quality is shocking.

If you want a basic MP3 player which also functions for calls and texting, get this phone, but don't expect anything more. I wouldn't pay more than $99 for it.

SamsungOmniaJet
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SamsungOmniaJet posted a review   

The Good:Everything, has lots of features, themes, video call

The Bad:Phone calls (low voice), keypad is flat, sometimes drops out from network

This is an absolutely great phone. It has a great design and easy to use software.

Still, doesn't excite you when it's on $29 at 3.

Alex
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Alex posted a review   

The Good:Music, Camera, battery

The Bad:Shuts off and has a mind of its own

when i bought this phone it didnt work properly and then i sent it in for repairs it still didnt work!!!!! wont be buying a sony ericson for a long time

CJackson
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CJackson posted a review   

The Good:Liked it a lot when it worked

The Bad:Very short life, barely works now.

I really liked this phone when it was actually functional.
However, 18 months later the thing barely works. Crashes all the time and takes a few restarts to get working again. Sliding open often will turn on the backlight and do nothing else. For an expensive piece of electronics, on a 2 year contract, a 1 year warranty is really not good enough. My girlfriend has the same problems with another Sony Ericsson. Definitely won't be getting another Sony Ericsson after this.


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  • dan

    dan

    Rating8

    "was a good phone back in those days, but obviously this phone is outdated now.although the design of this phone is still pretty cool. i gave this phone to my grandpa and he's pretty happy with it a..."

  • Dagman

    Dagman

    Rating8

    "I've owned mine for 2 yrs now. Have looked after it well except for the one occassion i left it on the roof of my car and drove off, it didn't bother it one bit. I found it was a great little phone..."

  • NJH82

    NJH82

    Rating9

    "Ive had this phone for nearly 2 years and up until about a month ago it worked perfectly, I never had a problem with anything, it was easy to text and make calls, I could change the colours of the ..."

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