Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Review

The Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman 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to revive the Walkman brand and bring it to the world of modern smartphones with the help of Android – its rather outdated 2.1 Eclair version, to be exact.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...
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41 Comments

1. TFK unregistered

No mega bass and equalizer, and android 2.1 ? Sorry sony... I'll stick with my W550i.

2. vishnu unregistered

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

34. Sudeep unregistered

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

3. LXH unregistered

ridiculous no pinch-to-zoom web browser

13. Vishesh unregistered

its touch and slide zoom touch the browser... icon for zoom will appear slide up to zoom in and down to zoom out

4. SFAN unregistered

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.

5. Esther Yeung unregistered

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.

6. FJR unregistered

Better buy acer liquid mini e310 Only difference Rp 200.000 sorry bad english Im Indonesian people

7. Shawn unregistered

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??

8. Raghavendra rajendran unregistered

i will say that this phone much suitable comparing ith other phones of same range. It is so nice to its appearance.I LIKED THIS PHONE VERY MUCH

9. nareshreddy unregistered

pl z suggestion me i want buy to sony Ericsson w8 walk-men series. is it good mobile or not? plz suggestion me

10. DINESH.S unregistered

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.

11. rr unregistered

how do u save items to ur SD card???

12. Xunsu

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

14. Faries unregistered

Without mega bass the walkman series is utter waste..i made a mistake buying yendo W150....If you are looking for that sony quality sound, you will be dissappointed..i am not sure about the operating system part in W8..

15. Mani unregistered

Iam realy disappointed with Sony Ericsson w8's sound quality,it's very bad,i d'nt know,why it's call walkman? No equaliser and no megabass,so china phone is better than Sony Ericsson w8.

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!!

17. Prasoon Parihar unregistered

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/search?q=equilizer&so=1&c=apps

18. vishal jain unregistered

should come up with extra menly vivid colours..

19. Gopi Srinivasan unregistered

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

38. ChetanTrehan unregistered

I second you..Sound quality is no good than the earlier SE walkman phones I had..like W800i and W910...I wish I had visited this website earlier before buying W8..:((

20. Mr.Max unregistered

Iam Mr.Max i want buy to sony Ericsson w8 walkmen series. is it good mobile or not? plz suggestion me .

21. jatin1990 unregistered

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.

22. anurag2u

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............

23. phil79

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

i'm buying this phone w8 plz sugst me is it a good cellphone o not n wat r the problems n gudthings u came across dis phone

24. Muaahhxx gurl unregistered

Loved this Ph0n3! Buy it ! xD

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

26. somethingsomething unregistered

er, is w8 a nice phone? no multi touch?

27. nagolusudha

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)

28. nagolusudha

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

HI Jai, I hope there is not option for zooming while taking snapshot. There is no multi touch calibration. Please let me know android 2.3 is available for sony ericsson w8.. Regards Sudhakar
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