Sony Ericsson W910 Review: Walkman In Style: 360-degree Spin, Design, Construction

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Sony Ericsson W910 360-degree spin


High-born Walkman

Refined exterior is what you would expect in a high-discontinue device. Standing at the stunning 12.5 mm thickness and weighing 86 g, the recent Walkman slider is thinner and lighter than its midrange relative W580. The greater width of the W910 is quite reasonable given the ample 2.4" display. The bodywork is dominated by straight lines and clean shapes, even the slanting bottom is a lot more subtle. The perfect hand fit and user-friendly keypad provide for remarkable phone handling. The handset is offered in three colors: Hearty Red, Noble Black and the recently added Havana Bronze.

Sony Ericsson W910 views

The large 2.4" TFT display dominates the front panel and scores high in both brightness and contrast, compared to the highly praised 2.2" TFT display of Sony Ericsson K850. The only one aspect where the W910 display lacks in comparison with K850 is reflection - W910 reflects the surrounding light to a greater extent, which leads to less dense black color reproduction. However, in general the W910 display is better than the ones of all other Sony Ericsson handsets we have reviewed - especially compared to the display of W960 flagship. Above it, a small secondary Video Graphics Array (VGA) capturing camera is located, along with the earpiece. A controversial pair of keys encloses the secondary capturing camera and earpiece. The manufacturer calls them gaming keys but they seem to have more of an imaging application. The correct key starts the thumbnails, while the left one is used for opening the selected images. Alternatively, in capturing camera mode one is used for starting Night mode and the other sets Shoot mode and Video size. Incorporating those Cyber-shot-inherent keys (we've seen such a pair in K800) in a Walkman phone with a basic 2 megapixel capturing camera without autofocus and flash is a very odd decision, in our humble opinion. Walkman keys on the front would've been more appropriate, to launch the SensMe matrix or Shake Control for example, instead of trying to impress cameraphone aficionados.

Sony Ericsson W910: speaker, secondary capturing camera and gaming/imaging keys • display in the dark

In closed position, the handset has a neat rectangular shape. Sliding the phone open reveals the alphanumeric keys. The slide moves softly and evenly in its grooves to ensure a smooth flip open. When the handset is slid open, the top does appear slightly ajar, leading to a tactile and unpleasant wobble. We had this correct from the beginning and we wonder how it will unfrecent with intense usage.

The wobbly slide in open position is quite unpleasant

The Sony Ericsson W910 keypad will give you no reason to grudge. Its both parts are fine enough. The highlight of the D-pad is the return of the dedicated Call and End keys, as seen in K850. Traditionally for Walkman phones, the Navigation Key also serves as player control when the Walkman is on allowing users to browse tracks, fast-forward, rewind, play and pause. The two dual buttons at the sides are home of the two soft keys, as well as the call and discontinue key. The smaller round buttons are the Activity Menu and Clear keys. Next to the correct soft key is the ambient light sensor, which controls the display backlighting. Although the light sensor looks too close to the correct soft key, it's not likely to cover it with a finger while using the phone.

The D-pad welcomes back the Call and End keys

Sliding the phone up reveals the main alphanumeric keyboard, this time set in columns instead of rows as in the Sony Ericsson W580. The alphanumeric keyboard features the standard 12 keys. Given the slimness of the handset, the keypad is almost dead flat, but that doesn't acquire in the way of typing. Tactility is superb; the gentle clicking of the keys makes things even better. No reason to scare typos, despite the lack of space between the keys within a column.

Sony Ericsson W910 slid open: the keyboard offers superb tactility

Keypad backlighting is very subtle but even, and will go almost unnoticed, unless you utilize the phone in total darkness. The white backlighting of the navigation keys turns orange in player mode. Keypad locks automatically upon sliding the phone closed, a feature that cannot be turned off.

Sony Ericsson W910 in the dark: phone mode and player mode backlighting

Sony Ericsson W910 is the slimmest and thinnest slide phone of the company, measuring the stunning 12.5 mm in thickness and weighing the mere 86 g, without reflecting its wideness. That's why it does not come as a surprise that the phone fits perfectly in a palm and provides a remarkable user friendliness and experience. The recently introduced call and discontinue keys, seen in K850, are here too so as not to bother you which button to press for accepting an incoming call.

Sony Ericsson W910 hands-on

The Sony Ericsson W910 left side features nothing but the regular Fast Port.

A controversial pair of keys encloses the secondary capturing camera and earpiece. The manufacturer calls them gaming keys but they seem to have more of an imaging application. The correct key starts the thumbnails, while the left one is used for opening the selected images.


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