Back when I reviewed Sony Ericsson’s W890i I expressed frustration about the separation of the music focussed W range handsets and camera focussed C range handsets. Actually I said ‘maybe it is time for Sony Ericsson to bring its Cybershot and Walkman ranges together’.
Well, Sony Ericsson has kinda seen the light with the W902. Yes, it still carries a ‘W’ for Walkman brand, but the company’s own press release claims that you no longer need to ‘make a choice between music, media and imaging’. That’s because of the combination of W range music capabilities and a 5-megapixel camera – a first for a Walkman phone.
Now, this combination doesn’t come cheap at a little shy of £300 SIM-free and free on contracts that start at £35 from O2 and £45 on Orange.
The handset itself has a candybar design and for my taste it is a bit on the tall side at 110mm. I found it didn’t like the small pocket in my favourite jacket, poking inelegantly out of the top. On the other hand it is a comfortable 49mm wide and 11.7mm thick and it is lightweight at 99.8g.
The all round black casing is enhanced by some texturing on the right-hand long edge and back of the casing, and by metallic orange highlights comprising the D-pad surround, volume rocker, camera key and Walkman logo on the back of the casing.
As far as handling is concerned Sony Ericsson has gone for thinnish but wide number buttons which I found OK but not perfect. Sony Ericsson’s familiar round shaping is used to theme together all the other front buttons.
The round D-pad is flanked by round rockers which offer access to softmenus, the Sony Ericsson clear key and Activity Menu key, while within these circles lie tiny Call and End keys. These latter two are really very small. Their shiny rather than mat finish and slight raising from their surround help with accuracy but anyone with stubby fingers might be in a bit of trouble.
Sony Ericcsson has done a fine job with the W902’s screen, with its 240 x 320 pixels and 262 thousand colours seeming sharper and brighter than the average display by some margin. But I am disappointed that it’s only 2.2in. True, it couldn’t be much wider than it is, but somehow I just felt I wanted more. At least there is an accelerometer for auto screen rotation.
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