Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Review
Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman left us with mixed feelings about its in-call sound quality. The earpiece was making voices sound muffled and even somewhat distorted when the volume was set to the maximum. Using the wired headset did not seem to help much and its microphone is simply too far down the cord to be used without having to hold it closer to your mouth. Fortunately, the other side of the line could hear us loud and clear without even a hint of digitizing.
Being powered by a modest 600 MHz processor does not seem to slow the W8 Walkman down in any way. The interface feels fluid and responsive while navigating even when the music is playing in the background. It may not be powerful enough to let you play any demanding games, but Angry Birds, Speedx 3D and Robo Defence run flawlessly on the Xperia W8.
The W8 comes with a 1200mAh Li-Po battery rated at 4.75 hours of talk time and 18 days of stand-by, which is somewhat below average. Our real life test showed that it takes about 6 hours of heavy usage, with Wi-Fi on and the brightness set to the maximum, to drain it completely out of juice. If you use the smartphone as an audio player only, it should be good for almost 24 hours of playback.
To wrap things up, we liked the Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 Walkman for being a simple to use entry-level smartphone and for coming with a pair of nice earphones out of the box. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much backing up its Walkman brand, let alone bring it back to life. The Xperia W8 is an easy way of joining the Android team, but the aging Android 2.1 Eclair version that it comes with will simply not give you the full potential of the platform. We would only recommend getting one if you are a music lover who needs an affordable smartphone that can double as an audio player. The LG Optimus One, the HTC Wildfire S and the Samsung GALAXY Gio seem like great alternatives to the Xperia W8.
Model Number: E16i
Firmware version: 2.1-update1
Baseband version: M76XX-TSNCJOLYM-53404015
Kernel version: 2.6.29 / SEMCUser@SEMChost #1
Build number: 2.1.1.A.0.46
Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Video Review:
- High quality earphones
- Easy to use
- Affordable Android device
- Comes with Android 2.1 Eclair
- Poor camera performance
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