Summary: Seen as an upgrade from the w800 / 810i Walkman phone (the 810i was also offered by AT&T), the w580i is a sleeker, sexier model with a better display and user interface but, oddly enough, a weaker camera. SE would should at least built the 580 with the same autofocus lens and LED flash assist light found in those older Walkman models - instead a very good cameraphone is reduced to an average one.
Excerpt: In the past, we have employed various methods of testing, but none as rigorous as the one that was employed for the W580i. Before any revelations, we must tell you that this was neither our intention nor a procedural norm while testing phones. On an unexpectedly wet day, we (Siddharth and I, on a bike) skidded on a treacherous mixture of oil and water on the asphalt, and narrowly escaped.
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson W580i Walkman phone continues its strong position in music and gaming, and it offers plenty of goodies in a small package. If you to listen music frequently on your phone, this is a great choice at an entry to mid-tier price range. Call quality is excellent and EDGE data speeds are quite good on AT&T. The 2 megapixel camera takes great photos and the M2 slot is very handy to store photos and music tracks.
Conclusion: Overall: If music is your thing and you are looking for a clever mobile phone and media player integration, then the W580i is definitely for you. It tops in both the form and function department with a lot more additional perks than its size would make you think possible.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson W580i offers a lot of features and a good music player. If you don't mind Sony Ericsson's fuzzy interface, go for it for the way it looks, its good set of features and great fundamentals (such as sound quality and picture quality).
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson W580 is the Walkman branded version of the S500 slider. It features the second generation Walkman music application, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and a clean design with a fashionable edge to it. Read more about it in this full hands-on review.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson W580i is just right for my purposes. It literally fits in the palm of my hand. The other big deal is that I got it for free. Yes, I said free. I needed a new contract for wireless service. The discount store and AT&T gave me a great deal.
Summary: Despite the polyphony being 72-tone, the handset does not provide a breakthrough in sounding of mp3 tunes as compared to other Sony Ericsson branded phones. The loudspeaker is average volume-wise and has a great deal of basses in its sounding, so the call is easily heard even on the streets. The silent alert is of moderate power or even slightly higher than this, but even this admission isn’t an excuse for the cases when it proves too weak to be felt.