Conclusion: Overall the W980 from Sony Ericsson is a decent addition to the Walkman range with a number of features and functions it is a great phone for music lovers. Despite this there is little to set it apart from its competition and indeed the other Walkman phones in the range. The lack of support for external memory is certainly a disadvantage when trying to compete with dedicated MP3 players.
Summary: The W980i’s reception quality was never an issue, nor was its ring tone volume – it got through in most situations. The vibro alert is a tad above average strength-wise.
The W980 has already arrived and retails for around 420 Euro. It’s not a music-minded solution per se – much like most other Walkman-branded phones these days, it’s a fashion-savvy phone with a very unconventional design and a pretty decent feature pack.
Summary: While there are one or two aspects of the Sony Ericsson W980 that we found a little tricksy â€“ primarily the fact that when you've been grooving along to the latest top tunes and unplug the earphones from the phone, it continues to blare out the songs (unless you've asked it not to) â€“ embarrassing in front of the 'kids' on the bus â€“ our abiding impression of this phone is it's a fantastic piece of gadgetry to be seen with.
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson W980 has 8GB of internal memory, 3.2 megapixel camera with 3.2 digital zoom, as well as an FM transmitter, allowing the streaming of music to any device with an FM receiver. You can also access Sony Ericsson's over-the-air download service, PlayNow, to download music to your mobile phone. The model comes with the Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77 headset.
Excerpt: The latest launch by Sony Ericsson is sure to give the musically inclined phones a run for their money. The Sony Ericsson W980 is latest walkman phone that has a unique clamshell design and attractive features, is set to be released in the last quarter of 2008. The shiny and glossy mirrored finish on the top with a clear bar placed below looks as if it is devoid of buttons and just has round indents.
Excerpt: It's said that familiarity breeds contempt, but in the world of mobile phones we think it's more a case of better the devil you know. While Nokia led the way in terms of sheer ease of use when mobiles first emerged, Sony Ericsson has since more than matched it, and so provides perhaps the most welcoming and intuitive traditional phone interface here. So we're soon working our way through the brand new W980 Walkman phone's features.
Pros: Simple to use, sensible menu and button layout, good spec