Sony Ericsson W810i
Reviewed on Saturday December 9, 2006 by James , Mississauga, Ontario
Sony lately has drawn some pretty good market share over the past few months after unveiling the Walkman Series of phones. One of there latest, the w810i really shows where Sony's going. The quad-band (850,900,1800,1900khz) cell which gives it unrestricted global roaming capabilities really can appeal to those who want an all round phone with incredible features loaded in it. Sure the form factor isn't as thing as you might find these days on a phone (24.5mm)especially now, since Motorola came out with the RAZR (V3)series which started the revolution of thin phones (RAZR is 11.6mm thickness). Sony has decided to shoo away the idea by compromising with high-end features, and when I say "high-end" I mean the far edge of the spectrum. This phone is loaded with features the would appeal from the average Joe to the high-tech geek alike. With a 2.0 mega pixel camera/camcorder being the jaw dropper (i remind you that this phone was one of the first few with such a camera at the time of launch).
The phone has a built in mp3 (hence the name Walkman, its based off Sony's Walkman System, A.K.A-high-quality) and multiple mixing systems for music, video and pictures (MusicDJ,VideoDJ,PictureDJ) using software built right in to it. Basically a movie maker on your phone. The graphics are excellent (265,144colours) and are esthetically pleasing. Nearly everything is customizable including the theme,wallpapers and screensavers for more enjoyment. Sony has included some already for you on the phone as well as ringtones.Oh, and let me add that it does have external memory(stick-duo)up to 4GB and isn't limited unlike the iTunes Motorola phones available (limited to 100 songs, regardless of external memory amount, a system limit)
The buttons on the phone are rather small, but you get instant access to music functions using the main directional buttons. The phone overall? A great phone for those looking for function and not form/style for the money. It costs the same as a RAZR (409.99, no contract)does but no RAZR I know has that kind of feature-rich interface and system.
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