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.
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.