If you didn't stand up to salute the solid black slabbiness that is the new Sony Ericsson W902, we've got something else that may excite you.
It's the new Sony Ericsson W595 -- another Walkman handset, only this time a slider, and a little less expensive (how cheap is still to be confirmed). We first discussed it last month when the sheets covering it were first pulled off, but now we've got a prototype model in-house to fondle. Courteously, of course.
Like the W902, the W595 has been given a solid build and a good keyboard, although the buttons are pretty stiff. Hopefully this will change before the final model is released.
Layout-wise, it mirrors the W760i -- a phone we're oh so fond of, despite its 'I can do everything to a reasonable standard' attitude towards phonemanship. As we see with every Sony Ericsson Walkman, there's no proper headphone socket. You've got to use a crappy, proprietary adaptor to fit your decent headphones into the crappy, proprietary headphone socket.
And don't forget there's no flash on the 3.2-megapixel camera -- this is only a music phone after all. On the other hand, stereo speakers are integrated onto the end of the handset. These always make music sound like a rodent being tortured in boiling fat, but the kids like them. Sadly.
Don't miss our previous coverage of the phone for all the specifications and interior details. The W595 will launch towards the end of the year, before which we'll have a full review.
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