Sony Ericsson W8 device launches

Sony Ericsson has launched the Walkman-like W8 device, which is not something we would usually feature. But throw in the Android operating system and we're suddenly interested.

Not that the idea of a phone-free Android device is new – Samsung offered up the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 Smart Player earlier this year. But it is still worth a look if you don't want to be saddled with a mobile contract, but do want the apps. According to Crave, it has a three-inch, 320x480-pixel touch-screen on board, as well as a not-too-great 600MHz processor, just 168MB of RAM and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

It doesn't really cut it with the Android operating system either, with Android 2.1 at launch. There's no word on it getting updated anytime soon. So you can get the apps, but not everything, that's for sure. You'll also get Sony Ericsson's Timescape software, including Facebook and Twitter integration, plus easy uploading of videos to YouTube.

You get the feeling that Sony Ericsson could have done better and in doing so, could have created its own niche in the market. Maybe the second-generation device will do that? No news on this one coming to the UK as yet but with the W8 available via Sony Ericsson's German website, there's every chance it will – and for a budget price.

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