Pros phone quality, speaker quality, flashlight, included accessories
Cons Cingular has made a gelding out of this thing...
Summary I just got this phone recently, and while I am quite happy with it there were a few problems i noticed straight away, both of which i can deal with if i choose.
First, straight out of the box there is an audible hiss when listening to music at lower volumes. At the lowest and second lowest volume levels it almost eclipses the music. I was extremely frustrated because i wanted to like this phone. However, when i just decided to plug in my ipod headphones (the included headphones seperate at the hands free speaker, so you don't even need an adapter to listen to your regular headphones) which are just the default headphones that came with my ipod 2 years ago... and the difference was amazing. I'd say the noise levels were reduced by at least 75%. It is still noticable, but just barely. One problem solved... (also... the headphones in box are really odd... the right ear cord is 1/3 the length of the left ear cord... fairly obnoxious but not an issue anymore since i'm not using them)
The other problem is with cingular's disabling of features, protection of useless ringtones and stupid videos. Imagine if Best Buy or CC limited your 1080p HDTV to 480p just so you'd have to buy a new one when broadcasts were available in 1080p? Or if an 80GB tivo came with 70GB of crap that you couldn't delete?
Also, the button with the cingular man that takes me to the cingular media mall whenever i press it (especially vexing when it is an accident). Cingular has also decided to limit the use of mp3s as ringtones to those files less than 600k in size... and then charging $2.49 for those same ringtones on their website. Yes, i can go to the trouble of manipulating my mp3s to be reduced in size so they will be available... but for the same trouble, i might as well just pay $12 or whatever and have the phone de-branded.
Other than that... it really is great on the part of SE to include the headphones and USB cable - something that a) i'm surprised Cingular didn't disallow themselves to make an extra $75 or so and b)no one else with mp3 capable phones seems to be doing.
I'd definitely recommend this phone, but make sure you use your own headphones, and do some research on de-branding the phone, if just to be able to use it at its full capabilities.
Pros good mp3 player, well integrated. nice screen
Cons function/soft keys are kind of small take some gettin used too
Summary I picked up this phone the day after Cingular started carrying it here in Minneapolis. Haven't had a problem with the "call dropping" others have had, yet. Love the mp3 player. THat's the main reason i got it. Easy to use in conjunction with the phone, or can be standalone music player. Screen is nice and big. THe raised numbers on the keypad make it hard to make a mistake dialing. Dedicated keys for music or the net are nice. Connects to cingular's media net pretty rapidly. Gives me email notification for my yahoo acount.
This is the nicest phone i've ever owned. So i love it of course. I do wish it had a headphone jack directly on the phone, instead of having to use the adapter through the phone port. And the function buttons and soft keys can seem a little crowded. I'm getting used to it though. I'll probably find more stuff to nag on eventually. I've been too busy filling the memory stick i bought for it.
I'd recomend it to anyone looking for a mp3player/phone. For me, it's functioned flawlessly thus far. It's nice that Cingular is carrying it too now. I was able to pick it up for $99. I've seen it even cheaper elsewhere too. Got over 500 songs on a 2gb memory stick i picked up for $60. Seems a pretty good deal for mp3 player/phone. I was actually pretty close to buying an unlocked one off of ebay too. Glad i waited.
Pros The telephone has a lot of great features.
Cons Overall sound volume is too low.
Summary I have not come across many perfect products and while the W810i is not prefect, it is definitely an outstanding one. There are some improvements that could be made, but overall I think it is a real winner.
The most glaring flaw is the user manual. Manufactures spend a great deal of time and money developing new products such as this one and yet totally neglect the documentation that would allow their end users to fully use it. The user manual that accompanies the W810i is incomplete and the index is almost completely useless. You have to hunt to find information in it and many times the necessary information is absent. If you are not a gadget friendly person, you may have a difficult time locating all the features. I would suggest playing with the phone's menu and go thought every link.
Camera: After reconfiguring it to take a higher quality shot, it seems to work quite well. The flash (light) apparently must be turned on manually, but will automatically turn off after you shoot the photo.
Walkman: The MP3 player will take some time to learn, but I like it. Remember to adjust the equalizer or the volume might be too low for you. The built-in speakers are a bit tinny and weak, but when properly adjusted the Walkman sounds good via a decent set of ear buds. (not the ones the come with the phone). I like the feature that automatically transfers you to an incoming call when listening and returns you to your MP3 upon disconnecting. The FM radio is a cool feature and works great, but remember you must plug in your headset cord for it to operate.
Phone: The volume of the phone's ear piece is low, even for those with good hearing. However, I found there is a huge difference in volume when you move the phone around your ear. In one position you can barely hear the caller and in another position the volume is quite sufficient. Take the time to find your "sweat spot" and you should be okay. After finding mine, I have no problems hearing my callers. You can also kick the volume up by using a Bluetooth headset.
Ringer tone: Contrary to what you might have read, yes you can use your MP3s as ringer tones. However, for some reason they do not always work. You will have to play with it. The volume of the ringer tone is adjustable. But, even with it on it highest setting you may find to it be a little too low. Especially, if you have the phone in an enclosed case. To compensate download a louder ringer tone or MP3 and use it. Also, unless you are really quick on the draw, you may want to extend the time the phone rings prior to sending your caller to voice mail.
Calendar / Contacts: I like the fact that you can synchronize the phone with Outlook. It is a real time saver!
If I made only one recommendation to Sony about the W810i, it would be to turn up the overall volume of its components. They all seem a little on the low side and may turn off some users.
Well, as I said few products are prefect, but in this imperfect world the W810i is a terrific product and I would highly recommend it. It tries to do a lot and actually does most of them very well.
Pros Camera, Reception, Music, Size, Flashilight, Voice Dial, EVERYTHING!
Cons Some of the buttons for navigation are a bit close together.
Summary I am i firm believer in windows smart phones. I have yet to find any phone that could replace my old one, until this phone! I have the 4GB memory card so i have a large music library on it. The Java application hasnt been messed with by Cingular... so i have Google Maps, Opera Mini Browser and Google Gmail loaded and can efficiently use them. The phone also comes with Yahoo mail and messenger so i can stay connected wirelessly. The headset that comes with it can have the ear pieces removed so that you can add youre own headphones or connect to your home stereo without any trouble. Although it is only EDGE, the data speeds are still more then sufficient to do most all of your basic surfing and functions through Opera. Music playback is perfect and so is the built in FM radio receiver. The Speaker phone is clear and loud enough to use in most all settings and the camera even comes with a bright LED light for pictures as well as use as a flashlight. The voice dial feature works great and allways recognizes who i want to call even if i might not say the name exactly how its entered into the phone. This phone has it all and there isnt anything i am missing since i replaced my Smartphone.
Cons It can be too sylish when u dress down...
Summary After giving up on my K700i, I have awaited to own/upgrade another candy bar phone with features that encompasses the *************** of a stylish phone,an music player, and a decent camera...
The W810i is more than just an upgrade of its predecessors, its an ergonomically-correct light phone with so much more in it!
This is a TOTAL to-die-and-rise-from-the-dead for phone!
I LOVE THIS BABY!