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Sony Ericsson W880 Review

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Sony Ericsson W880 Review
Sony Ericsson W880 Review
W880 is the smallest Walkman phone so far: its 9 mm ‘thickness’ make this quite evident. Being a classical ‘candy bar’ unit, it has the standard Walkman color combination of black and orange (a grey instead of black version is available, too), which contributes to its ‘youthful’ and a bit frivolous air. The orange is a clear indicator of its purpose – amusement, not work. The front panel is of metal proper, very pleasant to touch; the back one – quality plastic. Interestingly, leaving finger prints on it is very hard – only the display is susceptible to that. Its construction is sturdy and one gets the feel of a high-class telephone, with no compromise in this respect.

Sony Ericsson W880 Review
Sony Ericsson W880 Review
Sony Ericsson W880 Review
Sony Ericsson W880 Review
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W880 and W810

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W880 and Nokia 5300

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Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Sony Ericsson W880

4.0" x 1.8" x 0.4"

103 x 46.5 x 9.4

2,5

71

Sony Ericsson W810

3.9" x 1.8" x 0.8"

100 x 46 x 19.5

3,5

99

Nokia 6300

4.2" x 1.7" x 0.5"

106.5 x 43.5 x 12

3,2

91

Motorola SLVR L7

4.5" x 1.9" x 0.5"

113.5 x 49 x 11.5

3,5

99



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W880 and W810



One of the fields, subject to compromise, however, is the display. Despite its high resolution, typical of the respective class (240 x 320 pixels), it is rather small (only 1.8 inches) in order to fit into the compact body. It is not quite bright, which is compensated for by good contrast, so objects can be seen well. If laid next to an older one like that of W810, the difference will be clearly made in its favor. The best side of it is definitely the resolution – very high for the size, making pixels invisible because of their minuteness.



The keypad is below the display, where the small size of the buttons along with the comparatively large distance between them makes a strong impression. At first it seemed inconvenient to us, but it is just the opposite – all buttons are easily localized and very light to press. One can seldom press a key by mistake, or press without result. The small 5-direction pad works faultlessly, and the bulges in its upper and lower parts help to clearly feel the directions. Even large-handed people can use it with ease, which is really impressive.
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D-pad

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Walkman key

Sound Scroll

Camera button

Being quite a slim telephone, its side buttons are significantly smaller than those of other models. On the upper left side there is the miniature Walkman shortcut, which can hardly be felt but is still convenient to press. This button opens the music player or hides it, if opened. Instead of another one on the right, there is a small scroller to control the sound or change tracks. A quick push will alter the sound up/down, whereas holding it (during music playback) will switch to previous/next song. This is a bit strange – logically the direction increasing the volume must correspond to NEXT, not previous, song. In the lower part there is the camera’s shutter button.

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the connenctor

M2 card slot

 
The lower left side serves as a non-standard location for the connector, which is normally placed on the bottom surface, left bare here. It means you will not be able to make use of some accessories (various kits and syncing stations) and moreover, we consider the side-protruding cables more unpleasant with regard to the increased unit size than their normal positioning underneath. Next below the connector is the M2 card slot with a rubber cap. Cards can be replaced while the telephone is in operation.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. azaas (unregistered)


this phone is desperatelly pretty.I know there are flaws but wich phone doesn't have flaws?Sure it lacks a flash and a miror.Sound quality also is mediocre with the standar headset.But it comes with 1 gb m2 stick,so i guess the money you'll save from buying a mem stick you could use it at buying a better headset. But as i said in the begining if what you're looking for is above all a good looking phone,then that's the one to buy for sure.It's extremelly slim,very light and as a true SE phone very easy to fall in love with...well,at least i have and i'm sure you'll too get there once you get it

posted on 31 Mar 2007, 09:48

2. Milky (unregistered)


I do think you are a tad harsh in this review. Motorola, Samsung and LG phones are far from mainstream yet (IMHO) The only true players are SonyE and Nokia. Nokia's attempt at a functional solid sexy phone are the incredibly expensive Siroco units (8800?) This offering from SonyE is amazing, sexy, solid functional and affordable too. I've read many reviews about it and all seem to give it high regard. I think for the size, what it can achieve is outstanding. I have Java applets running my gmail, my Microsoft Live services, including hotmail. It also supports SYNCML which ties in with your google calendar using GooSync. All in all very useable if you needed email, cal, contacts and web in a sexy but small package. If you want any more functionality while mobile it works splendid with a bluetooth connection and a Palm TX! I say all this as I have just in the past two weeks gone from SonyE P990i, to a O2 XDA Orbit, and now happily rest at the gorgeous W880i and my Palm TX, defo the best choice for Christian Dior's with a techy edge ;-)

posted on 19 Apr 2007, 15:35

3. mully (unregistered)


The sound is compressed, squashed and horrible. and through headphones at full volume just sounds like a muddy mess. A pretty phone but my old W800i sounds infinitely better!!!! Why do SE have to ruin it???!!! Argh. Sending mine back tomorrow.

posted on 17 Dec 2007, 06:39

4. Chez (unregistered)


I been using the W880 for about 6 months now. Its a great phone in my opinion if you use the phone a lot for talking. I really got this for the size and the look. Camera and music player is only average but the screen resolution is pretty good.

posted on 17 Jan 2008, 00:48

5. Sarah Daly (unregistered)


I bought this phone 4 weeks ago and can honestly say I utterly detest it. I will frustratingly, be replacing it with a Nokia or Motorola phone instead. I find the predictive texting a complete pain in comparison to the Motorola SLVR I had been using for the past 12 months or other brands of mobile phones used before this.. It seems archaic and incredible frustrating in this area for a plethora of reasons. Yes it looks good - hence the main reason I chose it. Also the sales assistant sang it's praises on the MP3 player front - which was of no interest to me as I use an I-Pod. However, I have found out of the 7 or so mobiles I have used over the past 10 years, the Sony Ericsson W880, is in my opinion; Useless. The buttons are way too small unless one has the thumbs of a toddler and by the time I've managed to write a reasonable length text, I have restrained myself from frustratingly dumping it in the garbage/throwing it across the room. As someone who has never used a Sony Ericsson phone before, I find the general interface is confusing, complicated and very user-unfriendly.. All in all I would give it a 2 out of 10 - the 2 being awarded purely for the visual design... It may excel as an MPS player but if one is looking for a mobile phone for the purpose of actually telephoning or texting someone - please do yourself a favour and do not buy this attractive lump of muck.

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.05 x 1.83 x 0.37 inches
(103 x 46.5 x 9.4 mm)
2.50 oz  (71 g)
Battery950 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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