The original Motorola ROKR was hyped as the king of MP3 player enabled phones, but in the end it fell way short of that mark. How will the Sony Ericsson W800i fare?
CNET: “The W800i is a well-designed, feature-rich, and high-functioning mobile that solidly incorporates multimedia functionality into a phone form factor. In fact, despite its lack of Apple iTunes compatibility, we liked it better than the overly hyped Motorola Rokr E1. It still won’t replace your regular MP3 player, but it comes pretty darn close.”
infoSync: “Despite an advanced feature set which includes a high quality camera and similarly high-performance audio player, the Sony Ericsson W800i manages to maintain strong battery life. Its lack of EDGE for high-speed data aside, the handset also delivers an excellent overall experience in the communications and messaging departments. The Walkman branded Sony Ericsson W800i comes highly recommended not only for youth, but for everyone in need of a brilliant combination of mobile phone, digital camera and portable music player.”
MobileTracker: “The Sony Ericsson W800i is a fantastic handset that currently tops the music phone market. It’s not the perfect music phone (512MB is not a whole lot of tunes) but of the phones I have used so far it’s the leader. Fundamentally the W800i is a great phone, especially well designed and feature filled. If you have the funds, seriously consider purchasing it.”
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Pros: Good call quality, 2 megapixel camera, excellent MP3 player with FM radio, world phone, size, bluetooth
Cons: Slippery, small buttons, Sony memory stick only, no EDGE support for high speed data, can’t listen to music with bluetooth headphones, price $500-$600.
Bottom line: If you can afford it, and 512MB of music is enough to meet your needs, the Sony Ericsson is undoubtedly the best MP3 enabled phone on the market.