Here's my review after using it for nearly a year:
Overall experience: Great smartphone suitable for music lovers and semi photo enthusiast. Please don't read if you don't like to read long post.
Okay, this phone offers what I need. A combination of good music and photo taking experience. The walkman stands up to its reputation and the camera is good enough for taking photos in the daylight. The 3.5mm jack is great but not good enough as it still lack the ability to act as radio antenna and you still have to use the fast port which i don't really like(Mine has loose connection).
The phone is a walkman, it's not a cybershot phone hybrid as I've been using both k800i and c905 before and the photo qualities are just average comparatively. (perhaps because of xenonlessness) But it's still good enough especially if you know how to utilize the functions with photo taking skills except for shots at dark places where the quality reduced greatly. So basically the 8 MP camera is not to be overrated as it's only average. However, functional wise, the camera provides you a lot of options including smile shutter, best pics and other things that you can play with.
The build is strong with a stylishly good design and a stable firmware system as well compared to other slide phone (c905 is cool but the problems is pain in the ass). However, just like what other says, the 8.1 mp and Sony Ericsson on the phone peel off easy. But nevertheless it still looks nice after that. As for the phone graphics, you can make it extremely cool with suitable flash themes and fonts. (modding)
This phone offers you good media center and a good enough GPS features but i can't elaborate on this as i rarely use it. I use the integrated google earth (or map) before and it finds my location quite fast while on the move. As for texting, it's very comfortable that you won't feel annoyed of making mistakes as somehow the keypad is placed efficiently. Wifi can be set up and used easily and i never had any problems. The native browser is also good and i can easily download songs directly and add it to my library.
Contacts and messages can be backed up using SE PC suite and if im not mistaken synchronized with outlook. I don't remember because now i use my iPod touch for organizing stuff. There are virtually unlimited space for texting and contacts so you don't have to worry about that. Setting up mails is also easy and downloading the latest mails via wifi is fast. There are also conversation tabs where you can easily see how you've been texting or something.
Another few cool features are desktop widget(Some have, some don't) where you can use facebook or twitter and view it on you w995 desktop. It can be lagging tho. Since there's integration for FB and Twitter, it also means you can upload your pictures directly. For youtube, you can watch it over wifi quite easily and most of the time without lag but the quality is quite poor. And if you are like me, you'll need th RSS and using it here is easy. Lastly, peformance wise, it's RARELY lag, not never but rare. It's also java based so its program quite limited tho i have what i need but it's okay, if you need more functionality, just buy ipod touch (wayyy cheaper than iphone). ;)
Hope my review help those who want to buy the phone.
anonimus, 12 Aug 2010I'm a Nokia user, but when I've checked this phone I love it from the first time. Until I've f... morewow... i never realise this but it should be in 'option->symbol' while writing but i think writing 'and' s wayyyy faster :)
Renee, 12 Aug 2010Too bad. We can't use the 3.5mm wired headphone as radio atenna..sad..:( can we use headphone... moreyes I can use the 3.5mm wired headphone as radio atenna. It's working well with my W995 and the sound is good.
Se user, 10 Aug 2010The colour is 256K!!! Not 16M though 8.1 mp???yes,u r right,the colour display should have been 16 million.
I'm a Nokia user, but when I've checked this phone I love it from the first time. Until I've finally purchased this! The cam is OK, the sound is clear & has good quality!& I love the design!
But when I'm texting I can't see where is the "&" symbol!I used this so often when I'm using Nokia phones! Well, please help me where can I see this "&" symbol to lessen the characters I'll write If I need this word: and. Please help! Thanks in advance!
Shockedtm, 11 Aug 2010You're welcome. And patches are something that will modify the phone system to make it functio... moreToo bad. We can't use the 3.5mm wired headphone as radio atenna..sad..:(
can we use headphone with its handsfree for call in the 3.5mm jack???
this phone is good, i can even use the 3.5mm jack wired headphone as radio atenna. great works well!
I have a w995 and the wi-fi is really good. I like the way it plays music using double earphone. Good work sony ericson.
Shockedtm, 11 Aug 2010You're welcome. And patches are something that will modify the phone system to make it functio... moreare you sure about it? how come I was able to use the 3.5mm jack wired headphone as radio atenna? I'm enjoying the radio using the 3.5mm jack wired headphone. please be sure about your info so as not to mislead others.
w995 user, 11 Aug 2010why my fon don have conversation tab in the inbox menu?...i've already updated my fon using SE... moreI'm not sure how you don't get it. But i think it's because of the firmware version. Some place doesn't have it. If you want it, try google something about 'custom firmware' and 'flashing' then you can get it.
Robert, 11 Aug 2010Thanks for letting me know...what is pacthes??You're welcome. And patches are something that will modify the phone system to make it functions in a different way. It's basically part of what people call modding. But you have to have some level of expertise or you will spoil your phone. Then again, you still need antenna to get good radio reception. :)
mn, 03 Aug 2010can we make or answer a call without opening the slider ?Yes and No. Yes you can answer your call by using the answer button (check pictures). And you can call recent number, but for new numbers, you have to open the slide for... dialling the number, as usual.
Joanne, 05 Aug 2010I agree with u John. My nokia 5800 is having the same problem. It gives blink of red light whe... moreRegarding the red light, its not there when whether i turn the flash ON or OFF, its just there when taking videos (If my understanding is correct that is). As for shutter sound, u have four options, 3 different sound and one no sound, so that's it. As for camera quality, its just alright, it depends on the hardware of the phone that you get cause some take better pictures somehow. :)
shockedtm, 11 Aug 2010nope, you still need something in the fast port for the radio to functions unless you use patches :)Thanks for letting me know...what is pacthes??
FwD, 07 Aug 2010Anyone please! is the number of sms in inbox limited, or it is only memory limited? Please a q... moreIts virtually unliminted, but can be heavy (lag a bit) when opening particularly when using the conversation tab
BlackoN, 08 Aug 2010Hi,guys is this WMV support n is there video light function,pls help cuz i wanna 2 buy this!I'm nt sure wmvv, u can always convert your file to mp4 though, and yes, it has led for video recording which you can turn on/off. :)
robert, 10 Aug 2010Hi, i would like know if the 3.5mm jack wired headphone can be used as radio atenna???instead ... morenope, you still need something in the fast port for the radio to functions unless you use patches :)
why my fon don have conversation tab in the inbox menu?...i've already updated my fon using SE Update software but its still the same!!!
can some one please help me with my problem???