Sony Ericsson W395 review

A cheap new Walkman music phone which gets the job done

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battery life

One of the upsides of a relatively feature-light handset is that the battery doesn't take so much of a power-whacking as on high-end do-it-all models. Sony Ericsson rates the W395 as being capable of up to 8 hours' talktime or up to 480 hours' standby time – or music player life of up to 12.5 hours – between charges.

We found the handset did produce an above-average power performance, keeping going for up to four days at a stretch with limited music playing. Hitting the Walkman play button regularly does, of course, lower that phone performance considerably.


Sony Ericsson deals the W395 a standard pack of entry-level organiser applications and tools. It's all quite serviceable stuff we've seen played out on many Sony Ericssons before.


They include calendar, alarm clock, stopwatch and timer features, calculator and tasks option, plus world clock 3D and convertor apps, and a sound recorder.


The W395 supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity, with a cable supplied in-box. No PC syncing software is included however, so if you want to use this for backing up content, or syncing contents, contacts and calendar, you need to download software from Sony Ericsson's website at


Sony Ericsson includes its standard PlayNow content download portal link, which offers a limited alternative to network download options.

You have to pay for music and other premium content, plus possibly incur network download charges to get it delivered to your handset. The W395 also has three games pre-loaded, Guitar Rock Tour, Nitro Street Racer and Sudoku.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Built-in Memory10 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, HSCSD, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 800, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Micro (M2)
Phone StyleSlider
ColourDusky Gray
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time8 Hour
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Screen Resolution176 x 220
Weight (Approximate)96 g
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), EMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Width47 mm
Depth14.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time480 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameW395 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number1220-9057
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Boost your favorite tracks through the stereo speakers. The equalizer and the deep bass offer excellent acoustics, no matter how loud you play. Control your music via dedicated keys and the Walkman player. Identify the song with TrackID, then use PlayNow to download. Snap pictures with the 2.0-megapixel camera and enjoy them on the large 2.0" crystal-clear screen. Or share them in an instant through your blog.