Sony Ericsson has continued its trend of refining the walkman range with each release, and the W705 is no exception. For starters, WI-FI connectivity has been added and the design of the phone has been dramatically refin....
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Sony Ericsson has continued its trend of refining the walkman range with each release, and the W705 is no exception. For starters, WI-FI connectivity has been added and the design of the phone has been dramatically refined. As a result, this might be the phone that rejuvenates the stale Walkman series.
Foremost, the W705 is a Walkman and as such Sony has opened the floodgates packing an astonishing assortment of music related accessories and application in to the W705 package. It is stuffed to the brim with Shake Control, Clear audio experience, ships with a set of amazing noise-cancelling headphones and the much acclaimed, SensMe application, which amazingly chooses a selection of tunes based on the users mood. On the hardware, front the W705 comes with a high resolution, 2.4 inch display and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Overall, it’s a great little package.
Appearance wise, the Sony Ericsson W705 is a stylish slide-out phone. The front and side casing of the phone is finished off in brushed aluminium, and subtle details and edgings are picked out in gold. The back cover is constructed from a weird, rubberised plastic, which, despite our initial reluctance to like it, it actually grew on us, as we spent more time with the phone. The back also houses a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a respectable loud speaker.
For those who might worry about a pocket bulge, the W705 is extremely pocket-friendly, measuring in at only 98 mm tall, 47.5 mm wide and 14.3 deep. While we are on the topic of size, the front panel of the phone is dominated by a 2.4 inch display, doesn’t sound big, but due to the phone’s petite size, the screen truly looks huge on it.
The built in accelerometer, allows for some nifty features. Not only will it flip the display between portrait and landscape when rotated, but place the phone in your packet while you go for a walk and it will count your steps! It also has the ability to change audio tracks with a shake.
To begin with, unfortunately a major let down of the W705 is its call quality. It was distorted and muffled at times, which was strange, considering audio playback on the speakers sounded great.
Texting on the W705 is relatively easy and fast, however we did notice a slight delay between input on the keyboard and the display, but this is easy to get adjusted to.
Navigation was a breeze if you have ever used a Sony product that involved a menu system. Applications are quick to load and are represented by large, colourful icons.
Finally the W705 packs a decent sized battery, allowing for up to 10 hours talk time and 400 hours of standby time.
The W705 is a great Music player. You can organize playlists, sort music according to album, artist and or play frequency. Other great features include the Sony trademarked Shake Control which allows you to adjust the volume, skip and scan through songs by a simple flick of the phone. As expected from the Sony Walkman range, the audio quality of the media player is outstanding. Unfortunately, however, Sony has not incorporated a 3.5mm headphone socket but thankfully the W705 comes with a 2 part headset lead, which does accommodate a 3.5 jack on one end.
To store all your favourite songs, the W705 comes equipped with 120 Mb of internal memory as well as a 4GB M2 card for the real die-hard music fan, who wants some serious music storage.
In terms of video, the W705 comes equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera, but it has to be said that it takes a back seat to the music player. The images produced, lack detail and sharpness. You might be able to produce a decent picture in good lighting, but indoors, or at night, you will be hard-pressed. Interface wise, the Camera application seems to be a simplified version of the Cybershot utilities. It gets the job done, but don’t expect any fancy editing tools.
The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity helps the handset rise above the average line, allowing easy access to Sony’s Play Now service. It also lets you take full advantage of the standalone YouTube video player. Web downloads are fast, although transferring music or video files to the memory card or to a computer, is a process that will test your patience. Each file is sent individually and accepted individually from the other end! Uploading photos to Facebook or other social networks however, is very fast, and the overall web connectivity on the device is above average.
There are not many faults that we could find with the Sony Ericsson W705. The camera and call quality was sadly, average, but aside from this, the phone has a super sexy, slick design, packs an amazingly good quality music player with audio to match, and comes with a 4GB M2 card. If you are after a great-looking and sounding, music mobile phone, you will be hard-pressed finding a device that matches the W705, in terms of value for money.