Excerpt: Sony Ericsson W380i is a low mid-level ranged clamshell, which introduces new features into the handset market. Besides the external touch music controls that seem to take advantage of the 'haptic feedback' technology, the clamshell also features gesture control. It is surprising that the Japanese-Swedish joint-venture decided to test new technologies by embedding it onto entry level products.
Pros: Besides its design, W380i clamshell offers exactly what a Walkman series phone should offer - an excellent multimedia experience. If you are a music lover and cannot afford a much better device, then this is the right choice for you. If you intend to acquire one, you will also get a device with high playback autonomy (around 15 - 16 hours), that doesn't miss any feature embedded into a Walkman series device. Not to mention that the Gesture control function is amazing ...
Cons: Most of Sony Ericsson's fans are complaining about the low camera module, but I wouldn't put it this way. First of all, it's obvious that this camera has been included for a totally different reason: Gesture control. Yes, you have a Walkman series clamshell that lacks a camera; you don't like it, buy yourself another phone. The only thing that I consider 'negative' about W380i is its high price. There is no way that this phone is worth USD 320$, even if it has some to...
Excerpt: Sony’s Walkman brand of cell phones often bring a little more to the table in terms of design, and the W380 is no exception. As mobiles go, the W380 is not designed for those of us who crave hi-tech features, but it should appeal to the funky, style-conscious youth of today. So, for all the cool dudes out there, here’s my take on the W380. Form Factor When I say ‘cutting-edge’ design, I mean something that looks really funky.
Summary: While we liked the design of the phone and the Walkman functionality, the fact the device only supports a 512MB memory stick and the poor quality camera means we’re not willing to ditch our iPod for an all-in-one phone and digital audio player just yet.
Summary: The W380i’s ring tones volume was never an issue – its speaker fared well in most environments. The reception quality was nothing to complain about either. Our only gripe is with the phone’s vibro alert, which occasionally proves to be on the weak side.
The question is, who is going to buy the W380i two-three months into its sales – basically, after dealing with the first surge of interest, Sony Ericsson will run into exactly the same problem as with the W200i.
Excerpt: Don't touch me! Sounds surprising? With continuous research and development, Sony Ericsson continues to improve and push its W-series walkman phones in the market with the introduction of the W380. For the first time in the walkman phone family, the Gesture Control feature will make its debut.
Summary: Sony Ericsson has been churning out some heavy-hitting Walkman music mobiles recently. Now it is the turn of the budget-priced W380i - a Walkman mobile that delivers some clever features and a stylish design in an cheap, flip package. As a Walkman phone, the W380i naturally focuses heavily on music playback, a multi-format music player and an FM radio as proof. It includes with a 512MB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card too, and good quality headphones.
Summary: W hilst testing the Sony Ericsson W380i a number of important pros and cons emerged. Do not purchase this phone if you want to capture moments on a regular base with the camera function of this mobile phone. The setting possibilities are limited and the quality of the pictures rather poor. If you use your mobile phone as MP3 player, you will probably find the W380i an interesting device.