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Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 Advantages And Disadvantages

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 Walkman is the first phone from the Walkman series to run Android. The handset carries the design accents of an XPERIA X8 save for the addition of fresh colors, but under the hood there is a modest 600MHz processor which powers the almost ancient Android 2.1 garnished with Timescape. The W8 has a 3" capacitive touchscreen, 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, AGPS, FM radio and Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 is a new Walkman phone to replace Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. Its sound effect will be better, comes with 2GB memory card for you to store music and videos. Note that, applications can only be stored on phone memory and not the external or Memory Card.

The best thing Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 comes with is a pair of mini stereo speakers which is not battery operated and can use as a speaker where u can hear the other party through the speakers and there is a play button for u to press on the speakers. Colors are bright and stylish ones like shining pink, blue,red and orange.

The major difference between Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 and Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is that W8 has Walkman music player. And will cost around $240 whereas Xperia will cost $189.

Its also disappointing that Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 has no autofocus (with 5Mpx as luxury version!) and no flash support too. It would be interesting to put a play button as the Sony Ericsson W810 or W980 which is the soul of Walkman's. we are not as far of those success stories.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8  Advantages And Disadvantages

There were problem on Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 in viewing pictures based on different folders. And here is a trick on how to create folder in albums(gallery)

  • You can create folders to sort your picture collections but it will be useless if in album application. Since Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 will always always show all the picture files stored in the memory card no matter in which folder you saved them.
  • Install QuickPic Application from Market, this application allows you to sort the pictures by folder and you can also create new folders using this app.

Can you imagine a Walkman phone without equalizer. Yes its Sony Ericsson Xperia W8. There is no  preset or manual equalizer, and of course the so much loved mega bass is not present. But remember, Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 has got good headsets that you wont feel absence of mega bass.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 User Interface

Hardcore Walkman fans are stunned off by the Walkman handsets of today. Perhaps the older Walkman phones provided that genuine Walkman experience. However the phones of today lag behind in most other areas besides the music.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 should have promised an upgrade at least up to android 2.2 which Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 doesn’t. And the battery is a major concern if u use internet or games. SE phones are always stylish and Walkman phones are the perfect answer to those who love music.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 is still an Android smartphone. Meaning is:

  • Awesome music and adding into this
  • Music application from Market like PowerAmp or MixZing can get us a great music player with equalizers, full bass and pre amplifier (and buy hi-fi stereo headsets with bass enhancement, 115 dB SPL or more)
  • Video performance is good with popular player like Mobo or Real player from Market
  • Internet is fine with Android web browser on Sony Ericsson Xperia W8
  • Camera is just average.
  • Battery performance on Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 is ok when you know how to safe your battery life.

Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 has nothing different from Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 except for the free stereo speaker and the theme. this phone also has a better quality of loudspeaker, which has more sharp and clear sound compare to Sony Ericsson Xperia X8.

Both actually have the same media player - music player and video player are separate applications, no multi media menu. The only different is there's a Walkman logo on W8's player. I only wish w8 provides equalizer feature, which x8 doesn't, as you can find it on Yendo, where Sony Ericsson put eq. settings in sound settings menu.

The other specs are remain the same. but lets just hope Sony Ericsson will give a better firmware for Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 so it will perform better than its sibling, mainly for battery life improvement.

About the price, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is getting cheaper recently, and so it is expected that Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 would be released at a reasonable price tag.

But if Sony Ericsson continues to bring such outdated phones to the market, for sure it will disappoint a million Walkman lovers. However one should admit that the sound is still crisp but not so good at camera.  It is understood that Sony Ericsson Xperia W8 is a Walkman and not a digital camera.

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November 27, 2011 at 12:04 AM delete

the biggest mistake i have ever done is to purchase
the w8 walkman.....Jayan

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November 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM delete

W8 walkman is different from Xperia W8

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