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Sony Ericsson Walkman W890i mobile phone

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Alternatively, the nav-pad provides quick access to four user-definable features, while the Activity button handily whips you straight into a collection of shortcuts and folders for key features that are useful to have at your fingertips, such as Bluetooth, TrackID and the phone's version of the Google Maps app.

Music is naturally the chart-topping feature on this Walkman phone. Tap the side button and your tunes appear in the snappy Walkman Player 3.0 user interface. Its look and feel extends to other media, presenting videos and photos in a similarly pleasing way.

Sony Ericsson W890i mobile phone

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Slick, stylish graphics are layered to make choosing and playing tracks a breeze. Tunes are arranged by a number of categories, including artists, albums, tracks, playlists, genre, year, audiobooks and podcasts.

These categories are assigned if you sync up the phone using Sony Ericsson’s Media Manager software, part of its PC Suite, and the supplied USB cable. You can drag and drop tracks to the phone too - a less sophisticated alternative.

With high-speed 3G HSDPA on board, the W890i enables fairly fast downloads of songs and videos over the air from mobile network operators’ own-brand music services. The phone has built-in links to Sony Ericsson’s m-buzz and PlayNow services for streaming and downloading content.

Anyone pocketing a Walkman phone expects a high-quality mobile music phone, and the W890i delivers a fine all-round audio performance. The supplied two-piece earphones are of a higher quality than you’d expect for a mobile phone, are a selection of rubber sleeves are provided to ensure a comfortable in-ear fit. Sound quality is impressive: it's well balanced, with plenty of bass and high-end detail. Plug a pair of higher quality headphones in the mid-cable 3.5mm socket and you get top-notch music player performance.

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