Sony Ericsson W810 Review
The W810 is in a classic mono-block design with an internal antenna, where the size stays the same as the W800 and K750 comparatively compact and at the same time comfortable size the only remark about the dimensions that we have is the thickness, which is far thicker than the Motorola SLVR L7 for example, which has similar features.
The phone is entirely made out of plastic and a few different colors are used: for the front and the rear is used light black dimmed plastic, which keeps the phone clean during usage, without any stains on it. The frame (the side, the upper and the lower parts) is out of darker plastic with a metallic pearl shade, which looks very stylish and pleasant. In addition in thicker and glossier black is a little part around the camera, the logo of Walkman on the front and four of the navigational buttons. In orange (the color of Walkman) are the Walkman logos on the front and the back panel, again the Walkman button for starting the player and a small, but distinct detail such as the cover for the additional antenna.
On the left side is located the MSD slot, such as it is covered with a black cover like the one of the K750. Overall the phone consists of a few different shades of black and the highly contrasted orange and metallic grey (used on the navigation button), such as the make is not solid enough and makes unpleasant noises when pressure is applied on the plastic panel. There is little movement of the battery cover, which is a small but unpleasant drawback.
The keypad is well made and doesn't make any strong, irritating noises to bother you during usage of the phone. The usage of the phone is comfortable and pleasant and is easy to operate with both left and right hands. The side buttons are well positioned and easy to reach and press, but the advantage have the left handed, since the play/pause button on the left side is more comfortable to press.
When using the camera or looking through pictures in landscape regime, the phone is held with both hands and the camera button on the right is comfortable to use. If you hold the phone in landscape with only one hand, you will not have access to the zoom buttons. The size is good and it is easy to fit in narrower pockets, and also can be easily carried in a shirt pocket.
The display is the same as the previous models from the gamma the type is TFT with 176x220 pixels in resolution. Its size is 1.9, which is acceptable, but in such a size of a handset, a display in the range of 2.2 can be fitted in for example. Sadly Sony Ericsson have not used something newer and more technological, such as 2.2 QVGA 240x320, which would look far better. Besides the not very large size, the display is bright and contrasted and is very well seen even in bight light during the day and is hard to dim from reflections on it.
The keypad is entirely changed and is totally different from the one of the W800. For starters the joystick is switched with a d-pad, with engraved functions on it that it carries on a Walkman player turned on. The Back and Clear buttons are combined with one software key each, and next to them are inserted the walkman button and the shortcuts one, unlike the W800 and the K750, which only had one of these buttons. The usage of this part of the keypad is comfortable, and it very rear to make a mistake. The only problem is the lighting of the d-pad, which lights up the middle, but does not light up the functions of the different directions.
The 0-9 keypad is standard such as the buttons are separated from each other, and are not 3 in a row or the entire grid of 12 keys like the W800 and the K750. They are raised and easy to use without having to look at the phone in order to dial a number. They also have good response and are easy to press. They as well (similar to the navigational buttons) are light up in orange a la Walkman, such as there is a slight shade of the light in the far right and left of the keypad.
In the upper part of the left side, above the Walkman logo is located the play/pause button, which plays or stops the music regardless of which menu are you located in. Symmetrically on the right side is the volume up/down key, which operates as a zoom rocker while using the camera or looking through pictures and on hold it changes the songs that the player plays. These two buttons are not light up, but are raised and are easy to find even in the dark. On the right side is located the camera button as well. It is slightly raised to the side and when held turns the camera on, and when the camera is on is used as the shutter button. It is light up, but unexpectedly is colored white, which is not any of the colors used on the rest of the phone (the entire keypad is orange). Besides that the light is stronger in its upper part and far weaker in its lower part.
On the upper part, next to the infrared port, is located the power button. Like the Nokia phones, it is also a shortcut for easy change of the port or entirely locking the keypad.
The cover of the slot for the external antenna is in orange and reflects, which allows it to be used as a mirror for self-portrait taking with the camera of the phone. On the lower right angle there is a hinge on which can be hooked up the neck-band for carrying the phone.