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Sony's Ericsson W518a is a mid-range clamshell handset with multiple features. 3G access and can access data features like Facebook and Internet browsing on the HSDPA network. Built-in mp3 player. It also has A-GPS support and comes with "MediaGo", a PC-to-phone interface designed to make media transfer between the devices simpler. There are also external music player controls on the outer body of the phone, as well as an FM radio receiver, and built-in 3.2 megapixel camera.
Optimized for music playing with external music keys, stereo Bluetooth support, over-the-air music downloads from Napster Mobile and eMusic Mobile, and Shake Control, the Sony Ericsson W518a clamshell phone for AT&T is also packed with gaming, multimedia and social networking offerings that make this phone a thin little entertainment powerhouse. And it's easy to manage the music in your phone--one click starts the Walkman music player, enabling you to play, rewind, fast forward, equalize, shuffle tracks and create playlists ust like in any other digital music player.
This phone can quickly download video, music and more over AT&T's lightning quick HSPDA 3G network. This GPS-enabled phone can access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions as well as its Video Share service, which enables you to send video of yourself to another compatible phone while making a voice call. Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, memory expansion via Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards, built-in Facebook application, access to mobile email and instant messaging, and up to 4 hours of talk time.
The Sony Ericsson W518a is optimized for music playing with external music keys, stereo Bluetooth support, over-the-air music downloads from Napster Mobile and eMusic Mobile, and Shake Control.
Keep up to date with your friends with a Facebook application that has a rotating status carousel right on the standby screen.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the AT&T EDGE network, which offers availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. Providing average data speeds between 75-135Kbps, it's fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services, including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go. You'll also enjoy quad-band GSM connectivity, which allows you to make calls in more than 190 countries and access data applications in the more than 135 countries where AT&T offers international data roaming.
With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Video Share service, which enables you to send a live, one-way video stream to another compatible phone during a standard voice call. The service also allows you to switch the direction of the video stream during the same phone call. (Customers must be in an area served by the company's 3G network and have a Video Share-enabled phone.) While using Video Share with family and friends is a fun way to communicate, it's also very useful for business. For example, a majority of users in the architecture, engineering and construction industries rated the ability to share live video through Video Share highly, according to research commissioned by AT&T. Video Share lets you see progress on a job site or review the day's work without having to drive from an office or other site to do so.
You can take advantage of the AT&T Navigator GPS software and service, a full-featured premium navigation application that includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. Additionally, AT&T Navigator is the only mobile phone-based GPS service that provides integrated speech recognition for address entry and points of interest search.
With 3G connectivity, you'll be able to access AT&T's Cellular Video (CV) service and the Internet while on the go. Cellular Video features content from CNN, The Weather Channel, iFilm, Comedy Central and exclusive premium content from HBO and much more. And you get access to AT&T Mobile Music, which enables you to buy tracks while on the, access the Napster and eMusic subscription music services, stream music video, discover what's playing with Music ID song-recognition software, and find out what's hot with The Buzz music news portal.
The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more.
Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth stereo music streaming, and memory expansion via Memory Stick Micro (M2) media.
Packed with social networking features, just open the phone to view Facebook friends' status updates and profile photos. And one click from the W518a's standby screen allows social butterflies to update their Facebook status. It's also easy to upload photos to your profile directly from the W518a's 3.2-megapixel camera.
This Walkman phone offers a full-function digital audio player that's compatible with MP3 and AAC files, and it includes Sony Ericsson's innovative "shake to shuffle" feature. With Shake Control activated, just flick your wrist and a vibration lets you know that the track has been changed--a new song from your current playlist is randomly selected and automatically played. Playback settings also include an equalizer, playlists, stereo widening, and shuffle and loop modes. This Walkman phone features MegaBass enhancement for added depth of sound, a flight mode that lets you keep listening to tunes with the phone's network connectivity turned off, and the PlayNow feature that enables you to download new music tones directly to the phone.
The phone features a unique Gesture control that allows you to mute calls with a wave of your hands or snooze its alarm without having to interrupt what you’re doing. When a call comes in, a simple movement of your hand back and forth over the phone mutes the ringtone. Similarly, sweep your hand over the phone when using it as your alarm clock to put it into snooze mode.
Additionally, the integrated accelerometer allows you to shake or tilt the W518a to simulate motion while playing video games. The intuitive Media User Interface rotates depending on how you're holding the phone, so you can see everything you need at a glance. Auto rotate works for photos, videos and games.
Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).
The built-in 3.2 megapixel camera captures stills and video--and playback of video or still pictures is only limited to the memory card size (or capped at 20 seconds for sending via MMS). You can choose from four resolution sizes and two quality settings for still photos, and it also features white balance and brightness adjustments, digital zoom (up to 3.2x), night mode, panorama, and multi-shot mode. With the phone's built-in GPS, images can be "geo-tagged" with the exact location where they were shot. Video clips can be shot at up to QVGA resolution (320 x 240 pixels) at 30 frames per second (fps).
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The Sony Ericsson W518a weighs 3.35 ounces and measures 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches. Its 920 mAh lithium-polymer battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 400 hours (16+ days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as AT&T's 850/1900 MHz 3G frequencies (UMTS/HSDPA).
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Ha, I write this, realizing that the most recent reviews are from about 3 years ago. I just had to respond to a lot of the negative reviews, because whiny people crack me up. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by A. Fonnesbeck
I don't know if any of the previous reviewers even know how to work this phone... I've had no problems with it and it serves its purpose just fine. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by chris
This phone does not have good antenna to catch AT&T signals. I exchanged the phone with another brand new phone and still the same problem exists. Read more
do not buy this phone.
The phone constantly freezes up on me and I have to remove the battery to reset the phone. Read more
loved this phone at first. Keys were a little difficult to hit by touch (not much relief on the face), but loved the music and FM radio options. The camera takes GREAT photos. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Kristen
I bought this phone in January. I really liked it till last week. It just kept frozen. Every time someone called me, just kept ringing, and can't answer and can't stop the... Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by S. Tse
SONY used to mean quality at some point but apparently this is not the case anymore. This phone died after being near some condensation...not even next to it. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by tooba khilji
I rue the day I let the customer rep talk me into this phone. Keypad is small and hard to accurately manuver w/ out hitting the internet key (for which I am charged a fee), the... Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Sheila
The first phone ATT sent me had to be returned because I could not answer a call. It would send a message saying."busy signal being sent". Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by lzthunder