The W902 is a 3G handset with HSDPA and quad-band GSM. There is a front-mounted camera for video-calling. Very notably absent from the features mix is Wi-Fi. Yes, I know, Sony Ericsson doesn’t do Wi-Fi in its Walkman phones. But it is about time it did, to be frank. Nokia manages it in comparable handsets and Sony Ericsson should get with the programme.
The W902 is equipped with just 25MB of on-board memory but there’s an 8GB Memory Stick Micro included so the memory quota is not too bad at all. The memory card slot is under the battery cover but easily accessible without the need to lift the battery.
Music playback quality is really quite good through the provided headset. The headphones are a fairly neat two piece affair with a 3.5mm jack just past the microphone. Sound through the loudspeaker was a bit on the quiet side. It is perfectly good enough for listening to indoors though, and the lack of volume might make fellow travellers during school ‘chucking out time’ happy.
There is a through port on the mains power slot so you can charge and listen at the same time if you want to, though as ever this does make for ungainly looks. Yet again I have to berate Sony Ericsson for its chunky side located headset/power slot too. It was this rather than the height of the phone that made carrying it in my aforementioned jacket impossible.
Sony Ericsson’s SensMe system which sorts music by mood makes a repeat appearance. To make the most of it you need to transfer music using Sony Ericsson’s software rather than just file dumping tunes onto the Memory Stick Micro, though.
The rather bizarre shake control is also back. To make this work you hold down the top-mounted Walkman button then shake the phone left and right to move through tracks, up and down to change volume. I just couldn’t manage to hold the button down without also grabbing at the volume controls or track management buttons on the right edge of the casing, which made shake control redundant for me.