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Sony Ericsson W595 review

 Review: October 2008  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: An attractive slide phone with the outstandingly good Walkman 3.0 music player, and not forgetting the cool shake control.

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Do you remember the good old days when mobile phones just worked? We're talking about 2006. In those days, Sony Ericsson made phones that did what it said on the tin. Then in 2007 most of the phones they made didn't work. Some, like the W580i, just fell to pieces when you opened the box. Others, like the W910i were absolutely brilliant until you switched them on. Then they switched themselves off again and had to go back to the shop. There are signs that Sony Ericsson have turned the corner in 2008, but they still have a long way to go before their reputation is restored, so we're going to be suspicious of any new phones they produce until they've proved themselves to be reliable.

This is particularly relevant for the W595 because it looks almost exactly the same as the incredibly unreliable W910i released a year previously. It looks the same on the outside. It looks the same on the inside too, with an identical list of features, apart from a slightly upgraded camera. Only the name has changed. Oh, and it's got fatter and heavier too. What have Sony Ericsson put inside it? Not a bigger battery, because the battery life seems to be almost exactly the same as the W910i. Maybe it's new firmware. That's it, Sony Ericsson have spent a whole year fixing the bugs in the W910i firmware, and the new firmware is so much better it weighs an extra 20 grams. Mystery solved.

OK, so this phone is just the same as the W910i, except it's heavier and the bugs have been fixed. This makes it a fantastic phone. We loved the W910i when we first reviewed it. It was only after the user reviews started flooding in that it became obvious that there was a problem. The W595 is a nicely styled slide phone with a tapered top edge and a smooth slide action. It's an excellent size - not superslim, but compact and good to hold. As a Walkman phone, it has music controls featured prominently when the slide is closed. The keypad is easy to use, despite the keys being a touch small, and it has an easy-to-use circular navigational key, not the dreaded joystick that appears on some of their models. The screen is large, bright and high resolution (240 x 320 pixels) and the menus are clear and simple to navigate.

The W595 also has Sony Ericsson's "Shake Control" that lets you change to a new track by giving the phone a flick. The motion sensor also auto-rotates between portrait and landscape viewing of photos.

The W595 is a great music phone, as you'd expect. The Walkman player has received plenty of praise before, and this is the new version 3.0. You can create and manage playlists, shuffle songs, equalise, etc, and album art can be displayed when music is playing. The supplied software lets you transfer music from PC to phone, and rip music from CD's. The W595 has excellent audio quality, either through the loud stereo speakers, or via a conventional stereo headset or a Bluetooth stereo headset. The MegaBass feature helps to enhance bass frequencies for a fuller sound. In addition to the music player, there's an FM radio with RDS.

The built-in memory is limited to 40 Mbytes, but a 2GB memory card (enough for around 500 MP3 tracks) is supplied with the phone and the W595 supports cards up to 8 Gbytes.

The camera has been upgraded to 3.2 megapixels but lacks autofocus and a flash, so don't expect too much from it. The camera can also record video, and video calling is possible on a 3G network with the front mounted video camera.

The W595 is a brilliant phone. It's what the W910i should have been. We think that the bugs have been fixed, and judging from the user reviews below there don't seem to be many problems at all. Top phone! Check out the new W705 for an even better phone!


Sony Ericsson W595 features include:

  • 3G with HSDPA & video calling
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom
  • Video camera
  • Display: TFT LCD, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Walkman® music player (MP3, AAC, eAAC+ formats)
  • FM radio RDS
  • MegaBass™ enhances bass frequencies
  • TrackID™ tells you the name, artist and album of any song you're listening to
  • PlayNow™ lets you buy and download top ringtones
  • Polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
  • Speakerphone
  • Sound recorder
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
  • 3D Java games
  • Animated wallpaper
  • Personal organiser functions
  • Memory: 40 Mbytes plus 2GB Memory Stick Micro™ (up to 8 GB supported)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, modem
  • Web browser, RSS feeds
  • Flight mode (offline mode)
  • Vibration alert
  • Size: 100 X 47 x 14 mm
  • Weight: 104g
  • Quadband plus 3G (UMTS 2100 HSDPA)
  • Talktime: 4.5 hours (3G) - 9 hours (2G)
  • Battery standby: 365 hours (3G) - 385 hours

Sony Ericsson W595 user reviews

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Reviewed by ozbeest from australia on 4th Jun 2014
I love this phone.
I've had them since new (3)
One got wet in the first week so I got another one.
Used one and kept the other for parts.
Had recently found one for 40.00 in a pawn shop locked to Virgin (yuck). Was so old the SIM couldn't be activated to defeat the network lock so I again used it for parts when I broke the screen on the other one.
It has a pedometer, noteTaker which is great (songwriter with recorder set to bottom circle button)

Only issues?
- no selfie cam
- AMR format. Should be able to get an mp3 batch converter for this model for audio storage that's native to the phone(no luck so far)
- google and other stuff locked in as apps which takes up space for stuff I don't use. That's annoying.
- walkman doesn't search the entire memory / card for playlist files and doesn't recognise amr files wich is a pain.
- good / bad . The proprietary connector. I used to hate it but it lasts. tip: clean with a toothpick after they gunk up for better connection. you'll find the tabs are still good which is more than you can say for most 2.5 / 3.5mm hole jacks.
- M2 memory: expensive though stable. Way outside the price of normal microSD (try 80.00 for the same price as triple the capacity microSD)
- lack of individual number blocking. Annoying so you can't bounce individual spam calls

instructions on DIY screen replacement etc are easily available.
bluetooth is easy to figure out and use.
USB connects well (tip: use media transfer rather than as a drive so you can keep the phone active)
good reception
clear audio (newer phones I've heard / have are RUBBISH when it comes to hearing the person you're speaking to; which is silly considering it's a phone!)
GPS - has it. I don't use it but could if I wanted to
RADIO - works well but requires headphone adapter connected
video: the screen is small but it works reasonably well.
case design: slider is a good idea. phone is compact. I laughed when someone reviewed here calling the phone a 'brick' when it's tiny.
you can use the bluetooth as a remote controller for other devices which can be handy.

As you can tell I'm quite happy with mine. the only one I'd replace it for is a T707; but I'm not keen on phones with the antenna sticking out as it ruins coat pockets and is slow on the 'draw'
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Reviewed by Elizabeth from U.K on 25th Aug 2012
An awesome phone. Im really glad I bought it. It is perfect for first year of school as it is sturdy and reliable!!!
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Reviewed by Bobby from india on 2nd Aug 2012
i've been using this phone for the past 4years
i just love it
the only problem is i have to change the strip every year
apart from that its just a very cute phone
i still cant leave it after getting an iphone
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Reviewed by Lizzie from England on 19th Jul 2012
It is an amazing phone! I love it!
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Reviewed by Alan Roddis from United Kingdom on 28th Jun 2012
well this phone is just brill.i have the ed hardy edition.got it 2nd hand from my partner.its that good that when one came up on e bay in mint condition i jumpt at it .so when 1st one worn out i have new one. and old one for parts .its that good a phone.hope this helps
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Reviewed by James Reynolds from England on 7th Jun 2012
When my phone (LG Viewty) broke after four years of heavy-duty, I began asking around for a temporary second-hand phone to use until I found a new one. The W595 has outranked all of my previous phones including an array of Blackberrys and LGs. The music quality is probably the highlight for me as the quality is greater than my iPad and it's loud. Compared to modern phones, it's a brick but I find the size and usability more comfortable than something built solely to be the thinnest. It may be old but I really don't believe it's past its sell-by-date just yet.
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Reviewed by Mahitha from India on 21st Apr 2012
The worst mobile I never saw before.
I am facing the problem from the day I purchased.
I reached sony ericson show room more than 50 time every time they will repair within 15 days I will face the same again. Now my warranty is also over. everytime I am spendig money now.
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Reviewed by pinky from india on 19th Apr 2012
NOT A GOOD OPTION FOR ROUGH USERS
i am using this from last 4 years and it has troubled me a lot.
it restarts automatically specially while listening to music.
i have repaired it many times and i am fed up now ... i dont want to waste money on it now ,,,, i really HATE this phone ,,,,
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Reviewed by Noor abdi from Nairobi kenya on 2nd Apr 2012
I like sony ericsson becuase of the unique features
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Reviewed by cammy from pakistan on 2nd Mar 2012
its rubbish
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Reviewed by james njoroge from nairobi kenya on 26th Feb 2012
i love sonyerisson with all my soil
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Reviewed by sayine from sri lanka on 27th Dec 2011
I love my phone but there is a problem in the battery and we cannot repair them because they say they are repairing and there is a problem in the charging chip.
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Reviewed by badman from UK on 6th Jul 2011
this is a tatally cool phone!!
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Reviewed by Katie from UK on 1st Jul 2011
Brought this phone and I am so disappointed, I am back to using my Samsung G600. I really wanted to like this phone but since having it I've had problems. It must be a faulty phone; first the memory card wiped everything off, then the earpiece broke and now it wipes off my contacts. The media menu has also wiped off for some strange reason. Only thing I liked about this was the camera, as well as the layout and the emoticons. Apart from this I think it is poor and I can't use it because it isn't reliable. The camera doesn't have a flash which I didn't like. Wasted my money on this and I've never had a phone that has gone wrong so often.
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Reviewed by Rhys from UK on 9th Jun 2011
I have had this phone for a year now, and it has began to delete contacts, not connet to netowrk ect. It has been sent off for repair once but still have the same problem. Its a good phone if you get it brand new, but after a while it can go wrong.
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Reviewed by Jenny from UK on 1st Jun 2011
Good on the whole, but does have a habit of turning itself off and then on again. This does then mean that the key lock is no longer on...
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Reviewed by Ash is bob from UK on 29th May 2011
this phone is amazing! O.o
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Reviewed by BHUPINDER from UK on 17th May 2011
No cell like sony ericsson.i recomad to my friend and relativ to purchag sony.
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Reviewed by Justina from UK on 23rd Apr 2011
a telephona is really amazing. i thought that it isnt so good, but its unbelievable. sound is amazing, telephone is very nice and comfortable, small but not too small :)
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Reviewed by Amanda Liil'Freak Shortiiee from UK on 17th Apr 2011
The Phone Is Very Good ...The Camera Is Excellent ...Everythings Perfect
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Reviewed by annonmous from UK on 14th Apr 2011
Got this phone in february and it worked perfectly fine, i was happy with it. However,after 2-3 months half the buttons stopped working and it started to delete half my contacts which I did not like at all. The calling button also stopped working. The only good point I can say about the phone is that it is great for listening to music.I would not reccomend this phone at all so now I am getting a blackberry.
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Reviewed by tina xx from UK on 15th Mar 2011
i have had the sony ericcson w595 for about 2 years now n overall great phone, got a lil bit ov a wobbly top but nothing major, also i have the same problem with the lighting on numbers 1,4 and 7(seem brighter) also ive just experienced my volume buttons on the side have gone from a click to being really stiff???? n e 1 else having the same problem???? also the front buttons like the c and the bottom half ov the circle has also gone from a click to being really hard to press, n e suggestions
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Reviewed by Azhar from UK on 6th Mar 2011
I have this phone..it have two speakers..but it have much more sound..and parts note available and its rate much more,..
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Reviewed by S Downs from UK on 25th Feb 2011
This is the second one I have had and the only problem I have is that the space key is getting stuck then its putting in letters etc of its own accord. Obviously a manufacturing fault. Plus it turns itself off now and again.
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Reviewed by Suraj singh from UK on 21st Feb 2011
It is really a outstanding phone by sonyericsson
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Reviewed by jovels from UK on 17th Feb 2011
great phone...this is my third Sony ericsson phone..just not fit for those who don't have internet connection on their home because this phone needs a software update from time to time...
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Reviewed by lol from UK on 5th Feb 2011
the greatest phone in the world cannot believe you cant buy it anymore. a good reliable strong phone with good features
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Reviewed by Anonymous from UK on 26th Jan 2011
Hi have the sony ericsson w595 and loved it when I got it for my birthday. But I have a lot of criticism. The back is EXTREMELY hard to get off. And once you've got the hang of it, the back gets loose. When I dropped it on grass, (first time I dropped it) bits came off the back, then, after a while the whole phone cracked. It's very thin and slim which looks great but can be a problem when it comes to accidents.
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Reviewed by Jack from UK on 1st Jan 2011
got this phone in pink half a year ago, replaced the covers to grey which about a month later was fine, the phone worked with no problems to the system except 1. i have had this phone previously and also had the same problem which i now believe to be a factory fault: The phone occaisionally automatically shuts itself down but almost immediately turns back on with the usual vibrate but then a blank screen. It then, instead of doing the usual startup procedure, goes straight to the home screen with nothing but the background for a few seconds, then it returns to normal. However, it being the 1st day of the first month of 2011, it has developed a few more problems since i left it out of battery in a car overnight, not usually a problem? take a read... The phone now fails to recieve ANY contacts, from niether the phone or sim card. I cannot send texts, nor recieve them. It has deleted ALL my saved, inbox, outbox, sent messages and drafts. On "general settings" on "messages" i cannot click catergories, and now when i click "Email" it just refreshes the "Messaging" page where Email is located. On manage messages it has nothing, on the "On memory card" section it says the memory card is not inserted, although when i go onto the service tests, it says "memory card status: Inserted". It can recieve calls, although i cannot make calls and when i try to check my call lists, it says they are empty even though ive just missed a call to make sure it would work. Also the media player has no images, no music, no video, but only my 4 games and 6 web feeds and it will not update the media. Though the files on the memory card are present in "Media Album", they fail to appear in the media player. Basically its a great phone, hence why i bought it twice after taking it for a swim in a river for half hour. But, BEWARE if you drop it, or leave it in a brand new BMW 3 series overnight on new year. be prepared to buy a new one.
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Reviewed by niketar from UK on 1st Jan 2011
I think that it's an outstanding phone love the sensor effect and the pictures are really clean
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Reviewed by jessica walley from UK on 8th Dec 2010
i bought this phone 2 years ago.i love it was working perfectly.but this last 1 year the phone has been jamming and gettin stuck.once i had to get the battery out of the phone because it dodt rlly stuck and non of the buttons was working.camera is great,takes decent photos.overall i would recommend this phone.But dont lose the warranty card or ur stuck!
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Reviewed by A.S. from UK on 3rd Dec 2010
I wish i had a good review. Mine is the exact opposite actually. I originally had the w580i which i loved, it worked perfectly for almost 2 years. Anyways, receied the w595 as a replacement phone, had it barely a month and it stopped working. When i would turn the phone on it would only pull up the sony ericsson screen and nothing else. Received a replacement for my replacement phone and it was also the w595 and 2 weeks later it did the same thing. I wish i had a good reveiew like the rest of you cause i would have a phone right now!
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Reviewed by Hasnain Asghar from UK on 30th Nov 2010
Outstanding
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Reviewed by M.Haroon from UK on 29th Nov 2010
Truly eye candy phone i must say, plays music in xcelent quality but being a walkman phone, it ticks me off that it doesnot come witha a standard 3.5mm audio jack n the ear piece that ships with the phone are quite substandard. The phone is light weight and feels good in your hand. I have been using mine for almost 1 and a half year and it didnt gave me any problem. The software is stable n never faild. Great phone
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Reviewed by WiLKzz from UK on 20th Nov 2010
I've had this phone for around 9months, and it's generally quite useful not overerly fantasic, but if you look after it, you will have alot more use out of the phone. If I was going to buy this phone, I'd definatly get it on contract, Internet service is usually in working order, but from time to time freezes. The cammera is alright, again not overely special but you can make it out. Personally, my over all view is that, it's a decent phone, but can break ever so easily, so I would reccommend, but you have to look after it to get more use. 7/10
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Reviewed by daisy from UK on 14th Nov 2010
extremely rubbish has broken down 3-4 times now have taken it back to the shop and sent me a new phone but the same one and the same thing happened to that one! would not recommend that phone to anybody.
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Reviewed by jodie from UK on 14th Nov 2010
my phone broke and it is really slow nowadays i have had it for a year and it has already broke dont get it
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Reviewed by Kb from UK on 9th Nov 2010
This is a great wee phone. It does a lot and is great for sending data and e.mails etc as well as all the usual things. Not sure what I would replace it with if battery went or had to upgrade.
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Reviewed by Angela from UK on 27th Oct 2010
Got this phone about a year ago in September and i am not impressed with it, had to get it replaced once and fixed twice. Within two weeks the activity menu button wasn't working and then the phone switched itself off. I turned it back on but it went off again and this kept happening until i took the battery itself out and put it back in. I tried another attempt to turn it on but no luck, the same thing was happening. Took it back to o2 the next day and they gave me a replacement. It was fine for the next 6 months before it started happening again, this time they sent it away to get fixed and within a week or two i got it back and it was fine again. A couple of months later the screen went nuts, the screen colour was changing and going all fuzzy (like the way the TV goes all black and white and screwed up) once again i had to get it sent away and got it back within a week. So far nothing has happened to it, but i would definitely not recommend this to anyone.
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Reviewed by samuel from UK on 24th Oct 2010
got problem with messaging. it is annoying since i can receive sms from my w595.
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Reviewed by soma sekhar from UK on 22nd Oct 2010
This phone is beautiful. But video call option seems ridiculous.There is no flash.I couldn't figuer out how Sense me works.Execpt for these butt ins,its an excellent one.
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Reviewed by a from UK on 11th Oct 2010
I purcahesed a pink w595 phone January 2010, i didnt buy an insurence but with the phone you get a 6 month warentee, within that 6 month i had to recieve two! newly repaired phones as they kept becoming faulty. after the 6 month warentee ran out, my phone once again became faulty, i was able to sort this problem out over the phone, but a month later my speaker went and all sound was gone, they refused to give me another phone basically saying you should have got insurance, which yes maybe i should have but you don't expect to have a phone for just under 9months and have it become faulty 5 times! I would never buy this phone again it is utter rubish!
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Reviewed by akshay from UK on 9th Oct 2010
Bought it on May - 09, but since one month display is gone. will go to service center today. Read so many review on other sites. It seems many had the same problem.
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Reviewed by Naveen from UK on 28th Sep 2010
I've had this phone for more than 16 months...it works great expect few faults.. 1. The steal finishing on the top and bottom side of the phone has been completely scratched out. 2. Very slow performance from the first day itself. 3. No flash, so never expect the camera to work in night. 4. Eventhough the sound quality is good, the ear phones will not be useful when travelling. 5. If you try to use multiple applications at the same time, the phone gets switched off. 6. The keypad and volume keys are good, it depends on how you use it. 7. The sonyericsson pc suite will not work most of the time. Error: "no phone is connected". 8. Cannot play mp4 videos. 9. Video recording quality is not good. Out of all the above odds, really it's a nice phone. I'm still using it and I love it.
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Reviewed by Bob from UK on 20th Sep 2010
Hated it. It fails.
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Reviewed by Mr. Legend from UK on 1st Sep 2010
I have had this phone for around 9 months now. For the first 8 months, wow. I absolutely fell in love with this phone. But ever since last month, the phone has been creating an endless list of problems for me. Firstly, the earspeaker stopped working. Then the Volume Up button became unimaginably stiff. And recently, my end key stopped working. The phone feels extremely cheaply made. There is a tawdry plastic feel to it, and I feel that the phone is starting to mess up slowly because of how poorly it was made. Totally unreliable. Abstain.
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Reviewed by Rachel from UK on 31st Aug 2010
I have had this phone a year now. And i only have two complaints about it. First one is that it switches itself off a lot. The second is that the slider is not very solid in it. After a few months mine became quite stiff. Other then that its a good enough phone. But i will not be getting another sony ericson phone!
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Reviewed by thebadman16v from UK on 25th Aug 2010
Mine is mostly well behaved but ive only had it 3 month. menus seem very sluggish at times, battery life is an acceptable 5-6 days at most and the 10 second limit on sms tones is a bit annoying at times. Id recommend buying a screen protector for these phones as they are very cheap and the screen is very easily scratched.
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Reviewed by neel from UK on 16th Aug 2010
its beautiful n i just loves it i hve it in white loves sony ericsson phones
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Reviewed by nicodemus dioso jr from UK on 15th Aug 2010
it is an amazing phone and music gadget indeed'
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Reviewed by semsem from UK on 15th Aug 2010
An AMAZING Phone!!!! I Bought it about 18 months ago .... it's simply A MUST BUY PHONE!!! Amazing sound quality,, Pictures are GREAt Especially when apploaded on computer :) I LOVE IT!! *****
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Reviewed by Lauren from UK on 14th Aug 2010
This phone is good but there are a few faults. I first made the mistake of getting it when the touch phones came out so now I'm looking to change this phone :( But anyway, the camera does not work any more as when I try to take a photo it says "saving" then it isn't in any of my camera albums :S Also whenever I charge it it does not come up as charging but whenever I unplug the charger it says "charging" :S :S ODespite these faults the phone is a really good phone with a superb walkman xD Not perfect, but a great phone!! :)
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Reviewed by Adam G from UK on 11th Aug 2010
My 3 month old w595 from Orange has just lost ALL my contacts and stored phone numbers!! Orange say it's a software glitch, and that I should've backed them up. I've had at least a dozen moble phones over the last 14 years and never had anything like this problem happen. Also the battery life is poor, the camera's rubbish (won't zoom on any setting other than VGA resolution). The set up for allocating different ringtones to different phone number contacts is really limited, compared to the last 2 Motorola phones I've had. Can't recommend one!!
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Reviewed by sean d from UK on 8th Aug 2010
Do not bother with this phone. Be warned. What a load of dross. If i was allowed to swear about this phone on this site i would. Its absolutely terrible. for the first 4 months worked perfectly, then all of a sudden, boom. the phone from hell. would not receive messages, wouldnt charge, said serious error whilst charging, please contact the sony ericsson call center and refused to work. spent 1hr on the phone to voadafone, first lady was helpful, second guy resulted in me asking for my PUK code . dont even bother trying to contact Sony Ericcsson, you'll get nowhere and sitting on a cactus or sandpapering your nether regions would be a less painful experience. when you do get through, you'll be dismissed as another faceless consumer that the big corporation couldnt really care about. how dare you question the quality of their products? For me, as my family are spread out, we rely on text messaging a lot as speaking can be difficult with the jobs we do. i realised i h adnt received text messages for three days. phoned vodafone. they said all messages had been delivered to me. pointed out to them id even sent myself a testtext message which hadnt been delivered from my work phone. they couldnt comprehend that sometimes consumers trying all solutions before phoning up call centres. asked them if they could resend the text messages from the previous 72hrs or if there was anywhere i could download them from. not possible i was told.. moral of the long winded story. if you want reliable communciations, do not rely on Vodafone or use Sony Ericsson communications products.
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Reviewed by Aniket padwal from UK on 4th Aug 2010
1st no in key pad is brighter....battery backup is ok, rest is awsome....w595 rocks
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Reviewed by James from UK on 2nd Aug 2010
I have had this phone for almost a year now and most of the time i love it! However just 3 months into owning it i started experiencing problems. It would not turn on the screen would just say "a serious error has occured". Turns out the whole software needed replacing. And now for the second time the keypad has come off my phone! I slid it up the otherbday abd there was a ripping sound and the whole keypad just came off. They are not individual buttons even though it looks like it they are all connected to the thin plasctic surrounding them. The slide part has also come loose, and i don't drop my phone much, it just comes from wear and tear. Overall a great phone but with hopeless build quality and still a bit glitchy.
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Reviewed by Jane from UK on 30th Jul 2010
I would warn people not to buy this phone. the phone itself to use is great however after 7 months of having this phone it started going wrong. deleting my sim card, switching itself off and wont come back on again it just buzzes. its under a manufacturer 2 yr warrantee but in the past 4 months i have now sent this back 4 times, each time when it is returned it does the same thing within a week. i am at my wits end with this phone. save yourself some hassle and get something more reliable.
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Reviewed by Luke Robson from UK on 28th Jul 2010
Not one of the best phones iv had, bought it on 3 network about a year ago. so far the volume buttons are broken on the side, the phone crashes quite alot and the walkman player is stuck on now playing (fortunetly all my music is in a big playlist). Also battery life is poor particularly if playing music or calling people, standby battery life is good but what good is my phone if i don't use it? The only good thing to report is 3 are the best pay and go network iv been with 600 free texts and 150mb internet free when you top up 10, however calls are 25p per min.
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Reviewed by Mahalia from UK on 18th Jul 2010
My and my friend got the same phone, same colour. its a really good phone but a few months later, my friend said that one of the buttons on the side broke in half when she touched it. A few months later after that, my phone's bottom and right buttons (on the keypad) had froze so i couldn't use them up until now... so its a good phone.... just take care of it!
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Reviewed by Cazz from UK on 15th Jul 2010
Had this phone for almost a year. Got it in September 2009 and it got sent off to be fixed twice within a few weeks. Its a great wee phone when it works which to be honest, isn't that often. Not been able to afford a new one but hopefully soon! Please, if you want a new Sony Ericsson that ISN'T a touchscreen, get a W995. I think that is what I'm gonna get next as it has brilliant reviews. Anyway, I'm giving the W595 only 2 stars.
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Reviewed by doonhamer64 from UK on 15th Jul 2010
Quite simply, the W595 is the worst phone I have ever had. On a 2 year contract with Vodafone, with less than 1 year gone, it has completely failed on me 4 times. It's almost as if there's too much technology inside for it to cope. The walkman facility regularly loses access to tracks I've put on, the text messaging stops for no reason, messages are lost and it sometimes doesn't recognise it's own SIM card. I'm now wary of Sony Ericsson fullstop!
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Reviewed by Jessie from UK on 10th Jul 2010
Dont like this phone. it freezes on me. stops working. puts different letters in the text. the back space button stops working!
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Reviewed by cg1991 from UK on 8th Jul 2010
Nothing but trouble. I've had to reformat it 5 times since getting it in January as it stops working. I.e. stops sending/receiving texts, losing contact info and buttons falling off. I hate this phone and wish I never got it. This is being typed as I have to reset my phone die to failure
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Reviewed by mubarak from UK on 6th Jul 2010
amazing phone
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Reviewed by zukie from UK on 6th Jul 2010
It is a very nice phone but can you please help me with understanding the walk man and video calling.
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Reviewed by ASHUTOSH from UK on 5th Jul 2010
its just a brilliant but its key is not warking properly
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Reviewed by Sophii Jenkins from UK on 30th Jun 2010
tha fone is brill... but WHEN IT TURNS ITSELF OFF AND DOESNT TURN BK ON WHEN YOU HAVENT DONE NOTHING TO IT! THEN IT ISNT A GOOD PHONE... Dont get it ! all i can say
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Reviewed by salah eltayeb from UK on 30th Jun 2010
it is very nice and beautiful mobile
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Reviewed by mamoru from UK on 24th Jun 2010
The second Sony Ericsson phone I had after W660i. Bought it about a week ago and I'm impressed with the sound quality and its stylish design. A good 3.2 MP cam that got me snapping everything that cathes my eye. The Shake Control is very good.
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Reviewed by P Durnin, Scotland from UK on 20th Jun 2010
I've had this phone since October/November 2009 and it has been completly problem free until the last few days, when several of the buttons have stopped working. Although a few have came back into operation of their own accord overnight, several, namely the '2', '3' and down arrow buttons aren't working at all. I'm planning on taking it into the Orange shop tomorrow, and demanding a decent repair or a replacement.
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Reviewed by asha from UK on 18th Jun 2010
no good pone!!!off it self
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Reviewed by Mahesh from UK on 9th Jun 2010
Its the best one i have come across so far......
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Reviewed by alice. from UK on 9th Jun 2010
this is the worst phone EVER! i have had it replaced 7 times now, since october 2009. this phone nearly blew up on me, the battery has popped, buttons have stopped wortking, and mostly it just won't swich on. please just a warning, don't buy this phone, don't put yourself through the days of angry calls to orange just to be put on hold for hours on end, please!
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Reviewed by Phoebe from UK on 8th Jun 2010
The phone and features itself is good, but the amount of prblems i have had with it is unbelivable. I have had sooooo many problems with sony ericsons i will never have one again. It has fits, wont charge, buttons break, 3 of my friends and my brother have had to get theirs repaired so many times. Honestly...just dont get it.
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Reviewed by Avishek from UK on 5th Jun 2010
Useless phone ... I have purchased it ... suffered a lot because of this ..... and became so frustrated with the brand and especially with it's post purchase service that now one thing I know for sure that I am always going to advice my friends, relatives, coworkers and other acquaintances not to purchase Sony Ericsson. It frequently shows display problem for which ur phone 'll be long rusted in service center. If you don't believe me search over internet for a detailed info.
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Reviewed by scott rennie from UK on 31st May 2010
i got my first w595 handset in august 2010 on a vodafone contract, i liked the look of it and was at first was quite impressed with it until the problems started, i am now on to handset number 3 after 6 break downs and no clear answer as to what the problem is. for each breakdown it kept coming up with the same default setting asking me to "please insert sony ericsson battery" and wouldnt allow me to use any function. for every phone i sent away it returned with a different half hearted excuse for what went on. the truth is folks there are problems throughout the software that sony just dnt seem to be able to get on top off. i for one have lost all faith in both the handset and sony ericsson and suggest potential buyers to give this handset a wide berth.
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Reviewed by Annmarie from UK on 28th May 2010
Bought this phone on Wednesday, by thursday i could'nt make out anything the screen was flickering so bad, going tomorrow to get it changed, wont be buying another sony ericsson
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Reviewed by suzanne from UK on 27th May 2010
I was well chuffed with this phone for the first few months, but then the screen would go black or freeze continually. Put it in for repair and it took 4 weeks, 4 weeks of a rubbish loan phone that i still had to pay 25 a month for!! Got my phone back, and it was fine for a month or so before switching itself off again and having to get that loan phone AGAIN. Said i wasnt happy with the phone and i would prefer a new phone all together, but the carphone warehouse policy is to repair your phone 5 times before they give you money to buy a new one. Dont buy this phone, honestly, i was told, but didnt listen as i liked the Ed hardy design.. What an idiot.
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Reviewed by Anwen from UK on 26th May 2010
Im sorry, but i regret asking my parents for this phone now, it brakes very easy and all of a sudden i hav PUK lock on, and sorry but how is a 14 year old girl meant to sort that out!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Elaina from UK on 25th May 2010
I bought this phone recently thinking that it was W580i(metro pink),the colour of my W595 was peachy pink. As I was not familar with the models, I bought it.The colours and even the functions are similar to each other. I do not know if this is a bad point or a good point, but I hope that Sony Ericsson may do some changes to W595 to make it stand out in the crowd.
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Reviewed by SANTHOSH from UK on 24th May 2010
COOLEST PHONE TO EVER BUY
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Reviewed by pam from UK on 23rd May 2010
one of best phones ive owned, easy to use, and feels quality build too. so far quite impressed..
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Reviewed by Shaun from UK on 22nd May 2010
I have this phone, i got it in January 2010 and i was amazed on how great it was for such a cheap price! but once again Sony Ericsson have failed to provide a phone which will work! for the first 4 months of having the phone no problems up until about 2 hours ago when it turned itself off and wouldn't come back on until it decided to come on and when it did turn on the navigational keys wouldn't work then it would turn off again. Overall it's a good phone but still only a 3 star rating as some of the problems from the W910i still have not been fixed!
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Reviewed by Mike R from UK on 19th May 2010
I've had this phone for over 6 months and can't find fault with it at all. Been a fan of Sony Ericsson for ages but this is the best one I've had. The screen is lovely, menu is a cinch to operate and it isn't overly complicated unlike so many other phones. I'm not overly interested in the fancy stuff - basically I only wanted a phone with FM radio and MP3 player built in. However they certainly got it right with this little gem. Admittedly the photo nuts out there probably would benefit from a flash but that doesn't really bother me at all. If you're looking for a bargain then this should be on your shortlist!
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Reviewed by asha from UK on 19th May 2010
well i got this phone 2 days ago and so far so good...
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Reviewed by marie from UK on 18th May 2010
When it works I love this phone, i use it with sony speakers in my car as an mp3 player,the camera is great, video bit weak tho. BUT....within a few months the screen had a crack, o2 refused a repair as they said it was a pressure mark caused by me when i slide the screen open, that cost fifty quid to fix. Then the software started to play up, four times its crashed and ive had to get hold of peoples numbers again! i do software upgrades regularly but now and again it just freezes and crashes. Despite this ive had this phone over a year and like i said when it works its brilliant :|
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Reviewed by moxley108 from UK on 16th May 2010
Ive had to fight my daughter to use my phone,the usual remarks when I had it were its not too fast for you dad is it etc but when others have stopped working in household SE W595 was there.So there isnt a flash on camera so take photos in daylight some flash camera phones produce much too grainy results anyway in lowlight or dark.I honestly cannot fault mine the weight and the feel of it did it for me if I have as much success with SE X10 I shant be dissapointed.
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Reviewed by Donna from UK on 12th May 2010
I love the pink W595! The only thing that I wish it had was a front camera, flash for the camera at the back and wi-fi. If it had those, it would be the in the top 5 Sony Ericsson phone for me.
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Reviewed by Himalall gurung from UK on 8th May 2010
Sony erricson cell walkman phone is a very nice produc.I have been always using only sony erricson mobile phone there is no any one product to compare with it.And its sound is also very very perfectin digital.Its structure/desighne/colours/as wel as its out looksvery nice. So I love and I like very much. Thank you
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Reviewed by Kieran from UK on 6th May 2010
It has been the best phone i have ever owned. Got it as a present, on orange pay as you go active blue. Recently unlocked the phone as i wanted to swich to o2. Had no faults with the phone at all.
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Reviewed by fed up from UK on 6th May 2010
unbelievably bad fone!!! Every person i know who has had this fone tells me it broke really quickly. My screen packed up almost immediately - first a black splodge in the bottom corner then the screen deciding for itself whether to display anything or not. Then the casing fell apart. Most of my friends experience similar problems - DO NOT buy this fone ever. You have been warned!!!!
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Reviewed by Dubravko from UK on 4th May 2010
I red all these reviews and decided to buy this phone anyway. I got this phone 5 days ago and it couldn't play videos on youtube at all. I got 3G phone with sim free card, but had to put vodafone settings on it. I couldn't use enterntainment settings cause it was 3G phone so every internet page I had to type in 3 section separately but it could not open many internet sites or you would have to type several times to open it. Once you open site with videos on line it could not play them either. Some site were only be abled to be open through google. Also I could use video calls with people who were 3G only, but it has only one cam not two. It means you can not see yourself and person you are talking to at the same time. And cam at nite is too dark. It failed to delete my videos several times. 3.2 mgp cam is worse than 2mgp cam on my last SE810i. When I tried to download pictures on pc, SE PC suite was in different languages and I download it, but Media menager was only in chinese language. So I had to call chinese guy to put settings in english. When I got to my files they were all locked and could not be transfered. So I had to return it back to the shop, but they said it is not their fault if the mobile has different settings and can not uplad or do certain things cause it is not hardware fault.
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Reviewed by Morgen from UK on 3rd May 2010
I got this phone for my birthday, loved it but after a while the buttons stop working and all i have to do to get it working is push the walkman button and it works fine but its annoying especailly when i am in the middle of a text other than that its fantastic i love it that was the only fault i have with it.
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Reviewed by Nicole from UK on 3rd May 2010
This phone is a very good phone, very easy to use and is a great music player.I would recommend this phone to anyone who wants a quick easy phone to use and wants a good music player!
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Reviewed by TOM SKIPPY from UK on 3rd May 2010
WORST PHONE I HAVE EVER HAD, EVER!!!ON MY FOURTH ONE NOW COS THEY WON'T SWAP IT FOR A DIFFERENT ONE AND NOW ON THE LATEST, BRAND NEW, ONLY AFTER A WEEK 2 OF THE BUTTONS HAVE STOPPED WORKING!!!2 HAVE STOPPED CHARGING AND THEN WONT TURN BACK ON, THE OTHER MADE ALL THE TEXT GO FUNNY AND TURN OFF!!!WORST PHONE EVER!!!
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Reviewed by Colin from UK on 1st May 2010
Got this phone on a Vodafone contract upgrade in January 2010, it has now packed up altogether to the point it wont even switch on, I've lost all my contacts and it will now have to go away for repair leaving me with no phone at all. Added to this my wifes Sony Ericcson also randomly switches itself off & freezes so in short we would NEVER BUY ANOTHER SONY ERICCSON PHONE AGAIN. Be warned & don't expect much help if you're with Vodafone either - they're hopeless.
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Reviewed by me me me from UK on 1st May 2010
iv only had this phone a year, it is the wrst phone i have taken it to te repair guy multiple times annd my '3' button barely works which is the one with e on it and the slide broke my screen turns black when i slide it up nd just turn it on worsstt phone possibleee i thin only good thing is i dropped it in the ocean and it worked fine after that
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Reviewed by aleksey aman from UK on 30th Apr 2010
nice and very charming design...
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Reviewed by Neehad from UK on 25th Apr 2010
i got the fone yesterday n i luv it. da only bad thingz r that its abit slow and you cant zoom in while in the best resolution. But its loud n i luv loud fones.
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Reviewed by Song Lin from UK on 23rd Apr 2010
Overall an awesome phone for me but sliding it open isn't very easy as the back feels like there's something blocking when opening. Charging it is a bit complicated but the job gets done. The buttons are just nice for people with small hands like me but should be avoided for large hands. Battery life is very short so light users like me are more suited for this phone than heavy users-it's like 1% of the battery for 45 seconds. The recording microphone part isn't sensitive hence when recording, it is needed that it is really close to the music source. It's good until the 34th day. The phone didn't want to charge at all. No matter how many times I tried, it just refuses to charge. Now I'm stuck with only 25% of battery. Whether it's because I bought a second-hand phone is the reason I don't know. But I advise you not to buy this phone unless you're looking for a phone that betrays you by gives you problems in the future. I would have taken 1.5 stars off for the above mentioned problems but I'm going to be nice by rounding down to one star. Thank you for reading my review. I hope you would find this review helpful in searching for your phone.
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