The 5-megapixel camera might seem not to be something to write home about in these days of 8-megapixel offerings, but I have to repeat my view that the quality of images from those 8-megapixel phone cameras I’ve seen from Samsung and LG don’t match dedicated digital cameras. Maybe it would be fair to say that 5-megapixels is a more appropriate ceiling at present technology levels.
The camera has autofocus and a macro mode, and Sony Ericsson’s usual BestPic system. Photos can be geotagged though there’s no GPS antenna so don’t expect total accuracy – it quotes getting you to within 900 metres of the spot.
The flash is quite bright and it can be used as a torch. I suggest you put a shortcut on the Activity Menu so you can get to it more quickly than running through the main menu system where, bizarrely enough, it sits in the Organiser menu.
The coloured dish, photographed indoors under normal household lights was sharp and clear while outside the camera coped well with the chair which was half in bright sunlight half in shade when the photo was taken.
The yellow flowers were photographed quite close in but without the macro mode, and both colour reproduction and detailing are quite good. I used the macro mode to photograph the pattern on material and the image is sharp with excellent colour reproduction.
Sony Ericsson provides its usual range of software that includes a pedometer (Walk Mate), FM radio, five alarms, calendar, task manager, sound recorder, notes taker, timer, stopwatch, calculator, passcoded memo, and, of course, a Web browser. Google Maps is also here as are Sony Ericsson standards like TrackID, VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and MusicDJ.
Battery life was pretty good. I got just short of 13 hours of non-stop music from a full battery charge and went three days between charges as long as I did not thrash the Web browser or music player.
With its W902, Sony Ericsson has brought a 5-megapixel camera to its Walkman range, and it is very welcome. But there isn’t anything new on the music playing front, the headset connector is dire and this handset is too tall for its own good.
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