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Review of Sony Ericsson's W800 Walkman Phone

Review by Michael Oryl on Wednesday August 10, 2005.

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Sony Ericsson's W800i is the company's first Walkman branded phone. As music becomes more and more important to mobile phone buyers, it only makes sense for Sony Ericsson to try to leverage one of the biggest brands in the history of mobile music - the Walkman.

But before we get into any details, we'd like to thank Wireless Imports for providing us with a W800i for this review.

Even though the W800 does have the obvious Walkman branding and and vastly improved music application, it is otherwise almost identical to the Sony Ericsson K750 that we reviewed in June. The W800 uses a different mechanism to activate the camera and uncover its lens, and it also changes the K750's shortcuts button into a dedicated Walkman app button, but that's about all of the differences that I found to be worth mentioning.

The W800 shares the same display, battery, 2 megapixel auto-focus camera, and 2GB capable Memory Stick Duo Pro expansion slot - even though the W800 gets a much larger 512MB card included in the retail package. Once you get past the flashy orange paint, the two phones are kinda like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They aren't exactly the same, and one might be a bit more trendy than the other, but if you like one of them, you'll probably like the other one as well.

So if you are interested in the main nuts and bolts of the W800, read our Sony Ericsson K750 review first.

What I'm going to focus on in this piece are the differences, and most importantly, the music features.


About the author

Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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