Sony Ericsson W810i Review
In a nutshell: Arguably the best of the Walkman phones, the
W810i has everything you need in a music player phone: Sony's award-winning
Walkman music player with enough memory to store 20 full-length audio
CD's, a built-in FM radio, and a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus.
In our opinion this is a phone that cannot be faulted.
Review: May 2006. Last updated October 2008.
Launched in April 2006, The Sony Ericsson W810i is the upgraded version
of the highly acclaimed and massively popular Sony
Ericsson W800i, the first Walkman branded mobile phone.
There are a few physical differences between the W810i and the W800i:
the W810i is slightly thinner, has raised keys instead of embedded keys,
and has a 5-way navigation button instead of the W800i's slightly awkward
joystick. Apart from this external makeover, the differences between
the W810i and the W800i are minor. The W810i has the advantage of EDGE
(for faster internet access) an is quadband instead of triband. It also
has Fast Port - a system connector that enables faster data transfer
from phone to PC and PC to phone, and which also serves as a charging
The W810i is designed to be an outstanding music player phone, and
it succeeds. The media player supports both MP3 and AAC formats and
audio quality is superb. Mega Bass enhances bass frequencies for
a better overall music experience. There's loads of memory for storing
music, as the W810i comes bundled with a 512 Mbyte Memory Stick PRO
Duo - enough to store up to 20 full-length audio CD's. The memory
stick is expandable to 1 Gbyte. Software for ripping CD's is supplied.
In addition to the MP3 player there's an FM radio with RDS. A quality
headset is included in the sales package, and the W810i can also be
connected to an external speaker system via an optional cable.
On the imaging side, the W810i has the same 2-megapixel camera as the
W800i. This features autofocus, for sharper images, a 4x digital zoom,
camera light and a video recorder. It's one of the best camera phones
available, and has an outstanding screen to accompany it.
Connectivity is excellent too, with support for all types of external
connections: Bluetooth, USB, Infra-red, Fast port plus fast internet
connectivity using EDGE.
The W810i is a phone that cannot be faulted. It was one of the best
phones of 2006 and is still one of the best in 2008. The W810i finally
became unavailable towards the end of 2008. For a possible replacement,
consider the Sony Ericsson W705.
Features of the Sony Ericsson W810i include:
- 2 megapixel camera with autofocus, 4x digital zoom & photo light
- Video camera & sound recorder
- Display: 262k colours, 176 x 220 pixels
- Music player
- Mega Bass
- FM radio RDS
- 40-voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 & AAC ringtones
- Polyphonic melody composer (MusicDJ)
- Speakerphone, voice controls, voice mail
- Messaging: SMS (with predictive text), EMS, MMS,
Instant messaging, email
- 3D Java games (embedded & downloadable)
- Animated wallpaper
- Picture editor and effects
- Personal organiser functions
- Picture phonebook
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Infra-red, Fast port
- WAP 2.0, GPRS, EDGE
- Memory: 20 Mbytes plus 512 Mbyte Memory Stick PRO Duo
- Vibration alert
- Size: 100 x 46 x 19.5 mm
- Weight: 99g
- Talktime: 8 hours
- Battery standby: 350 hours
Sony Ericsson W810i User Reviews
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Average rating from 110 reviews:
Reviewed by joh from Philippines on 16th Dec 2012
best phone ever. trust me. My father gave this to me october 2006 and
I still have it untill now. very durable and high quality.
Reviewed by Brett from Scotland on 5th Oct 2012
One of the best phones ever made 5 stars along with the W900i wich i
Reviewed by Damian from Denmark on 3rd Jul 2012
Agree with the majority of the posters here, tremendous phone. These
days I'm using Android phones, but still have the W810i and always take
it with me as a back-up when travelling (it seems to work everywhere
in the world, and the battery life is fantastic).
Reviewed by Josh from Scotland on 24th May 2012
This phone is amazing had it since for 6 years now and it's still working.Its
the bear grylls of mobile phones its survived being run over,dropped
in the sink countless smashes and been thrown against a solid wall and
still works,getting an upgrade now though as orange permits me but will
never forget this magnificent work of art.
Reviewed by Susan from Scotland on 4th Apr 2012
I've had my little baby for 6 years & still love it, l travel a lot
& the camera is great, no big bulky chargers. The torch apt is fab it's
amazing how often it comes in use - reading menu's in dark resturants
(had that prob last night). I love listening to the radio on mine. 10
out of 10 from me.
Reviewed by Alex Marsden from United Kingdom on
27th Mar 2012
Had this excellent phone since 2006. Still got it now and it is the
best Sony Ericsson by far!
Reviewed by Danny Myers from United Kingdom on
2nd Feb 2012
had the phone now since 2006 its outstanding survived everything iv
put it through and still performs better than most of my mates in any
Reviewed by UTTAM HALDAR from INDIA on 28th Dec
OUTSTANDING IN BOTH SOUND & PICTURE,BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT HAS BEEN STOLEN.
Reviewed by Steve from US Mexico on 18th Dec 2011
I bought the 810 based on all the reviews, and I like a lot of things
about it, but I have to say that I have complaints and don't think I'll
buy Sony again. #1: The charging- I/O port. It's a fail and I'm constantly
having problems with things that connect to it. Most of all, the chargers
don't work. I buy various ones, Sony and aftermarket and only one or
two actually work. I bought the speakers (great!) for this, but now
they won't stay connected. Headphones require carrying around the adapter.
#2 Charging weirdness. Apart from the actual port problems, if the battery
gets low, watch out. It turns into a nightmare sometimes and you're
lucky to recover the phone. #3 Walkman player dominates. It comes on
too easy and starts playing whenever. I tried to erase all songs and
disable the dedicated button but it still accidently plays some stupid
intro theme that I can't erase. I like the music feature, but really,
I bought the phone for it's reliability and the camera. #4. The ear
speaker broke after 12 months. Not happy about that, but I understand
these things happen. At least it can be fixed. The I/O port is not something
you can really correct. All that said, I like the photos and it's a
strong phone. But due to the port design, I'm going with something that
has a USB I/O next time.
Reviewed by aftab from bangladesh on 15th Dec
Im wishng this phn for 4years and it is giving me same service i lv
dis phns musik and cmera.....and also its bold look
Reviewed by Becky from Brazil on 3rd Jun 2006
OUTSTANDNG PHONE!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST CAME FROM NOKIA 6600...THIS SONY
ERICSSON W810i IS SO MUCH BETTER....IT HAS EVERYTHING OF THE BEST QUALITY!!!!
FM RADIO,MP3,CAMERA,VIDEO RECORDER,BEST PHONE EVER!!!!!!!!! GREAT DESIGN!!!!IF
YOURE IN DOUBT OF BUYING THIS PHONE OR OTHER,BYE THIS ONE!!!!!!IT ALSO
HAS PLENTY OF SPACE FOR EVERYTHING!! JUST BYE IT......YOU WONT REGRET........
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS SONY ERICSSON!!!!!!!!! BEST
Reviewed by Gavin-J from England on 2nd Jun 2006
It's a shame i cannot give this phone 6 stars.Wonderful piece of sexiness
this phone is.I owned a K750i for six months and rediscovered how cool
it can be owning a 007 style piece of technology(But without a magnet
to open the zip on a ladies dress) This W810i with its Superb looks,superb
mp-3 player,2mega camera,loads of extras and all the usual boring stuff
like clear call quality are all exceptional and continues sony's dominence
even further.You will do youself a diservice by not changing to this
phone.I would imagine the only drawback for people would be the lack
of colour options available,which most other companies tend to do these
days.If you own a W800i, not much has changed but the new button configuration
is daring as it is functional and certainly will not disappoint.Forget
the rest and get this.You want it!!
Reviewed by lisa from england on 1st Jun 2006
This is the best phone i have had! Since I am 15 i would recommend this
to any teenager. Got this phone yesterday and already have about 20
tracks on as its so easy to use.The camera is exellent and the sound
quality is excellent.The radio is good too it first comes up with the
number of the channel then it names the channel after awhile.The only
bad thing is the screen goes onto screensaver after about 15 seconds.I
oringinaly wanted the w900i but I am glad i got this one.
Reviewed by Joel from London, Uk on 1st Jun 2006
I have just upgraded on T-Mobile from a RAZR. What an awful phone that
was and I'm never going back to Motorola, despite loving the look of
the new SLVR. Let's be honest, making phones is not hard. It is all
about common sense. For example; my local pub is called The Doghouse.
The word 'Doghouse' was not in the RAZR dictionary and it could NOT
be added. Thus, every time I texted my mates about meeting up, i had
to spell it out. Previous to the RAZR I had a K700i and it was perfect
appart from the small 'nipple' / joystick breaking after a while. However,
you COULD add words to the dictionary and it all worked fine!!! Now
they have replaced the joystick with a little "up, down, left, right"
pad. Much better. The Walkman aspect of this phone is totally pointless,
but the memory stick it comes with is huge (512) and will mean you can
have your fav. songs as ringtones. It is also a doddle to sync with
your computer, allowing easy addition of the contacts that otherwise
you'd have to spend years typing in. A great phone.
Reviewed by Alex from England~!!! on 31st May
I bought this fone yesterday. And dis fone had banished all my concerns
about. IT ROCKS 4EVER!!! getting a first SE fone. the fone is ABSOLUTELY
FINE and it is the TOPPEST Quality fones around at the moment. it was
black instead of a clumsy mixture of white and orange of W800i, which
i preferred the black obviously. but i hv 2 say that it would take me
a while to get used to the bar shape instead of the slide and flip because
i would have 2 lock it every single time. the camera is fab if not brilliant(same
thing?)because of the cover-less lens. the walkman feature is a distinguishing
pulling feature of this fone. I could h gone 4 the sasmsung D600 but
i was more interested in the music feature of the fone. Reliable fone,
18 month contract on ORANGE FAB FAB FAB and one more time FAB fone.
p.s the radio is superb and the creaking was only for a day, it took
no time to trim the rubber thats surrounding the D-pad....
Reviewed by Sarah from on 31st May 2006
I have had this phone for 6 weeks now and I love it. It is definitely
worth 5 stars. The camera is excellent and the walkman is brilliant.
I cannot recommend this phone enough.
Reviewed by Bryan from Manchester(uk) on 31st
similar to the w800i but like a more intelligent big brother generally
perfection in a phone....
Reviewed by Ian P from UK on 31st May 2006
This rocks! A Walkman, a video player, a phone, a camera, a torch, an
organiser, GPRS, Screensavers and animated(ish) menus, up to 2Gb storage
(2000 music tracks). And Java! Put all of that together and you get
a Sony Walkman W810i. It takes the best parts of what Sony know and
puts it into a package that you can speak to your mates on. The camera
has a light (not a flash - take note budding pro's), special effects,
panoramic view (3 pictures stitched together), zoom, auto-focus, up
to 2Gb storage which equates to 1000's of pictures or lots of video
minutes, burst mode (15 pictures in v quick succesion), macro (for those
butterflies!), self timer, white balance adjust, date and time stamping.
As you can see this is what most digi-cams can do. But this is your
phone! Walkman features are....Walkman. What Sony do. Walkmans. I could
go on, but I won't. All I'll say is - Forget your N70. Get this Sony
Walkman W810i. You'd be as mad as a March hare not too! PS: I have no
relationship to Sony or any of it's partners. PPS: Sony, if you're looking
for salesman sometime soon....
Reviewed by Craig from England on 30th May 2006
I have just upgraded to the w810i from the w800i and it is the best
phone i have ever had, i am the type of person who is never happy with
their phone and continues to change it every week but this is deffenitly
a one to keep. The camera and video are really good and the sound and
picture quality i can not falt, the only problem i have is the size
of the buttons, with them being quite small they can be a little aquard...
Reviewed by Claire from Eng-er-land on 30th May
This fone is Da Bomb!!!!
Reviewed by Mr Singh from West London on 28th
Had this phone for a week now and it is brilliant!!! Not prone to freezing
like a nokia, and has better sound quality. Pictures taken with the
camera is excellent on screen and on my computer. Comes with 512mb memory
card which can fit a load of songs, videos and pictures. However there
a few drawbacks...battery life seems to drain out after listening to
the walkman on full volume. The navigation key is seriously annoying
with the cheapy squeaky sound and it does have a cheapy feel. Although
my w810 has had 2 falls to concrete, it still has avioded any scracthes
which is amazing. It is one of the top 3 phones out at the moment!!!!!!
Reviewed by daz from england on 27th May 2006
this phone is wicked i had the w800i even though there both walkman
the w810i is the best ,colour black sets the phone off....wat more can
i say buy and have fun.
Reviewed by daniel from england on 27th May 2006
If there was 6 or 7 star, this phone would definately get it, its amazing
with its 2MP camera and auto focus with it, who knew you could fit so
much features on to a pocket sized, handy, business, mp3 player of a
phone. The package doesnt scam people either, saying that its an mp3
player and give you a crappy memory card so you can fit 3 songs on to
it, no this package goes overboard for the customers and supplies an
512 mb memory card. This phone is extremely easy to get used to aswell,
i only got it last week and it seems as if ive had this phone over 10
years or something, overall this phone is outstandingly good, and i
were you, i'd end up buying 1 for the whole family!!!
Reviewed by Woody from UK on 26th May 2006
U can either read this review and accept it or discard it and believe
others. I got this phone on 02 and it is amazing. The screen quality
is simply outstanding. The extra features such as just turn on the walkman
player just tops the phone. I have read many reviews on this phone and
I do not find the button in the middle a problem. I previously owned
a sony ericsson k500i and the joystick broke within a few months. But
this phone does not have the same joystick. It uses different buttons
as arrows. The middle button is basically select and even then its possible
to select things with another button. The picture quality of the camera
is amazing and the light makes the picture clearer. For those people
upgrading from a rubbish phone i.e. old phone, this phone is simply
Reviewed by Paul from England on 26th May 2006
This is the best mobile that I have ever owned. The camera is fantastic
and the quality of the music player is superb. I'm glad I have finally
got a mobile that (in my opinion) is better than my friend's d600. Well
done sony ericsson!
Reviewed by ZAEEM from PAKISTAN on 24th May 2006
With 2 mp camera and walkman brand it is same as w800i. Sony Ericsson
should do some work on its OS. OS of sony ericsson is failed. NOKIA
Reviewed by Thierry from London,, UK on 23rd May
Fantastic phone, got it today. The themes are incredible when you can
download all sorts of stuff for it. Camera is amazing. Software is superb,
simple drag and drop- works like a dream. As this is my first sony ericsson,
its taking some time to get used to the keypad and layout. Only 1 fault
about this great phone.. The battery is very hard to take off. Other
than that.. perfection.
Reviewed by jo from singapore on 23rd May 2006
i think W810i is an extremely good phone. i loved the themes especially
the black one. i had W800i before and the functions are genrally the
same except that the speaker for W810i is much better. i can blast songs
at the highest volume without any static. the contacts list is also
much better. instead of the previously single letter search, W810i can
now key in the full name that i want to search for. the camera is great!
i can sit in a car and take pictures and even though the ride is bumpy,
the picture comes out so clearly. however, i didnt really like the key
pad. i preferred W800i's joystick as it was much easier to navigate.
W810i directional buttons is creaky. haha...the calender can't store
birthdays too. =( one more thing that i didn't like is that the camera
doesn't have a cover over it. this causes the dust to get in easily.
but i really really love this phone and i love it that it comes in black
with a little orange cuz it makes the phone look so cool. =D
Reviewed by piper from uk on 23rd May 2006
just got this phone for my boyfriend, and our relationship has suffered,
he hasnt been off it!! the phone is wicked, he had a d600 before, and
couldnt change any of the message defaults, on this phone you can set
any thing to the message tone, its cool. alot sturdier than previous
sony's, much better design with no joystick in the middle too, no fear
on that going!! overall really pleased with this phone, my boyfriend
Reviewed by mat from uk on 22nd May 2006
best phone on the market by the best manufacturer around battery life
is excellent i charge every 7-10 days, sound qua;ity amazing software
is so easy to use a baby could download onto this phone its that easy!!
Reviewed by pete from united kingdom on 22nd May
i agree with the outstanding rating of this phone, no blue tooth problems,
connection perfect, sound quality fine, not much of an improvement over
the w800i, but that fone was a tough act to follow anyway, all in all,
10 out of 10, first class.
Reviewed by ruben cravid from Portugal on 21st
FIRST MONTH I HAD BOUGHT DA FONE, BUT I STILL THINK I'M DREAMING!!!
NEVER SAW NOTHIN'LIKE THAT IN MY LIFE!!! mP3 PLAYER WITH LOTS AND LOTS
OF MEMORY (512 MB) AND WITH A PICTURE QUALITY I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
IT'S SLIM, SLEEK,QUICK & UNIQUE. I'VE HAD LOADS OF FONES, AND I MEAN
LOADS (19) & THIS ONE IS EASILY THE BEST. TRUST ME FROM SOMEONE WITH
EXPERIENCE. TWO WORDS 4u: BUY IT!!! XXX
Reviewed by Lisha from UK on 20th May 2006
Ok i got this phone yesterday, i did have w800i before. This phone is
very very similar. Its still good though apart from slightly anooyin
CREAKIER keys. But i suppose you have to give n take a little every
things has its down falls howerever small. But overall so far im gettin
on just fine with it, cus as i said very very similar to w800i. But
i must say am glad its black this time, although i kept my w800i very
clean, it SURE was hard work to maintain.
Reviewed by craig robinson from manchester on
19th May 2006
i hav just got this fantastic phone trust me ull luv it i reccomend
it in so many ways the picture quality is outstanding. if you r planing
to mget this phone trust me GET IT!!
Reviewed by Lisa from Essex on 19th May 2006
Got this phone yesterday and just love it. I just changed from the D500
- which was another great phone, but battery life was seriously pants.
I'll await to see what the battery life is like on this. I have managed
to navigate my way around the menus and phone set up really easily.
Downloaded some tunes to the MP3 player and would say the sound quality
is good. Camera is much better than the d500. The only downside I have
found so far is - it will definitely need a case, so have ordered a
clear plastic one for it, otherwise I can see it getting seriously scratched
whcih wouldn't be good as it really is a sexy looking phone and its
a shame they have decided to do away with the lense cover for the camera
(like the one they had on the K750i - not sure why they did that. Other
than that, I can honestly say this is one of the best - if not the best
- phones on the market. If you get this phone I would be highly surprised
if you were disappointed.
Reviewed by fletch316 from england on 19th May
just got this new phone,think its pretty decent,i did have a samsung
d500 which i thought was better in the sence of security ,e.g..passwords
for sounds,videos,email,pictures and so on. but above all i think this
w810i beats the samsung,not impressed with the torch tho,when you put
it onto the "on" position and "on for a minute" the light begins to
flash after a while.........is this the norm or is it a software problem?
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 19th May 2006
As I am moving on from an ancient (and beloved) Sony CMD-Z5 so I guess
any modern phone would knock me over but I do like this phone a lot.
Actually why these things are still called phones I don't know; this
is a miniature computer. Found loading music from CDs easy; sound from
Radio and player quite acceptable. Downloaded from SE site a simple
ringtone (Office Phone) that just sounds like a phone! and a theme (orbital)
that i prefer to the ones installed. The calendar is useable if your
life is not too complicated and may end up replacing my handspring organiser.
I do not seem to be having any problems with battery life although early
days yet. Camera seems fine as well. Problems -In the middle of a downloading
and setting up session it did lock up; key lights on but no one at home.
Did what I would do with a computer- pulled the power (battery) out
and all was OK; slightly worrying though. My old Sony could turn itself
off every evening and I cannot seem to do this - the manual could be
more comprehensive eg does not tell you how to lock the keys; fairly
essential with its exposed key pad. Wondering if it needs a case think
I will get one of those solid clear plastic ones everything (screen
lens keyboard)seems a bit vulnerable. Mostly just love it though. Richard
Reviewed by James from England on 19th May 2006
I got this phone a couple weeks ago and there isn't a thing about it
I can fault and as far as I'm concerned its the best phone out right
now. As for people saying the camera light flashes on and off - I have
also noticed this but it only happens when the battery is low to save
power and it comes on the second you take a photo so it isn't a problem
even in a pitch black room. And as for the crackly sound - I have come
accross this once - It only happens if its a sound say from a video
and there's is a wide array of noises all going on at the same time
and all needs be done is to turn the volume down by a bar or so and
it is very nearly the same volume and the distortion disappears. Getting
that crackly sound is a bit of a challenge really and I'm always playing
music with alot of bass through the speakers with mates and we have
no problems whatsoever as the sound quality on these phones is SUPERB
and can go to a decent volume 'with no distortion' at all. Also the
picture zoom on this phone is amazing and totally beats the brakes off
d600's and all them. Say if you had to run and catch a train and you
saw an interesting headline on a newspaper you desperately wanted to
read you could simply take a quick shot of the page and read it later
on the train by zooming in and in perfect quality. Zoom so good you
could zoom right in on an individual letter and have it fill the screen
with only slight blur. The gist of it is this phone RULES and the great
programs like video dj and a kick ass MP3 player the fun never ends.
You WILL NOT be disappointed - Get it! (People ought to stop giving
phones poor ratings on the count of them getting a faulty handset or
dropping them because they're thick)
Reviewed by WES BROWN from manchester on 18th
yea this phone is great i just bought it instead of the w800i
Reviewed by rog from uk on 18th May 2006
Generally very happy good bits - music - playlists - camera - looks
- use - pics, video, games, alarms,..... - oh it works as a phone too!
but here are my gripes. These are mainly points that bother me after
my Nokia 6230 (Sony ericson, listen up for your next version ;-) And
i havnt read the manual, and i have only had for a week. - Listening
to the radio/walkman it should ring in your headphones when you get
a call/message. keep missing them. - voice dialing, just doesnt work,
(for me?), never had an issue with the nok, but just havnt managed to
dial by voice with SE. - The volume and button on the otherside means
that I always press them both when i want to press one. - The music
transfer software, i couldnt get to work. - why do i have to have a
button mapped to 'live!' and not be able to change it.(vodofone only?)
- I turn off the radio, it crackles in the headphones - I cant change
the chanels to my presets with the button on the headset. probably not
so much of an issue with the rds but every day on the train i get to
a place on my journey between signals, and end up not being able to
listen to the radio without opening up the radio and doing it all manually.
- when i lose stereo signal, it goes to silent rather than mono. (would
probably be an option) - I had the flashing light thing when using the
torch, made it unuseable to find things in the dark,(other than other
ravers) - clicky buttons - I think that there must be something wrong
with mine, coz it keeps hanging me up after a minute or two? and with
no signal type loss. - the in ear headphone things means that you can
hear yourself 'wierdly'... try eating toast while listening to music.
- battery life supposed to be better, but at the moment i still dare
not go anywhere without the charger, and im sure that it got flat after
an hour of talking, (not 480 minutes for sure), perhaps its because
the mp3 flattens more than you think. - cant delete the trial versions
of games. - Cant sync to lotus notes, the nokia did very nicely. and
now i just dont use it for all my alarms and things which is a shame.
but it is fab
Reviewed by Paul Davidson from UK on 18th May
This mobile has to be the best on the market at the moment. Everything
about it is sheer perfection; the quality of the screen, menu layout,
Walkman MP3 player rocks and the camera is outstanding for a mobile
phone, both for still pictures and video. This phone is now perfect
for me as I have just downloaded the lastest firmware via Da Vinci team,
which has solved the plashing LED problem. I love this phone so much,
I honestly think that as from next year when my contract is up I will
be changing to PAYG. I can't imagine a better phone than this.
Reviewed by craig from middlesbrough on 16th May
outstanding in everypossible way
Reviewed by The Devil from UK on 16th May 2006
Had a lot of trouble with Bluetoothe connections .... just keeps disconnecting
then re-connecting for no reason. Went off for repair for 5 days ....
came back the same. Lots of trouble trying to get Vodafone Customer
Services to replace ..... now Cancelled contract with Vodafone. Will
try another service provider.
Reviewed by Rich from UK on 15th May 2006
What can you say about this phone that hasn't already been said? In
a word...its amazing. Camera quality is fantastic, sound quality is
great and the memory is very good. I had the Samsung D500 and hated
it, so was very choosy when it came to picking another handset. This
by far the best handset ive ever used. Five stars? This should be in
a league of its own.
Reviewed by Rampant Rabbiter from UK on 15th May
This phone is incredible - and I've owned it for a month now. I previously
had the W800i and the W900i (much overrated phone), but I have to say
this is the best phone I have ever had. The screen is far improved from
the W800i. The specs are the same, but the W810i has a built-in 3D graphics
accelerator, which explains the difference in the screen quality. Removing
the unreliable joystick was also the best thing SE ever did - it is
much easier to navigate your way around and use the Walkman feature.
The themes are also improved and much cooler - especially the Orbit
theme. However, to all those poor people on Vodafone, you probably don't
have these groovy new themes as I've heard that they disable them and
replace them with their own - which is totally out of order, in my opinion.
My phone is completely SIM-free, luckily. The only fault I have found
is the now well-known camera flash fault, although SE will no doubt
fix this in time with a firmware update. But it doesn't both er me too
much, I don't take many photos in the dark... And to answer Smithy,
who wanted to know if you can use the radio on loudspeaker - yes you
can, but only if you've got the headphones plugged in because they act
as the antennae. However, expect this to decrease the battery life significantly.
All in all, this phone is fantastic and well-worth it. Definitely the
best phone I've ever owned - and I've owned a lot! And I can't say I've
noticed a difference in the quality of the headphones either - the only
difference is the colour, which they changed to match the much-improved
satin black colour of the handset. Anyone thinking of buying this phone
- do not hesitate! I'd recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by Chris from Wales on 14th May 2006
Having owned the W800i I must say that this phone has improved perfection!
It's in a fantastic black with orange colour (so much better than the
cream and orange colour of the W800i)! The camera is excellent (shame
they've removed the lens cover) and the music player is excellent. The
headphones are not as good to look at as the W800i but the sound quality
is just as good. Call quality is excellent and I find it just as easy
to use as any Nokia. Brilliant!
Reviewed by Em from England on 14th May 2006
I don't actually have this phone, but I am going to get it. I've been
reading the reviews and I think that one of the reasons the light flashes
while using it could be because of the auto focus on the camera, or
could be red eye reduction, as most digital cameras have this function.
Reviewed by keila from newcastle on 13th May 2006
hiya i have just got the new w810i and i highly recommend it to everyone.i
have never been happy with any phone until this phone i thought the
k750i was good this w810i is worht every penny spent.
Reviewed by Mark from United Kingdom on 13th May
Great phone, great features but is anyone else having problems with
the battery? I'm on my second and it still needs charging every 2 days
despite turning everything off. Battery aside, this is the best phone
I've owned. Get yourself a 2GB card and really start to enjoy it.
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 12th May 2006
Generally the phone is excellent. However, I am posting this comment
because many people above are saying the sound quality is excellent
and even perfect. After recently buying the W810i, this is certainly
not my experience and I'm not alone. The sound quality suffers from
hiss and digital artifacts / distortion. This is particularly noticeable
at non-loud volumes or for quieter music, including at the end of most
tracks, to the point tat it dominates and ruins the music. If your surprised
to hear this then join the club. It appears to be a continuation of
the problem in later firmware updates to W800i. For more details see:
Reviewed by CrazyAl from UK on 12th May 2006
OK I'm giving this an 'acceptable' rating. As everyone seems to have
agreed, the screen is pretty damn good, and the camera isn't bad at
all either. The Walkman function is really very good once you've managed
to set up your own playlists. However... my first W810i died within
9 hours of receiving it. Dead - not a sign of life. At all. Fortunately
that's not too common (why me!?!). I do find the keypad keys rather
small and close together - making me quite prone to mistakenly pressing
the wrong one. I think the setup of the menus is a bit more fiddly than
I would have hoped for, especially compared to a Nokias'. And the final
gripe - I think the build quality isn't anything like what it should
be. It has a cheap plastic case and I the main navigation button in
the centre doesn't feel like there's much to stop it breaking after
a year or so of use. Not quite the quality feel I was fully expecting
(contrast it with the Nokia N70 for example). Anyhow, I still on the
wh ole like this phone despite a few slip-ups, as it does turn heads,
and takes phones further into the future (speaking of which, where's
the 3G!? ;-P ) I would say try before you buy - compare it with the
Reviewed by paul meadlo from england on 12th May
this phone looks wicked!!!! but it is basically a w800i with a new look.
it has the same camera , memory, mp3 player, in fact the only difference
i can see apart from looks is that the headphones of a w800i are better.
sony downgraded the headphones supplied with the w810i to save money...
they figured you dont need headphones THAT good. but i guess you do
if you buying a music phone. regardless though it is still a great phone
but save £100 and buy a w800i
Reviewed by Nicole from England on 11th May 2006
Sik Fone. I Got dis 1 and the Samsung D600e. Must say brilliant camera
and mp3. GET DIS PHONE 110% RECOMMENDED!
Reviewed by josh from england on 11th May 2006
THIS PHONE IS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!! THE MEMORY IS AMAZING AND THE CAMERA
Reviewed by Johnny from UK on 10th May 2006
This phone is brilliant. The graphics are superb and the mp3 player
is great. the 2 megapixel camera is excellent. It does everything a
phone needs to do. My only grip is that the calendar function doesn't
seem to let you book a weekly appointment.
Reviewed by Smithy from England on 10th May 2006
Awesome phone has the highest quality of every feature. Only 1 thing
at the moment, can the Radio be played out load? I know Mp3's can but
how do you play the radio out loud?
Reviewed by vix from uk on 9th May 2006
Only had a the phone a week but am loving it! It is fantastic the picture
quality is inlike any other phone I have had! Just love it my bills
are gonna be a fortune coz just wanna use it so keep texting every1
hahaha. Need to download my music from pc to phone (when i get around
to it) but by reading the instructions it looks pretty easier. Best
Reviewed by Dave Mercer from England on 9th May
Having upgraded from a k750i i must say i really fail to justify the
added cost as the k750i is capable of playing mp3's etc also, ok its
from a menu and not at the touch of a button. But this is where the
810i comes into its own.. its able to sort your music into artist, track
or playlist, it also lists any videos you may have. when watching a
video your able to switch to "full screen" mode a neat little trick
for any long journeys you may be making. it comes with some great software
that basicly make it an ipod, you insert your cd, click transfer and
hey presto it compresses it nice and small and puts it on your memory
stick... invest in a few memory sticks and your music is limitless,
this phone is capable of taking a whopping 2gb stick... so... what ya
waiting for? go get this phone.... :o)
Reviewed by Lloyd M from England on 8th May 2006
Just bought the phone so it's still relatively new to me, but I like
it very much. Still getting use to it's menu as it is quite different
to my previous phone's menu (Nokia), though I must add it's not as simple.
It has a very good camera although you lose quality on zooming. Need
I mention that it's a great music/video player! It comes with some neat
assessories (hands-free) but I would highly reccommend a good protective
case. So far so good. Message for Daniel: Learn how to use the phone
before you cuss it!
Reviewed by kuda from england on 7th May 2006
wow great phone outstading and love the walkman
Reviewed by Big Shug from Scotland on 7th May
great phone, excellent features including 2.0 mega pixel camera, walkman
and a radio. best phone I've ever had
Reviewed by n16 from England on 7th May 2006
this phone is completely rubbish very hard to use the menu button is
as small as a pin head
Reviewed by jordan from england on 6th May 2006
this fone is fab.its got all things tht you would expect if not more.i
wish i got this fone earlier ,it is recomended to anyone
Reviewed by Porgie from Essex on 5th May 2006
This is actually a phone i feel comfortable with its my first pay monthly
phone and a phone i can rely on!! Its ledge
Reviewed by Milly from UK on 5th May 2006
I think this is the bestest phone around! As most people, I have always
liked Nokia's, but with this phone, I have found everything I need and
more! Only downside is the lack of lens cover, but hopefully SE can
add that onto the upgrade next time! Truly very happy!
Reviewed by Owain Bayliss from Wales on 5th May
Could not get a signal any where. i know other people who are on the
same network but i cannot get a signal on this phone. on the plus point
the screen is very clear. maybe my second phone will be better than
Reviewed by RAMI from SUADI ARABIA on 4th May
that thing IS THE BEST. I WOULD ONLY LIKE TO KNOW HOW COULD I DOWNLOAD
FREE MP3.I NEED A WEBSITE.PLZZZZZZ PLZZZ HELP
Reviewed by hype from UK on 4th May 2006
Just amazing. Easily the best phone on the market for functionality
and looks. The more Nokia seem to lose the plot with their phones the
stronger SE's get.
Reviewed by aj from eng on 4th May 2006
propa bo i tell the
Reviewed by Curt from UK on 3rd May 2006
Great Phone,Just The Phone I Have Always Dreamed 4
Reviewed by Ally from England on 3rd May 2006
yea i found that my music keys in the middle squeak a bit. but i think
its a fab phone and just wish id got it sooner!
Reviewed by Toby from England on 2nd May 2006
I have just had the W810i for a day, and it rocks. It does everything
I need it to do !
Reviewed by Alix from walsall on 30th Apr 2006
Reviewed by Comrade from England on 28th Apr 2006
Just got this as an upgrade to my 6630, looks wise it's hard to beat
and it seems to have all the toys though am having a time trying to
get used to the interface (Nokia's Symbian is so much easier to use).
few downers though: Why do the buttons squeak so,why are the bundled
games so baaaad! one of them is a demo. Wanted Millionaire like other
sonys and why have they got rid off the camera lens protection. That
lens thing is gonna fill up with dirt in no time.
Reviewed by tanveer from england on 28th Apr 2006
this is the dogs nut this fone does it all while looking 100% better
than any of those chaeaply built takky samsungs but i am just wondering
is any 1 else having the problem that the buttons squeek sometimes???
Reviewed by naqash from england on 27th Apr 2006
great phone thats it but only thing is that it is kind of the same as
the w800i but oh well. the video on this lasts 1 hour but 4 a w800i
its 10 secs. so if u want this phone get it if not then good luck looking
4 a good phone. uhuhuh
Reviewed by Fizz from UK on 24th Apr 2006
I used to have a K700i, and having the w810i has been a great experience,
all of the features are really cool, such as the walkman and video DJ.
The slim satin black design is very good. I have not had any problems
with it, appart from it crashing all the time, after I had starting
using a 2GB memory card in it. it was fine at first but after I have
half filled the memory card, it is slow and crashes alot. Im just waiting
for the software update to come out, but overall a great fone
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 24th Apr 2006
Had this phone for about a week now and im really happy with it. It
does more that i could expect from a phone a will probably ever need.
Reviewed by Alex from England on 24th Apr 2006
well i bought this phone on contract around 2 weeks ago, and it is everything
i expected if not more! i had trouble choosing between the nokia 3250
and SE w810i, in the end after reading such comments as on this site
i chose to go for this phone, and i am extremly happy i did so. the
walkman is great, as is th camera and the memory is outstanding! Overall
an amazing phone. I would strongly reccomend this phone to all wanting
an up-to-date gem!
Reviewed by Egg from England on 24th Apr 2006
I use the W800 for work and that is a Good phone apart from the stick
in the middle which the W810i gets rid of and for me makes this phone
one of the best on the market at the moment! It does everything a phone
should really well, eg. makes calls answer calls etc. The other features
like the camera is great and the memory is sufficiant for putting a
few songs on!! This phone feels and looks great. Buy this phone you
will no be dissapointed!
Reviewed by champ from sweden on 24th Apr 2006
This phone is the best...buy it!!! better then the samsung d600, and
is the same as the w900 just smaller and not 3g.
Reviewed by Noel from UK on 23rd Apr 2006
I too have SE K750i which is very good but lack some of the features
of the W810i which is expected because it’s an earlier model.
Considering that there is so many spell check software available you
cannot spell plus you need your eyes examine. The W810i has a Radio
that is exactly like the one on the K750i that I listen to every night.
I have used many different makes SE, Nokia, Moto, Samsung, LG and there
are always one or two features that are missing. Humans are difficult
to satisfy! This phone is one of the best.
Reviewed by Nick from UK on 23rd Apr 2006
Just bought this phone on an o2 contract and im as happy with it as
i expected to be. I had a K750i and im so pleased i made the switch.
People say the phone is no different to the K750i and W800i but it is,
to begin with it looks a lot nicer and has a bigger brighter screen.
There is no difference that i can see with the camera quality which
is no problem because the W800i and K750i camera's are extremely good
for a phone. My favourite new feacture to the phone is the interactive
main menu for example one theme for the menu called Orbit has a little
shooting star that follows you as you navigate and changes colour every
time you enter the menu. The only problem i seem to have with it if
im being picky is when using the tourch it begins flashing. The screen
becomes very fingerprint covered this is a problem i unfortunately had
with the K750i aswell. The K750i and the W800i are still fantastic phones
and the W810i is just a revised version of the two. If you already have
a W800i i would probably not upgrade but if you are thinking of buying
a W800i i would consider buying the W810i.
Reviewed by Holly from England on 22nd Apr 2006
Everything about this phone is outstanding. Great camera, great display
and great memory (with a morory card.) The only thing that bugs me are
the squeaky keys but overall an excellent effort from Sony Ericsson!
Reviewed by Kelvin Bakerq from United Kingdom on
22nd Apr 2006
Have had this phone just over a week on 02 upgrade and have to say its
the best phone I`ve ever owned. There IS a radio on the phone as standard
- not sure why someone has said there isn`t. The menus are a breeze
to use with shortcuts making life all the more simpler. The camera is
excellent. Standard size photo prints on glossy paper are fantastic.
Walkman is great to use - dont use the disc2phone software supplied
though as it take an age to transfer cds across. Plug in via usb or
memory card reader and drag and drop takes seconds! 2gig cards available
cheaply now so who needs ipods! As for the buttons clicking too loud
- rubbish! Small price to pay for not having the dodgy joystick that
stops working after a while due to dust. One tiny complaint - the standard
headphones supplied are very tinny in their sound reproducton and keep
falling out my ears! But has stnadard earphone socket so you can put
any headphones you wish into the phone. Overall great phone with lots
of features to suite everyone.
Reviewed by Sam from England on 21st Apr 2006
In simple terms this phone is the dogs! Best phone i've ever had and
i've barely owned it a week! I previously had a 3250 which was absoloute
rubbish so i go this instead and the difference is amazing. First thing
i noticed was the superb ergonomic design fit in your hand lovely and
is lovely to hold and very comfortable for those extended texting and
gaming sessions. The buttons are spaced out unlike my old K700 which
you occasionally pressed the wrong button on. They navigational key
is also better than the joystick on the K700, others mentioned a crecking
noise no such problem here maybe they press to hard or its just newness??
Next is the features the walkman is super! and the software that comes
with it is very easy to use they've kept it simple here. In addition
the 2MP camera is amazing, much better than the one on the 3250 anyway.
The display is crystal clear and call clarity is excellent. In all honest
i can't think of one problem with this phone SE have really pulled a
gem out of the bag top notch!!
Reviewed by Fduge from England on 21st Apr 2006
amzing fone with excelltent features. It does have a Radio and the cameras
amzing aswell. the nav key in the middle is much better then the joystiks
of k759 and w800. screens pretty good as well. da 512 memory stik is
really good and da headfones are amazing quality. Overall, much better
than d600 and da bst fne on market now.
Reviewed by Kev from UK on 21st Apr 2006
If you spent less time critisizing the phone then you would notice that
there is a radio!!
Reviewed by Sasha from Russia on 20th Apr 2006
I love sony ericson for making this phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's
the best one ever made!!!
Reviewed by Paul from England on 19th Apr 2006
Had the phone for 3 days, and can't find fault! Fantastic phone!!! I
used to be a Nokia man but i think that the W810i has truly converted
me. PRAISE BE TO SONY ERICSSON.
Reviewed by MMS from UK on 19th Apr 2006
Got this phone on O2 a week ago and i can easily say its better than
any Nokia available at the moment. Actually got the Motorola V3i first
and was worried it would snap in two as it feels so flimsy so sent it
back and got this amazing phone. when compaired to Motorola the sony
software is so responsive that searching my phone book is lightning
fast. My friend has a W800i which is almost the same except for the
colour but the screen on the W810i is brighter and the phone feels a
bit lighter and possibly smaller. The only problem is the lens cover
which the W810i does not have. Battery life is quite good. Like most
people, i too was a Nokia fan for many years...but with sony Ericsson
producing such feature packed and solidly built phones...its silly to
stick to Nokia anymore.
Reviewed by Pooyan from Canada on 19th Apr 2006
Reviewed by daniel from england on 18th Apr 2006
have been waiting ages for this phone, expencting it to be outstanding
after having the sony ericsson k750i, but sadly it isnt, the features
and specification is basically the same, but lacks features like a radio,
which i often use. the design is nice, being small and slim and comfortable
to hold, and the text buttons are easy to use, but i hate the main directional
buttons just under the screen, they make a loud clicking noise every
time you use them, the select button in the middle wobbles about, and
sticks out enough to be a joystick, which are hard to use. NO NEED TO
GET THIS PHONE, EXACT SAME AS K750I ETC.. THIS IS WAY OVER PRICED AND
I AM GOING TO WAIT UNTIL THE SONY ERICSSON K800I COMES OUT WITH AMAZING
FEATURES LIKE 3.2 MEGA PIXEL CAMERA!!!
Reviewed by Jake from UK on 18th Apr 2006
For a long time I've alternated between Nokias & Samsungs but coming
up to upgrade time I couldn't find anything that WOW! I'd had a D500
for a yeat and really liked the look of a D600 but then read all about
the dodgy batteries and the PC software issues so decided against it.
So I looked through the SE range and decided on the W810i. And i'm so
glad i did cus this thing is simply the best phone around. It looks
great, works like a dream, is easy to use and the camera and walkman
are as good as others have said. I've had it for a week and can now
zip around menus and short cuts in seconds. I've upgraded my memory
stick (there's some dirt cheap UK retailers on eBay) so I can now fit
a more than enough tunes. The disc2phone software is very easy to use
(a little basic actually considering it won't let you edit the track
lists if the disc isn't read) and the file manager makes uploading and
downloading video, pics and sounds a doddle. Most importantly the call
clarity is excellent. If i was to be mega critical the directional key
makes an annoying creaking sound and the headphones supplied don't want
to stay in your ear unless your sat perfectly still. But at least you
can swap them for a different make if you want. Overall a great phone
and anyone who buys it won't be disappointed.
Reviewed by Craig from Scotland on 17th Apr 2006
Very Nice phone, but why does it have those enoying clicky buttons that
enoy evryone sitting near your
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 17th Apr 2006
Excellent phone tho a few problems ... i hav found that the aeril on
mine isnt very good and my camera light flashs when im wanting to take
a picture ... overall though it is an Excellent phone
Reviewed by Kit from England on 15th Apr 2006
Had wanted the n80 but got pi#@ed off by the constant delays and to
top it off when i finally got my hands on one the build quality just
felt cheap and nasty. The w810i by comparison is a very Good phone,
built to last, easy to use, packed full of feature and it has excellent
picture and sound quality. A few "issues" with the accompanying software
but a quick phone call to S.E rectified this, bit worried that the screen
might be easily scratched thou (already a few small ones and i've only
had it 3 days). Overall great phone
Reviewed by Adrian from on 14th Apr 2006
I own both the W810i and the W900i. I have to say i am a little dissapointed
in the W810i. The screen resolution is not as good as its bigger brother,nor
is the sound quality. Looks are far better and i prefer the black finish
to the white. Overall i prefer the W900i and believe it is the best
phone on the market at this moment in time.
Reviewed by LEWIS from usa on 14th Apr 2006
excellent phone the mp3 on it is so so so so so so so so amazing better
dan my ipod nano.But does any 1 no wen its coming on pay as you go
Reviewed by Debbie from UK on 12th Apr 2006
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I wanted the Samsung D600 but my husband said this was the better phone.
Only had it for 2 days and I love it. It is easy to use and sounds and
looks great. Already added tracks to the walkman and used them as my