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Sony Ericsson W902

 Sony Ericsson W902 Discontinued
22nd July 2008

This "Walkman" series phone has a 5 megapixel camera and is the cousin of the C902 Cyber-shot handset. If you were thinking of buying a C902 then wait.. because the Sony Ericsson W902 may well be a more suitable handset for most users.

Although "Walkman" phones are designed for great music support, the W902's camera deserves some attention. This 5 megapixel unit has autofocus, an impressive looking flash, multi-shot capabilities, an image stabilizer and support for photo blogging. As far as we can tell, the camera capabilities are identical to the C902, except that the W902 doesn't have a lens cover and dedicated photo keys.

Talking of the C902's keys, one odd thing about that handset is the size of the display. Because the Cyber-shot version has soft keys around the screen, the display size is smaller than you would expect at just 2". The W902 doesn't have this problem and comes with a fairly standard 2.2" display which is more useful. The W902 does come with dedicated media keys down the side of the phone, something that is much more convenient when listening to music.

 SE W902 back Of course, the heart of a Walkman phone is all about music playback, and the W902 comes with the same audio system as the W980 which is well regarded. The W902 features track recognition, shake control, tempo and mood based playlists, eight preset graphic equalisers plus a built in AM and FM radio.

The shake control allows you to randomly change tracks by pressing a button and flicking your wrist, and the accelerometer is also used in the W902's "Walk Mate" step counter that keeps track of how far you have walked in the day.. we guess this gives a new twist to the "Walkman" name.

Internal memory is just 25MB, so you will want to add a Memory Sick Micro card when you buy the W902. Underneath it all, the W902 is a quad-band GSM phone with UMTS 2100 and HSDPA support, so it can support high-speed 3.5G downloads. The phone weighs a shade under 100 grams and measures 110 x 49 x 11.7mm. Talktime on 3G is up to 4 hours, 9 hours on GSM with around 15 to 16 days standby time.

One obvious missing thing from a high-end phone such as this is GPS support, although presumably it can be used with a GPS accessory as the W902 supports photo geotagging. The display could also be a little larger - we would expect to see a 2.4" screen on a device like this, but on the other hand the whole package weighs just 99.8 grams which is good for a 3.5G device with this specification.

Sony Ericsson say that the W902 will be out sometime during the fourth quarter of this year, but did not give any guidance on pricing.

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Sony Ericsson W902 at a glance


Q4 2008


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 2100




240 x 320 pixels, 262k colours


5 megapixels


Medium monoblock
110 x 49 x 12mm / 100 grams



Memory card:

Memory Stick Micro









Battery life:

4 hours talk / 15 days standby (3G)
9 hours talk / 16 days standby (GSM)


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