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Sony Ericsson W900i review

 Review: January 2006  
 

Last updated June 2009

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: 3G phone with 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, video calling, music player, radio, memory card and Bluetooth.



 

Review

The W900i was Sony Ericsson's first 3G phone with the Walkman™ branding and was probably the best music player phone released at the time of this review (January 2006). It's not a SmartPhone, so you can't install additional software on it, but that makes it easier to use than the Nokia N91, it's closest rival.

The key feature of the W900i is its music playing ability, so we're going to focus on that first. The W900i has a media player that supports MP3 and AAC formats. Mega Bass™ enhances bass frequencies for a better overall music experience. We have to say that the audio quality is superb (and that applies to phone calls too). An essential feature of any decent MP3 device is memory, and the W900i has bags of that! It's internal memory is a whopping 470 Mbytes, and in addition it supports both Memory Stick Duo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo™ memory cards which are available in sizes of up to 2 GBytes - as much as an iPod Nano. Usefully, when you connect the phone to a PC with a USB cable, the phone memory appears on the PC screen as a mass storage device, so you can easily copy MP3 tracks from the PC to the phone. Software for ripping CD's is supplied.

Sony Ericsson's PlayNow™ software enables you to download music samples (via 3G) and listen to them before you buy - a nice feature if you're into downloading MP3 tracks directly, rather than placing them onto the phone from your PC. There's also an FM radio supplied as a snap-on accessory. This also serves as a remote control for the phone's music player. This is perhaps the weakest feature of the phone - the radio seems to be an aftherthought, for example, you can't see which station you're listening to. Finally, there's a useful "music mode" (sometimes called "flight mode") which lets you use the phone's music player functions with the cell phone functionality turned off.

The imaging features of the phone are also good. The W900i has a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, similar to the camera that first appeared on the Sony Ericsson K750i. There's also a video recorder of course, and video playback is good with fast (30 frames/second) and smooth playback, thanks to the dedicated video card. The display is a 262k colour TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

The W900i is a very user-friendly device, with an icon-driven desktop, menu shortcuts, dedicated camera and internet keys and a large central navigation key. Most of the phone's functions can be accessed when the phone is in "closed" mode, with the phone swinging open to reveal the full keypad when required. The Walkman™ playlist functionality is very user-friendly: far better than most MP3 player phones. There is also a voice control feature.

In terms of connectivity to other devices, the W900i offers wireless Bluetooth™ and infra-red, plus USB. It also has Fast Port - a system connector that enables faster data transfer from phone to PC and PC to phone. It also serves as a charging port.

The battery life of the W900i is good, especially when you consider that it's a 3G phone. If you switch the 3G off, you can extend the battery life further, and you can put it into music mode if you just want to listen to music.

There is one single downside to the W900i (apart from its cost of course!) and that is its sheer weight. It's not particularly large, but it weighs as much as the very first 3G phones - nearly as much as the Sony Ericsson P910i PDA/phone. However, if you don't mind carrying a brick in your pocket, this is still a good music phone, although as noted there's no built-in radio.


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Reviewed by ashok from india on 30th Nov 2015
nice phone we wanted
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Reviewed by ziqo from U.K on 10th Dec 2014
I used to have this phone and how I wished that I had kept it. My son used to call it The Brick as it was cumbersome comparing to others around at the time. But when I passed the phone on to him, he couldn't praise it enough. It was probably S.E's best music phone and the battery life was great to. The only downside ( there always is isn't there) in that Sony Ericsson were obsessed with their Proprietery Connection system which meant that you had to use ear/headphones to match the connection/s, which was a shame. One can still get them on Ebay etc, but you will find that it will be the phone + charger and no matching earphones.
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Reviewed by deepanshu from india on 24th Jul 2014
w900i is excellent mobile i had ever i m using since 2007 .now this days my mobile become hacking i want to update my mobile but there is no software update on internet world
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Reviewed by helio from zam on 10th Jul 2013
I tried alot of phone but now use this for sound quality. It is like the difference between valve and transistor. With everything else transistor. A full, warm sound with clarity. Strangely the c905 is much the same ( very good ) while the w995 is more modern with a tinny processed edge, but only just.
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Reviewed by Brett from Scotland on 5th Oct 2012
Best phone ever music quality is second to none
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Reviewed by CHIME from UK on 22nd Apr 2010
THE BEST PHONE I EVER HAD
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Reviewed by Ernan from UK on 5th Mar 2010
Been using SE W900i for four (4) years now and the quality still in best condition, i love all the features that this unit offers. I never care for those who claim that W900i looks like a brick, i like bricks anyway..lol
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Reviewed by SHANELL JONES from UK on 27th Feb 2010
I loved this phone and was so upset when i had lost it . Everything about it was awesome. The camera clarity, the music that came from it sounded like it was played on a radio. The selection of ring tones and the choice of creating ring tones of your own or even downloading them from the internet. Even though this phone is larger than the other phones around I never thought of replacing it for any other phone. I am actually on the market of replacing the one i lost.
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Reviewed by ankur from UK on 26th Oct 2009
i luv this phone.........i m using from last two years and it work fantastic..........only drawback is its size.................
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Reviewed by Gary from UK on 6th Aug 2009
Three and a half years later and this must have new technology guy is still using his W900i. Okay so I wiped the phone when I first connected it to the PC and it had to go back to Sony for the firmware to be reinstalled and the 5 digit on the keypad went very soft after a week, but since then nothing has gone wrong. It currently has 900 pictures stored on it and has been half way round the world. It has a four gig card in it and still has 300mg spare after about 30 albums stored on it. The photo quality is excellent, to the point of prints being taken for wall hanging and wedding albums. The flash is out of this world and it has knocked the spots off my partners 3 phones since I got this one. It might be a fluke, but I am still happy with it nearly 40 months later. Its a brick and I get the mickey taken out of me for having it still, but as they say if it aint broke don't fix it. Well done Sony.
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Reviewed by sunil jain from UK on 23rd Feb 2009
i am using sony ericcson w900i from the past 2 years. its the best phone i have ever seen. its the best
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Reviewed by yemisifashola from UK on 18th Dec 2008
THIS phone is VERY VERY good and lasts for a very long time try using it nd u will not be dissapointed
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Reviewed by ryan from UK on 13th Nov 2008
i thought that this phone was amazing but it is easyly breakable but it is the best phone ive ever owned the speak is amazing, by the time i filled my phonw with music and picture i had 120 song and loads of pictures, the camera is like a digital camera
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Reviewed by james from UK on 26th Oct 2008
i miss this phone, i had it for over two years then it suddenly died on me, i turned it back on and everything was slow and un usable, i havent bought a phone since, my w900i was my pride and joy, i still have it on my desk in front of me, im seriously considering buying a new one, but the only problem with it is the headphone socket (also used for charging and data transfer) would pop out randomly, it wasnt a secure fit, but one hell of a phone, worth every penny, i still havent found a replacement.
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Reviewed by Steph from UK on 9th Oct 2008
its huge, so HUGE that you could probably knock out an army with it otherwise good phone can be slow but thats because it has so much on it
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Reviewed by james from UK on 25th Sep 2008
i had this phone for 2 years. i didnt want to upgrade, the only problem is the headphone jack, it pops out the headphones, not very good when walking and listning to music. i tried to buy other headphone bases and took apart the w900 and fitted them and it worked!! so now my headphones stay in! i love'd this phone so much, memorys of the last 2 years flood back at me when i look at pictures of this phone on the internet. but one day it broke, it had had its time. and i refuse to buy another phone untill i find one i love as much as the w900. THE greatest phone EVER made
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Reviewed by rahul from UK on 19th Aug 2008
this phone is one of the best in sony's phone. i was used it for 5 month.
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Reviewed by KERRONX from UK on 1st Jul 2008
THE SONYERICSSON W900I PHONE IS FABULOUS CAMERA IS GRATE MUSIC SYSTEM IS THE BEST, I THINK ITS ONE OF SONYERICSSON BEST PHONE, IF YOU DONT HAVE ONE YET, I THINK YOU SHOULD GET ONE. ITS HEAVY THO, AND THE FM RADIO IS TERRIBLY, OTHE WISE, I LOVE IT.
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Reviewed by margo from UK on 30th Jun 2008
i found this phone on a bus. and i couldnt hand it in as it has no numbers in or any thing. and i dont trust the bus drivers! i kept it hoping the people would ring the phone and i waited 2 months. and to be honest i am glad they havnt rang as this phone is FANTASTIC!! i use it every day my battery life is fantastic its lasts for 3 days. the memory it billiant. i have over 200 pics and 30 songs atm WITHOUT a memory card. the camara is fantastic i dont use my other camara any more and i use it for music aswell. it is so comfortable to rign people with so i can talk for hours. and the buttons are big enough to text easily and quickly. the video is wickid. this phone is deffo the best phone i have had in a long time. a must get.
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Reviewed by Klop from UK on 28th Jun 2008
Best phone I ever had. Sometimes it just crash like every other phone...
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Reviewed by sena from UK on 28th Jun 2008
this fone is so sexy dere is so many things u can say but thank you god and how ever made moblie phones to make 1 like this
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Reviewed by ashani from UK on 23rd May 2008
my cousin has the w900i and every time i see her, i alway ask to use her phone and it's incredible, it's easy to use, a very smart design and i think i might just get one for myself.
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Reviewed by K from UK on 13th May 2008
GOOD PHONE
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Reviewed by vickii from UK on 8th Apr 2008
hi, yeah i have this phone and it is a gr8 phone for devices and stuff but the simple fact is it is just soo big. Too much space on it that is not needed. A brilliant phone for people who don't care about the sleekness or look but want it for gadgets though, is really up to date with technology
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Reviewed by mouawad elie from UK on 31st Mar 2008
I love the phone but its to cost and its easy to use
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Reviewed by harnek from UK on 14th Mar 2008
it is a bit too long
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Reviewed by cozza from UK on 6th Feb 2008
sick fone!
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Reviewed by Rory ablewhite from UK on 5th Jan 2008
Fantastic phone. Owned it for 20 months its took a battering and still as good as the day I took it out the box! Easy to use and very stylish.
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Reviewed by likercock from UK on 21st Dec 2007
no(just dont)
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Reviewed by Danny from UK on 6th Dec 2007
I Have one and i love it but i've just seen the W580i and well ................... its a lot better.
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Reviewed by WHATS GWAUNNIN DUDES from UK on 2nd Dec 2007
its a good phone but the badd thing is thatt when you slide it down it doesnt go off , of what your on .. get mee =] ;) lmao .
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Reviewed by joe blogs from UK on 2nd Dec 2007
brilliant every one should have this phone
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Reviewed by ViCKi TORiA from UK on 30th Nov 2007
I have never had the w900i but my friend recenly bought one roughly 3 weeks ago. since then it has broken three times and after it being repaired it will still not work. it looks a very nice phone and has a good size memory but if you are planing to keep your phone for a while its probably not to get the w900i
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Reviewed by paul from UK on 29th Nov 2007
amazin da best phone in the worl but cant find a price for it
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Reviewed by chris from UK on 22nd Nov 2007
i have had this phone for about 18 months now and it hasnt let me down yet, still great battary life, good memory and great quality pictures!! and the best part is you can do tricks and show off when opening it!! haha ^_^ by far my fave phone so far! i think all they need 2 do now is make it a 5mp cam and add a flash aswell as the torch!
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Reviewed by william from UK on 4th Nov 2007
i hav 1 bbut cant find the radio
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Reviewed by Marios Samaras from UK on 29th Sep 2007
It is the BEST mobile.I LOVE it W900i
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Reviewed by gary from UK on 9th Sep 2007
dis fone is the NADS!!!!!!!!!!!! i dnt fink il ever come across anuva fone that outperforms this one!!!!
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Reviewed by Josh from UK on 9th Aug 2007
My Dad's got one of these, and its the best phone ive ever seen! its got everything! like a decent camera, mp3 player, phone and PDA all in one!
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Reviewed by ben helliwel from UK on 3rd Aug 2007
it`s the best pnone thats ever come out im getting for christmas along with a hd tv a laptop with wireless internet and loads of playstation 3 games. any body who wants it should get it
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Reviewed by george from UK on 24th Jul 2007
da w900i is wicked. It is well better than any other sony ericswson phone as it nhas nloads of memory to put on as many songs as you like. it has a mint design. probably the best swivel phone ever. the camera is good as it is 2 mega pixel and 8x zoom. but the phone is well heavy n thick but overall it is mint
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Reviewed by gexiore from UK on 23rd Jul 2007
i'm using a S700i and W700c phones and as far as i know, W900i series is a very nice compact PHONE+MP3 PLAYER.. also the dual camera for 3G is very nice.. im planing to buy the W900i in china.. outstanding phone.. nokia has it's rival now..
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Reviewed by Craig Bullen from UK on 16th Jul 2007
I Purchased my w900i second hand because i wanted a decent MP3 player to replace my ipod whilst training in the gym (sick of keeping it chareged up). The W900i is fantastic as a MP3 player and indeed as a phone. It's menus are very quick to respond and it's also the easiest phone i have ever used to write texts on. I could go on how much i like this phone and as i got my first ever mobile in 1989 i can say i have had a few in my time but this is definitely the best so far. One slight problem though i must say is it's a little clumpy but thats only a problem if you have small pockets :-)
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Reviewed by Helen from UK on 13th Jul 2007
I love this phone - and have never wanted to change it since I got it. Excellent sound quality - really easy to transfer music onto! I still have no problems with it and love the design and quality. The only new phone that tempts me is the sony ericsson w580i that appears to have all the same features - i hope it is a brill as the w900i. :)
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Reviewed by musa okenda from nairobi,kenya. from UK on 13th Jul 2007
no doubt a w900i is best phone i have ever bought but could somebody tell me how icould listen to the radio with internal speaker.
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Reviewed by khanir pola from UK on 5th Jul 2007
wow!!its really good.camera and sound of course is awesomee
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Reviewed by michael hughes from UK on 4th Jul 2007
good phone but to big this phone is probley 1 of the best phone but 2 big
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 2nd Jul 2007
This is a great phone and luckily im getting one soon.
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Reviewed by alex from UK on 2nd Jul 2007
amazing this phone grabbed me like a magnet to metal it was so cool and when i realized the video call i was gobsmacked and i almost fainted
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Reviewed by ???ézy+ from UK on 26th Jun 2007
dont listen to those whiners who have something bad to say. some are faulty some arent. this phone is gr8t especially for those (like me) who want a stylish walkman phone.
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Reviewed by Ab from UK on 25th Jun 2007
Just got this phone as a present for my birthday and I love it. It's great. Everything I need and want and more. Keep on finding new things about it here and there :P. Overall it's a great phone and probably the best one i've ever had. :) Overall 10/10
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Reviewed by BEN from UK on 15th Jun 2007
THIS IS THE BEST PHONE I WISH I HAD FOR MY BIRTH DAY JUNE 24
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Reviewed by Liam Kenyon from UK on 13th Jun 2007
class phone absolutley brill
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Reviewed by Miranda from UK on 7th Jun 2007
I love this phone, its a brilliant phone, in fact i want to buy another one but i cant because its been discontinued. I wanted to get it on my free upgrade but i cant.
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Reviewed by jonyo from UK on 10th May 2007
hey i have HAD A quick sesion with the phone i think it is amazing everything about it is relly goo quality an di am definatly goin to buy one myself. but each to there own opinion
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Reviewed by A.Y from UK on 7th May 2007
this is the best phone in the world. I just bought this phone and i can assure you that its the best thing that has ever happened to the mobile phone industry.
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Reviewed by Gusin from UK on 2nd May 2007
I can't survive without fm radio becouse i havn't the hand free with radio, but it celphone is great!
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Reviewed by Sheila from UK on 22nd Apr 2007
The best mobile i had compared to my previous. The picture output of the video & camera, the built-in memory capacity, and its 3G & Walkman features. There is nothing more I need, it has all the features i wanted in a mobile.
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Reviewed by Wouldn't You like to know? from UK on 21st Apr 2007
I have a S. E W900i and i think its ace... perfect... all singing all dancing.... EXEPT for its weight
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Reviewed by meee from UK on 16th Apr 2007
who needs ipods!!!!
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Reviewed by Nicola from UK on 5th Apr 2007
The sony ericsson w900i is a outstanding phone with many great features. i like it a lot but what put me off was the prices, but the phone all to gether is realy fantastic!
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Reviewed by connor from UK on 3rd Apr 2007
mates out there i aint even got the phone yet and i ave played on it and herd about it and its bloomin excelent five big stars from me *****
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Reviewed by Ally from UK on 1st Apr 2007
Superb phone. Sexy looks. Awesome style, Battery life is just too good.
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Reviewed by Vimto from UK on 19th Mar 2007
Quality phone. Due to change it soon (contract up) but still love it!!! Superb.....
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Reviewed by Dan from UK on 13th Mar 2007
Best walkman phone yet great quality looking forward to get one soon
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Reviewed by Becky from UK on 24th Feb 2007
The phone is very good it has all great functions on it but the only fault is how big it is its like carrying a brick lol
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Reviewed by arjun from UK on 17th Feb 2007
its an asume gadget adn it is also similar to n90 its truly an asume mobile
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Reviewed by ali from UK on 14th Feb 2007
had this phone for over a year now! never had a problem... best phone i've ever owned.
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Reviewed by moustafa from UK on 11th Feb 2007
it very important for live
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Reviewed by Ayo from UK on 27th Jan 2007
The best phone released by Sony Erickson so far. Outstanding.....
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Reviewed by Azzy from UK on 27th Jan 2007
this fone is sick man ill buy it
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Reviewed by Lauren from UK on 21st Jan 2007
I have this mobile and everything you want is there. You get everything you ask for. Its a great phone and surprisingly the battery lasts a long time too. The only down side is the fiddling about with the headphones for the MP3. Some people say the size but you get used to it and for what it does the size is no problem!
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Reviewed by xXx Karina xXx from UK on 20th Jan 2007
I was going to get the w850i when my dad found a great deal on the w900. I thought about it long and hard,at the time i apsolutely loved slides and thats one of the reasons i wanted to get the W850i and so i had a decision that i would get the 900 because it had better features and i would have a great time using it. i havn't got mine yet but i know ill get it soon!!! yey!!! ;p p.s. i thought if i shuld get the pink oe or not and i thought,why not? and i only choose phones which actually suite the colour pink, so it's between white or pink, which-ever??? :D
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Reviewed by Charlotte moon (hereford) from UK on 17th Jan 2007
its total pants! its big and bulky and crashes! wot a pants phone to have
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Reviewed by gabriel from UK on 9th Jan 2007
Live in Mauritius cannot access to local network with my w900i e.g no video call no mms no local t.v or other programs .Can i have the settings to enable me to benefit from these services
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Reviewed by adrian from UK on 7th Jan 2007
this phone is a peice of magic!!!! superb camera clear mp3 player with mega bass and a sexy clear screen who could seriously say wring about this phone from all the phones iv had this one has the best video playing on earth and yes if you wan it i asure you 100000000000% buy it
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Reviewed by Mr Tejinder Iyer from UK on 5th Jan 2007
Nice to C Nice to Hold But Dont ever expect it to get sold As its toooo Expensive if it all if u get it for free as i got its the best 1. And all the credit goes to my girl friend Guessss who the angel is she??One and only Ms iyer HAAAAaaa
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Reviewed by kuku miah from UK on 5th Jan 2007
this phone is a pleasure to have i luv it its great you can do EVERYTHING the memory is UNBELIVEBLE you dont need a memory card BUT i dont like the phone thanx
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Reviewed by saad from UK on 23rd Dec 2006
i used to have this phone .. it was stolen :( .. it is an amazing phone even though it came out a long time ago .. and its camera has auto focus .. every angle of this baby is ace .. i would recomend this phone :) i mean come on sony is the best in all that kind of digital stuff like cameras sony rules in that by far .. music no question plus the phones are sexy so id take sony anyday :D
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Reviewed by mohammed from london from UK on 9th Dec 2006
incredible mobile!!!!! one word: BUY!
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Reviewed by Keshav Sharma UK from UK on 3rd Dec 2006
Well After some carefull consediration i decided this phone was the one for me. Ive always been a Nokia 6280 which was brilliant. But this is Surpasses the 6280. THe Walkman and it's memory is what i bought this phone for. 470MB (Expandable to 2GB) i mean c'mon. Well DOne SE
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Reviewed by mArK Seattle from UK on 2nd Dec 2006
All of you guys are missing out!!! This phone can handle to 4G memory Stick pro duo. Its freakin AWESOME because I never thought that this would actually work. Now my phone has a Whoppin 2 Billion bytes of external memory. This is a very important information and I hope all yaw would enjoy this phone like I do. It's THE ULTIMATE PHONE. Just been wondering why Sony Ericsson never announced this information though!!
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Reviewed by DHARQAXIAN from UK on 8th Oct 2006
Okay.., bad points first-from a tester perspective. [1] If you try to create a Playlist and listen to music at the same it will TOTALLY crash the firmware when the playlist is being saved between track changes. What I mean by this is; whilst listening to music I was saving a playlist, whilst saving the playlist the tracks on my current playlist were changing and the firmware could not multitask and crashed my fone making it worthless - had to send it back to SonyEricsson. [2] if you update the firmware you WILL run the risk of screwing up the current firmware on your - as warned by the update service prior to updating the firmware. I updated and apart from the navigation of the menu being slower, video files are not recognised and the fones stalls bewteen menu options/selections. If you select 2 or more menu options BEFORE it can finish the 1st - IT WILL CRASH THE FIRMWARE. Those aside, this is a W I K K E D fone and the best fone I have owned to date. The sound quality is what you would expect from Sony, the camera quality is more than satisfactory for MOST pictures unless your thinking of submitting to some hi-qualaity magazine for world distribution. So itz chunky.., SO WHAT..!? If anyone out there has another fone that has 470MB internal memory, can accept a 2GB card, allow you to customise with differing themes, screensavers and ringtones, MMS, VideoCalls, E-Mail...., etc..., ad anon, then don't moan about the failings of this fone as you so obvioulsy have a better fone.
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Reviewed by Cameron from UK on 27th Sep 2006
5 stars doesn't do justice to this phone. I've had this phone on contract for about 4 months and it works like a dream. A big jump from Motorola V3x. Just noticed the reviews made by guys who hates sony ericsson. They're sort of people who go on posting unfair reviews about great phones. The camera with autofocus is just great. I'm waiting for the next model W850i. W900i rocks!!!
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Reviewed by jeanna from UK on 20th Sep 2006
i find this phone very interesting if you talk about pix, videos and music. there's clarity on all of those aspects. i compared this with some cellphones we got here and so far this ericsson's w900i displayed great performance. you just have to charge it if it will be in continuous usage but that's ok. the only draw back is the contact where you cannot edit the data you input unlike in nokia phones but who cares. all those little drawbacks will be erased once you listened to all the music you'd download. so for me its still the best well.. i still got to see motorola v3x or its dolce n gabana edition. im awaiting for the w710i to be released. if it beats w900i i wont mind having 2 phones hehehehe..
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Reviewed by Alex from England on 8th Aug 2006
I just got a w900i from my brother as a present, and as far as im concerned its the best phone ive ever had (and ive had a lot of phones) most of the other reviewers wold agree with me but some of them say the phone is very bad, and that they have had alot of problems, well i havent had any problems with mine so far the only downside i have noticed is that the battery life doesent last aslong as i would like it to, but all you do is just charge it up whenever you have time to
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Reviewed by Rad from UK on 3rd Aug 2006
Good points; Memory- the internal memory is awesome, 450+MB with expandable to 2GB with memory card. Music- Can hold a mass amount of music with enough for moe with memory card, sounds brilliant! Camera- One of the best camera phones around, 2MP with auto focus. Video- No more patchy videos, clear as day with choice of size, amazing! Phone- if you are a sony mobile person, this is a must have, usual and great features. Bad points; Size- a hulk of a phone, very heavy to carry around and to open, requires 2 hands sometimes. Speed- Sometimes take a while to go from one menu to another. Connectivity- With dics2phone software, it looks easy, but is a pain when putting music on the phone, best bet is to get a memory card to use instead!
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Reviewed by AJ from UK on 1st Aug 2006
AMAZING!! this mobile has everything all the other phones has to offer... besides the internal memory of this phone is massive... a lot of my friends love it bcoz it has MP3, CAMERA, VIDEO, TV. especially when u open the phone it makes a sound like a knife thing,, cool** a lot of my friends enjoys it,, it's a huge phone though but besides that it's an EXCELLENT phone.. too bad though coz i think no other networks are offering this. i guess im one of the LUCKY ONES!! lol
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Reviewed by Natasha from Ghana on 26th Jul 2006
I think W900i is da best u know coz it has got all da features and it is very easy to use u know. You needn't get any phone. Just go ahead 4 W900i and u will love it.
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Reviewed by Don from Philippines on 18th Jul 2006
This phone absolutely rocks! I've always been a Sony Ericsson user and I used to have the k700i before this. I actually waited for the k800i to come out here in the country hoping against hope that the price of the W900i drops but unfortunately the k800i came out at a price lower. Still I got this phone due to the fact that I like music a lot and it's just too cumbersome to bring along an I-Pod along with a phone. Plus, I travel a lot in my job and having to carry several charger can be a bit of a hassle. With this, I have a phone, a music player and digital camera (for everyday-on-the-spot-stolen-moments snapshots) in one. The Java software is easy to use and understand, plus synchronizing with my PC is a cinch due to the very user friendly software. Downside is the design and the battery. If you don't mind carrying a remote control look-a-like and if you don't mind charging the phone everynight before going to sleep, then this phone is for you.
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Reviewed by Richard from UK on 29th Jun 2006
I just received my phone today, from Vodafone. So far I've been very impressed with the camera and the walkman functions. Before I used the Sony Ericsson Z600 and the jump is amazing. Because the Z600 was quite large and heavy I don't notice much difference but I have quite big hands so this is ideal for me. Besides I don't consider 146 gramms heavy! It also came with some free speakers and they are amazing, the sound quality is very impressive! I'm quite glad I used this site to find my next phone, I looked up a review for my last phone and it was only rated Good, but I thought it was excellent. So now I have a phone rated outstanding, so I'll probably keep it forever!
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Reviewed by Dom from England on 23rd Jun 2006
I got this phone a couple of days ago and so far it has been fantastic. People have complained about the size and weight, but Ive found the size is an advantage, its not to big to put in your pocket, the weight helps to keep your hands steady when taking photos/video but its still not that heavy. It is only large when open, but you only need to open it when using the keypad, everything else can be done with it closed. The MP3 player is brilliant, its easy to use and has been fully intergrated into the phone. My I-pod is now redundant. It has outstanding audio quality, especially when using the supplied headphones. Also the desktop speakers that are supplied free are of intimidating quality for thier size. The camera is brilliant, the pictures look as good as if not better than my 4mega pixel camera, which is now also redundant. The video feature is also great, it records 30fps so there is no jerking in the video when played back. It has all the features and more than you could ever want and they are all easy to use. My previous phone was Nokia and I was worried I would find the transition hard, but its actually more logical to use than a Nokia. Another complaint Ive heard is the battery life is poor, but ive been using it constantly for 2 days and have found it lasts long enough. You can listen to music for hours, take a bunch of photos, make several calls and still have half your battery left at the end of the day. Over all this phone does everything very well and is brilliantly designed. Infact the only fault I have found is the radio wont store radio stations, but with 2gb of music thats not an issue. If you want a phone that can replace your MP3 player, digital camera and still be the best phone you will have ever used go for the W900, you wont regret it. Oh yes, it looks amazing too !
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Reviewed by Helen from UK on 21st Jun 2006
I think this is an excellent phone. Loads of memory, and can hold big memory cards. Good camera, although the zoom is not that good, but what can you expect on a camera phone - it is much much better than most!! Excellent sound quality, great graphics and excellent size screen! Very nice looking phone which is great fun to use. There is only one downside on it, and that is the battery life - it doesn't last for long. I have already had to buy a new battery. It has got everything you need on it and more. I can't wait to see what else SE will be bringing out in the near future. I really recommend this. PS: Sina from UK - You asked how you can receive picture messages - sounds like you need to ring your phone provider and ask them to send you across the settings for MMS messages - I had to do the same.
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Reviewed by James from UK on 18th Jun 2006
Superb mobile. Bough it contract with a firm called vodafone. The phone has a brilliant music player, lovely big screen and a browser to die for. 3G capabilities give it a great touch with television and 3d games. Built in memory is impressive with 490mb. I would recommend this phone, better than my mums n80 and my old k750i. The only place though I would get this phone is vodafone, as they have the best license for mobile t.v. A+++!
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Reviewed by Danny from England on 15th Jun 2006
Great phone...everything you need on the go in one! Would recommend, perfect for doing almost anything on the go with a couple extras. i have had it for a month now and just love the 3g, 22 channels from vodafona makes it just...AWESOME!. Woiuld recormend as i have convinced my dad toget himself one. Can't go wrong
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Reviewed by mark from england on 14th Jun 2006
what an annoying phone,its called the walkman phone but i cant walk no further than 10 steps without the headphones popping out of the headset.im a milkman and as i dont have a radio in the float i use my phone,its in my pocket with the headphones under my jacket or t shirt so they dont get pulled but still they just pop out,drives me mad. also ive found that the phone likes to turn it self off whenever it feels like it. my battery doesnt seem to last very long and if the key lock is on but the phone comes slightly open in your pocket then off goes the lock and on comes (in my case) vodafone live or the video call service.so its actually starting to cost me money now!!!! mp3 player is great and the camera is second to none.the space on this phone is really good so you dont have to keep deleting things to take on new stuff but it is a bit bulky. cant wait for my upgrade really
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Reviewed by Gengiz from United Kingdom on 11th Jun 2006
Heres my review of the w900i sony ericsson. advanatages: *Its really beautiful and the memory size just made me want it more. *Battery life is fantastic. Disadvantages: When the mp3 player is on and an in incomiing call comesin, out of 1 in 4 calls i experience the fone crashing, Yes crashing, even after i had changed the fone 3 times threw vodafone. *It takes 2 or 3 seconds to go from one menu to another *It takes far to long to boot up (turning it on) wen flicking through the menus to quickly, it crashes yet again. Im not a fone hater winger but just explaining wat i have experienced with this model
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Reviewed by Stella from Gt. Britain on 5th Jun 2006
I am a phone addict and always want to own the best phone on the market. In my opinion the Sony Ericsson W900i, is the best phone on the market. This phone is the Creme de la Creme, and by far the most impressive. All the functions are impressive especially the 3g function, ie the video dj. It can do so much and im still trying to learn how to operate it properly. however I would welcome improvements with a slightly bigger screen to enable bigger pictures when watching tv. and would also like to see a less bulky phone. Nevertheless, I'm sure I am the envy of everyone I know as they all want to get a W9001 after seeing my phone. Im very proud of being a Sony Ericsson W900i owner. Well done Sony Ericsson!!
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Reviewed by Jason from England/London on 29th May 2006
I believe this phone 2 be wholley amazing, with myself just recieving it last week, iv been entranced by its overall performance and features. For 1 the camera is a dream 2 use, only rivaled so far by the powerful Nokia n90 , with such fiddly matters as thingerprint marks totally irrelivant 2 the performance of this model. i was prevously contemplating purchasing the Nokia N91, but thought other wise due 2 the athetics (looks) and ablitiy 2 use instantly, unlike the nokias complex interface.Also regardless of the battery matter, (who cares if u need overnight charging) i can see no faults with my phone, aside from its size which im completly at ease with.Also it seems the nokia n91 loads its vast arrey of soungs onto its gallery, meaning a long time for loading, with is a completey unjustified wait.I would rate this phone as betwen the nokia n90-91, what with the camera beating the n91, and its mp functions beating that of the n91 its the general best of both worlds.So i ultimatly recomd this phone 2 all and about, with a few minor minor flaws, which are totally unnoticable when you play your first mp3 track and sigh with contented bliss.
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Reviewed by Murad from UK on 29th May 2006
I had this phone for a few months now and i gotta say its the best phone on the market at present. Well first its very well built, it fell down about 10 steps and nothing happened to it, as well as few times on the road, and not a thing happened to it. It basically has everythin u would want out of a phone. Camera just splended. It has a face converter programme which is really fun and cool. the only problem i can think off is the battery life, don`t be fooled when they tell u about the battry life and how good it is, because what they say is only true when u buy the lithium battry not the one supplied with it. Apart from that this phone is the one, greatly recommeneded. cheers
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