Pros Stylish handset, futuristic interface, MP3 player, light, 2megpixel cam, flash light, AM/FM radio, USB port, and much more
Cons USB/Charger adapter
Summary I bought this handset 2 weeks ago when I was down in Singapore. Got it for US$500 and got with it an anti-scratch for the screen, cost me about 7 bucks and an extra battery for 25 bucks (very important).
Folks, I've always owned hi-end handsets and this one tops them all so far. It operates in a dual mode. You can use it as a separate MP3 player and not have the phone on (good when you're flying like me), and also can have the player function while the phone is on. One of the coolest features is that when you're listening to a song and you get an incoming call, it'll beep and pause the song for 1 second and allow you either to take the call or just simply ignore the caller (especially your ex )and keep enjoying the music. It has 5 equalizers and you can custom it as well. Has megabass and tons of other sound effects.
The interface is very futuristic and very easy to navigate. My friends were all wowed with how it looked. Internal memory is 32mb in addition to a 512MB memory stick! You can watch video clips on it and has plenty of storage.
The cam shoots very crisp shots with a flash that will light up the entire room. There's also a flash light built-in if you wanna read anything in the car, or if you're trying to find your keys.
A USB port interface is provided with software as well (and file manager). Easy to install and once it's functioning it's a snap to upload songs on the handset. When I'm working on the laptop the USB port also serves as a charger, so I don't have to lug the wallwart adapter! Now how cool is that??
I figured I'm getting an MP3 player, a highly stylish handset, and a cam for $500! Can't beat that. Folks, you gotta check it out in the store and you'll know what I'm talkin about, it's a breakthru!
Pros the best: phone, mp3 player, and camera all in one.
Cons no complaints!
Summary things that you look for in high end phones are. battery life, size, looks, camera, and mp3 player. let me tell you that this phone does all those things and does them better than any phone that i have ever owned. and i work in a cell phone shop!!! battery life is phenominal! better than any phone! the size, just perfect not too big and not too small, looks: love the orange look, its different and not many people have this phone yet. kind of reminds me of an ipod. the camera is amazing. it will replace my digital camera. pictures are crisp and clear. tired of carrying around a camera. if you have one of these babies you never will have to lug one around again. most 1.3 megapixel camera phones cant perform. this one is 2 megapixels and performs perfect. and finally the mp3 player. i can only decribe as. WOW! no phone has integrated a mp3 player into a phone as well as this phone has.its amazing what this mp3 player can do. playlists, shuffel, loop, equalizer, and dedicated controls for volume pause so you dont even have to bring out your phone. in conclusion buy this phone. you will not be dissapointed. i have had every brand of phone and this one does everything and does it well. buy it now! now! now!..................... have you bought it yet!
Pros If I list all the pros here, it wouldn't fit in here. Please see my comment in Option at below...
Cons I wasted money buying Bluetooth head phone.
Summary Simply put, I can't let go off this phone. I listen to MP3 all day and this thing just keeps going... (over 10 hours of continuing operating with MP3 playing only runs off about 2/3 of the battery). I don't know how Sony does it, but the battery life REALLY REALLY impresses me. I listen to the songs without worring about ever missing a call is one thing, but listening to songs without worrying about the battery life is just priceless. What's worst than you have 20 GB of songs that you can not listen to because of sucky battery life.
Plus, A device in such size yet packs EVERY feather (ex: 2MP Cam, Voice Recording, FM listening, EMail client, Flashlight, USB Flash drive, Build-in modem, and mighty Bluetooth, and a lot more) that you could name is just damn amazing; not to mention how easy to operate. I can swear that you can get to ANY function in less than 3 clicks. From time to time I was amazed by how genious SonyEricsson is in making this phone's operating system.
Bottom line, it's awesome in design and yet does everything beautifully without dieing on me. I would recommand this to everyone cause this is a device that a geek like me had been waiting for. It's truely an ALL IN ONE compact device.
Pros All-in-one and All-you-need gadget; Expandable memory; no one's got it
Cons Battery life; Sony software; price
Summary I've had this phone for two months, and to say it's stunning is an understatement. The phone is feature packed and leaves other phone users wondering why they had bothered with their Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. phones.
Despite claims and advertising campaigns that this is the first walkman phone, it's not. Technically it is, since this is the only phone at the moment to have the "Walkman" label embedded onto it, but there are other Sony Ericsson phones that have close to the same mp3 capabilities.
The first thing to notice on the phone is the color. This phone is obviously made to stand out, and it does a good job with it with its paint scheme (white/orange). Whether this is good or bad is disputable; half of my friends say it's ugly, the other half says it looks good. Besides, what other phone has colors other than silver/black?
Aside from aesthetics, this phone has a 2.0 megapixel camera that actually works and has use to it. Picture quality is impeccable at highest settings, though it is a lot more tricky to handle with Night mode on (unless you have extremely steady hands). Burst mode, panorama, most of everything you'd see in a regular Cybershot camera.
The music player is typical "Sony style"- easy to use after you get over the despicable software application. The other option is to use the proven "drag-and-drop", then sort out the music by making playlists. Sound quality is excellent, and nothing can beat Sony's Megabass- this thing pounds hard. It also comes with a pair of impressive stock earphones. If they're not for you however, you can always switch them out since there's a 3.5mm adapter included.
The phone comes included with a 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo by Sandisk, and if that's not enough, there's always the 1 GB stick, 2 GB stick and 4 GB stick, meaning that you're not just stuck with 512 MB of memory, unlike other phones such as the Motorola iPod thing.
Call quality is so-so. When not using the hands-free, the volume is much too low even when set at max. With a couple people on a bus chatting nearby, it is almost impossible to hear the other caller's voice without plugging your vacant ear shut, or unless he/she is screaming on their end. Hands-free solves this problem, although it too an be too soft at times.
Although there is a claimed battery life of 15(?) hours with the phone turned on and music playing, 30+ with just the music playing, the real world figures don't come close. I haven't tried draining the battery, but I'd predict that it would only last 8 hours on a good day with the phone functions turned on.
Other features are radio, java programs, bluetooth, and supposed 3d gaming.
If you're not willing to dish out 500 US for this luxury of an item, there is a similar alternative to this- the Sony Ericsson K750. The ONLY differences between the W800i and K750 are the color (K750 available in silver or black), camera mechanism (W800i has a sliding button, K750 has a sliding lens cover), memory sticks included (512 MB versus 64 MB), the ability to play music with the phone functions turned off, and the 3 "Walkman" labels on the W800i that the K750 doesn't carry. Price difference is a whooping 150 US, with the K750 sitting at around 350 US.
Pros Truly multimedia, intuitive interface, great design and form factor, 2megapixel camera, great MP3 player.
Cons Key action is stiff and earphone adaptor a little large.
Summary I recently had my Treo 650 permanently borrowed (read: stolen), and got the Sony Ericsson w800i based on research because of its features and great reviews. I have never been more pleased with a phone.
Why is this phone so good? It's very intuitively designed. Everything feels and works right. The design that went into this phone is to be commended. The toggle switch (a bit small) is very useful for most functions. The camera is great and actually has built in LEDs for dark photography! Plus the camera button flashes to cue you into the fact that the shutter isn't open. It's little extra touches like these that set this phone apart. And the MP3 player is not just a feature that was crammed in as an afterthought. It actually works well and sounds great. This is a suitable substitute for an iPod.
Here's why I like it better than the Treo 650 (and I'm not a Treo basher. I really liked it when I first got it). It's smaller and more ergonomic. Everything works better together (I realize this is a little vague, but the gestalt of this phone is great. The Treo feels clunky and the features don't always coordinate well). Most importantly, it's much easier to make a phone call on the w800. Trying to enter phone numbers on the Treo keypad was a pain because the buttons are so small. Using the touchscreen was not as convenient. Plus, my Treo kept dropping calls and it would hang up on me before I was even able to answer an incoming call. Very frustrating. The T9 character input is easy to use, and I feel I can enter information just as quickly on this phone as on the Treo. Bottom line--the w800 is a better phone.
The pros of the Treo 650 are that it has a larger screen, and it is a true full function PDA. But its use of the external flash memory was not as efficient as the w800. Although I'm not a big fan of the Memory Stick format, it works seamlessly in this phone.
If you're looking for a true PDA/phone hybrid, the Treo is your better bet.
If you want a phone that works well as a phone, and additionally has a great MP3 player, a very decent camera, and is an incredibly well-designed device, then this is it. Plus you can't beat the orange sherbet/vanilla ice cream color scheme!