Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Good, reliable but dated!
Sony Ericsson W300i
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Sony Ericsson W300i
I remember when having a flip phone was the 'in' thing and I spent half the year pestering my parents for one. Luckily my parents are lovely and bought me the Sony Ericsson W300i Walkman for Christmas. The phone comes from the Walkman range which is focused on trying to make their phones into portable music players as well as being a phone, the 2 in 1 concept. Looking back it seems so basic compared to the iPhones and smart phones you can get today, however at the time I was ecstatic and excited to find out what wonders this phone could do.
At the time I acquired the phone it was priced and marketed at around £70 however due to the age and dated features on this phone the price has dropped considerably and can be purchased new or used anywhere between £20 and £50. I'd recommend looking on eBay as there are quite a lot of old stock sellers that sell them at the lower end of the price margin.
DESIGN AND EASE OF USE
I have this phone with the black case however you can get different coloured cases such as white and lime green to suit your personality. The keys are made from a clear acrylic type material which lights up an orange glow when in use, this is great for texting in the dark.
obviously the key design feature on this phone is the flip up screen, however unlike most of the flip screens this phone had a screen on the outside of the shell as well as the inside which shows you if you have any messages, the time and the date, this is a very good design feature making the phone more convenient and quick to use.
The phone is very chunky and is a bit of a pain to fit into your jean pockets, not the ideal phone for transporting. Although the phone is chunky the plastic material its made from is very lightweight which does compensate for the size of it to a certain extent.
As with most phones, there is a fair amount of features to talk about so I'm just going to cover the ones that I feel are more specific and relevant to this particular phone.
Texting is pretty much the same as any other mobile, you access it through the main menu and start composing the new text. Typing is fairly easy to do as the buttons are spaced out and need little pressure to work. There is the option for predictive text, but I found that it wasn't very accurate and I was best not using it.
The camera is pretty basic in terms of quality, I wouldn't use the pictures from this phone for anything more than a Facebook profile picture, but even that would be pushing it a little. The images come out pixelated but it is still recognizable.
This is the main feature to the phone being from the 'Walkman' range, there is an icon that can be selected on the phone menu called 'music player' which is the part of the phone that acts as an MP3 player. There are many different menus and options once you select this feature, such as playlists, artists and songs, once you use the arrow pad to select the song you want to listen to, the screen switched to a basic screen showing the running time of the song, the song title and the artist, just like you would expect to see on an iPod. The feature is easy enough to navigate and the screen clearly shows everything you'll need to know when using it. The song info also shows up on the outer screen of the phone when the screen is down.
There are some buttons on the side of the phone which allows you to skip, play, pause and adjust the volume of the song without flipping the screen up. I think this is great as it makes the phone more convenient and pleasurable to use.
There is a radio function on this phone which works surprisingly well and the phone always seems to have enough signal to listen to it. The one issue I had with this part of the phone is the fact that you could only listen to the radio if you had headphones or speakers plugged into the phone, luckily you're supplied with headphones, but it's still inconvenient if you want to listen to it out loud.
BATTERY LIFE AND RELIABILITY
The battery life on this phone is really quite impressive compared to the battery life of the phone I have today. I'd use my phone religiously to text and listen to music every day and I'd only have to charge it a couple times a week! This phone is great for those who forget or simply don't have the time to charge their phone on a day to day basis.
I found this phone to be very reliable and its never failed in any aspect. The phone never turned off unexpectedly or shown any signs of error. The phone excels in this department, I can't fault the battery life or reliability.
I loved this phone and I have to say I was a little disheartened when it got replaced, however I'd had the phone for so long I really did need a newer model to keep up with all this social networking and Apps. I still have this phone in my back-up collection for the times when my newer phone fails (which tends to happen quite frequently) and the old W300i runs as good as new. A great reliable phone for someone who isn't too concerned about keeping up with the latest technologies.
Summary: Great phone!
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