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Sony Ericsson W595 review

Sony's W595 MusicStation equipped multimedia phone looks set to be a sure-fire hit with those who like their pop music Tested at £0.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

If you’re a fan of pop music, and like to keep your library fresh, a MusicStation mobile well worth investigating


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    Feels good in the hand

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    smart interface

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    MusicStation software has plenty of appeal

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    decent sound


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    Variable MusicStation file sizes

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    no headphone jack

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    could be slightly more intuitive

While the Sony Ericsson W595 is a fairly smart new mobile, our main interest in this product comes as an opportunity to try out the integrated MusicStation application.

For either £1.95 a week or as part of your monthly subscription price, this exclusive-to-Vodafone service allows you to download, play and share more than three million tracks – and growing –wherever you are.

The service downloads music via 3G or 2.5G (depending on reception), and in the eAAC+ format. Music is stored on the 40MB phone memory or on a micro card of your choice.

It's a decent handset, and the interface is fairly intuitive – with the odd foible.

And it doesn't sound too bad at all. Listening to Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me, it's a lively, surprisingly detailed sound, if a touch lightweight.

We like this phone, we like MusicStation. With much more functionality promised, especially across other platforms, it's an application to keep an eye on.

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