"Full-featured phone at premium price"4.0 starson by IceD
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.