Written on: 14/08/2005 by toothlesscrone (1 review written)
The two mega pixel quality is great, and the menu easy to use. Its the most up to date phone of the moment so you wont be let down by the technology. I like the side ways scrolling action in the phone book. The set up wizard is really cool and the demo gives a good insight into the phone capabilities. The idea that you can get an adaptor and plug all your music into your car stereo is outstanding. On the radio it has a great setting that finds the radios optimum signal, and its easy to flick from one channel to the other. The earphones are comfortable, and stay in really well, even if you jump around ha ha ha. You can turn the volume up and down and pause the music with the keyguard on, which saves a lot of time fiddling around. The ripping software is soooo easy to use. Just drag and drop it. The camera has macro on it and a fantastic zoom for such a little camera. When you transfer a well taken photo to the pc you can really see the quality. You can easily adjust the photo before you take it, for a lighter or darker picture. The playlists on the walkman let you arrange music how you want them, with or without the shuffle. The storage amount is incredible. You can just jam everything in, it really does seem endless.
The writing is small and I have found there is no way of making it any larger. You do have the option of changing the "Themes" in file manager but you may find the initial set up is orange writing on a multicoloured black and orange back ground. Even though the camera is a high spec, because it is so compact, I found that the sharpness is decreased by the increase of camera wobble. I found this mainly due to the initial "click" of the button, where the phone drops slightly. Its even worse with a case on, as the case sits above the button, and the button is flushed with the phone. I couldn't find out an individual setting on how to stop the horrible "click" noise either. (You have to put your phone on silent to stop the annoying noise) It plays the sound of a of 35mm camera winding on for some strange reason. The size of the phone is an advantage in every other way. The manual is very basic so you really need to know how to set up your own email, and the new "My Friends" setting in Messaging, or if you cant, you need to know where to look to send all the information to your phone. On day two of owning this phone I noticed the headphone breaking up whilst listening to music. It was loose where the cable entered the phone :( It doesn't matter how good the quality is if the actual connection crackles :( The calendar doesn't have a repeating pattern on it. I work alternative shifts and could plan my diary well in advance on my previous phone. Also I haven't found (so far) how many internet/phone/text messages that I have sent/used. Its always nice to know where you are with your price plan! The radio has still be used with the headset in, and the quality is on the tinny side. I cant use the media equalizer with the radio or the speakers with the walkman. Its more of a walkman than a radio for sure, so plug yourself in, its outstanding with the headphones in.
The Sony Ericsson W800i is certainly worth getting. Gone are the days when you trotted off to the corner with a couple of two pence's in your pocket. So far I haven't seen anything close to this phone. It does more than ring, its at the fore front of technology. The good points out weigh the bad, and there are always ways to get around the bad points if you know how. As this phone is so hot on the technology front, I can see it being a huge hit. Remember the old trusted Nokia 3330? It was well loved. I can see the people really falling in love with the w800i, and still be hanging on to it until there next big crush comes along... which probably wont be for a very long time. Gadget freaks dream phone. Go on press the button... you know you want it ;-)