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Sony Ericsson W205 - Sony Ericsson W205

By Sandra Vogel

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Summary

Our Score:

6

The phone is a bit sluggish to respond to key presses and the screen is slow to refresh its contents. I noticed these issues particularly when scrolling through menus or lists such as when looking through track listings in the music player and when viewing folders containing thumbnails such as camera images. There's a little wait for the screen to populate with thumbnails, and the more you have, the longer it takes.

I'm going to skip right to the camera at this point. It's a very mixed bag and both pleases and disappoints. On the downsides are its on paper 1.3-megapixel rating, lack of a flash, and terribly squeezed on-screen viewfinder. That small screen lends about three quarters of itself to the viewfinder with info bands top and bottom taking up the remainder.

Now, a Walkman branded phone is not expected to carry a top-notch shooter, but given the specs, images were pretty good. My standard indoors test image, the coloured dish, is really quite sharp, and its colour reproduction spot on. Outside, the chair suffers a little from a lack of colour uniformity but the image is strong considering the camera spec. The flowers are a little over exposed - their yellow is a tad darker than the photo suggests, but I'll take it.

If you want to store images, or indeed music or anything else, you'll need to resort to Memory Stick Micro cards as there is only 5MB on board the phone. The slot is behind a rather fiddly right side mounted cover. Even then, Sony says only cards to 2GB are supported, and indeed the phone was unhappy with my 8GB card, which it insisted was not formatted.

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GherkingTR

September 6, 2009, 9:44 pm

Thanks for covering the budget end, Sandra!


I just upgraded from a Sony Ericsson w200, I kept it for a year and a half, and I'm happy to be done with that cheap ol' thing. However, it did serve it's purpose for a good while, it was the pocket fluff that killed the speakers/mic in the end.

lee e wild

October 29, 2010, 8:47 pm

Verfy light


Very slow. It can't keep up with the speed of texting.


Dictionary is unacceptable. I have to keep spelling the same word.


When using predict text it offers everything but what you want even simple 2 letter words which is very irritating.


Phone sound (earpiece) is very bad. Really not clear.


Music quality is awful. I don't use it because of this. It's too loud and too tinny. I say too loud on the fact that it can not be turned down to a quiet level which is needed for my Sure SE530 (in ear)and so hurt's my ear's. Games do no exist unless you download.


I think the only good thing is it's lightweight. It's a real budget phone. It feel's like I am being punished for spending little money. 20 years ago I would have been impressed.


It's OK if you need a quick cheap emergency phone but you would not want to keep it for too long unless you are broke. If you have no patience then it won't live long anyway.

sonyericsonW205

January 21, 2013, 3:58 pm

IT HAS GOT 2 GAMES!! JC DOES TEXAS AND BUBBLE SHOOTER! YOU DON'T KNOW!! I GOT IT AND I HAS IT 4 YEARS!! SO DON'T BE SO SURE MY BROTHER HAS GOT IT TOO AND IT HAS IT 2 AND HALF YEARS!! AND IT WORKS SO AWESOME!!

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