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      06.07.2011 17:53
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      A phone worth having

      My personal review on the Sony Ericsson W980 Mobile Phone.

      The main thing I like about this phone is that it has really, really good sound quality, in comparison with other phones. Yes, it does not have the loudest of volumes, but the sound that is given off from the phone actually sounds realistic, which is why I really love this phone.

      The build of the phone itself is a solid, sleek looking mobile, and the colours on the phone are so vibrant. The screen brightness is fairly average, not to dull, not to bright, which gives a perfect viewing of the nature of the phone.

      Sadly the phone does not support 3.5mm headphones socket, which is a shame as the provided headphone which came in the phone box did not work, and as I did not have a compatible other headphone that fitted the socket, so I had to go out and by a new one, which wasn't the Sony Ericsson Official headphone, just some tacky basic one. The camera was pretty cool with 3.2 megapixel and with 3.2x digital zoom. Sadly it did not have 'flash' with the camera, so it was pretty disappointing.

      The phone came with a included 8GB memory card, which I found quite useful, as it can store a lot of downloaded music and games which can be purchased from the PlayNow store. The phone itself is currently worth store-wide from roughly £350.

      The display function has 262,144 colours, 240 x 320 pixels which gives off vibrant colours as I mentioned previously. Its compatible with the following formats: MP3, AAC, WAV and WMA. This means you can download videos etc. off the internet and play them on your phone, as well as receive files from Bluetooth without facing any difficulties.

      The talktime is roughly 4 and a half hours, which is average for phones of this type these days. The phone itself can last about 15 days which is just over two weeks, which is pretty awesome in my opinion. As you may know it has a video call function, and you can talk with up to 3.5 hours of talk time. The phone itself is good in the fact on how long it lasts.

      Overall its a pretty good phone, and has all the features over phones have, such as bluetooth, alarm, calculator, calender etc. The model itself is pretty good looking. Only small things put it down such as not having flash on the camera, and not supporting 3.5mm headphone sockets. The 8GB puts up the standards however. If you are searching for a new mobile phone, this could be the one for you!

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      03.12.2009 13:45
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      Good for Music

      This phone has been developed as a walkman phone rather than a camera phone so if you want to use it instead of an MP3 player I would recommend it. There is 8GB of memory so you can store loads of albums on it and it seems to cope quite well being full. The only problem though is that it is slow when you sync with your computer so you will need to go make a cup of tea or something whilst your waiting for it to complete the sync. Once it is going , the sound quality is excellent through the supplied headphones and is just as good as any ipod etc. It has a built in speaker which is a bit tinny sounding but does its job.
      The menus are easy to navigate and the phone has lots of features.
      The internet section is very slow so you would be probably better off with a newer model if this was important.
      The 3.2 megapixal camera is excellent quality in the daytime. There is no flash however so night time photos arent as good although it does have a night mode but if you are in a club or anything it is next to useless. It is also a bit awkward to take the photos due to the location of the lens and the shutter button.
      Overall I have been very pleased with this phone and would highly recommend Sony Ericssons to anyone who has never had one.

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        11.06.2009 13:25
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        Good value, good fun

        The Sony W890 is nowhere near the highest spec phone on the market. But is terms of what I need and what I use fits the bill perfectly.

        Size and Weight
        It is rather large for a flip phone (difficult to fit in a clutch bag) although this is negated by the low depth.
        It is surprisingly light. Its quite box shaped and the hinge seems reassuringly sturdy! The only colour option I had was black when I purchased this. I don't know if there are other colours.

        Outside
        The outside is clearly designed for the Walkman function the Sony Ericsson phones excel at. The buttons are grouped together but a decent size. I like having the screen on the front which is movement sensitive. It lights up showing any events or the walkman function as soon as the phone is touched - all the icons are pretty standard and easy to interpret. As usual when the phone was first set up all the Sony Ericsson logos automatically appear on the screen, but this is easy to change.

        However the glossy front is extremely easy to scratch. Despite having a cover on the phone since it was bought mine has still got several scratches on it.

        The 3.2 mega pixel camera is located on the back of the closed phone. Its relatively out of the way, the only thing is it sometimes makes angling the shots slightly difficult. There is no camera on the inside that you can switch to. I wish they had put a higher resolution camera in, but the phone is more concentrated on the walkman and the camera is sufficient for shots that can be printed at a standard size.

        Flipped Open
        The buttons are huge!!!! Really easy to type on without making mistakes. Because they are round, and totally separated they are really easy to type on, although it does make the phone look slightly toy like! The number/alphabet buttons are laid out in a pretty standard fashion. Above them there is a wheel style menu selector, the phone images to call and hang up and a power button to the right. The main unusual addition to this is the walkman button, which takes you direct to the music screen without going through the menu,, this combined with the walkman controls on the front may be considered overkill but does make getting to the music on the phone very simple and efficient - not much effort or attention goes in to doing so.
        The use of the size is more evident as the screen is really big and very, very clear.

        Using the phone
        When the phone is switched on I find it a little strange. It vibrates and some orage LED's flash on and off, then it takes a long time before the Sony Ericsson screen flashes up or the phone is ready for use. I don't often turn off the phone, so it's not too problematic for me, but may get a bit annoying for someone that tends to switch the phone off frequently and just turn it on to check.

        The screen can be customised however you want and you can move or remove feature such as the clock. Icons showing what is switched on, or any alerts are along the top of the screen. There is also a link bottom left direct to the media on the phone.

        The menu is pretty standard for a Sony Ericsson phone, navigated up, down and side to side by using the relevant edge of the click wheel.

        Play now and internet - pretty standard. Impressed with the internet connection - compared to my last phone it is strong and quick.

        Entertainment - lots of fun Sony Ericsson only features.

        Camera - the camera I was quite pleased with despite the low MP rating. It has several different shot settings and the night one was really good for quick snaps on a night out.

        Messaging - no real surprises - still marvelling at how easy it is to type!!!

        Media - nice simple scroll set-up

        Radio - good signal - good to have!

        Walkman takes you through from the menu to the same screen as the direct button.

        Contacts and call register are precisely what you would expect. As are the settings menu (you DO need your own music for tones ASAP).

        The Organiser was another interesting surprise, it include a world clock fitness monitor, music mate weather & metric/imperial converter.

        This phone is a good little multimedia phone, excellent for music with 8mb installed memory. For the price I would say definitely worth it. I don't use a lot of the functions day to day, but I like having them there for when I do!!!

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        23.10.2008 15:17
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        music lovers will benifit greatly

        Okay, so you Have the usual thing of having an upgraded model, different style, colour and so on .. But the format of the phone is still the same inside, same menu screen, clock display even the same ringtones that where made for the phone ten years ago only now polyphonic.Get passed that with the sony ericsson w980 because the amount the phone offers is pheonomenal! so lets start with the basics, flip to answere mechanism, (flip phones are becoming increasingly rare) very simple to navigate through menus and whats more you have a choice of themes to refresh the look of your phone, a quick dial option to save numbers of all your freinds and family under buttons 1-9 and it has a 3.2 megapixel camera. the only down side to the camera though is that it is situated on the lower half of the phone not the part that flips open. One more thing I found interesting with this phone is the button styles, take a look. numbers 1-0 are in individuale circles, this being the only thing origionally that could have made me think twice about choosing this phone, infact now i have gotten used to the buttons i find it very easy to text, i would advise you to try this phone before you buy, but dont be too hasty.

        If you are a seriouse music lover than this is the phone to have, its jam packed with elements that will completeley nourish your musical hunger. The phone comes complete with aux leeds red and white to plug your phone into home sound systems, phone to usb connection to download tracks and above all an 8gb storage capacity. if thats not enough check the appliclations where you will find an application called music mate 5, this includes a guitar tuner and other elements to benifit the popular musical instruments. to sum up:
        Easy to use
        stylish design
        conveniant touch access to music on front of phone
        A must buy for music lovers.

        Thankyou for reading this review from Mocha_m8 please feel free Leave any comments. thank you

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          03.08.2008 11:44
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          A brilliant, very attractive handset packed full of music enhancing features; living upto the hype!

          Sony Ericsson have done it again; providing a feature-packed, attractive handset keeping the rest of the market on it's toes.

          The W980 is designed with music in mind, marketed as 'music reborn' which is evident with twin stereo speakers either side of the handset, 'Walkman on Top' so you can control the whole library without opening the phone, 'SensMe' which sorts music by mood, and an FM transmitter to send your music to a nearby radio opening up all sorts of practical jokes. This is all plumbed in to the newest walkman, 3.0.

          The camera is impressive for a music-orientated phone, at 3.2MP with 3.2x zoom, although a lack of autofocus and flash speaks out that this is predominantly a music phone.

          Further features include the touch-sensitive controls for the 'Walkman On Top' which give vibrating feedback when pressed. These controls are very well defined, and the feedback is just right as to not become annoying after a while. In addition to this, Sony Ericsson have used their motion sensor technology to an even greater extent; allowing changing of songs, games such as Need For Speed where you steer the car by tilting the phone, applications such as Music Mate 5 with a motion sensitive drumkit (which i admit i am yet to get used to) and finally a pointless yet endlessly cool walkman logo on the front screen, which turns as the phone is tilted so it is always upright.

          Whilst designing this phone, Sony Ericsson seem to have had practicality in their minds, with a large keypad and indented, well defined buttons allowing very high speeds of texting and a simple sliding 'hold' button for the 'walkman on top', just like many MP3 players so you dont ever change the song inadvertantly.

          As usual, Sony Ericsson have failed to add a 3.5mm headphone slot into the phone and instead you have to fiddle around with a long adaptor; however the in-box earphones are brilliant quality with very deep bass and noise-cancelling technology, it could be the end of flimsy, tinny in-box earphones!

          This phone is a well-deserved flagship of Sony Ericsson's W Series, with all the expected features of a high-end walkman phone. Its simple. Buy it.

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            03.08.2008 11:42
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            A brilliant, very attractive handset packed full of music enhancing features; living upto the hype!

            Sony Ericsson have done it again; providing a feature-packed, attractive handset keeping the rest of the market on it's toes.

            The W980 is designed with music in mind, marketed as 'music reborn' which is evident with twin stereo speakers either side of the handset, 'Walkman on Top' so you can control the whole library without opening the phone, 'SensMe' which sorts music by mood, and an FM transmitter to send your music to a nearby radio opening up all sorts of practical jokes. This is all plumbed in to the newest walkman, 3.0.

            The camera is impressive for a music-orientated phone, at 3.2MP with 3.2x zoom, although a lack of autofocus and flash speaks out that this is predominantly a music phone.

            Further features include the touch-sensitive controls for the 'Walkman On Top' which give vibrating feedback when pressed. These controls are very well defined, and the feedback is just right as to not become annoying after a while. In addition to this, Sony Ericsson have used their motion sensor technology to an even greater extent; allowing changing of songs, games such as Need For Speed where you steer the car by tilting the phone, applications such as Music Mate 5 with a motion sensitive drumkit (which i admit i am yet to get used to) and finally a pointless yet endlessly cool walkman logo on the front screen, which turns as the phone is tilted so it is always upright.

            Whilst designing this phone, Sony Ericsson seem to have had practicality in their minds, with a large keypad and indented, well defined buttons allowing very high speeds of texting and a simple sliding 'hold' button for the 'walkman on top', just like many MP3 players so you dont ever change the song inadvertantly.

            As usual, Sony Ericsson have failed to add a 3.5mm headphone slot into the phone and instead you have to fiddle around with a long adaptor; however the in-box earphones are brilliant quality with very deep bass and noise-cancelling technology, it could be the end of flimsy, tinny in-box earphones!

            This phone is a well-deserved flagship of Sony Ericsson's W Series, with all the expected features of a high-end walkman phone. Its simple. Buy it.

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