Sony Ericsson W880i

Sony Ericsson W880i reviews from across the Web have been almost universally glowing. The W880i is a super-thin Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson that comes packed full of features, and it's the combination of what it packs with how it looks that has so many W880i reviews singing its praises. Put simply, the W880i is a stunning looking designer phone from Sony Ericsson that does everything well, packs in more connectivity than most designer phones, and comes with musical abilities that would shame an iPod.

The Sony Ericsson W880i is a standard candy bar design with a set of navigation and music keys below its screen, a small numeric keypad beneath that, and its camera on the reverse. As you can see form the pics, it looks stunning, and its even better in real life. It really has a sense of quality about it. Unfortunately, the keys themselves can be difficult to use as they're tiny. If you're blessed with pencil-thin fingers, you won't have problem, but the for the fat-fingered amongst us, you're in trouble! Best to test the phone out at a shop before buying it to make sure you acn actually use it!

The W880i's camera is offers 2 megapixels, which is pretty much average for this class of phone. Despite it not being a Cybershot phone, like some of Sony Ericsson's other models, and so not coming with all the bells and whistles such as autofocus and adjustable ISO settings, it still gives good quality pics. Indeed, despite its lack of additional features, the W880i's camera is still one of the better ones for a mobile phone, which is to be expected, as Sony Ericsson is renowned for making the best camera phones on the market. Taking shots is quick and easy, which is a welcome relief if you've ever used a camera phone that seems to take an hour between pressing the camera button and the phone's camera actually taking the shot. You can also adjust white balance, and can take photos using a variety of different settings, including night mode, panorama and burst-mode, which takes a series of photos in quick succession.

The Sony Ericsson W880i Walkman® music phone works on a tri band network which will automatically switch between network bands & provides the best network coverage for the region or country. The W880i is a 3G capable phone which provides the user with a mobile broadband Internet experience. The user can enjoy video calling, video streaming, mobile Internet & a high speed experience on their phone. The user can use the USB connection to transfer data between USB compatible devises. The phone comes with Bluetooth® technology which allows the user to connect to other devices with Bluetooth® to share, send & synchronise data. The phone comes with an Internet browser which allows the user to access Internet site from their mobile phone. The user can subscribe to RSS feeds which will provide the user with all the latest news & reports from selected websites & blog sites.

Sony Ericsson have updated the Walkman interface, too, making it even better than it was before (see screenshot, left). There's a dedicated music button that takes you straight to the interface, so there's no faffing about if you absolutely have to listen to a tune then and there, and the interface provides easy access to the phone's musical features.

Sony Ericsson W880i Specifications & Features

262k TFT Colour Screen (240 x 320 Pixels)

2.0 Megapixel Camera
2.5 x Digital Zoom
Macromedia Flash Lite™
SVG Tiny 1.1
Video Record
Video Player
Video Clip
Video Streaming
Video Call
Picture Blogging
Picture Wallpaper
Wallpaper Animation

SMS (Text Messaging)
MMS (Multimedia Messaging)
SMS Long
Push Email
Predictive Text
Sound Recorder

Walkman® 2.0 Music Player
Polyphonic Sound
Music Tones
Mega Bass™
Melody Composer
Bluetooth® stereo (A2DP)

3D Games
Java™ Games

Phone Book
Alarm Clock
Business Card Exchange
File Manager
Flight Mode
Conference Calls
Vibrating Alert

Fast Port

Tri Band Technology (GMS 900, GSM 1800 & GSM 1900)
UMTS 2100

Web Browser
RSS Feeds

Memory & Talk Time
16 Mbytes Memory Plus Memory Stick Micro™
6.5 Hours Talk Time
400 Hours Standby

Weight & Size
71 g
103 x 46.5 x 9.4 mm