A Walkman Phone 

A mobile phone is no longer judged solely on its telephony merits; PDA, photographic and entertainment aspects are needed to bolster the package.
Sony-Ericsson W300i WalkMan Phone

With its clamshell design, small shape and black sheen, this has to be a mobile phone.  However it is the emblazoned metallic orange "W." on the front of the device that marks this as one of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones.  In fact the subject of this review is the Sony Ericsson Walkman W300i model that combines telephony capabilities with the Walkman music experience.

As previously stated this clamshell phone is fairly compact, measuring 90 x 47 x 24.5mm when closed and expanding to 155mm in length when in an opened state.  It is coloured Shadow Black with a silver trim.  Situated just above the familiar "W." logo is a 25mm LCD display showing the current date and time plus signal strength bars and battery level.  Completing the layout of the W300i is the lens of the VGA camera.  Opening the camera reveals a 1.8 inch 262K colour TFT screen with a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels.  The quality of the screen is more than adequate for most conditions and viewing angles. 

The W300i's main keyboard has a slight stepped appearance with circular silver keys.  In fact the description "circular" applies to the greater majority of this phone's various controls.  Located just above the main keypad are a compass wheel navigation control plus buttons to select choices, clear an entry and move back a stage.  Positioned on either side at the base of the handset are the circular on/off control and the special Walkman key for switching from phone to Walkman mode.

While on the subject of the Walkman, controls for play, pause and volume levels, appropriately coloured metallic orange, are found on the left side of the device.  Switching between tracks was straightforward but I struggled to make any adjustments to the volume level and this situation was not helped by a lack of information in the User Guide.  Making use of the unit's 20MB of internal memory and the supplied 256MB Memory Stick Micro, which comes already inserted, there should be enough storage  capacity to store up to 30 hours of music.

Sony-Ericsson W300i WalkMan Phone open - showing buttons and screen

Sony Ericsson, like some other manufacturers, has opted to use a single proprietary format connection socket for power and headset use.  Fortunately the provided headset lead comes in two section joined together by a standard jack socket.  This means you can use your own favourite ear-piece for listening to music and making hands-free calls.

As well as playing music tracks downloaded to your phone from a computer using the supplied Desk2Phone software and USB 2.0 lead, there is a built-in FM radio feature that uses the headset as the aerial. You can save up to 20 radio channels for quick selection from a pick list.  The W300i can be used to record memos, play games and download content from the Internet.

All the usual standard phone features are present in this phone.  Contact details can include a picture and an individual ring tone for different callers.  Speed and voice dialling are supported along with call diverting, switching between two calls and call conferencing.  Text and picture message plus standard push email are also included.

Along with the previously mentioned USB 2.0, this phone has Bluetooth and infrared connectivity.  Talk time is up to 9.5 hours with standby rated at around 400 hours.  While you are unlikely to purchase this unit for its camera capabilities (VGA is limited), you could find the combination of a phone with quad band and music play back appealing.  This phone has been priced at £149.99 for pay as you go although the price with a contract will be considerably lower.

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Comment by cj, 24 Oct 2007 9:27

haha i got this phone 4 £20 pound hehe of me friend beat that

Comment by gerry, 26 Mar 2007 21:47

I wouldn't buy this phone if it was the only way to find out where my dead sister hid my porn.

Honestly, forcing you to buy ringtones instead of making your own or using the music you buy is ridiculous in this age, and the fact the camera is only VGA when similar priced phones are much higher quality means the phone should be $50 cheaper. Add to that being able to only have one alarm set, or a single recurring alarm for each day you select (but no more than one) makes it less useful.

And for gord's sake, take it outside to read it in direct sunlight. Good luck squinting to tell which number you have selected.

I bought mine from Rogers, up here in Canada. I'm hoping to take it back as soon as I can.

Comment by bridget, 20 Mar 2007 22:39

This is a nice phone, with everything, but im not really into the keys...the appearance is a bit weird but im sure its a good phone?!? could i please hvae an honest opinion of the bads and the goods. would be greatly appreciated :)

Comment by Zoey, 3 Jan 2007 11:08

I Have Read Many Posotive Comments And I Am Thinking About Buying This Is A Good Phone! Please Say If So!

Comment by amy johnson, 18 Dec 2006 12:24

hi who ever thinks this phone is shit then there wrong !!!! it is mint no1 phone realy good nd i got it for £100 on orange in the chrimbo sale !!!!

Comment by amy, 17 Dec 2006 20:32

wicked phone. fab

Comment by mick, 22 Nov 2006 15:20

could be better

Comment by angelina, 7 Oct 2006 11:52

its kk

Comment by murad, 13 Aug 2006 11:52

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