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Sony-Ericsson W350i is a GSM phonei, a Flip mobile comes with a great list of features. It's price is optimal and it is a great buy. The Sony W350i has been designed specially for those who wish to make a style statement with their mobile. The stylist flip phone has an orange circular design smack dap in the middle which controls the multimedia files on the phone. Once opened, the keypad is revealed along with a silver navigation pad that will speed up the process of getting through different menus. Apart from its aesthetic assets, the phone is also loaded with various utilitarian features like The EDGE connectivity, Bluetooth, and USB connection will keeps the user connected to their most important accessories all the time. The 1.3megapixel camera in the phone makes that picture perfect moment last forever. There are many picture modes in the camera to select from for the user. The inbuilt Memory Stick Micro (M2) in the phone is perfect for storing all the desired files of the user. A 512 MB card is included, which makes up for storing additional files. W350i features the Featuring Flash Lite support that enables users to change the phone's appearance beyond recognition. The W350i has the excellent TrackID feature that helps the user to track a song and get its details and even a link to buy the album. The W350i keeps the user entertained with its FM radio and the pre-loaded Guitar Legend, the mobile game for rock 'n' roll buffs. Available in four different colors Graphic white, Ice blue, Electric black and Hypnotic black, its retro look is popular with teenagers and college students. The phone is lightweight (80g including battery) and small in size (104 x 43 x 10.5 mm), which attract fans of mid-level devices. Battery stand buy time is 300 hours and that of talk time is 7 hours.
Got this phone for a christmas present from my mum and dad a couple of years ago, i really wanted an Mp3 and was in dire need of a handset as the last one was damaged in the infamous washing machine..So i sat there with it unpacking all the bits and bobs that you would expect to come with a Mp3; usb lead, headphones, sim card, instructions and manufactures warranty. The flip itself was very easy to open, you put your index finger and thumb either side and pull the flap toward you. Hidden behind this flip is a keypad to use for texting, calls, etc..
The bluetooth came in handy for me sending ringtones to my parents with ease as their phones didnt come with a disc for easy installation. The flip buttons control the walkman; play, pause, stop, FF, RW. On the side has volume control and at the top just above the the screen the lock is there making sure you dont turn of or mess with the music if you dont want to. Here are the Pros and cons of the Sony Ericsson W350i..
->Walkman meaning alot of music storage space, you can fit upto 200 songs on the default memory card but you can buy bigger on the highstreet
->Decent camera not too shabby as i remember, i took alot of precious photos and videos with it
->Downloadable media means making life easier, no more having to carry around a Mp3 and a phone
->Customisation is what drew me in intially, i looked at my mates and at tests in Carphonewarehouse
->Flip started to break on mine when just the simple opening and closing, it seemed to wear away the hinge rendering it finally useless so dont play with it
Overall i give it (3)***out of (5)*****stars
This was an SDpwnage review i hope you found it interesting......PEACE XD
In all honesty, I'm not very modern and chick when it comes to my gadgets. Especially with my mobile phone. My mobile gets used to phone people when it's serious. Nothing else. All I really needed was simply the most basic of phones that I could use to make an emergency phone call and an emergency text here and there. I used this after my iPod Nano stopped working because it fell down the toilet pan (hehe silly me!), so it wuld have been nice to have a decent phone that I could listen to some music on aswell when I was taking my hour's walk to college in the morning, or when I was popping down to my local supermarket, or taking that longggg dreaded journey to my Brother's house in the other side of the city. I knew for a fact, despite how technology-dumb that I was, that most phones do allow you to upload music on to them and you could even sometimes get the odd phone that allows you to listen to your music with the use of earphones. However, I thought that these phones were overly expensive and that they would be all technical and confusing and just slightly too much for my liking! Oh, how very wrong was I? It just so happened that I had not yet heard of the Sony ericcson
the phone is very sleek, the picture showen on the top of this section of reviews shows it with an orange pattern. However, with me this is not the case. My phone is the exact same phone, however, the coloured patterns are not orange they are purplely/pink. I'm unsure if it is pink, or purple, but it is the inbetween colour of a deep pink and a harsh purple. The phone is very small and it fits in the palm of my very, very unusually tiny hands. Really, you have no idea how small my hands are! It doesn't even reach the top half of my figners, so yet it is very small. The original phone had a plack screen which has 'Sony Erison' at the op in silver writing, and "vodaphone (& symobol) underneath the black screen. There is a flip bit on the phone which has a purple pattern (or orange depending on your model) and on each side of this pattern are two stange, leaf shaped buttons. These buttons are used to switch the songs, but I'll give you more info on that later on. The very bottom of the phone has the Walkman symbol, and on the back, again is the walkman symbol and a sticky-out green sony ericson symobl
For appearance, I would give this phone a 10/10 as it is a very sweet looking phone, fits perfectly in your pocket and is not too chuncky. Very impressed.
Taking it apart:
Now, this many not usually be included in msot peoples reviews, but I think the ease of getting the bettery and simcard in and is of extreme importance. Trying to get the back off is quite easy. You just have to try and get your nail and the little flap and pull of, it never really snaps, and the material is wuite thin and bendy so don't worry. Inside is the battery, which you may need a little card to pop out, the memory cars which you don't need to worry about and the simcard that slips out. You need to take the battery out first in order to take the sim carrd out just because it slips out and due to space. There is a picture instruction on the back of the lid showing you how to do this.
If you're like me, I don't really like the idea of how people always ask to play with your phone then constantly browse through your pictures and text emssages. A phone is someone's privacy, so people should feel comfortable to keep whatever text emssages they desire, and take as many pictures as they want with their fiance doing whatever they want without some nosey little friend seing them and then spreading the news. I give security for this a 3/10. This is because, it offers ou the choice of having a pin, but you can't lock any of your features for example pictures of even text messages. I think all phones should offer to do this thanks!
Linking it up/Music player:
As you know, this is a music playing device also, when you plug the USB cable into the computer it offers you the choice of use in phone mode or use a memory stick-like thing. I recommend you DON'T use in phone mode because then you have to use the Sony Ericson PC suite which crashes like mad, moves so slow, and doesn't work. So use it as a memory stick and make life easier for yourself.
For some reason you can never upload WMA files to your sony ericson which sucks because if you upload a CD to your computer, it automatically goes to a WMA. Meaning, if you want to upload it to your phone, you need to download it, and usually illegally which really sucks. You change the songs by pressing the back and forward buttons on your phone. You are given earphones, which just break after 3 months. The sound on it is quite good.
I find this phone very easy to use, not too complicated, cute in appearance, doesn't take up a lot of space, and comes with good features. It has Bluetooth, infrared, but no MSN and built in face book which doesn't bother me anyway. The only criticism I have is that after having it for a year, the little flap for the walkman has broken off, and everyone else who has this phone also is flapless. The battery lasts ages, and it's indestructible. If you drop it, the backing comes off and the battery falls out, but that is all. However, I noticed it doesn't connect very well and you can never get a signal now. Therefore, not too great! Anyway, it's cheap (around £80) and I would recommend it!
I have had this mobile phone for just over a year now. I have it in a cute light pink colour that I think is very girly and I really like the way it looks. The reason I bought this phone in the first place is because I was looking for a phone last year that wasn't too complicated to use, can store lots of music on and wasn't too expensive to buy in the first place. I got this on pay as you go instead of contract because I didn't feel I knew enough about what contract was at the time to sign myself up for it, also I wasn't earning a regular wage so could only top up when I had the money. I have the phone on 02 as this is the network I get most signal on where I live and in my area.
I bought this from a shop that sells second hand as well as new mobile phones at cheaper prices than you would find in the proper places like Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4 U. The phone only cost me £40, with the charger and headphones included. I thought this was a fantastic bargain at the time, and it probably costs even less now as that was over a year ago and prices do go down after time.
The picture shows what the front of the phone looks like. It looks a bit like an ipod, I think, which is great for me as I don't have an ipod but do like the idea of one. I like the fact that you can put loads of music on this phone, plug in your headphones and then listen to it as if it is an ipod.
The trouble is that if you do want to put loads of music on this then you will need a memory card for it. When I first bought this I thought there would be loads of space on this already but without a memory card you can't really fit many songs in it. So I would recommend getting a memory card if you want this just for the music. A memory card for this would probably cost you around £10-£15 and can be bought from most phone shops, and online shops, such as eBay.
The phone has got bluetooth, a camera, internet - I can get on facebook and google on this phone whenever I want to which is great. I can listen to the radio using this - but if I do I need to plug in the headphones as they are used as an ariel for it. There were a few games on this when I bought it - a sort of musical tetris game, a game that is a bit like guitar hero and a snowboarding game. I think these games came free with the phone but I'm not sure.
I find the keyboard very easy to use and text on, some phones you get nowadays can be really complicated and confusing, especially touchscreens which I hate. This one is simple but still looks good, well it does in my opinion anyway.
This phone doesn't have video camera on which is a bit of a disappointment as most phones do. But it still has camera, with effects such as black and white, negative etc. And it has all the basic things that you will actually need such as messaging SMS, MMS, and email although I have never actually used this phone to email anyone.
It has bluetooth as well and these are all the things I would really want from a phone.
I do have one complaint: the front part has snapped off, this is the part that makes it look like an ipod. I was flicking the phone around by it ages ago and beware as it snapped straight off so let that be a lesson to anyone thinking about buying this phone if you do get it!
Apart from this, all factors taken into consideration this is a great phone, which I have had over a year and will continue to have until it breaks even more. It was a bargain and I recommend it.
i am using this phone at the minute as a temporary phone and it is proving to be a nice little phone, i like the buttons on this phone in particular because they are usually rubbish on a small phone but these are easy on the fingers. the camera is poor, as is the screen size and resolution, but if your not bothered about the camera the phone is good for most other things. the walkman feature is great and is easy to use, this phone also comes with an fm radio this is a very important feature for me personally. i am on vodafone and this phone accesses vodafone live easily and speedily. the walkman is easily controlled using the play/pause, stop, and skip buttons on the front of the little flippy bit. In all honesty i would recommend this phone only to those who cannot afford a monthly contract and instead wants a pay as you go phone.
When i first bought this phone i was very impressed with its versatility and lightweight feel. But within a few months of purchasing this phone i began to regret buying it, and quite a number of faults began to come to my attention. For example: the main scrolling button in the cedntre of the keypad began to rust, and the paint began to peel off of it. Also, on the ring around the camera, the same fault began to appear. The menu speed became increasingly slow and it became painstaking, sometimes taking up to 10 seconds to load a menu or play a song. One other fault is its tendancy to save everything to the phones internal memory, rather than to the memory card. This meant that i had to manually move every single photo, one by one, to prevent the phone's internal memory becoming full. Another fault is that the paint is becomeing to come off the front buttons of this handsets.
The Sony Ericsson W350i was bought as a cheap back-up phone, costing (at the time) a measly £29.95, I actually got it for nothing by trading in an old mobile when starting a contract. Compared to the majority of mobiles on the market today, the W350i is fairly basic, but it does have a surprising number of features for such a low-end phone.
Although the W350i is of the candy bar styling, it is still small and thin enough to slip into the tightest of jean pockets. Although the main body of the phone feels reassuringly weighty and well made, the flap covering the keypad feels cheap and flimsy being made of simple plastic. The phone itself is fairly understated being matte black with metallic orange highlighting, this is in no way a girly phone and therefore suitable for both myself and my partner. The screen is of a reasonable size, bright and clear and doesn't do too bad a job at displaying the menus, pictures and videos, it's not mind-blowing but perfectly adequate.
The W350i comes neatly boxed with everything required for use, USB lead, earphones, charger, 512MB memory card and installation disc are all included. Installing the software onto a PC was simplicity itself, unlike my Samsung, the W350i comes with a full size installation disc. The provided manual is easy to understand, if not particularly comprehensive, and preparing the phone for first use a breeze. The menu system follows the standard Sony Ericsson format and is logical and easy to navigate.
For me at least the most important aspect of a mobile phone is always going to be
making and receiving calls. The W350i performs as well as I would expect any phone manufactured by Sony Ericsson. It was a simple enough task to transfer numbers from my SIM card, and just as easy to add new numbers. It is possible to assign both a ringtone and picture to each contact, so you know whether or not you want to answer the phone without even taking it out of your pocket. The phone can also be set to automatically answer on opening the flap, but I must admit I've switched this feature off.
Making a call is simplicity itself with all the standard methods available and once connected I've never had any problem hearing or being heard by the other caller. The volume is perfectly loud enough for me, but easily adjustable if so required. When in hands-free the sound quality is excellent at my end and there have been no complaints and so I'm assuming that it's as good at the other end. On the few occasions that I've used the loud speaker, it's been loud enough but a little distorted.
The second most important aspect of a mobile (for me) is the ability to send and receive texts and it's here that the W350i really falls down. Although it can send and receive both SMS and MMS (picture) messages without difficulty, it's when it comes to actually writing texts that I have a problem. You see the keypad is just too small, and I regularly find myself pressing the wrong key as they are simply too close together. When I do get it right then the standard multi-tap and T9 (dictionary) methods of input work fine and the inclusion of smileys is a nice touch. But I find myself making mistakes too often and so have to spend longer than needed on writing each text.
The W350i comes with Bluetooth as standard, with all the usual features of invisibility and pairing. Transferring files is a pain free yet fairly slow affair with the transfer of a 1MB file taking a couple of minutes. The W350i can also connect to a computer via USB to allow file transfers using the installed software. Once connected via USB the battery will also charge, which is handy if you can't find the actual charger. But be warned a constant trickle charge can reduce the battery's life, it's much kinder to the battery to allow it to fully discharge and then charge it.
The W350i's 1.3MP camera is basic to say the least. While there is a 4x digital zoom, this deteriorates an already inferior photo to the point that it's virtually unusable, even for web pages. Although photos are reasonably good they are never going to compete with even the most basic of digital cameras. Even in the best of conditions you will only manage snaps only worth viewing on the actual phone, and in low light you won't even get that.
In case you were wondering, the W in W350i stands for Walkman, and this means this phone is marketed as a music player. And in all honesty it does a pretty good job as a MP3 player. The actual walkman can be accessed without opening the flap via cleverly designed buttons on the flap. Occasionally I have started the player off accidentally, something that can be prevented by way of a lock at the top of the phone.
Although it's easy to transfer music to the phone, it is a little more complicated than it should be to add this same music to the Walkman facility and therefore to play lists. But once it is added playback is faultless both through the earphones and speaker, although the speaker could perhaps be a little louder. The supplied earphones are comfortable and even with the volume at it's loudest there is no distortion. The interface is fairly intuitive and the use of ID3 tags means that any information such as track name, artist etc stored in the tag is displayed while the track is playing.
Although this doesn't quite match with an iPod in terms of ease of use or sound quality, it's pretty damned near and to be honest it does a better job of playing music than many dedicated MP3 players of a similar (or higher) price.
As well as being able to play music and view photos, the W350i also features an FM radio that only functions while the earphones are plugged in, this works perfectly well, but is nothing special. Short video clips can also be watched on the small screen, personally I don't see the point but if you don't mind struggling with the small picture.
Three games came as standard on the phone one of which is Quadra pop, a repetitive yet strangely addictive arcade game. The other two games are somewhat more surprising for such a budget phone. Guitar Rock Tour is very similar to those Rock Hero games where you have to play the right notes (at the right time. And Extreme Air is a snowboarding game that is actually quite challenging. As this is a WAP and GPRS enabled phone further games can be downloaded along with sounds and pictures. Just don't expect those downloads to be particularly fast, as it doesn't feature the newer, faster 3G technology.
There are a few other standard features on the phone, such as alarm, calculator etc, these all work perfectly well, but no better or worse than any other phone I've used.
The W350i comes with a paltry 14MB of internal memory, but this is boosted by the supplied 512MB M2 pro memory card. With this card over 100 high quality tracks can be stored on the phone along with some pictures. Although this card can be further boosted up to 4GB, it's worth noting that M2 pro memory cards are by far the most expensive on the market, costing up to 4x as much as a SD card.
The battery life on the W350i is reasonable, I find with basic use as phone it will last two to three days without needing to be charged. But if the music player or camera is used this will go down drastically. In fact with only moderate use of these features the battery-life will drop to about a day and if the music player is used extensively it will only last about 6 hours.
Another aspect of the phone that hasn't particularly impressed me is the durability. Although the phone has survived being dropped, the flap came off and the screen scratched very easily. Granted, it was easy to replace the flap, but it does feel flimsy and comes off very little force. At a year old the W350i is starting to look rather shabby, even though it's only cosmetic there are places where the metal look surrounding the keys is starting to flake away. On a more positive note, in that year the phone hasn't frozen on a single occasion and everything is still working as well as it did on the first day.
I bought the W350i on the Vodafone network from Car Phone Warehouse about a year ago for a reasonable £29.95, however it is still available now costing a little more. Carphone Warehouse is now selling the W350i on various networks, with prices ranging from £34.95 when buying £10 top-up. A little bonus is that my phone at least came open to all networks, so it really is worth going for the cheaper price even if you don't want to use that network.
While the W350i is in no way a fancy, top of the range phone, it is a very good budget mobile. It's great for making calls with, not so good for texting, has a great walkman facility and not so good camera, with the W350i it really is a case of swings and roundabouts. What you gain in one aspect, you lose on another. On the whole, I probably would recommend this phone for anyone on a budget, who calls more than they text and enjoys listening to music Just be prepared to have to charge the battery on a pretty regular basis. And so the Sony Ericsson W350i gets a slightly above average 3 stars out of 5 from me.
I brought this phone quite a while back now as I just wanted a simple, music phone. However, I was deeply disappointed in this product, as I have had many Sony Ericsson's in the past, and this unfortunatley is the worst one.
This phone is easily breakable after a few days the flip part was already starting to come off along with the sony ericsson sticker. I also found that there are a limited amount of features on this phone, with little entertainment features for example, games.
On the plus side, the phone is very small and compact and has quite a different design compared to other phones. You can also get this in a variety of colours.
There is no video camera on this phone in which I was quite disappointed and the camera is okay. However, it has great music qualities which is a plus sign for me but Sony Ericsson's have always been known for their great speakers!
The Sony Ericsson W350i is a small, stylish phone, offering fantastic value for money. I recently had my new recent upgrade stolen (scum bags). Unfortunately I had no insurance and did not fancy spending £100 plus on a new phone, so I started looking around for a half decent phone for under £50. I found this little beauty for £40 on Amazon, and it is more than worth the money!
The phone boasts stylish looks-the flip top style works well as it protects the keypad and, when closed, gives the device the look of a normal mp3 player. This phone is primarily a walkman phone - the built in memory card means you can store loads of songs on there, and transferring data, between your phone and pc, could not be easier via the usb connection.
Scrolling through the menu and accessing the features is easy enough. The screen is quite small but more than adequate and the screen clarity is first class.
The keypad is fine, but you may struggle a little if you have big fingers as it is very small. To me this adds to the whole appeal as the small key pad is in keeping with the overall compact and sleek design of the phone.
Highly reccommended for the price!
This is a great value little, useful phone by Sony Ericsson. This particular phone is one of Sony Ericssons music range which puts more emphasis on the MP3 player of the mobile phone.
The MP3 player can be used without having to open the unique flap which hides most of the phone's buttons. On the front flap, there are music buttons which allow you to stop or start music and also to change between tracks. The phone will display the track listings as well as any album art cover.
Transfering music to the phone is simple and can be done through a USB cable but also can be transfered wirelessly through bluetooth. You can store roughly over 450 tracks on to the external memory of the phone but this can be expanded with use of the M2 memory slot.
The phone also has a 1.3 mega pixel camera. Although not having a great range it and being pretty average, most of the emphasis of this phone was placed on the music side and not the camera capability, thus this is adecent camera for this phone. You can also record videos.
The screen itself is pretty small when compared to other phone but it is still capable of reading text off it. The overall size of the phone is similar to that of an Ipod Nano so it is small and useful.
The audio quality during calls and music playback is good just as you would expect from a phone like this. The battery life is decent lasting a good 16 days on standby and up to 5 hours when talking on the phone.
This is a great little phone that does not cost a lot. You can purchase this phone from most networks for under £80 which is reasonable if you really cheap. A highly recommendable phone.
i brought this phone after my other sony ericsson had broken. at first it seemed a really good little phone. it appealed to me most as it was so cheap. it has a big screen with a clear display and everything is so easy to understand and extremely easy to use. i thought the camera could be better, as its only 2 megapixels i think. it is great for taking pictures outside but when taking them inside, even in a well lit room, the picture is dark and a bit blurry. this phone is great for playing music. even at its loudest volume it doesnt get any interference like other phones can. and the track ID is fantastic, i found myself using this feature most, and is something i miss with my current phone. this is a good phone, however, i feel it is poorly made. it regulary crashed on me. and also, after just 5 months of having this phone, the flip part snapped off and i was unable to put it back on or get it fixed. i was told by my local orange store that this had happened to other phones but sony ericsson was classing it as customer damage so would not fix it. i did like this phone, but after the flip broke, i could not lock it and so was losing credit by my phone ringing people in pocket, and so i decided to buy a new one.
As a Sony Ericsson, you'd expect this to be a reliable little call making machine. This phone is reliable for making calls and is easy to text on, lacks of features a little, but it doesn't cost a fortune, so we can't have everything.
It's camera is 1.3 Megapixels and doesn't seem like its that good when you take a picture, as it is pretty distorted. If you are looking for a camera phone, this definately is not for you.
The multimedia player is good, as it has the Walkman feature which is an easy to use function which allows you to listen to high quality music, but doesn't drain the battery at the same time. If you want to watch MP4s on this phone don't expect great things. As with many Sony Ericssons, when playing a video the screen freezes and very slowly plays the picture part, but the sound continues fine, but lets not hold it against this phone.
The phone itself comes in 3 different colours, silver, black and blue. It is very small, thin and light, so it is very fragile, if you are heavy handed this phone will last you 2 days! The flip down front bit snaps off very easily and isn't held on very well.
I bought this phone a year ago, as my old phone had broke and I wanted a cheap stylish phone. and the sony ericsson w35oi is that. It small, sleek and lightweight. It's easy enough to fit in your pocket without taking up any room. With a memory card, it holds hundreds of songs and photos. You can compile your music to a play list and play it without having to open up the flap on the phone. The sound is clear and I get a good reception with it. One of the downsides is that it doesn't have a video on it. Also the picture quality on the camera isn't that great either. When it get dropped it falls to pieces, but that's the same for most phones nowadays. But if you want a camera buy a camera not a phone. All in all it's a good phone and for 38 quid, I'd recommend it to anyone.
I've had this phone for a year now and i'm getting a bit tired of it. the first time i saw this phone of i really wanted it for only the way it looked. and it seems that this is the actual purpose of the phone. I actually got this phone from a virgin deal for £35 a month. the minute it came i was all over it and about 5 minutes later i put it to one side and watched tv. the main reason why i buy walkman is so it can store my music, but it seems that my music was too much for the phone to handle! but what i really don't like is that you can't record movies with this phone you can only take pictures, but i have to say that the games were fantastic! I loved the design sleek and stylish. if you were to draw this from your pocket people will stare...
It was a bit of a dissapointment which is why if i were to buy a walkman i'd walk straight past and buy a W850i, my auntie has one of these and she loves it and usually she doesn't like phones. it is fat and it does look more like a brick than a phone but trust me you'll never want to give it up! and its reliable! My W350i dropped on to the carpet and the flap came off, that was the whole point of the phone! But the W850i was chewed by my dog and it still works!
I bought mine on a whim, I wanted a lightweight phone that I could listen to music on and this was cheap and cheerful. I soon realised it was actually better than my far more expensive phone, changed the sim over and haven't changed back since.
When I was purchasing it I was warned that the front flap was flimsy and there had been problems with it breaking off but so far it has proved adequate, the buttons are a little small but it is not really a problem for me and the direct play buttons on the flap are great. I use this phone on a neck lanyard when working through canal locks so it is forever banging against the lock beams with no ill effects, it takes reasonable photos, transfers everything to my laptop and holds a good battery charge. Playing music is easy and I love the fact the earphones are a colour match. As with all Sony Walkman phones it is so easy to transfer music onto and to play.
A lovely, neat little phone that does what it promises and has no real downside.