- Weight: 3.52 ounces
Sony Ericsson W810i Phone (AT&T, Phone Only, No Service)
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- Sony Ericsson's latest Walkman music phone
- Bluetooth Wireless Technology
- Walkman music player lets you take your songs with you
- 2.0 Megapixel camera lets you take and share amazingly crisp photos and video
- FM stereo radio with RDS lets you preset up to 8 channels
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Big screen, big features, big fun. View an interactive demonstration of the w810. You can also check out the W810i video.
Dedicated music control buttons make for easy listening.
Transfer songs to your W810i with the included Disc2Phone software.
Two megapixels of camera goodness.
The W810i follows a long tradition of beautifully designed and crafted phones from Sony Ericsson. The same candy-bar style that graced the W800 is here, as is the horizontally-oriented camera unit on the back of the phone, allowing you to hold the phone just as you would a camera when you're taking pictures. The W810i's screen sports 176 x 220 pixel resolution with support for 262,000 colors. Quick access buttons below the screen make it easy to control the phone's Walkman music features, while a five-way center button controls most of the phone's menus and features.
The W810i contains 20 MB of embedded memory, but as mentioned, a Memory Stick Duo slot is provided, and it also supports Pro Duo cards, giving you storage capacities of 2 GB and beyond. The phone ships with a 128 MB Memory Stick Duo card. Of course, there's also a port for the phone's included stereo headset. USB and infrared data ports are provided, as well, and the phone supports USB mass storage so you can simply plug the phone into your computer and drag and drop files into the phone's memory using the included Disc2Phone PC application. To top it all off, the W810i's camera flash can double as a flashlight.
The W810i's phone book can hold up to 1000 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 contacts as easy as saying their names, while the built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Polyphonic ringtones are included and you can also use MP3 and AAC music files as ringtones. A cool application called Music DJ even lets you mix your own ringtones. Meanwhile, picture caller ID lets you assign a photo to specific callers. Similarly, a ringer ID lets you assign ringtones to callers. More ringtones are available from AT&Amp;T's MEdia NET mobile web service. For those times you want to keep things discreet, there's a vibrate ringer mode. And because the W810i is Bluetooth-enabled, you can use a variety of headsets and handsfree kits for total wireless freedom when you're on the go.
Messaging, Internet, and Tools
If you're looking for a mobile productivity partner, the W810i has you covered. Support is built in for sending and receiving pictures, text, graphics, and sound via MMS messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in still and video camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging possibilities. The phone also ships with a built-in email client with support for POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols, while the included Access NetFront Web Browser allows you to surf full HTML web sites. An included IM client supports AOL, Yahoo!, ICQ and MSN instant messaging services. 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.
Getting on the Internet is easy with the W810i, as it supports the GPRS protocol, as well as the high speed EDGE data protocol. When used with a AT&Amp;T data plan and the phone's USB or Bluetooth data capabilities the phone can be used as a wireless modem for laptops and PDAs.
A number of handy software tools are bundled with the W810i, including a voice memo recorder, a to-do list, a calculator, a calendar and an alarm clock. The phone also supports the SyncML PC synchronization standard, which lets you synchronize your PC-based calendar, contacts, notes and tasks with your W810i.
Imaging and Entertainment
The W810i is a Walkman phone, and that means it offers a great mobile music experience. Load up your favorite songs in MP3 or AAC format on a memory card and listen to your heart's content. The user-friendly music player application also includes a "Music Mode" that shuts down the phone functions so you can listen on an airplane or anytime you don't want to accept calls. Meanwhile, Digital Mega Bass and stereo widening combine to enhance your listening experience. There's even an FM radio for catching the big game or your favorite stations. The radio also supports reception of digital song information from radio stations. To enjoy all your tunes, a stereo headset ships with the phone.
And don't forget about that powerful 2-megapixel camera, which features something most camera phones lack -- autofocus. Finally, you can get consistently great shots from any distance, shots that rival the quality of a dedicated digital camera. The camera also features an LED flash and a 4x digital zoom, and it can capture video, as well. Dedicated controls on the side of the unit will make you forget you're holding a phone in your hand.
And what about gaming? This phone is definitely geared for the mobile fun fanatic, as it supports widescreen and 3D games. The W810i comes preloaded with several games and more are downloadable from Sony Ericsson.
The Sony Ericsson W810i weighs 3.49 ounces and measures 3.94 x 1.81 x .77 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 8 hours of digital talk time, and up to 350 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.
Top Customer Reviews
' A Cingular branded phone (more on this later)
' Headphone adaptor
' USB Cable
' 128mb Card (no card adaptor, just the card)
The biggest problem with this phone is that is has the Cingular branding in it. Not just the logo on the outside (that doesn't bother me), but inside the phone Cingular has changed things. First of all, the themes cannot be as customized as an unbranded w810i. There are some really cool themes with amazing icons. Too bad Cingular has prevented them from working on this phone. There are also "protected" ringtones in this phone. There is no way to delete them. Why is this a big deal? Because they show up in the MP3 player. So if you place your phone on shuffle, one of these annoying ringtones will sooner or later pop up in your earphones. It took me forever to figure out how to get my own MP3's as ringtones. It turns out you have to trim the MP3 down to get it used as a ringtone. Kind of annoying and I could not find any documentation on this. There is also the proprietary internet button on the front. Accidentally bump it and you are going to get charged for data usage if you don't have an unlimited plan. I somehow disabled mine. Not sure how! As for the actual phone....
Call quality is fine. Not as great as the Nokia w/ Sprint I just got rid of, but it's decent.
Button size is fine. Raised nicely and easy to feel. The dedicated volume, music, and camera buttons on the sides are well placed and easy to use.
Camera - The video is not the greatest but the still camera is really quite amazing for a phone.Read more ›
As a phone: Isn't that really why we get these things? I mean cameras, music players, games etc are great, but if it sucks as a phone why buy it? This unit has great reception, clear sound, ample speaker volume, and ease of use. Occasional static where I live (in the woods in a rural area) but I consistently got 3 bars or better, as good as a Nokia with external antenna. So far no dropped calls, but that is as much a function of the network as the phone. I haven't tried the voice command functions, but I would guess they'll work fine. In fairness, as a phone, the Samsung was pretty good too.
The Camera: It's a 2 magapixel camera. The Samsung was 3mp, but the operation of the Sony is much more straightforward. It doesn't suffer from the Samsungs 2 second shutter lag, and really can be used as a camera, where Verizon has the Samsung set up more with having to use their services to transfer or use pictures. The Sony comes with a cable (USB), with wich you can easily transfer pics to and from your PC. The Samsung had no cable included, and even if you bought one, you couldn't use it for picture transfer (beats me why). The flash doubles as a flashlight. Just press abutton and your in camera mode. The phone includes a 128mb memory stick (the non-cingular version comes with a 512mb stick).
The music player: When you come down to it, this is a Walkman, too. The cable, headphones and included apps makes transferring music a snap.Read more ›
In a word, this phone is AMAZING.
Over the past few years I had gone through quite a few "smartphones" on the Cingular network, and none of them had the call quality and signal consistency that my simple Motorola V551 has. When I was at the Cingular store a couple of weeks ago testing all of the latest smartphones from Nokia, RIM (blackberries), Palm, and Moto, none of them could match the call quality that my V551 gave me, so I almost gave up again on having a multi-function phone. Then I found the Sony Ericsson W810i. I would never have noticed it - it wasn't listed in the Cingular web site for my zip code - but I saw that they had Memory Stick ProDuo's as accessories and asked the store rep what they were for. She showed my the W810i. I slipped my SIM into their demo model and made some calls. I listened to some MP3's and watched some demo video on it. I took some pictures with the 2MP camera and looked at the pics on the store laptop. I bought this incredible phone.
When I got home with it I couldn't believe that I bought a new phone without researching it on the Internet first, and I was a little worried when I found many reviews (from months ago) describing poor call volume and sudden call drops, but I saw later posts that described how the SonyEricsson software for the phone would download the latest firmware and fix those problems, so I checked my W810i's firmware and discovered that it is the latest.
My last two weeks of using the phone daily have been great. The signal consistency and call quality are even better than my V551 both at my office and at home. No breakups or dropped calls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good phone packed with a lot of features, including an FM radio which can be used only if you use the headphones provided as it has the wireless antenna built onto... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Neil
I bought this phone after reading so many positive reviews, but I must say that I think them based on very low expectations! Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Lee Salter
Owned this phone for almost 2 years with Cingular/ ATT. Need to change it for a latest model. But this phone is so great that I wanted to review. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by RC
At first this phone was wonderful. Later I found it didn't have the memory to hold all the music I wanted. I've had this phone all of 10 months. Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by Elizabeth Andrews
The phone has done all that I had expected of it. I needed a reasonably sturdy phone (dropped on carpet a couple of times), with a good number of features. Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by Veerendra Tarikere
I spent a long time researching this cell phone purchase. I wanted mp3 in a small rugged phone that could survive in my pocket. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by W. J. Tubbs
One flaw is that I cannot delete from the playlist the non-existing music which is already removed from the memory stick. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by luluyellow
This phone is very versatile, functional, and is exceptionally good looking. The Bass Boost Equalizer setting on the Walkman player is great. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by Charles Edgar Hampton