Sony Ericsson W300i Walkman (AT&T)
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- Bluetooth wireless technology
- Walkman music player software lets you take your songs with you
- VGA-quality camera lets you take and share photos and video clips
- FM stereo radio with RDS lets you preset up to 8 channels
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Open up to mobile music 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, move music from your PC to your phone and synchronize the phone calendar and contacts with your PC.
An upgrade to the venerable z520, the W300i adds a memory card slot and EDGE high-speed data. The W300i version also adds Walkman music player and styling. Other key features include Bluetooth, camera, internal antenna, and 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 W300i 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, and the perfect companion to Cingular Wireless service.
Your phone, your music--all on the go. See the W300 video.
The W300i'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 more. The VGA (640 x 480) camera is housed on the front cover as well. The W300i 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 W300i'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 W300i'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. A number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Cingular's MEdia service. 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 W300i's Bluetooth abilities.
Snap some great shots when you're out and about.
The W300i 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 W300i, as it supports the GPRS and EDGE data protocols. When used with a Cingular 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 W300i 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 W300i 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 W300i, 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 W300i 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/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.
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It runs out of charge very quickly compared to other phones.
You have to have their specific headset to use with the phone. The common headsets you find in the store that fit all other phones will not fit this one.
As for dealing with Cingular: The costumer service is good but they are only available till 9pm. Also if anyone leaves you a message before you set up your voicemail those messages will get deleted and you cannot recover them, and so make sure you set your voicemail first.
I bought two phones for a family plan. One phone started dropping calls and shutting off by itself and eventually had to be returned to Amazon. Since we could not wait up to a month for another phone we decided to drop Cingular (which had only fair service) and return to Sprint (fairly good service for our area, anyway). Too bad-- but we replaced the phones with LG's fusic which is similar and (knock on wood) works very well too.
Phone does NOT come with Memory Stick micro.
If you want to port your old number from another carrier to Cingular it will cost you $250.
When I get the phone charged and working I'll review the phone.
The camera is what it is: a phone camera.
The phone has great reception.
But you'd better not plan on calling out from a crowd. Again, there is no adjustable volume on this phone/MP3 player. Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Let me be clear on this. I'm not saying the phone is bad. In fact, it's very well featured, but don't expect it to be the "last phone you'll ever need to buy". This one will just last you much longer, even if it can't be used as a phone anymore.
Depending on where you buy it, it may or may not include a Memory Stick Micro or USB cord. So, shop around for deals on included accessories. All of the phones come with a handsfree cord and stereo earbud headphones. You can also use your favorite pair of headphones instead, even for making telephone calls, due to the standard 1/8" socket on the handsfree mic cord.
The phone is nice and light, yet still has some "substance" to it. The screen is bright and the buttons are easy enough to press, even with my thick fingers.
Sound quality is good. I don't get too picky about telephone sound quality, but I can tell you that I do hear the other party quite well. I just don't rate it on an audiophile scale like other people do. It's no better or worse than your cordless phone at home.
The menus are abundant and a bit confusing, but it's easy to get used to it. I'm only being honest. I would NOT dismiss this phone simply because the menus follow a slightly different standard than other phones.
Now to elaborate on some of it's better features:
1. The FM Radio - A nice little feature, even though you get to it through the "Games" menu. It has a fully tunable FM Radio built in. You can have it auto-program the presets to all the stations it can find. You can even name the stations as you wish. The reception is OK. In the office, I have a hard time getting some of the weaker stations. The battery in the phone lasts a long time in FM radio mode. For two days, 8AM-5PM, I had the radio playing through my desktop computer speakers (remember the standard plug I told you about), and the battery was only down to less than 1/2 full. I hear you can actually shut the phone feature off and it just becomes a radio/MP3 player with a much longer battery life. There is a minor drawback, in my opinion. I wish it had an internal FM radio antenna. The handsfree cord acts as the antenna. It will not let you turn on the radio until the HF cord is attached. It will automatically turn off the radio when you disconnect the HF cord. If you want to listen to the radio without headphones, you can switch to the built-in speaker from the radio menu. Set it on the table and it sounds like a handy little transistor radio. The sound quality is great through the headphones, though. I still like mine hooked up to the speaker system on my desk. I've had people ask where the radio is coming from, then I lift up the 'little' phone and show them.
2. MP3 player - Believe it or not, I didn't use this much. I didn't "shop around" and ended up getting my phone without an add-on memory card and USB cable. But I did put a few in the internal memory. It's a nice basic MP3 player that provides playlist capabilities. The sound quality is what you would expect from a portable MP3 player. But unlike most other MP3 players, this will play videos too. After converting some home movies to .3gp format for the phone, I was able to take the videos along with me. Maybe I'll convert some video podcasts and take them with me to view while I'm waiting in a restaurant or something.
3. Games - Let me interject the fact that the SonyEricsson website has great support for this phone. They even provide you with free games, screensavers, etc. to add to your phone. Gameplay is quite good for this phone. I'm sure it maintains playability for the faster paced games that can be purchased online. I didn't get this phone for the games. Therefore, I go with whatever free games vendors are willing to offer.
4. The Camera - What can I say. It's an adequate "substitute" for a real digital camera. If you need a picture or a movie in a pinch, it'll do it. There's even a "night mode" if the lighting is bad. There is no flash. My last cameraphone had a "flash", but the white LED it used was a poor excuse for a camera flash. If you don't subscribe to a media package add-on with your service provider, you can transfer the pics and videos to your PC via the.......
5. PIM Tool - Think of this like HotSync for Palm or ActiveSync for Pocket PC. You can pretty much do the same stuff. The "PC Suite" program that you can download free from the SonyEricsson website lets you connect your phone to the PC via USB cable, Infrared, or BlueTooth and transfer contact, appointment, and calendar information (from MS Outlook). On first sync, my scheduled meetings were now in the phone and it even picked up the notification alerts from the original appointment and makes a sound when a meeting is due. You can even "open up" the phone like a disk drive and transfer files to/from it using drag-n-drop within Windows (and MAC too, I believe). This includes pictures and videos. If your service plan supports it, the PC Suite software will provide a wizard to help you "tether" your phone to your PC to connect to the internet through it. That's a great feature for where there is no hotspot.
6. The phone - Can you believe this actually makes calls, too? I won't go into too many details since most phones are the same when it comes down to the actual phone call making features. It includes a large contact list, voice dial, Caller ID on the front display, etc.
One last thing, it's not activated by default, but you can turn on the Sleep Mode Clock to allow it to display a non-backlit time of day on the outside screen so you don't have to flip it open to view the time.
Oh yeah, it's a cool phone, in case I didn't mention it.
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