The W890i certainly has a lot going on in the features department. It is a quad-band 3G mobile with GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA. It has a front-facing camera for two-way video calling. There is a meagre 28MB of built in memory, but the phone supports Memory Stick Micro and a 2GB card is provided.
Music playback is superb as you’d expect, and the front mounted controls and solid on-screen design make nipping around tracks and playlists straightforward. There is an FM radio on hand when required.
The web browser is pretty good too. You can flick into landscape mode which can help with viewing more complex sites, and zooming is achieved in 10 per cent increments using the navigation button.
The main camera shoots stills at resolutions up to 3.2-megapixels. It lacks flash, autofocus and self-portrait mirror. There are a few pre-sets for different lighting conditions: fluorescent, incandescent, daylight and cloudy, but as usual I left the phone on its auto settings to fend for itself.
The coloured dish, shot as usual indoors under normal household lighting, is a little lacking in lustre but not bad. Outdoors the chair’s white is uniformly represented and detail is reasonable for a 3.2-megapixel sensor. The blossom was shot against a bright blue spring sky and I am not surprised the camera had difficulty giving enough depth of colour to its pink hues. But again I’d say it fared quite well.
Battery life was reasonable but not as good as I’ve seen from some Sony Ericsson handsets. Playing music from the internal memory off a full battery charge gave me seven and a half hours of listening time, which should be enough to see all but the most die-hard music fan through a day.
The phone is bulked out with lots of software extras which this time around include Google Maps, RSS reader, calendar, task manager, voice memo, and various games and multimedia related apps.
This is probably the best handset I’ve seen in Sony Ericsson’s Walkman range. I’d like a bigger screen now that 3.5G web browsing is a reality, but I don’t want the buttons compromised to get it. And on the camera front – well, maybe it is time for Sony Ericsson to bring its CyberShot and Walkman ranges together?