Sony Ericsson W995 Review


Welcome to the Sony Ericsson C995 mobile phone review. The C995 was released in early 2009 as the successor to the W705.  It is every so slightly bigger than the W705, probably due to the inclusion of the integrated A-GPS hardware!  It also features updated body and even higher grade of materials.  We think this is probably the best traditional slider mobile phone currently available.  Sure it not the best in every area but there are more positives than negatives.  As a top range phone this has the lot!

The W995 construction and materials is a standout amongst the competitors.  It looks great and the attention to detail is something we haven’t seen in a mobile phone for a while.  The buttons and everything else on the case the screen look great! The closest comparison to another model would be the Nokia N86 and side by side the W995 easily wins in the looks department. The Nokia N86 or Nokia 5360 look toy like compared to the W995.

The music capabilities and performance are excellent as you can guess for a music phone.  Many better websites than this report that the W995 has superior quality to the iPod. It also has a few interesting music related apps like shake control and SenseMe. We didn’t play with the camera so can’t comment but you can expect reasonable pictures.  If you familiar with a PS3 or PSP the Sony media bar is a easy to use.

The W995 also includes Wi-Fi and A-GPS so using the internet or navigation is good let down by the limited web browser. The web browser is good for a small mobile phone but since it’s has Wi-Fi you would expect better performance.  Once again Opera comes ot the rescue. The only issue we have is the small keypad.

Of note, the operating system menus work and look much better than those from from Nokia and Samsung.  It also proves you don’t need an Apple product to have a nice menu system.  It also works much faster than the W705 too!  Very smooth little phone.

The only flaw is that it can not play all video formats without some sort of conversion.  That said only Nokia S60 based phones have the necessary video playing capabilities that your after eg. N86, E71 etc…

We can go on about the little details that Sony Ericsson have put into the phone like the folding rear stand or chain support, the updated and animated operating system, lovely other construction details the metallic case the screen and so forth but we won’t because it speaks for its self.  Almost a fashion phone.  We like the W995 and recommend it if you want a very good traditional mobile phone and music player.



  • Sony Ericsson W995
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    3G 850/900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 7.2 data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2.0 data speed (upload)
  • Design
  • L95 x W49 x D15 mm
    Weight 98 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    LED Flash
    Autofocus and Digital zoom
  • Video Camera
    480x 272 pixel video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
  • Memory
    110MB available to user
    M2 card up to 8Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3 and others
  • Features
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery 950 mAh (BST-38)
    Up to 350 hours Standby
    Up to 9 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $499 AUS 2010 (Outright)