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Good: really good sound quality, fast, durable. Excellent camera for a low bidget music phone.
Bad: the speakers are not loud enough. Its an old model so no 3g or wifi. web browser is mediocre
Comment: i used this phone for a year 2yrs back and i was really satisfied with it! its stil better than many walkman phones out there esp w395 (which i bought after i lost thw810i). the camera is really good and has an autofocus feature
Good: Not much !!
Bad: Not iMac friendly
Comment: I wish Sony would make their phones so that you can download songs on i Tunes from an i Mac. It is so much of a pain using Bluetooth as each song has to be downloaded individually and if you use a card reader and export your songs and pics the phone will not open them as it will only open P.C. files.
If Sony wants to get ahead, make your phones mac friendly. But as item to make telephone calls with, it's bit of a mixed bag, dropped calls in strong signal areas are still a bind, but at least I don't have to keep rebooting the thing like other Sony phones. Summary - too many toys, not mac friendly, drop outs and camera awfull.
Good: Bomb proof reliability, intuitive, great all round performance
Bad: Camera lens needs a cover
Comment: I have owned and used a W810i for 3 years now, having been given a Samsung U600 at my last upgrade which wasn't even useful enough to be a paperweight. The W810i does everything I need, takes a 4Gb card for music and pics, surfs the web (albeit slowly) and has the simplest and most intuitive menu driven interface of any manufacturer - I have owned Nokias, Motorolas, the dreaded Samsung and even a Philips back in the day.
The Bluetooth is flawless, software fine, music quality good (I upgraded to the HPM-82 headphones with inline remote - cost £4 on ebay), Walkman functions great - no need for a separate mp3 player. Battery lasts a week with light mp3 use, 3 days with - and recharges in about 4 hours from flat.
Only real gripe is the camera - performance has degraded as the lens has gradually become damaged through lack of a cover. For a 2 megapixel unit though it does pretty well and the LEDs double as a torch and even an emergency beacon!
If you want a second hand phone - get one. If you want an ultra reliable, rugged and easy to use phone - get one. I am at upgrade time again and I am so stuck as to what to get this time, am dreaded poorer reliability and ease of use issues......
Comment: it was my best phone ever. it was solid. i dropped it off my bunk bed onto a solid wood floor and it still worked. But it got stolen then i bought a w580i which i had recently sold because it is useless dont buy the w580i
Good: Compact design, uncomplicated and easy to use, provides music/radio on the move - excellent sound quality, easy file-transfer process, good battery life
Bad: Only comes preloaded with 2 games - could've been more. User manual very complicated.
Comment: I'm not 'technical'. I wanted a phone which would provide more than basic features and which incorporated music/radio as well. This model seemed the logical 'next step' from my (very outmoded!) Sony Ericsson T610.
Although a User Manual is included, I found it far too complicated to be of any real value, preferring mostly, to learn as I used. Three months on, I am more than familiar with the various features - i.e. camera, video, mp3, radio etc. and have easily transferred video/photographs to computor. I am additionally impressed with the Body Glove cover. Purchased seperately and made from rubber, it's a very snug fit and considering the times I have accidentally dropped the phone, has provided valuable protection and thus I am certain, prolonged the life of my phone. I'm more than happy with this model and as a 'beginner,' feel I have made a very wise choice.
Good: The look of it, the camera, Walkman, pretty much everything!
Bad: No lens cover, small buttons
Comment: All in all a really brilliant phone. Music quality is superb and I've used ripped CDs and music downloaded from limewire on this phone and it all sounds fine to me. Not sure with headphones, but I prefer to use it more as a stereo rather than a Walkman, and the software is pretty easy to use. The camera and video clips are pretty good although the quality of video clips playing back are not exactly the best ever, but alright for a mobile phone.
The only downside I feel is the build of the phone - there is no lens cover so if you were to put it in a pocket with keys or money it could get scratched. Also if you were to drop it I think it would damage fairly easily although I haven't managed to find out yet, luckily!
Probably the worst thing was when I bought two of these W810i's from the link on the net, and when they came we tried them out and all worked fine, however, there was a major problem with getting the battery cover off after the SIM and battery had been put in. We tried everything we could without damaging the phone, even took it to The Link and got their staff to try getting the covers off but they couldn't do it. They even claimed it wasn't a fault and refused to exchange it at first but after phoning Sony Ericsson and the Link hotline they did seem to think it was a fault and so took it back into the store and after some arguing they swapped my two phones for two different ones and these two do seem to come off a lot easier, so if it wasn't for all the hassle I would have marked the phone with a higher score!
Good: Stylish, compact, usability, gizmos
Bad: The quality of the music is awful
Comment: A fantastic little phone. But the music quality is shocking. At lower volumes hiss is clearly audible. The start and end of tracks are very distorted. To be fair, at higher volumes, in a busy street, it sounds not bad at all, but that's not how I listen. From all the players I've heard, including very, very cheap MP3 players, this is by far and away the worst. No competition. I'm listening to _digital_ music.
I guess the Walkman brand means that you can make your music sound like it did in the 80's.
Good: Features, Walkman capability and battery life.
Bad: Lack of lens cover and you can't use the camera in flight mode.
Comment: Excellent phone, a good buy, works remarkably well with the MPS-60 portable speakers.
Good: Most of it
Bad: Music playback, creaky build quality
Comment: I have owned a W810i for a week. While it is generally an excellent phone I am going to return it due to the poor quality of the Walkman. There is hiss and digital artifacts / distortion. This is particularly noticeable at non-loud volumes (below 50% volume), for quieter music and at the end of most tracks. Amazingly, the problem appears to be a continuation of the problem present in the model it's replacing - the W800i.
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Good: This phone is amazing it looks feels & operates far better then the W800i.
Bad: I wish the keys were hard & the case a kind of shiny metal like the motorola V3i
Comment: I feel that Sony have come a long way - far far better than Nokia now. I started out with the T610 about 3 yrs ago - good phone, still a good camera, then went on to the W800i - excellent music phone, but did get fed up with the camera coming on on its own. I now have the W810i - this phone is the dogs, its got all the great features of the W800i without the pain of the lens cover switching on & off. Just one minor thing - I so wish the keys were hard because I feel they will wear away quite quickly, still 9 out of 10 for me.
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