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Sony Ericsson W950i review

 Review: November 2006  


In a nutshell: This flagship Walkman phone is a Symbian 3G smartphone with an enormous touchscreen.


The W950i is Sony Ericsson's flagship Walkman™ phone, and is one of the most unusual phones to be released in 2006.

This phone has been designed as a music player & business phone - an interesting concept - and the W950i meets the needs of its target market well. What the designers at Sony Ericsson have realised is that even the best camera phone on the market today (the Sony Ericsson K800i or Nokia N93) is still not a patch on a dedicated digital camera, so why include one? By scrapping the camera they have produced a feature-packed phone that doubles as a full-spec music player and really can replace your iPod, without compromise.

Apart from having no camera, the W950i is unusual in other respects. It's also the slimmest smartphone on the market, at just 15mm thick, and is also a 3G phone. It's compact and lightweight and feels just right in the hand. The W950i has a flat keypad, that is actually very easy to use, together with a jog dial and dedicated music player keys on the sides of the keypad for easy access to your music collection. In addition the W950i has a touchscreen and stylus that makes navigation a breeze. It also supports handwriting recognition. The screen is very large (2.6 inches across), is bright and sharp, and is brilliant for navigating, managing playlists, and viewing graphics. In fact this is one of the most ergonomic and user-friendly phones around, and is a real pleasure to use. Nevertheless you should still expect to have to spend some time learning to use all of the features on this device, simply because it has so many of them!

This is the flagship Walkman™ phone, and it's music player doesn't disappoint. The player supports a wide range of formats, and delivers top audio quality. There's also a built-in FM radio. All of the features that you'd expect are here - a graphic equaliser, Mega Bass™, user-friendly playlist management, and support for USB drag-and-drop for easy transfer of songs from PC to phone. You can also download songs quickly with 3G. In addition, the Walkman player features support for album art, displaying the album covers on the screen while the track is playing. The Album covers can be used to select songs from the library of music stored on the phone. Just touch the image of the album cover to select. The W950i also includes the TrackID™ feature for recognising songs from external music sources - hold the phone close to the music, and the phone will try to match the song with its database, showing you the name of the song, the artist and the album.

With 4 Gbytes of built-in flash memory, you can store up to 1,000 songs, putting the W950i on a par with the iPod Nano - no need to buy external memory cards. The sales package includes a stereo headset, a USB cable and software for ripping audio CDs. There is also support for a separately available Bluetooth stereo headset.

As well as the music player functions, there is full support for business users too. Being a Symbian-based phone, you can download a wealth of third-party applications for the phone. Push email is supported, together with a viewer for common Office attachments. 3G provides fast download speeds, and full web browsing is available with the Opera 8.0 web browser. The large screen makes it possible to view web pages pretty closely to how they are intended to be viewed, and you can use the stylus to click on links, or to scroll. This is one of the best implementations of a web browser we've ever seen on a mobile.

In some ways, the W950i is the phone that the P990i should have been! It's really got everything that you could want except a camera. The touchscreen is a delight to use, the music player is pure quality, and the phone is very well featured in other respects too. If you won't miss the camera and don't want to make video calls, this phone is highly recommended. The only thing that prevents us from awarding a full 5 stars is the fact that, like all Symbian phones, the user interface can sometimes be slow, and the phone does have a tendency to occasionally freeze or shut itself down.

Sony Ericsson W950i features include:

  • 3G Symbian smartphone
  • Touchscreen user interface & handwriting recognition
  • Display: TFT, 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels
  • Media player
  • FM radio
  • Mega Bass™
  • Music DJ™ (polyphonic ringtone composer)
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™
  • MP3/AAC ringtones / 40-voice polyphonic ringtones
  • Sound recorder
  • Speakerphone
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Push Email
  • 3D Java games
  • Flight mode
  • Opera web browser, RSS feeds
  • Personal organiser functions, file manager
  • Vibration alert
  • GPRS, modem
  • Memory: 4 GBytes
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, Fast Port, Infrared
  • Triband plus 3G
  • Size: 106 x 54 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 112g
  • Talktime: 2.5 hours (3G) - 7.5 hours (2G)
  • Battery standby: up to 340 hours

Sony Ericsson W950i user reviews

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Reviewed by William from UK on 24th Feb 2011
My phone hard drive has been partitioned into two and it is really giving me troubles anytime i try to install an application it will just signal am running low on memory,whiles i have over 3gb of free space.how can i make it only one instead of this useless partition.Thank you.

Reviewed by robin from UK on 2nd Nov 2010
my phone wont charge and it charges backwards . its the w950i i changed the battery but it didnt help . if anyone knows how to fix this email me at cuddlemebunnyluv@yahoo.com

Reviewed by jidnesh from UK on 11th Jun 2010
this phone is best phone i ever used...but still it got some tricky problems....like hanging while video playing....bugs!!!!

Reviewed by Orna B2 from UK on 6th Mar 2010
This sony ericsson w950i is very perfect for me. Even though it doesn't have camera i still love it coz the battery is higher than another phone i've met b4. Please buy it. The web is abit so slow but music so smooth to listen.

Reviewed by crunchy belly from UK on 19th May 2009
great phone,queit tricky to use,but well featured,plenty of memory,skype,third part apply.superpower phone.

Reviewed by Phone Clinic from UK on 11th Nov 2008
One year later and it's still one of the best phones out there. I get people saying "Ohh It's got no camera!" Well who needs a camera? There's plenty out there that are better than what you'd get on this. Get a phone and a camera separate if you're so bothered about a damn camera 5 STARS!

Reviewed by thelostgirl from - on 3rd Jan 2007
I am adding this review as I feel there are some important points that people are leaving out (Ps please excuse the typos, I’m rushing this at work ;). Design: It looks the business when you take it out of the box. It’s slimmer and FAR lighter than my K800i. Problems… -The back button on the side is wobbly. It actually feels like it may just come off in your hands. -The touch screen appears flimsy, as if there’s an accident waiting to happen. Also the top/ bottom of the screen aren’t attached to the frame as such –there’s a little gap that I’m guessing dust would get into? -The touch screen is temperamental. It sometimes takes 3 touches before it responds. - When I turned the phone on it was very slow. This became a pattern and it often took up to 2 minutes to start up. Usability: The most pressing issue is trying to use this phone for its intended purpose on the 3 network. This is a Walkman ® phone. My music tracks are almost all downloaded from 3. Their music files are ‘3gp’ (and apparently have consumable access keys). Neither of these things have been an issue before. When trying to save the tracks (3 allows you to download tracks 3 more times after purchase), all seemed fine. Then… I tried to play the tracks. At first they worked fine. But after about 4 plays they suddenly stop working. The tracks say ‘error’, ‘sound not supported’ and then get stop altogether. Heartbroken I tried again… and again (pointlessly using up all my free re-downloads!). Then, I though I’d cracked it. The tracks started working… I got to work before the walkman decided to start skipping past the downloads (again). Trying to be clever I thought better of it and decided to email the tracks to myself (my 3mail account). This was a bust as the downloads just kept re-starting once they got to 66% complete=( I know- why didn’t I just use the software- USB provided? Because I don’t have a decent PC at home. My work PC is the only decent one I have access to and obviously I’m not gonna be downloading software onto that! This essentially means that the Walkman ® can’t be used as a Walkman!!??!! At least not on 3 anyway. Another small annoyance was an irritating beeping every 10 minutes without fail when listening to the walkman. Although, the earphones/ sound quality were otherwise excellent. Other usability issues: -wouldn’t let me open messages saying they were incomplete (they WEREN’T). -the phone initially wouldn’t let me Bluetooth/ download videos? Had to turn the phone off/on to get it to work -POOR battery life. The battery barely lasts 1 day with minimal use (web/ walkman and 2 phone calls!) -the phone turned itself off/on several times as I was trying to change the settings (in the control panel). Features: On first glance the phone is rather lacking in features. The sub-menus look half empty. In all actuality the phone is less impressive than the K800i. Speaking of which, I was eager to get back to using my old phone after only ONE day of using the W950i. The most noticeable absences were: -The RSS reader (maybe just me?) -The screensaver having no clock -The screensaver not indicating whether you have any messages -No dedicated OK button -No save picture option (as with WAP) -No instant access to either ‘Play Now’ or the ‘3 Music Store’ -No camera -The auto key lock/ inactivity lock kicks in FAR too early (a few seconds in both cases). In practice, this means the keys will lock when you are typing/ reading messages etc. I’ll try and balance the negative with some positives. The phone does (mostly) what it says on the tin. It’s sleek and the techies out there would love it. It’s far more similar to a palm top than any mobile I’ve ever seen. Think of it as a cross between an iPod and Blackberry. PS the onscreen QWERTY pad was a dream to use (and yes, that was all I could think of, but it’s better than nothing).

Reply by Matt Grist from uk on 21st Oct 2008
If anyone else is having the thelostgirl's "Sound Not Supported" problem then here is my solution: 1. Download and install mp3tag v2.41 2. Load offending MP3 files into the mp3tag 3. Highlight and right-click offending files 4. Select "Extended Tags" 5. Highlight the "Length" tag (and no other tags) 6. Click on the cross _nearest_the_length_tag_ to delete this tag. There may be a second cross next to the album artwork, which you should leave alone. PLEASE PLEASE test this out on one or two file first, making sure this technique leaves you with files that not only work on your phone but still play in iTunes, WinAmp, etc. Apart from this, I think the W950i is excellent as a walkman, average as a phone but with the worst keypad I've ever come across. If you dial numbers a lot (as opposed to selecting numbers you've stored) then stay clear.

Reviewed by Ben from UK on 20th Oct 2008
I have used the phone for a month now..It's a very good phone and will regard every one to go in for the phone

Reviewed by Yellow from UK on 10th Oct 2008
i love this phone its the best fone iv ever had iv now had it 4 bout 1 year in total i would recomend this to any one

Reviewed by bIg s@m from UK on 18th Sep 2008
i think this is a cool stuff.and its features, has impressed me.

Reviewed by Frances from UK on 4th Sep 2008
I bought this phone a few months ago..The things that I dont like about this phone is that it seems to shut down or freeze alot. The battery only lasts about 24 hours. I cant seem to send messages out anymore.But the things I do like about it is that its touchscreen. The amount of memory it holds.But ifI coould please get some help on how to send messages out could you please help me

Reviewed by Allan from UK on 26th Aug 2008
Its a nice phone but i have lost its touch pen and the battery finishes quickly.Can i get them from market?

Reviewed by noel from UK on 10th Aug 2008
yeah umm i gave it 3 stars cuz im actually commenting on my friend's fne.. he'z gt the w950i nd he says dat it's fantastic.. bt me and my friends disagree wit him.. well i mean yeah it is a 4 gig, it has touch screen, it's 3g and a triband fne as well.. it's a walkman! hw good iz dat??.. bt i dnt knw bcuz i hav a nokia n95, nt the black 8 gig wun the silver/plum wun wich is the kinda lyke da base model of da n5.. i gotta admit n95 is a wonderful fne.. i mean y get the w950?.. get the n95.. it's gt a music player as well nd on da top of dat it has a 5 megapix carl zeiss camera, also a 3g smartfne bt it's quadband, it doesn't have a touch screen bt it is a dual slider fne, slides in both ways.. Bt i'm nt against about it.. sony fnes are real gud in design nd in features as well.. w950 also compete wit other smartphones bt just da lack of camera is just a let dwn.. bt therez always a p990i.. l0lz..

Reviewed by laura from UK on 4th Jul 2008
great mobile phone!! but, is it able to play 3GP video which size is bigger than 300MB?

Reviewed by Neils girlfriend from UK on 20th Jun 2008
neil thinks its amazing!!!

Reviewed by sach from UK on 16th Jun 2008
this phone is great! the touchscreen is cool. Who needs a camera on their phone anyway? We have all taken them for granted, i very rarely use my phone camera, get your mate to bluetooth it to you. the walkman is amazing best sound quality got it on 3 not much branding but don't get it on orange: terrible branding on the phone! must buy 10/10

Reviewed by VM from UK on 10th Jun 2008
I have this phone for a year now. The phone is well below my expectations. I am a resident of Nigeria and things here arent cheap. Paid USD 750 equivalent for this phone and that too without any service support or usable warranty. My first problem was when after a couple of months of use, the touchscreen suddenly stopped working. Got the touch screen repalced for USD 100. The other problem is the call volume. Its very low even at the highest setting. The phone freezes occasionaly and takes a long time to start. The keys are not very comfortable to use....i dont know what else to say.....on the other side, the walkman player is very good. The looks are good too, although sometimes the stylus just comes out from its place and i even lost one.

Reviewed by darren from UK on 29th May 2008
this phone is the best phone everrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it works brilliantly , i will keep this phone for ever

Reviewed by praviin india from UK on 13th May 2008
i have only say to sony erricssn this phone is too good by all others phone i swear thanks to sony erricsson

Reviewed by Angryman from UK on 5th May 2008

Reviewed by OP from UK on 1st May 2008
I have had 4 of these and every one i have had the buttons keep on breaking! rubbish phone

Reviewed by Robert from UK on 29th Apr 2008
I like w950i becouse it have a large display, 4gb memory and touchscreen. And dislikes are that it is very slow, keypad is very thight and somethimes when phone is on people cant call me. I know there is very big mistakes in writing but I still learning for that :) I am from Latvia

Reviewed by connor from UK on 23rd Apr 2008
it is absolutli rubish and has no camra dont buy it.

Reviewed by Ian from UK on 20th Apr 2008
My touchscreen doesn't work- there wasn't any troubleshooting problems related to this problem on the website.. But this was a great phone until that problem came along, can't even use it!

Reviewed by Andre from UK on 19th Apr 2008
Had ph 4 3 wks.gud handset.battery life poor.downloads fast.no camera?so wat.tried loading bwt 2gigs music on it.then the ph jst froze.im highly upset bwt dis.neva had pwob wf sony ericsson.

Reviewed by Charlotte from UK on 15th Apr 2008
This phone is awful! I have had mine for a few months now and it is the worst phone ever. It switches itself off, constantly locks up so that you cannot make or receive calls, is terribly slow to start up when switching on, and is constantly telling me I don't have a simcard. Wouldn't give it to my worst enemy for their birthday!

Reviewed by paul from UK on 13th Apr 2008
this phone is terrible had three so far and about to have to get it replaced again stay away from this phone

Reviewed by love it from UK on 1st Apr 2008
I've had this phone for 5 months now and I love it! It can hold up to 4,000 songs and the sound quality is really good. Although other people have said their phone crashes all the time mine never has. The best thing about it is that it has an excellent battery, using it for everything every day and I only have to charge it every 2-3 days. It's amazing!

Reviewed by Anto Giscard from UK on 30th Mar 2008
So good ..I Love it now..

Reviewed by Ali from UK on 26th Mar 2008
That phone is sick but no camera on it . . i only got it for twenty pound so i dond mind.

Reviewed by Mohammad NV from UK on 12th Mar 2008
I love it, good battery considering the big LCD, nice multimedia, clear sound, Good price, the only problem is lack of camera as said before...

Reviewed by Christian Dior from UK on 26th Feb 2008
Perfect phone for my line of work.

Reviewed by dopeboy_fresh from UK on 21st Feb 2008
was up this is one of the best phones i have eva seen its is sooooooo hot i dnt now y people are complainin cause it has the same problems all simbian phones have anywya lovve the touce screen interface and the mp3 playa is da bomb! HOLLA!

Reviewed by weejohnato from UK on 18th Feb 2008
The sony ericsson w950i is alright it does everything you need apart from taking pictures because it hasnt got a camera but personally I have never really needed the use of a camera because I am always on the internet or on the walkman. The battery life could be better but it can last a whole day if you dont spend a long time on the internet and yes it can freeze a couple of times and can be slow at loading up applications and games but apart from that the phones is great!

Reviewed by weejohnathon from UK on 6th Feb 2008
I have got the sony ericsson w950i and it is the best phone in the world and I think that everyone should have. OK its not got a camera but I have another phone with a 2 megapixel camera on it and near enough everyone has a digital camera anyway!!

Reviewed by olly carpenter (UK) from UK on 29th Jan 2008
i bought this phone for £100 reconditioned from orange. Despite not having a camera this phone is 5 star. with 4 gb internal memory and a great music player i think it rivals my ipod touch in quality. the touch screen is great to use and is much more practical. With things like handwriting recognition and on screen keyboard, texting is a breeze. The looks are stunning and the screen is loveley and big. buy this phone, i stonlgy recommend

Reviewed by james from UK on 26th Jan 2008
best fone in world

Reviewed by Sagar Desai from UK on 20th Jan 2008
Its just great!

Reviewed by kingbailey from UK on 13th Jan 2008
oh my gosh exelent phone unbeliveible i love it

Reviewed by Kenny K from UK on 26th Dec 2007
The W950i eh? Well I'm typing this review using my W950i's 3G web browser while listening to the walkman piped wirelessly to a set of speakers via the stereo bluetooth connection. THIS PHONE IS AWESOME!

Reviewed by Alister from UK on 19th Dec 2007
phone is good but have no camera.

Reviewed by Rach from UK on 18th Dec 2007
Got this phone only a week ago and it's already freezing. it also struggles to do more then one thing at once. It's a horrible phone and the keypad is just as bad. Writing a txt takes forever. Wish i didnt sell off my Nokia 6280!!!! :( DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!

Reviewed by jimm from UK on 12th Dec 2007
rubushhh ii hate it i recommend you dont get it all my friends have it and it always crashes bttery runs out in my opion dont wait your money i do like the colour though.

Reviewed by Kenny K from UK on 11th Dec 2007
I've had my phone since July and I'm still finding new features on it - it's simply amazing! If you own this phone or you're about to buy one I strongly recommend using the Sony Ericsson update service to get the latest crash free firmware!

Reviewed by kenbo uk from UK on 9th Dec 2007
In my opinion the W950i has to be the most underrated Sony Ericsson phone of all time due mainly to the inescapable fact that it doesn’t have a camera. Not that having a camera on my phone or not bothers me in the slightest but I get the impression that the phone looks, feels and operates like a prototype model hence the unreliable O.S. and Frankenstein-like combination of touch-screen, keypad and jog-wheel. Once you allocate a little more time to get used to the feel of the user interface and you install the latest firmware from the website (I’ve gone almost three days since updating my W950i without a single crash) (I also recommend using EAR CANAL type headphones when listening to the Walkman) you’ll begin to see why so many people sing its praises – to put it simply, its in a class of its own. Priced on Amazon for less than £150 brand new, sim free and unlocked it represents unbeatable value for money as well.

Reviewed by TNT from UK on 6th Dec 2007
An excellent phone. I don't like phone with camera after using Nokia N93 since it's useless to me. Music quality is much better than what I have from an iPod. Light and small enough. I love this phone. Maybe I'll go with SonyEricsson for their new phones.

Reviewed by simon from UK on 3rd Dec 2007
This phone is very good overall. It does take a while to boot up (so what?) but having all that memory for tracks and a nice touch screen is great. Sound is brilliant. Listen to music, take a call, after call auto back to your music. Mic in headphone lead. Nice. Someone forget to allow u to delete alarms, so the damn things rings out all previous alarms which is annoying. Great to set your own music tracks for ringtones/alarms. Bad point is the headphones slowly depreciate, and they're expensive to replace (£35). got through 2 in 1 yr. They go really quiet. Overall totally recommend this baby!!

Reviewed by vijay from UK on 22nd Nov 2007
with out a camare it think it is waste

Reviewed by olly from UK on 9th Nov 2007
damn good phone! my sister today bought the samsung u600 and the guy in the shop said that the u600 was better! when my sister told me that i laughed and asked why, she said he said it was a year old and all i could say was that a phone thats a year old still is a lot better than what you just bought!! love the phone, it freezes rarely but its so rare it doesn't bother me, only problem ive had is that i think the aerial is brocken and i have a courtesy phone( a sharp) and im ready to kill my self after a week!!!! i would strongly recommend this phone and i really cant wait until the w960i! 5/5!!

Reviewed by SAVROOP from UK on 8th Nov 2007

Reviewed by :P from UK on 6th Nov 2007

Reviewed by Tomasss from UK on 6th Nov 2007
this phone is amazing :D

Reviewed by rachelle keleba from UK on 4th Nov 2007
i like sony ericsson phones i think they are good quality and strong, they hev got many goods functions. I am using sony ericsson w800i which i find wonderfull even thought it is broken, the only thing i find annoying is that i couldn't change the cover for new

Reviewed by Derky from UK on 29th Oct 2007
I'm so in love with this phone It's more than just a phone i classify it a machine

Reviewed by mac from UK on 23rd Oct 2007
i like this phone.

Reviewed by mat from UK on 23rd Oct 2007
its rubbish its gt no camera

Reviewed by April Taylor from UK on 18th Oct 2007
I love my W950i...

Reviewed by Mo from UK on 17th Oct 2007
This is the worst phone I've ever had, I made the mistake of giving away my trusty w800i as I was told by Orange this was worth the wait and would be an excellent phone. Had 5 new handsets in 6 months - different problems everytime. Battery going flat, keylock switching itself on and off continuously, screen freezing, a soft(!)battery (and no it wasn't near a heater) and finally the screen doing a 'matrix' on me (green letters and lines scrolling down the screen). Am about to swap to a k810i as really missed having a camera. Walkman was best thing about this phone but you know what get a different phone and buy an ipod!

Reviewed by pete from UK on 15th Oct 2007
i really like this phone, the menus are easy to use and the touch screen with the stylus makes inputing text easy, even if you've got fat fingers like me. the only grumble i'd have is with the clock losing time occasionaly but its very easy to correct thanks to touch screen,all in all excellent

Reviewed by Alex from UK on 13th Oct 2007
The good: No camera Very nice touch screen interface Cool touch screen keyboard Lots of space for songs Performance is good Great battery life The bad: No Wi-Fi Keypad kindna sucks Screen cannot be seen in direct sunlight (biggest problem!)

Reviewed by Sam B from UK on 13th Oct 2007
in reply to the w950i losing time, just update the software... Mine was replaced 9 times for free by orange until i finally got one with up-to-date software

Reviewed by cs from UK on 11th Oct 2007
battery is really bad, lasts for no more than 12 hrs. need to charge everyday.

Reviewed by ash from UK on 8th Oct 2007

Reviewed by lewy255 from UK on 8th Oct 2007
Steve: bad luck chum my w950i is perfect ive got just about every little spice u can put on it and it works fine, no loss in time and it can last upto 3 days no charge depending on use/backlight settings. The W950i is a GREAT phone Touchscreen UIQ3 is amazing and you can do just about anything with it. I can't wait for the W960i's release it is the answer to all phones.

Reviewed by XXX from UK on 5th Oct 2007
The phone is not very worst . The main draw back is it doesnot have camera in it.

Reviewed by Zeki from UK on 5th Oct 2007
Not a very good phone, it crashed constantly, especially if you want to watch a movie. NOt a reliable phone. Also, during a sunny day, it is impossible to see the screen, it has a very weak light. Battery life is poor. Buy something else

Reviewed by bailey from UK on 5th Oct 2007
needs a camera and more memory for songs but when the phone is in my pocket it always rings ppl at random everyday and waste my credit.but apart from dat everthing else makes it a gd phone

Reviewed by amy...x from UK on 29th Sep 2007
this phone is horrible it looks like a brick the pen thing is really hard to use and i didnt realise how much i would miss having a camers. its really slow and i wouldnt recomend it to antone

Reviewed by Dan from UK on 26th Sep 2007
Best Phone Ever!

Reviewed by Simply-H from UK on 22nd Sep 2007
Wicked Phone, Definatly a must have!!!.

Reviewed by david santillan from UK on 21st Sep 2007
hello, well I live in Michoacàn Mèxico and I have a sony ericsson w950i it`s wonderfull, excelent design and memory capacity funcionality so the bad notice that it have not a camera but it`s magnific because I can have my own music everyday all the day all the time so I have no words ONE OF THE BEST SMARTPHONES IN THE WORLD!!! thank you that`s all.

Reviewed by sony corp from UK on 20th Sep 2007
i'm really satisfied with w950i!if the others says this phone is the worst i think they're a jerk.

Reviewed by Naresh Mago from UK on 18th Sep 2007
I have been using mobile phones for 12 years now. Sony Ericsson W 950i is the very best in terms of features, user-friendliness and value for money. I still can't believe such a fantastic phone can be available at such a low price.

Reviewed by Paul from Dundee from UK on 16th Sep 2007
Very poor software design, which leads to slow userability and furthermore, the phone constantly crashes resulting in having to remove the battery to make it work again. I bought it in Dec 06 and had to have a replacement in Dec 06 due to the phone switching itself off. My replacement has worked since then but it's so frustrating to use due to the slowness and software crashing. I have just had it returned from SonyEricsson for repair to the software crashing and it is better but now when i try to search online in o2 Active, it keeps saying 'the input field is empty' when i'm clearly typing some text into the field. What I don't understand is that some people love this phone and some hate it BUT why can this be? Either the software is rubbish (which i think it is) or its not. It can't be good in some phones and bad in others. Maybe some people just don't have high standards for their phone and have never had a phone that operates quickly before. In summary t his phone operates poorly, looks outstanding and constantly crashes. Don'y buy it unless you don't mind slowness and constant crashing!!

Reviewed by W950I IS JUNK from UK on 16th Sep 2007
I am in love with this phone and have been for such a long time.. BUT! All it does is freeze and takes agez to turn on. It also sometimes does not accept the sim card. DO NOT BUY!

Reviewed by Av from UK on 13th Sep 2007
I have had this handset for 3 months after purchasing from play.com for £190 (sim-free). Before this i had the N95 for 1 month. This is a great handset and the battery last for 3-4 days if you switch 3G off and close all applications after using them properly. It has crashed on me a few times only when i try to play full MP4 movies. Easier to use than the N95 and feels better in the hand than the N95, although the screen is less quality. Overall very impressed.

Reviewed by watchinthewheels from UK on 13th Sep 2007
a great walkman, a rubbish phone. Its that simple really. Too much time has gone into developing the (fatastic) walkam features of this phone and too little into calls and texts. It gives me totaly random errors, wont let me txt certain numbers, loses signal.....i could go on. Its is NOT A GOOD PHONE! however its a fantastic piece of technology. The features are second to none, it looks and feels great, if only it worked!

Reviewed by ahmed from UK on 7th Sep 2007

Reviewed by Graeme B from UK on 5th Sep 2007
I've had this phone for 2 months now and I think it is magic. It was a really hard phone to get used to and to be honest I did not like it at first, it just took me this long to figure it out. As for the freezing, it has only happened a few times in that 2 months, each time when I am spelling a word for predictive text. This phone is brilliant, seems to be very hard wearing too it still does not have a single scrtach on it.

Reviewed by Damien from UK on 30th Aug 2007
For those reviews I have read here, my W950i came with an Orange UK contract and it kept on losing time and very frequently froze. Imagine phone restarting in the middle of a call. Then I decided to get rid of all Orange branding and Orange specific firmware, I debranded my W950i with Kulan Kendi and changed the firmware to World Generic 1. Since then I have been able to get regular updates from SE Update service for firmware (remind you that no update was available with Orange firmware). 95% of the problems have disappeared since debranding especially losing time and hardly anymore crashes now. This is a super phone just get rid of your Orange, O2 etc brandings.

Reviewed by Balasubramani from UK on 23rd Aug 2007
The phone really rocks. perfection is just a word which can't be achieved. Same way even if it has few un-noticable problem, its bright screen and high sound clarity makes the phone ahead of all the phones in the world. My phone really rocks. none of the phone in the world can replace W950I.

Reviewed by Pascal from UK on 23rd Aug 2007
I have had this phone for a week now, and I have to say, I do like it. You would have to be a bit thick to buy it and then complain that it hasn't got a camera, but hey... Great MP3 player, and the games you can download on it are fantastic.

Reviewed by Emma from UK on 20th Aug 2007
I hate this phone n it is rubbish, there is no camera n is so hard t use!! good memory though, but is a big let dwn all in all.

Reviewed by Patrick from UK on 19th Aug 2007
Hello.. im from norway and i have this phone.. I like it but it have some issues.. like laggs and error messages.

Reviewed by Sam Johnson from UK on 18th Aug 2007
I have had this phone for a while now, coming up for a year. Still has features much better than some on newer phones. If you like cameras on phones this isn't really for you. This phone is very slow, as it is running symbian, not particularly quick on any phone which runs symbian however, being slower you do have more features which is handy. My phones casing has started to peel and lift up which I'm extremely dissatisfied with. Also the styluses break easily if you have big hands, I've broken 5. I got a couple that are not made by Sony from ebay and they are much tougher. In reply to Greg from the UK mine is doing the same, I've just left it now as I'm due for an upgrade soon!

Reviewed by dams from UK on 14th Aug 2007

Reviewed by Ramesh from UK on 13th Aug 2007
very good phone

Reviewed by ManiG from UK on 10th Aug 2007
With the latest firmware update and a Sennheiser PMX 70 Sport headphone (bought separately) this phone simply rocks!!! Its excellent phone for both business and entertainment. I transferred 4 full length movies to it using M3 converter and its a pleasure to watch them. The only bad thing it doesn't have a camera.

Reviewed by ced from UK on 7th Aug 2007
Very good phone, I have the UK version that I use in canada and it works great. I dont use my Ipod anymore...

Reviewed by amit from UK on 6th Aug 2007
all that is ok.. but y don't u ask SE that why they kept the volume so low in the packaged earphones.... can hardly hear anything at my bus stop at max volume..

Reviewed by Moreno Hatter from UK on 5th Aug 2007
If you like texting, then this phone isnt for you! The keypad is practically impossible to use for texting, and the recognition software (via the stylus) is average too. Great features music wise, but id rather have a phone I can text with and an MP3 player. This phone also refused to let me put the 'sleep' setting on it due to some error. Also, I would recommend avoiding getting it from Orange, as they provide the most shambolic Customer Service system I have ever encountered.

Reviewed by Kivvin from UK on 4th Aug 2007
I have this phone now for less than 6 months. In the beginning it looks like a nice phone, but then you discover that the interface is very very slow. The battery doesn?t last for one and a half day from the start and now after about 5 months if fully charged in the night I have to be happy if it can make it till 20:00. On top of that last week the touch screen broke wherever I touch it will activate the bottom ?Icons?. So clearly I hate this phone. Don?t buy it you?ll be sorry in a couple of months.

Reviewed by arivalagan from UK on 3rd Aug 2007
its better to introduce camera in this phone

Reviewed by Kendall from UK on 1st Aug 2007
I am 14 and have just ordered the w950i from orange on £35 a month I get 600 anytim minutes,450 anytime texts and unlimited free weekend texts.One of my older mates who is 17 has one and Ive messed about with it plenty of times,it has many wonderfull features and outstandindg graphics.It also looks the part aswell.Its ok if you dont like it cause theirs no camera so just dont buy one then and to all them nobs out their dont waste your time giving it bad reviews if you dont own one or have never actualy looked at it properly like I have.Now the music,well what can I say 'pitch perfect'probaly the best music phone on the market if not the best phone on the market.It offers very good high volume aswell,The people who made this phone have done an excelent job I mean how did they manage to put so much modern technolegy into such a thin lightweight phone and also the siz of the screen is astonishing perfect for watching films on.Now you here people saying about them freez ing and error and loosing time but thats due to faulty softwar meaning things have gone a tiny bit wrong but you very rarely get faulty software so dont worry.If your after a new phone and are intrested in this one then all you have to do is look at the majority of these reviews infact I've never seen as many 5 stars on a phone. So all I can say is buy it!!! P.S.buy it!!!!

Reviewed by george from UK on 1st Aug 2007
this hone is outstanding and that is all i have to say

Reviewed by Brian from Namibia from UK on 31st Jul 2007
its of the hook. 4 gig internal memory, FM radio, outstanding battery live, i mean what more do you need in a phone

Reviewed by Schatz from UK on 26th Jul 2007
Looks awesome,got all that I need good wkman phone

Reviewed by jonno from UK on 26th Jul 2007
dis fone is rubbish.. ihad it for 3 months n i gt sooo angry wit it dat i ended up throwin it in da bin.... i recommend gettin a w580i or a w660i... they both are slikkkkk fones and da specifications state that they both are fantastic and are both contenders for being the best wAlKmAn series phones... i also recommend not to get the w880i becoz of it short battery life and incredibly small buttons... BIG UP W58Oi... cheap and beautiful

Reviewed by jim from UK on 23rd Jul 2007
the phone is the best the phone myt nt have a camera but it has better features to back up like the music the memary and the great touch screen

Reviewed by Deano from UK on 19th Jul 2007
Totally agree with Steve from UK (15/05/07). If this phone worked as was intended, it would be class, However is has too many annoying faults which mean it doesn't even get near. Its response time on everything is slower than any phone I've ever had. It often crashes, especially if you take up a lot of the memory and the radio sometimes just doesn't want to work. When you realise this phone cannot even keep time accurately you realise that sony did a bodge job on this one. Totally frustrating because this could/should have been an outstanding phone.

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