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Sony Ericsson W205 - Sony Ericsson W205

By Sandra Vogel

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Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Sony Ericsson suggests that this Walkman grade handset will afford 13 and a half hours of music listening time. Sadly I didn't have the time to test that, but if you even get near it that'll make the W205 a pretty alluring music phone. Of course, Sony Ericsson shoots itself in the foot a little by using its clunky headset connector that sticks out of the left edge of the phone's relatively small frame like a sore thumb.

The headset is one piece. Its quality is reasonably good and I suspect I could live with its output - if the flat in-ear buds would stay in my ears for more than about five seconds!

There is absolutely no music pre-loaded on the phone and there's no PC cable included so you are left with the option of downloading music over the non 3G connection or using Bluetooth. Or you could just stick with the FM radio. This is hidden away in the Entertainment folder rather than sitting on the main menu in its own right. You can save 20 channels but not automatically and you can record from the radio.

Hidden away in the Organiser and Tools folder is an application called Torch. This just turns all the screen pixels white. It puts out a fair bit of light, and could come in handy.

There aren't many other applications in addition to those already mentioned. Track ID is here, a sound recorder, five alarms, a calendar, tasks manager, notes maker, timer, stopwatch and calculator, There is no mobile email support.

Verdict

I'm not convinced about the W205. I don't mark down just because of a dearth of features, but features and price point need to match, and I think you can find a better match by shopping around.

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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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