In July, Sony Ericsson celebrated three years of its Walkman phone brand by launching three new mobiles. One of these, the HSDPA-toting slider W595 is what I have on review this week.
For my money this phone is an absolute stunner to look at. My review sample came in a nice shade of blue. Vodafone has a far less attractive looking black version, Three a grey one, and Orange seems to have the blue one available. This being Sony Ericsson the colours have fancy – and meaningless – names: Lava Black, Jungle Grey, Active Blue. Apparently there is also a Cosmopolitan White version knocking around.
The top and bottom ends of the phone are curved away from you making the back slightly longer than the front. A nice shiny blue trim sits along the long edges and curves its way round to the back of the phone.
The finish has a rubbery texture though not a rubbery look, and ensures that the phone feels secure in the hand. The slide mechanism is smooth, and opening the slide doesn’t leave the phone feeling top or bottom heavy.
For my taste the handset is a little on the tall side. I think Sony Ericsson could have shaved a few millimetres off without too much fuss. For the record the phone is precisely 100mm tall when closed, 47mm wide and 14mm thick. It weighs 104g and when opened I measured it at 130mm tall.
There isn’t anything to get a grip on when you open the slide, so fingerprints inevitably gather on the screen. This is ever so slightly recessed which makes wiping it down your jeans to clean it a little bit awkward.
The screen itself measures 2.2in diagonally. This isn’t a vast size by any means, but it is large enough for what is on offer here, and as ever with Sony Ericsson the TFT is sharp and bright, the 240 x 320 pixels clear. Sony Ericsson has thrown in a motion sensor so that when you twist the phone in your hand the screen swivels round. As ever this is great for things like photo/video viewing and web browsing.
The D-pad has built in music controls and, when you are in camera mode the central button shoots photos while pressing left and right flick between video, stills shooting and the gallery.