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      17.01.2011 13:51
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      An ugly looking phone not worth buying

      I had this mobile on a contract and liked the look of it on the internet but as soon as I received it couldn't wait until the end of my contract so could get a new one. The picture makes it look better than what it actually is.

      It comes in orange. Not many phones now come in such a hideous colour. I was scared to take it out of my bag when it rang. And also ended up have muscle arms from using it because it is so heavy and bulky.

      On the top of the phone just above the screen there is what seems like a bar attached to the phone. Never worked out what this was for. I think it is so you can put some rope around it and put it round your neck. Not something I thought about wanting to do.

      Apart from being really bulky there is not alot that can be done with this phone however it is great if you just want a phone to be able to ring and receive calls and listen to music. As it has a radio and you are able to listen to songs that have been downloaded onto it through headphones or through the speakers on the phone. The speakers are not the best though and if you turn the sound up quite a bit the volume sound becomes distorted. Not to be replaced with a stereo. I also did not really like the sound of walking around the streets with the music blarring. So quite often I would listen to the radio through the earphones. This is the only way to listen to the radio as it has an antenna bought into the earphones.

      There is a camera with this camera and it is not a bad camera. Not the best and again not to be replaced by a digital camera but takes quite decent pictures in the daylight. Not worth taking night time pictures because even though has a light the pictures still come out really dark. I found. The camera is only 1.3 mega pixel. Alot of newer cameras have at least 5 megal pixal.

      This camera can also be used to play games, although I didn't use for this purpose.

      In my personal opinion I would not choose this phone because of the following reasons:

      1. Not something you want to show off to your friends
      2. Very heavy and bulky
      3. Looks ugly
      4. Camera not very good
      5. Only comes in a horrible looking orange

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      23.11.2009 16:15

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      A super phone, with great design features. Looks and sounds great!

      This phone was one of Sony's first walkman phone to be released which set a groundbreaking trend. Not only this but it was the first rotational phone too.
      The phone was a bright orangey red in colour, had a large screen and rotated round to reveal the keypad.

      The phone was quite bulky and very thick, it also had a lanyard loop/hook on the top of the phone so you could wear it around your neck.
      In the box with this phone you received a second fascia set for the front and back of the phone which were in a pearlescent white. There was a headphone set and 3 different ear bud design to fit anyone's ear. These were made of silicone so they were soft and flexible.

      Onto the phone.
      The phone had internal memory but was only 256mb, not a lot but enough to fit 60mp3s on the phone as well as images too. Unfortunately you could not upgrade the memory on the phone as there was no slot available.
      On the front of the phone there was a directional pad and an ok centre button. Above the screen on either side there were two smaller buttons used for gaming when the phone was held horizontally. Next to the directional button there were two buttons either side as well as two dedicated shortcut buttons.
      The screen was large and very crisp and sharp. It was excellent for showing true colour, something Sony Ericsson have done ever since!
      On the rear of the phone there was a camera and light/flash. The flash could be used for multiple tasks,
      such as for the camera when its dark,
      A torch, yes that's right there was an option for it to be a torch. Never fear during a power cut or camping.
      And to signal an SOS, this set of the pre-programmed SOS signalling. Now this one is very very clever and useful too.
      The phone also had a speaker on the rear and side, being a walkman phone as you can imagine the sound was amazing. The volume was also amazing, you could turn it up and up without any distortion. The sound would always be crisp and clear.

      The keypad was easy to use, the buttons were big enough and it was a joy to use to text or ring.

      The menu on this phone was the same as most Sony Ericsson's now, a simple easy to understand and navigate menu.

      Overall this phone was superb and had many unique features, notably the rotating screen to alloy access to the keypad.
      The only downside I would have to pick up on was the thickness of the phone. But because of how innovative and funky the phone is I can let it off.
      A fantastic phone crammed with features, which is easy to use. I would buy this phone again if I could find it!

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      07.10.2009 12:25
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      A good all round phone

      I purchased this phone when it was first released and cost me a fortune - thinking back I cannot quite believe I paid it! Buying a phone has got to be the most difficult task on this planet. Is it slim enough? Will I be able to text ok? How good is the camera and does it have a flash? Does it take external memory cards?

      ~ The Phone ~

      My first impression was at how bulky the handset was but my love for the colour and the unique swivel design made up for that. Also the fact that it was a Walkman phone.

      The phone came with a couple of inter-changeable facias so that you can adapt the phone to fit your mood or outfit. Mine came with metallic white and orange but was also available in black and blue.

      The handset only has 256 mb built in memory with no slot for you to be able to add a memory card which was a little disappointing seeing as it was really made for playing music but I still managed to fit around 40 mp3s on as well as numerous photos at the highest resolution and text messages.

      The sound is amazing, especially being as it was Sony's first release of the Walkman phone. The inner ear phones are really comfortable and do not fall out of your ears - three sets of attachments are included to accommodate all ear sizes and types. The radio is a nice touch too.

      ~ Applications ~

      There are also various other features and applications such as a torch - I found this very handy. We used it when we went camping, during power cuts etc. Also included is a calculator, currency converter, java games (including worms and snowboarding) alarm, world clock and news channel.

      There is also mobile internet included but this is very slow and quite hard to operate.

      The camera was quite low resolution at only 1.3 mega pixels but offered quite good shots especially in a well light atmosphere. It also features a video camera.

      ~ Summary ~

      I was very impressed with this phone when it was first released but is obviously quite dated against the modern phones of today. It offers everything that I was looking for in a phone but would have liked to have the option to add further memory.

      Overall a fantastic phone which you can pick up really cheap now - as long as you don't mind the size of it.

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      19.01.2009 15:49
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      Really reliable phone with loads of features

      I got this phone about 4 months ago second hand, and I have to say I was very impressed. Being the first Walkman phone released by Sony Ericsson I wasn't expecting much, but I was wrong. It's a tidy little phone; with the 180 degree twisting function in 2 directions makes it very stylish! All the files on this phone are transferred using the data cable for the pc, which is provided, or a blue tooth or infrared adapter for you pc.

      Walkman

      Starting off with the main factor of the phone, the Walkman! The Walkman on the w550i is very easy to use. The walkman features the option to create play lists of your favourite songs, view the tracks in alphabetical order or arrange the tracks by artist for separate viewings, say if you wanted to access a certain album. When playing the songs, you can choose whether to play your songs on shuffle or loop, or neither, but this is a standard feature on most mp3 players nowadays anyway. I was very surprised by the quality of the equalizer on this phone which lets you manually set the different values or choose preset options such as Sony's Mega Bass function which gives you a very nice sound, as well as the stereo widening option you can create the perfect sound that suits your ears. To listen to your music Sony provided a set of in ear headphones, which may be really annoying at first, your ears will get used to them and I have to say these are better then any other headphones I have tried before, the sound quality is perfect. The connected for the headphones into the phone is a bit annoying, as it has a habit of becoming disconnected which leads to your music playing through the built in speakers, which isn't a good thing if your on a train or something! But anyway, the connector allows you to use any pair of headphones you wish! Or, if you do not want to use headphones then you can play your music through the built in speakers, now the good thing about the speakers on this phone is one is on the back, and one on the side, unlike the latest Sony walkman phones, this has been done to create a more stereo effect when your playing your music.

      Radio

      The phone includes a radio which isn't too bad, it's a good quality radio, but the only thing which is annoying is the fact that you have to have the headphone adapter in as it acts as an aerial, which can't be helped I supposed, but other then that the radio is fine!

      There is a huge selection of entertainment sections on this phone.

      Camera

      The camera is 1.3 megapixels, not amazing, but still good. You cna shoot pcitures in various modes and sizes which i think is very useful. There is a light available and night mode for pictures in the dark. When shooting videos the quality is about the same, when taking a picture the phone has to be shut though, which is irritating at first but doesn't bother you afterwards!

      Wap

      The wap on this phone isn't the best around, but I wouldn't say its rubbish. It is capable of displaying high quality images on the Internet and you can download videos and songs, which are of a good quality, to your phone at a reasonable speed. You can also store bookmarks which is helpful so you don't have to keep re-typing URL's which I know can take a while, and does get annoying on a mobile phone.

      Games

      Now this phone is unique with its game, you can turn the phone around and use it as a handheld games 'console', it even has extra buttons above the screen which are actually really good for game play. The games that come with the phone aren't very good, but the games that are available for download for the w550i are quite impressive, nothing up against a psp of course, but the game play and fun provided can keep you entertained for ages. Sony have also provided a link straight to their wap website so you can download games straight to your phone, which is helpful!

      VideoDJ

      Now this is great fun, I think most of the Sony phones have this but it's amazing. If you have a video on your phone then this enables you to delete any of the audio on that video and replace it with some other audio on your phone. This can either be a song file, which is fun for making your own music videos, or you can choose some of the preset audio files like "wild west" which is great fun if you have some spare time on your hands. You can also add text to your videos for annotation purposes or just for fun.

      PhotoDJ

      This is similar to the videoDJ except photos are used, you can create slideshows and add audio to them and text, again this is just for fun, not as good as the videoDJ as some of the photos can become a bit blurred when their put into the photoDJ but it's not too bad.

      PlayNow

      Here you can buy and download games for your phone, as well as ring tones. They're not too expensive, you could probably buy them cheaper form somewhere else, but downloading form play now guarantees that they'll work on your phone, so they will be compatible for sure.

      Music Creator

      In this little program you can create polyphonic songs and use them as ring tones, if your bored this can be a bit of a laugh to mess around with, but sounds are limited and can get a bit repetitive.

      The phone has all the other usual features that most phones have too, like contacts, call organiser, and a file organiser to access all your files you have on your phone.

      Overall this phones good, apart form the fact that you can't expand on the memory, so your only limited to 256mb but that doesn't bother me too much!
      BUY IT!

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        10.12.2008 00:42
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        worthy member of Sony Ericsson Walkman family

        The Sony Ericsson W550i is part of the first range of Sony Ericsson walkman phones to be released. The phone came in the usual walkman range colours of white and orange and was available on a number of networks.

        The first thing to notice about this phone when you have it in hand is how it opens. The keypad is accessed through a swivel mechanism which is both novel and provides a unique aspect to the phone. Size wise the phone is quite small all except the thickness which is quick considerable. This unfortunately is the most notable dimension when in your pocket and thus is a definite down point.

        The phone features all of the usual functions we come to expect from a Sony Ericsson all set out in the standard menu system. The camera is 1.3mp which isn't much these days and only provides very grainy shots. The walkman function is the obvious draw to this phone and is very good. The sound quality is very good and the usability of the player with all features such as play lists available. The player is only hampered by the memory with the phone only having 256mb of inbuilt and no expansion slots for a memory card. This is a big downside as you are severely limited to how many songs you can keep on the phone.

        The layout of this phone is extremely useable and well laid out. There is a big keypad which swivels out with positive buttons giving good feed back. The user can also use all the functions on the phone easily from the front buttons without swivelling out the phone which is also very useful. There is also a handle on the top with two dedicated gaming buttons. This is a novel feature, one which will bypass most users and is ultimately and un-necessary feature.

        The battery life on this phone is very good with light use providing days without needing to charge. The battery does not fair so well when users the walkman feature only able to provide a few hours use. The battery is also helped by a relatively small screen which looks washed out when compared with phones released more recently.

        The Sony Ericsson W550i was very good when first released providing a cheaper step onto Sony's Walkman range. The phone now seems very limited compared with newer phones notable problems being very limited memory and a poor screen. The swivel mechanism can also come loose after awhile, although this does come under the 18month warranty.

        This phone was a very good entry level walkman phone in its day but is easily out beaten by newer competition.

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        15.08.2008 14:28
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        wouldn't recommend this to buyers unless music is the only thing they want to listen to

        I had heard a lot about this phone. In India, it was hyped a lot. So i was pleased to get the chance to find out if the phone was really worth all the hype.
        The first impression wasn't that impressive. The phone looked bulky. Very bulky. This at a time when mobiles are getting so slim you can see right through most of them! What was Sony Ericsson thinking? Well, i thought, let's just hope they have packed something worthwhile within all that mass.

        I have heard a lot of complains about its twisting mechanism. People say it starts to get loose after a year or so. I haven't had that problem yet. But the camera doesn't work unless the phone is "closed".
        Talking of the camera, it is a 1.3MP camera commonly found in the earlier phones. The picture quality is not particularly good, and the camera is not something you can use to replace your digital one. At least not on those important family vacations. After all, you don't want to ruin your memories do you?

        Since it is a walkman phone, the first thing i did was turn up the inbuilt speakers to full blast, and played some heavy metal! The sound quality, i feel, was the only thing that wasn't exaggerated in the advertisements. The volume was really loud, and the sound was clear. I usually use earphones while listening to music, but not with this phone. The one problem i face is the one-touch media player. i have often ended up pressing the walkman button in college, leading to a sudden blast of music(or noise, as my teacher called it) and my subsequent suspension. I now have to keep the media volume at zero whenever i go to college.
        With the music still on, i went over the other functions. None of them impressed me a lot. Everything was just as good, or as bad, as my K608i. Then why would i want to spend more for a phone which didn't really give me anything better?

        Of course, it had more memory, and expandable. And sure, the games were great, though gaming isn't much fun on a 176x220 screen. Also, i could run a lot of java applications. I also liked the musicDJ, videoDJ and photo-editor, but the options i can work with are very less. I never listen to any of the music i have created, nor watch the videos i have edited. And editing pictures using the image editor is a pain.
        It has all the common features like BLuetooth, Infrared, USB connection, etc.

        So i conclude that the phone isn't really worth all the money. I didn't really notice any positive things except for the walkman. Not something i would recommend to potential buyers.

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          29.11.2006 19:04

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          its an amazing phone i ever known.it has great internet connectivity.and the VERY VERY VERY LOUD AND CLARITY sound(3 speakers+stereo widening+mega bass+equaliser). main disadvantage is itsn't have memmory slot but it have 256 internal memmory thats very enough for normal users. if you wanna buy this phone dont think two way just buy it and enjoy.thank you by neethul.............

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          01.11.2006 15:24

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          i have had the phone les then one week. it feel out of my pocket and now my button's dont work!! i think it must have been poorly made for the money i paid for it! i am not happy nor impressed i think it is the worst mobile i have ever had and trust me i have had my fair amount of mobile's!!!

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          04.10.2006 13:29

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          Really is a great phone to own

          this is easily the best phone ive ever had, really, it holds tonnes of music, videos and photos, the battery is great lasts ages. I am struggling to find an upgrade! the phone locking and sliding action are unique and good, the sound from the speakers ( built in speakers ) is so loud and clear you really dont need a CD player or MP3 player at all! really is a great phone to buy.

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          06.09.2006 22:48
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          Great features and easy to use.

          I have had this phone for almost 6 months now and it is the best mobile I have ever had.
          First Calls and texting: Its easy to use, call register stores alot of numbers, and inbox can hold about 40 texts.
          It has a radio and MP3 player, with good sound quality, and there is enough storage for about 16 songs on the MP3. You can play songs loud enough to fill a room or a car.
          There is a still camera and video camera both of high quality. I regularly print pictures which I have taken on my phone and they look like they came from a digital camera. The video camera picks up good sound as well and the memory goes for ages, at least 30 minutes. There are 3 Java games on this phone high quality and fun. I particularly like worms!
          Loads of ring tones and you can use MP3 songs as your ring tone.
          Not alot else to say, its a rare phone I hardly ever see other people with it which I like, and I love it, the battery lasts for a good two or three days depending on how much you talk.

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          13.08.2006 14:32

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          all in all only for the music lovers who dont expect anything else from their phone.

          an extremely funky design by the sony designers.
          the head rotates a full 180 degrees and back.this very same head can cause u some serious expenses later if not used carefully because it is internally connected by only one single wire.
          the phone being a sony phone provides amazing clarity and clear sound not only thru the headphones but also thru the speaker.
          the headsets are being built very differently so that it could even fit in the ears of a person having small ear holes.
          also it provides with a single button music function as it is one of the walkman series phone.
          the phone is available in 2 colors 1.orange and 2.black.
          the camera also provides with a flash function and the camera is also ok.
          the screen resolution is not as effective as the nokia phones.

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      • Product Details

        The W550i Walkman is a mobile phone for music lovers. FM radio, an advanced digital music player inside and everything you need to enjoy your music on the move. CD ripping software is included in the kit for getting your favorite songs into your phone. Drag and drop using Disc2Phone. The swivel-action W550i has a 1.8" color screen for the best possible video viewing and gaming experience plus dedicated gaming buttons for fast and action-packed 3D gaming on the go. When you want to catch some action, the W550i is also an impressive 1.3-megapixel camera with video recording and digital camera menus.