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      26.08.2011 11:32
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      I bought this Mobile a good few years ago and although I have now moved to the land of IPhone I still have this in 1 of my drawers. I had considered selling it to 1 of those mobile cashback places, but when I put in what it was they offered me a whole £8! Yes I know it is an old phone now, and totally ancient in the world of Mobiles thesedays - no internet access and all that I have to say it didn't give me any bother the whole time I was using it which was probably about 5 years. This was my 3rd phone from Sony Ericsson and I find that they make good phones.

      I got this on contract when it first came out. I think to buy this at the time it cost about £350 but I got it as a free upgrade as long as I took out a 12 month contract, which I was used to being in a contract anyway.

      This was known as the Walkman phone. Although primarily a telephone, this had a good capacity for song Storage and has a Walkman button on the front of the phone so you don't even have to scroll through the menu's to get to your Music. Also this has Radio built in, and the radio antenna is built into the Headphones that you get with it as well.

      This is quite a dinky little phone. Not too heavy, but it is a solid phone and although I admit I have dropped this a couple of times it still looks in alright condition and the plastic seems pretty sturdy.

      Feature wise as I mentioned this is nothing special compared to everything these days. There is a few built in games in this, the Camera is really good and was good for it's time as well. It can store video clip, has an address book - really just all the normal phone features.

      A good feature this has which I haven't found on any other phone (but i've not checked many phones to be honest), you can stop some numbers coming through. To do this all you do is set up a list of numbers in your call list and it's only these numbers that will get through to you. So if you are getting plagued by sales calls or that, then if they phone you then they will just get a beep and it cuts off.

      A really good phone from Sony.

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      22.02.2011 20:27

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      Great walkman phone, but not one that will last as long as you may wish.

      I got this phone when it first came out after being wooed by the man in the shop. I had always owned Nokias, however on this occasion I went with the W800i. I was amazed by the walkman features, the excellent camera quality and brilliant software. The packaging it came in was also very different to your standard phone, which was a nice added bonus.

      The phone itself was sturdy, durable and had a good solid feel to it.

      The colour looked great when bought new, however due to the nature of the colour, it did get dirty very easily and did develop the "worn" look very quickly.

      Whilst the phone itself was great in terms of features, its reliability was awful. I had to send it back 7 times within 4 months due to the same recurring error which meant it would not pick up any networks. This is likely to be because I was unlucky in getting a defective model as I had friends who had the same model which was fine.

      Aside from that the only other con was the joy stick, which became less and less responsive over time. Fortunately newer models of the sony ericsson phones have abandoned the joy stick.

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      07.01.2011 14:20
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      The best phone I have owned up to yet

      You never forget the best phone you ever owned. This one was mine. I don't own it anymore due to having it on contract and upgrades being offered but this was passed on to my dad who still has it.

      This phone was on the 02 contract at the time and was the latest phone out which was almost 6 years ago now. The first thing that appealed to me about this phone was the colours orange and white. Most phones around this time were black pink or silver so something different was a big selling point. The turn off with this phone was the size it was still quite a big phone and was quite heavy too.

      This phone only offered what is seen as basic features such as calls and messaged due to internet wasn't that big on mobiles back in the day. Although it did have internet access this was only for music or game downloads.

      I used my phone a lot for work at this time so the battery life was a big point for my purpose. I usually had to charge this every2 days depending on usage. I also had a young child at the time who would always find a way of finding this phone and it took some bashes over its duration in my care.

      The key pad on this was a decent size and I found no problems with the texting or punching in numbers to make a call. There was a small button that enabled you to scroll around the menu options. This button took some getting used to and my nails came in handy to make this work accurately and over the years it is starting not to select options very well due to wear and tear.

      My favourite option on this phone was the radio and music. I never downloaded music due to the expense of it and at the time I didn't own a computer to transfer music across but I have now found that you are able to store lots of songs on this. I used the radio option a lot, this had good volume and reception when on the move I always listened to this on the way to work and even at work if I got a quiet 5. The headphones came with this and attached in the same place as the charger would.

      This was called the walkman phone due to it being more for music than any other feature and you were able to set a real song as your ringtone.

      The other good feature on this phone was the camera. I will say this is the best camera feature I have ever had on a phone. The picture was very clear and accurate. It also stored a lot of photos to the memory card. The memory card was able to be taken out to take prints of pictures you had taken like most of the phones out now.

      The photo options of zooming in and the time delay on the camera was brilliant for when taking pictures of my son due to him always being on the move. The camera was easy to use and had lots of light options. Although my new phone has a camera on it and my digital camera has lots of different options I will definatley say that this is the best camera I have ever owned.

      This was easy to text people from and to find numbers in the phone. I will say that it took some getting used to but I love to play with my phones and find out how to work them where as the type of touch screen phone I have now is easier for younger and older people who are not confident on using new technology is better for them.

      The reason that I would recommend this phone is due to the fact that this has been going for almost 6 years and the battery has not had to be changed, you still only have to charge it every 2 days and still works like it is brand new. It has a few scratches on it but it is an in-between phone by this I mean it hasn't got too many gadgets but has just enough to keep you happy and you also get your basic needs of phone calls. This is the best phone I have owned upto yet and don't think they will ever make one to make me think otherwise.

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        07.01.2011 06:50
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        A great music phone. I recommend this to people that put music above all else.

        I used this phone for 2 years and it was probably the best phone I owned so far!!

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        Screen is 2.3 inches but this phone debuted before the whole media explosion with 5-6 inch screens. The resolution is not too high but this is a music phone and it delivers on that front.

        Memory-
        Has about 256 mb in built and comes with a 512mb card (Sony pro duo memory). Obviously Sony proprietary so you can still upgrade the card upto 8gb. I upgraded to 4gb.

        Call Quality-
        Sony Ericsson has been great when it comes to the call quality. The calls are clear and crisp. Music auto pauses when a call comes in and immediately resumes afterwards.

        Media-
        Since this is a music phone I will deal with music separately. It does support photos, it has a camera and video recorder (2 megapixel) which are pretty good. Video only plays in 3gp but with this small screen this is not really a phone that you would want to put videos on.

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        This is a Walkman phone and it truly lives upto that name. The music quality is absolutely great. I would argue most phones don't have such great quality music. The music player menu is just like an mp3 player. My absolute favorite feature is the play button on the side. Just press it and the song you last had on immediately starts. The headphones supplied are great (don't hear that too often) with the noise blocking in ear buds. Music sounds great in speaker phone too!

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        20.08.2010 19:41
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        If you're after a walkman phone and you're strapped for cash then this is for you!

        The Sony Ericsson W800i was the first 'walkman' phone I bought and served me well for the majority of the 18 months that I had it.

        The design of the phone itself is great, the white and orange colour scheme make it stand out and I'd love to have a similarly coloured phone again. Manufacturers take note! The handset is easy to hold and the buttons aren't too tiny making both texting and calling straightforward.

        The menu's are very similar to those seen on all other Sony Ericsson phones; very simple to navigate with easy to identify, brightly coloured icons. The phone comes out the box with preinstalled games to keep you entertained and has a 2 megapixel camera. Despite more recent phones boasting 10mp cameras, this 2mp version is impressive. It takes good quality pictures both indoors and outdoors and most impressively at night. Not something even my top of the range smart phone can manage!

        The walkman aspect of the phone is also easy to use and isn't lacking in features. At 2Gb the memory card is sufficient to store a fair few tracks, perhaps not as many as I would have liked but can be replaced with a larger card at a low cost. The phone is supplied with in-ear headphones and unfortunately you're stuck using these as the phone does not accept a standard 3.5mm jack. Having said that the supplied headphones are pretty decent and lasted me the entire time I had the phone with no issues.

        Now for the downside! After 12 months the volume button on this phone decided to stop working. I'm sure how common this problem is but a number of people seemed to have had similar problems when I googled the issue. As it's only people with problems that post online this probably looks like a larger percentage of people with problems that it actually is. Indeed I've never talked to anyone in person with the same problem.

        All in all a great little phone that you can pick up quite cheaply now.

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        21.11.2009 19:49
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        Best there ever was

        This is the best phone I have ever had in my life, and i have had loads of different handsets, the over more than 10 years.

        The appearance - it looks fab! The white and orange, very attractive and it looks exactly like a digital camera from behind.

        Functions - MP3 player, videoplayer, loads of games, 2MP camera (it used to be the most MPs on a phone, ever lol ), bluetooth, infrared, internet browser, easily changeable memory stick, nice and bright screen, convenient keypad...

        Battery life - best. battery. ever. I could talk for hours with that thing but the battery still held on for 2-3 days, if i used the phone a bit less, a week without charging wasnt a problem, not like it is with new phones today.

        There is only one bad thing about this phone. About a year into using it, it started to randomly restart itself, it was rather annoying when it happened, but it was not enough to stop me from using it.

        Eventuallythe phone just got too old and worn, so had to get me another one... I dont think that I will ever have the pleasure of using a phone as good as this again.

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        14.07.2009 17:32
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        8/10

        The w800i was one of the first walkman phones from Sony Ericsson if I can remember and I jumped at the chance to get it a few years ago and it is one of the most reliable phones I have ever had while giving me the features that I wanted.

        I bought the phone mainly for the walkman function as I didn't want to have to carry round an mp3 player as well as a phone and it has served me well as it is so simple to use. You just plug your phone into the computer (I recommend getting a higher amount of external memory) and transfer over the songs you want onto your memory stick or on the internal memory but you won't fit much on there. After that you just fire up the walkman function on the mobile by pressing the walkman key in the top centre of the keypad and it takes you straight to the orange menu screen where you can select artists, genre, songs, playlists, etc. What I liked most about this was the playlists as I didn't find there to be a limit to how many songs you can add to each playlist as I had well over a hundred on one and it was so much easier than creating two playlists like the LG Viewty.

        The phone also has a 2 megapixel camera for taking pictures and video as well as Bluetooth and the usual features you would find. It also include an FM radio though which was a nice addition I found but the only downside was the chunky adapter you had to plug into the bottom of the phone so that you can listen on your headphones and to provide signal for the radio which got quite annoying to carry a chunky headphone set around in your pocket.

        The phone part of the mobile always worked and never let me down, sending messages and calling is simple and easy to get to know if you don't know much about mobiles. The interface and presentation was quite good too as everything of course is in colour and you can choose different themes for the phone which I liked as I downloaded some custom ones people had made on the internet which defiantly put the personal touch on my mobile.

        This phone has been absolutely great and I was reluctant to come across a replacement in the form of an LG Viewty at a bargain price so I would defiantly recommend this handset.

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          10.06.2009 22:31
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          A solid phone with enough features to keep most happy

          I bought this phone 2 years ago and am still using today. Not through lack of choice or money but because it still does what I want it to do. It is a Walkman phone so I will talk about it's musical features. It comes with an FM radio and music playing application. The FM radio is a nice addition as even today many high end phones are lacking this feature. The interface used to find stations is simple and easy to use. Reception is generally good and you can save presets. To use the radio function you need to connect the proprietry headphone cable which doubles as the antenna. The radio can be output through the built in speaker and the volume can go impressively loud. The music player can be opened by pressing the dedicated Walkman button under the screen and has all the navigation options you would want. You can browse by track, artist and album. When playing MP3s via the built in speaker the volume is considerably lower then when using the radio. Even so, it's still sufficient for most settings. This phone has very good sound quality when using earphones and the earphones provided are well built and worth keeping.

          The phone uses Memory Stick Duo cards to add much needed extra space for you're songs, pictures or videos. The 2 megapixel camera produces some decent pictures for a phone camera. The only comparable phones that seem to take noticably better shots are the Nokias which use Carl Ziess lenses. The W800i's camera fall down when it comes to low light shots, producing grainy, poorly defined images. The Video capture is passable but watch recorded video on anything bigger than this phone's screen and you'll be greeted by an ugly bunch of moving blocks. The screen itself is small but sharp. The phone also plays games, has a basic video editor and you can customise most things including the theme.

          The cover can be changed but you'll need some special tools to do it. The battery life when I first bought it was good, needing charging only once a week at most. 2 years on and it lasts maybe 2 - 3 days. Again, you can buy replacement batteries and all rechargable batteries suffer from diminished life over time.

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          25.02.2009 09:32
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          My first Techy review, a lot different than writing about a bag of crisps!

          I've had this phone for about a year and a half and I will keep it until it breaks. What happened is my husband has a contract phone and I always have had pay and go. He saw this phone over 2 years ago and chose it for his new contract. I think he had to pay £40 for the phone, but since it was retailing on pay and go for over £350 at the time, then it was quite cheap. The contract he was on as well wasn't extortionate either at £25 a month for a decent amount of texts and minutes. When he got another upgrade at end of contract I got this phone, which I had always loved.

          The phone is quite sleek. It is sort of a small-ish phone, but there are smaller ones out there thesedays. As far as I know you got the limited edition Black one of this, but I have the original one.

          Some people have said the colouring of these are a bit gaudy, but it's ok. Yes it is not the boring standard black. This is white with an orange strip going all the way around the edge of it.

          The buttons on the phone are just the normal number ones. The different buttons are a little joystick to naviate through the menus and a Walkman button. On the side is where the volume buttons are.

          So what is the Walkman Button? Well since this is the Walkman phone the main feature is that is stores a lot of music. You can store music on the sim, but mines only stored about 12 songs this way. The memory stick in the phone I believe can hold up to 125 good quality songs, and you can buy larger memory sticks online to hold even more songs and these cost anything up to £20 depending on what G you buy.

          The other feature I love about this is that it has a built in radio. It is an FM radio, but you must use the headphones supplied with the phone as they have a built in ariel. if you break the headphones, as can be easy done then you can buy them cheap enough from Amazon and Ebay.

          The camera is a 2 megapixel camera and the pictures come out nice and clear, so no complaints about that either. Screen size is quite a decent size in relation to the phone as well.

          There are 2 games as standard on this phone, but can handle downloadable games as well. One of the games is like one of those slidy puzzle ones, you know the plastic discs that you used to move about a square and make the face and you only had 1 space you could move the tiles into? The other game Quadrapop is a game I love. It is like Tetris, but with musical notes. So as soon as you get 4 red treble cleff and so on in a row then they pop and you get points. I usually play this at my in laws to make the boredum go away.

          Obviously this has all the other main features of a mobile such as Text messages, address book, picture files, music files, Alarm clock, calculator and so on.

          Although this may be consirered ancient in mobile phone terms, this has proved to be durable and dependable. Although a few of my buttons are scuffed due to being in my bag without a case and a slight chip out of the bag after dropping it in a supermarket, it is still working great and after all these years I still get approx 5 days life out of the battery and this is when I play the games, text a lot and so on, so it's not a bad life. Also it charges in approx 40 minutes from flat as well.

          You can still purchase this phone on Sony Ericsson's website and I think you will still pay about £60 for this, which I think is a bargain. Also there is a lot of people selling this on Ebay and you could perhaps pick a second hand one up for under £40.

          A great up to the minute phone, which I would be happy to keep hold of for a good while longer.

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            05.02.2009 20:58
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            Love this phone

            What a great phone! After a long line of Nokia phones I was apprehensive about trying another brand. But the W800i was the best phone I had ever owned and I'm now a true Sony Ericsson addict.

            The W800i is a really really cool phone. The white and orange theme looks great and the phone is a nice size and really easy to use and find your way around. Anyone who loves Nokia I would definitely recommend trying Sony Ericsson. This phone is well built and really robust. The Walk man is great and has some great features on it and the in-ear headphones that come with the phone as standard are brilliant. The 2 Megapixel camera is really impressive too, and there is plenty of space for you to store all your pictures and music too. The phone also features FM radio and loads of handy tools to get the photos you want.

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            20.09.2008 05:01

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            Pay it and get your music flowing in your ears!

            W800i was one of Sony's first walkman phones. I still see many people using this phone today. The obvious fact remains that this phone is actually identical to that of K750i, in terms of size and functionality, EXCEPT the Walkman player function and slightly different keypad layout and the colour. The walkman player is the main thing here, and it has a great music player, as walkman normally is. As mentioned for K750i, W800i had one of the best cameras. 2MP snapper is really something to shout about. Other than that, it has good looks, somewhat different to that of K750i. The keypad is responsive, easy to use. Nice loudspeaker, loud too, if you wanna blast some of your tunes in the open. Problem was, that iwas more pricey than K750i, and many did go for K750i, seeing as they were like twins. It still holds the price of around £80, which is quite impressive, as most phones do not. However, you won't be disappointed with what you pay.

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            26.08.2008 12:45

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            Great Phone - Recommended Buy!

            The W800i is a cute little phone! Its small and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand! My favourite feature of it is definitely the loudness of it!!! Due to it being a walkman phone it goes really loud which makes the Alarm feature a great one as well! I also like the buttons very much so, when you press them down there is a definite feeling of a button being pressed! The graphic on this phone are good as well! Nothing to match the smartphones of today, but they provide a very bright clear picture! The joystick on mine became a little loose but not too much of a concern! As i had this phone on contract, i unfortunately don't have a price i payed for it! Sorry :( The features, aren't really that broad but it has basic camera, music player, games and messaging! Predictive text; as with all Sony ericsson phones, is fabulous! Recommended Phone =]

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            08.08.2008 13:29
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            Very good compact phone with no silly design features, does everything you could want it too!

            Around 2 years ago I decided it was time for a new phone. After using the Nokia 6230 for over a year I blew the speaker, and seeing as music is the most important thing for me in a phone ( I know, priorities wrong) I set about scanning the world(wide web :P) for something new to fill the large empty feeling I had inside due to lack of a good music player.

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            When I found the Sony Ericsson W800i It was love at first sight. The main body is pearly white and is highlighted with a metalic orange on the sides and on some of the buttons. Alot of people say they don't like this but I think it looks great. It has rounded corners (health and safety aware :P) and for the time, a very large screen.

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            When I buy phones I am generally looking for something that is alot more then something that can simply call people, I am looking for something that can play music, take pictures, play games and ofcourse occasionally be able to make a phone call.
            The W800i can do all of these and lots more, here are some of the great features it offers:

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            The 2 megapixel camera that comes with this phone used to be the best in the market. Now sadly its been overtaken by new 5 megapixel phones, but 2 megapixels is all you need unless your a proffesional photographer in which case you wouldn't use a phone camera anyway.

            There are some well placed buttons on the side of the phone that mean you feel alot happier taking pictures as its more like the way you would normally hold a camera and you just click and shoot with the big button :) couldnt be simpler! there are also buttons to zoom in and out without having to move your hands.

            On the back of the phone, the camera has a lens cover that you can slide on and off which protects the lens, unlike many of the newer models, and if your anything like me you will find yourself sliding it backwards and forwards thousands of times. (really smooth :)

            - - Walkman (music player) - -

            This is the reason I bought this phone and is also the reason why I love it! After using the walkman in the W800i it made me wonder how i'd ever lived without it. There is just simply no easier way to play music and flick through tracks even in MP3 players (exept maybe iPods). There is a dedicated button to get to the music player which will instantly take you to your favourite tracks no-matter what you were doing previously. Then using the handy joystick you can flick through all of your tracks effortlessly, you can even choose to look through: Tracks, artists, playlists, or videos - just to make looking through the media on your phone even easier!

            Volume can be easily turned up or down from 2 handily placed side buttons which can also double up as a quick way to change the track if, like me, your too lazy to get your phone out of your pocket to look at it.

            The memory on this phone is also amazing! (as far as i know) All W800i's come with a 512MB miniscule memory stick, which easily slides in and out of a side slot. This can be upgraded to atleast 2GB for reletivly little money (around £10) and even with the provided space, which I still use, you can store over 120 songs + videos and pictures!

            The software they provide with the phone means you can easily take music from the phone to your computer or from your computer to your phone, aswel as pictures and videos.

            - - Other features - -
            This phone comes with a whole host of other fun and practical features.

            There is a whole section of the phone devoted to being a personal organiser which includes a calculator, world clocks, note maker, stopwatch/timer, LIGHT(very useful+very battery draining), alarms(where you can use any of your music tracks to wake you up) and a Calendar which is very usefull and very easy to setup new apointments and activities that you may have which then become highlighted when you look through the dates.

            This phone can also be a very handy portable radio with the help of the sony ericsson in-ear headphones which are supplied with the phone which act as an antenna. These headphones also happen to be the greatest headphones I have ever witnessed (Amazing bass!) which is great when they are free :)

            There is a whole lot more you can do such as create your own music tracks, edit your videos, edit your pictures and record sound, oh and also play games :)

            Overall this phone has everything that anyone could ever want in a phone, even if your like me and wanting alot! this delivers. It may be an old phone but i hav'nt felt any need to upgrade my phone and I doubt i will do anytime soon.

            oh and as to things such as battery times... I found the battery to begin with great (you can use the walkman with headphones for over 15hrs!) and it is very quick to charge, but due to me overcharging it and taking the battery out alot when the phone is still on, it doesnt last very long, but thats my fault, battery should be nothing to worry about normally and they are only £5 to buy new.

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              Really god phone! But I wouldn't get it now because there are so many newer phones out there...

              -Appearance-
              Some people like how it looks, personally... I don't. It's kind of awkward being yellow and orange after a while but when it first came out I was like WAW!

              I love sony ericsson despite it's awkward techie designs (but I am a techie in disguise, what can I say)-although it's getting better. I'm a sucker for good specs and this was really top-of-the-range back in the 05

              This phone feels nice in your hand despite the lack of flip/slide abilities.

              -Functions/specs-
              The phone is not particularly heavy, being made of plastic. The screen is fairly standard now but It was great a few years ago when I first got it

              Screen

              * 176x220 pixel
              * 262,144-colour TFT

              The Memory Stick compatibility was seriously impressive and I remembered practically drooling over it. The built-in phone memory is pretty bad but when I got this it came with a 512mb card which was more than enough for all my photos and a decent memory for a phone, even now

              * 1GB Memory Stick PRO DuoTM support
              * Phone memory 34MB*
              * Memory Stick PRO DuoTM support (up to 2GB)

              The battery life wasn't very good- as with most newer phones, the black and white phones were great but these ones have to be recharged every other day or so even if you leave it in your bag 70% of the time

              * Talk time:
              * 9 hours
              * 9 hours
              * 9 hours

              * Standby time:
              * 400 hours
              * 400 hours
              * 400 hours

              It also comes with a 2.0 megapixel lens (no 3G functions but most 3G phones are rubbish anyway, imo) which is higher than most webcams. The photos, even by mid-2008 standards are fairly good. (sure it is no 5.0 megapixel samsung freakaphone) but it works- even if you get it processed at kodak or something it still comes out decent without being v pixelated.

              -Advantages-
              Was state-of-the-art back in the day
              great usability
              I had this for 2.5 years before the battery committed suicide (but that was mainly my fault really) and once I got a new one it ran perfectly again!
              really good, solid phone
              Comes with fancy in-ear headphones that I used to be obsessed with!
              I love the joystick- apparently lots of them spaz, but mine kept working!

              -Disadvantages-
              Fiddly bits - e.g. the orange rubber memory stick cover at the side you will end up fiddling with...

              The super loose battery cover! This seems trivial but this ultimately lead to the death of my battery.
              This problem has been solved with new sony ericsson phones but my k800i and my w800i had the loosest covers ever (made worse by my constant sliding on and off). If you put it in your bag you will find it dismantled and nobody will ever be able to reach you.
              Also, your battery will die because it keeps disconnecting when your phone is on.

              The unattractive design. I glanced at the reviews before clicking 'write your own' and i saw that somebody wrote 'state of the art'... but that was in 2007, ancient history. I hope nobody gets offended when I say that this phone id not v sleek.

              It fits in my medium sized hand perfectly and I like the lense cover slide slide toggle thing it's nice... But it's not going to impress your peers or become a chick magnet.

              -Conclusion-
              Great, solid, usable phone. The main problem (loose battery cover) can be solved by sacrificing the natural beauty of your phone and simply using a piece of sellotape (now why didn't I think of that?)... If you want to jazz up your tape you could always find a cool piece with mickey mouse or stripes on it or something.

              I wouldn't get this again, simply because nobody ever buys a phone twice these days. I bought a w580i- which is really good but not significantly better than this phone although it did come out 3 years later. The w580i also has 2.0 megapixel lens. It wins in its better graphics, fixed bugs, speed, larger screen and cool lights, but that's really it. Nothing breakthrough. It doesn't have a joystick though, which is both a blessing and a curse because i love the joystick but this clicky wheel thing will allegedly work for a lot longer.

              Also the w580i is a slide phone so it's great when you want to pretend you're in a soap opera and huffily hang up on somebody or impress people by picking up by using a dramatic thumb push- great with a (subtle) head swish!

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                04.10.2007 20:22
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                Good phone to have for everyday use

                Firstly I didn't buy the Sony Eriksson w800i, I borrowed it from a friend of mine because I saw lots of people with it and I was wondering why it was so popular, I just had to find out. I asked my friend if I could borrow his phone for a week just to find out how it was and he agreed under one condition, bring it back in the condition in how he gave it me.

                The first thing I realised was that it was very light and the design of the phone was really good and it was made so it was easy to use. The screen was really clear and bright and I didn't have to strain my eyes of it like some of Sony Eriksson previous phones (not mentioning any).

                Throughout the week I went through all the features that were available on the phone. There's an excellent 2 megapixel camera which takes brilliant photos and video clips for those special moments. The best feature of this phone is the walkman capability which grants easy access to you songs with one button. The phone also comes with a media player to play your videos and the sounds that you recorded using the sound recorder. You can view the internet through the WAP browser that is provided. Viewing the web pages is really easy through the browser.

                You will never get bored with this phone, you can play java games which come with the phone plus you can download lots of extra games, but you have to pay. There's also a radio which receives FM channels. Connectivity is a breeze with the w800i. There's the normal Bluetooth, along with infrared, which I don't think you'll ever use, plus there's a USB port which makes synchronisation with your PC really easy.

                the reception isn't the best but it's alright if you want to amke those normal calls to your mates or want to make a business call to your boss. The clarity of calls is also alright, but whenever bad weather or when you go deep into the country side, you get some major interference.

                Sony Eriksson has provided brilliant organising tools for you with this phone. There's an alarm clock with a calendar, plus a phone book along with a stopwatch. There's also a timer and a program that helps you organise your tasks.

                You can send e-mails with the phone along with text messaging and MMS messaging.

                Overall, this phone is brilliant and can used for many reasons. At the end of the week when I went to give the phone back my friend asked what I thought and I told him that know I know why everyone has this phone. I also asked my friend how much the phone was and he told me it was 40, which is really cheap for a phone like this.

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