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Good: Media functions, text messaging, calls, YouTube, Bluetooth, battery
Bad: No standard headphone jack, web layout isn't great, no passlock option
Comment: I've had this phone for almost 2 years and I haven't got much bad to say about it. I actually have the limited edition Sakura which is gorgeous.
This phone is definitely for music-lovers, because it's built especially to store your music and play it like there's no tomorrow. I don't use shake control because I find just creating playlists a little easier. The sound quality is great. Definitely a thumbs up for the music.
The layout of the media screen is easy to use and innovative, video is okay although the quality isn't the best - ditto with the camera, but the camera has lots of functions such as frames, backdrops, self-timer, night mode, white balance and effects. If you're a gamer, this phone isn't for you - although the games are the full versions, they're not that good. Won't hold your attention for more than 5 minutes.
The main stuff I love about this phone though are just the variety of layouts and themes and the choice to basically customise your phone around you. They have lots of pictures already stored on the phone and animated backgrounds/themes which are nice. Text messaging and calling is easy, setting up speed-dial and adding your own words to predictive text requires no fuss.
Okay, bad stuff: number one on what I'm assuming is everyone's list is the lack of standard headphone jack. Instead a connector and Sony Ericsson headphones come in the box, and they're both very fiddly and annoying to use. My headphones broke in 3 months. The connector is better because you can plug in your own earphones from there but just one simple headphone jack would be so much easier. I suggest that you just do one massive update of your phone (i.e. loading music, video, pictures) because it saves you having to plug in the USB connector over and over and going through a long, complicated process that's really not necessary.
Other than that, it's just little things. The layout of the internet function is disappointing. If you want Facebook, then download the facebook mobile app for every phone (go to the FB site for more info). No twitter though. Sorry.
I'll leave this on a good note. Bluetooth is great. Easy to use, connects well, sends and receives files quickly with no hassle. Job done.
Would recommend to music-loving people looking for an informal but still very useful and stylish phone that's easy to use.
Good: gr8 features...
Bad: file manager is absent....
Good: Excellent sound quality, free Youtube, easy-to-use camera, charges quickly, great for media, and overall looks good.
Bad: Games are lame (not not gamers), the headphones that come with it are crap.
Comment: I love this phone, it is definitely the best phone I've ever had. I hardly ever had any trouble with it - it stored all my songs, videos, photos and gifs without problem and I found it very easy to use. Undoubtedly for music-lovers. I never used the shake-control thing at the side though, I found it a bit silly.
I'm a bit of a gamer so it sort of disappointed me with the games (just Quadrapop, two racing car games and some guitar-hero-spinoff come with it) but it was a lifesaver with the media. Every video, animation and song I love went on it easily. I heartily recommend it - it might cost you a bit but trust me, it's worth it. When I have to get a new phone, I'm getting this one. Best phone ever.
Good: good web browser, speed is pretty good, sound is amazing and it is a reliable phone,
Bad: battery, camera
Comment: i have had this phone just over 18 months and well the first 6 months were the best after 1 year the performance decreased dramatically, battery goes down everyday, screen turns it self off then back on, freezes rarely, buttons are auqward because they are nearky flat. But ths is a good phone all in all but after 1 year get a new one or it will drive u insane but i would recomend
Good: mp3 player sound quality and headphones are good, Google maps rocks.
Bad: Camera has no autofocus (previous models had!), Calendar useless.
Comment: I used to own Walkman W610i, which was a good phone, with few faults.
With W595, Sony Ericsson has taken a few steps back.
-the 3.2 MPix camera has no autofocus, thus making a lot worse photos than the 2Mpix camera on the old W610i. Essentially useless!
-Calendar is useless, because reminder beep is too quiet and cant be changed. Whats the point of inserting reminders into calendar if you cant rely on it?
The menu interface is almost the same as W610i but has slower response.
ALthough the mp3 player sound quality is very good, thanks to the in-ear earphones, the player music navigation leaves a lot to wish for. On the old W610i, there was a folder navigation feature, that you could use to explore your music files by filename, but on the W595 you can only identify your files by its ID3 tags, or by _beginnings_ of the file names, because the longer filenames wont fit on the screen. Very inconvenient.
I have not found the "shake control" feature to be useful but,
The Google maps on the phone is a very practical feature and also the Walkmate application, that you can have as background and count your steps you do walking during the day. I actually get out a lot more thanks to this!
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