Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sony Ericsson W890i Walkman phone

IF you are looking for a music player phone you can do little wrong in picking a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. The Sony Ericsson W890i (Sony Ericsson) 3G handphone doesn’t have any fancy features but that doesn’t make it any less fun to use. The Walkman phones are known for ­delivering excellent sound ­quality and the W890i is the latest addition to the series.

The W890i is a pretty looking slim candybar phone — its smooth curved black and gold metal ­exterior looks both classy yet elegant. It also has a very simple design as there aren’t too many function buttons aside from the usual Walkman shortcut key and camera shutter button. And it is so ridiculously thin and light (it only weighs 78g) that once I forgot that I had it in my pocket.


* TINY BUTTONS: The W890i's tiny keypad makes it difficult to type text messages.
* The W890i’s call quality is excellent as ­incoming and outgoing calls were crystal clear without any static or distortion.
* Typing text messages wasn’t as pleasant as the tiny buttons looked intimidating — it’s as if the phone was designed specifically for people with small fingers.
* I have relatively small fingers and even I had trouble typing text messages as the keys are too close to each other.
* It doesn’t help that the four-way navigation pad is also tiny and you could easily press the hang up button while typing messages.
* Given time and a little bit of patience (lots of it), I was able to work with the tiny keys.
* Also, the W890i has decent battery stamina and I was able to use it for two days on a single charge.


The W890i boasts great sound ­quality even when played back on the phone’s speakers. This of course makes ringtones all the more pleasing to hear. The music player also uses the Walkman 3.0 interface which also doubles as an all-in-one media interface for managing pictures, music and videos. And searching for songs is easy as you can look up by artists, albums or tracks.

Moving on, the 3.2-megapixel camera is fairly basic with no ­autofocus or flash for taking shots in the dark. Also, because there is no macro mode for the camera, taking close up shots of objects is next to ­impossible. While there is a high degree of noise present in pictures, it is only noticeable when zoomed in really close. Suffice to say, pictures taken on the W890i are perfect for posting up on a blog or photo sharing site, which will often downsize the photos.

Overall, the camera isn’t too bad — the photos turned out nice with good contrast and vibrant colour. Plus, you can choose to view all the photos as a slideshow complete with music and flashy transition effects. Very nice indeed. The camera can record short videos at QVGA (320 x 240pixels) resolution at 30fps (frames per second) which for the most part was serviceable but looked extremely blurry when there is the slightest hint of ­movement.

The W890i comes with other features that compliment the Walkman phone’s music playing function such as the TrackID ­application which identifies songs based on a five second clip played to it. Also, the phone also comes with a pre-installed with Google Maps for viewing maps and satellite images to help you find your way around.

Pros: Walkman music player; great call quality; decent camera.
Cons: Tiny keys; camera lacks macro mode and autofocus.
Display: 2in LCD (320 x 240pixel resolution)
Camera: 3.2-megapixel
Messaging: SMS, MMS, e-mail
Connectivity: GSM 900/1800/1900, HSDPA, EDGE, Bluetooth, USB
Expansion slot: Memory Stick Mirco (M2)
Phone memory: 32MB
Stand-by/ Talk time: 360 hours/9 hours 30 minutes
Other features: Music player, organiser, stopwatch, calendar, voice recorder, Google Maps, TrackID,
Weight: 78g
Dimensions (w x d x h):104 x 46.5 x 9.9mm
Website: www.sonyericsson.com.my


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