Sony Ericsson W610i Review
Review: May 2007.
The Sony Ericsson W610i is a mid-range Walkman phone with the new Walkman®
2.0 player. The first thing to say is that this is yet another superb
phone from Sony Ericsson. It's not at the top end of the range, so it
misses out on a couple of features, but offers almost everything you'd
want from a music phone at a good price.
The Walkman range is now established as probably the best range of
mobile phones for playing music. The W610i has the latest version of
the Walkman player and is pretty well as easy as using an iPod. The
Walkman key gives you one-click access to the player and from there
you can play, rewind, fast forward, equalise, shuffle tracks and create
playlists. Audio quality is as good as a dedicated MP3 player, and a
standard set of headphones is included in the sales package. The phone
is also compatible with stereo Bluetooth
wireless headsets - available separately. The W610i is equipped
with Sony Ericsson's MegaBass feature which enhances bass frequencies
- a useful feature to switch on for some types of music. It also has
PlayNow & TrackID. PlayNow is a service for downloading
ringtones (which you have to pay for) and TrackID is a free service
that identifies songs that you hear on the radio - cool.
Comprehensive CD-ripping software (Disc2Phone) is supplied with the
phone and the USB mass storage interface lets you transfer music with
drag and drop simplicity. Whilst the built-in memory of the phone is
limited, the W610i is compatible with Sony's Memory Stick Micro
(M2) memory cards, and a 512 Mbyte card (enough for around 100
songs) is included in the sales package. This can be expanded to 2 Gbytes
- a 2 Gbyte card can
be bought for around £30. In addition to the music player, the
W610i also includes an RDS FM radio.
The W610i has the same type of camera used in the W810i
- a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash. It can also capture
video clips. This is an excellent camera - one of the best in the sub-£200
price range. The display is a bright, clear TFD LCD which is easy to
read. It doesn't have the high resolution of the flagship Walkman phone
(the W880i), but again is one
of the best in this price range.
Physically, the W610i is quite a bit thinner than the older W810i,
but isn't as thin as the ultra-thin W880i.
It's a good size to hold in your hand. The only gripe that we have about
the W610i is the small size of the keys. If you've got big hands you'd
be better off sticking with the W810i.
Overall, this is another fantastic Walkman phone, positioned in the
sub-£200 market and offering outstanding value for money, with
the small key size the only issue. The big question is how the W610i
fits into the Walkman range. Is it a replacement for the W810i
or is it a lower-spec model? We think that it's really the replacement
for the W810i. Compare the W610i and the W810i and you'll see that the
feature list is nearly identical - the main difference is that the W610i
is thinner, has a new style of keypad and uses the latest software.
The W810i was one of the very best phones of 2006, and the W610i is
a worthy successor. Other phones to consider are the near-identical
K550i, the 3G
W660i and the ultra-slim W880i.
Features of the Sony Ericsson W610i include:
- 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, photo light and 2.25x digital
- Display: TFD LCD, 262,000 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- Walkman music player (supports MP3 & AAC formats)
- FM radio
- Polyphonic ringtones / Music tones
- Sound recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- 3D Java games
- Animated wallpaper
- WAP, Web browser, RSS feeds, picture blogging
- GPRS, EDGE
- Memory: Memory Stick Micro (M2) support (512 Mbyte card
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, infrared, modem
- Organiser: Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Phone
book, Stopwatch, Tasks, Timer
- Flight mode
- Vibration alert
- Size: 102 x 46 x 14 mm
- Weight: 93g
Sony Ericsson W610i User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by Dec from UK on 5th Oct 2007
Hmm.Its A Lovely Fone.Decent Design.Its missing 3G and the keypad is
Reviewed by Ant from England on 3rd Oct 2007
I have mixed feelings about this phone. I upgraded on a free from the
W800i and fundamentally they are the same. As far as looks and ability
to make phone calls are concerned full marks all around. Also approve
of the much improved walkman interface and the high quality headphones,
the light/flash (very useful, particularly as an aid to avoid stepping
in unfortunate things on the walk home from town at 3am...) and the
good camera. I do have some issues with the software; it is hugely slow
at times which can be very frustrating. And the fact that when you have
your headphones plugged in listening to music with your phone on silent
mode, your message tone is pumped through to your ears (good), but if
it is not on silent it just announces to the rest of the world that
you have been sent a text, but not to you through the headphones. Why
not?! Surely the reason I have my headphones in is so that other people
don’t have to hear what I am doing on my phone? But my main gripe
is the buttons. Or more specifically THE button. Not the design, although
it did take a little getting used to. No, it’s the little sod
on the side of the phone that is used to take photos. When I am writing
texts I come close to throwing the damn phone across the room sometimes.
I am right handed (along with quite a few other people I think) and
in order to use the '1', '4', '7' or '*' buttons in a text I reach over
with my thumb to do so. This means that the upper part of my palm has
a habit of lightly touching THE button. As a result, the phone refuses
to respond to the button your thumb is desperately pounding as you try
to get the letter R.... I actually though there was something wrong
with the phone when I first got it until I twigged what was happening.
Every time you accidentally knock THE button, the whole phone just freezes
for a second or two. Doesn't sound like much, but you try writing the
word 'grass' with out using predictive text on and you'll soon see how
frustrating it is! I realise that the button has been designed as it
is to keep it in the same style as the rest of the keypad but I think
they should perhaps have moved a little towards function rather than
form on this one. The older phone had this button countersunk into a
surround so it wasn’t an issue. This could explain why other people
who have reviewed this phone have problems perhaps. I guess that is
quite a long rant over what could be seen as a very small faults, but
thy are such niggling little things that it grates even more! Overall
though I think Sony Ericsson have done themselves proud. If THE button
was recessed I would be giving 5 out of 5, but because of the difficulties
it causes I’m only going to give it 4. Still, sure my dad will
like it when I upgrade next year and he can have it... Hope this is
Reviewed by Helen from UK on 2nd Oct 2007
I'm not that impressed with this phone. I don't use any of the additional
featurs on it tho which other people seem to be impressed with. I don't
like the keypad and find that the software seems to be very slow at
times as though it gets confused! I also don't like the position of
the microphone as my friends often get frustrated when my voice gets
muffled if I don't hold it in exactly the right position when speaking.
Reviewed by Soyf from UK on 2nd Oct 2007
The best phone i have had. Unsure if the camera is as good as the k750i;
should be as it is 2megaP compared to 1.3megaP. Think i better peel
the lens protection sticker off! Slightly thicker than the w880i, but
worth the extra thickness for a light/torch and RDS radio. Yeah yeah.
Got used to the smaller buttons in a week, so no moaning goin on here.
Top WalkMan facility. Respect 2 SonyE.
Reviewed by Minde from Lithuania on 30th Sep 2007
It's my first SE. For this price I'm satisfied. Though it's not perfect.
I think keypads are not as bad, as I expected, but I prefer classic
keypads. I was suprised, that sound quality is quite good. Screen size
is big enough, and i love it's weight! not too heavy, not too light.
USB speed is slow, WHY? maybe because i have USB swith. Strange.. Owerall,
it's good phone!
Reviewed by chris from uk on 29th Sep 2007
I got this phone as an upgrade and overall am pleased with it. slimmer
and better to hold than say the w810 but thicker than the impressive
looking w880 so it's a middle range phone. the button layout is a bit
annoying at first but u do get used to it, eventually. the software
is not so good at multi-tasking though like if i want to play a game
but play my own mp3 songs from the walkman. the game then slows down
and can't really be played. this is not an issue with the w810 or my
friends w880 so that annoyed me a bit. the build quality is very good,
especialy with metal buttons and light metal casing gives it a sturdy
feel. i like the phone and if u want a strong performing phone that
doesn't cost loads, this should be a good consideration.
Reviewed by Gangsta from Uk on 27th Sep 2007
This phone is sooooooooooo stylish and 100% SIKKKKKKKKKKKKKK Get 2 knoe
Reviewed by Rixsta from England on 25th Sep 2007
Love the W610i, the keys are no where near as bad as I thought they
were going to be. Great sound, I bought my walkman phone to life with
the 4 way speakers, great.. The camera isn't bad either, I had a Samsung
u600 and trying to take a picture of my one year old was very hard indeed
as the shutter speed is very slow but Im glad this isn't the case with
the w610i, yes there is a delay between the auto focus and the actual
picture but its something you can live with. I have found the thickness
to be just right, holding the w880i was like holding a cracker and was
far to thin for me but thats just my taste. The camera button on the
side of the phone can be a pain at times, it is very easy to press it
while holding the phone but after the very frustrating U600 where I
found myself phoning people by mistake, again its something I can live
with. Overall another very nice phone from SE and a good price for what
you get, I do think though that SE have got in a comfy zone/safe zone
bringing more of the same with different designs, I think SE will have
to do something special next year when the Samsung G800 appears, look
forward to see what they come up with.
Reviewed by 1337 from UK on 24th Sep 2007
Reviewed by 1701-g from UK on 21st Sep 2007
Just got this phone second hand and it is without a doubt the best phone
I have ever had. It walkman and MP3 capabilities are superior to my
previous phone the D900 which would not read a whole album for the card,
you had to select each track induvidually!! The fact you can change
text message tones is welcom e after the D900 which wouldn;t allow this
and constantly sounded like a Disney movie everytime I got a text! my
only gripe with the phone is that the camera wont let me zoom in on
normal mode??? may not be using it right thou?? overall, an outstanding,
good looking phone
Reviewed by RadicalRay from Philippines on 20th
I love the phone it has everything I need but one thing it misses THE
COVER or PROTECTION of the camera LENS!!! however 4 star for it
Reviewed by joselito from qatar on 20th Sep 2007
its a very good phone to buy..i use it more often to listen to music
than my ipod..its a good and quality,small yet big in features..its
good in taking picture specially listening to music. i listen to it
4 to 6 hours every day and it last my battery for 4 days...no doubt
ill recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by Zeeshan Ali from pakistan on 18th
i have but not recomemded due to bad screen display.
Reviewed by Pearl from England on 17th Sep 2007
I have recently got the W610i and although i love Sony Ericcson for
some odd I reason I don't love this phone, it has all the functions
I like but I do not understand why at 2mega pixels the phone won't allow
you to zoom (which it doesn't state in the manual that it will only
zoom when in VGA format)which is seriously annoying and the other annoying
thing is the sleep mode clock setting that has been removed and the
only way to get the sleep mode clock is the press the zoom key on the
side when it is in sleep mode. Yes the keys are small but they are livable
unfortunetly for me the annoyance of the phone seems to outweigh the
good features for me. I wouldn't say it is the worst phone I ever had.
Reviewed by arthur from azeroth on 17th Sep 2007
lol this phone is good, the keypad's not a prob ones u get used to it.
its speaker is way cooler and much better as compared to w810. not to
mention it has infrared and flash. not like the w660 lack of lots of
features. overall it is likely to say this phone is above average and
the price is reasonable. strictly giving my advice here. get this phone.
worth it :)
Reviewed by mel from malaysia on 17th Sep 2007
great fon except for d fact that it doesnt support 3G..sigh.
Reviewed by ryan lloyd from PLYMOUTH (WORST FONE EVER) from
PLYMOUTH ENGLAND on 14th Sep 2007
NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NUMBER 4 WILL NOT PUSH WHEN I MAKE
A FONE CALL IT HAS TO B OMN SPEAKER OTHERWISE IT WONT WORK AND GET THIS
IT WOULD NOT LET ME PUT MUSIC ON THERE! Y I WILL NEVER NO THE SCREEN
WENT BAD SONY GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER ALSO BATERY WAS SHOCKINGLY BAD
Reviewed by REHAN from PAKISTAN on 10th Sep 2007
GOOD PHONE BUT THE BIG PROBLEM OF THIS PHONE IS KEYPAD. OVERALL GOOD.
Reviewed by Frank from Pakistan on 8th Sep 2007
bud bud dis ting is bud DING kooool
Reviewed by sarim khalid from qatar on 1st Sep
Read this review bfore buying this master piece: I bought this fone
abt 1 month ago n it has satisfied me first of all starting with the
walkman player 2 which is awsome sound quality is good n loud than w810i
remember dat im using the frst bluetooth fone secondly the 2 mp camera
its awsome in the day n fair in nite thanks to the flash as in the flash
missing handsets[w880i,w580i,blah blah] cam has auto focus with a dual
flash the only thing with the cam is that it has only 2.25x zoom[as
compared to w810i:4x zoom] rest is good now abt the interface the phone
is super fast.......no wait super fast flying! awsome managment with
full entertainment to senses awsome themes comes with flight mode n
track id has infrared[as compared to hi price sets[w880i,w580i,blah
blah]] the only thing it lacks is 3g[i dont need it] well highly specified
set with a low price gud one go 4 it
Reviewed by paul from england on 30th Aug 2007
This is an excellent phone. A great camera, loads of features and brilliant
music. Only small problem is the size of the keys but this is not too
bad. Definitely recommended!
Reviewed by Terry from Trinidad on 28th Aug 2007
Azmi from Malaysia wrote: "To date I'm still trying to figure out where
are all those pics stored.... " Answer: Open the menu, go to the file
manager,then open the 1st folder at the top of the list (Camera Album).
The phone is ok, but the buttons are a bit small though. Like the Razr,
one bad fall can kill this phone.
Reviewed by Eliana Cortez from United Kingdom on
28th Aug 2007
I can say i really like this phone. The model is nice and easy to carry,
also it has a good memory and it takes really neat a brillant quality
pictures. Even though at first i found the key pad abit difficult for
me to use, i got used to it and it didnt bother me. I would recommend
this phone, i think its cute.
Reviewed by Rosie down from uk on 24th Aug 2007
This phone is great, it has everything you need!!!!!! Its just fab!!!
Reviewed by Azmi from Malaysia on 23rd Aug 2007
I just bought W610i. The problem is that the pics which I snapped using
this phone is neither stored in the phone or in the 1GB card. To date
I'm still trying to figure out where are all those pics stored.... if
anybody know or experience the same problem and has solve it please
share with me on how you go about solving this problem.
Reviewed by PreferNot ToBeNamed from Leicester, England
on 23rd Aug 2007
worst Sony Ericsson ever. Got this phone thinking i would keep it for
a good 2years but ended up wanting to get rid of it within 3weeks of
buying it. Keypad is appaling. Speaker moves up and down. Battery cover
makes odd noises. Walkman has some problems etc etc. Not recommended
Reviewed by Thomas Maclean from UK on 22nd Aug
Without a doubt the worst ever phone I have owned. I switched to Sony
Ericssons from Nokia a while back and convinced to upgrade to the W610i
by O2. The keys stick or do not work at all without tapping the back
of the phone, this in itself is very frustrating as I can text message
very quickly - not anymore!! Also it does not seem to hold a list of
calls, made/recieved/missed - so if I do not get to my phone in time
- I have no idea who it was or when the call was made - nothing!! My
advice - better the devil you know - I will be reverting back to Nokia,
my only regret was being convinced to swap to Sony Ericsson - never
Reviewed by Carole from England on 21st Aug 2007
I have had to return two of these phones as the keypad is so hard to
use when you text - especially the number 4 key. Wouldn't recommend
it - I swapped for the W580i and this is far better and the best phone
I have ever had!
Reviewed by Rohan kajrolkar from India on 20th
Reviewed by jamie from UK on 20th Aug 2007
I bought this phone last week and it is a really good handset it does
everything i want a phone to do (play music, take piccies, and vids)
i think that the price was a resonable one.
Reviewed by Andi from Indonesia on 17th Aug 2007
IMHO, W610i is an excellent phone. I've bought it 2 months ago. I love
it. The prob I have with this fone is sometimes it's freezing when I
use it under low signal condition (i.e basement or lift)so I have to
take the battery out before I put it back and switching it on. Other
than that this fone is awesome. I also have K750i, comparing those two,
K750i is a little bit better on camera performance than W610i.
Reviewed by silcosilva from singapore on 14th
phone is considerably okay except its too 'slim'.its a pretend-to-be
thin type of phone. it features speakerphone function but the built-in
speaker is wailing noisy.music playback,loud but noisy.so,music playback
via speaker is stupid. features are okay,but i am still waiting for
sony ericsson to produce a better and more reasonable music-phone without
camera,unlike its current entry-level j300i,as i am not able to use
Reviewed by DaVe from malaysia on 13th Aug 2007
i bought this phone last month. i found tat w610i really bring lots
of fun to me, it fullfills my every requirement.. well, mayb the only
trouble for this phone is the keypad.. but after few times practises,
it is no problem anyway. so, i m so glad tat i've made a good choice!!
Reviewed by Anna from UK on 7th Aug 2007
I've alway had Sony Ericsson mobiles and have always been really pleased
with them so did not think twice about getting another one. However,
the W610i is HORRIBLE! It is really slow and they keys are so small
that they are difficult to use. I gave it one week and am so fed up
with it that I'm returning it!
Reviewed by Linzi from Wales on 7th Aug 2007
My new W610i arrived a few hours ago. I meant to order the W880i but
accidently ordered this one instead. Very tempted to change it however
after reading all the reviews for both phones I think I may hold on
to it for a few days to give it a fair chance. So far I've found it
really good. W880i is very sexy and sleak however this phone has a camera
flash and also FM radio. Not sure whether to choose looks over practicality.
Reviewed by Qadeer Ahmed from UAE on 7th Aug 2007
w810i is the best than w610i.it is very easy to use.it's looking is
excellant than w610i.
Reviewed by Emily from UK on 6th Aug 2007
Perfect, couldnt fault it what so ever
Reviewed by HaBiB-aL-DaRwAzA from SaMoA on 5th
W610i is a rocking phone....its features are awsome its camera is not
at all complainable..its keys are a little tricky but u'll get used
to it...its walkman rox ....too cool themes and not a single problem.....i
bought this phone 3weeks earlier and i LOVE IT :)
Reviewed by Xuhair from Pakistan on 3rd Aug 2007
excellent music phone, but the tiny keys can make text msging difficult!!!
Reviewed by borat from kahzastan on 2nd Aug 2007
this phone has great camera,mp3 player, this fone is great it jas everything
thing you would possibly need.kiss my shiver for now
Reviewed by Jose from Saudi on 2nd Aug 2007
Hi i bought this phone from Saudi, my first opinion about this phone
is it is best for music lovers, coming with graphic equalizer for good
quality sound and the special earphone is beast suitable for listening
music while traveling or if we r out side frome room. I found three
major problems with this phone . I am using the 2nd pice within one
month bcs when i purchased the phone , on the first day itself the ear
speaker is not working . I returned it and they given new one for me
, i am happy, but after 2 weeks the same problem with the new pice.
the basic and very important purpose of a mobile phone is "calling"
and if the ear speaker is become damge within days for two pices then
what ???.. next problem i found is in file manager, if we copied some
video clips on the phone or memmory card, there we can see the icons
of each videos (thumbnail view), their it shows wrong views , some times
shows still photos or images as video icon or shows other videos preview
as icons etc.. this is anoying . and third one is battery life. if we
are using musing or video for some time the battery will become down
very fast . this phone namely known for multimedia (W- walkman) then
why there is no support for long play .
Reviewed by Pete from England on 31st Jul 2007
its a godd phone but i swapped it for w850i which is a alot better for
Reviewed by Mohi from Bangladesh on 30th Jul 2007
I bought the phone 3 days ago. It seems very nice to hold the phone.
But its specification is not up to the mark. I would better use W810i
Reviewed by Niamh.P from East England on 30th
This is my first Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. It's really good, the
camera takes outstanding photographs and the screen is ultra-clear!
The only downside is that it was quite expensive. - but it was worth
Reviewed by Uzma from Pakistan on 26th Jul 2007
Good phone but use of internet has limitations specially with edge
Reviewed by secks-saiiy from england on 23rd Jul
ive had dis fne 4 2 monfs nd it iz off da chizzle. dis fne is sooo choooong.
Reviewed by panos from germany on 23rd Jul 2007
i really love this phone everything but i think the camera could be
improved and the zoom but everything else except the buttons is perfect
Reviewed by K J Dinesh from India on 22nd Jul
I donno why mobile-phones uk always gives outstanding(ie 5) to Sony
Ericsson Walkman series phones. Seriously they are'nt exceptional. I
will suggest put these phones on par with Nokia N series or even less(comparing
sony's smaller screen,No Symbian support,Poor Web browsing,Battery life
etc).Even in the music front Nokia N series is catching up. Dont get
carried away by review on Sony walkman series I have seen it and still
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
22nd Jul 2007
We are not biased in favour of Sony Ericsson. We gave very low
marks to the W550i, Z200,
Z520i and K600i
for example. But most of the time Sony Ericsson just get it right. The
one thing that we don't like about the W610i is the keypad, and we have
commented on this in our review. The fact is that even if you take the
small keypad into account, this phone still beats most current phones.
This is because when you compare phones that are in the same price
range, you'll find that the W610i offers exceptional value for money.
Comparing the W610i with NSeries phones isn't fair as they cost substantially
more to buy, and frankly come with a whole load of problems as discussed
in our reviews of these phones. Besides, our users also seem to prefer
Sony Ericsson over other brands - Sony Ericsson have been awarded more
5 star phone reviews than any other manufacturer.
Reviewed by Stan from Philippines on 21st Jul
Was about to buy a se w810i (Still undecided) but on the last minute,
I saw the w610i. WOW! I knew this is the phone for me. I decided to
buy it right there and then. Yes, key pad might be an extra challenge,
specially for big hands (like me), but I'm not complaining its just
a matter to getting use to it. (No complain here) Love this phone, don't
have anything to complain.
Reviewed by Aaqib from pakistan on 16th Jul 2007
this is poor phone.
Reviewed by dede from south london on 16th Jul
the length of how long the battery metre lasts for should be added.
it does have good deals though for example the 512 mbyte card being
included. the phone does look good too. ****
Reviewed by morefire! from england on 15th Jul
what more can people ask for this is the one
Reviewed by gemz from UK on 15th Jul 2007
The best phone i've eva had, wen typin a text the key's are totally
silent! USB file transfer rocks. excellent clear screen and packed full
of gud features. Battery life is 2wice as good as the latest nokias
in the same field.
Reviewed by Daniel Johansson from Sweden on 15th
i hate mmy nokia and this is the phone of my dreams....
Reviewed by atul from india on 14th Jul 2007
worthy sucessor to W810i.. sleek and slim.However camera for W810i is
better. Ergonomically not that great..if you love writing long sms'es..
be prepared for sore fingers..Music wise this phone is shade ahead of
w810i mabye as it has latest software walkman v 2.0
Reviewed by IMRAAN from MUMBAI INDIA on 14th Jul
I AM USING THE SE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME LEAVING THE NOKIA MODELS THE
PHONE IS OVERALL GOOD BUT THE MAIN PROBLEM IS IF YOU ARE FOND OF MESSAGES
AND IF YOU WILL TO MAKE THE FOLDER FOR EVERY TYPES OF SMS YOU CANT MAKE,
THE CAMERA IS YELLOWISH THIS PHONE IS SUPERB FOR MP3 MUSIC AND RADIO
LISTENERS IT IS LIKE AN IPOD
Reviewed by hana from england on 13th Jul 2007
this phone is the same as mi mattes i think...nd it takes outstandin
piccies..i lurve it nd i reeli want it but its SOOOOOO EXPENSIVE
Reviewed by Vincent from UK on 11th Jul 2007
Tis is my 1st SE handphone. Tis phone is superb 4 music mp3. The camera
also not bad.
Reviewed by Sid from India on 11th Jul 2007
This phone is superb for music lovers, because it has everything an
Ipod has. it also comprises with one of the best mobile technologies.
I own one and i am very happy with it.
Reviewed by william from england on 10th Jul 2007
i think this is a gr8 phone and everything but the buttons r a bit small
but that dont mater becoz i have small fingers 1 other little problem
it sometimes just turns off by its self but its overall a very good
Reviewed by Rajesh from India on 9th Jul 2007
Reviewed by Rick Cuthbert from UK on 8th Jul 2007
I just upgraded to this from a w800i, and I loved it at first. Then
after 2 days the handset speaker broke. Sent it back, and the next handset
the screen broke after 2 days! So within a week it has broken twice.
Absolute crud compared to the w800 which in 18 months was dropped, got
wet etc and never gave any grief. This phone goes back to O2 again tomorrow,
and I will be insisting on a w810i as a replacent. Such a shame, because
it is a very nice looking bit of kit. One other fault when it was working:
The MP3 player is a bit of a smart-**** and orders tracks into the folder
it THINKS they should be in, not the folder I TELL them to go in. No
problem with the old w800i.
Reviewed by emilie from UK on 7th Jul 2007
Reviewed by joanne robson from united kingdom on
7th Jul 2007
i recently bought this fone and it has been a good little one, i told
my husband about it and he has since bought one himself.
Reviewed by don from south on 4th Jul 2007
i bought one 2 weeks ago new and it brokern twice alredy
Reviewed by Brian from Scotland on 4th Jul 2007
Nice looking phone, all the functions seem to work as they're supposed
to. Negatives: - Battery life: Quoted is 7 hours talk time, 350 hours
standby. Now we all know these are always overestimated by the manufacturer,
but I'm lucky to get 1 hour airtime before needing a charge. So you'll
be charging it every day, with corresponding wear on the batteries.
I'd accept a 2x overestimate of battery life, but 7x is insulting my
intelligence. - Camera: 2MP is perfectly adequate, but why can't you
use the zoom unless you're shooting at VGA resolution??? - Screen saver:
The phone apparently can't be set to turn off the screen while you're
making a call. After about 10 minutes the phone actually gets uncomfortable
to hold to your ear thanks to the waste heat produced by the screen,
even at the lowest brightness setting. - And finally, fragility: I dropped
this phone from my lap to a carpeted floor, a fall about about 18".
This was sufficient to damage the ear speaker, so now I can call people
and speak to them, but can't hear their replies. Back to the repair
shop with it!
Reviewed by Mike from Scotland on 3rd Jul 2007
First of all, I am sorry if this review is too long for anyone. If so,
I recommend you read "wAlKeR fRoM eNgLaNd's" review and see if you can
make sense of it. Well, I upgraded to the Sony Ericsson W610i from and
old Alcatel phone (which I had for a long time), and what an upgrade
that was! I've had the W610i for 2 days now and so far it's fantastic!
I was looking for a more music focused phone because my iPod's battery
is terrible now, and this phone does the job well. Nearly everything
about it is great - the music player is of great sound quality and is
easy to navigate around. It's also very easy to put songs onto the phone,
you just install the Disc2Phone program and then just drag and drop
songs onto the phone. It's almost as easy as using a dedicated music
player - you can create playlists, and put on 'Shuffle' mode, etc. MegaBass
seems a handy feature, although once I activated it, I wasn't sure how
to turn it off and I'm still working on that. Secondly, the camera and
video recorder are a real upgrade from my old Alcatel, which couldn't
even record videos and had a 0.3 megapixel camera - if even that. Anyway
the camera/recorder on this phone are great, although obviously not
the best out there. If you want a good quality camera, buy a camera.
But there is one small annoyance with the camera on this phone. For
some reason you can't seem to zoom in on 'Normal' mode. People seem
to be complaining about the size of the buttons, I got used to them
within my first day of having it. But I suppose I don't have very big
hands, so maybe if you do - beware. Having not had Bluetooth before
(the Alcatel didn't support it) I find the Bluetooth on the W610i very
good. I've been sending and receiving songs with my friends and it's
very quick. No problems there. The phone comes with earphones, but I
found them quite dodgy, and used some Sony ones that I used with my
iPod, and it's perfect. It's good how the phone comes with a 512Mb memory
card, enough for about 100 songs. I've ordered a 2Gb one from Amazon
for only £20, which is compatible. There is one small problem I have,
and I think it has been mentioned before. Although this has only happened
once or twice, sometimes the phone freezes for a few seconds. Battery
life at the start is OK, but after a few full charges it seems to last
longer. Oh yeah, and some people are complaining about the time not
being displayed when it's on the screensaver, just press the volume
button. The time will appear for about 5 seconds but thats enough to
just see the time. Overall, the Sony Ericsson W610i is a fab phone,
and I can see me having this for a long time. Thanks for reading (if
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
3rd Jul 2007
Thanks for taking the time to write a detailed review, Mike. We read
it, and I'm sure that anyone thinking of buying this phone will appreciate
your comments too. Your comment about the camera not zooming when in
maximum resolution is correct - that's the way most Sony Ericsson's
Reviewed by Amanda from England on 1st Jul 2007
If anyone wants to own a Sony Ericsson these are my top three 1st w810i,2nd
w610i & 3rd k810i.Ive always own a Sony Ericsson since they were bricks
& these are my top three so far!
Reviewed by Shaun from Sussex on 1st Jul 2007
Bought this mobile & very happy with this phone the best mobile phone
ive owed so far,loads of memory more than enough for me,battery life
not bad,loads of features basically a truly outstanding phone.if i have
to fault this phone it will be the buttons & getting the back off.
Reviewed by walker from england on 30th Jun 2007
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Reviewed by Squiff from Uk on 27th Jun 2007
Really gr8 phone. Evrything u need is on here. recommended 100%! cool
Reviewed by davy mac from n.ireland on 20th Jun
good phone, only downfall, yeah, the keypad, had to return it, went
for k810i, problem solved.
Reviewed by MARIANNA from GREECE on 20th Jun 2007
I ALREADY HAVE THIS MOBILE PHONE.IT IS VERY GOODWITH BIG MEMORY VERY
GOOD CAMERA E.T.C. I BELIEVE THAT THIS SONY ERCSSON PHONE IS THE #1
Reviewed by Tom from England on 16th Jun 2007
Great phone had to buy it when i lost my w810i 3 months after buying
it, easily as good as that phone if not better because of the size etc,
only let down is the port for headphones is on the side which can be
awkward and maybe the button size but easy to get used to, dont hesitate
to buy my 3rd sony in a row now always great phones
Reviewed by kate from england on 16th Jun 2007
This phone is BRILLIANT i have had it for 2 days and i love it i has
good feachers and a ood camra and i hold loads of stuff. I woul advise
you to buy this phone i love it soooooooo much :)
Reviewed by George from Romania on 15th Jun 2007
what can I say about this phone.I buy it and I`d have a problem with
2 buttons,when they replace him after 2 days the next one don`t heard
too good,and sometimes i have problems dialling.he it`s a good phone
because for that I choose him but when you buy pay atention and verify
him before to buy it.It have an excelent design ,the Walkman is great
and it`s good for listening music and has a good camera.AGAIN PAY ATENTION
WHEN `U BUY IT
Reviewed by siobhan griffiths from wales on 14th
this phone is the slowest phone i have ever used if i type any buttons
it takes ages for them to kick in its so anoying im taking it back.
but part from that it wouldbe a nice phone
Reviewed by Henry from Colombia on 14th Jun 2007
Excelent!! All the cool features that you want for an excellent price,
the walkman software works amazingly, the headphones are one of the
best that I ever used, good memory stick size (I put almost 100 songs
on it), the camera take excellent pictures. The only complaint about
is the really small keys.. my fingers are no so big but sometimes have
probles dialing... 4 stars for that
Reviewed by Mike K from Estonia on 13th Jun 2007
Have had this for a week now. It's great, but I really think SE shouldn't
have preferred design over usability as these thin metal lines for buttons
really are quite uncomfortable. Another thing that annoys me a bit is
the energy saving mode with clock display off - there's no way to turn
it off so I could see the time displayed without pressing a button.
Other than that it's a good package - the Walkman is brilliant as usual;
although the camera is nothing special it's as good as you can expect
from a handset that slim (it actually has Auto Focus which is a noteworthy
advantage over w880i) and if you're able to handle the buttons it's
also quite easy to use. Overall a great handset for it's low(ish) price
Reviewed by arfan hussain from england on 13th
i've had w810i for over a year now best walkman fone ever had, when
i heard w610i is replacement i did not wait got the w610i and now i'm
lovin every minute of it.
Reviewed by stef from uk on 13th Jun 2007
this is a class phone simple never fails and ppl who say the keys are
too small must be massively obese but next time SE should put a file
lock in place lol
Reviewed by Goarge from Bradford on 11th Jun 2007
This phone is rubbish, the buttons are soo small i need a magnifying
glass. I wish they still made phones like the Nokia 5110 pure classic
I love it.
Reviewed by adam from united kingdom on 10th Jun
da best phone u can get
Reviewed by VINOD from India on 10th Jun 2007
W610i mobile is good
Reviewed by Ahmad from UK on 8th Jun 2007
I've had this phone for 2 weeks now. It is simply superb! I love it.
The camera is very good, the Walkman is great, and the battery holds
its charge well. This is in addition to its stylish sleek figure. The
only problem may be its tiny buttons, but one gets used to them easily.
This is certainly the best phone I've ever had!
Reviewed by victor from India on 6th Jun 2007
good for listening music and has a good camera.
Reviewed by Tommson from U K on 5th Jun 2007
i fail to see how anyone can comment upon its superiority to the W810i,
if anyone had bothered to read the specifications of both, you will
realise they are identical, aside from one, the screen resolution is
the same on both, however the W810i has an lcd screen, this phone does
have the new walkamn on it, however, its the same thing with a new skin,
nothing different, this is a good phone, but i think its time sony made
a walkamn phone that coupld compete with the likes of the Nokia N95,
which in my opinion, if they decided to make somethin as good, would
be possibly the best phone around. My W810i had a configuration error,
so i had to send it to be fixed, and the company made an error, and
sent me the W610i i find it a good phone, however the buttons are like
wire which seems like such a small feature to pick on, however, if im
paying for it, i want nothing but what I want
Reviewed by asgar kariM AKA from U.K on 5th Jun
THE MOBILE IS THE BEST PHONE YOU CAN BUY AND IT IS WORTH FOR £160 I
ADVISE YOU LOT TO BUY IT
Reviewed by Dan from England on 5th Jun 2007
I totally agree with everything above, very good phone, apart from the
small keys, but just takes a bit of getting used to I guess. I had a
K750 bfore, and on that I could get a clock displayed when the phone
was in sleep mode, but can't seem to do that on this one. Also the computer
software seems not to be compatible with Windows Vista. But the phone
itself is great
Reviewed by bob from chili on 5th Jun 2007
Reviewed by stuart from england on 2nd Jun 2007
excellent phone, however i was tricked inti thinking the camera on this
phone had zoom capabilities (not just for the video) wether this is
just a problem with my phone, or the phone does not have zoom on the
camera, i don't know??
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
2nd Jun 2007
The zoom is not available when the camera is set to maximum resolution.
This is how most Sony Ericssons work.
Reviewed by Grant from England on 1st Jun 2007
I have had this phone for a few days now and i think anyone upgrading
from the w810i as i did, this phone is ideal and is very easy to use
the buttons arnt a problem at all and the phone is very quick in menu's
and viewing pictures also the walkman 2 allows you to change colours
and vizualisations which is very cwl. all in all t give this phone 5
out of 5 and i dont think anyone would regret buying it.
Reviewed by muslim-bruva.piczo.com from england on
30th May 2007
nice phone good camera and the styles not that bad either ive got the
w300i but my mates got one + at first i was jealous before he dropped
it on a CARPET and it smashed so overall its good but breaks way 2 easily.
Reviewed by andy from england on 28th May 2007
This phone is brilliant its style is brilliant and the sound is awesome
the picture quality rules and this must be the best phone around
Reviewed by Mia from UK on 27th May 2007
Great phone. The buttons are very small but I got used to them and now
I just love this phone. Good reception, superb design, battery life
not bad. I love this phone!
Reviewed by Mohamid Acbar from Pakistan on 24th
this phone is very good. It is slim and it is stylish. i really like
this phone and it is the best phone around it will also be a success.
GREAT SUCCESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 23rd May 2007
Got this phone as a replacement for my w800, in silver on the Orange
network. Phone looks lovely and has many new features over the w800
(most notably the new Walkman application) to make it feel enough of
a "new" phone rather than simply a replacement. However, within a week
I had to send it back - those buttons are too small, you'll need to
use your fingernails rather than fingertips, and I had an especially
hard time using the hash button for spaces when texting. If you can
put up with the buttons then definately go for it, the camera is great
and the mp3 facility outstanding. One word of advice though: Orange
UK remove the Track ID feature!
Reviewed by Rory Astell from UK on 23rd May 2007
At first i saw this phone and looked at it and thought wow this looks
amazing slim design gorgeous colour and a walkman phone, which ive yet
to discover as i havent had one before. This phone is geneius the walkman
play at a touch of a button goes straight into it, mind you i did have
a K750i. Yes the camera is only a 2mp but that doest take away the fact
that this is a great phone, once you have taken the picture the quality
is better than when you take it (which seems to be common on some phones
these days). The only down fall is the small buttons, but i have found
them to be easy to use even though ive used it for about 4-5 hours!
Over all this phone is a winner and i can see it topping the list this
Reviewed by $hezad from uk on 21st May 2007
thi phone is not good i wish i had neva bot dis
Reviewed by Eka Taruna from Malaysia on 21st May
Outstanding Colour and Cool phone...currently using w880i and nokia