Sony Ericsson W810 Review
Connectivity and Data:
For transferring music from a computer to the phone we connected it with the USB cable from the package of the W810. In Windows XP it is recognized without drivers as a mass storage device and transferring music is done by simply copying and pasting it. Strangely even with the USB2.0 connection it was slow as HELL. We transferred 426 MB for 35 minutes, which is about 210 KBps.
Through Bluetooth we connected the W810 with Jabra BT250 easily and through the headphone was done voice dialing. The transfer with other devices was again with no problems such as the speed with another Sony Ericsson (K750) was relatively fast.
The Internet Browser loads standard pages, but the low resolution of the screen (176x220) makes the pages, which are not made for displaying in phones, hard to use and uncomfortable. A good new addition is the EDGE support, which is much faster than the standard GPRS.
The camera is located on the back of the phone, such as it has 2 LED lights next to it, which are used as flash-lights, and the cover of the port for the external antenna is a mirror and helps for self-portrait taking.
The camera is turned on by holding the dedicated key on the right side. After starting it (it loads for about 2-3 seconds after pressing the key) the key blinks in white (and not orange), and has 2 levels of pressing, since the camera does auto focusing. The module is the same as the previous models (K750, W800) and does not use the new xenon flash-light or CyberShot branding, which were presented with the K790/K800 models.
Different options are available such as macro and night pictures, different effects are supported (B&W, Negative, Sepia, Solarize) and different setting such as quality of the pictures, as well as white balance and compensations can be adjusted. It has 4 options for a shutter sound, but we did not find a way to stop it, so that the camera doesn't give us away when taking pictures.
The camera is quite fast, such as after taking a picture you can move to another one by pressing the shutter button again. The saving of the picture and moving to the next one took us about 5-6 seconds at the highest resolution. In most cases the camera focused fine, even in dark situations, since the flash-light is light up all the time and it allows the camera to auto focus.
Overall the quality of the pictures that came out of the W810 did not satisfy us. Even with the high resolution they do not look good on the computer and have an unpleasant view. The outdoors pictures are often over exposured, and besides that are over sharpened and artifacts are easy to spot. The macro is relatively good for a phone, when it is taken at strong light. The colors are real, but in lighter pictures they are slightly yellow shaded.
With indoors pictures the noise is far more than the allowed. Even with strong light, there are noticeable noises even in the light areas of the picture. Happily the phone managed to take pictures even in complete darkness thanks to the integrated flash-light, but the quality was not good. From 3 feet the pictures are bearable even with the lots of noise, and from 9 feet the captures are of very bad quality.
The largest resolution of the camcoder is 176x144 pixels, which is definitely not a high-res video. The produced files were crappy and are good for watching them only on phones.
One of the main things about the W810 and the entire Walkman line is the music. When turning the phone on there are two options phone or only music player. The second one has access only to the Walkman menu of the phone.
It gives the option of choosing from the available music by an artist, as well as separate songs, which can be added to different playlists and arranged the way you want them. There is a lack of sorting options (by album, or by genre) similar to the iPod for example. There also is a lack of option for searching, similar to the phonebook, and having one in both places would be quite comfortable. Different options like shuffle and loop can be turned on, as well as different preset equalizers or a manually adjusted one. The same player plays video where full screen view is available.
The phone is pre-packaged with Walkman plug-in headset. Since it has the 3.5 mm standard jack, which is plugged in the headset and then in the phone, we easily plugged the headphones in a standard music player in our case the iPod Nano the conclusion is that the high quality Walkman headset is not of that high quality after all the middle & treble frequencies are quite weakly played such as the sound is irritating. Otherwise it has quite a high peak in some of the bass frequencies, which makes the listening unpleasant overall.
Besides that the phone has an FM Radio tuner which in order to operate needs to have cable headset plugged in, which is used as an antenna. Favorite stations can be stored for later access. The radio and the player as well can work in the background while the phone is used for other things (except talking on it).
W810 supports JAVA MIDP2.0 where the phone is pre-loaded with 2 games. One of them is in Tetris style. The loading is fast and with no problems with the smaller applications and an adequate speed with larger ones.