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I liked having this phone, even if it was for just a twelve month period.
The phone comes with a software disc which you upload to your PC. This means that you can easily customise the phone, creating your own ringtones, wallpapers, themes, screensavers e.t.c. The phone is actually very easy to customise, plus the sound quality is superb. You can make the phone unique to you.
The music playback is simple enough and the phone can store a good amount of songs and ringtones. Obviously it will store more songs if used with a memory card. Like I said, the sound quality is superb. I would put this phone up there with the Apple iPhone in terms of sound quality. This also applies to the radio on the phone. Again, this function is easy to use and my phone even came with free headphones. The radio is a standard AM/ FM radio.
In terms of being a "normal" mobile phone the phone is easy to use and sets the standard for other phones to follow. Making a call is easy and the clarity is fantastic. Texting is easy. Sending an SMS and/ or an MMS is simple enough and navigating the phone is easy thanks to the simple interface on the phone.
The design of the phone is sleek yet funky. Also, the phone is available in different colours. The phone is light, portable and easy to carry around with you.
A great phone for music, for radio and for general use.
I had this phone for 4 years before upgrading recently, though my handset is still working almost perfectly. The user interface is easy to use and understand. The bluetooth is also easy to use and works well. The radio and mp3 player play music to a decent standard and the disk provided helps you to transfer music easily from CD's etc to the phone. The phone memory isn't great, (is it ever when you want to use the phone as an mp3 player as well?), but a memory card slots in easily and provides you with lots of memory. The phone itself is pretty tough, mine was dropped on numerous occasions, rained on and even stood on by a horse and it still worked - the only damage it sustained was a small scratch to the corner of the screen. The provided headset isn't very good but most would probably replace that anyway. The only problem I had was that after 3 and a half years the phone started freezing occasionally, but that was after a good 3 years of service and very occasional.
I have had this phone for 3 years,
I'm writing this review to honor its long service.
-Looks / Phone Design-
It is still one of the best looking slide cellphone to date, maybe its because everyone is crazy about smart phones these days..and the designers have all been busy about those types of phone, I don't know.
I like the shortcut buttons, and you can customize some of them.
The four directional buttons however is easily crack after a year or so, I read it in several forums, and apparently I'm not the only one with this problem. Its still functional, just doesn't look as good as new.
The keypad had this bouncy feel even after 3 years of constant usage, and still as responsive.
The slide is still as firm as new even after all these years...and I don't just slide this phone when I use it... when I got nervous, or had nothing to do...I often unconsciously sliding this thing up and down like crazy!
It is very easy to make phone calls, and to send texts, although its menu and button response is slightly 'laggy' compared to the newer models.
The camera quality is bad, don't even think about taking pictures at night.
I am satisfied with the battery life of this phone, I charge it every 2-3 days.
You can install various java based applications on it, games, messengers, etc. Although at times I find it hard to find the right resolution for this phone.
Its the walkman model, so its no wonder this model came with a very powerful speaker, I'm not sure how many dB it can produce before distorting, but its still very loud, I still use it to listen to music even today. There are also several preset equalizer you can choose, I never bother to change it though.
I think when I first open the box, there are a charger, a cable data and a pair of high quality earphones (the earplug type).
I broke my charger about 3 months ago, and have to replaced it with the cable data....yes, I use my laptop to charge this phone.
And I lost my earphones recently...I miss them. This pair of earphone is v good at blocking noise from your environment, it holds on lightly but still quite firm on your ear.
Take it from someone who has been using this phone for over 3 years,
it is very durable. I have dropped this phone from various heights and it never breaks. The only time I had it to a repair shop was when my 3 months old daughter put it in her mouth and drooled all over it. After 3 days in repair, it came back just as good as new.
So I've been using this phone for over 3 years now, and I still find it very durable and dependable. There is some minor downside to this model, but I still think they're minor compared to the good side.
I purchased one of these phones from ebay and I must say that I fell in love with the design and feel as soon as I took it out of the box. It was also one of the easiest phones I have ever had to use and is in no way complicated at all - It's perfect for beginners but done have some great features on it too which I will go into shortly. The bit I loved about this phone was the possibility of identifying a song or track which you are listening to on the radio etc. All I had to do for this was select the TrackID from the main menu and then hold the phone next to a speaker that was playing the track and within a few seconds I would have the name of the singer / band, name of the song and the CD it is on - It's amazing especially if you like the sound of a song, don't know who sings it but would love to go out and buy it or download it.
Anyway enough about TrackId, let's look at the other features of this phone:
It has a 2 Megapixel camera with an LED flash which allows you to take some amazing pictures even in the strangest of lights. It also allows 2.5 times digital zoom so you can get closer to subjects and also allows for video recording as well as a little camera on the front to make video calls. I really loved the quality of the images I could take with this camera - It was the best camera phone I have ever owned and I never had any blurry pictures to contend with either.
MUSIC - It is a walkman phone after all
This phone has everything that you require if your a huge music lover, it even has it's own media player built in so you can sort all your music by artist, track etc and create your own playlists. It even has a Megabass feature which allows you to enhance the bass and give the music a much more beaty feel etc. You can also download music to your phone and not to forget the TrackId which I mentioned above.
Everytime I was away from the house I would be on the internet via this phone as much as possible as it was quick and easy to use. It has a full internet browser built in with support for images etc and you can also get the news etc to your phone as and when it happens with the web feeds option. The screen also allows you to view websites with quality as well and it's not a struggle like some other phones can be.
The phone book on this phone allows you to store enough information for each person you want in there and is very easily accessible too. It allowed me to store the telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and much much more for each person.
The phone also has a stopwatch, alarm clock, tasks section which allows you to set reminders etc for things you need to do, a calendar, a timer, a notes section so you won't forget anything and a flight mode facility so that you can use it on aeroplanes etc but won't affect anything as it stops the frequencies from transmitting and causing issues.
One thing I done a lot of with this phone is text, text and even more texting as it was easy with the T9 (Predictive text input) and you could also record voice notes to send in a message as well. I also used to use the email functions of this phone and whenever I had a new email it would warn me with an onscreen message and audible warning.
This phone has bluetooth, infrared, A modem so that you can connect your computer to the internet via this phone at anytime wherever you are, usb mass storage which allows you to move items between your computer and phone etc and a synchronisation function which allows you to contacts and calendars upto date with both computer and phone - Great if you rely on your calendar so you can update one with info and then the suynchronisation process will update it on the other.
I would highly recommend this phone to anyone and they can be picked up pretty cheap as well now as I think I only paid £20 for mine.
I had the W850i on contract for 18 months and was impressed to discover that it was the first Sony Ericsson (and last) that I would own without ever having to claim on the warranty. Magic! It was also the first slidey phone I'd had and on first impression I was a little suprised at how chunky the phone was. This soon fades into insignificance however as the phone has many other redeeming qualities
The design of the phone is modern, even now with all the smart phones about it still looks good. The whole front of the phone slides upwards to reveal a standard phone keypad underneath. The sliding mechanisms feels crisp and durable with the screen almost 'snapping' open and closed. I thought this might be the source of the inevitable warranty claim to begin with but this never caused me any issues.
The buttons on the front of the phone (underneath the screen and visible when the phone is 'closed') are primarily for use to answer calls and operate the mp3 player while on the move.
The camera is high quality despite being only 2 megapixels. As with a lot of Sony Ericssons I've had I found this to be one of the phones best features and I was able to take good, clear shots even at night or indoors with low light levels. The LED flash appears to work much better than on other branded mobiles I've tried.
The walkman side of the phone is also good, relatively easy to navigate and straight forward to use. The memory card included as standard allows you to store a few hundred tracks but upgrading to a larger card would be cheap and allow you to carry much more music in your pocket. I had issues with track library whilst using this phone and never managed to correct it. Transferring music from PC to phone is simple and straight forward but for some tracks (not all) the track artist didn't appear under the 'artist' heading and could be found under 'unknown' instead. Using the PC software didn't alter this anomally.
That brings me on to the PC software! It's terrible, very slow and I don't think it ever worked as it was meant to on any occassion and I eventually gave up and transferred tracks etc via My Computer which is ten times easier and infinitely less stressful. Not a bad reflection on the phone but a word of warning!
The phone comes loaded up with a couple of games to keep you entertained and features such as Track ID (similar to Shazam) which comes in handy. It's definitely a phone I'd recommend to most, perhaps with the exception of gentlemen with larger fingers as the keypad is a little on the small side. Otherwise a great music phone full of features that feels nice and sturdy!
This phone was the first contract phone I owned. I got it about 3 or 4 years ago and when I first picked it up out of the box it felt bulky and very complicated to operate. I never look at the instruction manual, instead I adopt the traditional British way of working gadgets out and just use it! Previously, I had what is probably one of the smallest phones I have ever owned, a tiny Samsung D500. This was probably why I was surprised at the sheer size of what was my accessory for the next 2 years. I wanted a 'slidy' phone and this one was packed with features.
It is a camera, taking extremely good quality pictures and was my first proper camera phone that felt as though it was built as a camera first and foremost! Secondly it was a walkman. A 1GB memory card saw to that, it could hold endless hours - days perhaps, of audio bliss. Finally it is a mobile phone. When you first get the phone it is very easy to forget its primary function! Although I described my initial reaction to the phone as bulky, it is a very sleek looker.
Although it doesnt appear simple in its operation from the number of different buttons when 'open' it is very easy to operate but difficult to master. When using the phone as an mp3 player the setup and menus within this mode are all over the place. Yes, the centre keypad is useful - it has 'play', 'pause', 'stop' etc. but due to the beauty of modern technology we now dont need a multi-use mobile phone. I personally would rather store my music onto a dedicated mp3 player, and im sure many do this also. Sometimes companies try too hard to provide all these different functions. If it is the case you want this, then go for this phone because it is jam packed with cool features.Back in the day, this phone was perfect because although i hardly used all the fancy features, it was always nice to have them 'just in case'. Nowadays I prefer simplicity, and i feel this is the way things will go in the future - a mobile phone that does just that.....and nothing else.
The Sony Ericsson W850 was my first contract phone at £30 per month on a 2 year contract. It was always something that attracted me back then because of its stylish design candybar form and being a slider at the same time. It is basically a walkman phone that supports up to 8GB memory.
First of all the phone is excellently built. It doesn't look cheap; the plastics used are definitely of a high grade. I have dropped the phone many times onto concrete, brick and other hard surfaces and yet the phone still functions without fault and there is barely a scratch or dent. This is a testament of quality of this phone in terms of its reliability and build.
Theres no point in me going over what the phone features because msot phones of a set type will have these features anyway. The usual FM radio, GSM, 3G and what have you is there but its the media playback where this phone shines. The Walkman player has various ways of organising tracks, artists, albums and includes album art during playback.
The sound quality is so good, the bass the treble and custom equaliser settings are very good. A friend noted that the output was louder than his speakers for his computer. The rocker switch on the right of the phone can be used to skip back and forth between tracks. And there is also a volume toggle on the side. Very intuitive layout for the buttons. The middle button acts as an OK button or brings up the media player. The 2 buttons on either side of the orange glow also function as OK (left) and Cancel (right). The middle orange bar can be pressed to brign the media player. The other small buttons are cancel, web, camera and contacts. Amazingly the 4 small lights around the middle button also function as navigational buttons for the media player. The left, right button forwards/rewinds whilst the up down button switches between tracks/artists/albums in the playlist.
I think I used the flash more than I did the media player when I went abroad (Bangladesh). Power there is so bad that more often than not there was a powerout and I would resort to using the flashlight app and switch on the booming light that the W850i produced.
Battery life is absolutely amazing on this phone. This is further enchanced with having 2 modes of operation. One of which is the normal phone function where you can do pretty much everything. The other is flight mode where both outgoing and incoming calls are barred and you cannot listen to the radio. Flight mode extends battery life to more than 24 hours after continous playback of music (SE claim 28 hours).
As far as call quality its great, loud and clear. No quibbles on that front. The 2mp camera for the time when it was released was actually more than adequate but by modern standards it might not be much for this price point.
Anyways I cannot really find much wrong with this phone because it was something I loved as soon as I bought it and have used it for so long and in so many different ways and situations. I wouldn't ever contemplate on recycling this phone, would love to turn this into a collectible.
Would you like to be endlessly annoyed to the point of mental breakdown? Would you perhaps like to sit, restrained, in a darkened room, being repeatedly hit in the face with a brick? Or, maybe being made to infinitely count a big jar of pennies, when only one penny from the end, someone knocks them all over, meaning you have to start all over again? Would you like to listen to James Blunt's album? Well, if any of these hugely annoying things happen tickle your fancy, then this may just be the phone for you- being, in actual fact, more annoying than all of these put together, even James Blunt.
What's more is that all of this infuriating antogony actually all stems from something so small and orange, like chocking to death on a baked bean. It all comes from that small orange button you can see up there in the picture, the 'music player shortcut key', looking so innocent and blameless, but I know the terrible things this button can do, and you should too.
You may be thinking to yourself, surely one button can't be so annoying? Surely, one button alone can't make an entire phone nigh on unusable? Well it damn well can. The button lies directly above the 'up' key and directly right and left of the 'select' and 'back/cancel' keys, respectively, and is slightly raised. And this is where the problem arises. Just like a Vietcong soldier or a toilet attendant, the button is always there, lurking, just waiting to catch you unawares. So, every time you go to press either 'up', 'select' or 'cancel' you will, without fail, inadvertently press that little orange button. And what this means for you is that, instead of cancelling sending that drunken text message where you asked a girl you'd known for a day to marry you, or answering that phone call regarding the results of a very important test, you actually open up the music player, and have to wait another two weeks to find out that you have 'the clap', and that it is, in fact, not as cheery a disease as the name suggests.
You may now be thinking, "okay, so the button stops you in the middle of doing important things, and STIs are no laughing matter, but it can't be that annoying". And I'd agree. It could be worse. And it is. The Little orange button's maniacal reign doesn't stop there. The Button also gets you with, thanks to Jeremy Beadle, what we all hate to be got with; public humiliation. The thing is, once the button has tricked you into pressing, its plan has only just begun. Once the music player is open, the phone will then launch into song like a character from Oklahoma, so everyone looks at you, points and laughs/hits, shouting things like "Ryan, I can't believe you listen to the Venga Boyz!". That little orange button will literally make you into a social pariah.
And the orange button does not have a conscience or adhere to social etiquette like you or I. No, the orange button will go off anywhere and everywhere, from playing Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo" when you're comforting a grieving widow, to bursting into "working 9 to 5" by Dolly Parton at the Dole Office, the orange button will do ANYTHING.
Now, I have spent so long writing about this small orange button which may seem so insignificant, because it is significant. This button makes this entire phone unusable, and is the most prominent feature of the entire thing. If we consider the menu layouts, which are actually quite pretty and easy to navigate, whenever you try to push 'up' to scroll upwards in the menu, you will hit the orange button and be plunged into hell once more. Or, when making a phone call, the speakers are clear, and the sliding mechanism means the ear piece and receiver are close to your ear and mouth, you will accidently push your face onto the orange button. Even the price, which at around £80 pounds is very reasonable, is made so unreasonable by that stupid orange button. Reviewing the other features of the phone, which are actually all pretty good, seems like ignoring the colossal issue, like a psychiatrist examining Hitler reporting that he is very kind to animals and even a vegetarian.
So, as I sit here with M.Syle's "I laugh at you" playing from my phone, after I just tried to send a simple text message, all I can do is urge you not to buy this phone. Unless you're a James Blunt fan...
This phone, is awesome. Probably the best phone I have ever owned. Everything about it from the design to the features right down to the battery life was great. Slide phones are a great idea, hiding the keypad so its smaller in your pocket is a great piece of design. Sony Ericsson are renowned for making good, solid mobile phones and this is no exception. The layout is basic, yet good looking, the themes are good looking, the music player is good looking, heck even the home screen is good looking. Teaming up with walkman has produced the best music player on a mobile phone bar the iPhone. The durability of it was good but was also the reason i had to get rid of it, after three years the poor phone had enough of my constant useage and gave up. Texting was simple and memory was good. There are a few bad points though. The camera was not the best although it did have flash. Sometimes the slide wouldn't actually unlock the phone which was a bit of a pain but only happened on the odd occasion. The worst feature however, and it does let the phone down quite a bit, is the lack of a 3.5mm jack for headphones, you need a small extension which plugs into the charger area and that extension is your jack. Which means, if you lost that extension, aside from annoying everyone by playing through the fairly good quality built in speaker, means that you have to buy another extension, which is a pain. So a pretty great all rounder but with a pretty big drawback.
I don't have phones for very long due to short contracts, and also due to the fact I get bored very easily, but this was probably the phone I had the longest at about 2 and a half years and I couldn't wish to have a better/more useful phone for that period! The phone is a very solid, compact design and feels very robust with its almost flawless slide out keyboard. It has a very dark and dramatic appearance especially with its default theme applied which puts everything in black.
The phone is in my opinion a perfect size and when answering the phone you don't have to open the keyboard, so you really don't have to open the keyboard at all unless when you're texting.
The Walkman side of things is a very useful gadget. I particularly liked the amber backlight which lit up the keys when you pressed the music key. The storage is 1GB by default which isn't particularly great considering it's marketed as an MP3 player as one of it's biggest features. Still, you'll get a fair few tunes on there and the sound quality is superb - dare I say on par with an iPod. I actually used to use the phone to play through my car's speakers through one of those cassette adapters and never had any sound quality issues.
The battery life is excellent and doesn't get affected much by music playback or talk time, I could usually use the phone for about 48 hours between charges even with music playback.
The 2 megapixel camera with flash is very easy to use and take pretty good quality images. You can also take good quality video with backlight which proved good in filming in dark places.
This is quite an old phone now, released in 2006, but the phone as a whole hasn't dated much in my opinion and is still probably one of the best walkman phones available.
The w850 was my first proper phone (my first contract phone after turning 18) and I was the envy of all my friends. This sexy little slider certainly looked the part and felt comfortable in the hand. In the open postion I found there to be minimal wobble in the slider mechanism. Pluse the back is shiny and metallic once slid up which gives a premium look to the device.
The navigation pad looks quite quirky but works well with minimal effort, though I found the centre button to be a little sticky however it may have just been isolated to my unit alone as I haven't heard any other complaints about it.
The keypad again continues the stylish feel but does not sacrifice any usability in doing so as typing out text messages is easy. As with any phone I'd suggest a full qwerty keypad if you intend on writing longer messages and emails etc, but for the everyday person, t9 on this phone will work very well, it only really suffers when it comes to entering personal info such as names, addresses and email contacts.
Being a Walkman device the focus here is music and the music player works well with the bundled Sony headphones, lack of a 3.5mm jack means that you can't use your own properly though you can plug yours into the Sony adapter, this leaves you with a 2metre lead which is a pain! My advice is just use the Sony ones as they work well and you can get either in ear or outer ear headphones from various sites which will be compatible with the w850.
The orange walkman button glows and can even be set to flash in time with your music, it is handy as a quick access to your music but the orange does look cool against the black.
Again as with most other Sony Ericsson phones memory is handled via Sony's own brand cards, here it is the Pro2Duo card that is used, which may be odd for people used to using the much smaller m2 memory card, however adapter kits can be found online so you can use your existing m2 card. The downside is that these cards are usually a little more expensive than micro SD which had dropped in price a lot recently.
The camera is ok at best, decent enough for a quick spur of the moment snap but not good enough to print to be honest.
Again running Sony ericssons OS does allow the installation of java apps so you will have plenty to keep you occupied.
Retrospect can be a funny thing as after using the k810i I found that there was minimal difference in most areas, even the music player which should be the Walkmans ace up it's sleeve is equalled by that on the k810i and sporting a much much better camera gives the edge to the k810i for me anyway. Unless you really want a slider phone opposed to a candybar.
I had this phone for about 1 ½ years, replacing it because of my contract. I really liked this phone, although one drawback I did find is that you cannot play certain types of audio files, as you can't on other Sony Ericsson phones.
I liked that the product had both Bluetooth and Infrared facilities, as a lot of my friends had phones with one or the other, so I could send files to all of them, or even pass on files from a Bluetooth only phone to an Infrared only phone!
I found the phone was very easy to use, and did not even read the instructions, as I usually don't. The Walkman player was brilliant, as was the speaker sound. I was not very impressed with the camera quality however, at the time I thought it was quite good, as it was better than most of my friend's cameras, but not I have got a 5 megapixel camera, I realise this phone (at 2 megapixels) was not so good.
This phone does have all the gadgets including built in games and radio, so anyone wanting a phone for all these things, I recommend this one.
I have to agree with the nugster. I've replaced this phone twice after losing it. That has to be the highest praise I can give it. I no longer access certain sites on my pc or laptop as its quicker and easier through the W850. Its a proper work horse. My current handset is battered and scratched but I'm scanning eBay for replacement cover parts, I have been using my mobile as a modem for both my PC and laptop this is probably my reason for being so devoted to this model. It also made my i pod redundant. I am a non-car driver, so I spend lots of time listening to music through headphones. No need to carry the Ipod anymore as the SEw850 stores tons and sounds great. There are 2 headphone types I prefer the 2 part rather than the all in one headphones. With the 2 part you can upgrade normal headphones and still connect them to the mobile. Highly Recommended
Quite possibly the best phone I have ever owned. It is so user friendly and has all the apps you could want without making the phone over complicated. I had this phone on contract for 2 years before upgrading to a C905. The only disadvantage to this phone I foudn was the camera. As there was nothing to protect the lens, it quite often got dirty and covered in grit which spoilt the quality of any pictures which I took. The walkman was nice to use and the sound quality was superb whether played on loudspeaker or through the earphones. You can make your own playlists out of songs you upload to the phone which is pretty useful as my music taste varies depending on what kind of mood I am in. All in all it is a good solid phone which is incredibly simple to use for anyone of any age.
I have owned the W850i for about 2 years, after my old mobile phone was broken. It's only the second one i've owned, but it's an excellent device - it's worked perfectly all the time even though it was already second hand when i bought it from eBay!
The shape is quite thick, but this isn't a problem at all, as it's extremely sturdy and strong. The sliding style is is pretty cool, as it ensures the keys aren't too small, so sending people text messages is easier than on a lot of phones i've used.
My phone is covered in scratches and dents, and even has a couple of large chunks missing from it! However, this is to be expected, as I often play basketball with it in my pocket, and sometimes stupidly play catch with the phone. Most other phones would probably not work any more considering how i've treated it, so it's good to know i can rely on it.
The phone is also very waterproof - a couple of times it's gotten really wet in the rain or by a swimming pool, and once it stopped working. However, I simply took out the battery, and left the phone in the airing cupboard overnight and it worked fine the next day.
The best feature of the phone (which makes sense seeing as it's a Walkman phone) is the music capabilities. It has an awesome built-in MP3 player, which is very easy to add music to (multimedia can be stored on a memory card or on the internal memory), and the sound comes out pretty loud and sounds good as well.
There's also an FM radio included, which is very handy, however you have to have the Sony Ericsson earphone adapter plugged in to use the radio.
I haven't had any problems with this phone in 2 years, and i know a few other people who own the same model and love it as well! I would definitely recommend this phone for anyone, as it doesn't cost too much either.