Sony Ericsson W595 Review: Released in 2008, the Sony Ericsson W595 was the latest in the ‘Walkman’ branded range of mobile phones. This series had spawned several phones at various price points, and the ‘5’ series was broadly in the middle. This phone replaced the Sony Ericsson W580 in the range, itself an update of the Sony Ericsson W550.
The selling point of these phones was music. The Walkman brand was further solidified with a pair of good headphones (a rarity for phones in those days) and an application on board for playing MP3 files. The addition of the Sony Memory Stick allowed these phones to be truly comparable to the MP3 players of the day. By the time 2008 had rolled around, these features were commonplace and improvements to the phone took other forms, for example the camera and screen.
Some care was taken to position the phone away from the top series. Phones such as the Sony Ericsson W902 were much more powerful, and even 2005’s chunky Sony Ericsson W900 was not that far off this in terms of specification. However, many of the main advantages of the W595 was in the software, which had greatly evolved in the few years since.
As far as mid-range sliders went, this was the end for the Walkman series. 2010 saw a new range of Sony Ericsson phones and the Walkman branding was ditched. The slider design still lived on, and phones such as the Sony Ericsson Spiro featured this mechanism.
Sony Ericsson W595 Review Pros:
- The phone was only a tad larger than the W580 but gained a slightly larger, 2.2 inch screen. The familiar keypad layout with special music buttons was retained.
- The camera gained an upgrade and now was a 3 megapixel sensor.
- On-board memory also improved and memory card support was doubled to 8GB.
- The most distinctive feature was the addition of an on-board accelerometer. This allowed for features such as auto-rotate and a novel shake control for the audio player.
Sony Ericsson W595 Review Cons:
- The screen resolution remained the same as the previous version and it was probably too small for videos.
- The camera remained underpowered and lacked a flash or other on-board editing. It also lacked a front-facing video camera.
- Construction was lacking, and the materials used were not long-lasting and prone to wear and tear.
- The operating system was dated and lacked expandability compared to others.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
These slide phones are pretty well regarded and distinctive. Not many are in good condition, so those that are can expect to receive a premium price. Hopefully in future these may continue to appreciate.
Where can I get one?
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Sony Ericsson W595 Disassembly Guide
If you are interested in taking apart the Sony Ericsson W595 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.
Sony Ericsson W595 Video Review
Here is a video review which shows most of the features of this phone: