The Sony Ericsson Walkman range of music orientated mobile phones has just been expanded to include the manufacturers latest release, the Sony Ericsson W890i.
This new model is a direct upgrade to the hugely popular Sony W880i and takes on a very similar cosmetic appearance, however the Sony W890i offers some far superior features, upgraded camera and new technology that gives it its rightful position as top Walkman phone.
There has been a lot of speculation about the release of this new Sony phone as some retailers started to take pre-orders way back in autumn 2007, not knowing the final shipping price of the product has led to many disgruntled customer simply canceling their orders and waiting for the official release of the phone.
Well, that time has now come and already today the blogs have forums have lit up with the news that UK retailers have had their first deliveries of the W890i, to further excite the Walkman enthusiast the retailers have also started to offer the handset at surprisingly competitive prices when compared with previous product launches from the Walkman range.
The Sony Ericsson W890i has initially been released with a Silver casing, there are also further colour variants to follow which include a Black and Brown edition of the phone, the first network that the handset is being offered on is O2 UK but again further network launches are expected very soon as the popularity of the W890i starts to lift.
The Sony Ericsson W890i, successor to the popular W880i, sees welcomed improvements to both functionality and overall design.
Although the dimensions are pretty much identical to that of the W880i, the W890i has gained some weight with all the extra functionality onboard and the battery life has certainly been improved now offering 9hrs of talktime. The camera has been upgraded to 3.2 mega pixels offering higher resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and autofocus functionality plus supported by a larger 2 inch display screen.
Video calling is available with the presence of a secondary camera and the Walkman Player 3.0 with TrackID music recognition and Music DJ Services has been joined by a built-in FM Radio offering RDS. As already ascertained, the Sony Ericsson W890i Walkman Phone is of course 3G enabled with access to a wide range of 3G Services using the HSDPA connection.
As with its predecessor, the Sony Ericsson W890i is equipped with Stereo Bluetooth Wireless, USB connectivity and GPRS but now includes EDGE Technology on top of that. With faster connections and data transfer times, accessing online content and downloading files and images is much easier and for more of a pleasurable experience.
Available in either Espresso Black, Mocho Brown or Sparkling Silver, the Sony Ericsson W890i has something for everyone. RSS feeds keep you posted with the latest news and sports headlines, weather updates and more whilst the 2GB memory stick included in the package proves more than enough memory.
The Sony Ericsson W890i is slightly longer in overall length than the W880i and adds 0.4 grams to the weight plus 0.5mm to the depth, however this is to accommodate the extra technology and features and to be honest, it is hardly noticeable and very clever of the manufacturer to manage to cram that much specification into was is officially the slimmest Walkman mobile phone of its calibre.