Feeds

Hands on with Sony's first Walkman smartphone

Nibbling at Apple?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

3GSM It's in the collegiate spirit of the GSM show that manufacturers can glad hand their rivals on each other's stands without resort to subterfuge.

In a show bereft of show-stoppers, Sony Ericsson's new 'Walkman' phone drew plenty of interest from other handset manufacturers, with the company's stand crowded to near sinking point.

While PalmOS kernel chief (and former BeOS kernel chief) Cyril Meurillon checked out the Sony Ericsson's P990, we spotted Motorola and Palm staff giving the 950 the once over.

And the verdict from the visitors we spoke to was fairly positive. Sony Ericsson claims to have sold three million Walkman-branded phones, but this is the most ambitious yet: the company's first Walkman smartphone (as opposed to a feature phone), and the first in the range that's really designed from the ground-up around music.

The W950 is essentially the same phone as the M600 that Sony Ericsson announced a couple of weeks ago. It's styled along the lines of what we'll call a flattened tube, similar to the company's V600i 3G handset.

It's light and responsive, with a nice matte texture, and while it's a general purpose Symbian phone that runs third party applications, it's very much geared around music, as you'd expect.

Instead of the M600's faux, two-letters-per-key QWERTY keyboard, there's a conventional dialpad, but this is recessed under a perfectly smooth surface. Fear not, however, there are real buttons underneath, so pressing a key gives you a little travel. Both phones are designed for one-handed use - but both have pen input too, using Symbian's UIQ 3.0 user interface.

Sony Ericsson Walkman W950 Music Smartphone

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.