Sony Ericsson W910i



Product: W910i
Company:
Sony Ericsson

Arriving in Taiwan a little less than a year ago, I thought it was a good idea to take the opportunity to buy a new phone along with a subscription valid in my new home country. However, I didn’t spend much time choosing, so the fact that I’m satisfied with my Sony Ericsson W910i is more due to luck than thorough research prior to purchase. I think almost a year is enough time to truly evaluate this piece of hardware, so this is what I’m going to do.

To start with, this phone is in the walkman category, which, to be honest, sounded more like hot air when I heard about it the first time. However, it turns out that the audio functions of this phone are its biggest advantage, being a lot better at playing audio books and music than any of my previous mp3 players (I’ve had a Creative MuVo and a nonome substitute). For instance, it allows access to sound controls without the need to see the phone or when using it for something else (such as a volume control that can be pressed longer for changing tracks and a special button on the shell for accessing the audio player instantly). Also, it has the extremely useful feature of remembering of long I’ve listened to any given track an automatically continuing from there the next time I change to that track, regardless of what I’ve done in between. This enables me to listen to several audio books and music alternately without problem. I should also mention that the included earphones are quite good (although not close to these beauties).

Moving on to more problematic areas, the phone has a few quirks. For instance, it’s not possible to access the memory from a computer without switching off the phone functions of the device (i.e. nobody can call you and it is a bit awkward if you’re in a hurry). Also, the device turns itself off sometimes, but that might be because I’ve dropped it a couple of times.

Apart from this, I’m satisfied. The camera is working okay (just browse this website, most photos are taken with this phone; see this post from Gaoxiong for instance) and it has whatever functions I feel I can demand of it. Bought in Taiwan, it can handle both Zhuyin and Pinyin entry of Chinese characters, which is very handy. Overall, it’s a solid product and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a Sony-Ericsson again, even though that’s hopefully a hypothetical situation which won’t turn real until this one breaks down a couple of years from now.

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  1. Xhakhal’s avatar

    Actually, I’ve got almost the same phone (Mine is http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_w760-2197.php and the difference seem to be that mine has a slightly better camera somehow, and yours has a slightly better walkman function + some browser perks… but I’m not sure), and I’m ready to agree with almost everything you say. The ability to browse the audio library without skipping songs is something I really like with the phone (that my mp3-player cannot do). The player is the size of a large hard candy, though, while the phone is… well, a few millimetres larger than yours on most sides. It doesn’t fit very comfortably in my jeans pocket ;)

    If there is one thing I don’t really like with these phones, it’s the keypad. I used to have a Z600 (http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_z600-524.php) and it was a joy to text on, so fast one gets t feel really ninjah hors, but with these models… it feels more difficult, and one needs to hold the phone in a more stupid way. And most comfortably text with the nails of the finger instead :( It’s a bit sad, but a minor complaint, and if one doesn’t text much it shouldn’t be an issue at all. For me, the text function is rather important on a phone though, so if I ever go shopping for a phone I’ll make sure to get one with a better keypad than this one :(

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  2. Martin Ackerfors’s avatar

    Fast det är ju inte en Nokia… ;-)

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  3. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Xhakhal: Yes, agreed. I forgot to mention the keys, which aren’t that nice at all, actually. I don’t type much text, but perhaps that’s at least partly because of the “insensitivity” of the button.

    Martin: Skarpt iakttaget!

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