Sony Ericsson W850i Review
In a nutshell: A slide-design Walkman phone, the W850i features
Sony's award-winning Walkman music player with enough memory for around
1000 songs, a built-in FM radio, 3G video calling and a 2 megapixel
camera. The W850i's camera is not as good as the W810i, but it has the
benefits of being 3G and having a sexy slide design!
Review: October 2006. Last updated July 2009.
This is quite an old phone now - nearly three years old, and the fact
that it's still available in the shops says a lot. We awarded the phone
4 stars when we originally reviewed it, but it's now showing signs of
age. Still, it's a nice solid phone and there are some excellent deals
The Sony Ericsson W850i is a Walkman-branded phone in a slide design.
Sony Ericsson are new to sliders, but they have produced a very nice
design that slides nicely, has a nice keypad, a 5-way scroll key that's
much easier to use than the joystick design of the K800i,
and makes excellent use of the slide format to include a large screen.
It's available in a choice of black or white. The white version has
a real 24 carat gold Walkman logo for added bling! The keypad features
a funky lighting effect that pulses to the beat of the music. On the
outside, it's a beautiful phone.
Inside it's great too! This is a Walkman-branded phone, so we'll review
the music features first. The Walkman series of phones have established
a first-class reputation for music, and the W850i fully lives up to
expectations. You can enjoy stereo sound from the music player or the
FM radio with excellent audio quality and user-friendliness. The Mega
Bass feature enhances bass frequencies and a good stereo headset
is supplied in the sales package. There's plenty of room for storing
music with a 1GB Memory
Stick PRO Duo supplied as standard - this is enough for around 250
Managing music is very easy with the CD of PC software supplied. The
W850i supports USB mass storage, which means that files can be easily
and quickly transferred with a drag and drop operation (USB cable supplied).
You can also download music directly to your phone with the Walkman
software, and the 3G connection makes this very fast. The W850i also
introduces a novel feature called TrackID. If you hear a song
on the radio that you don't know, you can use TrackID to find the name,
artist and album for you - impressive!
The W850i is also a camera phone of course, and is equipped with a
good quality 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and flash. There's
also a video camera that you can use to record or to make 3G video calls.
The W850i's camera isn't in the same league as the Sony
Ericsson K800i however, as there's no autofocus. The quality of
the TFT display is very high - it's large (2 inches across) and as good
as any of its competitors.
This has got to be one of the best Walkman phones released so far,
and that's saying a lot! The main disadvantages are that the camera
doesn't have autofocus and the keypad can be a little fiddly.
Features of the Sony Ericsson W850i include:
- 3G video calling
- 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and flash
- Video camera with photo light
- VideoDJ software for video editing
- Display: TFT, 262,144-colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.0 inches)
- Music player
- FM radio
- Mega Bass for enhanced bass frequencies
- MP3 / AAC ringtones (64-voice polyphonic ringtones)
- Melody composer / MusicDJ
- Lighting effects
- Sound recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Wallpaper and animations
- 3D Java games
- Personal organiser functions
- File manager
- Flight mode
- WAP, GPRS, Web browser
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Fast Port, Infrared, USB mass storage
- Memory: 16 Mbytes plus Memory Stick PRO Duo support
- Vibration alert
- Triband plus 3G (UMTS)
- Size: 98 x 47 x 21 mm
- Weight: 116g
Sony Ericsson W850i User Reviews
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Average rating from 102 reviews:
Reviewed by A from UK on 6th Mar 2012
Proud owner of a W850 since Feb 2007, Still using it... I had been in
contact with water, snow, onto concrete floor mostly each 2/3 weeks
and still going strong. So far I have not even changed the battery...
Thought it will be a good excuse to change it because its only but i
am not sure an iphone or a touch screen mobile will be able to resist
all the nightmare I made the W850 into. I recommend both the w850 and
w580 for anyone looking for a cheap but efficient phone for a few daily
calls, check email/facebook and sent sms...
Reviewed by sidhu from los angeles on 12th Feb
Reviewed by sal from uk on 28th Nov 2006
wot a great fone, had it for a month and still can't get used to how
good it is... Twig wanted to know what the red icon at the top of the
screen was...it's the symbol for the 3G network, when on it tells u
that u r in a 3G area and can use services like mobile tv etc. Highly
reccommend this fone...
Reviewed by niz from england on 28th Nov 2006
its excellent the style and everything but they could of improved it
but it is a brilliant phone for music and media it good with calling
Reviewed by mitko from UK on 28th Nov 2006
absolute rubbish. it only saves your last missed/dialed/received number,
i can't sync with outlook using the usb cable, the menu is... the most
non intuitive i have ever seen, everytime i take it off file transfer
mode it actually restarts the entire phone and sometimes it asks for
pin sometimes not!!! it is going straight back to o2 and getting a nokia...
any nokia will do... why can't these guys just get a nokia phone, look
at the menu and get some ideas!!! i will never ever get a phone other
than a nokia the only good thing about this phone is the music player
and that's about it...
Reviewed by costa from australia on 28th Nov 2006
top fone had it for 2 weeks go and get one well done sonyericsson !!!
Reviewed by Pearl from India on 27th Nov 2006
Awesone phone....good looks....good feature's.....got for it rite now....coz
I'm Loving it
Reviewed by KIM from ENGLAND on 26th Nov 2006
Got his phone 3 days ago with 3g connected to the LIVE! Package offered
by vodafone for live tv. I am absoloutly stunned what a phone! It does
so much and still manages to be light and look good especially in black.
Easy to follow menus quality sound thru the excellent supplied stereo
headphones and an excellent 2mg easy to use camera. SE have got this
one sorted. If you are looking for a slide phone with more gadgets than
James Bond look no further, well impressed.
Reviewed by Rosco from Edinburgh on 26th Nov 2006
I have has this phone for about 2 months now as a replacement for my
D900. This phone is so much fun!! It does everything and has 2 megapixel
camera and comes with 1 gig memory card for storing music. Its also
got this amazing feature called track id which basically means that
if your are listening to the radio and hear a song you like it will
search for it and tell you what song it is and where to download via
internet on your phone.(it does sometimes take 2 or 3 tries as uses
the words from the song to search) Make your ipod extinct and get one
of these phones!!
Reviewed by Pearl from India on 25th Nov 2006
Good Looks....Awesome.....colour....itsssssssssssssss toooooooooooooo
good.............Im loving it.....
Reviewed by Katie from England on 25th Nov 2006
I've always preffered S.E since the T610, had a few since then but this
handset has too be my fave out the lot! I love everything about this
phone. I always go for a gadget more than a 'functional item' and this
has lots 2 keep you entertained. The facewarp had me in stitches 4 ages
and I was amazed at how accurate the TrackID is. I can't honestly find
1 thing i dislike about the handset, although people who've had a play
have said its slightly heavy but personally I think this is a minor
factor on this all round perfect phone =o)
Reviewed by Don from India on 23rd Nov 2006
5 Reasons Why One Should Buy This Phone 1.Good Camera 2.Excellent Sound
Quality 3.Very Good Looking And Easy To use 4.Has a Very Good Battery
And Last But Not The Least 5.Its A Sony Erricson Make
Reviewed by dan from uk on 23rd Nov 2006
having owned all top end SE and nokia phones, including se's k750, w810,
w900, k800, this phone is a superb all rounder. To focus on the only
negative (camera). Like it or not we have come to expect cameras on
phones and to be honest, the quality is not as far away from other se's
as people realise. Yes the lack of auto focus means that some images
lack sharpness, but the video recording is about on par with the k800i,
so about 15 frames per second, (i have done direct comparisons with
both phones in my hand) The image quality is exactly the same as w810,
k750, and w900, i think the fact that the displays are brighter on the
aforementioned phones, and the autofocus,adds to the illusion that like
for like its not as good, but transfer images full screen to your pc,
and they look pretty identical. The walkman facility is better than
any other phone, and the slide mechanism is fantastic, i particularly
like the stainless steel look from the back of the screen casing, when
slid open. The screen is exactly the same as the k800i with better clarity
and sharpness than its predecessors, (again i have done in hand comparissons),
but unfortunatly the display is not as brightly lit as previuos SE's
(which you dont notice anyway, once you've used the phone fora couple
of weeks). i read a review saying that its not possible to fast forward
movies or other clips, this is not true, as i have several full length
movies, and the fast forward or rewind facility is excellent, much better
than w810 or w900, which fast forward at snails pace!!, you can also
slow mo clips, move them frame by frame, and even zoom in on a clip
whilst playing. So other than the slightly dimmer backlight, and lack
of auto focus, this phone is the best all rounder SE have released so
Reviewed by Robney Mcplum from England on 21st
Have just upgraded from a w900i and am very dissapointed. The new smaller
direction buttons are harder to press, the keypad is so hard to text
on and the camera is poor. The video quality is dire, Its as bad as
my 3 year old LG8120 so there is a clue as to how bad it is. The plastics
are cheap and nasty and it doesnt feel as solid as the w900. Good points?
Track ID is cool, screen is better quality than W900 but video playback
is so bad it seemed pointless upgrading the screen and it is smaller,
Battery life seems excellent and sound quality is, as you would expect,
amazing. Personally I am keeping my W900 and putting the memory card
from this into that one and selling the W850. I would recomend buying
the nokia 6280 or samsung d600, have had both of these and they laugh
at this one. The w900 beats them all though, but I think that is discontinued
now. O well.
Reviewed by John from UK on 21st Nov 2006
this phone is the upgraed of the w810i is a outstanding phone goog for
music but i say its not as good as the k800i. the k800i is the best
sony ericsson out
Reviewed by emma from newport,south wales on 21st
Here I go again.I've wrote sooo many reviews for this site as I am always
changing my phone and like to share my reviews and opinions with other
people.As I've said in other reviews I used to be a samsung loyalist,that
is until I had the d900 and found it really annoying.I have had quite
a few SE's and have always loved their looks,style and user friendly
software,also there is so many ways to customise your phone with loadsa
themes and tunes to choose from.So since having the k800i I have moved
over to the SE camp and will always be a tenant.They are fab.I love
this phone because of the slider design which is my favourite type and
have always wondered when SE will release one,and they have excelled.The
slider is smooth and sturdy and I'm sure it will stay that way and last
for a long time.Then there is the great all roundness that this phone
offers such as an excellent walkman feature with track ID(how cool is
that)and rich basey sound.Then there is an excellent camera which in
my opinion is more than good enough to take on a nights out and then
to be printed,which believe me turn out pretty decent,so in my opinion
people who complain about the quality of the camera should realise that
they bought this phone to use as a phone,if you want a camera go buy
a camera.There is loads of themes out there,wallpapers and tunes to
choose from to customise your SE so you will never get bored.The overall
size of the phone,I think is perfect.Fits nice into your hand.I have
a black one as I feel the white would surely go really tatty after a
while and also looks cheap and plasticky.Sound quality excellent with
a good loudspeaker.So go out and get this phone,I would get another
one if I could afford it just as backup incase anything ever happened
to it as I would be gutted. Buy it,buy it,buy it,buy it,buy it
Reviewed by Morris from on 20th Nov 2006
Dnt know wot u r all on about, this fone is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Have
had it 2weeks, use it constantly, no problems, memory awesome, easy
to use, good standby time, brilliant mp3/speakers!!!!!! Definately recommend
Reviewed by pannlim from Unknown on 20th Nov 2006
Lovely to look at. User-friendly. Excellent functions. Fun to explore.
Reviewed by Tomaso Q from UK on 19th Nov 2006
The boys at SE have outdone themselves again! This is a fantastic phone.
The phone and phone book are as good as any others out there, the Walkman
player is awesome, great sound and visuals and you really can get 1000
tracks on the 1GB card if you copy to the phone at 32 Kbps with the
Disc2Phone software. The camera is very good and let's not forget it
has a radio as well. I can't find any faults with it.
Reviewed by thomas from on 18th Nov 2006
I love the specs of this phone but my friend has it and it's soooooo
ugly. A bit bulky aswell. It doesn't feel nice in the hand and not very
easy to control. I decided to get N73 but i still use my W810 every
now and then.
Reviewed by SATNAM from INDIA on 17th Nov 2006
SATNAM FROM VASHI (NEW BOMBAY)OUTSTANDING PHONE BRILLIANT FOR THE MUSICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
FANS BUT THE LOOK IS NOT SO GOOD,VERY VERY EXPENSIVE PHONE ,WAIT FOR
FEW MONTH FOR PRICE TO FALL,CAMERA IS OK,MEMORY IS GOOD CAN STORE AROUND
200 SONG ITS NOT A MUSIC ITS A ROCKING IPOD SYSTEM..........
Reviewed by Stojio from Scotland on 17th Nov 2006
This phone is absolutely excellent. It should be very difficult to use
but it's in fact very easy! I am a real phone lover (or hater) and I
know what's good or bad. This would be about my 20th phone and my second
from SE. I previously had the K750i and swore i'd never go back to samsung,
nokia or motorola. This phone blows the k750i out of the water. It is
sturdy, mega fun, really cool, gets a lot of attention, the screen is
amazing and until a week ago my computer was broken so i could never
put mp3's on it - i now have over a hundred full size, perfect quality
mp3's (and an IMMENSE amount of memory left over!!!) on it and it has,
in my estimation, gone up to SIX STARS! I have dropped it a few times
while out drinking, on concrete and hard floors and it is undamaged.
I have also got it wet in the pouring rain and it is fine. I also use
the high speed internet connection to go onto the russian wapsites and
download free games (my girlfriend is happy to translate them for me,
lucky me!!) and i have 35 top quality games on the phone too. it is
god-like in every way, i will worship this one until my upgrade is due.
the one problem people seem to see is the camera (i am an amateur photographer
and have a high quality digital camera so the lack of autofocus on this
phone has never bothered me - the photos u can take with it are totally
acceptable in my opinion). also, it doesnt hang up when u close the
slider. this is so u can close it and talk on a more compact fone, along
with the fact if u accidentally close it down during a song or game
or while writing a text, it will not cancel out these things. How can
this be a fault? it's not that hard to hang up by using a button is
it? In short, upgrading to this from my (i thought untouchable) k750i
was THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE concerning a gadget! I recommend it
to anyone whith a bit of style who likes to party hard and is maybe
a little prone to dropping their phone while drunk.
Reviewed by Rishi from UK on 17th Nov 2006
I received this phone earlier this week and I think it is a brilliant
phone. Its got all the features that I was looking for in a phone- walkman,
camera, FM radio, slider etc. The phone looks great and delivers what
its supposed to.I think its one of the best phones out, even better
than the W950i which doesn't have a camera. If you can get a bluetooth
stereo earpiece for £70 it would greatly enhance the way you can listen
to music without the cords getting in the way. I would say no downside
to this phone. I only wish the phone switched off when you shut the
slider. But you can't have everything hey!
Reviewed by cOnZ from Singapore on 16th Nov 2006
got it for abt a wk. great phone! nice design! love the many features
it offers. fabulous sound quality and capable of taking decent photos,
with many interesting picture effects. however i have 2 probs: 1.sometimes
picture looks bluish under the same lighting conditions 2.the TrackID
feature doesnt seem to work at all.
Reviewed by twig from uk on 16th Nov 2006
tis a mint fone... awsome music gr8 4 txting awsome features adverage
camera but i hav a red phone icon at the top of the screen nyone know
wat it is?
Reply by Douglas MacRae from SCOTLAND on
24th Mar 2012
It is your 3g in your area
Reviewed by hooters from uk on 15th Nov 2006
I think this phone is brilliant!! Ok, the camera could be better (the
whole focus thing) but other than that it's great! Try out the 'facewarp'
application it's hilarious, you'll find it in: ORGANISER - APPLICATIONS.
You will not be disappointed with this phone!
Reviewed by Jay from England on 14th Nov 2006
I like this phone, and here's why: 1. Its much better looking than any
other phone out 2. The Music Player has been upgraded to make it even
better, but one problem with that, is it says Album Artwork, but I can
find this anywhere. 3. The phones got a good response speed 4. Good
for texting on, buttons are spaced well, but when playing games they
seem to be too small lol Another thing is that when I shut the slider,
the call doesn't end like it's supposed to, but I guess they'll address
this in later Firmware Updates. Overall, this phone is very good, a
bit expensive if you're buying it though, but otherwise very good.
Reviewed by ben rodgers from england on 14th Nov
ive just recieved my third phone because the speaker in the earpiece
after a couple of days sounded like it had purferated hope this one
is better because otherwise i think this is a great phone
Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 13th Nov 2006
The phone itself is ok BUT the layout is awful. If you have big thumbs
like me texting will be a nightmare with the predictive text word changing
being done on the top level of keys. My thumbs also kept hitting the
bottom of the top part when pressing the first row of keys (1-3). Music
wise it is a great player with sound that is better than my mates ipod
(with stock ear buds though). The camera is naff though, it really needs
out focus. I am now going to go with a k800 or the D900 if I am feeling
brave with changing menu systems :S
Reviewed by callum from uk on 12th Nov 2006
Doesnt look properly music function is medoica and buttons to small
Reviewed by will from uk on 11th Nov 2006
Got phone a few days ago and so far everything's up to scratch. To be
fair, if you've already owned a top-end handset before, theres nothing
here that will grab you. It can be described as a "youth" phone but
i got bored within an hour of playing around with it. All the games
are trials and there are not enough preset applications. I suppose it
is mainly a walkman phone. Texting is really slow to input if you dont
use predictive, and the stiff nav buttons also need gettin used to.
Battery life and camera is adequate and the build quality isnt as quality
as others, despite the weight. Thought the white version would look
cheap and nasty but its actually really sexy (& you can peel off that
annoying vodafone sticker). I still think nokias rule because if you
change from nokia there is always some little things that you will miss.
Having said that, at the moment nokias are slow,ugly & unreliable. The
exact opposite to the w850i. (the bad reviews on samsung d900 & n73
are spot on). i think the reason why u cant slide down the phone to
end a call is because of handsfree. If you use a headset you dont want
to keep the phone "open" the whole time after dialling a number. Overall,
compared to top samsungs and nokias there are a few bells & whistles
missing but looks, responsiveness & reliability should matter most.
Praying it lasts 18mnths though!
Reviewed by cobie from australia on 11th Nov 2006
i got this phone yesterday and 90% of the photos i take are blurry..
it is VERY hard to take a decnt photo. the rest of the phot os nice,
the direction thing is reallt hard to press. the walkman is good..just
so useless at taking photos. alos the screen goes black and white stripes
when i open and close the slider. i'm taking it back today to get a
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 8th Nov 2006
Got this phone after having already owned a w810i. And despite it being
released later, it is vastly inferior in both terms of design and quality.
The screen was worse, buttons worse, materials worse & looks are terrible.
It may be to some peoples taste but not mine. Sent it back after lass
than a day. All i say is go into a shop and try one out before you order
one as its not all it cracks up to be.
Reviewed by dominic from blythe on 7th Nov 2006
mint phone all i need to say really
Reviewed by christien from england on 7th Nov
wel this phone is special, the sound that comes from the head phones
is very special. better then anything ive heard before. but this phone
if you love your music and if you own an apple pc. because you can plug
it straight in you dont need 1 of the discs or anything. and you basically
just drag the required songs across.
Reviewed by Carnage from N.Ireland on 6th Nov
Waited 2 weeks on this phone and thank god its here. Love this phone
its a step above the rest. Good memory size, Walkman is an amazing feature,
Video playback is amzing to. really like this phone. My only concern
is i cant get my games fom my old phone onto it. Still 5 stars tho the
sound quality is top notch
Reviewed by trevor from england on 3rd Nov 2006
must say i feel a bit let down with this phone had such high hopes after
having the brilliant w800i *****. I think SE have gone a couple of steps
back with this phone. The menu isn't as easy to use as the w800i, when
listening to music with the keys locked in your pocket you have to unlock
it, go into the walkman menu the stop the music. with the w800i you
just pushed the play/stop button on the side with no need to unlock
the phone. The phone is slow to respond and why does the slide function
answer a call but doesn't end a call? (if i'm doing something wrong
someone please tell me). The camera is nowhere near as good as the w800i
either, a real shame i wanted to love this phone
Reviewed by Remy from England on 3rd Nov 2006
I LOVE DIS FONE!!!!! TRUST ME DIS FONE HAD ME HAV SLEEPLESS NIGHT AND
NOW IVE GOT IT I LOVE IT
Reviewed by Siddhesh from India on 3rd Nov 2006
This is one of the best phones i have had.It has amazing features.The
sound quality is great. The camera is decent, find it better than Nokia
cameras. The phone is sleek with an awesome design. Great work from
Reviewed by Kathleen from England on 2nd Nov 2006
Just got the phone its brill very pleased with it no problems yet. Couple
things wrong well more annoying the volume dont stay the same it keeps
going down i have 2 keep turning it up anyone know how 2 get round it?
And the sliding bit u can answer the phone by sliding it up but you
cant hang up by sliding it down, whats up with that.
Reviewed by Meurig from Wales on 2nd Nov 2006
I was wondering which phone to get, either the k800i or w850i, one is
the best camera phone on the market and one is the best music phone.
In the end I opted for the w850i cos as a musician Id rather listen
to music all the time than take pictures. The amount of songs it holds
is great but dont be fooled, when they say that the 1gb memory holds
1000 songs its not true. 1gb holds 250 songs and 4gb holds 1000 songs,
the cost of a 4gb card is around £100 which is expensive considering
the cost of the phone. I own the white version because I believed it
looked better. But I have one complaint, the cover buttons (play, rewind
etc)have cracked on my phone TWICE due to texting normally!!! I found
out that the plastic of the black version is actually not just injected
with a dye but its a stronger plastic. I had the option of exchangin
for a black version but i kept the white cos it looks amazing. The output
volume of this phone through the headphones isnt loud enough but it
can be e nhanced with a programme called MP3 GAIN. I really do love
this phone and I have it on pay as u go, lucky me! but Im afraid to
crack the button again! if u want the best camera phone go for the k800i
but dont be fooled, use this camera in the day and its quality is amazing!
Im giving it 5 stars even though the button cracks because itis such
a great phone, if ur so bothered about the crack get the black one,
it WONT crack.
Reviewed by alowen from England on 1st Nov 2006
Neat package with phone, great memory card and half decent camera. My
first model came with a loose topslide but 3 returned me a brand new
one. Overall a great phone, both cosmetically and functionaly.
Reviewed by Jolene from Caerphilly on 31st Oct
This phone is very very good. I can't put it down and had it 2 weeks.
The only bad point is its not saving my missed calls or dialled numbers
so I don't know who's called and I have no hiastory in my call list.
I cant find any thing to help me out on this either. But all round a
very nice userfriendly phone.
Reviewed by Michael from UK on 31st Oct 2006
It was a toss up between this one and the K800i. Some great features
on this phone that will keep you amused for hours. Just a few issues
I'm experiencing at the moment: battery power a little on the poor side,
just the odd phone call and I'm having to charge it after 2 days (I'm
sure the K750 lasted longer), as someone else pointed out the screen
flickers when closing, just had a problem before writing this review
with not being able to dial a number, the display simply brought up
the screensaver, had to switch off & on. Also the other day I tried
to blog a photo and the phone actually turned itself off, this happened
twice, third time lucky. The phone looks and feels great but I’m
actually considering sending it back and swapping for either a K800i
or the 710i.
Reviewed by lora4449 from england on 31st Oct
ive had this fone 2 days now and having just read the reviews that have
been left i thought i would make a contribution! i really like the fone,
the memory is great and the screen quality is good to!!! i am slightly
disappointed about the camera but then i bought a fone not a digital
camera!!! however i love it!!!!! having never had and SE fone i will
certainly be looking at them again!!!
Reviewed by Jenna from UK on 31st Oct 2006
just got this phone on contract and its brilliant. i love it..it seems
to have all that i need. Although can someone tell me if you can have
a photo appear when someone is calling you. and also can u put photographs
from your computer onto your phone..if so how du u du both of these.
Reviewed by Mec113 from England on 30th Oct 2006
Ok! this phone is amazing. I originally got the Samsung D900 but sent
it back as it was more of a 'buisness' phone than a 'fun' phone. So
i changed to this phone and it is amazing, loads of great features to
use when your bored. The battery life is really good, and it feels much
better than the D900. I love this phone.
Reviewed by Ronnie from Scotland on 29th Oct 2006
Had the phone a week and can't put it down. Great features and build
quality. Battery is good, music is ace. Don't use the software just
drag and drop to load music or pictures. Build quality is great I dropped
it onto a tiled floor(not on purpose!!) and expected it to smash into
pieces but there wasn't a mark. I used to prefer flip phones but this
has changed my mind. You won't be disappointed
Reviewed by maki from england on 29th Oct 2006
this fone is awful. jus got it on contract 2 days ago i hav a 1gb memory
card but once i put 100 songs on it it stopped lettin me put naymore
on wen i still hav 700mb memory left. the fone is also too plastic the
battery cover is allready loose. the pc software is very slow even my
motorola v3 software was quicker. do not buy this fone get a nokia 6280
or a samsung d900.
Reviewed by Mezza 75 from Uk on 28th Oct 2006
Love the phone - All the positives listed by others apply. One small
query though - My screen flickers when i return the slider to the standby
position. Is this normal?
Reviewed by jhon from england on 27th Oct 2006
nice phone excellent speakers only let down is the camera but the keypad
you can get used to i lyk the fact you can have a 4gb memery card as
well and yes its better than the w810 and w800
Reviewed by tb from UK on 26th Oct 2006
I have had the w850i for 3 weeks now, having changed from the Samsung
D500 slider. Overall the phone is ok but has some key weaknesses. The
software to my pc running xp frequently detects the phone but then says
it is not connected. A feature I liked on the d500 was that when I closed
the slider the call was terminated. This does not happen on the w850i
so I am paying for a call that is still going on in my pocket ! Also
even with key lock enabled the buttons on the top connect to the internet,
costing me more. I wrote to sony and they say the button cannot be switched
off. Operationally the d500 was better.Music is good, camera ok (not
great). My advice...wait for samsung to release a 3g slider with more
Reviewed by J from ENGLAND on 26th Oct 2006
GOT THIS FONE YESTERDAY HAVE WAITED FOR IT FOR MUNTHS SO GLAD IVE FINALLY
GO IT LIVES UP TO ITS EXPECTATIONS SOUND QUALITY IS EXCELLENT THE SCREEN
IS EXCELLENT THE CAMERA IS A BIT OF A LET DOWN BUT IS STIL GOOD ANUVER
GREAT FONE FROM SE
Reviewed by Lou from UK on 25th Oct 2006
You don't need the software!! I've put a load of my music on and didn't
use any of the software. Plug the phone into your PC using the USB and
open up the drive on your PC in Windows Explorer -then just drag and
drop your mp3 files / picture files onto the phones memory card.. easy!
Reviewed by Lardoholic from UK on 25th Oct 2006
Very good generally. Best points are the enormous MemoryStick Pro memory
- perfect if you have a Sony digital camera as the memory is compatible
with it. I have ordered a 4gb card so that I will no longer need a separate
music players. It plugs directly into my car stereo's Aux. On the minus
side, the connectors are a little flimsy - I am not sure what they will
be like in a year. The software for transferring music to phone is extremely
slow. I was hoping that I could transfer directly to the memory card,
but while the music files go on, I cannot play it using the phone without
using the software. Maybe I will find a way around this, and the the
final star would be justified.
Reviewed by Goose from UK on 25th Oct 2006
Just got this last night upgraded from Nokia N70. Pro's - Looks nice,
very easy to use, software for moving music very easy to use, the camera
is ok but not as good as N70, the screen looks very good, the walkman
is amazing very good sound quality compared with phones with just an
mp3 player built in. Con's - Feels a bit to plastic, but quite heavy
at the same time! The top keypad it is a little stiff to use (brand
new though) All in all my fav phone so far and i have a new one every
10 months or so!!
Reviewed by dan from uniited dujgho on 25th Oct
it is well good everey one shuld get it but the bad thing is it is not
on pay as you go
Reviewed by PoK from united kingdom on 25th Oct
i had this phone for a week now & im quite happy with it. BUT bad points
has also began to emerge: 1. itz not as responsive as others, it needs
to load alot... 2. itz not the most light weighted phone in the market
3. itz battery life isnt as good as previous SE phones BUT saying all
the bad stuff it is a fun phone, i can only see 3 bad things at the
Reviewed by Dazz from UK on 23rd Oct 2006
It's a great phone, gone from the Nokia 6280 to this but one thing i
hate about this phone is video is sluggish and quility is poor for a
2Mbit camara, the Nokia was far far better. Battry indicater seems to
be all over the place too doesn't give much warning if you are getting
low as one minuite it will be 87% then 15% then 86%. Apart from them
it's an excellent phone media manage is excellent too. Excellent standard
headphone too really comfortable. PRO memory card slot is excellent
how many phones this size can hold 4GB? i'll give it a 4 it's good but
not perfect even through i have waited to get this phone for close to
Reviewed by Vic from Australia on 23rd Oct 2006
From what I've heard, this phone has both its good and bad points and
from what I can see, I kinda like the styling and new walkman software
looks impressive. This isn't a review as such but I wanted to say that
people should take into account some of the people reviewing these phones
are upgrading from relatively old phones and from a different class
and to them, this phone might be the bees knees, but to someone upgrading
from a similar phone, it may not be as impressive. Having said that,
and I know this may seem a bit hypocritical, but i don't think people
who've not actually owned the phone and used it, should be reviewing
Reviewed by steve from uk on 22nd Oct 2006
this review is very biased i don't even own this phone and it does not
say any downsides to it, the review said" if there are any downsides
i can't find any" or smething to that effect, the camera does not have
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
22nd Oct 2006
Steve, I don't really know what point you're trying to make. The camera
doesn't have autofocus, that's true. Also, it's not a SmartPhone, doesn't
have a 3 megapixel camera, isn't superslim, and is quite expensive.
These are not downsides, but differences. It's still an outstanding
Reviewed by ebb from uk on 22nd Oct 2006
Great phone and multi media player. Got this last week as I decided
it was the best compromise between camera phone and walkman phone. I
have already converted and loaded films onto the phone and the quality
is great, especially if you watch them in landscape mode. The only downside
with this is that you can't fast forward the films and it uses the battery.
Other than that the phone is superb.
Reviewed by zako999 from - on 22nd Oct 2006
all my mates are saying its a girls phone but i think if you have got
a job that involvs travelling the walkman is ideal
Reviewed by Rishi from uk on 22nd Oct 2006
This phone is amazing ive had it a day and i love it, it has amazing
qualities, the camera is wikid, walkman is great.This phone has nothing
bad about it.If ur buying a new phone and want a cool one ur friend
would like get this phone.
Reviewed by dillan from england on 21st Oct 2006
i got this phone for my birthday and it is buzzing i thing it is the
best phone ever and u cant make a phone better. all of its uses is outstanding,
this is a phone in the start and the end of time.
Reviewed by Colm from Ireland on 21st Oct 2006
Got the phone two weeks ago now and i am now waiting on my third replacement.
First one had to be sent back as the slider got stuck at the top and
required quite a push to get it back down. Second one the top slider
was wobbly and became worse. So waitingg on third at minute, hopefully
its better, didnt expect this from Sony Ericsson, expected top quality!
However in terms of the software it is superb, and the camera is good
too, nice features with it. The MP3 player being the appeal of this
phone really is great, im well impressed. its just an ipod on your phone!!
Reviewed by Andrew from U.K on 21st Oct 2006
When I got this phone I was at first very impressed with how it looked
and the slider which is great. The screen is much bigger compared to
my old v600i I wasn't let down when I turned the phone on either the
colour quality of the screen is amazing. This phone has many, many features
you could never possibly get bored. The walkman is great and is very
loud and the orange lights when the walkman is on is impressive. The
camera is also great but wasn't very happy cos you can't zoom in when
its on the 2 mega pixel setting you have to change it to vga so u lose
a bit of quality. The three games on this phone are fun to play. The
software and the USB is very good and very fast transfering. the headphones
are funky and are good quality. Very good mobile Sony Ericsson 10/10!
I recommend this to anyone, Especially people looking for a big memory!
So Go Get One Now!!
Reviewed by VR from UK on 21st Oct 2006
Loved the phone the minute I got it out of it's box. It is the perfect
size and really easy to use - and looks really good at the same time!
I would say this is a best buy and tell you to go buy it right now for
Phones 4 u! - Thanks
Reviewed by Ed from Vietnam on 21st Oct 2006
i have this phone for a week. The good points are long very battery
life, very sound quality, very good music software,user friendly, good
slider mechanism, well sized key pad, egronomic design. On the other
side there are design flaws, the service LED light doesnt work (the
manual doesnt tell how to fix it and the web support doesnt bother to
answer it), you have to swith on/off the phone to change from normal
to flight mode, the camera is not impressive, navigation button is tough.
In addition the ligt effect during music playback is only one color..amber..the
advertisement shows multicolor. Lastly the construction is too much
plastic..for the price of the phone i was expecting...some light metal
frame or casing. Overall its a good phone
Reviewed by syed kabir from uk on 20th Oct 2006
this fone is quality. i've finally got one. i'm still a college student
and i have this fone. i've been waiting for it since may 2006 and i
finally got it. its basically an upped version of w810i. it has pros
and cons. the cons are that it has no autofocus and no zoom in 2mpix
mode and that the buttons take time getting used to. but apart from
that think of it as a sliding w810i. i received this fone as a present
from my uncle so im pleased that i have it. i rate it 4 stars. people
if u have w800/w810i dont bother getting this because its very similar.
can someone tell me how i can use the front camera. i cant use that
Reviewed by brian from uk on 18th Oct 2006
I got the white one. Gets dirty very easily but better than that horrible
black. Music quality is very cool although i am having trouble transfering
songs with that stupid SE software. 3G reception is not that good and
best to turn it off as it drains the battery. The navi keys are a bit
fiddly but still a descent phone.
Reviewed by aaron from United Kingdom on 18th
i loved this mobile the second i seen it, as a work for O2 i tend to
have a play about with these handsets - from the second i seen this
handset, i knew i wanted it, its camera quality is perfect and it is
realy good that Sony Ericson how come up wiv a SLIDE fone - i currently
have the samsung D600 + the S/E-K750I - but i am now looking forward
to my S/E-W850I
Reviewed by keith from England on 16th Oct 2006
Waited a log time to get my hands on this phone. WOW its fab and better
than i expected .But got one problem it will not send disc to phone.
Loaded all that came with the phone but my xp keeps telling me its not
conected. Has anybody had this fault if so please tell me how i can
get my tunes to download from computor to phone.?
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 15th Oct 2006
What a phone!!! Glad i waited for it....
Reviewed by kcaj yllennod from india on 15th Oct
this phone is the best phone i have ever come across in the 111 years
i have been alive. it has everything from cool styles to music and photography.if
your looking for a phone wich does a bit more than youl expect, then
this is the one for you.
Reviewed by Waza from UK on 15th Oct 2006
My brother has had this phone for 1 week and it looks great and has
no problems. I will recommend this phone to anyone who loves SE and
music! I am planning to get this phone on pay as you go white. Does
anyone know how much it costs for handet only on vodafone? (White Exclusive
to Vodafone) And can you use a o2 simcard on it? Thanks
Reviewed by Mark from UK on 15th Oct 2006
As a walkman/music phone this is fantastic. The new style walkman software
is great, very easy to use. Battery life is very good and the meter
for it adapts to what functions you use at the time. Screen quality
is typical of SE, very good. Camera quality is really the only let down
on the phone but as it is a walkman phone, not a cyber-shot, then this
is not a major concern. If you are after hi-res, auto-focus, etc. get
the K800i as that is what it is designed for. As music phones go this
is one of the best I have used. The nokia N91 is a close second in my
opinion but is let down by size and weight. Overall I give the phone
5/5, it does everything I need it to do very well.
Reviewed by joe from england on 14th Oct 2006
i loved it the miniute i saw it
Reviewed by imran sohail from uk on 14th Oct 2006
I had this phone as an upgrade i took days to coose phone i change my
handset every max 6 months ,so i selected this handset the look and
display is cool but when i try to transfer my phone number from other
handset via bletooth w850i froze for good.i have to now send it back.
I would say sony ericsson disappointed me.
Reviewed by Major from England on 13th Oct 2006
Just changed up from my trusted Nokia. I know a phone is a phone, but
I wanted one with a good camera and a good MP3 player. I've got it with
the W850i. Moving around the menus is great. Since 1993 I've had a few
phones and, upto now, I've found the Nokia phones to be superb for the
job. However, this may be the best phone that I've had as long as it
can stand up to the odd drop and knock that my Nokia phones have been
able to stand! One final fun thing, there's a little "Face" program
on the phone that is superb... Sad.. but, I just can't stop laughing
Reviewed by megabass from on 12th Oct 2006
The new walkman player 2 rocks and the sound is one of the best. Big
disapointment are the keys. The keypad is too flat and the 4way directional
keys are too sensitive and takes a while before ure able to quickly
browse thru ure playlists. Camera is also not so good. It doesnt wave
autofocus like the W800 but for music this is the best!
Reviewed by Irfan from Khan on 11th Oct 2006
Phone of the year with k800i 1gb memory superb battery life is exellent
if u want the music then go forthe w850i if you want the camerathen
go for the k800i.
Reviewed by chris from wales on 11th Oct 2006
This phone is the best around, great features loads of memory, you can
upload free games from your pc .jar files. and the music is great. only
one problem though, you can't put it down
Reviewed by Yardmaster from UK on 10th Oct 2006
Pros: Every single feature you can think of in a phone Best sound quality
yet on a walkman phone Track id is very usefull and free Cons: Bit bulky
Not that impressed with camera (no autofocus) or battery life Overall
if you've liked past sony ericsson phones then this one is the best
Reviewed by Jimmy from UK on 10th Oct 2006
Have just got this phone and have to say i am very impressed. I have
just come from the Nokia 8800 and this is a major step upwards in the
feature department. The phone has everything - decent camera, decent
MP3, even decent games! Its quite chunky but it feels like a real man
phone, and its still a good looking phone! I would certainly recommend
this phone, oh and the PC features are also very good!
Reviewed by aaron from uk on 8th Oct 2006
i loved it form the seconed i saw it
Reviewed by Gary from England on 8th Oct 2006
I too like below have waited for this phone for a while now and i agree
it's a cracking phone. I've had in the past the w800i (which i liked)
and then the w900 which i loved but felt was a little on the big side.
I was worried at first i'd have to loose a few features from my w900
but so far havent found any. The w850 is easy to use just the same qualty
camera as the w9 (2 camera's of course) The 1gb memory card supplied
from the box was a nice bonus and the illuminated buttons that change
colour for mp3s use is impressive. My only gripe and its a small one
, the menu looks bland (reminded me of the old ngage menu) BUT this
is nothing a decent theme wouldn't fix , The slide feature is suspec
is how they managed to keep so much on board the phone but kept the
size to an acceptable level. Anyone who's considering the w850i i would
say go for it - there is no way you can be dissapointed with it , especially
looking at the present range of nokia's. Well Done SE another great
Reviewed by Thomas from UK on 7th Oct 2006
Just got it. It looks so cool. Much smaller than I expected. I bought
the white version because SE is going to release W830i which is cheaper
and looks exactly the same as W850i but will only be available in black
colour. Anyways I'm so happy with my phone. The video quality is great
and of course the bluetooth stereo music! This is a must have for a
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester, UK on 7th Oct
I must say i think SE have hit the nail on the head with this cheeky
little number, i have owned so many of the top ranked mobiles and nothing
compares to the w850i rather than bleat on like so many others about
utter rubbish ill put it simply. GOOD POINTS : Loud Ringtones,Vibrate,Stereo
Bluetooth,VOICE DIALLING!!!,MP3 text alerts,Great camera,Fantastically
easy song transfers,Small yet solid build,Crystal clear screen display
and wallpapers cover full screen and finally brilliant earphones as
standards oh and the navigations menus can be changed into such cool
different designs and patterns. BAD POINTS: I cant think of anything
this phone is missing, its a pity SE didnt give the phone covering the
rubbery feel of the Nokia6233 rather than a cheap plastic covering other
than that tiny fault i gotta say TRY BEAT THE W850i .
Reviewed by Minite todd from Manchester England on
7th Oct 2006
I already have a Sony Ericsson K880i and this is a nice addition to
the Sonny Services communication systems. My brother Jess really likes
the W850i also. Great sound, quality build and supplied with a 1gb mem
card. It really is GREAT!
Reviewed by Ian from UK on 6th Oct 2006
i was excited when they offered me this on contract as i would be one
of the first to get it. Have to say though, it didnt live up to expectations.
My slider was a bit wobbly and the left/right menu keys also felt a
bit loose. The number keys werent much better either and just too flat
and not well spaced so it's hard to tell what you're pressing. the four-way
navigation keys are a little weird cos the keys are tiny but u get used
to that. The good points- display is really good and so is the new walkman
player. Camera was a big disappointment however and not as good as my
old W800. I tried to like this phone but it's just too weird for my
liking. Had to settle for a W810 in the end but at least that can be
used as a phone;)
Reviewed by da english gangsta from england on
6th Oct 2006
dis fone is the best da camera is fat it is mint for music dis is th
ebest fone ever and as got a 1gb mem
Reviewed by Razgriz from England on 5th Oct 2006
Take not mobile fans,your prayers are answered.The constant evolution
of the sony ericsson walkman phone never ceases to impress and this
is true of the W850i.To begin with the phone looks impressive in metallic
grey with a textured feel. The TFT display is sharp, clear and detailed.The
buttons are tactile and responsive and the navigation of the menus via
the new directional pad is superb.All usual things like call quality
and battery life are exemplary and the music and gaming and camera functions
are equally superb. You get 1gb memory stick out the box and excellant
headphones.I owned a K750i for 18 months which i thought at the time
was top draw, but since owning this,well this is now the champion.If
you own any other se walkman phone, this will be a fantastic upgrade
(you wont be dissapointed) or if you own any other make of mobile, now
is the time to change.Only the W950i with its 4gb harddrive is the only
real threat to this phones podium position.Enjoy chaps.Cheeeoooo
Reviewed by phone-wiz from uk on 5th Oct 2006
This phone is ugly in Blck but in white it is very nice a very good
phone the only thing that disppointed me is that it is only 2megapixel
camera but good
Reviewed by Rory from England on 5th Oct 2006
What a brilliant new design, looks absolutely stunning. The way you
navigate the phone from start to finish is outstanding and some new
features may suprise you as they did me. They've got rid of that old
horrible navigation joystick and have a much better flexipad which is
so much easier to use. The music outro is brilliant aswell as providing
you with 1GB memory stick to store a good amount of songs from day 1.
Reviewed by jason from uk on 4th Oct 2006
Really ugly phone...!! I was offered this on contract but as an SE fan,
i'm ashamed to say this phone just looks awful like it was designed
by a 5 year old girl. Which is why i turned it down and went for the
K800 even though i'm more of a music person than into taking pics. Not
a big deal though as the music player on my K800 is more than adequate,
well, till my next upgrade anyway.
Reviewed by Clint from UK London on 4th Oct 2006
Great phone 10/10. Woooooooooooooooooooo
Reviewed by tazmin from UK on 4th Oct 2006
I have been waiting for this phone since May. Looking everyday to see
when it was coming out. I am not disappointed, what a fantasy phone.
Always been a nokia fan but not inpressed with what they have to offer
at the moment. Sony have made a quaity phone that deserves a good rating.
Easy to operate, music and headphone great. Well done Sony another great
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 4th Oct 2006
I've taken delivery of my W850 having replaced my K750 which suffered
joystick problems. Initial impression is a high functionality phone.
The slide annoys me a bit as it's too easy to do unintentionally (the
Samsung D900 has a lip I believe to stop it). The walkman function is
excellent, so do the graphics and the battery seems good. The keypad
is okay but texting is made difficult by the raised edges of the phone
slightly blocking the keys. The main outer pad is good for selecting
things, but a little close together so the wrong button can be pressed.
Otherwise phone features and functionality are on a par or above the
excellent K750 but it comes with a weight penalty. The phone is a similar
size, if not smaller, but it is thicker and definitely a weightier affair.
This may actually suit some people though as it feels like a real phone.
Reviewed by Abhishek from Scotland on 4th Oct
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Hi guys. Once again SE launch a winner. Very good looks and performance
potentials. A 3g phone with loads of features. Just a few things lagging
1) No Edge 2) No auto focus for the camera. If you can live without
these features then it is a good buy. Beats the latest nokia's.