Sony Ericsson W995a attractive, functional

The Sony Ericsson W995a suffers from some design concerns and performance issues, but it remains an attractive and functional music phone.

Just a week after the Sony Ericsson Idou became official , the other phone that the company unveiled at GSMA 2009 was released into the wild. The W995a is notable not because it has an 8.1-megapixel camera and a Walkman player--we've seen those before--but because it had a 3.5-millimeter headset jack and kickstand. Yes, we know that those features may seem insignificant, but as usability goes, you can't top them. After a long wait we finally can use our own headset on a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone.

The W995a has other attractions, of course. The display is brilliant, the music player performs well, and the feature set includes Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, and GPS. It also is a full quad-band world phone that supports AT&T's 3G network. There were some things that we didn't love: the volume is low, some aspects of the boxy design felt flimsy, and the unlocked W995a will put a serious crimp in your wallet. But as music phone goes, it's far from bad. Check out our Sony Ericsson W995a review for the full scoop and be sure to peruse our gallery of W995a photos .

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