Sony Ericsson W580 Review
As the software of the phone is based on the old Sony Ericsson UI, we won’t discuss all of its features, but just some.
Standard for a Walkman phone, flash themes are supported. Preloaded there are 5: Walkman, Clarity, Spinnin’, Splat, Strobe. They can change the menu icons, and even the way the menu looks. By default, it is 3x4 grid of icons, but with a theme it can change to a horizontal list for example.
The Phone Book is a traditionally good with a capacity for entering 1000 contacts with up to 5 numbers each, though not exceeding a total of 2500 numbers. However, there is the unpleasant drawback of searching by the first name only. As with most of the models of this manufacturer one can add detailed information to each contact, enabling easy access to all important data, concerning your acquaintances. You can also add voice dialing, up to three e-mails and one web-address, a picture, a ringtone, and even more useful information to each contact. Besides the standard options you may add various types of illumination effects – there is a choice of as many as 16 call lights.
Sony Ericsson have taken care to provide you with an organizer, featuring an abundance of functions indeed, so that you could put your everyday jobs in order and not forget anything important. Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Synchronization, Timer, Stopwatch, Calculator, Code Memo and Alarms are all at your disposal. Up to five alarms can be set with the additional options of picking a different signal for each as well as setting them to go off on certain days of the week or just once. The remaining functions of the organizer are standard and well-known from previous models of the company, so we will not discuss them.
The phone features about 14 MB free built-in memory (depending on the installed software) and an option to add a Memory Stick Micro (M2).
The Messaging menu is the one that we are accustomed to seeing in most Sony Ericsson models, providing the opportunity to create text, multimedia or voice messages, as well as e-mails. In order to keep you informed on the latest news at all times, you also dispose of an RSS reader.
Sony Ericsson W580 is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/EDGE device, which allows for its trouble-free use everywhere: not only in the USA, but in Europe and the rest of the world as well. In order to exchange data with a computer, you can rely on several options. For wireless connection, there is the Bluetooth v2.0; the cable from the set will do as well.
The full Internet browser was able to load www.phonearena.com with a comparatively good visualization and only a few “intertwining” texts. As a whole, viewing and reading larger pages will be trouble-free.
The Sony Ericsson 580i's are absolutely the worst phones I have seen in the 14 years I've been a Cingular/AT&T customer. Out of 7 - 580i's all 7 were bad, we have a family plan and are switching out phones again. Screens go black, phones access the internet & make and recieve calls when locked and in a case (thus without your knowledge if you are wearing your phone in a clip you never know when you have an open line or who is listening to your conversations), buttons crack.
As an AT&T call center rep, I have had more complaints about this phone than any other that we sell...the cracking keys are the most commen problem, but we do get plenty of complaints about the screen going out as well. We should just replace these with at the very least W595s...