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Sony Ericsson W890i review

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The Sony Ericsson W890i currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

 We loved this haute handset's precursor, the equally slim (0.4-inch) W880i, and the update is even better. It's slightly heavier and wider but still disappeared neatly in our front pocket. And even with a Mac, transferring audio tracks was drag-and-drop easy.WIRED Brushed-silver finish fit for...

- Steven Leckart , Wired
GSMArena

The W890 Walkman phone can hit the right notes with music lovers and design connoisseurs alike.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena


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Sony released the Ericsson W890i on November 6, 2007.


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Sony backs up the Ericsson W890i with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2"

The Sony Ericsson W890i's screen size is 2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
28 MB

Internal memory is 28 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
950mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 950 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 24 days standby time, 360 minutes.

Ericsson W890i Specs

Overview
Release date November 6, 2007
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 28 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.38 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 360 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Espresso Black, Mocha Brown, Sparkling Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 4.7 x 1.0 cm (4.1 x 1.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 78 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3.2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Wired

Smooth, improved keypad

from Wired

 We loved this haute handset's precursor, the equally slim (0.4-inch) W880i, and the update is even better. It's slightly heavier and wider but still disappeared neatly in our front pocket. And even with a Mac, transferring audio tracks was drag-and-drop easy.

WIRED Brushed-silver finish fit for a Terminator. Smooth, improved keypad. 2-GB Memory Stick Micro included (phone holds up to 4 gigs). Vivid vid clips with crisp sound. Audio recorder. Decent earbuds (finally!). MusicDJ app lets you compose ringtones from your library. A paused track holds its place, even after phone shuts down...

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 We loved this haute handset's precursor, the equally slim (0.4-inch) W880i, and the update is even better. It's slightly heavier and wider but still disappeared neatly in our front pocket. And even with a Mac, transferring audio tracks was drag-and-drop easy.

WIRED Brushed-silver finish fit for a Terminator. Smooth, improved keypad. 2-GB Memory Stick Micro included (phone holds up to 4 gigs). Vivid vid clips with crisp sound. Audio recorder. Decent earbuds (finally!). MusicDJ app lets you compose ringtones from your library. A paused track holds its place, even after phone shuts down.

TIRED Won't take calls during "mass" USB file transfer. Proprietary headphone jack. No WiFi. Camera needs a flash (yesterday!). Tiny menu buttons can feel cramped.

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GSMArena

Caters to all tastes in terms of design and functionality

The Sony Ericsson Walkman lineup is diverse enough to cater to all tastes in terms of design and functionality. With the W890 we have a nice update in the slim bar form factor.

We liked the compact and amiable W880, and we believe the W890 is a welcome successor. It does address some of the major letdowns in the older W880: the tiny keys and the lack of FM radio. The user interface of the high-end W910 and the added HSDPA and quad-band GSM support are a commendable effort to set the Sony Ericsson W890 above its predecessor...

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The Sony Ericsson Walkman lineup is diverse enough to cater to all tastes in terms of design and functionality. With the W890 we have a nice update in the slim bar form factor.

We liked the compact and amiable W880, and we believe the W890 is a welcome successor. It does address some of the major letdowns in the older W880: the tiny keys and the lack of FM radio. The user interface of the high-end W910 and the added HSDPA and quad-band GSM support are a commendable effort to set the Sony Ericsson W890 above its predecessor.

We expected a bit more from the camera, the size of the display and the loudspeaker performance. The missing Shake Control and auto-rotate capability may also raise a brow or two.

Sony Ericsson W890 is an undoubted improvement over the W880 but we can't help being wary. We frowned at the overpriced tag of W910, never mind its high-end status. Let's hope the asking price won't kill the appeal of Sony Ericsson W890. The neat and compact handset is a worthy offering for its solid feel, nice handling and good feature set.

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