Sony Ericsson W900

Note to Apple/Motorola: this is how you do a music phone you idiots!
Sony W900


– Triband GSM 900/1800/1900 and UMTS
– 2.2? 320×240 (QVGA) 262k color TFT screen
– 2megapixel camera with autofocus, flashlight and 8x digital zoom with video recording at 30fps
– Frontal VGA camera for videocalls
– Full screen video playback at 30fps
– Bluetooth, Infrared and Fast Port
– Memory Stick PRO Duo slot (with cards currently available up to 2gb, 4gb in the future)
– 470mb internal memory (for between 120 and 240 songs)
– Stereo Handsfree with remote control and 3.5mm headphone jack
– Radio FM with RDS
– Support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, WAV and XMF


Update: I’ve just noticed that the earphones in the picture look a lot like the Sony MDR-EX51 style in-ear earphones. Interesting call if they’re going to include these rather than the traditional earbuds. In-ear phones are a bit of an acquired taste in my opinion: I love them because they give excellent bass response and block out a lot of external noise, but some people prefer traditional earbuds.

Based on these pictures it looks like your outta luck if you plan on using your own headphones with a traditional 3.5mm stereo jack.

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  1. At last, a flicker of a heartbeat from Sony! These guys have been sitting on the Walkman brand for tooo long – why none of the Minidisc players were properly Walkman-branded, I don’t know. But now, yes, at last, a fatload of INTERNAL MEMORY and a BIG SCREEN and MULTI-FORMAT and it even *looks* like a WALKMAN PHONE, not just an unusably complex Motorola phone with an iTunes logo stuck on it. Yay! It just remains to be seen whether they’ve managed to fsck up the interface completely, like almost every other idiot phone manufacturer (c’mon, kids, keep it simple!). If not, I’ll have one for sure. Although, could do with a chunky drive-based model; 20gig would be yum…

  2. In all seriousness I use a K750i every day…and while the UI still leaves something to be desired and the centre button is a bitch to hit without scrolling up/down left right it’s definitely one of the better UI’s I’ve encountered on a mobile phone.

    It’s funny how hard it is to get it right. I suspect that’s because developers are responsible for most of the UI…and developers can’t design useable UI for shit. Trust me, I’m a developer 🙂

  3. Yup Greg, as soon as Sony started to stick Compact Flash slots in their cameras and allow MP3 playback on their ‘MP3’ players, I knew things were looking up. I mean hell, they don’t even fscking mention ATRAC in the stats for this thing. Perfect!

  4. I must say I was surprised to hear Apple chose to go with Moto for their first iTunes phone — and then *not* surprised to see how long it took to come out, and how lame and icky it was when it finally appeared.

    Having worked with Motorola for a year or so, and seen their MPX220 (“er… how do I make a call on this thing…?”) and the keyboardless wonder 680i (“er… how do I even turn this thing *on*?! [30 seconds of fossicking later] oh, here… right… [90 seconds of splash screen later] …what a crock!”), I would *hate* to think of the meetings between Ive’s team and Moto. I guess i’m just a real stick-in-the-mud when it comes to designing products to SIMPLIFY people’s lives. And when it comes to phones, I don’t want some bystander spending three minutes of my golden hour waiting for the thing to even start up before they can call an ambulance…

    AAAAnyway. I start a new job next week, and one of our clients is… Sony Ericsson. And one of our other clients is… Apple! [sfx: Happy Greg…] so I’ll see if I can grab one of these and let you know.

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