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i personally think that the whole range of sony ericsson products are the best for music i know
it is an old phone but it was great for playing music , the earphones were good quality and it was user friendly , for the time it did have a lot of features that i did use like the radio it was amazing for downloading music,the built in speaker was amazing my iphone on full blast today does not sound great , i did find the camera for the time was very advanced and i used to be able to watch videos on it as well , the sound quality was really good and the actual ear phones that came with it fitted into my ear which even today's mobile phones struggle with , it has a great memory stick which i still have to use in my cars cd player which is handy as it is 2 gigabytes .
Had this phone around 4 or 5 years ago had it as a upgrade on my Vodafone contract. I loved and still love this phone it not an iphone but I still use it for a back up hand set.
The phone is still in really good condition and working after all this time.
The camera on this phone is a 3.2 megapixel camera with zoom and also records video.
The battery life is really good you can put a bigger memory card in so you can store more pics or music on the handset. The phone is a walkman handset and a really good one at that, you can put the phone into flight mode so it can be used on most airlines. The phone also has a feature called Shake Control this lets you change track and adjust the volume by giving the phone a flick. You can put album artwork pictures on which is I nice touch. You can also use it as a FM radio too.
I like that the phone is a slide phone because it stops you catching the buttons in your pocket. The W595 is very easy to use and I would recommend this handset to anyone.
The only thing which I don't like is to play any games you need to buy and download them because the phone only comes with demos. It has got a music quiz feature which plays an intro of your tracks that you have on the handset and gives you multiple choice to guess the track.
I have had the Sony Ericsson W595 for about 3 months, however my brother passed it onto me since my last phone broke so overall it has been in use for around 2 years. When he gave it to me, the number keys were very stiff which made it very difficult to press the keys for typing texts. I often find it quite difficult to change certain settings on the phone such as the display settings and I'm fairly sure you can't choose your own personal background but instead use one of two themes. This is only a very small issue and one you can live with. There is a 3.2 Mega pixel integrated camera which takes fairly standard images, and I am yet to work out how to upload them onto my computer. This links into how it is not very easy to use for slightly more technical issues.
The Sony Ericsson is in the Walkman range and therefore it has a large capacity for storing music and a fantastic music player. The sound quality is very good and the phone has a high volume. There is a bluetooth function integrated in the phone which makes transferring songs from one phone to another very easy. This is currently the only method of getting music at the moment as I cannot seem to download music from my laptop. This is possibly my own fault as I didn't have the instructions manual given to me. Therefore I am trying not to be too critical about me finding the phone slightly difficult to use.
There is a multiple text option which allows you to text one message to as many people in your contacts list as you wish which I find very useful. The speaker volume is very good and the microphone is very clear so calling people is nice and simple, the loud speaker is just that--very loud which is perfect for allowing groups of people to listen to the conversation. The battery charges very quickly and I find it lasts me a while, but that is because I only use it for texts and phone calls and occasionally listening to music.
Overall, I would recommend this product to somebody who wishes to play music on their mobile, both outloud as well as through earphones and doesn't want to pay too much money for this ability.
The Sony Ericsson W595 is a good for those who want a no fuss easy to use affordable phone. I've always liked the Sony Ericsson interface and found it simple and easy to use. It does all the basics you expect from a phone these days with focus on Walkman. When I bought mine I wasn't looking for anything fancy but I'm constantly listening to music so the Walkman feature was useful.
The obvious feature of this phone is the music player. If you are used to Apple technology or touch screen the W595 won't be as slick so if you have thousands of tracks and you're looking for a specific having a key operated phone won't find it very quickly. However for actually playing music the sound is great. The speakers are located on the top and bottom slanted edges on the front of the phone. This produces a loud volume which is aided by sitting the phone on a surface. Using headphones also produces good sound (obviously the headphones you use will play a role here also). I have since used other devices and I wish they had the volume the W595 has.
The downside to using headphones as with all Sony Ericsson phones until recently it that the phone itself doesn't have a normal headphone port. This is fine if you use the headphones provided as the length of the attachment and the headphones (the headphone cable is quite short) together is fine as that how it is designed to be used. However if you want to use a non Walkman headphones you'll have a mass of cable to tuck in a pocket somewhere.
A special feature of the Walkman in this phone is shake control. If you hold down the Walkman button on the side of the phone and shake the phone it will automatically change the track which is playing. This is something I never really used and forgot about as it's a little unnecessary.
The 3.2 megapixel camera is good but at only 3.2MP you wouldn't buy it for the camera. I personally find no problems with it and I've always found the quality to be satisfactory. Although the phone doesn't have a flash function so it's not great for detail in the dark. It also works as a video camera which I've actually found copes better with the bass at a concert than my digital camera.
The phone is capable of holding a micro memory card up to 8GB. It depends on your needs and purpose for using the phone if this is suitable for you.
The build of the phone is very sturdy. It has dropped/fallen numerous times none of which have had an effect on how the phone works. The corners have minor chips but I think that was the result of falling from my pocket onto concrete (just the once!) so to be expected.
Overall it's a great solution if you don't want to spend much on a phone and would like to be able to use it for music. The additional feature can come in handy but wouldn't be you're primary reason for buying the phone. I kept mine for three years until the ear speaker stopped working (could only hear calls if I had headphones connected) but during that time it had been reliable and I never felt the need to get anything else.
This was the first ever contract phone i bought about 14 months ago, at the time of purchase this had only been on the market for a few weeks maybe a little more so I was properly excited about it as i am with everything I buy. The thing that really caught my eye was the different colour on the back of the phone when it was slid up, mine was grey as the prime colour and the green at the back, thought it looked amazing till i saw the red and white one (two colours in my opinion that go great together).
The phone feels great in the phone, it feels well built and very sturdy. I have to say it's a great slider, as you slide it up or down it springs into place almost like it is spring loaded, I remember just plating with the slider, sliding it up and down and even then it hasn't broken so i suppose that's a good thing making it built to last.
It's a walkman phone so it's primarily used for music, it's music player is fantastic, it let's you pick your favourites and shows the different genre music you have in your library which is always useful, the quality through it's headphones shines through.
It featues a 3.2 megapixel camera which at the time of purchase was one of the best with only a few select phones with 5+ megapixels, however it does not have flash which is a bit of a downer. Photos can be edited although it doesn't really work very well.
The themes for the phone can be edited to make your phone your own and make it look unique and to your personal taste. The battery life is pretty good, a fully charged battery usually lasted me a full day and I talk and text quite a bit during the day.
I text a LOT and texting has had it's effect on the keys, the bottom 3 keys (space, hash, and... star... i think) stopped working so towards the last 4 months of my contract I had to text with fullstops instead of spaces between words, not very grammatical I know but I had no other choice, i went to get it fixed but they were charging £20+, not worth it in my opinion.
The chrome piping around the sides of the phone does come off quite easily making the phone look quite old, I say it comes off quite easily because I take care of everything I own.
Overall I think it's a good phone, with a lot of good points, a few negative ones but nothing major.
I bought this phone a couple of years ago and then the iphone 3g came out, so i bought it and put my W595 away, it was only after i had my iphone for a year or 2 that i reliased the iphone 3g was terrible.
I got my w595 out and used it again and reliased it had alot more features than the iPhone.
1)W595 has bluetooth file sharing
2)W595 is much, much louder than the iphone
3)W595 has a camera and can record video, my iphone 3g could not record videos.
i have been using it non stop for a year now and it hasn't broke once.
i can hold about 300 songs on it but the only bad thing about this phone is that you need a specific little connector for the earphone slot, if you loose it you will have to buy a new one, they are quite cheap but i found it hard to find.
i am in love with this phone. i have had it for about two years now and it has never let me down. i brought this phone in a bit of a rush as some one stole my other phone while i was at work so i had to run out on my dinner break and buy i a new phone. and i brought this. the sony ecricsson w595 cost me £95 and with that i also got some sony ericsson head phones which was a bonus.
i have to say that this phone has so much memory its incredible. i think i have over 700 photos, about 50 videos. some of which are about half hour long. i have two albums of music on here as well and some downloads.
i dont think i have ever had to empty my inbox and out box. i must have about a thousand messages.
You can edit your photos on a photo DJ page but you have to use the internet to do that. and you can also do music DJ as well.
you get gamnes on the sony ericsson w595 but they are only trials but you can buy them for about £2 - £4.
i would never change this phone unless it had broken but then again i may just buy the exact same phone.
~ * I've Got The Pink One! * ~
I would not describe myself as a phone-person. Which is quite weird, judging by the amount of people that have mobile phones these days. I much prefer my computer and only ever carry my mobile phone 'in case'. I am the total opposite to my friends who simply 'cannot live without their phones'.
At the time, I had one of my sisters old 'hand-me-down' mobile phones (she always has to have the latest model) and so she had decided that I had had her 'old' phone for long enough and decided to buy me a new one for Christmas.
The phone is called the 'Sony Ericsson W595' and came out in the year 2009. The phone is a 'slidy' one which means that you have to 'slide' the front part of the phone up in order to get the key pad. I think this phone was around £110 when it first came out although you can buy it for around £76 from Amazon now. When I had mine there was a free Benefit blusher worth £23.50 which is great!
My sister liked the phone that she bought for me so much that she even bought the exact same one for herself!
~ * Ooh! That's Pretty! * ~
I love the design of this little phone; it's very cute and girlie. I also like that it is quite slim and so fits in my pocket easily. Despite being around for about two years the phone still looks very trendy which is good as it means that I am not embaressed by my phone.
~ * Features * ~
Like most mobile phones these days, this phone is a clever little thing. Not only can it call and text, it also has a web browser, a camera, games, a built in mp3 player as well as other features such as a calendar, calculator etc.
I mainly use it for just texting, calling and sometimes checking my facebook page. I very rarely use the camera (when I have done, the pictures have been great quality) because my phone doesn't have a memory card and so can only store 5 pictures. Even though my sister got both our phones from the same shop, hers had a memory card but mine didn't, although me not being very techno-wise didn't realise until I had had the phone for over a year. I can't store many songs on here either which is a shame.
I do use the calendar and calculator features quite a bit.
The phone also acts as my alarm clock which is always very reliable and even has a 'snooze' option which means that the alarm will go off in another 15 minutes ( I think you can choose the length of 'snoozing' though.
There are some games on here although I found that they are mainly there so that the phone company (Orange in my case) can make money out of you. When I first found the games I thought 'ooh great', although they only let you play the games once or twice and then they won't let you play them unless you pay to play them which I think is annoying.
When I do listen to music on this phone (very rarely as it doesn't hold many songs because I don't have the sim card), the music is of good quality and has different volumes which is good.
~ * Making A Phone Call * ~
The main reason for having a mobile phone. Simply type in the number (or use your phonebook to find it) and press the green button and then just wait for the other person to pick up. The sound is very clear; you can hear the other person very well, as though they were sitting next to you. There is also a 'loud speaker option which I tend to use a lot (or of course you can stick with the more traditional way of calling - off-speaker to keep things more private.
~ * Problems...Problems...Problems! * ~
I had a problem with my phone. Somehow it ended up getting stuck on 'flight mode' which meant that I had no signal and couldn't send messages or make phone calls (the whole point of a mobile phone really!). I also had another problem; the phone would not charge which I thought was weird. Once the battery had 'died' and the phone wouldn't charge, we decided to take the phone back to the shop - which we did and they sent off for repair which took around 10 days.
A few days after my phone had this problem, the exact same thing happened to my sisters phone (it wouldn't charge etc) and so she also had to take it back to the shop where they sent it off for repair. When they came back they told us that there had been a problem with that 'batch' - the same thing had happened to everyone who had bought the phone, which made us realise that it was faulty. However, they did manage to fix the problem for both of us.
~ * Other Points * ~
The phone is clearly 'labelled' and so it is very simple to use and so I would say that even the most 'non-technical- person would be able to use this phone.
I don't know if it is because of the problem that the phone had in the beginning or it is just the way the phone is anyway, but I have noticed that the battery does not last very long. Some of my old phones could last around a week if left on, although this one only lasts a couple of days (I don't even use it that much!).
I used to have a Sony Ericsson like this one before (it was a flip one but had the exact same features as this one - games were free though!) and I used to use all of the features. That was when I was in school - now though with this phone, I don't seem to have time to use the features such as listen to music on it etc as I am always on the go and so I don't think I appreciate this phone as much as I could.
One thing which I do not like about this phone is the fact that the keys seem to be close together...either that or its my chubby fingers getting in the way. Having owned the phone for almost two years now, you would have thought that I had got used to it although I havn't ; My fingers are always 'over-lapping' and hitting the wrong keys when I am texting. Also, as the keys are quite 'stiff' and need to be pressed quite hard; texting fast is a quite a difficult task with this phone.
It is a great little phone which is very attractive and cute to look at. It has all the 'top' features that most phones these days have, although I tend to use my phone for just the 'basics' (texting and calling) and so I would therefore say that the phone suits both 'basic' and 'more than basic' needs.
Thanks for reading!
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
In the year and a half I had this phone it was plagued with problems. Initially it was great - average quality camera, useful features, and the screen was excellent. As well as this the software to connect the phone to my computer was a nice extra, well-designed and easy to use. I was initially drawn to the phone because of its claim to be like a walkman - however I didn't really feel that the sound quality was good enough to warrant the claims. Unfortunately very quickly it deteriorated. Initially it was a problem with the phone's speakers - when on the phone to people they could not hear me due to poor sound quality. There were also problems with the sound echoing during calls. After another few months I began to experience problems loading features - photo albums, my inbox etc. The action would time out and the phone would restart itself, which was extremely frustrating. As soon as my contract offered me a handset upgrade I took it, and I wouldn't recommend the phone to anyone.
This is the current phone that I own and it does exactly what I wanted it to do and more. I got this phone for my Birthday at a reasonable price and the main reason was the Walkman feature.
I enjoy to listen to music on the go and when I am just sat about and this phone allows me to do both of these things. The sound quality is really good and the headphones that were supplied as part of the package are top of the range. They have the in ear feature that amplifies the music and the amount of music it can store is immense. The extra memory card that is added in is 4G and can store a complete photo album and extra videos and games as well as the excess music that may need to be stored.
The actual media device itself is very straight forward to use and the buttons are simple and efficient. I have never had a problem with the sound quality and the speakers are good if you are in company and want to play the music aloud instead of through the headphones. A hands free extra device can be added onto the phone to pick up radio receptions if you wish to tune into local or national stations.
The sliding mechanism of the phone has never faltered and I have had the phone for over a year now so it is definitely durable and robust. The design is colourful and bright but simplistic at the same time and i like the colour variation that is available with each model for the handset. If there are any complications that you encounter, there is a very useful demo tour of all these particular features that runs through a step by step guide on how to use each of them. The ability to change the functions that certain buttons have such as creating your own shortcuts within the phone is efficient for the best use.
One issue that I would have with this phone is the lack of games that come with it. There were four pre-downloaded games on the options when I tested the phone in the shop but upon purchasing the phone i had difficulties accessing these games because I later realised they were only demos and after five plays on two of the games I would be required to purchase the full version for anything up to £5 which I had not anticipated. I also could not update the downloading device and I am still consistently confronted with an error message everytime that I do. Nevertheless there are plenty of handy applications that the phone has that keep me entertained such as the world clock zone or the comic strips app but I especially like the music maker which is quite a simple programme but allows creativity and can show your friends the music you have created on the device.
The features on this phone are really top notch and the graphics are another key aspect, the camera is 3.2 megapixel with an auto focus that makes each picture come out to a high standard every time. The options that are available when in video mode are also very interesting because although the phone doesn't have a flash, it has night mode and the brightness can be altered to extremes as well as the effect on background such as sepia or cartoon style. Pictures can be edited as well and glasses, stars etc can be added into the picture afterwards for comic effects.
The phone came with a cable that connects the device to a computer or laptop and enables the transfer of files to and from each device however my cable has stopped working recently and the prongs that connect it to the phone have become slightly bent and I'm not sure if this is simple wear and tear or if the device has bent them itself but these are easily replaceable and it still works in some circumstances.
On a whole I would thoroughly recommend this product to somebody who enjoys there music on the go and when in the company of others. The great memory offer is a key feature and additional memory cards can be added so you are able to listen to your whole back catalogue of music.
The latest mobile phone used to one of my top priorities, I had to have the latest cool phone with the latest functions. Then I got a house, got engaged, had two children and the latest phone became bottom of the list! I still like a phone that is nice to look at but I don't have the money to pay a big contract each month or the money to pay outright to purchase the latest phone. I have also found I tend not to change my phone until it has died a death. I have had my current phone a Sony Ericsson W595 for well over a year. At the time of buying I could chose between the dark black colour or a nice shade of pink; of course I chose the pink! Apart from the colour the phone is exactly the same.
The phone is a nice size measuring about 10cms in length, 4.5cms in width and 1.5cms in depth when the phone is shut. It sits nicely in my hand and feels comfortable. The W595 is a slide phone with a reasonable size screen and a small amount of important buttons on the front of the phone and once slid up there is the usual keypad which is of decent size. There is the volume control on the side of the phone which I find very handy and a very handy walkman button that brings up instantly what you were playing last. This is a great feature. When I purchased the phone one of the major selling points for me at the time was the size of the screen for a general mobile. It measures about 4.5cms by 3.5cms which is a lot bigger then my previous Nokia phone.
Now for all the techno people out there this isn't the phone for you. It does have a list of added features but compared to your iPhone or Blackberry it is your standard phone. This particular phone comes with a 3.2 mega pixel camera, Mp3 player with 2GB of memory and shake control, Bluetooth, USB connection, Games, e-mail, internet, hands free kit earphones and more.
The Sony Ericsson W595 is another of the walkman range. It comes with FM radio which I used to find handy when I walked to work in a morning as I often didn't feel like listening to my music on it and preferred a bit of radio 1. The reception on it is pretty good but with all walkmans you do get a bit of crackling if you have a spring in your step! It also has an MP3 player which I do use quite a lot when I am out jogging as I don't like to take my iPod touch in case I drop it or it rains! I have found the quality of sound is fantastic for a mobile and this is where I believe Sony Ericsson is strong. The sound even without the headphones is great and the volume goes quite high so you are not struggling to hear. I can't believe this is a phone. It has to be its strongest point. I currently have 23 albums on my phone and 121 photos and have 12MB left. This does me as I didn't buy it as a multi use device like an iPhone.
The camera on the phone is 3.2 mega pixels as I have mentioned, I find the quality good and have used it many times when I am out with my two boys and have forgotten to take the camera. Linking this phone to your computer by the USB cable is fairly easy so I have been able to print the photos off and the quality of them is quite good. I won't lie I am used to my 12 mega pixel Sony camera so I can tell the difference but then so would anyone considering the difference in mega pixels. The larger screen on this phone does make it easier to view the pictures you have taken.
The main menu is pretty much like all modern Sony Ericssons. You can change the settings to allow you to view it in a couple of different ways but I like to have it as the icons with the name coming up above them when you highlight one. The media section where you can find your photos, music, videos and games is set out well. I like the fact it is all together so you can access it easily.
You can connect to the internet on this mobile and I have found myself doing this on an odd occasion but not that often. I have a computer, laptop and iPod to do that job and don't usually find it necessary to do so when I am out. I have accessed my facebook account via my phone once or twice and have found it relevantly easy.
As I have said I have had this phone for over a year now and I have found to have no real problems with it. The battery life on it is great I couldn't fault it on it on that. For me this phone works perfectly it has all I need. Going back seven years ago I might have stuck my nose up at it as it doesn't have the latest features you can get on a phone but now I love it. I managed to get my on a O2 pay as you go contract.
As my phone (an LG Arena) has been quite tempermental of late - is it so much to ask for it to stay switched on while fully charged? - I gave up and borrowed my mums old phone. That was, as you can guess, the Sony Ericsson W595. I have owned Sony Ericsson walkman phones in the past and I have always liked them, so though I was taking a step back in the phone world it wasn't a huge disappointment for me.
-- First Impressions --
On first handling the phone, it felt quite weird to not be holding a touch screen but I soon got used to using actual buttons again. The phone slides up to expose the buttons underneath. The buttons are of a decent size. The phone feels quite sturdy and firm and the slide function is seamless and feels well produced. When the phone is on, it automatically locks the buttons from being used unless you unlock it (by pressing a button, then unlock or sliding the phone again). Which is handy for preventing your pocket from calling someone and letting them into all your secrets.
-- Functionality --
I remember a day when I refused to use a phone that had more functions than you need a phone for (making calls and texting people). However, I did end up buying the function packed phones that seem to be out of date within 6 months, which is great when you go for the cheaper 24 month contract. Once you have been sucked away from 'normal' phones, it can be difficult to going back to using the more primative varieties. I was expecting to feel like that with this phone but I was pleasantly surprised.
If you have used a Sony Ericsson walkman phone before you will be aware of the menu. If not, it is very user friendly. Press the menu button and you are presented with 12 icons (the name of the icon appears at the top so you know what you are pressing) for everything that your phone can do. From this it is easy to find a contact and phone them. To get into your messages to send a quick text.
The phone has a 3.2mp camera which takes okay quality photos. They aren't going to be masterpieces you will want to display on your walls but if you don't have your camera to hand it will suffice. Unfortunately the phone lacks a flash so night time shots do not produce great results.
-- The Good --
The phone comes with a free 2GB memory card (only 40MB internal memory). While if you are using this as your main music player it may not be sufficient, I find that I don't need much more for a phone. I don't need all my music on it (my mp3 player does that, but it is nice to have a back up of your favourite songs in case the battery dies).
The shake control is a nice little novelty to begin with, but it is not something I use often. Basically, you can control certain functions of the phone through shaking the phone (e.g. to skip a song).
The phone also has video calling capabilities. Though this is a feature I have not used so cannot comment on.
The battery life of this phone surprised me. Even with a lot of texting it did not drain the battery too much. Stand by time is a lot more impressive to the point I actually forgot when I last charged my phone. It is also quick to charge. I was impressed.
This phone is a good, quite basic phone that is easy to use. It does everything you need a phone to do with some extras such as the music player, organiser and notes.
-- Downsides --
The phone doesn't have a normal 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones (as you would find on products such as an mp3 player or a laptop). Instead, you need an adapter which fits into the same slot for charging the phone and then plug in normal headphones. Of course, buying this phone new, these items are supplied. However, I didn't have these items which left the phone useless for this operation. If it was not for my mp3 player this would be a more major downside. I do find the lack of the more common 3.5mm jack to be a little inpractical but you can work around it.
Thin on games included on the phone. The most fun I had was creating a comic strip, even then it was very basic and limiting. You can download games to the phone which has both its advantages and disadvantages. Advantages would be that you can have games on your phone that you want rather than games you don't play taking up space. A disadvantage of this would be sourcing the games. Games can cost money and if you get them free they are not always great quality.
The lack of wi-fi: I like checking sites such as facebook when I am out and about (only slightly addicted, honest). While you can access the internet through 3G - in covered areas - as someone without a data package in their contract it can be a bit costly. That is why I like the option of being able to connect to wi-fi points. The phone is still workable and I can still access the internet, just not the method that I would prefer.
Sound quality: Okay, its not bad. It is listenable and it feels a bit harsh putting it as a downside. However, the sound quality could be a bit better. It isn't terrible or even bad, just for a walkman phone I would expect a little more.
-- Overall opinion --
Though the focus seems to be on the downsides of this phone, don't mistaken that to mean that I don't like this phone. I do and I have enjoyed using it. When I got my LG Arena working again I was actually quite sad to leave this phone behind. It may be quite basic (when compared to todays standards) but it worked well for me these past few weeks. Despite its lack of wi-fi and being unable to use headphones with it. It worked well and provided most functions that I needed. If you want a more basic phone that still has a few tricks up its sleeve then I recommend it. Its not for those that need the latest gadget.
Well my initial thought of this phone at first was that it was good buy. Lots of cool features, good quality sound, not bad looking and a good size. And It came with a memory card. But a couple weeks later the screen started twitching, it would freeze and turn off and the sound quality started to become poor. And I can honestly say the phone had not been dropped niether had it been in contact with water. Anyway on week three it stopped recieving any signal or network. And would not charge as it just flashed up that it did not reconise the charger as a Sony one. I took it to the shop I purchased it at and they rang up sony who said they would replace it. I was giving a new W595 and again just after a month a similair path to the first one, it lead. My charge went in my phone and all though this time it reconised the charger and would charge the battery, it wouldn't switch on!!! After the hassle and time involved with replacing the first phone, i decided not to bother this time. So I decided to buy myself a different make new mobile.
So, after finally completely and unintentionally destroying my trusty k800i (which I was beginning to think was indestructible, it was time for a new phone. So, last December, with my birthday just around the corner, off I trotted to the Carphone Warehouse to find a replacement. Now, after the problems I had with the delightful "our-keys-will-crack" w580i, and the gorgeous "oh-you're-sending-a-text-I'm-turning-off" w980, I was a bit dubious. But, you know what they say! Practice makes perfect! So, perhaps Sony had finally made another reliable phone... But, it would appear that the k800i was a one off...
The w595 is one of those more attractive phones on the market, albeit slightly heavier than some other models you will find. But, for what it holds in beauty, and, if it works, practabitility, it lacks in general functioning.
It all started with the signal. Now, I started by blaming o2. "Useless network..." I muttered. At 2am, following three hours of no signal, my phone beeped. Five messages arrived, all in one minute, which had been sent between four hours and ten minutes beforehand. Yet, a few days later, I realised I was struggling to get signal anywhere. A quick sim exchange with a friend confirmed that I was capable of getting full signal, yet, as soon as she put her sim in my phone, she found she had the same problem.
A few weeks later, another huge problem kicked in. As I attempted to switch my phone on, I realised something was up. It vibrated and lit up, before turning back off. Ten attempts later, I realised that this was the end of the w595... or so I thought. A quick search on google informed me that other people had similar problems, and had been able to restore the phone using the phone restore software, which I had to download from the Sony Ericsson website. A short time later, I had a newly working w595... WITH SIGNAL!!! The ecstasy kicked in! Now the phone worked like a dream.
I suppose before I reach the climax of the tale of the w595, I should give it some credit. As someone that hates carrying multiple gadgets, I found the w595 was advantageous on its ability to run several functions at once. The music player that features on the phone is of a very high quality, and has the ability to play wma files as well as standard mp3's, thus making transferring files from CD album to phone a piece of cake.
The PC suite has to be downloaded seperately, but this is done easily enough. Once this is downloaded, you can transfer files from your phone to the computer and vice versa.
The camera is basic on the phone, at 3.2mp. However, it also lacks a flash function, which means you have NO chance of taking that beautiful night time shot. The video camera option is reasonable, although the sound quality can often be slighlty crackly.
The battery life on the w595 seems reasonable, although once the battery dies down to half way, the battery begins to wear out a lot quicker. I typically found I was charging the phone once a night if I was using the music player (which tended to be every day, on the way to college). However, I'd typically run the music player alongside the internet browser or a game.
The sound quallity during phone calls was defintiely worthy... until the mesh over the speaker fell out a few weeks ago. I now only use the phone for downloading. Which brings me to the demise of the w595.
Now, the main factor in my decision to buy another Sony Ericsson was the fact that I had a memory card only compatible with Sony products, full of around 600 songs, and 200 photos of my son. So, the fact this phone took the same memory card, and my fondness of the k800i both convinced me to give the w595 a try. Alas, six weeks ago, my phone froze on me. The memory card had only been half full. After turning the phone back on, I realised that my wallpaper had gone back to the standard Sony Ericsson wallpaper. Fearing my memory card had been wiped, I decided to check the status of the memory card. The phone decided to helpfully inform me that "MEMORY CARD NOT INSERTED!" Despie trying every trick in the book, the phone still refuses to accept that the memory card is in the correct place.
I've finally given up on the w595, and replaced it with an LG... Let's just say, that's a whole new (negative review).
I owned one of these or a whie before moving to a touch screen. I gave it to my dad and its still like brand new. I found it to be a good useful phone with plenty on it, probably one of the best i have owned. It is extreemly easy to use and get used to. The memory is fantastic although i got a memory card as well as i like music and games on my phone. There is a downside though, the software is not the best and i had to send it back to get it upgraded. In saying that i was told there was a 2 year manuacturers guarentee with it and not 1 year as normaly is the case, so if a problem arises it is easily fixed free of charge. There is some good game sites for easily downloadable games. The phone comes with connections for computers so as well as taking pictures on the phones camera i can download my older photos i want to keep with me.