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If you must have a phone with music playing abilities then Sony Ericsson’s range of Walkman handsets is likely to be at the top of your short list. It offers a wide range of such phones so it come as no surprise to see a slider enter the fray in the shape of the 3G, Tri-band W850i.

I’m quite a fan of the slider format. Good examples are small in the hand and are well featured The W850i meets the feature target well but it’s not all that petite.

It is 98mm tall, 47mm wide and 21mm thick and grows to around 130mm tall when slid open. These dimensions and its 116g weight make the other music slider phone I’ve looked at recently, the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic seem comparatively small.

Sony Ericsson W850i

Still, Sony Ericsson certainly knows how to do a music focussed handset, and the W850i shows this off in several ways. It is rather nicely designed and in particular the front panel offers all the music controls you need. There are two enormous soft-menu buttons which, when the music player is active, enable you to easily stop and restart music and to get to the player menus.

Below these, where you might normally expect to see a navigation pad is an area with a single pause/play button in a thumb-convenient recess. This is surrounded by four dots which light up orange when the player is active, white in other circumstances. By pressing on or near these dots you can navigate the entire play queue or music library as well as go forward and backwards within the playing track. The four dots are not buttons, nor is the area around them touch sensitive. You effectively press the casing inwards to activate a button beneath it. The orange dots offer something to aim for with the thumb pad or nail and the system works very well.

Sony Ericsson W850i

When you are not in the music player these four ‘buttons’ can be assigned to shortcuts, while the central button calls up the phone’s main menu.

There is a separate button dedicated to launching the music player. This is a long lozenge immediately beneath the screen. I found the way it pulsates with orange light as music plays very irritating and turning that feature off was one of my first tweaks of this handset.

Four more physical and quite small buttons sit on the outer edge of the front panel and these are Back, Internet, Cancel and Activity menu keys.

You can’t have the headphones plugged in and charge the phone at the same time though as the two connectors share the same socket on the bottom of the handset.

The Memory Stick Duo slot is on the top edge of the casing, making it easy to get to for card swapping. Unfortunately, Sony Ericsson only sees fit to bundle a 32MB card with the phone. With just 16MB built-in you are going to need to invest in more memory to have any chance of using this phone as a portable music player.

Sony Ericsson W850i

There is software for both entertainment and keeping organised built into this phone. There’s Photo blogging, VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and MusicDJ for editing media and the quite hilarious FaceWarp, which applys ‘humorous’ twists to photos – great for when your sitting with your mates in the pub.

Other software includes a calendar, task manager, alarm clock, calculator, note taker, stopwatch, timer and sound recorder. The Web browser is supplemented by an RSS feed reader. Email, MMS and SMS are of course all catered for, and Bluetooth and infra-red are both built in. The phone will send stereo to a suitable Bluetooth headset.

You get a USB cable for PC connection and the PC Suite software for sharing data with a PC including synchronising diary and contacts. Alternatively you can use the phone in USB Mass Storage mode if all you want to do is copy files between it and a PC.

Sony Ericsson W850i

The camera flash can be set to stay on indefinitely or for one minute to act as a torch, or used in an SOS configuration (three long and three short flashes continuously).

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At August 29, 2007 at 9:32 PM, Blogger Angelica said...

Sony Ericsson w850i is a great masterpiece. found something similar on

At September 1, 2007 at 9:24 PM, Blogger GoodFellow345 said...

A new Sony Ericsson W970i mobile phone was not announced officially but its pictures became available in Internet. The phone looks impressive. It is going to be a real multimedia center. This phone has a revolving panel which includes an equalizer and buttons to start and stop music and video. You can see it here: Sony Ericsson W970i

At September 13, 2007 at 5:31 PM, Blogger Lyle, RN said...

Great review! Just one minor correction.

The phone comes with a 1 GB Memory Stick.


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