Review: Sony Ericsson W810
Apr 20, 2006, 12:16 AM by Eric Lin
In-depth review of the new Sony Ericsson W810 Walkman phone. with Video Tour.
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When the W800 Walkman phone was released last year, no American carrier picked it up, despite the fact that it was a vast improvement in every way over their last high end model here, the S710. It had better battery life, a better camera and a better music player. But it didn't include the 850 band or EDGE.
The W810 is everything Americans (and more importantly, American carriers) wished the W800 would be. It combines all the best features of the W800 and W600 into a small, stylish candybar. With this best-of-all-worlds approach, the W810 is far too versatile to name one group of users that it is best for. Shutterbug? Check. The W810 has the same 2 Megapixel auto-focus camera as the W800. Music lovers? Check. Walkman software for the phone and PC and a nice stereo headset make listening to music a pleasure. People who want an easy-to-use smartphone? Check. Decent email and web applications - plus the power to run many third party Java applications other phones choke on, like ShoZu or Opera Mini - give the W810 a smartphone feel without complicated smartphone software.
The W810 is a great phone for a variety of people, but we can think of two groups of users who still should look elsewhere for their dream handset: people who just want a basic phone to make calls, and data-centric users who care more about email and browsing than taking pictures, playing music or other diversions.
Editor's Note: Because the W810 shares the same software as the W600, some sections of this review have been copied from our review of the W600 with only minor changes to reflect bug fixes or additional features added to the W810. Those sections are: Calls / Contacts, Messaging, Browse / Customize, and Other.
Sync with Gmail ?
Does anyone was able to use the Orbit theme with the Flsh menus(Orbit.swf). That makes the menus like a PSP...
If anyone have that .swf file please let me know.
Text Messaging Alert? anyone w/ phone can u please answer
Infrared Abilities & Video Formats
Can you tell me more about the IR features,
does it control/learn other common IR Sony
devices like TVs, DVD players, Home HiFi, etc?
If not, what does the IR work with?
When loading videos onto the Pro Duo cards
can it play back .mpg .avi .wmv files? And
is there a 220x176 limit on video size, or
does it just condense to fit on screen?
Anyone have feedback please help, thanks!
Is that 20 Years of Dischord I see??
about the dropping calls...
Coming to T-Mobile USA?
"At our press time, Sony Ericsson hadn't announced a carrier for the W810i, but we're confident Cingular will pick it up. The W810i will sell for $499 unlocked, or $249 to $299 with a contr...
no psp menu icons... /;|
They said that the phone does have that feature (changing icons), but the PSP icon theme doesn't ship with it. Do you guys still have the phone used for the demo? If so, ...
Hi I need a phone that will play I-Tunes encoded music in your video you stated that this phone will
HEY RICH OR ERIC SERIOUS BLUETOOTH QUESTION!
Camera compared to MM-A800 2MP/Auto-Focus?
Watch Video Horizontally?
As usual, great review. Your continued thoroughness and updates are awesome for the community. Thanks again.
Question is: would it be possible, to watch videos in a horizontal format? For ex: when taking pictures the camera shows on screen in a wide screen format.
I am curious if there is an option to watch videos in vertical as well as horizontal format.
Also, could you comment on web browsing as well as overall gprs/edge speed on the device?
I am having a serious debate between this or the ROKR E2 as a non-pda based phone.
I would love your take on this scenario if you wouldn't mind Eric.
when will it be available?
W600i or W810???