These days, mobile phone users don’t only expect to make calls and send messages from their phones. They want to listen to music, snap photos, record videos and even have access to the Internet through their devices.
One mobile device that can satisfy such needs is the Sony Ericsson W580i, a slide phone which is only 14mm thick and could provide up to 4GB of storage space and a talk time of up to 9 hours.
The slim 580i has a layout that pleases the eye. Before you slide the phone, you’ll see only seven keys below the LCD screen, among which are the Camera shortcut key, the Walkman key, Navigation and Menu keys. When you slide the phone, the keypad appears. The connector for charger, volume control and camera zoom are conveniently placed at the side.
Among the items available for selection in the menu are Entertainment, Organizer, Messages, Internet, File Manager and Fitness. Under Entertainment, you have Radio, Games, Video Player, Video DJ, Photo DJ, Music DJ and Record Sound. Under Organizer you have the usual suspects – Alarms, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Calculator and Stopwatch. Messaging offers Email, RSS Reader and Call Voicemail to mention a few.
The phone comes with a 2.0 megapixel camera with a digital zoom of 4x. Among the popular image formats supported are JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG. If you have a PictBridge compatible printer, you could print the images stored in your phone memory.
W5801 is often referred to as a Walkman mobile phone. A first look gives the impression that it could be an iPod-like device instead of a telephone, especially with the Walkman logo on it.
The music player supports shuffling of tracks, playlist creation and the ability to rewind, fast forward and equalize your music tracks. To enhance your listening experience, you could activate MegaBass, especially if you have a good pair of earphones and need a little thump in your music.
One interesting feature here is the ability to switch to Flight mode to turn off your radio so as not to interfere with sensitive equipment in planes and hospitals.
Among the file formats supported by the music and video players are MP3, Windows Media Audio, WAV (16 KHz maximum), MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC and Real 8, among others.
If you’re a health buff, you will be left impressed with the Fitness application. The Walking function calculates the number of steps have taken during your walks and the distance covered. The Running function, on the other hand, records the distance, time and your running speed. Additionally, calories burned during the session could be calculated if you key in your personal details.
You can even blog using the Sony Ericsson W580i. However, you’re only limited to sending images to your blog address.
All in all, Sony Ericsson would satisfy you if you’re a mobile user who fancies a multimedia experience.