Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Not A Smart Phone But Almost
Sony Ericsson W880i
Member Name: SciFighterAlpha
Sony Ericsson W880i
Advantages: Slim & Lightweight
Disadvantages: Buttons are far too small
I was interested originally to this mobile due to the Walkman capabilities of the phone and have had good experiences with the Walkman series before. From the image alone you can tell the handset is lightweight & sexy and definately worth a look.
I was surprised by the quality of the sound and reception on this unit. As a mobile the call system is extremely important & this is where the phone excells. We have al had connection problems with a phone but I found this happening far fewer times with this than my previous phones. With the phonebook and call log included on the handset you will always have the number you need, remembering not only called numbers but received as well.
Texts are entered using the keypad located on the front of the phone beneath the screen. A quick launch button is available taking you straight to the create message screen rather than having to go into a menu screen. The usual suspects are here, with predictive text (which I cannot tolerate due to it's lack of vocabulary and American spellings despite setting on English UK) and a dictionary which does allow you to add a certain number of your own words.
Built into the phone is a Sony Walkman which acts in the same way as an MP3 player. Music can be obtain through an online store which is accessible from the from itself by connecting to the internet. The other and most popular is transferring music from CD through a PC or Laptop to the phone. All the software needed for this is included with instruction so is pretty easy to get used to. Also included are Sony headphones specially designed for the phone which offer a reasonably good sound and also can act as a hands free kit.
Nearly all modern phones have access to the internet and the ability to download items such as music and applications for the phone. Despite previous experiences with Internet connection problems on older phones this comes together quite well here, offering reasonably quick speeds and good download times. The Internet on the W880i can become costly very quickly so will probably be used sparingly.
When being used as a phone without using any of the added features the battery will last amost endlessly. As soon as you begin using the features (internet, calls & Walkman) the battery will be consumed very rapidly. Recharge time is reasonable with roughly 1 hour charge lasting the day, provided you don't use excessively, which is an advantage.
This phone has a basic 2 Megapixel camera which has various settings, from close up shots to low light, so you need to play around to get the best picture. The camera can be used to shoot video or the standard pictures. This is not a phone for you if the camera is vital.
I still like this phone, its slim (less than 1cm) and very lightweight although it is not for everyone. My main concern would be the buttons themselves as they seem to have been designed for E.T. himself. Anyone who has the fingers of a human will find themselves pressing multiple buttons at the the same time. Not for everyone.
Summary: A Good Phone With Decent Wakman
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