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Sony Ericsson W910i review

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Having looked last week at Sony Ericsson's W960i and come away feeling somewhat nonplussed, I thought I ought to give that phone's near sibling, the W910i, a turn in the limelight.

The bottom line differences between the two mobiles are easily summarised. The quad-band W910i is an HSDPA handset which is nice for those that want the faster data download this offers - obviously fast music download springs to mind. But its camera is a fairly mediocre 2-megapixel affair. It is a smallish slider, and it doesn't go a bundle on built-in memory, with only 35MB on board.

The W960i, you will recall, offers 8GB of built-in memory and a 3.2-megapixel camera, giving it one up on the W910i. In addition it is a fully-fledged smartphone. But its operating system setup left me feeling rather frustrated as it seemed to want to stop me getting at what the phone had to offer.

Will the W910i, with lesser specs in some important respects, actually prove to be a better mobile?

My review sample came from Vodafone and they chose to send me the ‘Havana gold' version. I can't say I liked the colour. Fancy it up in smart sounding language all you want, Sony Ericsson, but this is a dark brown mobile with light brown trim around the edges, and I don't like brown. I suspect I would have preferred the Black and silver version Vodafone is also selling.

The W910i is a slider, and the slider action is smooth and satisfying. It isn't too chunky for the hand or pocket being 99mm tall when closed, 50mm wide and 12mm thick. With the slider opened it grows to an acceptable 130mm. Weight-wise it is a dream at just 86g.

The number pad sitting under the slide mechanism is reasonably comfortable to use. Its keys are flat, but they are large and when pressed you get a loud, affirming click.

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Lynn Jones

April 28, 2009, 9:32 pm

This was the 3rd Sony Ericsson phone id had and it had to be the worst one ever. Battery life on standby approx 96hrs, forever charging the phone. The phone switches itself off, either on standby, during a call or when composing a text.


The speaker phone is awful, the sound quality is so poor it is not worth switching the loud speaker on. Photos are of a poor quality. I have had 3 handset replacements and I still had the same issues. Will be glad to receive my new phone tommorow, which is not a sony ericsson.


Best thing to do with the W910i??? Put it under the front wheel of a car and run it over.


If you want a reliable phone ....DONT BUY A W910i

Juptin

May 15, 2009, 4:29 am

This is the worst phone I have ever had. After purchase it repeatedly froze, switched itself off or reset itself at random.





I sent it off for repair under warranty and while it does it less often it still has the same issues.





While I like the phone's design and features I need a handset I can trust, I don't expect to have to keep checking if it's still on or not.





I will never purchase another Sony Ericsson phone again, disgraceful

Gee

June 6, 2009, 3:14 am

Agreeing with above comments. Athough I am only 13 years old, I must say from my years of owning a mobile, this is the worst one by far. Not only does it turn itself off, it also randomly calls people, doesn't charge and holds various other problems. I have owned different phones over the years, but my highest success was my Samsung, and my worst this one. My dad sent it back to Orange, who replaced it with an identical phone, same phone, same problems. Again he sent it back, and yet again it has happened. I am currently on my forth phone, and deeply annoyed. I would only recommend this phone to anyone with anger issues who needs to ruin something close to hand (:

concentra

September 16, 2009, 2:15 am

Well, I have no idea if I am using the same phone as the previous reviewers use. I have never had any concern about my phone which I purchased in Hong Kong in February 2008. Are those comment objective and constructive, I truly wonder. My phone never switch itself off, sometime I wish it would so I don't have to rememeber to turn it off at night. This phone is no longer new and not many people are buying it but if you are don't believe the above three comments.

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