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Sony Ericsson W300i (White) review

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7.5/10
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The Sony Ericsson W300i (White) currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 67 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)


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GSMArena

In conclusion, we must say that the phone definitely has its virtues and will most probably find its own share of dedicated fans. Except for the poor display and camera, the other features of the phone are of good caliber. With its reasonable price Sony Ericsson Z530 will be a popular choice for tho...

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Sony released the Ericsson W300i (White) on July 19, 2006.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Sony Ericsson W300i (White)'s screen size is Unknown with 128 x 160 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
20 MB

Internal memory is 20 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time.

Ericsson W300i (White) Specs

Overview
Release date July 19, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 20 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.42 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.0 x 4.7 x 2.4 cm (3.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 94 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 128 x 160 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson W300, Z530

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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

The first officially released phone working with the new Memory Stick Micro (M2) card type

In conclusion, we must say that the phone definitely has its virtues and will most probably find its own share of dedicated fans. Except for the poor display and camera, the other features of the phone are of good caliber. With its reasonable price Sony Ericsson Z530 will be a popular choice for...More

In conclusion, we must say that the phone definitely has its virtues and will most probably find its own share of dedicated fans. Except for the poor display and camera, the other features of the phone are of good caliber. With its reasonable price Sony Ericsson Z530 will be a popular choice for those who want an entry-level music phone boasting some extra features.

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User Reviews


SERIOUS ERROR: CALL CONTACT CENTER

I've had my phone 6 months and it shuts off by itself several times per day. Att sent me a new battery and I still get the SERIOUS ERROR: CONTACT CALL CENTER message. THey immediately sent me a new battery. Charged it properly and the phone got this message again. OH LOOK, IT JUST SHUT OFF BY ITSELF WH...More
I've had my phone 6 months and it shuts off by itself several times per day. Att sent me a new battery and I still get the SERIOUS ERROR: CONTACT CALL CENTER message. THey immediately sent me a new battery. Charged it properly and the phone got this message again. OH LOOK, IT JUST SHUT OFF BY ITSELF WHILE I AM TYPING THIS! WHAT A HOOT! I don't know if fixing the problem is going to help much as my service drops my call all he time anyway. Don't buy this phone. Check ratings to see who has the best service before you commit as well. Also volume is set too low and it is very hard to maneuver the buttons. Less

Love it or hate it, all depends on the user

I've seen some of the complaints people had about this phone, but like all phones, it's a love-hate affair. I have a few quips as well. Let me start with the good points: - Call clarity; this thing sounds better than my Nokia 6275i and Nokia is generally known for good sounding phones. - Useable featu...More
I've seen some of the complaints people had about this phone, but like all phones, it's a love-hate affair. I have a few quips as well. Let me start with the good points: - Call clarity; this thing sounds better than my Nokia 6275i and Nokia is generally known for good sounding phones. - Useable features; I'm pleasantly surprised to find this phone has some very good usable features and it syncs with Outlook fairly nicely. Hell, there's a full POP/IMAP e-mail client as well. - Battery life; Sony seems to right on the money on this one. I've burned through about 7 hours talk time on a single charge. - MP3/Radio; the sound quality of the included earbuds is quite good for the phone. I also like the fact that there's a basic EQ available. Furthermore, I can replace the earbuds and use my DJ-style headphones by connecting them into the jack on the included mic piece. Now the bad: - Casing robustness/Durability; the phone feels kinda cheap for it's $300 asking price, the hinge feels a little loose after a few uses and I'm afraid that it could cause problems. I've already killed the hinge on my old Nokia 2855i once. - Screen (internal/external); while the external screen is toted as monochromatic (orange on black), it's actually color. I've seen a software modded phone with the upper screen displaying a color image, why won't sony allow us to use it that way? The internal screen is a bit of a joke as well. It could use a resolution upgrade (240x320 capable) so that things would be easier to do. Hell, the size of the upper half could allow for a bigger screen. - Button layout and Operating system; the button layout on this thing takes a little getting used to, but it's still kinda annoying seeing as I have large hands and I still keep mashing a few buttons. I don't know why Sony opted to mesh the keys together, but it's obviously not the smartest thing to do. A lack of dedicated call/end keys make it awkward to use for older folks as well. The OS is a little sluggish and sometimes it takes 2 or 3 times before something will happen. However, it's not too hard to use. - Magnetic catch sensor; to detect whether it's closed or not, the phone employs the use of a magnetic catch and sensor. The problem is that if you use a case with a magnetic catch like I do, it's bound to trigger the phone's sensor leading the phone to think that it's open. There's been plenty of times I pulled it out to answer a call and it displays that a busy tone has been sent to the caller. That's it for my review! Less
Amazon

Great simple phone with a load of features!

from Amazon
I have an iPod and was not looking to replace it. I have had several uberphones in the past few years. All of them were never good at being either phones or PDAs or whatever. This phone is a great phone, a great mp3 player, a radio, and so much more. I have a mac Powerbook Pro, this phone is findable b...More
I have an iPod and was not looking to replace it. I have had several uberphones in the past few years. All of them were never good at being either phones or PDAs or whatever. This phone is a great phone, a great mp3 player, a radio, and so much more. I have a mac Powerbook Pro, this phone is findable by my bluetooth. I send it mp3's wirelessly. All in all a great buy and highly recommend. Less
Amazon

not very robust

from Amazon
I bought 2 of these, one for each child. within a year neither were functional one dead, one the callee can not hear the caller. The hinge does not stand up to the abuse that teens and pre-teen can dish out and gets precariously loose in short order. Previous motorola v180 and 220 phones are stil...More
I bought 2 of these, one for each child. within a year neither were functional one dead, one the callee can not hear the caller. The hinge does not stand up to the abuse that teens and pre-teen can dish out and gets precariously loose in short order. Previous motorola v180 and 220 phones are still functional (three years later) if the worse for wear. Have other sony rotating phone that is workhorse, but these, not so much. Less

screen froze

i have had the phone 6 months now and the screen is just white it has gone normal a few times but it is just white now is there any way of sortine it out
Amazon

Sony Ericsson W300i

from Amazon
First off I do not have AT&T so this has nothing to do with their service. I am on my 2nd W300i, both of them have started shutting off. The first one would shut off mid phone call, and just randomly at other times of the day. The 2nd one hasn't shut off during calls yet but still shuts off constantly....More
First off I do not have AT&T so this has nothing to do with their service. I am on my 2nd W300i, both of them have started shutting off. The first one would shut off mid phone call, and just randomly at other times of the day. The 2nd one hasn't shut off during calls yet but still shuts off constantly. I had to turn it back on about 15 times today which is ridiculous in my opinion. I got this phone originally almost a year ago and had to get a replacement after about 6 months because of the problems. The 2nd one has also lasted about 6 months before I got really frustrated. The problems have been really bad for about a month. I previously had a motorola that the microphone broke on so I was excited to get a more reliable phone but I am very disappointed with my purchase so far. I hope other people have better luck with this phone. Less
Amazon

Sharp, clear sound + works perfectly with Acura Bluetooth system

from Amazon
I recently bought an Acura TL sedan with HandsFreeLink (their Bluetooth system). My current phone was a Motorola V300 (non Bluetooth) through T-Mobile that had been out of contract for a year+, so I started shopping for compatible phones. The Acura HFL website has a chart of all the phones & carriers...More
I recently bought an Acura TL sedan with HandsFreeLink (their Bluetooth system). My current phone was a Motorola V300 (non Bluetooth) through T-Mobile that had been out of contract for a year+, so I started shopping for compatible phones. The Acura HFL website has a chart of all the phones & carriers, showing whether or not the phones are compatible with their in-car system -- some phones don't pass at all, while others have limited functionality. This W300i phone was listed as having full functionality through Cingular. But I wanted to switch carriers to our local Cincinnati Bell. Neither Acura nor Cincinnati Bell could confirm whether the phone would still work, but when Cinti Bell said I could get a full refund on equipment & fees if I returned within 14 days, I took a gamble. It paid off, as I discovered that I could import my contacts directly to the car system, and I could answer/talk/hangup by simply pushing a button on my steering wheel, and could even see caller ID and battery/signal strength on the little screen on my dashboard. Very cool! The phone + car automatically 'synch' whenever I get in & turn the key; I don't even have to take the phone out of my purse or pocket. As for the phone itself, the Good: Nice, clear sound. Much better than the Motorola V300. And the volume control allows more than adequate adjustment for when I'm in a noisy environment. Decent battery life. Even when I use it as an MP3 player (more on that later), I can go for several days without charging. Charger connects easily. Unlike the dumb Motorola charger, which had two tiny little pins that didn't always want to connect properly the first time, and which the slightest movement might cause to disconnect, this charger connects with a solid click and stays connected until you remove it. MP3 player + FM radio. Nice little features! Although the supplied earbud headphone cable has to be connected to receive FM signal. Plenty of bass and midrange, and more than enough volume control give it a pleasant listening experience. The Not-as-good: The buttons. They're large, but they slightly overlap each other & are flush to the phone, so it can be easy to misdial if you're not careful. I rather prefer the tinier but adequately-spaced buttons of the Motorola. Harder to find cheap cases & accessories than with the Motorola. Not surprising, given that Motorolas are so much more popular (even though they're not all that great). I used to go to [...] every time I got a new cell phone, because they've got great selection and prices on cases, car chargers, etc. But they didn't have much for this model. Narrow choice of onboard ringtones. I like having ringtones that sound more like 'real phones', instead of a song. They're easier to hear when background noise is loud, and they're not as irritating to other people in an office environment. But this phone came with only 1 such ring, and the free tones on the SonyEricsson site were only the same exact ones that came on the phone to begin with -- mostly just dumb little "space-age sounds" and other digital ditties. The Disc2Phone CD that came with the phone -- necessary to upload tracks to the MP3 player -- was a little dodgy to install. It didn't have one of the required components. After 3 unsuccessful attempts, I finally allowed it to "search Windows Updates" for the missing component. It found it, and after that everything went smoothly. If the manual that came with the phone/software would have been more helpful, this would have been a lot less frustrating. However, after installing the software, I found it very easy to use -- I imported several tracks off of CDs. It wouldn't import directly from my iTunes purchased tracks, but I had burned those tracks to CDs, and was able to import from those CDs. The only watchout is that you have to be connected to the internet for the Disc2Phone software to work. (Why?? Is 'Uncle Sony' watching what I upload?) And for those living in the Cincinnati Bell service area, I've found local coverage to be FAR superior -- and the signal MUCH clearer -- than T-Mobile. Am not sure how good nationwide coverage will be, but since they share networks with Cingular and AT&T, am hoping for the best. Less

lousy. flimsy

this phone is not durable at all and sony is a bunch of jerks my phone randomly stopped working a couple months after i bought it, so i sent it in to get fixed. 3 days after i got it back, it stopped working again. i sent it in, and it turns out sony had caused some corrosion and damage wen the "fixed...More
this phone is not durable at all and sony is a bunch of jerks my phone randomly stopped working a couple months after i bought it, so i sent it in to get fixed. 3 days after i got it back, it stopped working again. i sent it in, and it turns out sony had caused some corrosion and damage wen the "fixed" it. so now i dont have a phone cuz of those jerks it is not stable, freezes and breaks really easily Less
Amazon

Finally, a replacement for my portable CD Player/Radio

from Amazon
I've been getting tired of carrying around my portable CD player/ radio, but I love it because I can listen to the radio if I want. But 12 songs, and repetitive radio stations is not the way to travel sometimes, especially on long journeys. I was starting to feel left out not having a music player th...More
I've been getting tired of carrying around my portable CD player/ radio, but I love it because I can listen to the radio if I want. But 12 songs, and repetitive radio stations is not the way to travel sometimes, especially on long journeys. I was starting to feel left out not having a music player that fits in my pocket. Then I found this sony walkman phone. It's a phone, an mp3 player, AND a radio. I'm glad Sony Ericsson hasn't forgotten about people who still listen to the radio. And the headphone have great base- which most don't when you listen to the radio. I was very surprised, because they look so small. The only thing I don't like is having to buy the USB cable seperately. I can't enjoy the mp3 feature without it. Less

Thank you Sony!!!

This is hands down the best phone I have had. It is easy to use and durable (which is important for me). Lots of features...Im still finding new ones! I have talked almost everyone I know into getting this phone and they all love it! I will never go back to Motorolla again!
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