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Jan 18, 2006, 4:00 PM   by Eric Lin

In-depth review of the new Sony Ericsson W600 Walkman phone for Cingular.

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The W600 doesn't just look like a swiss army knife, it acts like one too. Like the knife, the W600 offers a lot of tools in a relatively convenient package. But like the knife, the more tools that get added, the larger it becomes and the more mediocre each tool becomes. The W600 packs a lot of options into one reasonably-sized package. If you don't want to carry around an iPod or digital camera in addition to your cell phone, this phone is a good choice, but it won't replace either of those gadgets for serious use.

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eric Lin

Jan 20, 2006, 1:25 AM

here's your chance to win a W600!!

good news for phonescoop members. we're giving away the W600 that we reviewed. it's still in great condition with no dents or scratches. plus it comes with goodies courtesy of sony ericsson.

what you get if you win:
1. unlocked W600 with neutral software. this means you'll have to set up your browsing, mms, and other goodness using sony ericsson's online configurator (which is easy)
2. headphone adapter cord with microphone, multi function button and 3.5 mm headphone jack
3. in-ear headphones for said adapter (nice ones, too)
4. charger
5. usb sync cable (for loading music)
6. a sony ericsson "get your walk on" t-shirt
7. a walkman themed game of twister, including a full size twister mat.

how to win:
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Wonderful review, however I am a little confused, sorry noob here. You mentioned at the end of your review that "if you need 850 MHz then hold out for the W810i" but I thought that looking at the specs for the w600 it is quad band doesn't that includ...
I'll agree with the review on the battery life, very good so far.

The camera is a good 1.3M for a camera phone, though the Nokia 6682 pictures come out a bit sharper.

And for the music portion... forget the ROKR and get the W600.
This is one of the very few phones out right now that I would consider purchasing as a replacement for my T637. I see some conflicting information about what you say about signal from what I have read on other forums sites saying the signal was as go...
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I'm a HUGE SE Fan!
I'm a previous owner of the T237
and now own the T68i.

I've been looking to upgrade my phone
and Phone-Scoop has been a great resource
to help narrow down the selection.

I have to add that the site/user reviews have
I heard that a lot of people are having problems with this phone. If they move their hand a little bit and the phone starts to slide close the call hangs up. Any comments?

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I've been thinking about getting the W600. Is the rf really that bad? I've used a t610 (still in use with my second line) and a K700 (bought directly from SE). I like the SE interface which is why I stay with them.

And, YES, I do hope I win!
I saw all of the messages about how it was "your chance" to win a W600, and I knew that you were speaking directly to me. So the giveaway is really "my chance" to win a W600. I promise to put it to good use and especially to make heavy use of the 90...
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I always love all news music fones I would consider purchasing as a replacement for my N6230.
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I sincerely do hope I win, but I have an actual question about the phone which I will post under the main heading of the review forum. How much voice recording can you do with the W600? Will it replace a pocket recorder and take up to an hour of audio...
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I hope I win 🙂 I truely hope I win, so I can dump verizon, and get Cingular. There emplyee plan seems nicer then Verizons. Anyway, I hope I win, and if I don't, well, I hope the phone breaks on you 😛 lol j/k
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I guess if I win I won't have to replace my phone with Monster energy drink coursing through its wiring. Apparently when you pour half a can of Monster onto your Moto V551 not only will it not have sou...
nice phone, only wish it had flash memoryfor expansion and ease of adding stuff.

thanks for the chance to win one 🙂
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I curious about the reception problems. I've read a couple of reviews on the SE W600i and both mentioned reception problems. Both reviewers were also using the phone on T-Mobile wireless service. So I am wondering if the reception problem has more ...
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Of course I hope I win -- looks like a great phone to replace my Motorola V600.

By the way, the video review was very nice! Hope to see more of them in the future.


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if you haven't posted in this discussion, do it now or you'll miss your chance.
i hope i win...This phone looks great !!!

Feb 19, 2006, 6:25 PM

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Feb 14, 2006, 5:57 PM

i want this phone

I had the s710a with attws have now switched to cingular and i have to have this phone

Jan 31, 2006, 2:49 PM

#1 Winner!!!

Here is the winning post!!!!

Jan 31, 2006, 2:29 PM

Pick Me!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want this phone. Pick me!!!
Doh!!! They picked a winner LAST Thursday. Sorry.
eric Lin

Jan 27, 2006, 12:12 AM

congratulations, punkas!

everyone please give a hearty congratulations (seriously, don't be a sore loser) to punkas. out of the 130 of you who entered to win the W600, his username was chosen by one of rich's fantastic programming creations.

if you didn't win, don't fret. while we won't be able to give a phone away for every review we publish, we definitely have more reviews with giveaways planned. and we'll have more reviews with video companions too! did you check out the video companion to this review? did you like it?
...his username was chosen by one of rich's fantastic programming creations...

Of course it was just a simple random-number thing. For those versed in PHP and curious, it didn't amount to much more than:

    $winner = rand
gratz punkas, you lucky ass bastard.
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congragutlations on winning a nice phone
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First of all I would like to thank Eric Lin for giving me the chance to win this cool phone and also everybody for their congrats. I still can't believe that I actually won this phone. I mean I have never won anything in m...

Jan 29, 2006, 1:54 AM

great phone

this is the best phonee out now i waited for it for a while and finally got it and it's great much better and smaller than the s710a 🙂

but the only thing i dont like about this ohone is that the camera is not as good as talked about i compared this camera with the sanyo offered by sprint and the sanyo was overwhelmingly better
Rich Brome

Jan 26, 2006, 9:26 AM

Video Review!

We just posted our first-ever video review!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=562464962789 ... »

This is kind of a test; if it goes well, we'll try to do one of these to go along with each of our In-Depth reviews.

We're using Google Video. It seems to start and play faster than most other things we tested.

We'd love to hear your feedback here:

https://www.phonescoop.com/forums/forum.php?fm=m&ff= ... »

Jan 26, 2006, 8:02 AM


Sounds like a cool phone in many ways, but based on your article the call drops are more frequent than usual, this is not acceptable in a phone. Unfortunately, you did not mention whether the vibrate feature is strong, which is a very important feature for me.

Jan 25, 2006, 5:21 PM


this is really great...i love phonescoop....especialy cuz of this giveaway...

also just in case i dont win...i was just wondering where did you get the unlocked w600 since i cant seem to find one only w550s....thanks

Jan 19, 2006, 3:04 PM

Great Review!

Nice review! I liked it. I totally agree about the camera. I have the s710 and my co worker has the w600. My phone takes much better pictures. Thats part of why I got the s710 because it was one of the few phones that had a CCD censor instead of a cmos one. One thing I was curious about tho, How did reception compare to the s710a. I have no complaints about my phone, but I just wondered if it was better or worse. My s710 gets better recption in my house than my V551 did. I can roam around my house and even go into my office without dropping the call, my 551 would drop the second I walked into the office....
I concur. The review was great and anyone who is considering purchasing the W600, should now be well-informed to make a conscious decision.

Jan 20, 2006, 1:54 PM

closing problem?

I heard that a lot of people are having problems with this phone. If they move their hand a little bit and the phone starts to slide close the call hangs up. Any comments?
this phone spins, not slides. and when it is spun open, the hinge is locked quite firmly in place. in addition, spinning the phone open or closed does not answer / hang up a call. i don't believe you're talking about this phone unles maybe you could e...

Jan 18, 2006, 6:55 PM

bad reception? you're kidding.

The w600, while buggy as hell, does do one thing right: signal strength. Using Cingular in socal, the w600 holds calls in places no other GSM phone i own can.

I work in a canyon area near thousand oaks where i can only get reception outdoors - and only if i'm using a phone with 800MHz GSM capabilities. But not only can the w600 make and recieve calls outdoors at my office, but it will hold onto a usable signal indoors. No other GSM phone i have tested can do this - including the razr and 6230b.

I will say, however, that the w600 is rather slow at regaining signal after it has been lost - possibly because it's quad-band.

Oh, and beware of the white screen of death (screen goes white - phone never works again). It's already happened ...
i think the white screen is normal ... when plugging it into your computer, or at least that's what se told us with the launch brochures.
I agree with you on the reception. For me reception has been nothing but flawless. In the past two years I have owned the SE T616, T636, Z500a, S710i, Moto Razr, V600, V551, SE Z520a, LG1400, Moto Rokr, and the W600i. Out of all the phones above, t...

Jan 22, 2006, 9:15 PM

Dude how do you get these phones for free?

?? I must know lol.

Jan 22, 2006, 10:31 AM

Voice Recorder and iSync Questions

How much voice recording can you do with the W600? Will it replace a pocket recorder and take up to an hour of audio notes like the Nokia 6230i? Can you configure a button so that recordings can be made with a single step or a press of that button?

Also, can you sync the phone and all multi-media (including voice recordings) with a Mac?

isync only syncs contacts and appointments, it does not sync all your media with the press of a single button. this is because it uses the syncml standard (which is common for most phones) and syncml can only sync vcard / vcal. however you can send al...

Jan 21, 2006, 7:23 PM


w00t 🙂


Jan 20, 2006, 3:07 AM

anychance you will sell me the phone for $50-100?

Eric can I buy the phone for around $50-$100 from you guys? ( i will still do the advertising haha.) I can send the money via check or paypal.
^ ok i dont mean to spam or anything but i amm seriously desperate. I can't afford a new digital camera. (OMG OMG I was at he beach taking pictures and I put the camera in my pocket and like ran into the water. I realized 15 min later and i was like w...
Seriously dude. Cry me a river. I'm sure there are people that are in a worse position than you.

We announced the rules. It wouldn't be fair to everyone else if we just canceled the giveaway.

Jan 20, 2006, 3:58 PM


😁 i really like this phone,i've wanted it for a while and i just think it's awesome

Jan 18, 2006, 6:03 PM

nice reviw eric...........oh

"However to bring the cost of this phone down, the W600 does not possess all the photographic power of its siblings."

when did the price of the w600i differ from the s710a? 😕
when the s710a launched, wasn't it a $500 phone? and at launch isn't the W600 a $300 phone? if my memory serves me correctly (i know, now i sound like the chairman from iron chef) than that's a pretty significant reduction in price.

Jan 18, 2006, 6:02 PM

Fantastic review Eric

In my opinion phonescoop puts out the best reviews then any other site. Thanks good reading 🙂
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