Sony Ericsson – W902 review

Walkman phone with a 5-megapixel camera
Photo of Sony Ericsson – W902
£free (depending on contract), £295 (SIM-free)

The W902 brings a 5-megapixel camera to the Walkman handset range. In these days of mobiles offering 8 megapixels this might not sound like a big deal, but in fact we reckon 5 megapixels is quite enough for a mobile phone to offer and if you want more then a dedicated digital camera is a better bet than a phone.

The W902 has a neat candybar design measuring 110mm tall, 49mm wide and 11.7mm thick. It weights 99.8g and it is easy to pocket and comfortable to hold.

Sony Ericsson doesn’t always get its button design right, but in this case the number keys are large enough to hit comfortably. The remaining front buttons and the D-pad take a circular theme and with three functions nestled on the left and right roundels things do get a bit tight. If you’ve thick fingers you may want to try before you buy.

As an HSDPA-supporting phone you might want to use the W902 for things like Web browsing, but the 2.2-inch screen is a little small for detailed work, though it is sharp and bright enough and its 240 x 320 pixels cram the information in. There’s no front-facing camera for two-way video calling, though, which is another HSDPA-related let-down.

Music fans will like the 8GB memory stick micro that is supplied, but the 25MB of built-in memory still feels a bit on the mean side to us. Music output quality is good but Sony Ericsson doggedly insists on using its proprietary headset connector and having this side-mounted. This leads to snagging in the pocket and seriously detracts from the phone’s overall sleek looks.

There are two redeeming features in the shape of a through-port from headset to mains charger (the two share the same connector) and a two-piece headset design so you can use your own 3.5mm headphones if you prefer them.

The W902 incorporates Sony Ericsson’s SensMe system for organising music by mood, but this only works if you use the supplied software to get music onto the phone.

Shake control makes another appearance here too. Hold down the Walkman button on the top edge of the phone and you can shake left and right to get through tracks, up and down to control volume. It is a silly idea, made worse by the fact that we often inadvertently hit the right side-mounted track control buttons at the same time as the Walkman button.

GPS is built in and this can be used to geotag photos. The camera flash is superb and doubles as a torch.

Company: Sony Ericsson

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Verdict
The annoying headset connector is unforgivable, the shake control system simply daft, but overall this is another good Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson.