|Sony Ericsson W300I Unlocked Phone Shimmering White|
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|The W300i is a fun Walkman music phone. It comes with everything you need to enjoy your music wherever you go. It also has a camera and easy text and picture messaging. Take, save and share pictures of where you are. The W300i has Bluetooth built-in and supports USB connectivity. With a USB cable (optional), move music from your PC to your phone and synchronize the phone calendar and contacts with your PC.|
|Family Line||Sony Ericsson|
|UPC||101522202283, 7311270016800, 822248022367|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||Memory Stick Micro M2|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 540 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 400 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Display Resolution||128 x 160 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||No|
Average review score based on 47 user reviews
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• Reviewed on: 10/07/2009
Since Sony Ericsson first introduced its Walkman cell phone line last year, music-friendly phones have had mixed success in the United States. Though they're lauded by users and critics alike, including us, U.S. carriers, haven't clamored to include the handsets in their lineups. Sure, Cingular offers the W600i, but that's the exception rather than the rule. Sony Ericsson no doubt has taken notice of this discrepancy, which may be a reason behind the Sony Ericsson W300i. While previous Walkman phones were packed with the most expensive features, the W300i aims to be a low-end Walkman phone. Though you still get Bluetooth, a VGA camera, and the full range of Walkman music compatibility, the overall effect is a step down from models like the Sony Ericsson W810i. We weren't crazy about some design elements, but call quality was good, and we applaud Sony Ericsson for bringing mobile music to the masses. No carrier was set at the time of this review, so the GSM handset will run you $32.
So far, Sony Ericsson has stuck to swivel and candy bar designs for its Walkman phones, so we were glad to see the company roll out a flip phone in the series. From the outside it's quite attractive; our version came in black, but you can get it in white as well. It doesn't bear much of a resemblance to the company's few other flip phones; we like the clean lines, the looped antenna, and the textured covering on the bottom of the front flap. The phone is relatively compact at 3.5 by 1.8 by 1.0 inches, so it's easily placed in most pockets. It's also quite light for its size at 3.3 ounces, but the trade-off is that the overall construction feels somewhat flimsy. We didn't have any problems when using the phone, but it felt almost too light in our hands.
In the center of the front flap is the postage stamp-size external display. Though monochrome, it's quite bright and displays the usual information, including the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID (where available). You can't change the backlighting time, but a quick flick of the volume rocker will activate the display for inspection. Above the screen is the VGA camera lens and a self-portrait mirror (but no flash), while the speaker is on the top of the rear face. The aforementioned volume control is on the left spine along with a control for activating the music player and playing and pausing music. The infrared port is on the right spine, while the connection port for the charger, the wired headset, and the USB cable is on the bottom of the handset. One design flaw of the new Walkman phone connection port is that you can't connect two cables at once.
Inside the phone you'll find the 1.75-inch (128x160) internal display. Sony Ericsson always does a good job with its displays, and the W300i is no exception. Bright and vivid, it displays all 262,144 colors beautifully and is perfect for viewing photos and videos, playing games, and scrolling through the user-friendly menus. You can change the brightness but not the font size or backlighting time.
On the other hand, Sony Ericsson doesn't have a great track record with navigation controls and keypad buttons. Though it made positive strides with the W810i, the W300i shows a return to bad habits. The five-way toggle is big and doubles as a shortcut to four user-defined functions, but it's flush with the surface of the phone and thus takes some getting used to. The flat soft keys
I would say I m a collector of phones, from the latest to the vintage. The Sony W300i is small and simple in design. Loaded with features some of the more expensive phones might have. It fits securely in your hand, buttons seem to work, well and the menu is set up in a logical manner. You can also sync it with Outlook, for contacts and notes. Even though the phone has a plastic lightweight feel, it is made pretty well. The unlocked version works with any GSM service and its a great phone to use with a prepay. Four bands enables you to take it to Europe, just place a new sym card and your all set. Starts up fast. Camera is a little week but adequate for a quick snapshot. Thumbs Up on this phone.
The phone is relatively small, light, and convenient to carry. It has the feuture that allows user to connect bluetooth device for talking but not for listening streaming music. Expandable memory makes it easy to restore more songs, data, pics, etc. that can be retrieve for use. It has only one time and one recurrent alarm, unlike W580i that has 5. Round shape keys are relatively easy to press.
This phone is inexpensive, but not cheap. It has a number of really good features for it's price point. In fact, you may be hard pressed to find a phone with better features at this price.
At the most basic level, this phone offers really good call quality. In addition, it features all the basic address book and other application features you would expect from a modern cell phone.
Where this phone really shines is in it's ability to function as a full fledged MP3 player. The W300i will allow you to store a large number of songs on it, and is even expandable via Memory Stick Micro media.
The only negative aspect about this phone really, is it's interface. Some people may not like how the buttons are placed and feel. Though for most of us, that wont be an issue. All in all, this is really a great phone.
When I originally bought the Sony Ericsson W300i Walkman, I bought a re-furbished phone with a new contract, so it cost me nothing. For one year, it was a good phone. Then, the screen died. I looked all over to find a replacement phone that would not cost more than switching cell phones and plans again. Most retail prices were upwards of $200-$300 -- to replace a phone I got for free! So a friend of mine told me about putting the phone chip into a Go Phone and it would work fine. For $50, I tried it. It was not the same. Phone quality was very poor, features were not accessed the same way. It seemed like every button I pushed on the Go phone took me to the internet -- something which DID NOT interest me. I knew this phone and I were not going to survive a year until the end of my contract. So I went to eBay -- why I didn't think of it before, I don't know -- I typed in my phone type, the Sony Ericsson W300i Walkman -- and found a buy-it-now option for $50. I received a Cingular phone, instead of my original ATT, so there were some minor adjustments, but a vast improvement over my broken phone and the Go Phone. I learned a lot from this experience -- the next time my phone dies, I will replace it via eBay!