Sony Ericsson W395 Walkman

Designed to address to pay-as-you-go fans, the Sony Ericsson W395 Walkman is a music buzz that packs in affluence of features, including stereo speakers, an FM tuner and a 2-megapixel camera, while still managing to be one of the cheaper handsets in the accepted Walkman range. You can aces it up for as little as £48 on a pay-as-you-go accord with O2. You can additionally get it for charges on a £20-per-month arrangement with O2, or for about £110 SIM-free.

Cheap and cheerful

The W395 may acquire a low amount tag, but it feels acutely sturdy, and is chargeless from the plasticky feel that generally mars cheaper phones. Its architecture is ambrosial too. The bland slider apparatus looks the business and the phone's angled edges accord it a glassy and beautiful look. Our analysis sample was decked out in a blah colour scheme, but there's a ambit of added finishes available, including silver, atramentous and pink. The phone's 51mm (2-inch) awning has a almost low resolution of 220x176 pixels, but it looks absolutely sharp, and it's actual bright. It's absolutely one of the bigger displays we've apparent on a account mobile, and it works able-bodied for account argument letters or emails. The keypad is on the baby side, so those with beyond fingers may attempt to ability a appropriate acceleration back texting, but at atomic the membrane-style keys are absolutely responsive.

Face the music
As with all of the handsets in the Walkman range, the W395 has a committed button on the advanced for ablution the music-player applet. The Walkman music amateur is absolutely appealing good, authoritative it almost accessible to browse through your library of tunes, with advance organised by the accepted artist, anthology and track-name categories.

The handset alone has 10MB of on-board memory, so you acquire to abundance music on Anamnesis Stick Micro M2 cards. There's a 1GB agenda supplied in the box to get you started, and the handset can acquire cards of up to 4GB in size. The music amateur includes a five-band equaliser, absolution you abuse the audio achievement to your taste, and there's additionally a stereo-widening ambience that helps aggrandize the stereo image. Back you're apathetic of your own tunes, you can consistently about-face to the accessible FM tuner, which has RDS support, so it automatically displays base names.

The supplied headphones are abundant bigger than those that appear with cheaper handsets like the W205 Walkman. They acquire abundant added bass acknowledgment and, as a result, complete added counterbalanced and adorable to the ear. But the headphones attach to the phone's proprietary Sony Ericsson charging adapter and there's no accepted headphone jack. If you demand to use your own cans, you'll acquire to advance in a headphone adaptor cable.

The handset's stereo speakers are one of its key features. These are army at the top and basal of the rear ancillary of the buzz to accord some stereo separation. As you'd expect, they complete absolutely tinny, but, on the additional side, they're absolutely loud, so you can use them to bang up absolutely a racket. In fact, they're up there with the best congenital speakers we've heard on a mobile.

Iffy camera
On the downside, the phone's camera is absolutely poor. It has alone a 2-megapixel resolution and, back you alteration shots to a computer, they tend to appearance affluence of artefacts, like agenda babble and dejected fringing on aciculate edges.

Nevertheless, the W395 offers accomplished alarm quality, with both the earpiece and microphone accomplishing a top-class job. Battery activity is additionally impressive. We got about 2.5 canicule of use out of the handset afore it bare recharging. No agnosticism this constancy is helped by the actuality that the handset doesn't abutment battery-sapping 3G, although this does beggarly you're bound to slower GPRS or Edge speeds for acrimonious up emails or examination Web pages in the phone's browser.

The Sony Ericsson W395 Walkman boasts an accomplished music player, abundant on-board speakers and a appropriate agency of features. Its account attributes may be axiomatic in its low-resolution awning and basal camera, but, in appealing abundant every added department, it manages to bite aloft its weight. It's an complete abduct at its accepted pay-as-you-go allurement price.