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I have had many phones in the past, and I'll be honest, most of them have ended up down the toilet or in the bath, I remember by sister saying she'll lend me this particular phone she had that she wasn't using at the time because she had a different one, until I could afford to get a phone myself, this was around 2007 time roughly and I was would around 14 so no way would I of been about to afford a new one anyway.
In the main menu there is the following options:
- Internet Services
- File Manager
When starting to use this phone, there isn't really much of a set up, all you do it put your sim in, in the back and turn on, it'll come up saying start phone or music only, this is because this phone is a walkman phone and it mainly for music so you can have the option to just use one or the other if you wanted to, but you can of course use both at once by selecting the phone option.
The mobile comes complete with a phone charger, software, computer connection lead (USB), headphones and memory card[256mb] I like that it came with the memory card and so all phones should that are intended for music and video's. You could buy bigger memory cards for these phones but I only have around 30 songs on mine that I changed daily and saw no need to upgrade to a 2G memory card. The earphone quality for this was surprisingly good considering it's just a phone that is really old. It had one longer than the other so you can put it round the back of your neck and coming down one side, it's fairly easy to put music on here, all you do it plug the phone using the USB into your computer and drag the music across, and it's as simple as that, once you've done that the music can be located in the walkman option already.
The camera is 2 mega pixels which no it isn't the best quality but this phone is very old and it nothing compared to the camera's these days, although at the time it suited me fine but I never really used it anyway as I was only 14/15 and had no desire to take pictures, and if I did it was with a real camera for proper quality photos. Although messing around it did have a few features on here to edit photos, such as changing to monochrome or negative, you could also add 'frames' these were basically little animation drawings that slotted around your picture making it look like it was in a photo frame.
The messaging and contacts was fairly simple, similar to every other phone really, having a memory card allowed for more messages iny our inbox, but you had to delete them because of the music or videos you had on your phone, so I always made sure I deleted mine regularly.
My overall opinion, is that the Song Ericsson W700i was a good little phone and being the age I was, I never had an MP3 player or an Ipod, so it was really useful to me to be able to still listen to my music like all the other children at school, I walked to school as well and it was a good 20 minute walk so it made my trip a little less lonelier. The quality of the headphones was nice an clear but if you turned the phone up full blast the ear phones couldn't quite take it and it became distorted, this doesn't make sense to me, why would they make earphones for this particular phone that couldn't take the maximum volume, it just doesn't make sense. Sony Ericsson's have a track record of just randomly turning off, and this phone was no different, Any slight knock, or putting on the table to hard and it turned itself off, sometimes when you have to many text's coming through at once, and sometimes just for the sake of it. It did become rather annoying, so I decided I'd through it down the toilet, this is course was a very tragic accident, as I had to wait a few months until Christmas for my next phone. I wouldn't recommend getting one of these today, I'm not even sure if these are still for sale, this would be great for a child's first phone but this is nothing compared to what's on the market today but was great for it's time.
The most reliable phone I've ever had! Recommended to anyone; weither it's for texting, calling, taking pictures. Must say, compared to newer models, the internet is quite slow, as is sending a text message. But overall, I was thoroughly satisfied with this phone, lasting me over 3 years. Where I normally have a a new phone every 6 months. It's almost identical to the W800i phone. The only differences are the change to a new gold colour, which is much more attractive! And there's a smaller memory card. Cameria is of a huge 2MB, but with a lack of autofocus in the camera zoom. Great features include SMS, MMS and email ability, along with Bluetooth, Infrared and USB mass storage, Fast Port. It' s battery stanby time of 400 hours is very pleasing to a frequent user. So basically, it's a very attracrive phone, with very attractive features, at a very attractive price!
I'm confused here... isn't this the same handset as W800i? Isn't it the same phone with different model name? If so, why did this come out? The only difference I could tell, is the colour of it, where W700i is golden-brown, and W800i is white with bright orange details. So why a new model for different colour? Or is there something else hidden from the eye?
I set out to find out.
W700i was released around a year later the most famous W800i first walkman handset. At the time of W800i's reign, where success was near perfection, there wasn't much space for W800i's improvement and it didn't need it. W800i is equipped with great 2MP camera (great resolution pictures), walkman player, nice keypads, perhaps slightly fiddly navigational pad, easy to use-user interface, FM radio, expandable memory, bluetooth, infrared etc. All these features are found in identical packages in W700i.
Everything is the same, the size and the features, the only thing different, is like I said, the colour, and the times of their release. So did SONY really bring out a new model because of its colour?
No, there was just one addition to W700i. This was HSCSD, which is basicallly an enhancement of the GSM mobile transmission system. I do not know how much of an improvement this provided the users, as I know W800i, had no problems. So I'm guessing, there wasn't really anything significantly different to W700i, except the colour...which by the way, I do not prefer to W800i.
Having always purchased Nokia mobiles in the past I was quite backward about looking at Sony Ericsson makes. After my brother bought the Sony Ericsson W700i I changed my mind and went out and bought one myself.
In the main menu there is the following options:
- Shortcut to O2 website
- Internet Services
- File Manager
To start off with it is very simple to set up all you have to do is put the sim card in, turn on your phone and the Sony Ericsson sign will come up and then a start-up menu will appear. You can choose to either start the phone or use the music only feature (this will bring up the Walkman only). If you are putting the sim card for the first time you can choose what language you want to use then a setup wizard will appear. This will let you view some useful tips. For example the back key will return you to the previous screen, what will take you to standby etc. Then it will let you select the time and date and then you can choose a ringtone. Once your setup wizard has completed it will ask you do you want to view a short Demo tour video about the phone. It's a short advertisement really which last about 29 seconds. That's all there is to setting up your mobile!
The mobile comes complete with a phone charger, software, computer connection lead (USB), headphones and memory stick (256mb).
The charger is slim and the end (which you connect to the phone with) has two fragile pins. I'm constantly worried about getting these pins broken.
The headphones are surprisingly good quality and when you use the radio feature they act as an antenna. There are different sized earpieces so you can adjust them accordingly.
The memory stick is only 256mb which is quite small however you can upgrade and buy a larger one (2GB roughly 20pounds). As I only use my phone for putting the odd song on and taking a few photos I didn't feel this was necessary.
There is Bluetooth which is simple to use, an infrared port and synchronization.
The camera is 2 mega pixels. I feel the quality is good a lot better than I expected and it's very easy to take a photo. There is a button on the right hand side that you use to take photos. It mimic's the layout of a traditional camera. Plus there is a small mirror on the front so you can take photos of yourself. There is a sliding switch which opens the lens of the camera, opening this will automatically start up the camera even if the phone is locked. This has its good and bad points. It means when you want to take a photo quick you don't need to go in and select the facility each time however quite often you could have your phone in your pocket and the switch is opened and your phone is on the camera facility and you are not aware. This wastes your battery and you can have taken a lot of photos of your pocket which is not very useful!!
In the main menu you can also choose the camera facility (it is a picture of a camera). You can take videos as well as photographs. There are several shoot modes to choose from. This is a facility I have just realised is available. You can choose normal, panorama, frames and burst. The panorama is hard to line up exactly as you have to take 3 photos and they are joined together. There are three different sizes of photos large (1600 x1200), medium (640 x 480) and small (160 x 120). There is a night mode facility however I find that photos come out blurry when I use this. You can turn on a light which makes the pictures clearer. Another feature is the self-timer if you want to be in the photos yourself. I always find this annoying to use as I can never judge if I'm going to be in the photo or not.
You can have effects on your photos these are black and white, negative, sepia and solarise. Also there is a white balance you can put it on auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent, incandescent. Picture quality is either normal or fine. Another feature is you can have the time and date on your photos. Personally I can't be bothered going through all the settings and just take my photos of automatic mode however it's nice to know they are there is I want them.
There are the following features within the entertainment section:
* Two games called Puzzleslider and QuadraPop. Puzzleslider is a jigsaw which is out of place and you have to put it back in order. I find this game quite boring and not really a fan of playing it. QuadraPop is sort of like Tetris however it is musical notes. Once you have 4 notes together they disappear. This game can be quite addictive once you start playing it.
* Video DJ - you can create short videos
* Photo DJ - this is where you can add clipart/frames/effects, rotate, add text or draw on your picture. The one thing is that some options are disabled when editing large images.
* Music DJ - you can make up songs using drum, guitar, piano and trombone sounds.
* Remote Control - to be honest I have not figured out how to use this feature.
* You also can record sounds.
This phone supports SMS (text messages), MMS (picture and video messages), plus voice messages and emails. Sending messages is easy and straightforward. You can have the messages you have sent saved in the sent messages folder which I find very handy. There is a predictive text facility you can use which makes it easier to type in messages. You can add symbols, pictures, sound effects, animation, melodies and have a word suggestion facility turned on.
You can choose to listen to your music by artist, tracks, playlist (you need to set this up yourself). Also you can view any videos you have here. There is a shortcut button on the front of your phone. There is another button on the left hand side which you can press to start the walkman and to stop and start the music. Plus the volume button on your right hand side is easily accessible. The speaker seems to be on the back of the phone. From my experience the walkman can be sore of the battery. Within the walkman facility you can minimise it so you can play music and do other things for example send a message. There is a play mode were you can use shuffle or loop. Music can be sorted by artist title or as created, you can send songs or delete them.
It stores the following files; pictures, videos, games, sounds (music you may have saved), themes for your phone (some are on your phone but you can download some or have them sent to you.) I like the theme facility as it makes your phone more personalised. Web pages are saved here some are already on your phone but any you have saved will be here as well. Also there is a world clock. As I am travelling I find this a very useful tool as its in my shortcuts and I can go to it straight away and see what time it is anywhere in the world.
This is your phone book. You can set up speed dial, groups of numbers or add special numbers. Here you will also find your business card. In your phone book you can add someone's mobile and home number, address, email address, birthday date you can add their photo and a specified ring tone so when they ring or text you see their photo. I really like this as I know straight away who has text me by looking at their photo.
You need to insert the headphones to turn on this facility as the headphones work as an antenna.
Within the organiser there are the following features:-
* Alarm - you can choose whatever sound you want to wake you up. I find it very useful as it wakes me up every morning!
* Calender - here you can put in appointments and put in reminders.
* Tasks facility - you can add any tasks you have to do and mark them as done once you have completed them.
* Stopwatch which is easy to use
* Light - which you can keep on continuously, on for one minute or use the SOS signal.
* Calculator - you can save calculations in the memory.
If you are not using the Walkman, taking a lot of pictures or playing the games constantly then the battery life of the phone is great and can last me for days. Generally I have to charge my mobile (which takes mere hours) once a week.
I think this phone is quite stylish. Mine is grey and there is a walkman sign on the front and left hand side. It's reasonably small the dimensions are 100x46x20.5mm and it weighs 99g. The screen is 176x220 pixels and I like it because it's quite large and you can see the writing on the screen clearly. It isn't very chunky and will fit into your pocket or handbag easily. The buttons are large and easy to use. The joystick isn't easy to use in my opinion and mine sticks every now and then.
Well I think the handset is very sturdy! I have dropped it several times and there are no problems with it with little to no scraps, however the camera facility has a window frame so you can take photo's of yourself. It's like a wee mirror, on my phone this was scrapped very easily.
Ease of Use
This phone is easy to use. I found it difficult to catch on at first as I was used to the Nokia layout however once I figured out the Sony Ericsson layout I found it very easy to use.
I feel this mobile is definitely worth the money. It has great facilities plus it is so easy to use.
Originally posted under my username in Ciao denisekelly40