Excerpt: The new Sony Ericsson W350i is a mid-level ranged mobile phone that adds to the Walkman series portfolio. As it has been a long time since a famous handset manufacturer launched a flip phone, W350i brings back the Sony Ericsson's T series feeling. Revamped and improved, W350i's design has that special retro look that will certainly make it as an 'eye-catcher' device.
Pros: There are quite a few nice features that make W350i a good choice as a low-budget phone. Exquisite design, good quality multimedia features, above average battery and the possibility to expand its storage space make Sony Ericsson's W350i worth every penny. I cannot miss the low price of the handset, which turns it more appealing to the fans of the Swedish-Japanese company.
Cons: I have found that not always a high quality display is enough for a handset; it also has to be a large one. The 1.9 inches TFT screen is surely too small for a multimedia-oriented handset and is definitely one important slack of the flip phone. Also, even if it looks compact, after using it for one month, I have discovered that it is a little bit flimsy, especially due to its thin flip. The last negative point 'scored' by W350i is the low quality camera, which should'...
Conclusion: With the likes of Sony's Mega Bass the W350i is OK as an MP3 player. It's a shame that Sony Ericsson forgot that this was supposed to be a phone as well.
Pros: Mobile phone? This looks more like an MP3 player. That's how overtly music-centric the W350i is. The skinny styling and hidden keypad are indeed eye candy of the sweetest sort and considering its prepay roots, its musical skills aren't too shabby. Sony's well-rounded Walkman sound is in full effect here, thanks to an equalizer with Mega Bass talents...
Cons: ... unfortunately, it's far from perfect. While it's not a surprise to see there's no built-in storage, the Memory Stick Micro slot only supports card capacities of up to 2GB - that's only enough for 500 or so tunes. The flip mechanism also feels slightly archaic for a mobile phone, but worse still it's disconcertingly flimsy. The low spec is also a cause for concern, with 3G off the menu in favour of sluggish EDGE and the camera packing a paltry 1.3 megapixels.
Conclusion: Sony Ericsson W350’s key characteristics are its design and it musical abilities. It’s true that the flip form factor is not the most convenient or useful one, but it definitely differentiates it from the rest and ads a „WOW” factor, which is rarely seen in this class. However, we are disappointed from the music performance of the Walkman phone. We thought it was average, mainly because of the poor earpieces sound.
Pros: Slim and light, External music controls
Cons: Too compact and uncomfortable for talking, Average sound during a talk and when listening to music
Summary: The W350i’s ring tones volume was average or a tad lower than that – actually it was our primary niggle with it, since it wasn’t loud enough for some environments. The reception quality was nothing to complain about, thoughOur only gripe is with the phone’s vibro alert, which occasionally proves to be on the weak side.
The W350i is not the most affordable solution we’ve seen to date at 150 Euro, however it’s not vastly overpriced either.
Excerpt: The Sony Ericsson W350a appears to have fallen short in this particular entry-level version of its Walkman line. Unlike its more expensive and thoughtful counterparts, the W350a delivers on music, but at the expense of awkward design, weak speaker and sub-par call quality. On the upside, the W350a has a wonderful 1.8 inch 262K display that shows colors beautifully, has an intuitive interface and allows you to choose from a variety of menu styles.