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Sony Ericsson W880 Review

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Working with the telephone is reminiscent of the other Sony Ericsson models and the menus are comparatively fast and appropriate; they will seldom make you wait. Even the camera starts and saves images very rapidly. Unfortunately, during the several days we used the device, it crashed once for no reason, making a restart inevitable – this is not excusable for a non-smart phone.
   
Its performance as a receiver leaves on us mixed but mostly positive attitudes. On one side, signal reception is on the limit of being weak, on the other – sound during conversation is very good; you hear loud, though, unfortunately, sharp and unreal voices with no low frequency. On the other end there is an exceptionally strong and clear audibility, with only a little air of ‘distance’. When using the speakerphone your voice is also normally audible there, as opposed to what is heard from the W880’s speaker in open-air, slightly noisy environment, while holding the telephone in hand. At such circumstances you will hardly hear anything.

Conclusion:

Sony Ericsson W880 is an odd telephone: intended to be used for music, it has fewer features in common with the cybershot models, which impairs its functionality, though. And despite the music orientation, there is the striking inadequateness of not having an FM radio and stereo speakers, a non-standard connector positioning, and poor sound quality in the headphones. The compromise on functionality is somewhat compensated by the fact that it is the thinnest Sony Ericsson and by the excellent manufacturing, which leaves a pleasant impression on us. In case you are looking for music oriented and, at the same time, thin telephone, you should check on the W880 model. And if what matters for you is the overall functionality rather than music, consider the slim ones of Motorola and Samsung.

Pros

  • Thin body and solid construcion
  • Very good keyboard
  • TrackID gives excellent responce
  • 3G UMTS

Cons

  • Lack of FM radio
  • Only tri-band GSM
  • The camera is worse than the one of the first Walkman (W800)
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7.5
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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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