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      30.08.2011 11:43

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      Handy little phone but still prefer my blackberry.

      I did have this phone a few years back and remember it quite well asit was the first phone I really thought about before buying that had all the new gizmo's. Perfectly pleasing phone but am happier with my curret blackberry.

      Firstly the main aspect of the phones pull is the music player. I found this too be very handy when walking places with quick access to changing or pasuing the song when needed. I also like the aspect that when the headphones are pulled out rather than switching directly to the loud speakers it will ask you if you want to countiue playing which is an aspect I which my current phone had.

      The design was something that was main point of why I liked this phone as I had the orange backed one. This was just a of colour that I wanted on my phone.

      The display was simple enough to follow with no problems. The only flaws that I remember having with this product was firstly the buttons. These are little tiny lines that even me with smaller than average hands struggled with and majority of ime used my nails.

      Another small flaw I found that should not affect many is the need for a spefic headphone. They give you one in the box to connect with a set of headphones; although you can pull out the headphones and replace with your own you still need the extender that they give you to link them up which I found was not easily replaced.

      A very handy phone nothing you want to spend to much money on but better than the average brick.

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      05.05.2010 20:01
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      Overall not too bad, the camera (although low res) was a pleasent surprise with great colourdepth.

      This phone served me well for a number of years. At the time I first received it I actually thought I was getting a different phone but was pleasantly surprised by this phone's capabilities. Built as a Walkman phone so obviously great for music but its camera is still one of the best mobile phone cameras I have ever used. I personally found the built in RSS reader a great too to use and far simpler than the likes of Nokia's WidSets. The buttons though are fiddly and awkward and take some getting used to.

      I did have to replace the phone after a year of heavy usage it developed a software fault, the replacement did last just as long without developing any kinds of faults. I'd still recommend this phone today as it's a great alternative to a smart-phone and if you're looking for a half decent camera phone with a good mp3 player then this phone should meet your needs.

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        22.07.2009 20:56
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        Robust and practical, while still looking good.

        I've had this phone for a couple of years now, and it still works as well as ever. It's been dropped countless times, and has been subjected to being tossed around, having its buttons pressed idly, and even a four-day camping trip! As a phone, it's superb: easy to navigate (although I do have the tendency to accidentally click on the internet menu at the top), good texting facilities (although it does come up with some strange 'words') regardless of the awkward-looking buttons, an intuitive Walkman application, and a clear 2 megapixel camera. It's a pretty solid phone in terms of technology. It was never top of the range, but it's a nice, dependable phone which won't break if you sit on it or subject it to a strong gust of wind.

        There are a couple of bad points, though. For example, I've found that recently, the speaker's been getting a bit fuzzy when it's up loud, but I can live with that, because it was my fault in the first place (I squeezed the speaker bit accidentally while it was playing quite loud). Also, where I've played with sliding the back on and off, that's become loose-ish, although not enough to fall off by itself. Again, that's my fault really.

        Overall, this phone comes highly reccommended. It looks good for the style-conscious and it works, for those who want a bit of practicality.

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          03.06.2009 22:25
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          A tough, stylish mobile, if not exactly a smart phone.

          The Sony Ericsson W610i is a slim and compact "candy bar" style mobile phone and mp3 player with Walkman Player 2.0 software for playback of mp3 accessible via the one click access Walkman key, music capability is further complimented with an FM radio. Also built in is a 2.0 megapixel camera that has a digital zoom, video recording capabilities and a built-in flash. Digital media (music and photos) can be transfer from PC and stored on the included 512MB Memory Stick Micro (M2).

          I got my W610i from Virgin Mobile on contract in March of 2008 and despite severe hardship from accompanying me whilst climbing, hiking and camping it is still going strong. This year instead of upgrading I kept the phone and went onto a lower cost tariff.

          Standard phone functions are excellent, loudness and sound quality during conversation is fine both hand held and on the speaker. Texting is also fine although in predictive mode some of the dictionary omissions are a little bizarre.

          The Walkman sound quality is excellent as are the included in ear bud headphones (supplied with three different sizes of bud), I personally have no problem with them. I guess some people will want to upgrade but as they are cheap it's no great shakes to replace them and ultimately music reproduction is very good.

          The camera is a real revelation, despite not having a proper real time zoom, it takes simply stunning and very detailed pictures, the only exception being in low light situations.

          It is easy to transfer files either using Bluetooth or the included cable as the phone shows up on a PC as a USB drive, it's just a question of drag and drop. There is no need to install the awful Sonic Stage software or drivers unless you want to back up contact details.

          Battery life used to be excellent, although after fourteen months I find I am charging it every other day, it would be a cheap part to replace.

          Overall this is an excellent phone, it's not cutting edge but despite the relatively low spec all the features especially the camera and Walkman are exemplary. Furthermore and perhaps most importantly for a mobile phone the talking and texting features just work.

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            24.05.2009 21:04

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            Great phone with lots of fantastic features, including Walkman, and great camera.

            I've had this phone for almost 18 months now, and I've not had a problem with it at all, it's been great!
            It's not one of those phones that feels flimsy and made of thin plastic, it actually feels like there's something to it.
            The camera may only be 2mp on it, but it takes great photos with no problem at all.
            Plus, if you like to listen to your music, the built in walkman is perfect. It comes with great earphones, and the built in speaker can go pretty loud too.
            The graphics on the screen are also very good, and I like the fact you can easily get hold of different themes for your mobile, and sending by bluetooth is really quick too.
            Overall, the phone is very resistant and solid, as I've dropped it a few times, and it has only a couple of minor marks on it, and still works perfectly. I also love the style and design of the phone, with either the white front and black back, or mine, the black front and orange back. The camera even has flash!
            It's reliable too, and the battery lasts for ages. I would highly recommend it, as this is my first Sony Ericsson, and I have been really impressed!

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            17.05.2009 01:22
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            Feature packed reliable phone for all tastes

            Sony Ericsson has a reputation for churning out decent phones at an affordable price and the W610i is no exception.
            Although sitting in the middle of a fairly dense range of aesthetically and technically identical phones, the W610i stood out for me as great value for money. At only £120 on O2 'Pay as you go' this was almost half the price as some other manufacturers' models and to complete the cliché it had twice the features.

            I'm sure there are a lot of people like me who grew up on a staple diet of successive Nokia's! It had to take something as user friendly and welcoming as a 'run of the mill' Nokia to tempt me to take the road less travelled, so when my old nokia got left on the back of the bus one day I decided it was time to try something new.
            The initial attraction for me with the W610i lay in the broad range of features packed into this slimline contemporary phone. With a decent (at the time) 3.2mp camera, Bluetooth, IR, FM Radio (essential for public transport) and of course, its main selling point the built in MP3 player with dedicated music buttons and expandable memory.
            The actual phone itself is quite easy to use and fairly straight forward to navigate around. With one touch access to the camera and the MP3 system it is fairly user friendly and the pictures are of a fairly standard, phone quality. No complaints on that front. Texting on the other hand takes a bit of getting used to due to to the keys being quite small and fiddly. Not for the shovel-handed!
            The audio sounds a bit muffled but standard and the radio is is of a fairly decent quality. The phone is quite compact and lightweight and
            with its matte black front and contrasting metallic orange back, it also certainly catches the eye.
            I had the phone for almost 2 yrs and in that time the only problem I had was with one of the keys sticking so no complaints on the reliability front either. All considered a really good phone that I would not hesitate to recommend.

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              02.02.2009 15:17
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              A decent phone that almost anybody can use.

              The Sony Ericsson W610i is an aesthetically pleasing mobile that has a lot to offer for a small price. It features bluetooth, radio, camera, digital music player, e-mail and internet and all the other necessities you would expect. The colour is rich and plenty with many interchangable backgrounds and themes. The Sony Ericsson is perfect for me because it does everything I would need a phone for. I admit that I rarely use the camera, so I wouldn't need one of these flashy 5.0 megapixel camera phones. I don't think phones ever take pictures good enough to capture a moment anyway. The speakers aren't extremely loud but they're of a decent quality. The memory is also widely expandable to allow many more songs to be added into the phone memory. In terms of the interface it's all accesible and relatively simple. That is apart from the buttons, which are extremely fiddly. Once you get used to them however it is not a problem. It's good for when people would like to borrow your phone, because they can never work it out - in the end saving you lots of money if you're social. This phone is recommended to anyone looking for a basic model that offers simple features but enjoys the creative side of their phone with interchangable backgrounds and the like!

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              31.10.2008 15:41
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              a really reliable phone, hasnt got all of the latest quality but it works well!

              I've got this phone on a £30 per month orange 18 month contract from phones 4 u. My partner uses it and he finds is a really good reliable phone.

              how it looks...
              This one is black and orange with silver buttons and it is quite slim. The back is orange and has the camera lens on which isnt covered. I find phones with no lens cover seem to get scratched easily leading to poor photo quality. But my partner has had the phone around 10 month now and it is still in good condition.

              The buttons and features...
              the buttons are quite small on this phone and i find it hard to use with longish nails. However, my partner has bigger hands and fingers than me and he doesnt have a problem using it so it must just be me.
              The phone has a 2 megapixel camera which isnt the best out there but it does, it takes photos but not of the highest quality.
              It has bluetooth, trackID (which works amazingly!!!), walkmen and has applications such as music mate which is great to muck about with!
              overall, my partner thinks this phone works really well and has never let him down! If anything, he would change the sound quality and camera quality.

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              25.09.2008 15:42
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              Affordable Walkman, which looks good too

              Around the time this handset was released, it was really a time of chaos for me, as I really was confused; Sony decided to release several of their phones with very similar looks and names, and here are few I can think of; K550i, K630i, K610i, K530i etc. They really aren't very different, just different colour in some of them, or just a difference in the shape of one or two keys. And why on earth did Sony do such a thing of releasing them?!

              The answer is, I'm not sure, and the whole lot of them weren't a success either. But anyway, I'll review this handset, and move onto the others.

              This is one of my favs out of the above, and mainly because of the design (well the shape of all of them are 'bar' shape, and they all have keys at the same place as others), but by design I mean the difference in the shape of the keypad.

              The phone is slim at 14mm with a nice 2inch screen. I do prefer the white version, with slit like silver keypad and glass-like clear keys for the walkman music control, which I love.

              The memory is of course expandable, and walkman is always a decent Mp3 player. The earphones provided are a nice pair too, in-ear, just how I like them. The camera is 2MP autofocus, and it isn't as good as the K-series ones, but they are not bad either. To be honest, it produced good pictures, though no where good enough for my liking. This wasn't supposed to be a real cameraphone. The batterlife is short however, but I don't mind day-day charging. It does have radio, bluetooth and even IR. So a great combination of features and looks for a mid-range walkman phone!

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              15.07.2008 23:52
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              Buy this phone! It's good!

              I know a fair few people who have this phone and they are all quite pleased with it. I got mine for free on a 12 month contract with Virgin Mobile which is only £10 per month.

              It is very easy to get to grips with. All the basics are here

              Naturally being a Walkman phone, the mp3 player is very good - I have ditched my iPod Shuffle for the Sony Ericsson W610i despite the fact that the phone holds less tracks. The sound quality is far superior than the iPod. The bass sounds VERY good! The earphones are very good but they are far too short to use as an everyday pair of earphones.

              The camera is very poor - the image quality is far worse than my last phone which I got 4 years ago. They should have just left the camera out and fit in another cheap feature.

              Overall, it is a very nice phone. The only disadvantage is that the phone is quite ugly.

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                20.04.2008 16:34
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                A good phone for the price.

                I'd had the Sony Ericsson K750i for 2 years, when the little joystick in the middle broke. This didn't seem too bad after 2 years of constant use, plus dropping it several times. I therefore decided to go for another Sony Ericsson, with similar features but no joy stick. I looked and found the W610i.

                When it arrived I was impressed by the look of it. Very thin and the back is bright orange which I like (others may not!) It was easy to set up, just slip in the sim card, memory card and battery and off you go! It came with a USB cable, CD to link it to the PC, and power cable.

                It only comes with one boring old game but others are available to download, some free via a PC. All the usual features are there, animated screen savers, photo phone book, colour menus, organiser, calendar, GPSR, calculator, infra red port, Bluetooth, alarm, built in modem. It is quad band, handy for USA holidays! You can download ring tones but not make your own. There is tuner thing, to tune your guitar, and a metronome for piano practice!

                As it does not slide, you have to press two keys to manually lock the phone if you don't wish to dial out when it is in your bag! The silent vibrate mode is easily put on pressing one key.

                It is a walkman phone so easy to put music on to it, and a dedicated key to switch the music on and off. You are able to create play list, plus put on bass etc. It comes with dedicated earphones. Personally I find these annoying as they are the buds to fit in your ear, and I can't keep them in! You are only limited to how many songs you put on by how large your memory card is. It comes with 512mb as standard, but you can cheaply buy up to 2GB.

                The main feature I wanted was the 2 mega pixel camera. I must say this is a little disappointing. The photos are good enough to print if taken outside on a clear day. Indoor or at night, you have settings you can put on, plus a light, but the photos aren't that clear. I had bought a separate flash unit with my K750i and it doesn't work on this phone, which is annoying. It does video too but again, not brilliant quality, but fine for fun! Photos and video can easily be moved to PC via the USB cable. It is easy to send photos via MMS or email and the phone will make the photos smaller for you if you wish.

                Overall I'm pleased with the phone, I paid £129 on virgin for it, but for that had 800 free texts over 4 months, plus they gave me £22 balance for sending my old phone back to them for recycling.

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                  20.02.2008 10:06
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                  A decent phone, but don't expect the standard to match that of a new device

                  So if you've read my review about the unreliable, easily broken W910i, you may be wondering why I went for another W class Sony Ericsson. Well Sony's on the whole seem well made, and I was blaming the the phone style (a slider) for the easy damage. This sort of a decision wasn't made easily for £80, but I swollowed it, through gritted teeth after spending the previous 4 hours going from phone shop to phone trying to pick the best one for me.

                  After twice going into "The Link" and getting told "The only phone that really does all you want is this, a W200i, and look it comes in an elegant pink case, has a camera and is on Orange, the best network". I decided I'd stay the hell away from it, if for no other reason that a poor camera no memory function.
                  The idea I had in my mind was it had to have memory card slots for an M2, it had to have a Camera (2MP or better) and was preferably a Sony or a Samsung (due to me being familar with the interfaces of both, and being a stubborn bastard in my now well known "old age"). So finally popping into a Vodafone store, and had a genuinely interested and helpful sales assistant show me the offers, talk me through them etc. What was different about this bloke is he didn't push me towards a specific phone, he didn't try to hide any of the phones downfalls, and he didn't try to hide the "hidden costs" (I.e. "This phone must be bought with a £10 top up, upon purchase"). So for this I would like to thank the Vodafone company for training your staff to do, what we, as customers want them to.

                  Anyway, back to the phone, with a classical candy bar shape to it, which always strikes me as being tougher, more durable than either of the sliders or flips (and now I come to think of it them stupid "twisters"). The buttons are organised like I was pretty used to, with the "play2 button on the left, volume on the right and off button on the top, a typical (if slightly poor) camera on the back.
                  Despite not screaming "I'm quality mate, come 'ave me", it did state it's purpose, fall nicely into my specifications (Camera, M2 slot) and could be topped up at £5 a shot as opposed to £10. Oh and it came with free speakers (which I've yet to use as they've been banged in the loft since I got the phone).

                  So whats it like to use, admittedly I've not used it as (a phone) as much as I would have perhaps liked, in the month or so that I have had it, though I have more than made use of it as an all round peice of kit, mainly due to it now being my Camera and my MP3 player. Sure mock me for this, using a sub-par phone as an entry level 1GB (the size of the memory card I already had) MP3 player and a Digi cam that couldn't take a dark shot to save it's erm...life?O_o But thats not the point, I don't generally use phones unless theirs someone I want to contact, as I'm an antisocial old bugger, theirs very few times I want to contact people.
                  Now as we all know with the phone industry mobiles move on a lot, and fast, well this phone shows it better than most. Originally available from 2007 the phone has dated (it's still a decent pit of kit, don't get me wrong). With no video-calling and a really low grade camera, that wouldn't even be seen on newer devices, but this is why the phone's available from £80 or so, rather than £140. What the phone is, is a testament to the fact you don't need to be upto date and pay over the odds for a reliable phone. It may be nothing special, but it knows what it's doing, and it does everything it does solidyly enough for me, what more can a customer ask?

                  Also Vodafone (yeah I'm starting to sound like a salesman) seemed to have done what Orange and O2 failed, I can actually get a perfect signal anywhere in my house. I don't need to find just that place when texting my ex to tell her what a cow she was, I can just whip out, go "Oi amy, your a bitch", and wait for the equally eloquent and witty retort. Oh how I laugh at such childness, except when I'm the one doing it.

                  BTW unlike the picture on here, mine came in a black-orange sexy little number, opposed to the silver and black shown, I'm not sure if other variations are currently available.

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                    09.08.2007 16:31
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                    Sony Ericsson W610i

                    Design & Feel
                    The Design of the phone is very nice, it is a very pleasing phone to look at and comes in two different colours. It comes in black and orange which looks very nice or you can go for more subtle colour scheme of silver and black. I have the black and orange because in my opinion that is the better looking colour scheme but both versions are attractive. For some reason Sony Ericsson have opted for very small buttons which are at first hard to use. Although the buttons look good they don't offer the best functionality and do take a little while to get used to pressing as they are very small. The phone is quite small and fairly thin without being ridiculous, it weighs less than ninety grams so it is lightweight and isn't an effort to carry. For a mid range phone the build quality is fairly good and this phone wouldn't break easily if I decided to drop it, also the screen is hard to scratch and I have had no problems with the screen so far as it is nice and big and easy to see.

                    Camera
                    The camera on the W610i is 2 megapixels which means you should be able to take printable quality pictures and I am pleased to say it has a pretty good camera. The camera is decent and you don't really need a digital camera if you have a phone like this as it is digital quality and you can put your photos on the pc with the usb cable. Also the camera has many options that you would normally find on a digital camera such as different effects and scene modes. The phones camera can also be used to record video and for this it is reasonable and I have taken a few videos and have been very impressed with the quality that the videos have. The phone has it's own software pre loaded onto the phone so you can use your phone to edit your pictures before you put them on your pc.

                    Walkman
                    This phone is the latest in Sony Ericsson's Walkman range and is the successor to the very popular W810i. This phone is built for music and has special keys dedicated to music playback. It is very very easy to use and all you have to do to add music to this phone is plug it into the pc and put music on the phone, it is that easy. It will take various different audio formats which is useful. The phone also comes with a 512mb m2 card so you can fit about 128 tracks onto the phone which is very impressive. Also you can upgrade to a 4gb card and then you will be able to have 1000 tracks on your phone and then it will be your actual mp3 player as well as your phone, digital camera and video recorder meaning you will only need one device because this can do it all to a good standard.

                    Talk & Text
                    This is what a phone is for it's the bread and butter for a phone and if the phone can't do these tasks it's not worth having. The sound quality on calls is excellent in my experience and I have never had any problems hearing what has been said even when the signal isn't great and I haven't had any other problems so far. Texting is very easy and you can use normal text or predictive text on this phone and the writing is very easy to read on the screen. Texting is made very simple with this phone and it is easy to text or call and the clarity of calls and speed of texts are very good in my experience. I would recommend getting this phone with vodafone like I have or O2 as they are the best in my opinion.

                    Other Features
                    One of my favourite features of this phone is the radio and I use it a lot, the signal on the radio is superb and it can pick up loads of stations on FM. The only downside is that the radio has to be used with the headphones that come with the phone because they act as the aerial. Thephone also has a very powerful torch light which is excellent in dark places, the battery life is very good as well and can last about 2-3 days in real life conditions where you use all the different features in different combinations. Other than a radio and a torch you can do all the normal other things such as play games or organise dates on your calender or do your sums on the calculator. The phone also has internet connectivety although it isn't great.

                    Overall I am very impressed with this phone and I got it for under £100 on ebay so it is not very expensive either so I would definitely recommend this phone if you want something thats easy to use and very functional. The main reason I bought the phone was the extensive list of quality features that it has which are very impressive.

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