Sony Ericsson W910 Review – Refined Slider Phone

Sony Ericsson W910 Review: Released in 2007, the Sony Ericsson W910 was the latest in what was already a mature line of phones. Sony Ericsson’s ‘Walkman’ branding had by now appeared on a wide range of phones. The W-series gave us a range of phones of all different types, from candybar (Sony Ericsson W810) to slider (Sony Ericsson W580) to flip (Sony Ericsson W300), to micro (Sony Ericsson W880) and even swivel (Sony Ericsson W900).

As we can see most things were tried, and the only real commonality is that the phones prioritised music over everything else. Generally better cameras were to be found in the Sony Ericsson K-series of phones. The W910 could be seen to be a bit of an upgrade on the Sony Ericsson W850 or the Sony Ericsson W580 phones and featured a similar slide function. One of the key differences here was the software. This model of phone released the improved Walkman 3.0 software which brought a more integrated approach to media on phones.

Aside from this, the specification of the phone was pretty middle-range, and well outclassed by models such as the Nokia N95.

Full specifications here.

The Walkman series would go on to live for a while yet. The Sony Ericsson W715 was perhaps the most closely related upgrade to this and provided a similar look. The internals were upgraded in this phone and most notably, it was able to support 8GB cards.

 

Sony Ericsson W910 Review Pros:

The phone came with a much larger screen than previous models. 2.4 inches was a notable improvement to the viewing area of the phone and made it much more suitable for pictures.

Impressively, this was done without compromising weight. Thin bezels allowed a greater use of space and the phone was much slimmer. As slide phones go, it was Sony Ericsson’s thinnest and comparable to the thickness of RAZR.

The Walkman software was updated with some rather novel features. Intelligent playlists could be built based on past choices. Another impressive function is shake control, which allows skipping tracks by simply flicking the phone.

The camera was updated, and the phone now features a front-facing camera for video calls.

Sony Ericsson W910 Review Cons:

Whilst the screen size improved, the resolution stayed at a disappointing 240 x 320 pixels – something that could have been improved.

A similar accusation could be made of the camera. This also remained at 2MP and did not contain a flash or autofocus – something that was seen in other phones in this series.

The phone could be expanded in terms of memory, but relied on Sony’s own memory sticks. These were more expensive than the universal microSD cards and the phone only supported up to 2GB sizes. This was a major restriction for those with more music files.

The operating system was the latest version and featured plenty of additional features but struggled to match the app stores of the Nokia or Apple systems of the time. Wi-Fi was not included on this model which also curtailed many outdoor uses.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

This was a fine looking phone, but the rubberised housings on the back made it quite difficult to keep in mint condition. However, these phones are of interest to collectors and should be sought after in future.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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