What Can I Say? It's Perfect!
I bought this phone in February 2007...i'd saved up for a while, and got it for £120 (which was cheap at the time) from 02's online shop...
As a sidepoint - I would never buy directly from 02 again, customer service was just terrible - i was meant to get an extra £20 discount which i never got, and the phone was meant to come with free speakers which also never came - repeated complaints to 02 have never been answered, aside from "we're dealing with it - it's now 7 months later!
Anyway back to the phone,...i bought it in Feb 2007, and it was absolutely brilliant, unfortunately I went swimming around June with it in the pocket of my shorts! I've never felt so bad, because that phone was my pride and joy, and it was beyond repair!
So i waited till i saved up for another phone...It's September 2007 now, and i bid for a used W810i on ebay yesterday which looked ok aside from having scratches on it's screen, set my maximum bid in at £75, someone else got it for £77 & £7 p&p...i was damn annoyed! - So i went down my local tescos and found a brand new one for £79.99 when i took it to the checkout they said i was entitled to £20 free phone credit! So I'm chuffed!!
Morale of that story is shop around - there are bargains to be had on ebay, but it's not always the best.
Right now really to the phone -
I've had 2 models of Sony Ericssons now, the K350i and the W810i - having previously had a Sagem (terrible!) Panasonic (was ok, for a year) Nokia (ok, but nothing amasing and died after 1 and a half years) and Motorolas (not so great)...i turned to the first of my Sony Ericssons, and found it brilliant, i kept it for over 2 years and it was fantastic in its day....i would now never dream of buying anything other than Sony..,...so I went for the W810i.
My friends were getting the W850 at the time, but i couldn't afford it and the W810i has pretty much the same features so i wasn't so jealous.
The phone was a dream. The screen is fantastic quality and resolution the colours are so bright and crisp, pictures are displayed brilliantly, the walkman is fantastic, easy to use and understand...great sound off it, with Sony's Megabass feature on the phone...The radio function is crystal. I've never had a problem with the calls.
I really don't understand some people complaining about the battery. I thought it was one of the most brilliant things of the phone - The battery is amasing! It lasts for ages, and charges breathtakingly fast - takes hardly any time - it absolutely eclipses any other phone's battery around.
The only minuses i could find? Well the fact that you can't use your own headphones - you have to have the Sony Ericsson special plughead to fit into the phone, and it is known to break off, and did on my last phone - so be careful with them! Personally i listen to my phone on the loudspeaker anyway, if i want to listen to music with headphones i use my actual 20Gig MP3 player.
It comes with half a gig of Memory, which you can upgrade to 4Gig, and even 8Gig...the half a gig is very nice tho...there is a way if you can find out how ;) to get videos from the net on to the phone, which is brilliant! I keep loads of family guy and music videos on mine!
The old sony ericssons used to have a problem with the joypad packing in totally - glad to say Sony have resolved this with the Walkman series and here in the W810i and its no longer a problem.
All in all its truely a legend among phones - an amasing phone!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
I was after an MP3 player/phone combination and after reading all the reviews, this was widely acclaimed as the best available.
I like the phone as a unit, by modern standards it's relatively chunky with a reassuring weight and aesthetically it's a good looker.
After owning Nokias for years I find the keypad layout a little difficult to navigate but I'm sure it's just a question of time. The MP3 playing capabilities are stunning and the sound quality through the provided headset is as good as any I've heard, whether from a phone or dedicated media player (including ipods). It has been upgraded with a 4 gig memory card which is currently half full with about 40 albums on it.
It has a good camera but this is over-complicated by too many options - it is, after all, only 2 Mega pixels and inevitably the picture quality is limited.
One down side of the phone comes with phone operation. I text a lot and the keypad is far from precise. The buttons are occasionally vague which doesn't inspire confidence and the key labels are very hard to see in the dark as the back lighting is too subtle for me.
My main gripe however is the disc to phone software used for transferring MP3 files to the memory card. It is possible to transfer files to the card using other methods but the phone is very likely to fail to recognise them, this then causes a domino effect can affect the integrity of other files on the card. To be sure, one has to use the provided software and it takes an age. My computer is a very fast, high end machine but it still takes 5-10 minutes to load an album onto the phone. For me this is a major drawback on a phone which is aimed at this particular market.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the phone but there's no doubt it could be better!
Would I recommend it? Yes, if your music is important to you then you won't find a better phone/mp3 player out there at the moment (although I haven't had a chance to play with the new W960 yet).
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Sony Walkman W810i Mobile Phone
In my humble opinion the very best phone Sony have produced to date. None of the problems like the K series joystick lack of functionality due to dirt ingress, robust design (and I have dropped every one of the three I have owned - often on concrete) and an excellent battery life to boot! Discontinued by Sony these phones are well worth getting hold of even as a backup.
They are easy to use with good sized buttons. It is rare to press a key you didn't intend to and the only bit you have to keep an eye on is fluff entering the memory stick cover on the side. It take a Pro Duo type which is compatible across quite a few of the Sony range - I interchange mine with my T7 Cybershot camera. Easy to connect to PC although I wouldn't recommend using the Sony software - if you have XP or higher just plug and play. The camera is reasonable quality and has quite a few features. The light can be used independently which makes it extremely useful as a torch. On a number of occasions I have forgotten to switch the light off and have never had the phone go flat before I managed to turn it off - sometimes 6+ hours!
The Walkman headphones can be slightly difficult to seat comfortably in your ear sometimes and because the outer soft rubber cup is so soft they can fall out if you don't clip the cable to your shirt/jacket/tie/other garment. Excellent sound quality for a phone and various equalizer settings (with Mega Bass! - oooh!) makes using it as a Walkman easy. The microphone is sensitive and generally handles other background noise quite well.
Connectivity is good with Bluetooth and all the headsets I have used have good range. The shape is convenient (even if it is a little boring) for most generic car cradles - just don't put it on the top of the dash and expect it to stay there when you corner! It is not the lightest phone and will exit stage left.
All in all an excellent all rounder for my purposes and durable beyond all reasonable expectations. If you keep to the original Sony battery it should last at least three years (all mine have) - in fact I have not had to buy a replacement battery yet. Even for the second hand one I bought as an emergency backup a year ago!
It is not hip and trendy but if you need a phone that will stand the test of time I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This phone is great. Best phone I have ever had
It has an excellent 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, a flash and autofocus.The camera is easy to use and has easy access controls for the zoom, autofocus and the shutter. Controls for the contrast, image effects and size can also be accessed easily and you can switch to video recording mode simply by flicking the joystick up.The display is a large TFT so can be viewed even in bright sunshine. It has 262k colours and a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels.
The W810i has an excellent stereo MP3 player and an FM RDS radioThe Walkman music player button on the front of your phone instantly activates the music player and plays the last track you were listening to. The RDS feature on the FM radio brings information from the radio station directly to the phone's display.With 20MB of internal memory and the option to expand this to 512MB with an external memory card, you can store up to 175 songs on your phone.
It has a 40-voice polyphonic sound enabling 40 notes to be played simultaneously so the polyphonic and MP3 ringtones sound good.Bluetooth, USB and infrared are the three connections available for this phone. Using the USB cable allows you to connect your phone to a PC, whilst Bluetooth and infrared are a wireless connection to another device with the same capabilities. The range for Bluetooth can be up to 10 metres apart.The W810i has a full-function internet browser that connects with EDGE giving you up to three times faster communication rates then GPRS.This phone operates on a quad-band frequency so is capable of working in Europe, America and Japan. The battery life is also really good as it has a standby of 350 hours.Overall this phone is great value for money with top features such as the Walkman music player and camera. With excellent memory you can use these great features to their full extent. We would definitely recommend this phone.Features of the Sony Ericsson W810i include:
Camera: 2 megapixels, 4x digital zoom, autofocus, photo light,
Video Camera: Video clip, Video record, Video streaming, VideoDJ™
Display: 262,144-colour TFT, 176x220 pixels
Music Player: MP3/AAC, MusicDJ™, PlayNow™, Flight mode
Ringtones: Polyphonic ringtones
Connectivity: Bluetooth™, EDGE, Fast port, GPRS, Infrared, Synchronization PC, USB mass storage, USB support
Memory: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ support, Phone memory 20MB (Actual free memory may vary due to phone pre-configuration)
Messaging: Email, MMS (Multimedia messaging), Predictive text input, SMS long (Text messaging), Sound recorder
Internet: Access NetFront™ Web Browser, Modem, WAP 1.2.1, WAP 2.0 XHTML
Size: 100 x 46 x 19.5 mm
This phone is great. The best phone I have ever had. Well worth getting if you can get hold of it. Well worth it!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
I have had one of these on and off since they first came out and the reason for that is it is a very high quality item with no discernible flaws. It is attractive, ergonomically brilliant(the keypad and navigation key provide easy interaction), battery life is superb, call quality excellent. It also has the best 2 megapixel camera on the market with autofocus and good flash. There are also those little details which show that the makers have gone that extra mile such as the display light sensor which adjusts the display and backlighting according to the ambient illumination.
The display has interchangeable wallpapers and themes depending on your mood, the same for both ringtones, message alerts and alarm tones(any mp3 for example). All of which can be stored on a removable memory card and accessed directly(as opposed to other phones that require you to save them to your phones limited memory).
Communication with your pc can be done either with the enclosed usb cable or a bluetooth dongle with the PC Suite software. This also allows you the option of charging your phone from the computer whilst you download or upload pics and mp3s.
In conclusion, having owned many, many mobile phones I have yet to find one that ticks all the boxes in the way that this does. Go ahead and buy one now if you want style, functionality and affordable quality.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.