Sony Ericsson W580i: the Sleek Entertainer

By: Samuel Herrick

Another new arrival to the Walkman family. This time, it is a slider, high on sleek quotient while maintaining everything that made Walkman phone a phenomenon - high music playback quality. The Sony Ericsson W580i is a direct result of its manufacturers resolve to offer a Walkman solution to every price segment. A look at the Sony Ericsson W580i will give you a rough idea about its target audience - the young and fashion conscious crowd of both the sexes.

The Sony Ericsson W580i is a sleek slider that measures 99 x 47 x 14 mm and weighs just 94 grams. The front fascia of the mobile phone is dominated by a 2 inch TFT screen that can produce more than 262k colours across its 240 x 320 pixels. The Walkman logo in iconic orange colour affirms the handset's affiliation to the Walkman family. Colour solutions available for the Sony Ericsson W580i - Style white, urban grey and Boulevard black.

Being a Walkman phone, the Sony Ericsson W580i's finesse lies in its music playing skills. The handset is endowed with an upgraded Walkman media player v2.0 with many integrated features that were not found in the earlier version. TrackID feature of the updated player is a great way to find out more about a song's artist and other relevant information just by sending a part of its recording to the server. Similarly, other features like playlist support, equalizer, MegaBass makes for a unique mobile music experience. The Sony Ericsson W580i's built in memory of 12 Mb seems paltry for a music solution, so is supplemented by a 512 Mb external memory card. One can further upgrade it up to 2GB.

The Sony Ericsson W580i supports quad band GSM mobile networks and changes its band automatically. The handset uses class 10 GPRS and EDGE technology for data connectivity and provides you with high speed mobile internet on the go. On board NetFront browser provides easy browsing and downloading experience. Local connectivity tools include Bluetooth v2.0 and USB 2.0 to connect and transfer data with compatible devices.

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