The Sony Ericsson W810i has an orange-and-black fascia, replacing the controversial orange-and white jacket of its predecessor. It's reasonable compact and the five-way joystick is welcome.
The music features are at the fore for the Sony Ericsson W810i. Elsewhere, quad-band frequency for use in most of the world, EDGE internet speeds and a camera with auto-focus add to the package.
Music playing on the Sony Ericsson W810i is everything you'd expect, and the Disc2phone proprietary software makes downloading tracks from your PC a breeze. Auto-focus makes taking better pictures easy.
The Sony Ericsson W810i is now a little long in the tooth, but holds its own, despite being superceded by a new family of Walkman phones. Sound is pretty clear through the supplied earphones and better still when you plug top quality headphones into the 3.5mm jack port. The W810i is a good music phone, but we'd recommend you looked at the Sony Ericsson W910i or W880i for a better bet.
The Sony Ericsson W810i offers 480 minutes of talktime - just what you need if you want to listen to hours of uniterrupted music.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:50:07 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Few can beat its audio performance but outside of the music hall, its other features are top-dollar too.
Leaving off the camera lens cover from the W800i and the lack of 3G are a bit disappointing but there's very little to complain about otherwise.
There's no doubt that the Walkman paved the way for the iPod. Since its birth in July 1979, the Walkman has defined music on the move, and in this digital age the Walkman name has flourished again in the most unlikely of places.Sony Ericsson's seven Walkman phones have captured the public imagination. Its latest, the Sony Ericsson W810i, might just become the music phone of choice. As the model number suggests, the W810i is a slightly improved version of the original Sony Ericsson W800i, and possibly the slickest Walkman phone yet.
The most notable change is cosmetic. Gone is the opinion-dividing orange-and-white combination, to be replaced by a black-and-orange jacket. The joy-nub has been usurped by a more solid five-way joypad that clearly defines the music controls. A dedicated orange Walkman key sits to the left to fire up the music player, and a customisable Activity shortcut button makes a return appearance from the K750i. In addition to the superficial revamp, the other major differences are frequency - it has been boosted from tri-band to quad-band, so you can call from anywhere in the USA - and support for EDGE technology for near 3G download speeds.
The Walkman range remains the most consummate series of music phones around. The Sony Ericsson W810i upholds this tradition. Sony Ericsson's proprietary software, Disc2phone, is the most intuitive mobile music software outside of iTunes. Load the software onto your PC and it will automatically delve into your computer's music folder and bring up your existing digital library ready to transfer over to your phone via USB. It is exactly the same procedure for transferring your CD library where the song names are uploaded from the internet's Gracenotes CD database.
The Sony Ericsson W810i's supplied in-ear headphones issue a decent sound, and the 3.5mm remote jack means you can plug in your better quality cans. We hooked up our Sennheiser PX200 headphones and experienced a masterful performance, with a great rounded fidelity and punchy bass.We're also pleased that Sony Ericsson still uses the MemoryStick Pro Duo instead of migrating to the new M2 micro format, so W800i owners can use their larger capacity cards if they decide to upgrade. Songs are stored on the supplied 512MB MemoryStick, which will hold approximately 125 tunes, assuming you don't overdo the other multimedia.
The Sony Ericsson W810i also retains the W800i's two-megapixel camera lens but lacks its useful active lens cover. Still, picture quality is superb and equal to the Sony Ericsson W900i and K750i. The auto-focus is also a boon.As a successor to the mega-selling W800i, the W810i seems to be a more realised phone. This music handset has all the right ingredients to become the biggest star of the Walkman roster.