Sony Ericsson W300i Unlocked Cell Phone with MP3/Video Player, Memory Stick Micro Slot--U.S. Version with Warranty (Shadow Black)
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- This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint.
- Quad-band GSM cell phone compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies and GPRS/EDGE capabilities
- Walkman music player and styling--supports MP3 and AAC digital audio files and includes FM radio
- VGA camera, Memory Stick Micro expansion, USB connectivity, Bluetooth for handsfree devices
- Up to 9 hours of digital talk time and 400 hours of standby time
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The W300i is a fun Walkman® music phone. It comes with everything you need to enjoy your music wherever you go. It also has a camera and easy text and picture messaging. Take, save and share pictures of where you are. The W300i has Bluetooth™ built-in and supports USB connectivity. With a USB cable (supplied in kit), move music from your PC to your phone and synchronise the phone calendar and contacts with your PC.
An upgrade to the venerable z520, the W300 adds a memory card slot and EDGE high-speed data. The W300 version also adds Walkman music player and styling. Other key features include Bluetooth, a camera, an internal antenna, and a speakerphone. All this goodness is delivered in a package that is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. With dual screens and a VGA camera with video capabilities, the W300 is a serious next-generation phone. It's the perfect handset for folks who want to get all the latest wireless goodies in one chic package.
Your phone, your music--all on the go. See the W300 video.
The W300's 65,000-color, 128 x 160 display is housed under the front cover while the outside sports a supplementary 101 x 80 color display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and music player information. The VGA (640 x 480) camera is housed on the front cover as well. The W300 uses an internal antenna--nothing to snag or break off--and a five-way button just above the dial pad is used to control most of the phone's menus and features. Up/down buttons on the left side of the phone can be used for quick volume control and menu navigation. USB data and charging ports, as well as a headset port, are located on the phone's bottom edge. And because the W300's front and rear faceplates are changeable with Sony-Ericsson Style-Up covers, you can dress it up to suit your style. The design also incorporates a unique carry handle on the top of the phone.
The W300's phone book can hold up to 510 contacts with multiple entries per contact. A call list remembers your most recent missed, received and dialed calls. The phone's voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. The phone also features a speakerphone for easy, hands-free talking. In addition to a vibrating alert, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones as well as MP3- and AAC-format ringers, allowing you to use portions of your favorite songs to alert you to incoming calls. There's even a bundled application that lets you mix your own ringtones with up to 16 tracks. Picture caller ID lets you assign a photo to specific callers. Similarly, a ringer ID lets you assign ringtones to callers. Lastly, users of Bluetooth headsets will find perfect compatibility with the W300.
Snap some great shots when you're out and about.
The W300 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. Instant messaging is also supported and the phone ships with a built-in email client.
Getting on the Internet is easy with the W300, as it supports the GPRS protocol, as well as the high-speed EDGE protocol. When used with a carrier data plan and the phone's USB or Bluetooth data capabilities the phone can be used as a wireless modem for laptops and PDAs. T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.
A number of handy software tools are bundled with the W300 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a calendar, and an alarm clock with a timer and stopwatch. Sony Ericsson Sync Station software lets you synchronize your Microsoft Outlook calendar, contacts, notes and tasks with your phone.
Imaging and Entertainment
The W300 was designed for serious fun. The built-in VGA camera captures stills and video to the phone's 16MB of internal memory. Picture effects and custom screensavers, backgrounds, and themes can be set up to fit your personality.
Java support is built into the W300, making it a powerful gaming companion for both online and offline games. Games are downloadable via the MEdia service or you can use the handset's USB or Bluetooth data connections to load more games and files onto the phone.
The Sony-Ericsson W300 weighs 3.32 ounces and measures 3.54 x 1.85 x 0.96 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 400 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.
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+ Great Bluetooth pairing and reception. It was very easy to figure out and pair my first ever Bluetooth device with this phone. The Bluetooth also seems to work beyond the 30 ft range.
+ I've experienced better reception and fewer dropped calls with this phone versus my last phone.
- The keys are extremely hard to find reliably especially if you have big fingers like me. I'm always hitting mulitple keys accidentally.
- Turning on the speakerphone during a call is at least a three step process. My old phone was just one key. This is stupid.
+ Very lightweight.
- Did not come with an English manual and shipping company still has not provided one in spite of saying they would months ago.
I never liked any of the phones sold by T-Mobile. They felt like cheap, plastic phones with tiny buttons and the call quality was horrible.
I purchased this phone based on the reviews that emphasized the call quality. The day I received this phone I took the SIM chip out of the 6190, popped in the W300, and was up and running.
I don't use the camera, recording, FM radio, or any other features. I'm concerned about the call quality. The Nokia 6190 was very good and I had no complaints. With the W300, the call quality is equal to a regular telephone handset.
Battery life has been excellent. I'm very happy with this phone.
The best in price/features relation. Excellent sound, the best feature on the phone. Very intuitive OS and many practical options.
This phone satisfies both those by far. My non-rigorous estimate is about 6 hours of talk time between charges, and the volume has been more than adequate even in the loudest bar or wind tunnel. Thank you CNet for the vast, accurate information.
I have come across two issues - one of which CNet warned me of but I took as a known sacrifice for the two requirements above; the other which took me by surprise.
Cnet warned that the flip phone feels flimsy. And there is definitely a wiggle in the hinge that makes me lose confidence. But as long as this isn't a sign of some future premature break it is a small price to pay.
The surprise was the speakerphone. I did not remember the review saying it was going to sound distorted, but it ends up having a hollowy tin quality that I don't like at all. However! the phone comes with superior ear buds for when you are using the music player on the phone (which I never use - I just got the Walkman Phone because they tend to have wicked long batteries) that double as a headset. So, whenever I want to go handsfree, I just use the headset and I'm golden. It may not be as ideal as speaker because I have to contend with the wires, but the sound in the ear buds is crystal clear, so, again, it's a small price to pay I guess.
The phone is very small, fitting comfortably in my pocket, and has good battery life. The user-interface was easy to learn, and has lots of features that I appreciate, such as alarms, calendar and tasks.
The main complaint I have so far is with the software that came with the phone. It wanted to install a bunch of Microsoft .NET junk on my laptop, which I didn't want to do, so I'm still looking for a better 3rd-party program to let me transfer mp3 files to the phone.