Sony Ericsson W880i slim phone
No compromise on functionality?
Review Ultra-slim phones are a gimmick, right? Yes, they're mere millimetres from front to back, but in shaving off around half the thickness of a standard candybar, the phone makers must have compromised on the skinny handset's feature set, surely? Sony Ericsson's Walkman-branded W880 is now readily available - we look at how well it measures up.
Sony Ericsson's W880: Nano-esque
First impression: the W880 is a thing of beauty. Edge-on it's just 9mm thick. That doesn't just make it look sexy, it also makes it really comfortable to hold. The face measures 10.1 x 4.5cm so it's wide and tall enough for an eminently thumbable keypad, a decent sized display and the 0.3-megapixel videocall camera. Neither dimension is particularly small, but that slender waist makes the W880i feel incredibly compact.
The handset's no less rugged for its svelte good looks. There's a surprising solidity to the W880, though it's no heavyweight - a mere 71g, in fact. Just picking it up and holding it in your hand gives the impression that the insides are tucked away tightly and securely. That's largely due to the stainless steel black faceplate - this isn't a phone that seems like it'll snap in two if you push too hard. The back of the phone is kitted out in rubberised plastic, coloured in the Walkman series' signature orange. It gives the W880 a tactile, quality feel.
Unusually, the W880's microphone is on the front of the phone, not its base. You won't find the standard Sony Ericsson connector down there either - it's been rotated through 90° and placed on the left side adjacent to the tiny rubber cover that protects the Memory Stick Micro - aka M2 - memory card slot.
My W880 came with a 1GB card pre-installed - the biggest size the card can take, alas - and the phone has 16MB built in. We took the M2 card out for a peek, but wished we hadn't - it proved a real pain to get back in. We had to use a pencil to push it far enough in for the locking mechanism to click into place. This is not an expansion system for folk with fat fingers or very short nails.
Linux and W880i
You can easily connect to Linux box via phone USB cable.
I used that quite a lot (with phone in the 'disk mode'). Linux correctly identifies it as "usb storage" device and you can access the card without any hassle.
It works via bluetooth as well, but USB is useful sometimes
You can get 2gb m2 memory cards - m2 has 32gb max size.
Does it order iTunes ripped albums correctly ?
My w850i does not order the tracks within albums I ripped in iTunes correctly despite claming to support iTunes music. A terrible ommission considering Sony's reputation as a music player manufacturer.
Does the w880i have the same issue ?
Nice phone, and yes, it does work perfectly with Apple's iSync. I use it wth an iSync Phone Plugin from: http://mobile.feisar.com/ - works great, and very simple to set-up.
I have lived with this phone now for about a month and it still makes me smile. Not experienced a single problem with it and very happy with the specs. It might not shine in a particular area like a dedicated camera or mp3 player, but the convenience of having it in my pocket at all times and ready for the quick picture, or music on the go, all to a good standard, is awesome. Yes I did just say awesome !!!