Sony Ericsson W580 Review
The ringtones are loud enough to be audible at noisier surrounding; there is also the vibration, which should not be relied on at such moments, though – it is fairly weak, as with T650, so one can hardly perceive it.
The phone battery is 930 mAh (BST-38) and according to data, supplied by Sony Ericsson, it must endure no less than 9 hours talk time or 370 hours in standby. Testing proved that the device performed slightly worse than the officially cited timing. Its achievement of 7 hours prolonged talk is the same as that of S500 – a fairly good result, which will provide for normal work even in case you are a long-talker. Sometimes, one of the most important conditions for making a call is the sufficient signal reception power even in areas with low-level coverage of the respective company. In this respect the performance of W850 is medium and absolutely the same as that of S500, so we evaluate it at 5 out of 10.
During conversation you hear at a level slightly above average; the voices lack high frequency, though in general sounding clear. At the other end of the line the sound is similar, with voices a little sharp and monotonous.
Sony Ericsson W580, being a Walkman variant of S500, disposes with the extra functions, typical of this series: an improved music player, FM radio, as well as the new Shake technology for changing tracks by a jerky movement. Like many of the new models of the manufacturer, this one also features quite interesting Flash themes, which add some freshness to its appearance. One is left with a pleasant feeling when operating it and its functionality is just sufficient to meet the basic needs of the musically oriented users.
It will be curious for our readers in the USA to know that it is on offer by AT&T with an option to get it for free. This is yet another, even cheaper alternative to obtain a music phone, apart from the iPhone of Apple.
As a whole, the W580 is a nice Walkman phone, but as the W910 is already announced, the W580 looks as an old phone, with no appeal.
- Good talk time
- Flash themes
- The back lid and the SIM-card are difficult to remove
- It is high time Sony Ericsson installed a 3.5 mm jack in the telephone itself, instead of having to use a transition jack.
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...