25 Nov 2008

Sony Ericsson W595 review

updated: 25 Nov, 2008

Bought a new phone from the 3 store in Coventry city centre today and was really excited. It is the Sony Ericsson W595. It is a slider phone and really looks sleek.

The phone is one of the models in their Walkman series and you might have guessed by the name, is targeted at people who use their phones to listen to music. It even has a "share jack”, which allows you to share your favourite songs with a friend by plugging in two sets of headphones. The phone has several features which should appeal to the younger generation. This includes an FM Radio, an innovative "shake control" where you can control various features of the music player by shaking the phone. Another feature present on various Sony Ericsson phones is the MusicID system. If you hear a tune and want it on your phone or just want to know the details, you can use MusicID to get the song name, artist and album to your phone within seconds and you can then buy it online. And Yeah! the sound was quite good.


The phone has a 40MB memory and also came with a 2GB M2 card (totally free). One of the reasons I bought the phone is that it has a 3.2 megapixel camera with 2.5x Digital zoom and is also a video calling camera. Another reason is that my wife has the Sony Ericsson K660i and after trying it out found out that Sony Ericsson phones are not that bad. In fact, the W595 is my first Sony Ericsson mobile.

Best of all, the phone is very affordable and within my budget - only £2 per month for a 18 month's contract + £15 for their 300 minutes package.


When I took the phone out of the box, it took me a while to take off the back cover of the phone so that I could insert the SIM card and the battery. I was scared that I might break it trying to open the cover.

The phone did have some shortcomings apart from the ones listed above. First of all, the M2 card slot is inside under the SIM card. It also doesn't' have a flash for the camera. The keys are not soft to the touch as well. However, one major issue that I have with this phone is the fact that Skype is not compatible with this phone. I confirmed this with a customer service guy.

I wonder why the 3 website mentions that Skype is compatible with the phone when it clearly isn't.

I really like this phone but the main reason I bought it was because I thought it had Skype as well. Now have to find a Skype compatible phone within my budget. Too bad I didn't get the chance to fully try this phone out.

23 Nov 2008

#1 Knighthood player in Warwick

One of my favourite games on FaceBook is Knighthood, an online multiplayer role playing game where you recruit friends as vassals, construct and expand buildings, rise in rank (I am now a Viscount on Knighthood), form alliances and even attack other players.

There have been several updates and among the new developments is that players in peace mode are now included in the rankings and symbolized by a crown with a laurel wreath. Previously you needed to be in war mode to be ranked.

Quite surprised to learn that I am now the #1 player of the game in the University of Warwick.


If you are Facebook, do join my kingdom.

8 Nov 2008

Top 5 rated Twitter users in Coventry

According to the Twitter Grader, I am the 4th top rated Twitter user in Coventry, UK.

Not bad.


Got to know about Twitter Grader from Jason Goh's blog.

7 Nov 2008

Boosting your wifi signal DIY

I was going through YouTube and came across this clip with a crazy idea - using paper and kitchen foil to boost the wifi signal of your router.

It was almost too good to be true but I gave it a try and it works.

Just go over to Freeantennas.com to download the diagram, cut it and just glue some foil, fix it on top of the antenna of your wifi router and you are done. Just make sure that it points in the direction of your computer.

3 Nov 2008

Skypephone now with SkypeOut

One of my major complaints about my old Skypephone was that it didn't allow SkypeOut. I first read that the 3 network was going to allow SkypeOut from compatible mobile phones on their network on the 3 Mobile Buzz blog.

I was really excited when I found out that my wife's new Sony Ericsson K660i came with the new Skype software that allows you to make SkypeOut calls from the mobile - only to phones abroad. However, I was unhappy that I was stuck with the old software on my mobile phone and I couldn't find any info regarding this issue on the 3 website.

Well a few days back, I was playing around with my phone and found out that I could upgrade to the latest software for FREE by downloading the latest software developed by iSkoot

I can now make cheap calls to phones outside the UK using my SkypeOut credit.

1 Nov 2008

New Dell Inspiron

Today is my wife's birthday and I had wanted to get her a new mobile phone but she went ahead and bought herself a new one. I had no choice but to think of some other gift. She's always hogging my PC and complaining that it's not fast enough all the time, so I decided to get her one as well - another Dell Inspiron 530. I guess you can call me a loyal Dell customer - after all I bought two PCs in one year.

dell inspiron

I know it looks the same from the outside - it's what is inside that matters. Well my old (and cheap) Dell PC has an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with 2MB cache, 1 Gig DDR2 667MHz RAM and 250GB Hard Drive. The new one has the Intel Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q9300 Processor (2.5GHz, 6MB cache, 1333MHz FSB) and 4GB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM (4x1024). It also has a massive 500GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive (I am not comparing with some of you guys who can't get enough hard drive storage).

I had some other options added including an Internal PCI 802.11b/g Wireless Network Card. Some great options like the 19-in-1 Media Card Reader, 256MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 3450 graphics card and Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio were included in the package.

Of course, it is not as cheap as the previous Dell but I found out that it was the cheapest available in the market with similar specs. We also need a higher spec PC to run some of the software for our research work including the SPSS statistical software. The old PC was sometimes frustratingly slow when it came to running some of the software I need to use.

No such problems with the new PC though. Really happy with its performance.

The new PC cost me a total of £509.01 (inclusive of delivery and VAT). Fortunately, I got £70 off the net price.