The Sony-Ericsson W995 is somewhat a cross between the phone manufacturer’s Cybershot series and Walkman series handsets. As such, it brings along a number of characteristics common to both.
This slider phone has great build quality with a combination of steel and plastic casing in brushed metal finish. It has a dedicated key for the camera on the right side along with zoom in and out buttons. Beside it are additional keys dedicated for music playback. At the back is a flip-stand so you can place the phone down in an upright position.
The W995 has a built-in 8.1-megapixel autofocus camera with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels, an image stabilizer, face detection, geo-tagging and an LED flash. It can record video with a quality of WQVGA at 30 frames per second and a secondary camera in the front for video calls. Photo quality is superb and shots are nice and clear even under low light conditions.
The display screen is 2.6 inches in diagonal width (240×320 pixels) that comes with an accelerometer so it can automatically re-orient display when rotated horizontally.
For connectivity, the W995 has everything you will need â€“ from WiFi 802.11 b/g, to 3G (HSDPA speeds of up to 7.2Mbps), Bluetooth and GPS with AGPS support. And though the 118MB internal memory is a bit small, it comes with an 8GB memory stick micro out of the box.
Like most Sony-Ericsson Walkman series, the W995 outputs great music quality with a good range and loud volume coming from speakers situated at the top and bottom corners of the unit. The flip stand at the back allows you to position the phone at an angle so you can put at down while viewing videos or playing music. The phone also has a 3.5mm jack so you can use just about any headphones with it.
The 8-megapixel camera is quite capable. Took a couple of shots and got these:
Video recording is not impressive and is only QVGA quality. I was expecting more but this one’s a little disappointing in the video department. See sample recording below:
A built-in feature of the W995 is the wireless presenter function that’s installed/enabled when you first connect to your laptop via Bluetooth. This allows you to control the mouse and the desktop as well as the media player or presentation software (Powerpoint).
The Sony-Ericsson W995 is available in three colors â€“ black, silver and red â€“ and retails for Php26,800. It had a limited promo price of just Php21,450 which ended last September 30.