Sony Ericsson W890i Review
In a nutshell: The W890i is a very nice-looking, superslim Walkman
phone, with a metal finish and available in a choice of silver or brown.
This is one of the best Walkman phones ever. It features a music player
with 2GB of memory, an FM radio, a 3 megapixel camera, 3G video calling,
Bluetooth & USB connectivity and HSDPA for superfast downloads.
With a user-friendly keypad and a quality feel, Sony Ericsson are back
on top form, and we recommend this phone.
Review: February 2008.
Released in February 2008, the W890i is an upgraded version of the
superslim W880i Walkman phone.
The W880i faced some criticism because it lacked an FM radio and had
a horrible keypad, but Sony have been listening hard, because these
issues have been fixed in the W890i.
The W890i looks very similar to its predecessor - it's a classic design
superslim phone with a user-friendly keypad and a nice 5-way navigation
key, plus dedicated music keys. At 10mm it's one of the thinnest phones
around and is super-lightweight at 78g. Available in a choice of colours
- Sparkling Silver or Mocha Brown, it's a smart and good-looking phone.
The metallic finish gives a feeling of quality missing from the cheaper
Musically speaking, this Walkman phone delivers everything that we
could want. The latest Walkman player software is the best in the business,
and the sound quality is high, especially if you plug in a stereo headset
or use an optional Bluetooth
wireless stereo headset. Managing playlists is easy, transferring
music from PC to phone is quick using either USB or Bluetooth, and with
a 2 Gbyte memory stick
included in the sales package, there's room for up to 500 songs. We're
really pleased to see the addition of an FM radio too - a must for any
serious music phone. Additional music features include TrackID
which lets you identify a song (name, artist and album) from a few seconds
recording, and the PlayNow download service which lets you buy
and download MP3 ringtones from your phone.
camera has been upgraded too to 3.2 megapixels, but lacks autofocus.
Video calling is supported, as the W890i is a 3G phone. You can record
video clips too, and even edit them with the VideoDJ software supplied.
The display is a high quality TFT screen with 262,000 colours and 240
x 320 pixels.
A new feature for the W890i is HSDPA (nicknamed 3.5G) - a faster implementation
of 3G that enables downloads at up to 3.6Mbps - that's 12 times faster
than normal 3G. The W890i is quadband GSM too, so it can operate on
any continent in either 2G or 3G mode.
Other features worth a mention include 3D Java games, a web browser
plus support for RSS web feeds, and flight mode.
We really like the W890i. It fixes all of the problems that were present
in the W880i, and is a sign that Sony Ericsson may have turned the corner
after a disappointing year in 2007. This is a classic Walkman phone
with great music features and a quality superslim design. It doesn't
have the best camera, but it does have the benefit of fast 3G and a
host of other features. No phone does everything, but if your focus
is music, this is definitely in our shortlist of best phones to choose
from in 2008.
Features of the Sony Ericsson W890i include:
- 3G video calling
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom
- Video camera
- VideoDJ video editor
- Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels (1.8 inches)
- Media player (MP3 / AAC)
- FM radio
- MP3 & AAC ringtones / Polyphonic ringtones
- MusicDJ polyphonic ringtone composer
- Sound recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Personal organiser functions
- 3D Java games
- GPRS, HSDBA (3.6Mbps), Access NetFront web
browser, RSS feeds
- Web browser
- Flight mode
- Vibration alert
- Memory: 26 Mbytes plus 2 GByte Memory Stick Micro (M2)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage
- Quadband plus 3G (UMTS 2100, HSDPA)
- Size: 104 x 47 x 10 mm
- Weight: 78g
Sony Ericsson W890i User Reviews
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Average rating from 101 reviews:
Reviewed by suja from srilanka on 26th Jan 2013
better than w880
Reviewed by Michael from US on 7th Jul 2008
It's a decent phone but decent reception. It's a Walkman phone so it's
meant for music. Problem is... the Media player software STINKS! It's
better to just drag and drop the songs into the media card. Also, the
phone takes awhile to update the music files. It's bad that it does
NOT just create a playlist so making a playlist with the phone is just
CRAPPY! The sound quality is pretty good even for the radio. Let's get
some things cleared up: 1. It's a music phone, hence the Walkman designation!
- The controls and user interface are decent but NOT that user friendly!
- If you want a GOOD media player, then buy a mp3 player/iPod! 2. Forget
about the camera since it doesn't have a flash or autozoom. It's meant
for occasional shots in the Daytime! Buy a (digital) camera if you want
a camera! 3. Extend the battery life by: a) Switch OFF 3G into GSM only
b) Switch OFF Bluetooth c) Switch OFF anything else that runs in the
background This will then extend the battery life! 4. SE phones have
the Proprietary port for charging and for listening. SE does this because
it's their CASH COW!!! It makes people BUY their headphones and chargers!!
- Isn't SE a bunch of Arses for doing this instead of using the industry
standard 3.5mm port for headphones and mini ports for charging?? - This
is one area that people REALLY HATE about SE phones!! 5. The controls
arent' bad but it's not terrific. - It's decent but the phone will NEVER
replace the iPod nano as the phone's controls and user interface is
NOT that friendly!! It's a phone, primarily, then a music player! 6.
Finally, SE puts dedicated call and stop call keys instead of using
soft keys!! Wished they could've used such keys on the P1i!! 7. Coolness
factor is another problem with SE phones as SE focuses TOO MUCH on the
look of the phone NOT the actual FUNCTIONALY or FEATURES that most phone
users actual need or use! Overall, it's a decent phone with a decent
media player. It does look cool albeit it's PRICEY!
Reviewed by Lubricated Goat from UK on 5th Jul
Really like the 890i, great build quality, v compact but useable, everything
works as you'd expect. Only recently moved to SE from Nokia, I now think
the SE operating system is the best in the business, every operation
seems very polished and well thought through. Superb music player, great
sound through the bundled 'phones (v warm, detailed and weighty sound)
who needs a dedicated MP3 player? Texting, calling and all related ops
are handled efficiently and logically, just occasionally the T9 text
system is a bit too predictive for it's own good though! Bad points
detailed below: Pretty fiddly keypad/control button cluster, OK battery
life (which fully featured phone has outstanding batt life though?),
slow processor when music player is on in the background, switch it
off to text..... Good points: smart, light and superbly well thought
out 'phone, with a 2GB card included (30 albums and counting) and no
problems with the much reported signal problem as yet. Switched to GSM
only as recommended by another user/reviewer though........! In a nutshell,
hard to fault!
Reviewed by SE from US on 5th Jul 2008
Decent phone with decent reception. Camera portion is only good for
clear, daytime shots since it lacks autofocus and flash (Why did SE
include it anyway without these 2 features?!) Center control dial is
TOO small but media player is decent but not terrific. It will NOT replace
the Nano but at least the user will have 1 less device to carry (until
the phone/media player acts up then must carry iPod and phone)! Best
uses: 1. Phone 2. Media player - It's suppose to replace the iPod since
it's shaped very similarly to the Original Nano size! Seriously, if
the camera was removed the phone could've been built slighter BIGGER
so the control keys COULD HAVE been BIGGER! Please do NOT complain about
the included 2G memory card. If it's not good enough, then go buy the
8GB memory card which is currently the largest capacity MicroSD card
available!! Anyway, it's not a bad phone but it's not terrific either
considering the price. Currently ~$325-375 USD! Ouch!
Reviewed by Kevin from Hong Kong on 4th Jul 2008
nice phone... but how come no matter what theme i set it to and what
picture or video i set the startup screen to, it still has the walkman
startup screen?? also, mine lags for about 10 secs when it startups...
Reviewed by Joanne from England on 2nd Jul 2008
Love this phone! Is easy to use. Best Sony Ericsson for a long time.
Sometimes the keypad sticks but not very often. Once you start to use
it again the keypad goes back to normal.
Reviewed by Tim Weber from south-west uk on 30th
love the phone very light and slim had it about 3 months thought i would
break it in my pocket but its fine, definitly turn off G3 all of theses
phones get better reception set to GSM only, has more stuff than you
will ever need as a phone or music player, camera is ok for normal people,
it good at everything and its in a tiny box what more could you ask
for but i am in my mid 40s
Reviewed by andrew croudace from england on 29th
had a up grade recently and for some unknown reason could not get a
good reception! stuck with it for the first month and then decided to
call 3 phone to complain, was told that the soft wear added on my phone
for receiving calls was a faulty add on, and up too 15% of these model
have the wrong soft wear for receiving,and the customer has to deal
with it till sony and three phone decide what to do!!!! well 3 phone
i shall cancel my direct debit till its sorted, see you in court, if
ya want, till ya sort out my naff phone, p.s looks great, shix reception
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 27th Jun 2008
Reviewed by Nikkiee from UK on 22nd Jun 2008
Really Good Phone; Excellent Camera; Hadd Noo Problems with this phone;
had it about a month; recomened it alott ;)
Reviewed by Ian from Singapore on 22nd Jun 2008
Ok. First of all this phone is sexy and its sexy and its S-E-X-Y...The
feel(when you caresses it),the sound(when you're excited by it),the
looks(when girls take a glance at it when you're casually holding it
at the Bar,Hotel lobby,Clubs or in a meeting. Tell ya what mate...get
it and realise that you might not need an ipod after all..(unless you've
got the iphone).. Note:I am not an employee of SE,or in no way promoting
SE product.This is entirely my own shameless opinion and/or review of
this SEXY product.Thank You.
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 20th Jun 2008
Great phone, got it as a replacement for the bug ridden w910i and this
is much, much better. Great call quality, smart looks, good for quick
snaps 3.2 mp camera and if you use your own cans (i use sennheiser's)
the walkman player is outstanding. Fully recommend it
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 19th Jun 2008
Wow, what a phone 3G, bluetooth, video calling, music and nice looks.
It has it all, well, just about. It weighs 78g, and tbh with you, thats
heavy, for a small phone like this one, but must people like heavy phones,
so I won't argue, I recommend this phone.
Reviewed by lee from merseyside uk on 18th Jun
w890i worst phone ive ever had... got it in april 08, had 3 faults-
high pitch screeching when u called sum1, very slow loading up and turning
off. i was sent a new1 again 2 faults - no signal and turning off when
you called some1.i had very similar faults with my w880i so i would
reccomend every1 to stay clear of sony mobiles. i would reccomend samsung
as ive had a few phones and they have never let me down.
Reviewed by Bri from UK on 17th Jun 2008
Simply the best phone I've ever had; very stylish and compact with excellent
menus and the ability to shortcut all the features you use most. I have
well over 1000 mp3s and lots of video and pictures: the battery is brilliant,
even when playing games, watching video or listening to music. Someone
else mentioned the walkman was "slow and erratic" with lots of songs
- don't believe it! Mine is very quick; the touch of the dedicated walkman
button and you're there! (The only time it is slow is when you've added
mp3s and it has to update them). If you use the lock feature, the phone
buttons won't be accidentally pressed whilst in your pocket. I've never
had a problem receiving a text - it pops up on the screen and I've set
it to vibrate and give a message tone. I can't understand why people
complain about this phone - reading the manual will help! The camera
works perfectly well, but if you want quality pictures, you'd be better
off buying a digital camera which is purpose built for producing quality
pictures. This is a fantastic phone and I couldn't recommend it highly
Reviewed by Steven Rudland from Scotland on 17th
Style-wise I adore this phone.. very slim, buttons suit me perfectly,
menus are good. I previously had the W850i so most of the features are
the same, if slightly improved. The camera is a down-side for most,
but if you don't need the flash I have taken some pretty high-quality
photos. One thing becoming increasingly common is when I get two texts
at once, sometimes while on the phone, it crashes the phone, which is
a pain - I have insurance though and will take it back if this continues.
Also, I don't seem to be able to receive all picture messages correctly
- some are fine but some aren't. Seems to change from photo to photo.
If anyone has solved this similar problem, please e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
17th Jun 2008
Steven, which network are you on?
Reviewed by davidmh from England on 12th Jun 2008
As Jenny P, I am really disappointed with this phone. It is nice looking
etc but in places where my 810i works perfectly I am continuously getting
"emergency calls only" use on the 890i. Not really sure what this means,
if it is a signal strength problem then how can I make emergency calls?
Have switched it to GSM mode to see if that is any better but it isn't.
Anyway I need a phone that works (ie on which I can make and receive
calls!!)so it is going back to T mobile after precisely two days. Pity.
Any ideas on a quality alternative would be good.
Reviewed by Jenny P from England on 12th Jun 2008
I love all the Sony ericsson Phones, But this has got to be the worst
one.I have had this phone for 3 months and it has gone back to Carphone
Warehouse and Sony THREE times. The problem that I have is the Signal.
The Signal is so bad, you can almost see it struggle to find any kind
of signal. I can not make any calls on it except EMERGENCY CALLS Only.
In fareness to it the only saving grace is the Walkman and the camera.
Looks like I will have to go back to the good old fatihful W810i
Reviewed by Beccah from England on 11th Jun 2008
This Fone Is Amazin Its Bettah Than The Shake fone nd then S500,, Becuz
the keypads crack,, bst fone ever,,,
Reviewed by Dave from Wales on 11th Jun 2008
Solid build quality, looks fabulous in silver. Sleek sexy and a joy
to use. The battery life is amazing compared to my previous sony. One
of the pleasures of using this phone is the high quality mp3 player.
The software provided makes transferring music files childs play; a
simple drag and drop process. I am not into using the camera but the
couple of pics. taken are of high quality for a 3.2 mega pixel. Of all
the phones I have owned this one is leagues ahead. Fantastic. A big
thumbs up to the guys at sony.
Reviewed by Elaine from UK on 11th Jun 2008
Recieved this lovely phone yesterday. Absolutely brilliant love every
aspect of it. But alas i have to return to my Nokia 6300 due to the
font size. I wear reading glasses and is a bit of a pain having to put
them on to read text. Cant see how to alter the font size as i can the
Nokia. I am looking to upgrade but need a mobile that i can alter the
text font size can anyone help?? please contact me email@example.com
The sony is an outstanding phone and give it 5 stars on performance
etc but just not for me.
Reviewed by SONY RULES from LONDON on 10th Jun
PROBABLY THE BEST PHONE SONY EVER MADE : )
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 10th Jun 2008
For the most part this a good phone. It is a good size, strong features,
neat design, sound quality could be better but there are a couple of
other problems. The paintwork on the black version is very bad quality
and wears off within a few weeks of purchase showing a gold colour.
Within three weeks of use my phone looked like it was two years old...
so much so that I returned it suggesting that there was a fault. Sony
Ericsson said that trained engineers investigated and concluded that
there were no manufacturers problems... which is a cause of concern
as it demonstrates poor manufacturing quality. To avoid this problem,
don't buy the black version! One other irratating issue is the walkman
navigation is not good if you have a lot of songs (I have just over
1,000) - it is slow and irratic and inconsistent - I wish now that I
hadn't bought it.
Reviewed by richard from UK on 5th Jun 2008
I have just received my new SE phone. Not that pleased to be honest.
My old phone was 2meg pix camera but whilst this one is 3.2 its not
that great. There is no flash and the picture quality is worse than
my 2meg camera. Also you cant tell if someone has texted you without
actually touching the phone. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET THE PHONE TO
DISPLAY AN ENVELOPE OR SOMETHING WHEN YOU HAVE A TEXT BUT THE PHONE
IS ON STANDBY?
Reviewed by Mathijs from Netherlands on 5th Jun
For people struggeling with the signal quality and continuous bad reception,
try to switch off 3G (Settings -> Connections -> Mobile Networks ->
GSM/3G Networks -> Only GSM, and turn the phone off and on). Before
I changed this setting it was almost impossible to have a phone conversation
longer than 30 seconds, because I simply lost the connection to the
network. But now it all works fine :) With that out of the way I can
really enjoy this beautiful phone. Brilliant design, easy to use and
by daylight the picture quality is good. Best phone I've owned so far.
Reviewed by Henry from UK on 4th Jun 2008
I've had this phone for a couple of months, and in all honesty I'm pretty
disappointed with it. I "upgraded" from a W610i, which was more basic
but did everything better. First up, the Walkman software. On the W610i
the software with solid with a couple of minor niggles - no support
for gapless playback, and it would lose my place if I stopped a long
track (ie, a podcast) halfway through. The same problems have appeared
on the W890i, the player looks nice but it really hasn't improved. The
camera is dreadful. Yes, it's 3.2 megapixels, but the lack of autofocus
means pictures look terrible, I have yet to see a decent picture. I'd
rather have a lower megapixel camera with autofocus than one without.
Yes, it looks like a nice phone, and it's slim and solid. But it's also
hard to use - it keeps activating the browser while it's in my pocket,
and there's not a dedicated play/pause button like there was on the
side of the W610i, you have to unlock the phone and use the unresponsive
walkman button on the side. It would be a good phone, but when compared
to the cheaper, older W610i it's fairly redundant.
Reviewed by JD from England on 3rd Jun 2008
Very nice slim and awsome camera. Love this phone !!
Reviewed by aled from wales on 2nd Jun 2008
very good small and sexy, performs well under pressure and is very good
Reviewed by neilw from england on 28th May 2008
got the phone through orange upgrade. great piece of kit, easy to use
camera good, menus quick to respond. BUT, i have returned it and gone
back to my W950i as the signal is so poor it is not worth using, unless
your stood under a mast that is. basically a nice paper weight. 5* for
phone 1* for signal quality
Reviewed by Will Wheeler from Surrey, UK on 28th
Slamming phone! I previuosly had the indestructable w810i which i thought
would serve all my needs but this blows it out of the water, a very
thin light but strong casing, great new software loaded up some songs
and videos it will never replace my 80gb ipod but good for short journeys.
Key pad and menu are easy to navigate camera isnt bad obviusly wont
compare to a new digi cam but does the job a great phone and the battery
life is top notch not like the rubbish Nokias! Buy this phone you need
it in you life now!
Reviewed by Kelly1 from United Kingdom on 26th
I have had this phone now 4 days and i love it. I had the K800i for
2 years, could never fault it but it was a bit on the chunky side!!
The W890i is a sexy small phone with everything you could want.. some
reviews have mentioned the keypad being awkward..... its really not!!
You should have bought this phone yesterday!!
Reviewed by Luigi from Germany on 26th May 2008
Nicht so gut
Reviewed by jake blount from england on 25th May
incredible phone luving it
Reviewed by deacs from england on 25th May 2008
best phone ever had, got this phone in replace of samsung soul,worst
phone ever had. find it very easy to use,the keypad took time getting
use to.sound is awesome,camera is quality,on the whole the phone is
Reviewed by Bazza from uk on 25th May 2008
Best phone ever, Love its size and looks. AAAA++++
Reviewed by robert wander from france on 21st
absolutly ausum! BEST FONE EVER HAD ! especially the camera and walkman!!!!!!!1
Reviewed by Sarah from United Kingdom on 21st
I got this phone last week and it is AMAZING! It is the best phone i
have ever had! It looks really good and has a good feel to it, Feels
really got Quality. The camera is also very good. The phone is very
easy to use which i am pleased about as i find most sony ericssons hard
to use. It has a good sound and beacause of the 2 gb memory card holds
alot of songs. On some of the over reveiws that i have read there has
been complaints about battery life. I dont think this is a problem at
all. The battery lasts a average amount of time, if not slightly longer.
Like i said this phone is AMAZING i love it so much and you should defenately
love it! All my friends love it too, they are so jelous! My phone is
amazing and so pretty! BUY IT NOW! xx
Reviewed by Max from United Kingdom on 20th May
I got my Sony W890i yesterday after much deliberation on which phone
to get. It was between the Nokia 8600 Luna, Nokia 6500 slide and the
Sony. But As soon as I opened the box it looked perfect. I have got
the black version which is currently exclusive to Vodafone. I think
it is the best looking phone I have ever had. Also it is so easy to
use. The 3.2 megapixel camera is great, so to is the 2gb of memory that
comes with the phone. I would recommend this phone highly to anyone.
Reviewed by Mushfiqha from South Africa on 19th
I have had my fone 4 almost 2 weeks now and its absolutely slamming!
i love the sound!!! i have one question if theres any1 out there who
can answer... ive heard how chatting with my fone will cause software
problems but how much will it affect my fone?
Reviewed by Calecio Mata from England on 17th
Excelent walkman + excelent new UI + excelent design + good camera =
good phone! I would rate it as outstanding if there was a xenon flash
for the camera or at least lights!
Reviewed by ninja from England on 14th May 2008
Its a brilliant phone my second Sony Ericsson! Dont agree that the ring
tone is too quiet but the vibration is non existant when it is on silent!
Try using the night mode when you think you need a flash and you get
great results! Do have trouble with the signal sometimes but thats a
small price to pay for such a great looking phone!
Reviewed by I LOVE SE from UK on 13th May 2008
Awesome phone - probably the best SE ever.
Reviewed by Jack from ***secret*** on 11th May
Reviewed by John from England on 10th May 2008
I had this phone delivered on the Friday only to return it the following
day.I loved the size of the phone and how thin the phone was, but I
could just not get on with the minute key pad.Text messaging was a nightmare
compared with the SE K800i.Being a bloke whose 6'2" tall with big hands
lol my thumbs were to big to comfortably text without catching neighbouring
keys and I got extremely frustrated by this. Even just nagivating around
the features proved difficult.I didn't bother reviewing the rest of
the features because I knew I could just not cope with the key pad and
therefore swopped it.
Reviewed by ,, from ,, on 7th May 2008
thisisthe best phone woooo
Reviewed by Jules from UK on 30th Apr 2008
Just received the phone today. My 3rd SE. Vodafone sent me a 6300 -
probably the best phone available for £70 but I decided I wanted something
a little bit more modern feeling. Very nice. The internal speaker could
be a bit warmer - it's loud enough if you turn up, Vibration could also
be a bit stronger - but will do. Camera is really good - just wish it
had auto focus. Texting is perfect. Browsing is excellent - very fast.
Some have mentioned problem with signal strength. This could be that
the phone is GSM/3G. Is it trying to lock into 3G even when not in a
3G area? I turned the 3G off and the signal bar looked stronger. One
fault: after turning off 3G and turning it back on the the 3G icon does
not appear - I had to resart the phone to fix. More later, I've only
had it for 2 hours ; )
Reviewed by Tom from England on 30th Apr 2008
Worst phone i have ever had, looks great but the signal is very poor,
stood next to people on same network i had no signal whilst they had
full and i had 3 of them in 3 weeks, in end returned phone and cancelled
upgrade,went back to my old K800i and no problems.
Reviewed by Caroline McKinlay from Scotland on
30th Apr 2008
Ive had this phone about a week now not sure if I like it or not. Find
the buttons fiddly and the sound very tinny also ring ton and message
alert very low even when set up high. Ill give it a go for another week
to. I dont think its as good as its cracked up to be
Reviewed by john from uk on 29th Apr 2008
its not bad but sound quality is a bit tinny think it needs a bit more
in provement of sound as the volume needs to go up a bit even if its
on full its hard for the ones with poor hearing to hear it ring or listen
to music but otherwise its a good phone so i will give it a 3 rateing
Reviewed by Jazz from England on 25th Apr 2008
Love it. had it for about a week and its the best phone ever. got it
on 02 pay and go. signals fine its so good. very slim lovely to fit
in pocket and small handbag. great camera.. great memory storage. Love
iiittt :) 10 out of 10.
Reviewed by George from England on 24th Apr 2008
Love it! Top marks! altho the interface is a tad slow
Reviewed by rhodri from wales on 24th Apr 2008
the worst sony ericsson phone i have ever owned, can't get a signal,
phone keeps turning off, very slow when texting. camera very poor.
Reviewed by k.p.sudhakaran from India on 24th
I have purchased Sony Ericsson W890i 2 days ago. Very nice phone. It
is easy to operate and it is a 3rd generation phone. Only drawback I
find is that the data cable is too short to handle . It is ok for laptop
users. However I like and love the phone. Fits easily in the pocket
K.P.Sudhakaran-Accountant, Famous Studios Ltd Mumbai-India
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 23rd Apr 2008
Exact same problems as Rob. Love the phone but the signal dropping needs
sorted. Its been back in vodafone shop twice now, the first time it
was returned back saying corrupt software but once in a weaker signal
area it had no coverage when my other phone would. reminds me of the
old nokia antenna problems when they were forever coming loose. hopefully
this second time one of techs will figure out the problem!!! Once i
get a working phone it will def be a 5 star but right now only 3
Reviewed by Karen from UK on 23rd Apr 2008
Oh God!!!!! After dithering for days about which phone to have on an
upgrade I was sure this would be the one and yes, it looks fab, Walkman
great etc BUT the camera really is like using a disposable one! Tedious
and hopeless! Looks as though its going back - think I might just get
another K800i as I cannot fault that gorgerella phone!
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 23rd Apr 2008
Like Rob I've got signal problems to the point where it's almost unusable.
If I'm standing by a mast then OK, otherwise when friends on Vodafone
are getting 3 or 4 bars, this one can't find a network at all. I'll
be taking it back to the shop but if they can't fix it, I'll have to
get something different. Not impressed. The lack of flash is also irritating.
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 21st Apr 2008
I got this phone recently and have been suffering signal problems ever
since. Drop the SIM in my old phone and not a problem, so its down to
the phone. Whether its faulty or a model wide problem Im unsure but
hopefully will find out soon. Apart from the signal issues, its a great
size, looks nice, and packed with features. Maybe lacking slightly in
terms of camera options such as zoom and flash, but it is a Walkman
phone not a cyber shot.
Reviewed by Claire from Uk on 20th Apr 2008
I have just bought this phone Unlocked and i think its bril even though
i downgraded from a K8850i which was brilliant but too chunky for me.
Just the same to b honest not much difference between the 2 except the
camera megapixels and size but camera works the exact same as the 5
megapixel on the K8850i. Had to get rid of the K850i as the * button
fell off randomly so wasnt impressed. Buttons on this phone are much
easier to use. Would recommend this phone to anyone even if it is a
downgrader like me which i dont normally do as i normally get the newest
phones out every few months! But this is a deffo. Sleek, Slim, Good
Looking and compact! For every use even work! C x
Reviewed by piers from england on 20th Apr 2008
very good but the speaker is very tinny
Reviewed by Epson4537 from England on 19th Apr
I have previously used the Cybeshot and loved it. However teh W890i
is a fabulous alternitive. The keys are small but if you have small
fingers that is not a problem. Looks good, easy to use. One ting I liove
itfor and it is never listed in the features list is that it is compatable
Reviewed by Anne from Manchester on 18th Apr 2008
Got problem sorted out re connections below - O2 finally emailed me
great instructions specific to the 890i set up. Now like phone but the
quick shut down to black screen is very frustrating - and there is no
way to change that. Will need time to get used to all the functionality.
Still not 100% happy with the SE support.
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 18th Apr 2008
Got the phone a few days ago, thought I would try it and see! Looks
smart, feels quality, the screen quality is very good, crystal clear.
The buttons are a touch small but manageable when you get used to them.
Good memory capacity and decent battery life (obviosuly the more you
play with it in the first few days, the shorter the battery life will
be!). Sony have changed the positioning of some buttons, which after
being a Sony user for the past few years I find slightly irritating
as I'm used to their location. Call quality is excellent, nice loud
ringtones, the bass is not the best but if you're using headphones -
as you should do - its very good. the thing that lets it down is lack
of zoom and flash on the camera. If it had them, this would be the perfect
handset. On balance a great phone, but I'm going to have to return it
as I want better camera functions. Still beats the pants off Nokia and
Samsung though due to ease of use, it has a nice logical menu system,
and texting is far easier than on Samsung.
Reviewed by Paul from England on 17th Apr 2008
ot the phone on free upgrade the other day and cannot fault it!!....i
went for the brown but then thought it wasnt the best for a bloke!lol!...however
that momentary slump is over and i love the brown coz its different
and original...the keypad is the easiest i have used when so small and
the functions and menus are simple but for sum reason extremely classy...definately
recommend the phone to all who dnt like to carry a brick and yet want
all the fucntions of a phone u could want...organisation, music, communication...its
got it all....
Reviewed by anonymous from England on 17th Apr
I LOVE IT!!.. ITS THE BEST PHONE EVER.. BUY IT NOW TRUST ME YOU WOULDNT
REGRET IT BEST PHONE ON THE ROAD.. ---- BEAUTY AND BRAINS ----
Reviewed by srivikas from india on 17th Apr 2008
the mobile has great features but very poor sound quality and battery
is very bad. the charge doesnt last more than 5 hours even when i dont
use the music feature. actually, very disappointed with the phone. k790i
was way better .
Reviewed by Anne from Manchester on 16th Apr 2008
I received my sim free unlocked phone a couple of weeks ago and thought..
wow. But I have had to send it back because I cant get/ send emails
from/to my ISP, sky. I'm on O2 ans have contacted them, sky and Sony
E but get passed from pillar to post. In end O2 have given me settings
to use their SMTP server but it means I can only receive mails but that
only worked for an evening. So..am awaiting a replacement phone in case
it was faulty because I want to persevere with it as it meets my requirements
for a replacement to my iPOD - 1 device when travelling. As a result..
downrating the phone because of lack of support from Sony and awaiting
judgement on new phone. will let you know. In meantime, if anyone has
a solution to my problem, please let me know. Note other comment below
re O2 problems.
Reviewed by tarzan from london on 15th Apr 2008
Reviewed by .... from ..... on 14th Apr 2008
BEST FONE EVA GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by emily from england on 14th Apr 2008
Reviewed by James W from Lancaster on 13th Apr
Phone came yesterday, ive had the w810i and the w880i and now the w890i,
And i must say the w810i is the best by far, it has the camera with
flash and is just all round easier to use. I am pleased with the design
and look of the new w890i but the speakers arent so clever and the loss
of flash is some what annoying! BUT IT IS FAR FAR FAR BETTER THAN THE
W880I, as it took me on average 10minutes to send a decent text message
with the pathetic buttons! If you after a phone with walkman capability
and a decent camera (less the flash), The w890i is the phone for you!
Reviewed by paul from glasgow uk on 11th Apr 2008
hey just got the phone good phone screen aint very bright and the phone
aint that loud but apart from that its a good little phone easy to use,
and lots of memory !!!
Reviewed by Dylan from Malta on 9th Apr 2008
I like it alot. A thin mobile is perfect for going out...nothing bulging
out of ur pockets..it's lightweight as well..has a good photo fixer
which works pretty fine..google maps are also implemented..d pc suite
is super..connects to Outlook where u can synchronize with the calendar,
contacts, notes, bookmarks, etc...another feature is d ability of multi
tasking (running more than one application at once i.e. writing a msg,
stopping to view calendar event, receiving an sms nd reading it, get
back to writing d msg, etc) d sound is clear enough for d normal ear...one
drawback is the small keys adjacent to one another but in a week one
gets used to it and faster typing will result. I recommend this phone
as it's really comfortable and worth it...Simple is the way to go
Reviewed by DS from India on 9th Apr 2008
Good Looking phone. catchy. drawbacks -1. 3.2Mp camera without a flash..waste
of the 3.2mp camera. 2. speakers - quality is not all good. when i play
the songs i get a disturbance. iam disappointed. with camera its ok
its not a k series can't expect much from the camera. but the speakers???
totally disappointed. otherwise its ok
Reviewed by Charlotte Vosper from UK on 8th Apr
I've had my W890i for nearly 2 weeks. I'm on my 2nd handset in that
space of time and on a pay monthly contract with O2, the reason being
because I can't seem to receive picture messages or voice recorded messages.
Have spoken to O2 too many times to count. All the settings seem to
be correct, according to them the phone and sim are provisioned to accept
all messages. Would love to hear from anyone with a similar problem.
I love the look and feel of the phone, I have it in Mocha, but what's
the point in having a gorgeous looking phone if you can't use the features??
Reviewed by Kathryn from UK on 1st Apr 2008
Sound is tinny, cannot read the time in standby(silver phone with corresponding
coloured keys) and constantly miss calls/ texts as tone is so quiet
( I feel this is particulary unacceptable in 2008). The camera is much
improved from my previous W850i,I hasten to add the pictures are clear
and very fine, the weight and slimness are redeeming features but give
me my classy white favourite W850i anytime.
Reviewed by Ray Greenhouse from Wales on 31st
Overall love the phone. It's everything I was looking for. The size
and feel are great, the 2GB memory is plenty for storing tons of music.
I've had a good listen to the MP3 on a train journey and the sound is
great. I also like the additional music related features that weren't
on my old 850i. Also love the way it displays the photo and picture
albums even segreagting them into the dates that you took them. The
loudspeaker sound is a little tinny for ringtones etc but that is a
compromise for the size of the handset. 2 small quibbles. The screen
goes absolutely blank in standby with nothing to indicate the phone
is switched on, not even a clock or symbol to indicate you have a message.
Also (I have a silver one) the keys are obviously very small and the
figures on them are a similar colour to the keys themselves sometimes
making it very difficult to see them when typing a message esp. in poor
light conditions. Would still recommend the phone.
Reviewed by Jamie Burns from Scotland on 30th
I got this phone, had it a week and I really like it. The sound quality
is good on this, it is a bit quiet but if people just had patience and
read manuals or thot about wat they were saying then they wouldn't be
moaning. First of all...u can edit the sound on computer and transfer
it louder, second, sony give u the earphones that block out outside
noise so that you can here it better. this emans u can listen at a good
volume and not have outside noise rather than blaring and hearing everything
else...much better! peopel moaning about the amera(spelt with a k 2
emphasize that the "k" series is for camera's), this is a W series,
for walkman and the walkman is very impressive on it. I do have the
same problem of not hearing it in my pocket sometimes but it doesn't
really bother me as i am usually sitting down so i feel it, its on silent
coz i'm at work or i'll have it on my table...other times like being
up town i'd have earophones in or be with people anywayz. the main problem
i had is that the phone does not hold signal very well. the internet
speed is very impressive i thought. finally i also previously had the
k800i and had many problems with the file storage, gladly thoough, thanks
to sony ericsson being genius's...all u do is plug it in2 ur computer
and elect "file storage" and then just open up the phone memory card
under (usually) f drive...so much easier anywayz... pc suite' only ever
cause problems, nokia's aint great either. ps giving this phone outstanding
as i thought the sound quality and battery length and swcond to none,
sounds betetr than an ipod and my battery is lasting minimum 3 full
Reviewed by Magicastle from Scotland on 30th Mar
I've had this phone for a month now and am more than impressed. Of course
it's beautiful looking (I have the silver one) I was unsure whether
it would be too thin but it's a perfect size and weight to make it sophisticated
but sturdy. I love the squidgyness of the buttons - none of that irritating
clicking I had with the w810. Great battery life and memory and the
camera is good for snaps which is what I would use it for anyway. The
applications on the phone are streamline and relevant and I've had no
problems with it sticking. Brilliant little phone!
Reviewed by Top Cat from Surrey on 26th Mar 2008
Spent most of last Friday looking at reviews on different mobiles and
decided on the 890i as i've also got the 850i& was impressed with that.
Whilst the look and feel of the phone are amazing as is the internet
features i have to agree with F.Dot the sound is very disappointing.
Max volume is poor as is the depth and quality of the sound. The sound
produced by W850i was impressive and i was lead to believe the 890i
would surpass that, but sadly no!! I shall be returning it first thing
in the morning and await the W980i.
Reviewed by Precious from UK on 26th Mar 2008
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Had this phone for almost a month now - no problems
at all to report! Great all rounder... after upgrading to the SE W910i
(rubbish!), then Samsung G600 (not user friendly!) then Nokia 6500 Slide
(problematic!), I am finally happy!!! Good work Sony, you've finally
got it right this time!
Reviewed by Jim from Northern Ireland on 25th
Gotta agree with F.Dot, sound quality from the W890i is very poor and
'tinny' indeed, so much so I've missed quite a few calls in the week
I've had the phone while it's been ringing at highest setting while
in my trouser pocket! Have emailed Sony Ericsson to see if they have
a 'fix', waiting a week now for an answer. Does anyone else on here
have problems with SE's PC Suite software supplied with their phones?
I had diffs with my previous K800i, and at this early stage my new W890i
it's proving just as problematic. Transferring the adress book from
my laptops MS Outlook to the phone via USB resulted in a list of 420-odd
numbers with the words "No Name" listed for each one! Very handy!! Tried
it 4 times with the same results each time, yet when I connected the
phone via a run-of-the-mill 6 quid bluetooth toggle I was able to transfer
all the data immediately. Disappointed with the camera, I was aware
of course of it's limitations before I bought but the lack of any zoom
at all on the stills is a real let down. Could go on I'm afraid. In
the end though the phone looks very smart indeed (silver), very light,
and keypad is fine I suppose. Jury's still out on the battery life.
Walkman software is very good, better than my K800i, but what a pity
about the sound - a major problem, my K800i plays louder and clearer
through SE's speakerball :-( We're it not for the awful sound quality
I'd probably give it 4½
Reviewed by F.Dot from London Town on 24th Mar
How can you say the sound is stunning? The sound is absolutely rubbish!
Its too low and the phone cannot keep up with the bass!
Reviewed by david grant from east kilbride on
20th Mar 2008
its like that warm fuzzy feeling of new socks. like butter and high
quality jam. the cheese on a perfectly toated bagel with honey roast
ham and pomodorino tomato. proper potatoes bodger!
Reviewed by Tom from Wales on 18th Mar 2008
All you people describing this as the best phone ever..................I
AGREE!!! The camera is great and I know what good camera's are as my
last phone was a k800i. The music player is oustanding and it feals
and looks smooth and stylish. TOP PHONE
Reviewed by Demi from Liverpool on 15th Mar 2008
Compared to it's predecessor it's a stunning phone but Sony Ericcson
have yet to produce a flawless Walkman phone. Wouldn't it be nice to
have a phone with an outstanding music player along with an outstanding
camera all in the same handset? Thats the flaw. The camera on the W890
is poor which puts it behing its competitors. Other than this the phone
feels fabulous to hold and the materials used make it have a feel of
quality.. not just plastic. Overall the W890 is an excellent phone but
if you want a good camera in your phone hang on a bit and get the C902
which promices to be a fine phone. Thanks for reading my review.
Reviewed by suki from uk on 13th Mar 2008
Reviewed by DAVID from ENGLAND on 11th Mar 2008
BEST PHONE AROUND!!!!! PERFECT SIZE,CLASSY LOOKS. DON'T HESITATE,GET
Reviewed by Bandos from Cambodia on 11th Mar 2008
This phone is available in Cambodia on 04-March-2008, the price is 410$us.
This is the very great phone I ever see, easy to hold! Now the only
one color "Silver" is available in Cambodia. I would highly recommend
Reviewed by Katherine from UK on 9th Mar 2008
Had phone 48 hours and so far v.impressed. sound a little tinny but
looks and feels great. v.user friendly, and camera not bad for a walkman
phone. bit worried about scratches at it's stainless steel and i tend
to drop my phone. i'm not sure if keypad would work with people with
large fingers! but i love the feel of it and screen quality is fab.
Reviewed by abdi from somalia on 7th Mar 2008
This fone is great with its fast 3G and supersilm design. Highly recommend
Reviewed by Maggie L. from UK, London on 7th Mar
Got mine on Monday (they went on sale at O2 on Friday 29th Feb) so I
was one of first in UK. Phone is very light, after bulky Nokia 6280
I am scared not to breake it! :) Batery and SIM card positioning under
clever cover, no sliding, just nicely pull two buttons away and open
gently... Once again I compare with fights with my old Nokia... It has
all the Sony Ericksson features but for someone that is not familiar
with this brand a good advice - if you want to do something and do not
know how, read the manual first. Phone is strightforward, and very customer
friendly but it is different, especially if you're coming from Nokia,
like me. Slightly overcomplicated three-way method of connecting to
PC via USB (three modes: phone, transfer and mass storage) but once
again after reading the manual it seems obvious why it is like this.
I like the sound quality, my old MP3 already suffers from the syndrom
of neglect... Camera is nice but no flash and auto-focus. Well, this
is W series not K, so you can't have everything. Phone comes with a
2GB card, lots of space for songs and pictures. I have problems with
inserting capital letters in messages and notes. Overall, it's slim,
slim, slim and light as feather. Ideal for a gentler treatment. I think
it's more for ladies than lads but it may be only me...
Reviewed by Paul R from England on 3rd Mar 2008
Have just recived mine today. So far very impressed. Looks great, very
light feels good quality. If the battery life is correct this phone
will probably be the best all-rounder on the market at the moment. No
problems at all, and in fact I think they've managed to improved on
the software and useability. Highly recomended!!
Reviewed by Paul Donovan from Germany on 1st Mar
I think I just bought one of the first w890i's in Berlin (for ¤449)
at the Sony Store at Potsdamer Platz. I never listen to music on a mobile
phone. I don't text. I have no interest in games. I simply want something
tiny and practical with a long battery life that is not completely ugly.
It must fit comfortably in a shirt pocket. The W890i fits the bill.
I also like to take the odd informational still. The W890's camera is
acceptable for such a tiny little thing, but it is of course not a real
camera. The sound is okay. The ring tone is a bit weak and on the tinny
side. The Google Maps location function works well--at least in Berlin.
I own a few shares of Ericsson and so this is also a bit of market research.
I think, based on the W890i, I will hang onto my shares! I also hope
this phone is the last mobile phone I purchase before a "Terranet" (peer
to peer--i.e. no telephone company) model becomes available. Now that
will be exciting! And that is the main reason I bought Ericsson shares.
I have had no technical problems (so far) and the small keyboard is
not an issue.
Reviewed by James from England on 24th Feb 2008
This phone is the best walkman phone by Sony Ericsson. For once they
have put a good 3.2mp camera on it as well and not just a 2mp. If you
are looking for a walkman phone then you have to go for this one
Reviewed by Lauren from england on 23rd Feb 2008
Very Good. Nice Up To Date Phone. It's Got My Vote. xXx
Reviewed by anonomous =] from england on 23rd
It rox best fone ever =]
Reviewed by Rithy from Cambodia on 20th Feb 2008
Base on the spec, I would say it is the successor of SE W880i. However
www.mobile-review.com said it has poor sound quality even it is in the
Walkman branch, it has no dedicated music chip, mobile-review also sail
its sound quality is below Nokia 5310. Just wait to see the real commercial
product! If the sound quality is good as an iPod Nano 3rd, I'll throw
away my Nokia N73 Music Edition and offer this phone (W890i). The things
I disappointed are: 1) NO Camera Flash & No auto focus! 2). The sale
package memory M2 is only 2GB, why not 8GB because it's the music phone?
I love it! I give it 4 stars because the two problems I mention above.
Reviewed by Joe from france on 14th Feb 2008
great phone got a prototype and even on buggy firmware runned smoothly,
no problems either, good camera and will be expected to increse anyway
due to software updates!
Reviewed by Garry from Spain on 3rd Feb 2008
How can anyone review this phone if it's not out yet? I would tentatively
suggest that it must be worth at least 4 stars based on looks and spec
Reviewed by Billy from England on 24th Jan 2008
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Unrealiable. Average spec. Avoid.