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Sony Ericsson W900 / W900i / W900c

 Sony Ericsson W900 / W900i Discontinued
17th October 2005

The Sony Ericsson W900 is the fourth "Walkman" phone in Sony Ericsson's range, and the first one with 3G. It's a rotating phone, like the W550i and W600a and has a 2.2" 240x320 pixel TFT display in 262,000 colours, a 2 megapixel digital camera, expandable memory using Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo modules and Bluetooth.

Internal memory is a huge 470Mb, which means that most users of the W900 won't need to expand the handset's memory at all. With 2G memory cards also available from retailers, the combined memory of the W900 rivals the hard-disk based Nokia N91 and Samsung i300 handsets.

 Sony Ericsson W900 / W900i combinations When the W800i was released, we complained about it not being 3G. Well, the W900 is 3G, and it supports over-the-air downloads of multimedia tracks, which should be a boost to any network operator who supports this feature. The W900 supports MP3, AAC, and AAC+ audio formats, plus others. You can plug a standard 3.5mm set of stereo headphones directly in too. The Sony Ericsson W900 also comes with an FM radio.

It's more than just a music phone though, and the W900 also supports games in both portrait (tall) and landscape (wide) screen modes, comes with a WAP browser and email client. It also supports push email and comes with an RSS reader.. handy for web sites such as Mobile Gazette that carry RSS feeds.

In keeping with the current crop of modern phones, the Sony Ericsson W900 has a 2 megapixel digital camera with autofocus and a camera light. Sony Ericsson are quite pleased with the frame rate on the W900's video camera at 30 frames per second, which is substantially higher than many similar handsets. There's also some picture editing software, plus Sony Ericsson's Quickshare system for sending off pictures to friends. The W900 also supports video calling.

As with the W800i, the W900 comes with Sony Ericsson's Disc2phone software and all the music features that have made the W800i such a hit. There are stacks of interesting multimedia features built into the W900, so it should keep you amused for hours if you're that way inclined.

It feels as though we're nitpicking, but this isn't the perfect phone. Unlike recent Nokias and even the W900's sibling, the Sony Ericsson P990, this is not a smartphone, so software expansion is limited. The W900 doesn't have WiFi either, but that's still a rarity. Also, unlike the Sharp 903 and Sharp 902, the W900 doesn't have an optical zoom on the camera. These are all pretty minor things though, and the W900 is definitely a first-class handset.

One mystery though - the previous Walkman handsets have all been based on another phone in the Sony Ericsson range, the W800 is based on the K750, and the W550 and W600 phones are based on the S600. Presumably then, there's a Sony Ericsson S900 in the pipeline too.

Sony Ericsson indicate that the W900 should be in the shops just in time from Christmas, in the W900i configuration (for Europe and the rest of the world). The release dates for the Chinese W900c version are not yet known.

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Sony Ericsson W900 / W900i at a glance

Available:

Q4 2005

Network:

UMTS (3G) + GSM 900/1800/1900

Data:

UMTS (3G) + GPRS

Screen:

240x320 pixels, 262k colours

Camera:

2 megapixels (main)

Size:

Medium-large rotator
109x24x49mm / weight tbc

Bluetooth:

Yes

Infra-red:

Yes

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

2.2 hours talk / 12 days standby (3G)
8.4 hours talk / 14 days standby (GSM)

 

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