Sony Ericsson W902: Style dictator, headphone hater

The new Sony Ericsson W902 makes us smile and cringe at the same time.

Sony Ericsson W902
Sony Ericsson

There are two key features a portable music player needs: first, the ability to play music, and second, somewhere on the device to put headphones. Sony Ericsson's new top-of-the-line Walkman music phone, the W902, only gets one out of two right.

You read correctly: it's another premium music device with no headphone socket. Instead, you'll need to use an adapter cable to connect your decent earphones to Sony Ericsson's ridiculous proprietary connector. This gives you hands-free talking capabilities, but it also gives you meters of cabling flapping around needlessly. And who wants to remember to take two cables everywhere?

Aside from this sheer idiocy, the quad-band W902 looks stunning. It has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED photo light, a 2.2-inch, 240x320-pixel screen, stereo Bluetooth, 25MB of internal memory that's expandable to 8GB, and it weighs a light 2.53 ounces.

There's every reason to be excited about this phone, and we can't help but think it'll be a brilliant upgrade from the W880i if you can get it.

The W902 will be out toward the end of the year. Until then, absorb the glossy bonus photos from CNET UK.