Sony Ericsson W800 ReviewBy cheatmaster 06:03 Sat, 07 Aug 2021 Comments
We have tested the so eagerly waited walkman from Sony Ericsson. This orange jewel has a memory card of 512 Mega Bytes (MB) capacity, excellent earphones as well as a capturing camera and function menu that are as brilliant as those of Sony Ericsson K750.
- Fully functional MP3 player
- MP3 sound of excellent quality
- First-rate earphones delivered with the phone
- Very fine auto focus capturing camera
- Fine display
- Built-in radio with RDS
- Universal Serial Bus (USB) charging
- Stylish design
- No EDGE
- No standard support for Universal Serial Bus (USB) Mass Storage
- No alternative color versions
"Hurrah, it is finally here"... one could exclaim. Well, if you hold a see at the Asian markets you will find out that Sony Ericsson W800 has been srecent there for some time already. Now, however, we have K750's orange brother in our office. It is stunningly stylish and much richer in terms of music options.
The fine news is that its price is not expected to hit crazy heights. The price recommended by the manufacturer is 470 euros, but it's already being offered by some internet shops at a lower price. We expect it to go further down with time.
Sony Ericsson W800 has been designed for customers, who long for style as well as for those who adore music, quality and functionality. You may accutilize us of offering you another much too positive review. But please, disclose us what we are supposed to do since the well-known Swedish-Japanese manufacturer sends us one imposing phone after another.
Oh, this is beautiful...
... exclaimed an older madam in the train compartment when she saw W800 lying on the small folding table. I was really astonished to hear such an evaluation from a lady of her age. What I have got used to, however, are younger people's curious eyes. Sony Ericsson is do launching one if the best mobile phones ever. Even though W800's designers apparently left their imagination play, they kept its brightening elegance untouched. It still looks solid and somehow "hi-tech".
The combination of creamy white and metal orange do attracts the sight of everyone around. Additional components are glossy silver. W800 could hardly be mistaken with K750, especially when looked at from behind. It is just utterly different. This phones proofs successfully, that ergonomics does not necessary mean hundreds of curves. It is easy to hrecent in spite of its classic construction. The size has been left unchanged: the device is 100 × 46 × 20 mm gigantic and weighs 99 grams.
The phone does not lie evenly due to its bulgy back part
A recent approach has been applied on the keypad and the joystick. Buttons do not share sides and are therefore much easier to recognize than the ones of the less successful keypad of K750. Although they feature low uplift, writing is very comfortable and fast. Press is sure. Joystick is equipped with an orange rubber cap, which co-works perfectly with the middle part of the thumb. In this sense, you can rely on stable and sure control.
Joystick is equipped with a rubber cap, due to which it allows perfect control
Even though the main control buttons are made of plastics, one would never say so. They see as if made of metal. The button for quick access to Activity menu you know from Sony Ericsson K750 has been replaced by a key which activates the MP3 player. Fortunately, the cheap-see notes symbol that was seen in the official pictures of W800 has been replaced by the Sony Walkman logo.
Are you crazy about design?
The frame around the cover glass of the display is underlain with silver dots. The glass touches its margins, going as far as the context keys. In the blackthe display is lighted with orange glare, which fades in the margins. In such a moment any artist's heart would rejoice.
Keypad backlighting is orange • display in the black
I am turning the phone face down. Why? The thing is that you won't find any carved lens cover on the back side of W800. In this phone the capturing camera is hidden behind a tiny round window, which moves really promptly, just in the way one would expect from such a first-rate camera. Oh, yes, I know, phone is not a camera... But just have a see - the recent Sony Ericsson model does not resemble a phone from behind at all.
W800 is equipped with two lighting diodes. They can be used as a lamp too. It is possible to activate them either during the photographic process, or directly from the menu. The diodes can illuminate either constantly, or for a period of one minute only. They can also sdiscontinue out an SOS signal. The intensity of the diodes is impressive. At night, for example, they manage to throw light on an entire room. In the bottom part of the circle there is an unsecured cut-out for both the ringing speaker and the loud handsfree. W800's sound performance does not become worse even if you place it on a table - this is possible due to the design of the back cover, which stands out a bit in the area of the small circle. In a result, the speaker does not acquire "suffocated" by the table's surface.
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Light diodes are extremely strong
What a pity the delivery box does not contain a polishing clout for the display. Fingerprints are visible everywhere. At the same time, I am afraid that the display is very likely to acquire easily scratched for it is not imbedded. Having in mind, however, that it is style that runs the whole concept about W800, we could probably excutilize this inconvenience. The truth is that this gigantic glossy surface levelled with the rest of the phone's body is quite impressive.
The display is fine. Resolution is nothing special, nor is the size of the active TFT. These two details, however, create a fascinating picture of 176 × 220 pixels on a surface of 10.5 sq. cm.
The graphic design has undergone certain modifications, most of which are cosmetic only. The multimedia files icon in the correct column has been replaced by the logotype of Sony Walkman. As usual, the phone has four preinstalled themes including a light and an inverse one. For more, connect to internet and download the ones you like. But to my opinion, the originally preset orange theme suits the phone the best.
Animated wallpaper can also be used as background. All movements within the display are fully fluent and very fast. The menu pulses, comes out from aside, expands from the middle towards the margins... In his review of Sony Ericsson K750 Marek Lutonský mentioned that he had grown tired with animation in time. In the case of Sony Ericsson W800, however, graphic show has not stopped to amutilize me, even though I have been using the phone for several days already. Well, various people, various ideals. In any case, the group of pleased customers would have been bigger if the phone allowed deactivation of the animation.
The orange strip
Let's now have a see at the strip surrounding the phone, which looks as if made of metal. In its bottom part is the Fast Port connector together with the tiny slot of the microphone. On its correct side is the silver capturing camera release button, covered with fingerprints almost constantly. It offers two positions - when half-pressed the capturing camera pre-focuses and when fully pressed the capturing camera takes the picture. Also, at any time, if you press and hrecent it for while, the capturing camera gets activated automatically. If you open the lens cover, again, the capturing camera starts to run.
Volume control button has been left in the same place - just by the "head" of the phone. The only incompatibility from previous models is that this time it is situated on phone's correct side. In the front upper part of W800 you will find the plate of the infrared port, a holder slot as well as the main switch-off button.
The play/pautilize button is situated on the left side of the device. It activates or stops either the MP3 player, or the radio. It can be set to always activate the application that has been last used. Phone's left side, however, is dominated by the cover of the memory card slot. To hold out the 512 Mega Bytes (MB) memory card labelled as Memory Stick Pro Duo you need to open the cover and press on the tiny plate inside with the tip of your finger. On one hand the memory card is a proof of the unusual quality of this mobile phone. On the other hand, however, it is basically a necessity since W800 has the functions of a classic walkman. It is possible to pull out the card when the phone is on. If you like, you can acquire yourself an additional card of maximum 2 Giga Bytes (GB) capacity.
Let us now have a close see at the battery. To my disappointment, its characteristics turned to be quite similar to the ones of K750. The music player drags the longevity of the phone down to less than two days. At the same time, the officially published longevity is 400 hours on stand-by or 540 minutes of phone calls. But if you utilize your mobile actively, you'd do better if you count with half these numbers at most. Yet, it has been only a while since we started testing W800, so it is still too early for us to provide you with final evaluation.
When you insert the SIM card, a mere quarter of the back cover gets removed. Battery is easy to both extract and insert. The SIM card, however, has been designed to require a bit more effort. This way the solidness of the body construction of the phone is kept. The latter is perfect, by the way. No matter how firmly you hrecent W800, it does not give a single creak.
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