Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Review
posted by Nick T. / Jun 14, 2011, 8:03 AM
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.
The Sony Ericsson W8 is an attempt to revive the Walkman brand and bring it to the world of modern smartphones with the help of Android – its rather outdated 2.1 Eclair version, to be exact. Built by using the Xperia X8 as a template, the W8 promises to deliver outstanding audio performance while being an affordable entry-level Android device at the same time. At a glance, the handset grabs the attention with its brightly colored back panel and its easy to use interface, but will it leave a good impression in our minds once we are done playing with it? Lets take a closer look and find out for ourselves.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 basically looks like a differently colored Xperia X8 with a Walkman logo slapped on it, and the more we use it the more obvious this becomes. We have the same 3-inch scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320x480 pixels and the practically identical thick, lumpy body with a slight curve at the back. Even though the TFT LCD display should display a spectrum of 16 million colors, there is a noticeable amount of dithering when viewing color gradients. Besides that, the screen looks yellowish and the color temperature leans quite a bit towards the warm side. Another drawback of the display is that if it has been off for a while, it flickers for a few seconds once you turn it back on, supposedly because of a poorly engineered backlight dimming technique. Nevertheless, the display resolution is more than satisfactory for a screen of this size – graphics look smooth and even the smallest of text is easily readable. Using the W8 Walkman outdoors might get a bit tricky if the sun shines too bright, but turning the brightness all the way up should help to some extent.
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The body of the Xperia W8 Walkman is built entirely out of plastic, even though its back cover slightly resembles anodized aluminum. The slight curves on the back of the handset make it comfortable to hold, yet being a humble 3-incher means that people with bigger hands might have a hard time using it. With a weight of 3.7 ounces, or 104 grams, the Xperia W8 weighs just enough so that you can feel how it is resting in your pocket.
Well, there seems to be nothing impressive about the Xperia W8 Walkman so far, but it is the audio performance of the device that we are more interested in, right? Lets put it to the test and see if the Sony Ericsson W8 can bring it.
Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman 360-degrees View:
reviewer whats the difference between walkman phones and xperia line up interms of sound quality.. whats the model of headphones used in w8 which one is better -w8-when comparing with music phones of nokia such as 5800xm and x6 plz dont forget review mix walkman interms of sound.Can you suggest me a best music phone?.thanks
posted on Jun 14, 2011, 11:00 AM 0
Sony Ericsson is always best in music quality but if u want loud sound then sony is not ur choice i recommend to Sony only if u love music in walk man i dont mean its not best in others its always great mobiles in my sense and i am a great lover of music as well as sony
posted on Oct 04, 2011, 12:47 AM 0
A WALKMAN BRAND PHONE SANS EQUALIZER IS A DISAPPOINTMENT. YENDO WHICH COMES HALF THE PRICE TOO HAS EQS. SE SHOULD HAVE ADDED CUSTOM EQUALIZERS AND ALSO MEGABASS FOR IT TO QUALIFY AS WALKMAN. WHY CALL IT WALKMAN THEN. WHAT A SHAME IF YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD AN APP LIKE MIXING OR SOMETHING FROM THE ANDROID MARKET ON A WALKMAN DEVICE FOR EQUALIZERS AND POWER BASS.
posted on Jun 16, 2011, 11:36 PM 0
not a good choice, memory is full all the time due to andriod 2.1. Can't install anything to SD and andriod market app2sd can't be install on it. Call up Sony Ericsson hotlines and they are not sure when the updates will be. Useless and not recommended anyone to buy it.
posted on Jun 25, 2011, 9:29 PM 0
What is the whole idea of Walkman W8 over the Xperia X8? I see there is no advantages of the hardware side, is the same with the X8 and yet the price is so much different with just a Walkman branded, Sony make no sense loaded the Walkman features on Android and the Walkman is poor. Why should pay more $60 for this? Since Sony loaded Android OS on its mobile we can actually find a better music player in Android market with just less than $2.00 on pay version with support and updates. The cheaper X8 can be upgrade to Android v2.1 or later. SO WHAT IS THE WHOLE POINT...SONY??
posted on Aug 15, 2011, 9:21 PM 0
Hi, SONY ERICSSON TEAM , SEE GUYS I BOUGHT RECENTLY THE W8 WALKMAN SERIES, I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORK, AND I READ ALL THOSE PREVIOUS COMMENTS. I WAS NOT IMPRESSED, IF THE WALKMAN SERIES WAS NOT UP TO WHAT I EXPECTED MEANS, SURE ILL MAKE A SERIES ACTION AGAINST YOUR PEOPLE. I GET BACK YOU SOON BYE.
posted on Aug 22, 2011, 9:17 AM 0
Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 26, 2011
I have the X8 its not a bad phone consdering you can get it for £60 these days, and this W8 is only one with a diffterent coloured back and a walkman brand stuck on it and a slightly different UI...Hardware wise its IS a X8 so there would be little to no differences in them, for sound. they are the same in terms of hardware
posted on Aug 26, 2011, 12:03 PM 0
16. gpg unregistered
Thx for all comments, i thought that this new brand of SE is as good as is rumors before it comes. But, by all of those comments, i realize that many of weak points on it. Dear Sony Ericsson teams, you have many of homeworks to give your customer satisfaction of your Walkman series. This is a bad issues of your newbie android walkman series phone. Please improve!! Especially on its sound quality!!
posted on Sep 01, 2011, 8:55 AM 0
Hi there I have recently bought a new sony ericsson w8 walkman phone. I wanna clear that its not actually a walkman phone. Its only the advanced version of xperia X8 (with walkman software). The performance is great, no hang up, works great with HD live wallpapers. For mega bass, you can download any equalizer from android market from the following link.https://market.android.com/sea
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 11:16 PM 0
Hi,I bought this phone last week. Screen clearity and Sound quality is better. But there is no option for Equaliser and no use of Walkman UI or SW. Battery is poor. Old version of OS 2.1. no Multi touch. Outdated technology. better go for Samsung pop or Ace with same rate range. if you are sony lover then for new x10 mini or Arc. W8 is worst
posted on Sep 05, 2011, 2:37 AM 0
Hi I was going to buy Sony ericsson W8 because I am a big fan of music and games specially of walkman series as I have W550 till now , but after reading comments on the net I am confused and some question rised in my mind to ask the experts who have greater knowledge of this profession. Please answer my below questions: 1.) As I came to know sony is not planning to add MegaBass feature to W8 till now but suppose if in near future they planned to do so then will I be able to upgrade my existing W8 to one with MegaBass feature? Will that upgrade be software based (which can be implemented to my existing W8 set) or hardware based (which can’t be implemented to my existing W8 set)? 2.) Same question about Multitouch. Whether I will be able to upgrade my existing W8 to multitouch without any hardware change, if in future any related upgrade comes from company? 3.) Can I change Android 2.1 to 2.2 or higher (officially or unofficially) so I can install large number of games and application in my W8 by using memory card of the phone? I will be very thankful to you all.
posted on Sep 10, 2011, 2:05 PM 0
Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2011
Hey guys i just purchased sony ericsson W8 phone two days back. What i felt at first time when listening to songs is this phone is useless in sound quality and even searched for equaliser as well, but later on i thougt that this phone doesn't require equaliser because whenever u think of sony first thing that need to peep in your mind is just check whether does the song we are listening really contain bass or woofer effect .If not just load some song which has bass effect then put your earchords on and listen to song you will really feel the difference and will come to know the power of sony sound system. Guys what i want to say finally is Sony xperia-W8 has good sound quality it doesnt require any other download like equaliser or some other. just upload music having good bass quality(eg., balu movie in telugu songs) and put your ear chords corectly and just listen to this songs and come to conclusion.u will also defintely say wow............
posted on Sep 12, 2011, 2:46 PM 0
25. jai unregistered
Hi friends iam jai, I bought SE W8 phone last month, i also feel the same as u all users said about sound effect and same time i had a doubt is there any option available for zooming while taking still photo......pls reply if any user knows
posted on Sep 17, 2011, 1:16 PM 0
Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2011
Don't buy sony ericsson w8.There is lots of drawbacks in Sony Ericsson W8. 1) BATTERY Stand-by Up to 35 h (2G) (with minimum brightness) Talk time Up to 2 h Music play Up to 6 h 2) can't move the applications from phone memory to card memory. 3) can't played the GPU games like angry birds, Cricket etc., 4) Zoom option is not there for camera. 5) processor performance is too poor ( if u maintain 80mb free space in phone memory.) 6) can't you remove unwanted apps. 7) some times it gets hanging..that time you have to switch off & on then only it works. my finally conclusion is W8 is worst ( don't buy in Mobile stores, bangalore. Those guys are Big cheaters)
posted on Sep 23, 2011, 5:45 AM 0
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