Sony Ericsson W580 Review

Design:

The W580 isavailable in four color versions: Style White, Urban Grey (our unit),Boulevard Black and Metro Pink. Under the Walkman branding, the W580 ismid-level music phone.

Based on the S500, the W580 has identicaldesign and same dimensions – it is mid-sized slider with average weightand relatively slim profile measuring 0.6” (14mm). It fits nicely inthe hand, and for the opening of the slider, spring mechanism assistsyou. We don’t like that its movement is not smooth and when you open itto the half, the mechanism pushes it sharply to the end. Also, theupper slider doesn’t cover the whole bottom part, and you cannot pushfrom the bottom, but should push the front side instead.


Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Sony Ericsson W580 3.89" x 1.85" x 0.55" 99 x 47 x 14 3.3 94
Sony Ericsson W910 3.91" x 1.96" x 0.49" 99.5 x 50 x 12.5 3.0 86
Sony Ericsson W960 4.29" x 2.16" x 0.62" 109 x 55 x 16 4.19 119
Sony Ericsson W660 4.0" x 1.8" x 0.57" 102 x 46 x 14.5 3.28 93


2-nd image, from left to right - Sony Ericsson S500, Sony Ericsson W580, Sony Ericsson K850, Sony Ericsson K530
3-th image from bottom to top - Sony Ericsson W580, Sony Ericsson S500, Sony Ericsson K530, Sony Ericsson K850

Thedisplay and the navigation buttons are on the front side of the topslider. The screen is the same as on S500 and is QVGA with 262k colorsand size of 2 inches. It is bright and contrasting unit but as it waswith the W910, the colors could be more and the transition from one hueto another is not very smooth.


Below are the navigation keys,including two software buttons, back (arrow) and clear keys, Walkmanbutton and shortcut. Typical for Sony Ericsson, they are small but arefelt easily thanks to the relief. We don’t like that the soft keys andthe back/clear are put in common volume, as a two-way key. They presshard and with almost no tactile feedback. In the middle is the circular5-way d-pad which is illuminated in bright blue.


The numerickeypad is almost totally flat and they keys are small, grouped togetherin rows. We would have preferred them with bigger size, using the spaceotherwise left in areas around them. They are illuminated in dark blue,unlike the navigation keys which glow in white. Pressing them is easyand would hardly cause a problem; they also have a good tactilefeedback. It is also a convenient feature that the basic operation keysare available at a closed telephone, thus making it even easier to use.

Unlikethe S500, there is no speaker grill on the front of the W580, but itseems that the loudspeaker is in the same location – on the bottomfront side of the upper slider. It is loud, but one of the trackspreloaded with the phone had noises when put to highest level.

Onthe right is the proprietary jack, and on the left is the volumecontrol rocker, which is the only side key. Rather strange for thebrand is that this key is on the top slider instead on the bottom one.The two sides also pack elongated LED lights, which blink in bluish(theme dependent) color. When a call comes, they blink inRed-Green-Blue, but don’t indicate a missed call with any color.


The top side houses the tiny power button and the slot for M2 memory cards.

Thebattery cover lid takes no less than the half of the phone’s back; moreprecisely – its lower part. It is well secured, without any instabilityor play and the ends are slightly curved. The pursuit of Sony Ericssonto secure it tightly has led to a fairly difficult opening – even moredifficult than that of S500. The easiest way to remove it is pressingin the middle and then pushing it away with a jerk. One gets accustomedto this after a few tries, so irritation might fade away a little; andstill, it is rather annoying not to be able to open your phone at thestart, or open it in the end, but only after minutes of unsuccessfulattempts to do so.

We noticed another, though small,inconvenience – when inserting or replacing the SIM-card one has topress it a lot to the inside until the mechanism clicks. In case youcannot rely on fingernails, you must have another object at hand inorder to press it; for us the most frequently used one was the cornerof the back-lid.

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2 Comments

1. unregistered

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.

2. unregistered

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...
W580
  • Display 2.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.012 GB
  • Battery 930 mAh(9.00h talk time)

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