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Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1066 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and screen. The sound and design are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the features and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Ericsson W995 Walkman is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Ericsson W995 Mobile Phone


The W995 is a well rounded handset with plenty of relevant features and accessories to offer for the price.

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Sony Ericsson Aspen review: Tree-hugging business


The Aspen may well be the phone you're least likely to expect from Sony Ericsson. To begin with, it's a PocketPC but shuns comparison to the XPERIA line. On a second thought though – it's a concept that can be traced way back in...

Four-row QWERTY keyboard, D-pad navigation ; 2.4" 65K-color resistive touchscreen of 320 x 240 pixel resolution ; Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional with XPERIA panels ; 256MB RAM, 265MB ROM, 100MB user storage ; Quad-band GSM support and 3G with HSDPA...

Small and low-res touchscreen display ; Fairly customized but inconsistent UI ; No proximity sensor for in-call screen auto locking ; No secondary video-call camera ; Memory card slot under the battery cover ; Poor still imaging and video, no flash ;...

But this is no time for a crash course in Sony Ericsson history. The Aspen is about to hit the shelves and we guess you are busy doing your homework

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Sony Ericsson Aspen Review


Back when Sony Ericsson first announced the Aspen smartphone, a Windows Mobile 6.5.3, in early February 2010, we wondered whether the QWERTY-equipped handset would have enough room to make its mark before Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 by the end...

Still, it’s unlikely to be enough – even with Sony Ericsson’s “GreenHeart” earth-friendly branding – to bring in a broad audience, and the Aspen pales in comparison with the company’s own XPERIA range of predominantly Android-based smartphones. It’s...


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Sony Ericsson W995a


The evolution of the cell-phone camera takes yet another leap forward with the Sony Ericsson W995a. Along with a Walkman-branded digital music player, the W995a includes an 8.1 MP camera, the highest resolution camera yet available on a phone. But the...

8.1 MP camera; speedy Web access and full email access; external access and controls for camera and music; stereo speakers

Expensive; disappointing photos; anachronistic Ericsson connecting jack; below-average talk time

You'll be better off with a low-end phone and a separate, high-end point-and-shoot camera...

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Walkman W995A


With its Walkman and Cybershot series of models, Sony Ericsson has become a leader in the niche categories of camera and music phones. The latest addition to its North American Walkman line, the Sony Ericsson Walkman W995a ($600, unlocked, as of...

Superb audio quality Excellent 8-megapixel camera

No touch screen or keyboard Battery life disappoints

Battery life was below average: In our PC World Test Center trials, the W995a had a talk time of just 4 hours and 9 minutes

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Sony Ericsson Walkman W995A Phone Review


Superb audio quality ; Excellent 8-megapixel camera

No touch screen or keyboard ; Battery life disappoints

Though it has an excellent camera and music player, the Sony Ericsson Walkman W995a falls short in battery life and design.

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Streamlined Sony Ericsson Phone Is Smooth Operator


The recipe for cooking up a sweet multimedia phone? Take one part phone, mix two parts MP3 player, throw in some cool backlit buttons to impress the kids. Blend

Standard headphone jack FTW. Slick animated menus and overall presentation. Sports a mini-kickstand for propping the phone up to watch video. Brilliant and colorful 2.6-inch 320×240 display. Decent audio clarity during headphone use. Decent data speeds...

Low volume for music and calls. Music or voice, it doesn't matter — the speakerphone just sucks. E-mail client is both chintzy and web-based. Mediocre call quality. Buttons sit in recessions so deep, they need a government bailout

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Sony Ericsson W995a


Sometimes, we get excited about the little things. For example, when we first saw the Sony Ericsson W995a at GSMA 2009 we got excited not because it has an 8.1-megapixel camera and a Walkman player--we've seen those before--but because it had a...

The Sony Ericsson W995a has a brilliant display and a loaded feature set that includes Wi-Fi and 3G. It also offers a 3.5-millimeter headset jack and a kickstand

The Sony Ericsson W995a keypad doesn't feel sturdy and e-mail support is limited. Call quality could be variable and videos were unimpressive

The Sony Ericsson W995a suffers from some design concerns and performance issues, but it remains an attractive and functional music phone.

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Sony Ericsson W995 review: Ready, set, play


Convergence is the buzzword and the Cyber-shot Walkman affair-turned-marriage is busy producing offspring. And hey, the young Sony Ericsson W995 sure makes the first-born W902 look like a...

Easily the best equipped feature phone of the house, Sony Ericsson W995, still more popular as Hikaru, packs in all there is to find at the top of the company portfolio. The full set of connectivity options, the biggest screen on a Sony Ericsson...

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Sony Ericsson W995a (Unlocked)


The W995a's user interface, with its stripped-down, slowly animated orange and red graphics, looks... bizarre. Press the center control pad button and you'll get a standard 12-icon menu screen; that's fine. But press the Media key and you'll get a...

Chic styling. Stellar music and video playback. Robust GPS navigation

Short battery life. Perplexing UI. Screen could use more pixels

Sony Ericsson's unlocked W995a is an attractive phone and an excellent media player, but its high, unsubsidized price will limit adoption to the Sony faithful.

Product Specifications


Autofocus:No / Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Swivel Camera: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:320 x 240 (QVGA) / 640 x 480 (VGA)


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
MP3 Playback: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Telephone Keyboard / Touchscreen + QWERTY
Video Client: Yes
XHTML Browser: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Infrared Interface: No
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

HSCSD:No / Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144 / 65.536
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar / Slider
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Multi Band:Quad Band
Operating System:Proprietary / Windows Mobile
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email:No / Yes