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Review: Sony Ericsson W810

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Setting up an unlocked Sony Ericsson phone to access the internet is still rather convoluted, however SE has improved the web-based configurator you can use to text the appropriate settings to your handset. It now works much faster and more reliably. Once set up, browsing both WAP and basic HTML sites is fast and simple. The browser renders pages, even complicated WAP sites, accurately. There is no global option to adjust text size for all the phone's menus and application, but it can be adjusted for the browser from the view menu option by selecting zoom and choosing a font size.

Customization

The W810 supports polyphonic, MP3 and now M4A ringtones. This means that you can now use (unlocked) iTunes files as ringtones. The phone comes well-stocked with a variety of original ringers spanning the range from dance to new age, with a few annoying ones (like gospel choir singing "hello, pick up the phone.") for good measure. The ringtones are now stored in two separate places by default - some in the root level of the file system and others in a Ringtones folder. This is a bit confusing, but not unmanageable. Adding your own ringtones is as simple as purchasing them from any provider or sending them to the phone via Bluetooth or IR.

Like all modern Sony Ericssons, the phone also supports themes that customize the look of every aspect of the phone from the home screen to menus to dialog boxes. The phone comes with 4 themes, two of which use the traditional main menu and the other two use the new PSP-esque one. You can also use any picture on the phone as wallpaper if the default one for the theme (which is usually animated) is not to your taste.

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File Management

Not only does the File Manager application manage everything stored in the phone's large memory, but it also acts as a gallery, video player and more. All media and files can be accessed, moved or deleted from the application. In addition, the File Manager also can display a report of free memory on both the phone and memory card and exactly how the memory is being used.

 

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