Sony Ericsson W205


Editor's Review of the W205

Reviewed by Michael Gabriel on 4th September 2009

With a few features tweaked to give it a distinct identity, the Sony Ericsson W205 is a member of the Walkman range which Sony Ericsson is decidedly famous for. This handset essentially takes the major characteristics of the Sony Ericsson W395 and the Sony Ericsson W302. Donning a sleek black casing, this mobile phone is a modern handset that oozes with sophisticated style.

This modern mobile phone is compact in size and works on slide mechanism. It has the full measurements of 92 x 47 x 16.4 millimetres and is a lightweight communication gadget that tips the scale at 96 grams. The front part of this handset is highlighted by a 45.72-millimetre TFT screen that displays picture wallpapers and animated images in 65,000 colours at 128 x 160 screen resolution. This mobile phone supports both MP3 and polyphonic ringtones, which users may opt to assign as tones for messages and calls and other alerts.

This mobile phone offers regular features of SMS or text messaging with support for Predictive Text Input, as well as multimedia messaging. It is also an effective virtual assistant with its set of organiser features that include a stopwatch, a calculator, tasks and notes option, a phone book, a calendar and an alarm clock. Accessing these organiser features is easy with simple clicks using the mobile phone's dedicated navigation key.

The Sony Ericsson W205 also comes with imaging features to delight users who enjoy taking photos. This handset has an integrated 1.3-Megapixel camera with a 2.2x digital zoom that ensures well-focused and precise picture outputs. In addition, this handset has a set of dedicated camera menus to make photo snapping a blast for users. Besides taking still photos, this handset also records videos in widely accepted video formats. Moving footages that have been captured using this mobile phone may then be viewed on the handset's colour screen. To preview subjects prior to taking photos or recording videos, users may utilise the display screen, which doubles as a clear viewfinder.

The Sony Ericsson W205 is best recognised for its top-of-the-line audio features. It is equipped with a built-in Walkman music player that offers superb audio quality. The music player also comes with TrackID support, which enables listeners to identify the title, artist or album of a track that they are listening to. It also supports plays most popular and widely accepted audio formats, taking its users' music enjoyment to the next level. If radio music is what users ask for, this mobile phone offers it with the FM radio feature complete with RDS support that provides weather, current event, sports, news and other information to radio listeners. Games in Java format are also pre-installed in this handset, allowing game-focused users to enjoy. It also supports games downloaded online.

The Sony Ericsson W205 operates on dual band technology, and automatically switches between network bands. This handset specifically functions over GSM 900 and GSM 1800 network bands. As a key feature, this handset allows users to browse through their favourite Web sites using the built-in WAP 2.0 XHTML Opera Internet browser. For its connectivity options, users may opt to use the USB feature to connect to laptops, other handsets, printers, personal computers and other compatible devices in order to transfer files. Sharing data without the unneeded hassle caused by tangled wires is also possible through the wireless Bluetooth support that this mobile phone offers. Powered by EDGE technology, file transfer rates are made speedier.

Users will enjoy keeping data in this handset's 5-Megabyte internal memory. This storage capacity can be expanded to up to 2 Gigabytes using Micro M2 memory support. This mobile phone offers its users 9 hours of talk time and stays on standby mode for 425 hours when used over a fully charged battery. It also offers music playback time of 13.5 hours.

Despite an impressive combination of good looks and practical, fun features, complaints regarding this handset's tiny keypad and average performing camera have surfaced. However, users who are satisfied with the performance of the Sony Ericsson W205 attest that this mobile phone really stands out with its top music features. To these happy users, the rest of this mobile phone's other useful and entertaining attributes, consisting of various modern communication features, are icing on the cake.

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Sony Ericsson W205 Specifications

Sony Ericsson W205

Size

92mm x 47mm x 16.4mm

Weight

96 grams

Display

Type: TFT LCD

Size: 1.8 inches

Resolution: 128 x 160

Input

Keyboard: 3x4

Operating System

Proprietary


Storage

Storage

Internal: 5MB

External: Memory Stick Micro (M2) up to 2GB

Connectivity

Connectivity

Audio: Sony Ericsson fast-port stereo

Data: Standard USB

Dual Band

GSM 900 / 1800

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 2

A2DP for wireless stereo headsets

Camera

Camera

1.3 megapixel camera

Video Recording

Power

Power

Talk Time: 540 minutes

Standby Time: 425 hours

Multimedia

Multimedia

Radio: FM with RDS

Audio supported formats

Playback: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG

Recording: Supported

Video supported formats

Playback: MP3, 3GP

Recording: Supported



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