Sony Ericsson W715 Review: Released in 2009, the Sony Ericsson W715 was another addition to the Walkman brand of mobile phones. This was proving to be a very solid range for Sony Ericsson, with many phones of different types released. The previous slider phones had been successful in their own right. 2007’s Sony Ericsson W910 was an example of this, and was an all-round phone.
This W715 was actually released beforehand in a very similar guise. The Sony Ericsson G705 had the same look and very similar specification although slightly differing keypad layout. The Sony W705 was also another model which had the same features. Perhaps an explanation for this was that the W715 was only available on the Vodafone network, and had its own customised software skin. Elsewhere, we can see that this was an upgraded version of the W910. Most notably this phone gains a flash for the camera and also includes a Wi-Fi connection.
This was one of the last phones in the Walkman series as Sony Ericsson started towards other naming conventions. But the slide style was still popular and models like the Sony Ericsson Spiro had some resemblance.
Sony Ericsson W715 Review Pros:
- Imaging was improved for this model, although it did not trouble the top shooters saved for the Cyber-shot range. This phone had a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, and also had a front-facing camera.
- Wi-fi was added to this phone which seems frivolous nowadays. But at the time this was one of the first Sony Ericsson phones to have this facility, which made it much more media-friendly.
- The user interface was upgraded again and brought out many features that smartphones had. Specific apps, and multi-tasking made this quite useful.
- Memory card support had doubled to 8GB, making this capable of being a real media centre.
Sony Ericsson W715 Review Cons:
- Despite being over a year since the W910 there was very little improvement in the screen, and it featured the same resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
- The applications were somewhat lacking now we could see what Apple and Android could do. In particular Office documents were lacking on the phone.
- Amazingly the phone still lacked a 3.5mm headphone jack – this required an adapter to use.
- Compared to obvious look-a-likes like the Nokia N95 this felt a little underpowered, and probably quite similar in price.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
These phones have a decent level of usability, looks and rarity. As such there will be a small premium attached to these phones and they should be solid performers in the future.
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Sony Ericsson W715 Disassembly Instructions
If you are interested in repairing the W715, here is a useful link.
Sony Ericsson W715 Video Review
Here is a video review on the Sony Ericsson W715 which covers most of its main features: