Sony Ericsson’s ‘first Walkman’ phone

What Mobile
April 7, 2009

You’re not going to be getting the same specifications as the forthcoming 8-megapixel endowed W995, but nor will you be paying anywhere near the same amount of money.

The W205 is being pitched as a classic ‘My first Sony’ mobile phone, although that doesn’t mean it’s aimed at children. What it means is it offers the basics at an affordable price, which is no bad thing in the current climate. We don’t think it looks cheap either.

With a 128×160 pixel display, you won’t be enjoying top-quality graphics (and the 1.3-megapixel camera won’t be winning you any photography awards either), but you do get the tried-and-tested Walkman player, TrackID music recognition, Stereo Bluetooth and an FM radio with RDS. You can also record segments of the radio to set as a ringtone. Music is stored on a Memory Stick Micro (M2) memory card and the phone supports cards up to 2GB in capacity.

Without 3G (the W205 is a dual-band 800/1900MHz GSM phone only), it doesn’t mean you have to endure slow Internet, thanks to the inclusion of Opera Mini which compresses and optimises pages for viewing on a small screen. The lack of 3G also means you can enjoy 9 hours of talktime or 425 hours of standby time.

The W205 also supports multiple phonebooks, so you can share the phone with other members of the family without mixing up contacts.

The slider measures 92x47x16.4mm and weighs 96g. It is available in black and will be released in Q2. Pricing to be confirmed.


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