Sony Ericsson W890i Review - Sony Ericsson W890i Review


As I said already, in the looks department this handset is a real winner. Small and stylish are the words that spring to mind, but added to that the phone feels very solid to hold. I would expect it to survive being dropped and generally treated fairly roughly.

At 104mm tall, 47mm wide and 10mm thick the phone feels very comfortable in the hand and slips into a pocket very easily indeed. Its 78g of weight are quite a welcome achievement too.

The screen is the other real delight of this phone. At 240 x 320 pixels it lives in a space I measured at two diagonal inches. Its 262 thousand colours are sharp, clear and bright. The screen comes into its own for things like web browsing and image viewing.

With all this design goodness floating around it is a real crime that Sony Ericsson can’t do something about its dreadful mains power supply and earphones connectors. There are so many things wrong with them it is hard to know where to start.

OK, how about pointing out that you don’t put the headset connector on the side of a handset if you expect it to be used because it makes the phone a pain to pocket. Top end please.

Then there is the design of the headset connector which is Sony Ericsson’s standard bulky black blob. Proprietary headset connectors are a pain even when, as Sony Ericsson has managed, they are two-piece and offer a 3.5mm jack after the microphone.

And where are the headset mounted music controls? For such a stylish phone their absence is another crime.

Final gripe in this department is that the headphones and mains power adaptor share the same connector. Now, while you can charge the phone and use the headset at the same time thanks to a through-port on the power connector, the result looks like one of those fire-hazard adapters that have about eight plugs going into a single wall socket.

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