Pros 3-in-1 device , uncanny battery life
Cons Lack of some video format support
Summary All I wanna say is thank you Sony for bringing out a superb device such as this. I've been using this for two months and I honestly don't know what I’ll do without it. Although it did take me a long time to find a MP4 converter and researched for the perfect video settings. 3g would've been much easier I know but it's playback quality does not impress me. But after converting most of my videos and making them viewable in my W800i, I was a happy man.
I bought the W800i and K750i on the same day which one I gave my girlfriend as a gift and we would occasionally trade phones. The diff between the two phones are not really that big of a deal. You are still getting most of the good parts if you buy a K750i. What you pick is entirely it up to you. But each are definitely worth every penny.
Battery life is just unbelievable. How can a device that can do all these things comsume so less? My only problem with it is that holding and navigating through the menus of the device for a long time does hurt my hands a little.
Pros mp3 player sounds amazing, camera is very good, and overall functionality is easy and well thought out
Cons a few quirks, megabass is useless, software for pc interface is not easy to use and restrictive
Summary This phone plays music very well. It sounds great--it pushes a very broad range of frequencies. Bass is actually too much to handle. The stock earphones, even though very very good in sound quality, actually cannot handle the megabass output of the far majority of songs--there is distortion. I'm not sure what the problem is actually because I attached my really expensive over-the-ear headphones (sony mdr-7506) on, and I still hear distortion. So it could be the adapter between the phone and the headphones. Anyway, the basal level of bass output is ample. Take it from a guy who obsesses over sound quality, you'll be happy with the sound.
The camera is great. Not great compared to really nice dedicated digital cameras, but I would say just as good as older digital models (like really good ones two years ago). But hey, they offered 2 megapixels. I'll take the lower quality with the convenience of an all-in-one package. I'll excite you optimists out there: I'm still trying to understand how to optimize picture taking with this, but the best pictures I have are very nice to look at--clear and colorful.
And that reminds me...this gadget, while simple to use, has many, many features that you techies will appreciate. The camera settings; the detail you can input of your contacts--not a smartphone, mind you, but it does much more than a typical phone; and the phone organizes files downloaded from your computer (videos and mp3's) in an intuitive way. Just don't be afraid to do some trial and error...and that leads to some flaws of this phone.
The documentation on this phone is almost useless--just gives you instructions on basic functions. Yeah, that's really helpful for the majority of us, who pay a premium for a phone cuz we demand more than just basic functionality. The software for interfacing with the pc is good and bad. The mp3 transfer program is good. The syncing programs are not so good, as I had dupication issues when trying to sync with my outlook calender and contacts. But my previous phone was the Audiovox smartphone, and that had the ActiveSync program, which was amazing and I miss still (the phone was stolen, may it RIP).
And then there's bluetooth, which I love to use. It's great for sending/recieving photos and smaller videos, but the mp3's and syncing of information must be done over the usb interface. Kinda restricting IMO. I mean, you can certainly send mp3's over bluetooth, but for the mp3 to be integrated into the walkman [database], the mp3 must go through the transfer program (with usb).
One last thing, this is probably the longest review...anyway, about the internet setup. I haven't done it yet cuz it asks me to set up these "accounts." I don't know what it all means because I'm not really concerned with using email with this (cuz I use outlook, and this phone doesn't seem to support outlook email transfer). It could be complicated. But I also bought this phone unlocked (as you can't buy it from a provider as of yet), so I bet you have to go to cingular or t-mobile's site and input the settings for these "accounts" the phone asks for. If there's someone who knows anything about this, please add it to this review if possible. OK, I'm beat. I'm gonna stop. Hope this was useful.Updated
The Sony-Ericsson support website makes it very, very easy to setup internet browsing, emailing, and messaging for their unlocked phones.
The syncing program is working well actually. I just had a few duplication problems at the beginning, but they haven't come up since. I wish they'd somehow incorporate bluetooth-use though.
Finally, I have to remark on the battery. Reviews and advertisments praise the long battery life. Well, I had it on a setting that uses as much energy as possible--bluetooth on, magic word (so you can activate voice dialing without touching your phone) on, and music playing throughout--and it lasted 4 hours. Then with 18% battery life left, I switched the phone to miminal energy use (music player only on), and it lasted 2 and a half hours. The battery was at 6% capacity. With these numbers, I figure with only the music player on, it would last about 21 hours. I'll report on how well it works with the phone on (without magic word on, which the phone claims uses more energy--i'm thinking much more).Updated
Easy as pie. My initial review made it seem like it was difficult, but I was doing way too much to try getting it to work (like trying to manually add the synchro feature via XP). All I really needed to do was to turn on BT on my computer and the phone, let XP find the phone and communicate with it, and then run the sync program that comes with the phone.
I wanted to be able to take photos in darker environments so I bought the add-on flash. Totally worth it. You can take pictures in complete darkness and the pix come out clear and colorful. Obviously, pix with the flash as the only light source is far from optimal, but it eliminates any digital noise (blue lines in the pix) you would get from taking pix in the dark with just the built-in flash. Highly recommended. Now I can easily take pictures when I go out at night with friends.
Pros Great combination of features in a very small package
Cons A few bugs in sync software. Should be quad-band.
Summary This phone got me to put my iPod away. I always carry a phone and always want to have portable music with me -- this phone lets me have both in one small package. And the included FM radio sealed the deal. No phone is perfect, but this one comes very close (I wish they had a flip version). The battery life is good, the music player is easy to use. the only changes I would make would be to some of the buttons on the side of the phone so that I could distinguish them while in my pocket (volume up/down vs. music on/off). Camera works well, Bluetooth is great. Phone sound quality is fine. Well thought out design.
Pros 1. Great Built Quality
2. Best features in its class
3. Great Music Player
4. Excellent Battery Back-up- My battery lasted for six years...
5. Good Camera
7. Very Handy Features
8. Good Quality Ear Phones
9. Excellent Voice Quality
Cons 1. Sometimes Hangs a Little
2. Camera Software Faulty.
3. Small Buttons are difficult to use.
Pros Great image quality and music capabilities
Cons It's orange and the W900i is better
Summary The W900 with the improved SW and larger memory is out and it's better.
Take a look at some pictures taken by the W900i here: