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Sony Ericsson w850i Review.
Sony Ericsson W850i
Member Name: gingertilly18
Sony Ericsson W850i
Advantages: Decent music player, stylish design, simple UI, easy text entry.
Disadvantages: No 3.5mm jack, poor camera, small screen
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.
Summary: If you really want a slider then this is a good option but I'd go for the k810i.
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