New walkman, new cybershot: Two new phones from Sony

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Sony-Ericsson’s w395 is a GSM walkman-phone with an FM radio, built-in stereo speakers and a 2 megapixel camera. There’s an accelerometer for games, and it comes in gray and silver. Princing’s yet to be announced but it’ll be out in a few weeks.

Also put out today was the C903, a HSPA Cybershot with a 2.4″ display, aGPS, and a 5 megapixel sensor. It automatically geotags shots and uploads them to Flickr, Picasa or other photo services, comes in lots of bright colors, and will be out this summer.

Press release [Sony Ericsson]

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7 Responses to New walkman, new cybershot: Two new phones from Sony

  1. teamshadowboat says:

    I bought an older generation of the walkman for the FM radio alone. It was a regrettable decision. That radio was buried under a huge, steaming pile of interface, the camera sucked, the audio (the AUDIO!) dropped out, and it was about an inch and a .5 thick with its silly swiveliness. So, yeah, I never used the radio. And it was ugly to round things out.

    So, being _charitable_, I sent it to the troops in Iraq. Enjoy!

    That thing pictured above doesn’t look so horrible though. Resisting the urge.

  2. zuzu says:

    I bought an older generation of the walkman for the FM radio alone. It was a regrettable decision. That radio was buried under a huge, steaming pile of interface, the camera sucked, the audio (the AUDIO!) dropped out, and it was about an inch and a .5 thick with its silly swiveliness. So, yeah, I never used the radio. And it was ugly to round things out.

    The C905 has none of those problems; it’s biggest failure is that it’s not a smartphone, but comes as close as a “dumbphone” can — including 802.11 “Wi-Fi”, GPS (with EXIF geotagging photos), and even SIP VoIP.

    There’s an obvious Radio application for FM w/ RDS, but you need the headphones plugged in to double as the antenna.

    And of course the big selling point is that by flicking the lens cover it flips personalities into a Cybershot point-and-shoot camera.

    They do not specify when the C903a will release. I’ve been waiting for the C905a, announced in June and they suggest it might come out in the US sometime in the next six months!

    Because the FCC is retarded as always and wouldn’t allow adoption of the Eurozone / Asia standard. (The same FCC that gave a pocket monopoly to “HD Radio” instead of adopting DAB.) Even AT&T and T-Mobile don’t agree on a common UMTS frequency pair, so you can’t use the Samsung Memoir on AT&T or the iPhone 3G on T-Mobile (for anything more than EDGE).

    The C905a is supposed to be for AT&T’s frequency pair, so it seems like they get all the cool 3G phones (along with the BlackBerry Bold and the iPhone). Too bad they’re evil not to mention expensive compared to T-Mobile.

  3. Anonymous says:

    People slough off Sony Ericsson in the age of ‘smart phones’ but I still think they make really nice handsets, on the hardware side anyway, and will probably keep selling to people who just want a phone with the lower tier of service from the carrier.

  4. Rob Beschizza says:

    You know? I have lost track of Sony E phones since about last summer.

  5. PathogenAntifreeze says:

    So the W395 is a renamed W580? That feature set has been out for years now. And the C903 is another phone they’ll taunt people with that won’t come out anytime soon with US 3G frequencies? They do not specify when the C903a will release. I’ve been waiting for the C905a, announced in June and they suggest it might come out in the US sometime in the next six months!

    I’m giving up and going Nokia soon, despite loving the SE platform. Nokia does the same thing with delaying US releases, but their current available line-up is not as bad as this. I know we’re not the sexiest market in terms of our cellular providers not being full featured, etc… but they’re building devices with our frequencies for markets like Canada… they *could* manage to sell a few unlocked via Amazon, etc… if they wanted to. I don’t understand the utility of their “taunt the US customers” business model.

  6. Thanks for posting. I like all the models of Sony Ericsson. I am excited about Sony Ericsson C905. There are many rocking features of Sony Ericsson C905. It has a 8.1 MP camera. The performance of this cell phone is amazing.The feature of stereo Bluetooth is very good. The design is very appealing to the eyes.For more details refer
    http://www.etechreviews.net/review-of-sony-ericsson-cyber-shot-c905-att-cell-phone/

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