Sony Ericsson W200i

The W200i is an entry level music phone with the famous Walkman branding, but in its case you're paying a lot for a logo -- even if it is an entry-level phone.


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Design
The W200i is a candy bar form factor mobile phone that measures in at 101mm by 44mm by 18mm with a carrying weight of 85 grams. The W200i is available in two colour schemes -- Sony Ericsson amusingly calls them "Rhythm Black" and "Pulse White", otherwise known outside the marketing fraternity as black or white. Our review sample was of the white variety, with bright orange highlights. Just as many other phone manufacturers do, the W200i looks an awful lot like the rest of its phone line, which means if you're familiar with Sony Ericsson's usual design outlines, the W200i will be either a familiar and comfortable phone, or a stale concept, depending on how you nominally find Sony Ericsson phones. We quite like the dialling keys on the W200, which are a decent size, but are far less enamoured of the joystick selector, which has the all too common problem of selecting when scrolling downwards, or vice versa.

The W200i's 128x160-pixel display isn't the sharpest you can get -- far from it -- but it's adequate for basic phone tasks. The W200i sports a surprisingly loud internal speaker -- it's pitched as a music phone with plenty of use of the Walkman branding -- as well as headphones with what Sony calls Bass reflex; this is intended to preserve music fidelity even when bass is at a maximum.

As with many other Sony Ericsson Walkman phones, the W200i sports a custom connector on the base of the phone which is used for charging, USB synchronisation and audio output. Like other Walkman phones, this locks you into using only Sony Ericsson supplied accessories and headsets.

Features
Sony Ericsson's pitch for the W200i is that while it bears the famous Walkman brand, it's not really designed to act as a replacement for your MP3 player; instead it's a complimentary device that just happens to store some of your favourite tunes of the moment. As a music phone, it supports MP3 and AAC files, so in the very near future you could even conceivably stick some DRM-free EMI iTunes music on it if that took your fancy. The W200i comes with a 128MB Memory Stick Micro for music storage, along with up to 27MB of internal memory.

At a basic phone level, the W200i is a tri-band GSM phone. Astute buyers may notice the inclusion of a camera on the rear of the W200i. Wholly astute buyers who enjoy actual photographs, as opposed to random collections of pixels that might possibly look like their targets if you squint a lot, may just want to put a chunk of duct tape over the W200i's camera sensor to save themselves a whole lot of pain. With only VGA capabilities we weren't expecting much, and that's exactly what we got out of the W200i's lacklustre camera. The duct tape might just save you from presuming that a drunken pub pic was in fact any good, when it almost certainly wasn't.

The supplied PC Suite software covers the phone basics, with the eponymous PC Suite (for data transfers), Quicktime, PhotoShop Album SE and Disc2Phone software for musical transfers. Installation of Disc2Phone worked on our test Windows Vista system with only minor glitches. Testing on Vista Ultimate, it kept dropping the colour level for some (but not all) of Disc2Phone's installation screens. We were irked by the fact that Disc2Phone requires activation via an e-mail address, but we just plain hate software product activation, which offers zero benefits to consumers anyway. PC Suite was another story -- in that it refused to install at all, requesting instead that we install it only on Windows XP or Windows 2000 systems.

Performance
In basic phone terms the W200i worked well in our tests, with clear audio for calls and decent battery life. Sony Ericsson rates the W200i as being capable of up to 360 hours standby and seven hours talk time. In our tests, it ran for around five days in-between charges under moderate usage, which is reasonable for a budget-level phone.

As a music phone, we can see why Sony's so keen to pitch the W200i as a compliment to an existing MP3 player, rather than a replacement. It's a capable enough unit, but the interface is relatively basic, and the single speaker is tinny and entirely uninspiring. Switching to the supplied headphones did improve audio quality markedly. You're rather stuck with the cabled headphone model, however, as the W200i lacks Bluetooth compatibility, and thus support for A2DP stereo headphones, and the proprietary port means you're stuck only with audio accessories supplied or sold by Sony Ericsson.

Certainly, many consumers who end up with a W200i will do so on a plan, and as such pay very little for the phone itself. Within that model, it's a capable enough basic phone with music an added extra. If you're looking at it with an eye to buying it outright, however, we'd advise shopping around. Aside from the truly awful camera, there's nothing terribly wrong with the W200i, but then there's not too much that's all that exciting. You are in effect paying a small premium for the Walkman branding, and in the ultra-competitive world of mobile phones brand alone isn't enough to convince us that the W200i is worth purchasing outright.

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"THIS IS THE WORST MOBILE PHONE IN THE HISTORY OF MOBILE PHONES"

ohmygoodlord posted a review   
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The Good:Absolutely nothing.

The Bad:Absolutely everything.

I think I brought this phone second-hand from a Pterodactyl or something, because this cellphone is an ancient mofo.

This phone has no bluetooth. Whenever someone wanted to send me something, they would ask if I had bluetooth on. My reply, 'MY PHONE DOES NOT HAVE BLUETOOTH.'
This phone is a 'Walkman' phone? I only had room to hold about 15 songs, while my friends with ordinary phones could hold triple that.
The camera is bad quality too. Just so, so bad.
Sometimes it likes to chuck a tantrum and tell me I have no SIM card in it. So, I have to pull off the back, take out the PERFECTLY NORMAL sim card and put it back in, and turn it on. Just so this mobile with down syndrome can work.
Whenever I apply VERY slight pressure to this phone, it turns off. WHAT A LOAD OF BULL.
It decides to have a seizures on occassions. It turns on, turns off, flashing screen, turns on, no SIM card, turns off, stays off for a day, turns on fine.
All round an ugly, piece of crap. It is so embarrassing to have that it has been dead for 3 months as I have no want to have the piece of rubbish running.
The mobile is ugly as hell too. Orange and black? Really? Probably the two worst colours to put together. I feel like a **** on Halloween when I use this because of the dreadful colour scheme.
The joystick in the middle is a pain in my **** It takes a while to get used to. You try to push in the middle button, but it decides OH NO YOU CAN GO TO THIS INSTEAD TROLOLOL

I have seriously considered throwing this mobile multiple times at a brick wall, then putting it in a blender, creating a smoothie out of it and feeding it to a small child in Africa. Then taking the faeces the child creates and throwing it at the guy who designed this phone. At least doing that would make it good for SOMETHING.

Honestly, I would much rather go without using a mobile phone the use this horrible thing. Do not buy this phone, you are setting yourself up with failure if you do.

Alex
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Alex posted a review   

The Good:Price, small size and weight, design, long battery life, media player

The Bad:...

Small and awesome phone. I have one for like 3 years and haven't had any problems. Bad camera? If you want a phone for taking pictures then don't buy WALKMAN. Also I haven't had any need for Bluetooth. It has micro SD and USB cable so no problems with data exchange... Music player is also capable of pretty high volume, it has FM radio, it can run Opera mini... everything you need from this small device. If W200i's are still available when my current one breaks I'm definitely buying another one

abuya
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abuya posted a review   

The Good:small kiddo, memory till 2gb, toughing little guy

The Bad:no bluetooth, poor resolution, bad bad camera

I named this phone the small kiddo, because it small and quite light.

I bought this small kiddo about 3 years ago and still working well.

It toughing little guy because i have already dropped it so many time but it still running well.

Yes, the camera not very sharp, but if you want to have a better camera better buy the k-series or the cyber-shot.

No bluetooth that not a problem for me. I like to transfer the file on pc because it more safe. Many of my friend got virus on their phone cause by bluetooth.....hahahaha XD

The sound is good with the headset. Bad without the headset.

Got 2gb expandable memory.

For me this phone is a reasonable price phone and it small but powerful

 

erni posted a comment   

The Good:fajny jest

The Bad:1

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jo
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jo posted a review   

The Good:music

The Bad:no bluetooth, vga camera,

i am using this phone for 3 yrs now n its still working fine. im wishing so badly tat it will breakdown somehow. i bought it when i was young n that time bluetooth wasn't so popular yet so i bought this n i am so regreting it...

 

gibby posted a comment   

if ua wanna break it just pull the black thing on the back above the battery pull it off its the anntenna i did that thinkin mum would buy me a new fone but she didnt now im stuck wif a fone tat only gets service where i can c the town ariel lolz

daniella232
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daniella232 posted a review   

The Good:not much

The Bad:nearly everythig especially joystick

this this phone even have a voice recorder!?!?!?

Joss
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Joss posted a review   

The Good:Ot course the music it provides is great

The Bad:The Camera is the one gives me headache... Poor resolution means poor quality images

Needs Improvment...

max
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max posted a review   

The Good:attractive

The Bad:dont have bluetooth

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User Reviews / Comments  Sony Ericsson W200i

  • ohmygoodlord

    ohmygoodlord

    Rating1

    "I think I brought this phone second-hand from a Pterodactyl or something, because this cellphone is an ancient mofo.

    This phone has no bluetooth. Whenever someone wanted to send me som..."

  • Alex

    Alex

    Rating9

    "Small and awesome phone. I have one for like 3 years and haven't had any problems. Bad camera? If you want a phone for taking pictures then don't buy WALKMAN. Also I haven't had any need for Blueto..."

  • abuya

    abuya

    Rating7

    "I named this phone the small kiddo, because it small and quite light.

    I bought this small kiddo about 3 years ago and still working well.

    It toughing little guy becau..."

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