Conclusion: Overall: The Sony Ericsson W850 does provide a lot of functions and presents itself very well with regards to its appearance. The hefty price tag might put off a lot of its target market though, especially with the absence of EDGE support . But truth be told, the Walkman feature alone is enough for almost everyone when deciding on a purchase.
Excerpt: Before the announcement of Sony Ericsson K790/K800, there was much info of any kind on the upcoming phone. Now the situation is the same with a new Walkman phone, which might be called the W850. You can come across the photos of the model in the Internet, however their adequacy is under question.Unlike the W800i, the first announced Walkman phone, the W850i looks to have either a twist form factor like the S700 series.
Excerpt: The W850 is the first slider-style handset from Sony Ericsson, and is one of the company's latest Walkman branded handsets. Sporting the new Walkman 2.0 player, Sam tested the W850 and came out impressed, though the design can be awkward.
Summary: Despite the polyphony being 40-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 part of basses in its sounding, so the call is easily
heard even on the street. The silent alarm is of moderate power
or even slightly higher than this, but even this admission isn’t
an excuse for cases when it is too weak to be felt.
Summary: The W850i Walkman phone brings together some of the best features from Sony Ericsson's vast portfolio of great phones. It has the same large, colour screen as the K800i and 3G connectivity, and most importantly, music sounds great.
Pros: Large colour screen, 3G connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth, Expandable Memory Stick Duo Pro slot with 1GB included, 3.5mm adapter, Variety of fun and useful pre-installed applications
Cons: Lack of autofocus and xenon flash on the camera, Inability to end calls by sliding the phone shut, Lack of space at the top row of keys on the keypad