Conclusion: The best Walkman phone we've ever clapped eyes on. Or should that be ears? Either way, the sonic brilliance coupled with a superb screen and stunning battery outweighs its dodgy design.
Pros: The music-phone market is more competitive than an American Little Miss beauty pageant, so it's going to need something special to stand out. The W980i has a few things, starting with its compact clamshell which belies the fact it can stomach 2,000 MP3s. Another tick is the superbly bright hi-res screen and a music player that can be controlled without opening the phone. Sound quality too has been improved by the Clear Audio Experience technology - it's cleaner, taute...
Cons: The W980i's fingerprint-loving mirrored finish and overly plastic shell doesn't scream high-end, while the lack of integrated 3.5mm headphone jack is annoying. The built-in FM transmitter is a good idea, but when we streamed tunes to a car stereo the sound quality was definitely compromised.
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.
Summary: The W980i is Sony Ericsson’s most stylish clamshell yet. A great combination of style and features, 8GB of memory and excellent headphones make this one of the best music handsets currently on the market.
Pros: Design, external display and music controls, 8GB internal memory, HSDPA-capable, excellent headphones
Summary: The Sony Ericsson W980 is an astoundingly good consumer phone that is beautifully finished, offers that all-important haptic interface to give it a real edge, a full 8GB of onboard memory and some well designed features.