Sony Ericsson W950i: Stylish 3G Touchscreen Phone

By: Adam Caitlin

The Sony Ericsson W950i is a stylish 3G touchscreen Symbian OS 9.1 UIQ 3 smartphone with a music focus.

The has the same physical design (form factor) as the Sony Ericsson M600i. The M600i better for business users who text a lot - it has a dual-function QWERTY keyboard.

Key benifits incluce its music player, FM radio, earphones and large phone memory. There's no hardware QERTY keyboard, camera or memory card slot on the W950i.

The keypad has a flat keyplay. There's a small raised circular dot in the middle of each key to give the user some tactile feedback. The numbers and letter have a white back lighting.

It's not a touch pad, so you do feel the keys clicking down. Some, perhaps many people won't like the keypad. It has a 12 key alphanumeric keypad with a orange - bordered Walkman key and a cancel key. The keypad has 2 modes - phone mode and a Walkman mode.

When in Walkman mode, 3 symbols light up at the top of the keypad showing how the top three keys of the keypad are used. These keys act as previous, play / stop and next keys. Coming to the Web browsing, the W950i's is a 2.6 - inch 240 x 320 pixel colour screen, 3G Internet access and the Opera Web browser's landscape view mode offer a fantastic browsing experience.

Opera 8 Mobile zoom feature is good for people who have trouble reading small text. Zoom ratios of 20% to 200% are available. Other useful Opera 8 features include bookmarks, save page, pop-up blocker, page information, secure site support, password and download managers.

Lots of good features - assign a mood to a track, shuffle the songs, create a playlist, equalizer, rate the track, forward or rewind within a track (use the 1 and 3 keys or drag your finger/stylus along the track progress bar).

You can sort tracks by title, file size, play count, rating, view tracks by mood, artists, albums, playlists and recordings.

The W950i is an excellent music player phone with a few interface quirks. The keypad is OK for typing numbers, not good for texting - you've got to be precise in your key presses - aim for the raised dimple on each key.

If you love your music and want something a bit cheaper, take a look at some of the other Sony Walkman phones.

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