Sony Ericsson W705 Review
In a nutshell: A Walkman phone with the latest music features,
an FM radio, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 4GB memory card, WiFi, Bluetooth,
3G with HSDPA, shake control & motion gaming. But frustratingly
unreliable. Available in Silver or Red.
Review: March 2009. Updated July 2009.
The W705 is yet another Sony Ericsson phone that appears great at first
but turns out to be a lemon. When will Sony Ericsson get this right?
The phone is a slider and quite a dinky one too, being very compact
and weighing just 98g. It has a quality metallic finish, available in
Silver or Red, and slides open nicely to reveal a compact but ergonomic
keypad. The music controls are well thought out, and make the phone
very easy to use, whether in its open or closed position. The display
is a decent size, with 262,000 colours and a good resolution of 320
x 240 pixels. First impressions are of a quality product.
It's a Walkman phone, and comes with the very latest Walkman features.
These include Clear Bass and Clear Stereo, giving the very best audio
experience currently available from Sony Ericsson. The phone also comes
with bundled with premium stereo headphones, so we're not too disappointed
that there's still no 3.5mm audio jack. We've got to say that the W705
does music very well indeed. There's plenty of space for storing music
too. Not only does the W705 come with a generous 120 MB of internal
memory, it also supports memory sticks up to 8GB and comes with a 4GB
stick included. This is enough for around 1,000 MP3 songs, and even
more in AAC format. As well as the music player, the phone has a built-in
FM radio with RDS.
Don't expect too much from the camera - it's not a Cyber-Shot phone
after all. The camera is rated at 3.2 megapixels and has a flash and
digital zoom, but no autofocus. But it does have geo-tagging and an
option to upload images to a blog, and this reveals what the camera
is really for - taking snaps and sharing them with friends. It can also
record video clips and upload those too. Video calling is also available.
The W705 has a built-in accelerometer, which senses movement and direction.
This powers several useful features. Rotate the phone sideways and the
display will automatically flip between portrait and landscape. Take
the phone for a walk and it will count your steps. Shake the phone to
change track when playing music. And finally, tilt, flip and shake the
phone to control motion gaming.
The W705 is the first Walkman with WiFi. You can use this to exchange
data with your computer, as well as a way of accessing the internet.
The phone also has HSDPA for fast internet access over a 3G network.
And of course there's a USB connector and Bluetooth. It's a very well
connected device. YouTube support is there too, and Google Maps as well.
There's really nothing missing from the W705. When it works, it works
very well. The problem is when it fails. Like so many Sony Ericssons
of recent years, the W705 is capable of failing is a variety of imaginative
and catastrophic ways. Losing the network, freezing, shutting down in
the middle of a call, total hardware failure, deleting contacts, corrupting
photos ... which one of these would you like today, sir? Read the user
reviews below for a flavour of what is possible, then take our advice
- find another manufacturer, or possibly risk the Sony
Ericsson W595 or the Sony Ericsson
Features of the Sony Ericsson W705 include:
- 3G with HSDPA & video calling
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom, LED flash, picture blogging
- Video camera with photo light and video blogging
- Display: TFT LCD, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels with auto rotation
- Walkman® music player (MP3, AAC, eAAC+ formats) with support
for album art, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo, SensMe and Shake Control
- FM radio RDS
- TrackID tells you the name, artist and album of any song you're
- PlayNow lets you buy and download top ringtones
- Polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Sound recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- 3D Java games / motion gaming
- Animated wallpaper
- Personal organiser functions
- Step counter
- Memory: 120 Mbytes plus 4GB Memory Stick Micro (up to 8 GB
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, modem
- Web browser, RSS feeds, YouTube support, Google Maps
- Flight mode (offline mode)
- Vibration alert
- Size: 95 X 48 x 14 mm
- Weight: 98g
- Quadband GSM plus 3G (UMTS 2100 HSDPA)
- Talktime: 4 hours (3G) - 10 hours (2G)
- Battery standby: 350 hours (3G) - 400 hours (2G)
Sony Ericsson W705 User Reviews
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Average rating from 107 reviews:
Reviewed by t from wales on 15th Mar 2012
i had a sony ericsson w595 and there had to replace for sony ericsson
w705 when i play music it gose off then it gose back to normal and now
i played ma music it went off then it came back on and it wont let me
select normal mode
Reviewed by shyam from india on 15th Mar 2012
sound not clear so sorry
Reviewed by Larry from Ireland on 5th Feb 2012
I have had the w705 for almost two years now and have never had any
major problems.It has frozen a couple of times but a quick removal of
the battery and hey presto it's ok.The phone has everything you would
want,wifi,bluetooth,walkman,fm radio,blah,blah,blah.I have read some
other reviews and a number of those were less than positive such as
phone turning itself off and on,not recognising sim etc,hasn't happened
to me,would recommend.
Reviewed by janelle from philippines on 14th Jan
i've been using my phone for almost 3 years now... it freezes at times
(well i guess it hangs just like computers right? esp when there are
too many files in it) but it only happened like 2 times for the whole
3 years i had it. Thus..i would say, it has worked well as it should
have...a phone that can play music very well + search the net :> +people
always seem to be attracted to it :) oh wow O_O shocked with the reviews...oh
well~~ guess i'm lucky then :)) W705 user.pink.
Reviewed by sanjay duduskar from India on 8th
I am using My W705 from last 2.5 Years. Features are too good. Now its
my Favorite. Needs to service but there is no one whom I can trust.
Reviewed by Mohmed salih from sudan on 5th Dec
this phone has many problems, but i like it for what it is.
Reviewed by Bobby from India on 3rd Dec 2011
It is a fantastic phn really , I just love dis phn
Reviewed by elliott from england on 4th Oct 2009
i think this phone is ok but not great it is better than other phones
but i dont use it for much so the battery life lasts for about 10 days.
Reviewed by Paul from England on 2nd Oct 2009
Had the phone 9 days, seems good at first but after turning the phone
off and on again all of a sudden my SIM isn't recognised, there's no
network coverage, and the 'battery cannot be charged, you must use a
sony ericsson battery'. Taking it back and demanding another model tomorrow!!
Reviewed by Chloe from UK on 30th Sep 2009
Hi again! I reviewed on the 24th september just thought id let you all
know i got sent a new SE w705 yesterday and guess what? its broke again
already!! Saying all my media files cannot be found!! Seriously dont
get this phone!
Reviewed by Owen from england on 29th Sep 2009
So,i previously had a W760 but replaced(because it broke)with this,brilliant
for oh a week then it just switched itself off,it seems to do it everyday
now,while recording videos or trying to get a contact,useless SE rubbish.In
fact its now decided while im writing this review to ignore the bluetooth
command,its switched on and wont let me turn it off,but it wont search
for a device to send anything,classic sony ericsson.....
Reviewed by Sean Cross from United Kingdom on
28th Sep 2009
If you listern to music on the go, then this phone is perfect for you.
It contains all the brilliant Walkman features of the W995 but the trade
off is the average camara onboard. This Phone is also great for the
internet too, it is wifi enabled but you have to change the settings
when reach a new hotspot to connect. You can easily wacth youtube video's
check your facebook and it is quite compatible with most websites. I
like the flip function on this phone, you can flip your phone from portrait
to landscape like you do with an iphone, it also has shake control but
that does feel a little gimmicky. This is a great phone to play games
and watch videos onto although the speakers are quite average you can
always use the headphones provided. The weakest part of the phone is
the camera, it is an average 3.2 Mega Pixel camera and there is another
camera for video conferencing too but I have never used it. This is
a great phone for using all your media, music, videos and games. It
is also a very useable internet phone too but if you are a snap happy
photographer, maybe you should pick another phone, W995 has it all.
The only other downside to the phone is that it can become a little
slow and it only takes upto 8 gigs memory so you may find your self
strapped for space in the long run but the great thing about this phone
is the memory is hot swapperble so that makes buying more than one Micro
SD card more acceptable and practical.
Reviewed by Marco from Taiwan on 28th Sep 2009
I love SE. And I love this phone, WHEN IT WORKS! I have returned it
for repairs twice in the last 6 months for the same reason, because
suddenly it will say something like "Please insert correct SIM card."
and "Please us a Sony-Ericsson battery.", while there is nothing wrong
with my SIM card and the battery is the original SE! Hey SE, please
get things right! I really want to want your phones!
Reviewed by Chloe from UK on 24th Sep 2009
This phone looks good! but its really starting to annoy me as it keeps
saying all my MP3s and Photos cannot be found! really annoying so i
WOULDNT reccomend it!
Reviewed by sandeep from india on 22nd Sep 2009
this phone is good about design & shape but sound volume is so light
Reviewed by Conrad from Australia on 19th Sep
Had problems finding network from day 1. had 5 trips back to the 3 shop
I bought it from and 3 phone calls to the 3 service center before getting
out of my contract. this phone had the software reloaded and still had
network problems. DO NOT BUY 705. would rate this phone as 0 stars
Reviewed by charlotte from Wales on 17th Sep 2009
Bought the phone specifically for the walkman element, and know when
I try and play a track it comes up with 'media file not found' so can't
listen to any music on it. Gonna be changing it for a nokia 5800 xpress
music I think...
Reviewed by diesel from qatar on 16th Sep 2009
well i just bought the mobile yesterday and i was very satsfied with
it but after reading ur review's i was troubled so much and i dont know
what to do and i realy want to know is this troubles have to be their
or what i realy dont know what to do .......?
Reviewed by Mack from UK on 16th Sep 2009
My phone lasted a whole 2.5 hours before the screen failed, I will be
exchanging it for a Nokia 5800 at the weekend.
Reviewed by Zhan from USA on 15th Sep 2009
omfg this suck it keeps loosing my musis, photo, and video files every
single time i boot it. this sucks.
Reviewed by PC from UK on 14th Sep 2009
Never had a problem..it's slim, packed with features inc great wifi.
Suggest you use Sony updates, there've been two as far as I know,if
you have a problem
Reviewed by Anna from UK on 13th Sep 2009
Today the problem I have is that I've come to charge my W705 only for
it to tell me to insert a sony ericsson battery. The confusion I have
is that I've never taken the orginal battery out! I've now ended up
digging out an old Sony phone to use as this is now going in the bin.
Janet I can relate to the charging every 2 days, that is when it's not
telling me to insert the battery!! Not happy with this model at all.
Reviewed by Luke from australia on 13th Sep 2009
DO NOT BUY this phone cannot find any network and crashes all the time
biggest waste off $500 bucks ever
Reviewed by Janet from UK on 9th Sep 2009
Loved it at first - hate it now. I have to charge it every 2 days regardless
of use. It freezes alot and sometimes takes about 3-4 tries to turn
it back on. The most annoying thing which happens 2-3 times daily is
that the profile changes by itself. When this happens I can't access
any photos or music files. Have to turn it off (sometimes by removing
the battery) and then turn it on again. It's great when working but
mine screws up far too much.
Reviewed by rudy from singapore on 8th Sep 2009
i hv problem with my W705. yesterday, i found out that my phone couldnt
find a network. i think there is a problem wf d receiver. same thing
with d Wi-Fi.there is nth.moreover,i cant view my contacts. what should
i do ? thanks
Reviewed by Roxi from UK on 7th Sep 2009
I recentley got the W705 in red on contract, didnt really know alot
about the phone but liked the colour and liked the look of the phone.
However I am getting my 2nd one in a few days time as it has frozen
on me on numerous occassions. When writing a text, it freezes, the screen
goes blank and nothing will work. After a few minutes it comes back
on but with no signal. Will see how I get on with the next one!
Reviewed by rishabh from india on 6th Sep 2009
best phone so far i've seen in my life
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 2nd Sep 2009
Not the best phone I've owned, replacement arrived today after the 1st
decided to set itself on silent and wouldn't budge! Camera is the worst
I've ever used too.
Reviewed by robin from scotland on 1st Sep 2009
hey, this phone aint as bad as some say. mine's been through a full
machine wash inc 1600 spin and it works just fine. no prob's.
Reviewed by Jennie from Ireland on 27th Aug 2009
Until today I thought this was a briiliant, everything in one, phone.
After charging it last night I tried to go to the phone book, it wouldn't
open. Turned it off, thinking it might just need to be turned off and
back on, it wouldn't turn back on. It only gets as far as the Sony Ericsson
screen. :( So upset! Only have it about 5 months...
Reviewed by CONRAD from UK on 27th Aug 2009
THE MOST STYLISH AND TOUGHEST PHONE I HAD. IVE HAD IT FOR TWO MONTHS
AND NO PROBLEM MUCH BETTER THAN MY LAST PHONE W595 WHICH DIDNT HAVE
WI-FI, BBC IPLAYER, YOUTUBE, GOOGLE MAPS, STEP COUNTER AND A BIGGER
SCREEN ITS AMAZIN GET IT
Reviewed by Lauren & Alice from England on 26th
i dont think they have thought it through because for examaple if it
start lightening the person who is holding it may get a electric shock
also if you leave it out side on a sunnny day it will become hot and
you may get a small burn so i would change the material it is made out
of . love lauren & alice xxx
Reviewed by James from UK on 22nd Aug 2009
Had mine for about 4 months now and not had a single problem. I have
dropped it numerous times and even that doesn't seem to upset it (or
even mark it). Battery life is superb also.
Reviewed by Sanniesue from Scotland on 22nd Aug
Honestly the WORST PHONE IN THE WORLD!!! Looks great, fantastic features...
on PAPER, until i bought it 2 months ago and have since had it repaired
twice, replaced once and now going through long drawn out proceedings
on sourcing an alternative phones as a swap!! Within a few days of the
replacement, the screen crashes, can't text, screen goes pink, characters
are gibberish and ultimately fails and won't go back on!! The biggest
disappointment and rip off phone ever!! DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 21st Aug 2009
Having read through all the reveiws posted i'm quite perplexed with
all the issues people are having. The phone is excellent in every avenue
that needs to be explored. Wifi: Flawless (helped me out in the boredom
without any games to play as waiting for my broadband provider to sort
out a connection), I simply connect to my local open network and download
anything I need. Walkman: Perfect even better than perfect if you mod
the sound drivers. Apps and games: As good as any mobile phone needs
(lots of love for the water level app) Calls and messaging: I can hear
and read them all so that works also. Battery: Runs for days without
charge. (turn the bluetooth and wifi off when not in use) 4 days is
my most with BT and wifi running. Camera: I really love this one topic,
How many megapixels can you actually make out when you look at a standard
printed photo?? Oh and thank the lord for the flash function, its great
for finding the keyhole after a night on the lash!!
Reviewed by kitten from australia on 20th Aug
had this phone for 4 months and loving it, but... in the past couple
of weeks it hasn't been charging fully and today after saying it's fully
charged it shut down and won't turn back on no matter what i do. there
go my contacts, messages, reminders, alarms.. omg, how am i going to
wake in time for work tomorrow?! i'm seriously peeved over this. off
to the dealer after work tomorrow i guess *sigh* PS anyone considering
getting this phone thinking that it's got a good camera or decent speaker
phone... think again. very disappointing on both counts. now i'm wishing
i'd stuck with nokia.
Reviewed by Rio from India on 19th Aug 2009
Excellent Phone. Go For It.
Reviewed by awetdog from australia on 18th Aug
first one lasted 12 hours. second one just spat it. no access to contacts.
followed by no access to wifi, 3g networks or usb connection to pc as
i tried in vain to resolve the problem. as the review at the top says,
great when its working... be 4 stars, but reliability has a very big
Reviewed by Axel Grude from Ireland on 16th Aug
Mine has just 2 flaws (brandnew got it as business upgrade). Battery
life is only one day, which is probably a problem with the OS sucking
energy if any application is minimized. The more annoying thing is that
it always keeps losing my mp3s while I am listing to them "Media File
not Found" - usually reboot and rescan (takes about 10 minutes with
2Gigs of songs) the 4gig card resolves the issue. I will be getting
an exchange phone (same one) to see if this resolves the issue - will
report back. So that's the outright bad stuff out of the way. Feature
set is quite good the Wifi connectivity is a good one working well with
my draytek router. The earpiece is really nice especially for the office
as it blocks out lots of noise and doesn't leak much music. You can
even use the thing to listen to the radio while strimming grass :-)
The Radio is very good reception and noise much better than on my previous
(Nokia N65) Display is really good one of the best I had, but it gets
smudgy easily - I would recommend buying a skin for it. The Operating
system is okay powerful yet very responsive, not as sluggish as the
Nokia one; just not sure about the energy management. The predictive
text mode is frustrating and takes some getting used to its very inconsistent
& clunky when you come from Nokia. What's not nice in some cases you
have to press the same button more times in others use cursor down for
selections; just badly thought through. Build quality seems okay but
the joystick was squeaking after a few days of use.
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 15th Aug 2009
I would recommend W995 over this all day long. I had 7 W705's detailed
below, and whilst liking it, the reliability was shocking. I have had
the W995 now for nearly 4 weeks and it has all the features (and more),
and none of the flaws. Cracking bit of kit.
Reviewed by Brian from New Zealand on 15th Aug
Great phone when it works but my daughters phone froze on her and locked
her out with a sim card error - which is rubbish - so the dealer changed
it and now, 3 months later - guess what.............We'll be back at
the dealer tomorrow.
Reviewed by 3kings20 from Australia on 10th Aug
This is a great phone indeed! The problem seems to occur on locked w705.
I recommend you buy an unlocked w705. Better and lasts longer. Also,
to prevent the phone from crashing, avoid using it too much because
electronics won't last forever...
Reviewed by shortie from uk on 7th Aug 2009
This is an awsome phone. I've had the 705 for 3 months and no problems
at all. Although its got clear bass , the high end frequency response
isn't there as you can see by trying the Mosquito on it. Would have
liked to see the video phone camera used for more than just video calls.
The headphone plug seems upside down so it sticks up instead of lying
along the length of the phone.
Reviewed by Ant from Scotland on 5th Aug 2009
Hi everyone. I wrote a review of this phone back on 11 July, and almost
a month later I continue to have absolutely no problems to report. It
hasn't crashed once, and I'm finding the camera even more easy-to-use
with time. No complaints from me with the W705, though obviously I will
continue to be wary given the negative experiences people have shared
Reviewed by Harish Patel from England on 24th
Worse phone ever made by Sony Ericsson. Don't ever get this model even
if they offer it for free. I got it replaced once and the 2nd one is
still giving me problems. T-Mobile now have refused to exchanged it
for another model phone as i've had it over 6 weeks.
Reviewed by Graham from England on 22nd Jul 2009
I've now had 7 of these things since April! Orange have been good, and
in the main they have been replaced with new ones rather than re-cons.
Superb phone when working but most of mine have had software or earpiece
issues, which is a real shame. I use the phone alot, but that shouldn't
matter. I got hacked off and let rip at Orange who sent me a C905 as
a replacement. It's a horrible nasty phone - I've been to smaller countries
than this thing. Doesn't feel nice in the hand either. It's lasted 36
hours before it froze. Tomorrow I'm due to receive a new W995 as a good
will gesture - very similar but updated and apparently more reliable.
Orange have been absolutely superb. SE need to get their act together.
Great phones but lousy reliability recently. I still have a K800, K810
and C902 all of which are spot on - why is it going so badly wrong for
Reviewed by danni from England, UK. on 21st Jul
I love most things about this phone but sadly i have had problems with
it... this is my 2nd w705 now. The same problem keeps happening and
I'm wondering if any one else has had the same problem..?.. some of
my text messages - sent and received (particularly those over 2 text-pages
long are 'cut off' down the right-hand side where the scroll bar is...
its only cut off by one or even just half a letter. very strange. its
as if the page alignment is set slightly too far to the right of the
screen. Orange say they've never heard of this problem which is so frustrating
and makes me think i'm going mad! if anyone can explain, please do...
Reviewed by Sarah from Australia on 20th Jul 2009
Mine is a lemon. When it loses signal it can't reconnect and yesterday
it decided to scramble all my contacts and messages and basically stopped
recognising my SIM card. Now I've lost all information and am told by
the lovely people at 3 mobile that despite this being a known problem
with the phone they will repair THREE times before offering an alternative
model. Great. Don't buy it.
Reviewed by sk from India on 18th Jul 2009
Don't buy this phone. No quality. I got this phone last month and within
2 days its gone. Then went for a replacement and after a month struggle
with the dealer and sony service centre I got a replacement. That phone
was excellent!!! Stop don't be happy....its switched off within 4hrs
after i got the phone from dealer. So the first one I got from dealer
atleast worked for 2 days and now the replaced one gone within half
a day. Its looks nice but dangerous for your vallet...you need to spend
not only for the phone but also for the calls and taxi charge to the
dealer and service centre, if you buy this model!!! I dont want to give
any star this model and minus rating is not allowed here..so very very
Reviewed by micky from germany on 17th Jul 2009
excellent phone.. great for music and basic calling. having heard of
any problems stated above like hanging while calling and so.. go for
Reviewed by G from Scotland on 15th Jul 2009
I bought my phone in March and I honestly think its a cracking little
phone. I'm on O2 so I have a facebook app on my phone which completely
suits me because I am a bit of an addict! Had absolutely no problems
with it and love the way the slider seems to click shut securely and
the whole phone feels sturdy unlike my old W910i, however last weekend
it has decided to shut down and stop vibrating. It also shuts down when
i go into the "Profile" setting and switch on or off silent. I am amazed
at this because it has been so good, and I have to say I am pretty shocked
at it lasting only 4 months without problems. (Had my W910i for 6 before
it started to go all weird on me). However, I am hoping this is a minor
glitch and it will come back with new firmware free of bugs. The camera
is quite good for a 3.2MP without autofocus and the video is good as
well. Again, a big improvement on my W910i. The sound quality is superb,
one of the best I have heard from a phone, and you get the high quality
headphones to enjoy your tunes with too. So, for these reasons I will
give this phone 4 stars, as I am optimistic that it will come back problem
free. It is such a lovely wee phone so if you're thinking of buying
it, here's hoping yours comes from a lucky batch!
Reviewed by mike thomas from uk on 15th Jul 2009
phone isnt good had it for a week keeps swithcing its self off thing
there is no battery left when there is!
Reviewed by Anmol from India on 14th Jul 2009
W705 is simply an awesome phone. Its been 2 months i have been using
this phone and seriously i didnt face any of the problems reported by
the users below (touchwood). It's a fantastic phone.i have it in silver
colour. i shall tell one thing that the problems may be due to the firmware
provided in each country. they are bit different from eact other. thouh
updating shall help the users having problems. Trust me, its an awesome
set and has no problems. Music quality is simply Superb together with
the premium handsets. Display is bright and crisp and easy to view in
sunlight. Keypad is user-friendly. Camera is excellent in good lighting
conditions though average in dark. still i am happy because its a W-series
phone and notr a C-series phone.camera is superb in other words according
to w-series. Firmware provided in the phone is very nice and easy-to-use
type. The phone is Free of Bugs. Go For it!!
Reviewed by Ant from Scotland on 11th Jul 2009
Had the W705 now for a fortnight and I've experienced none of the problems
noted by other reviewers. However, I am very concerned by the sheer
number of negative experiences people have had with this phone, so I
guess I'm very lucky. I am a huge Sony Ericsson fan, and this phone's
easy-to-use menus, texting, and Wi-Fi functions are fantastic. Sound
reproduction via the Walkman features is excellent. Only the camera
disappoints a bit, but I acknowledge it's not a Cybershot phone. Photos
taken during the daylight hours are perfectly fine though. So, while
my experience with the W705 goes on with no glitches, I have to give
it 5 stars.
Reviewed by Jason from Malaysia on 8th Jul 2009
Initially i love this phone W705 so much and i have wait it for more
than 4-5 months to get it. but now used not more than 2 months, it give
me problem. software problem?? really hate it cos all my msg, contact
, photo all going to lost..HATE it so much.. If got any people from
sony Erricson (Malaysia) want to look for me, mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
I will very happy to have explain from you.
Reviewed by Cecil from singapore on 3rd Jul 2009
I never had such a phone in my life. All the features seems so good,
comments fantastics. Price reasonanable. Until i use it, comes my problem.
It will always shut off itself. I missed all my important call. Sometimes
seems ok, it rings but the next moment i pick up the call, the phone
shut off again. When i sms half way it shut off again. Shutting off
seems to be the best function with this phone. I went for service twice,
they comments softwares problem, but till now couldn't be fix, worst
no replacement phone for the 2 weeks service. Imagine, its how diificult
to survive without a handphone in Singapore. They just tell me we will
try to fix it fast.
Reviewed by Jordon from Scotland on 2nd Jul 2009
This Phone Is Really Good It Is Brilliant Love It
Reviewed by Deepu Singh from Republic of India on
2nd Jul 2009
in just 20 days, it gives a hardware failure problem, Never buy this
phone, Especially the China Made. Device is unable to catch any Network
reception. error message No network coverage. Any one knows the problem,
pls let me know...... Another problem is that if Blutooth is turned
on.............then it is impossible to turned it off......It is possible
after only restarting the cell phone.
Reviewed by none of your beeswax from Atlantis on
2nd Jul 2009
it is a very good phone
Reviewed by Sim from uk on 29th Jun 2009
Great phone, but anyone missing the YouTube link on ORANGE UK?
Reviewed by Maddy from England on 28th Jun 2009
I got this phone around 2 month ago, after a short stage with the LG
Cookie, which I really did not like, so I got this one as I have always
loved the way Sony Ericssons are layed out. When I got it I absoulutley
fell in love with it. I love the colours also. Texting is so easy,the
keypad is really soft and easy to navigate around. The internet is also
very good, and loads very quickly. Music plays very well, and it is
not tinny at all, and considering it comes with a 4GB memory card, you
can have a lot of cards. And although I know the camera is only 3.2
megapixels, it takes very good pictures and videos. They are very high
quality. When sliding up and down it is very smooth. I have dropped
it twice thought, and nothing has really happened, only a tiny dent.
I love this phone, best one I have ever had!
Reviewed by Mandy from Singapore on 28th Jun 2009
This phone is nice.However i change 3 times in a same day during the
F1 roadshow at suntec.After 3 weeks,my hp in SE factory.As my phone
turn off it self.There told me is software problem.Sigh...Now i am having
picture problem.All my existing picture it show corrupted & when ever
i take a new picture it cant see in camera album.Anyone facing this
problem?If yes,kindly tell me what should i do?thanks
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 27th Jun 2009
Hi an update to my review on the 3 May, as I said I am on my third one
of these and so far so good, I did a software update over the internet
which added a couple of neat features, eg. conversations. I must say
it hasn't missed a beat since. The longer I have the phone the more
attached I am to it. Google's mail app works great on it. All in all
a great phone once you get pass the first teething problems.
Reviewed by jack from ireland on 19th Jun 2009
adding to my previous comment the phone also didn't save nt of my messages
when i wanted it to=(i av now gt my second one nd its alright for now=D
Reviewed by jack from ireland on 18th Jun 2009
i got this phone for my b-day nd dat was a week ago and now it turned
off nd it wouldn't turn on=(
Reviewed by Kristina from Australia on 18th Jun
I fell in love with this phone when I first got it, it had just come
out 2 months ago here and I was eager for a better phone than my previous
ones and the man recommended it to me. 1 month later the screen started
being fuzzy and that lasted 24 hours and then it was perfectly fine,
until 3 days ago where I just recieved a message while my W705 was charging
and then the phone restarted, said that i need to insert a genuine Sony
Ericsson battery and then it had no network reception ever since. Now
i'm left with a crappy replacement... never again to new models....
Reviewed by Heidi from England on 16th Jun 2009
Just an update to my April review. Having been sent my second W705 i
was thrilled that all was working well, unlike the first. But sadly
the replacement only made it to 8 weeks, before the screen went. So
disappointing as i loved everything about this phone, but it would appear
that there are major software issues. (Esp now read more user reviews).
It truly is a shame as the phone has so much potential and is great
when it works! After two though in 3 months, I've given up and am having
to leave sony ericsson for the first time in 6 years. Trying my luck
with a samsung tocco lite. Hopefully in time sony will be able to iron
out these problems with their newest phones and i'll be able to rely
on them once again for future upgrades.
Reviewed by steve from Canada on 15th Jun 2009
Bought this phone last week. I love the phone, great features, great
reception, mp3 player, a lot of applications for entertainment. However,
after only three days of use, the phone shut off by itself. When I started
it back up again, I was unable to send or receive calls, access the
network, internet, my menus...nothing. Also, when I tried to charge
it, an error came up that I must use a genuine Sony battery, it was
the battery that came with the phone! Battery power was also an issue,
it's a graphic hog, so turning off the fancy eye candy options might
give the battery a prolonged life. My service provider is sending me
another phone to replace this one, but I have to wonder if this will
happen again or if it is just one of those things. Hoping not to write
another one like this in a few weeks.
Reviewed by neil from England Brummie on 11th
great phone love it to pieces
Reviewed by charlie from england on 10th Jun 2009
yeah its a great phone but they havent developed the technoilgy enought
yet, ive had this phone for 3 weeks and the screen has gone on it.
Reviewed by Ric from England on 31st May 2009
Ive had this phone for a couple of months now and find it to be the
best phone ive ever had. The wifi function is useful as you can easily
pick up open networks whilst im on the road, thus checking my emails
really quick. The 4gb card is a bonus and can hold many songs and vids.
The big screen is clear and battery lasts ages, on standby it lasts
me about 5-6 days Ive had no problems whatsoever, maybe some people
are just born unlucky.
Reviewed by Jenny from England on 28th May 2009
This phone is great, when it works right. I am suprised having read
through the reviews that no-one has had my problem, so I'll add another.
3 out of 4 of the handsets I've had from 02 all lose pictures, ones
that I have taken with the camera, others I have stored on the memory
card & even the phones own animations work fine one minute then corrupt
the next and have a crack thru them. Also, when i assign a picture to
a contact, it retains it for less than 24 hrs, if i go into the contact
the picture is still there but for some reason the phone doesnt recognise
that. A minor point for some people but really annoying. The other handset
i received lasted 90 mins before I got a corrupt message on screen and
I was unable to get any further. All in all, a great handset once they
have sorted out the many flaws, I obviously ordered it when the phone
was too new and have now given up !
Reviewed by Vaisnavi from Australia on 26th May
I got this phone a couple of months ago and really loved it. After a
few weeks though, it would stop sending/receiving calls and messages
after the phone had been on for a while. Sometimes it would be on for
only a couple of hours when this would happen, sometimes more than a
day. Ive taken it to get fixed three times and they eventually gave
me new phone. Same thing again tho, the same day i got the new phone.
Has this happened to anyone else? any ideas what might be happening?
Its not my network/coverage because my SIM card works fine in my old
phone. Still a very snazzy little phone though, but no good if i cant
communicate with anyone
Reviewed by Sharmz from England on 23rd May 2009
i've had this phone for a month and all its functions were great until
a few days ago, when my contacts list changed language automatically.
And now it has frozen and will not go past the sony ericsson logo stage.
Similar reviews have made me rethink getting the same one on replacement,
but rather find a better model that I can be sure will last me for my
Reviewed by Bill Jenkins from UK on 21st May 2009
i find that this phone is a brilliant phone however i have one problem.
the battery on the phone (even on powersave option) goes down very quickly
without me even using the phone. Anybody else find this?? =]
Reviewed by glyn from Wales on 20th May 2009
Got this phone about a month ago. I don't have it anymore. Love the
look of the phone, its the first thing that attracted me. Functionality
was good but honestly wasn't overly impressed from my last phone(SE
k810i). The internet was good, texting good and i liked the slighty
larger screen. Slide mechanism is very good and the walkman brilliant
(shake option is awful and pointless however) but i didn't feel that
it was alot better than my last phone that i'd had for two years. Then
it became faulty, i turned it on silent during a lecture. When back
home, tried to turn it on normal via the hash button but it didn't work.
Went to profiles and when i clicked this, the phone restarts. Keeps
doing this. Stuck on silent. Nice phone but not spectacular. To be fair
i would've kept it for the 18month contract had it not broke though
I do love SE's but might be tempted by a Nokia 5800 if W995 not out
on orange in next couple of days
Reviewed by ling from malaysia on 19th May 2009
i love this phone!!! but the only problem is--- i'm not dare to download
any file via my w705 anymore!!! i face this problem in the 1st week
i get this phone, i try the wi-fi at 1 coffee house, and i try to download
some game from the sony homepage, after i had download, i startup the
game, and start play! after 30min i play the game, it auto shut down,
and later when i turn it on, i found that my sense me, calculator and
some of the program cannot be run, and all my games and applications
are gone!!! i go back to find that technician who sell me this phone,
he say:"your phone need to format." and did not explain to me what happen
to my phone. this make me not dare to online anymore...
Reviewed by Stevie Mac from UK on 14th May 2009
I got this from O2 a few weeks ago and chose it carefully as an upgrade.
I was pleased with my choice but I had a real issue with the slider
mechanism. When in the open position, I found the two panels to be tapping
against each other when operating the navigation controls on the top
panel. Did anyone else get this at all? Maybe I am just anal but having
had two slider phones previous to this I never had this tapping issue
before. I've already sent back the first phone to O2 and had a replacement
phone with the same issue. Is this a design fault ot bad luck?
Reviewed by Melissa from Singapore on 10th May
I just got this phone exactly 1 week ago and now i can't switch it on.
it just won't go past the part where the phone vibrates when you switch
it on :( if the phone's working, it's great, other than the fact that
it lags abit.
Reviewed by kingslee dale from england on 9th
i think that this phone is cool
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 8th May 2009
Got this from O2, black version with part silver front and it looks
magical. Decent size for a slide phone and a very good screen, bright
and a decent size. Phone feels robust, with a lovely textured panel.
Trying to remove the sim card is extremely frustrating though. Had it
for a week now, and its a quality phone. The o2 version came with rubbish
games, tetris, monolopy and bowling - all poor. Google maps is a nice
feature. The only weaknesses I can report so far is that checking my
email takes 2-3 minutes, Im not sure why. Youtube only works when I
have wifi on. Camera is only 3.2 The browser is very good though. BUY
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 3rd May 2009
I so want to like this phone, but I am on the third one in as many weeks,
had a couple of SE's over the years then a Samsung D900, which I hated,
so I thought I would try a SE again, All went well for the first week
then it wouldn't come out of silent mode, if you tried it would just
keep resetting itself, Orange arranged for a replacement which came
at the allotted time, only this time the new one right from the start
kept saying software error, on startup, then randomly throughout the
day, now on my third, fingers crossed all is well so far. It is a great
phone when it doesn't mess about, the Wifi an added bonus. Will keep
you updated, as this is the last one of these I am having, will try
the Nokia E71.
Reviewed by Rob from England on 2nd May 2009
Got the W705 on Thursday 30th. Spent a few minutes adding contacts to
phone and made one test call. It then died and now can't get past the
Sony Ericsson Logo (as per Heidi below). Can't really rate other features
as never got to text, walkman, web etc. Replacement handset on its way.
Reviewed by mubin from india on 1st May 2009
good phone for the youth
Reviewed by jamie from england on 30th Apr 2009
ive had the w 705 for less than a month and i've already had to get
anew one as the phone was freezing, numbers deleted etc etc... same
has happened with this new one so will now be getting the second one
changed for another model of phone as seems theres a fault with in this
Reviewed by Dan from Manchester - UK on 29th Apr
Recently upgraded from the K810i to this phone and I must say that in
terms of design and esthetics this handset is superb! It looks modern
and classy, feels solid, the slide action is sleek, the keypad although
a little smaller is still very fuctinonal. The menus are almost identical
to the other Sony E phones I've owned, therefore took no getting used
to. Wifi and mobile internet (T-mobile web'n'walk) works very well,
although I would recommend switching Wifi off when not in use as the
battery life is noticeably shorter with it on. The camera will not replace
a decent stand alone digital camera but is still plenty good enough,
and better than some cheap cameras I've experienced. Not yet experienced
the music side of things fully, but at first glance it seems to work
very well. Not sure about the shake feature though... This is by no
means a phone with limitless features and countless configuration options,
but everything it does, it does very well, and if you're not fussed
about touch screen or working out your share of the restaurant bill
at the press of a button, go get it!
Reviewed by SANUR ALI from LONDON on 26th Apr
Just to update on the review I gave on 21st April 2009. Got the phone
from Dubai before it came to UK, good design and features but the battery
life is poor, the phone freeze when making a call. Got a another SE
W705 this time in the UK, same problem, this time the keypad cracked
and the sliding mechanism broke. The design make look wonderful but
the engineering of the phone is quite poor. Therefore my rating is a
One (1) star and not 4.
Reviewed by Carly from Manchester on 26th Apr
I have had this phone for 48 hours and I love it! It feels amazing,
has some really nice features on it. Easy to text on. Looks really nice.
Camera isn't amazing but I don't use the phone for this so it doesnt
matter. Overall, I would definately recommend this phone and I have
not experienced any of the faults mentioned below... yet *touch wood*
Reviewed by SANUR ALI from LONDON on 21st Apr
Got the phone before it came out in the UK from Dubai, very good phone,
but the battery life is quite poor. The other problem is no GPS. The
only model to have GPS is W715, but thats on Vodafone.
Reviewed by Matt from England on 13th Apr 2009
I thought it only fair that I write an ammendement to the review I posted
March 23rd, in light of my recent experience. Since writing my review
I've had my phone replaced twice by carphone warehouse. Both models
suffered from the same problem, about 30% of the time when someone called
me the speaker on the phone would fail, meaning they could hear me but
I couldn't hear them. The only solution to this was to turn the phone
off and on again, something which with this phone takes a good nintey
seconds - very annoying. The other fault was that the phone would suddenly
cut off the bluetooth connection to my car kit, even during calls. I've
been using the car kit for nearly a year without a problem, and have
since tested it with other phones and it was definitely the W705 at
fault. I downloaded the latest software version from SE but it made
no difference. Anyway, to cut a very long story short after my third
W705 presented the exact same faults I went back to carphone warehouse
a nd demanded a change to a different phone all together, and I have
to say they were very helpful. Now have a Samsung Tocco (original -
not ultra) and so far so good. My advice to everyone is don't buy a
phone that has only just come out. From what the guys at CW were saying
it seems that most models suffer from pretty major flaws in the first
production runs, flaws that aren't resolved until a few months after
the phone has been released. This is probably the fault of the manufacturers,
not testing new models thoroughly enough in their haste to get them
into the stores. For looks, build quality, and features, my original
5 star rating stands. But as this is primarily a phone, and it doesn't
do that very well I'm afraid it's 1 star.
Reviewed by John from England on 10th Apr 2009
Got this phone two weeks ago upgrade from the W580i whick had stopped
working can only say amazing phone the camera isn't thje best but is
good enough for what i want it for. The sound quality is amazing and
putting songs on your phone couldn't be easier. No problems with software
Reviewed by baddamsanthoshreddy from india on
9th Apr 2009
every thing in w705 is good expect sound
Reviewed by Heidi from England on 4th Apr 2009
Got this phone three weeks ago as an upgrade with O2. Everytime someone
sent me a text message it would go in to 'instant message' mode, rather
than straight to my inbox as a normal text. Has anyone else had this
problem? After 48hrs it mysteriously stopped, which is just as well
since sony nor O2 knew how to stop it. Apart from that had been loving
the phone, true the camera isn't great (not as good as my old W810i),
but liked the phone all the same. Until today! It completely crashed
and just can't get passed the sony ericsson logo when you turn it on.
Am having a new one sent out, but would be interested to know if anyone
else has had problems? As may rethink my choice if so!
Reviewed by chris from england on 1st Apr 2009
great phone...got it on an upgrade from w910i which had tinny speaker...this
one is slightly better but only because it has a more sophisticated
EQ. phone on a whole is very good indeed...no software probs so far
unlike the w910i! im happy :)
Reviewed by Graham from England on 30th Mar 2009
Got this phone on an upgrade last week and really pleased. Normaiil
a Nokia man so happy with how easy it is to use. Agree with all the
comments above. However-when I recieve a message it sends it straight
to main screen and opens first line. Can't seem to change this. Do think
sound a little bit tinny for a phone thats supposed to be built around
music. I'm sure the message thing can be changed somewhere on the phone-overall
a class act!!
Reviewed by Marion Thurston from uk on 29th Mar
nice phone-shame about the horrid ringtones-worse than that the ring
tones are all far too quiet and the vibe far too weak meaning i missed
almost every call..so not much good as a phone which otherwise would
Reviewed by Tom from England on 25th Mar 2009
Great phone, I love it, the music player in particular is excellent
and the internet is fast in wifi areas, it's just annoying that I have
to pay for the net on PAYG. Also this phone doent come with motion games
on o2 and the cheapest ones are £4.50. This is the provider though not
the phone and I still give it 5 stars
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester , UK on 25th
Gotta say i agree with about 90% of what Matt has to say in his review
below so pointless re-iterating what a good review he has made , the
only gripes i have with this phone is that it does not actually RING
that loud its still on par with the w910i it reminisces you of... i
have a w902 aswell and this is a very LOUD phone so im quite disapointted
in the call ring volume being so low in the w705 which is suprising
considering the size of the speaker on the rear of the phone and with
all settings turned to max it just is not loud enough and i can forsee
calls being missed , maybe the w395 will be the walkman phone to blast
your ears off with. This phone is nice and slim without the plasticky
cheap feel i was expecting , it slides well and the UI is fast with
a nice large screen to view web pages on its a belting phone , shame
about the volume of ringtones but other than that a very good edition
from Sony Ericsson.
Reviewed by ramesh from kalyan on 25th Mar 2009
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Great phone. Lets face it - unless you're techno-freak who has to have
the latest phone 'cos it's got 0.5 of a megapixel better camera than
your last model - there really isn't much to choose between phones these
days. I got this 'cos my Blackberry broke and I fancied something different.
It was quite depressing shopping for a phone when they're all more or
less identical. This is different. First of all it looks and feels great.
It has just enough weight to make it feel solid and well made, but it's
still light in your pocket. The finish is beautiful, really classy -
professional looking. The slider action (I've always had my doubts about
sliders) is smooth and doesn't feel like it will break in three months.
The software, operating system and menus are clear, functional and easy
to use. The feature list is just about right, there's plenty there to
keep you amused without packing the phone so full of stuff that the
software can't cope. The camera is only 3.2mp - so what; camera phones
are meant for fun spur-of-the-moment snaps. If you want a top-notch
camera - buy a camera! Call quality is clear, ringtones loud. Internet
access is quick and simple, the screen is large and clear, and the auto
rotate is surprisingly useful. You can set quick access to your most
frequently used features, great for me as I'm currently writing a novel
and now I have this phone I can ditch my dictaphone and use the sound
recorder on this instead. Of course the walkman feature is excellent,
probably the best in any phone. I looked at every phone on the market,
I took my time, and I ended up with this. I'm very happy. As soon as
I got it home and my wife picked it up she wanted one too! A fun, functional,
well built, solid feeling phone that works well. Recommended.