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Sony Ericsson W8

(Metallic Red)
1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories Sony Ericsson India Warranty and Free Transit Insurance.
Rs. 9760 15% Off
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Sony Ericsson W8 (Metallic Red) Price: Rs.8250

Key Features

  • Android v2.1 (Eclair) OS
  • 3-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 3.2 MP Primary Camera
  • 600 MHz ARM11 Processor
  • 2G and 3G Network Support
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • FM Radio
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 16 GB
The Sony Ericsson W8 is the first ever Android based Walkman smartphone that looks very similar to the Xperia X8. Running on Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, the W8 packs in a 600 MHz ARM11 processor under its hood.

The Sony Ericsson phone sports a 3-inch TFT screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution. The W8 uses the proprietary Timescape UI that integrates social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to your homescreen. You can customize the four corners of the homescreen as per your priority and set your music and apps at just one click away.

The W8 Walkman phone is loaded with a 3.2 megapixel camera with send to web and geo-tagging capabilities. The device can record videos also. The handset boasts of an interactive music player with Infinite button that makes your search easier by pulling in content from music store and You Tube. The Track ID music recognition feature helps you to find all the information on a song. All you have to do is record a few seconds of any song and the feature will send full information on track, artist and album to your phone in seconds.

Design

The touchscreen handset borrows its looks from the Xperia X8. The phone, weighing 104 g, fits snugly into your hands. The curved rear of the W8 gives it a stylish edge along with convenience of handling. The screen of the Walkman phone boasts of a scratch resistant surface that protects the device from falls and drops. The accelerometer present in the Sony Ericsson mobile auto rotates the UI while the proximity sensor is responsible for auto turn off and on of the device.

Storage and Battery

The Sony Ericsson W8 ships with 128 MB of internal memory. The microSD compatible phone's storage can be expanded up to 16 GB using a memory card. The battery used in the Walkman mobile phone is a standard Li-Po 1200 mAh that serves talk time of 4 hours in both 2G and 3G networks.

Connectivity and Features

The W8 Walkman phone boasts of a host of connectivity options. You can connect to Internet on the W8 through GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi. File transfer to and from this Sony Ericsson handset is made easy by the presence of Bluetooth and USB. With the W8 in your hands, you can check your office mails even when out of the office via the Microsoft Exchange RoadSync client.

Connecting you to your music is the 3.5 mm audio jack where you can plug in your headphones and listen to music on the go. The Sony Ericsson phone also has A-GPS support along with Google Maps, Google Latitude, which help you to find your way to your destination. The reach to Android Market via this phone gives you access to several applications that can be downloaded for free.

The Android WebKit browser makes your Internet surfing a smooth experience. The W8 Walkman phone also packs in multimedia features such as Stereo FM Radio, 3D Gaming, Java applications that keep you hooked on to the handset. Other regular features include Alarm Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Stopwatch and Timer.

Specifications of Sony Ericsson W8 (Metallic Red)

GENERAL FEATURES
In the Box Handset, Battery, Charger, Headset, 4 GB microSD Card, Data Cable, Speakers, Back Cover, Rear Cover, Wireless FM Antenna, User Manual
Brand Sony Ericsson
Model ID W8
Form Bar
SIM Type Single SIM, GSM, (Not Applicable)
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Business Features Pushmail (ActiveSync, RoadSync)
Call Features Conference Call, Hands Free, Loudspeaker, Call Divert
Handset Color Metallic Red
Platform
Operating Freq GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS - 2100
OS Android v2.1 (Eclair)
User Interface Timescape
Java Yes
Processor 600 MHz ARM 11
Graphics Adreno 200
Display
Type TFT
Size 3 Inches
Resolution HVGA, 320 x 480 Pixels
Color 16 M
Camera
Primary Camera Yes, 3.2 Megapixel
Secondary Camera No
Video Recording Yes, 30 fps
Other Camera Features Geo-tagging, Scenes, Send to Web
Dimensions
Size 54x99x15 mm
Weight 104 g
Battery
Type Li-Po, 1200 mAh
Talk Time 4 hrs (2G), 4 hrs (3G)
Standby Time 446 hrs (2G), 476 hrs (3G)
Memory and Storage
Internal 128 MB
Included Memory Card 4 GB
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 16 GB
Internet & Connectivity
Internet Features Email
GPRS Yes, 85.6 kbps
EDGE Yes, 236.8 kbps
3G Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 2.0 Mbps HSUPA
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Navigation Technology A-GPS, with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, Supported Profiles (A2DP)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Multimedia
Music Player Yes, Supports MP3, eAAC+, WAV
Video Player Yes, Supports MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV
FM Yes
Ringtone MP3
Other Features
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Additional Features Alarm Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Flight Mode, Infinite Button, Stopwatch, Timer, Predictive Text Input, MMS Enabled, Voicemail, Album Art, TrackID Technology, PlayNow, Vibrating Alert, Video Streaming, 3D Game, Auto Rotate, Picture Wallpaper, ANT+ Technology, VPNs
Important Apps Twitter, Facebook, Google Talk, Gmail, Instant Messaging, Google Latitude, YouTube, Android Market, Google Search, Google Calendar, Google Sync
Warranty
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories
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Reviews of Sony Ericsson W8

3.7
Average Rating
Based on 77 ratings
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Most Helpful Reviews (5 of 14)

21 June 11
first to review
Good but poor battery life

Purchased this phone 3 days back.
The phone is exactly similar to X2 except for the walkman part. I have downloaded quite a few apps and used them as well. Played angry birds and the phone does not hang like a few other phones.
Pros:
-- Awesome resolution.
-- Good touch sensitivity.
-- Sound quality is good & sharp in speaker as well as headphones.

Cons:
-- Battery life is pathetic.
-- Camera has no zoom.
-- Walkman phone but without an equalizer.
-- Android 2.2 is available in most of the phones today with the same price range. This phone however has 2.1 (Eclair). Although an 2.3 update will be launched on 25th, one may end up losing warranty if its updated within a year.

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02 July 11
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abt w8

u cn increse the battery life by installing advance task manager and then stop the processes that u are not using ...

or if u want to use phone heavily u cn purchase 1500 mAh battery...

.....
screen clarity - Awesome.. ,
sound quatlity & operating speed - is very good...

only problem is with camera which has no zoom & no flash & walkman player has no equilizer but sound is v. good.... And in android market other players with equilizer r available...

for messaging u have to install Handcent sms(freeware) because inbuilt messaging app is not customizable and does not support group sms...

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86% of 29 users found this review helpful.
★★★★★
★★★★★
15 September 11
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About W8: Waste of money

This phone is just a waste of money and that is it. I purchased this phone with an intention of getting a good music phone, compromising on all other features. But this phone is not good at that too; other ordinary phones have better sound effect than this one. I am terribly disappointed and frustrated about my choice. So, please do not buy this phone at any cost. I also suggest flipkart to remove this item from their website.

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06 November 11
A Good Starter Droid

I came from the Nokia s60 non-touch wagon and this was my first Android phone. At the time I was considering buying this, the only competition was the Optimus One and the Galaxy Pop. The W8 cost me 11K at that time.

Design & build

It's an X8 with a different paint job. Distinctive, chunky, comfortable and friendly.
Glossy front panel looks good when clean but gets soiled and greasy pretty quick. The battery cover has a matte finish and looks like anodized aluminum from some angles.
Built pretty solidly and has sustained meter high falls 3-4 times. The battery cover does creak a bit when pressed hard. The hardware buttons are reasonably sized and are quite tactile. Overall, it's pretty well designed and well built.

Display

It's a 3 inch HVGA (320x480) display with warm color rendering. I personally like displays that render warm colors but those who don't should try it out to see if it suits them. Viewing angles are pretty good and it doesn't lose brightness or contrast that much when viewed at awkward angles. Sunlight legibility's pretty poor like most LCD-s.

UI

The stock UI (specifically the stock launcher) leaves a lot to be desired. It ships with the ancient 2.1 Eclair version (the competition has moved on to 2.3 GB) that does not support installing apps to the SD card. The Four corners UI is similar to the X8 and the X10 Mini. Adding insult to the injury is the lack of multitouch.

So, I went the custom ROM route. FroyoBread is the best 2.2 ROM and GingerDX is the best 2.3 ROM.

Music & Video

The Walkman Music app's just a re-skinned version of the stock Music player. The worst mistake was the omission of the equalisers. Pretty much a deal breaker for many who buy it due to nostalgic memories of the older Walkmans.
The Gallery's also lackluster with its grid layout. The video player's pathetic with its weak format support.

Regarding music playback, the first thing that catches your attention's the clean, distortion free and loud output over the headphones. It's got some juice as it can drive my Grado SR60-s. When using the DSP Manager with a GB ROM, the W8 can perform like a champ. From being flat and clinical sounding, it turns into an entertaining little booger with hard hitting bass lines (with the bass boost enabled) thereby delivering the true Walkman experience. The highs and mids are of acceptable quality.
Videos look sharp and crisp on the small 3 inch screen but prolonged viewing might be fatiguing (I haven't tried it).

Camera

The 3.2 MP snapper doesn't have autofocus nor a flash. It's just there for the sake of it. The stock cam UI is bare bones. Pics look okay on the screen and horrible on a PC. Videos are recorded in VGA res. I'm not wasting more words here.

Connectivity

It's pretty well covered with 3G, Wi-Fi, BT, GPS and the works. There's no front camera for video calling.

Battery Life

Less than a day with the stock 2.1 Eclair UI.
2-3 days easy with 2.2 FroyoBread.
1-2 days with 2.3 GingerDX.

Usage Pattern: Autobrightness turned off, brightness at lowest level, GPS off, 3G off, data connection off, a couple of hours browsing over wi-fi, some gaming, moderate e-book reading, about 4-6 hrs music listening, an hour of roaming about the Android Market. Used the advanced task killer to kill unwanted tasks. Did not use Juice Defender.

Conclusion: The Highs-

1) Distinctive and playful design. Rear Panel and chrome keys look classy.

2) Nice display. Good enough for its class.

3) Nice audio quality. Quite fun to listen to while using the DSP Manager on GB. Comfortable and decent bundled in-ears.

4) Well rounded connectivity.

5) Good battery life when running on custom ROMs.

6) Lots of custom ROMs exist- X8 custom ROMS works perfectly fine with the W8. Easy to root and mod.

The Lows-

1) Outdated stock UI. 2.1 Eclair is geriatric. No future updates either.

2) Pathetic excuse of a camera. A strict no-no for those who like quality mobile cams.

3) Walkman Music Player is poor in features. Lack of an equaliser isn't funny.

4) Piss poor video player. Lacks features as well as format support.

5) Inability to install apps to SD Card. No issue if running a custom Froyo or GB ROM.

The W8 is a great choice for those looking for a starter Android on a budget. When modded with a custom ROM, it's great.. but if you intend to use the stock UI, prepare to be disappointed. It's no Walkman while it's stock either.

Finally, I'd like to thank Sony Ericsson for not releasing any updates for this phone. If they had, I wouldn't have learned how to root and mod my phone and also appreciate how great these custom ROMS are.

Sorry for the long post, but hope this helps.

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27 January 12
A good phone but priced a bit high

A nice device, attractive User Interface, Timescape app is nice. Rs 9300 is bit higher compared to other mobile brands.
Rs 8200 could be the best price for W8
Pros:
1) Awesome Display and Touch response
2) Good body design and build
3) Good sound quality
4) Camera is good when used in SPORTS mode.
5) Battery is decent, runs for min 3 days if Packet data service is turned off and other services kept off.
6) Brightness of display adjusts as per light intensity
7) Files sent over bluetooth/wifi directly resides in SD Memory Card

Cons:
1) No Equaliser in Walkman
2) Camera poor in Low light
3) Android 2.1
4) SMS was poor, File explorer wasn't present, but got nice apps from android market to replace this disadvantage

Hope SE will come up with updates, atleast Android ver 2.2

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