Sony Ericsson W580i Sim Free Mobile Phone - black/grey
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- 2 MP digital camera
- Digital zoom 4x
- Picture blogging
- Video recording
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The W580i is a sleek, slim, streetstyle slider phone - and a portable music device too. Tempting to touch, designed to impress;In the W580i kit, you get a stereo headset and everything you need to get your music from your computer to your phone. Connect, choose and transfer;It's all in your moves. With Shake control, you select a song from your playlist randomly at the flick of your wrist;When you're out and about, you can have your favorite music with you wherever you go. And your picture library and favorite Web sites. W580i is for active people
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But there could have been plenty of other reasons! The buttons are all very nicely placed on the phone, and it's very user-friendly. The buttons are also nice and easy to press (not too small or too close together!).
Not least, I was very impressed with the features the phone has. Obviously it's a Walkman phone, and it has a 2 MP camera (which is enough for an occasional user), and it can also do all the basics we expect from a phone. But very nice bonuses were the FM radio, and a pedometer! I had never thought about having a pedometer in a mobile before, but now I realise that this is an ingenius idea (nice to see how far I've walked!).
One can also personalise the phone so that the buttons on the circular dial immediately bring up a certain feature.
Not sure I'd go for a slidey phone next time, but I certainly would recommend this model for those seeking a slidey phone!
It is a Walkman that shuffles the songs with just a shake of your wrist. With the "TrackID" service, you just identify any song that you can hear by just recording a bit of the song (using the microphone, like at `Starbucks'). This features costs $3.99/month!!! Later, you can send the file for recognition. It gives you the name, artist and album right to your phone. That's cool.
You have FM radio access and a slot for extra memory for songs, pics, video, etc. The ear buds are actually good quality and are attached along with a microphone (for hands free or finding that bit of song). It has all your high-speed mobile internet access, web browser, email, messaging, Java support needs and plenty of the basic games and is "Bluetooth" compatible. You need to buy UNLIMITED DATA USAGE from your server which can be about $20-$40/month!
If you like listening to music while working out, the integrated motion sensor counts your steps, your calories and monitors your running speed, distance and time. Your workout results are stored in your phone so you can monitor your progress. This is free, thankfully.
There is even a calendar, place for notes, an alarm, a calculator, stopwatch and timer! There are plenty of good free ring tones and more you can buy on-line. There's more you can BUY!
But what I like best is this phone has one of the cleanest, clearest and brightest (adjustable for night) screens available. Great phone, but the extras will cost you!
The camera is of the same picture quality, with the additional ability to record for longer video sections than the w800i. The downside of the camera is that it needs a much steadier hand in order to produce a good image.
The battery life is reasonable, but again, nothing to get excited about.
It has a 'neat' little function which allows you to shuffle the songs on the walkman, but only if you take the phone out of your pocket, press the walkman button and shake it. By the time you have hassled around with that you may just as well have switched the song through the normal route. I also advise you adding a phone charm before trying this function that way if you almost drop the phone, whilst shaking it around, you can wind the charm round your fingers so as not to end up with a broken phone.
It contains some games, but you have only about a minute of each before being prompted to actually download the full version - presumably for an additional cost.
The software of the phone is adequate but not particularly fast, and I feel that with time it will start to freeze, leaving the user with two options - either try and upgrade the software through your computer, or return the phone for a new model.
The button layout is cute, and you get little side lights appear whilst you have the flip open, but the buttons are probably too tightly packed for any men to use easily, unless they have delicate little hands. My husband definitely could not use it easily.
Overall, what I am trying to say is yes - it is a phone, yes it works, yes it has some extra functions - but NO, it is not a great phone, merely an adequate one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
useless! all images stored in external memory lost! appears to be a hacked version! cheatsPublished 19 months ago by Sandy
wanted a sliding phone but must admit a bit disappointed in this . I couldn't transfer photos to usb stick took every body elses but not mine.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by mrs agnes gilmour
This is my second W580, the first suffered a screen failure after 3 years. I replaced it because it counts your steps which is a great aid to fitness. Read morePublished on 14 July 2011 by RJH
The item I ordered did not arrive, and on top of this the seller did not reply to two of my emails I sent him regarding a refund request, therefore I had to file a claim in order... Read morePublished on 5 July 2011 by Alex Owen
This phone is the second one i have had sadly i lost my other one which i had for 3 years. I just love it it is very easy to use the radio is crystal clear the photos are also very... Read morePublished on 16 April 2011 by Mrs. N. M. Chapman
The communication with the seller was good and they seem a decent and fair trader. Product came on time and product delivered as specified. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2009 by Dippster
A lot has been said on here about this phone, but I'm surprised to find very little of it concerns the phone's excellent features to help with exercise. Read morePublished on 23 July 2009 by emma who reads a lot