Sony Ericsson W350 Review

Introduction and Design
This is an unlocked GSM phone which can
operate in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Sony Ericsson W350 is a small, budget musical phone, targeting the young audience. It falls in the low class of the Walkman series and it’s the first phone of the manufacturer with the flip form factor. In order to facilitate the music functions when the phone is closed, there are some external buttons located on the lid. Besides the Walkman player you’ll have an FM radio, supporting RDS, to check out the latest news update for example.

The package includes:

  • Sony Ericsson W350
  • Memory Stick Micro (M2) 512 MB
  • Charger
  • User’s manual
  • Handsfree
  • USB cable
  • Software CD


The W350’s design is quite youthful, but the only “WOW” effect is the opening lid. The size of the phone is really compact and it weighs only 2.6 oz (75 g). Sometimes, when it is in your pocket, you may get the feeling that you’ve lost it. Unfortunately, the small size is what makes the W350 inconvenient for use by people with big hands. It simply is too small, which can cause some discomfort for them. The device has been made of plastic, which feels like rubber-coated and prevents it from sliding.

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The TFT display is 1.9” with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels and supports up to 262k colors. The picture quality will immediately remind you that you are using an entry-level phone. However, in contrast with the competition it can even be defined as an average display since now, you can find a good picture even in the entry-level phones. Nevertheless, we are happy that even though the image is faded, the screen is still usable.

Over it, we have the speaker, and below it, the light sensor with the music controls. They are not electronic and simply press the keys from the numeric keypad, which remain underneath them. The music controls are easy to operate and even if it is hard to realize when you have pressed one, there is a light short vibration to confirm your action.

The flip mechanism is stable and the lid is opened very easy manually. Unfortunately, the microphone has not been placed on this element but remains below the numeric keypad. Because of that, you cannot accept incoming calls with the phone closed, but you can at least reject them or silence the W350, by using the music control button.

Lifting the lid reveals all standard keys (numeric and navigational). They are very easy to distinguish and pressing them is easily felt. Even though the “up” on the D-pad is too close to the edge, operating it doesn’t create discomfort.

On the left side we find the uncomfortable Walkman button and the charger slot. The also unfriendly music controls are located on the opposite side. The only thing in the upper part is the slider, locking the keys on the front lid.

The loudspeaker and the camera are located on the back of the phone. The M2 card slot is also here, but it’s hidden underneath the battery lid. Replacing the card is done very easy.

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