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The main reason I bought this phone is because I wanted a phone with good MP3 playback and a sleek design which would easily fit into my pocket. In my opinion, the Sony Ericsson W200i combines both of these traits. In the box you will find everything you need to get you started, including a USB connector cable, software for transferring files, a 128 MB memory card and a set of headphones.
The software which comes with it is easy to install and allows you transfer WMA and MP3 files directly form a CD or from your computer to the memory card inside the phone. It's quite fast, so you can easily download a whole album within about 2 minutes.
The MP3 playback on this phone is very good considering that it was designed to be entry level. The sound quality is good and it comes with all the settings that you would expect an MP3 player to come with, including settings such as Bass Boost and random playback. There's even a little button on the side to enable you get directly to the playback menu from whichever screen you are on. This button also enables you to minimise the mp3 playback screen so you can do other activities, such as write a text or take pictures.The Sony Ericsson W200i also has a radio so you can listen to any radio station while on the go.
Another good feature of this product is the long-lasting battery. From a full charge my phone lasts me around 5 straight days even with quite heavy use. You can either charge the phone up from the mains charger provided in the box, or via your computer using the USB cable.
However, there are also a few disadvantages to this product. The product does have a VGA camera which also allows video capture. Unfortunately, the picture quality is pretty bad, especially if you zoom in to take the picture. For me this wasn't really an issue as I have a digital camera which I usually take pictures with.
Despite the cheap price tag, this phone is pretty solid. I've dropped it accidentally a few times (once on concrete). The battery cover came off but I just put it back on and the phone continued functioning well.
Another disadvantage is that the phone does not have bluetooth compatibility, so you're still stuck with old-fashioned infra-red technology to exchange files. Yet another problem is that the screen is of the tyoe that came out with the first colour-screen mobiles back in the late 1990's, so when you try to view it in direct sunlight you can hardly see anything.
Nevertheless, If you want a basic phone to use for making the occasional phone call and listening to your favourite phones on the go, then this phone is suitable for you. If you're looking for something which will enable you to take high quality pictures or use bluetooth then you might have to consider somthing a bit more expensive.
Sony Ericsson. Spiro. Black. T-Mobile. Mobile phone features: Walkman slider with track ID ... more
music recognition. Slide handset. Up to 556 hours standby time. Up to 630 mins talk time. Internal memory 5MB. Messaging: SMS/MMS/EMAIL/IM. EDGE, GPRS internet capability. Takes up to 16GB microSD memory card (not included). 2 megapixel camera. Video capture and playback. 262k colour screen. Dual band. Bluetooth. Vibration alert. FM radio. MP3 player. Size of handset H92, W48, D17mm. Weight 90g.