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      25.09.2012 17:34
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      Great phone!

      I remember when having a flip phone was the 'in' thing and I spent half the year pestering my parents for one. Luckily my parents are lovely and bought me the Sony Ericsson W300i Walkman for Christmas. The phone comes from the Walkman range which is focused on trying to make their phones into portable music players as well as being a phone, the 2 in 1 concept. Looking back it seems so basic compared to the iPhones and smart phones you can get today, however at the time I was ecstatic and excited to find out what wonders this phone could do.

      PRICE
      At the time I acquired the phone it was priced and marketed at around £70 however due to the age and dated features on this phone the price has dropped considerably and can be purchased new or used anywhere between £20 and £50. I'd recommend looking on eBay as there are quite a lot of old stock sellers that sell them at the lower end of the price margin.

      DESIGN AND EASE OF USE
      I have this phone with the black case however you can get different coloured cases such as white and lime green to suit your personality. The keys are made from a clear acrylic type material which lights up an orange glow when in use, this is great for texting in the dark.

      obviously the key design feature on this phone is the flip up screen, however unlike most of the flip screens this phone had a screen on the outside of the shell as well as the inside which shows you if you have any messages, the time and the date, this is a very good design feature making the phone more convenient and quick to use.

      The phone is very chunky and is a bit of a pain to fit into your jean pockets, not the ideal phone for transporting. Although the phone is chunky the plastic material its made from is very lightweight which does compensate for the size of it to a certain extent.



      FEATURES
      As with most phones, there is a fair amount of features to talk about so I'm just going to cover the ones that I feel are more specific and relevant to this particular phone.

      Texting-
      Texting is pretty much the same as any other mobile, you access it through the main menu and start composing the new text. Typing is fairly easy to do as the buttons are spaced out and need little pressure to work. There is the option for predictive text, but I found that it wasn't very accurate and I was best not using it.

      Camera-
      The camera is pretty basic in terms of quality, I wouldn't use the pictures from this phone for anything more than a Facebook profile picture, but even that would be pushing it a little. The images come out pixelated but it is still recognizable.

      Music Player-
      This is the main feature to the phone being from the 'Walkman' range, there is an icon that can be selected on the phone menu called 'music player' which is the part of the phone that acts as an MP3 player. There are many different menus and options once you select this feature, such as playlists, artists and songs, once you use the arrow pad to select the song you want to listen to, the screen switched to a basic screen showing the running time of the song, the song title and the artist, just like you would expect to see on an iPod. The feature is easy enough to navigate and the screen clearly shows everything you'll need to know when using it. The song info also shows up on the outer screen of the phone when the screen is down.

      There are some buttons on the side of the phone which allows you to skip, play, pause and adjust the volume of the song without flipping the screen up. I think this is great as it makes the phone more convenient and pleasurable to use.

      Radio-
      There is a radio function on this phone which works surprisingly well and the phone always seems to have enough signal to listen to it. The one issue I had with this part of the phone is the fact that you could only listen to the radio if you had headphones or speakers plugged into the phone, luckily you're supplied with headphones, but it's still inconvenient if you want to listen to it out loud.


      BATTERY LIFE AND RELIABILITY
      The battery life on this phone is really quite impressive compared to the battery life of the phone I have today. I'd use my phone religiously to text and listen to music every day and I'd only have to charge it a couple times a week! This phone is great for those who forget or simply don't have the time to charge their phone on a day to day basis.

      I found this phone to be very reliable and its never failed in any aspect. The phone never turned off unexpectedly or shown any signs of error. The phone excels in this department, I can't fault the battery life or reliability.

      OVERALL EXPERIENCE
      I loved this phone and I have to say I was a little disheartened when it got replaced, however I'd had the phone for so long I really did need a newer model to keep up with all this social networking and Apps. I still have this phone in my back-up collection for the times when my newer phone fails (which tends to happen quite frequently) and the old W300i runs as good as new. A great reliable phone for someone who isn't too concerned about keeping up with the latest technologies.

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      07.02.2012 08:37
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      a good basic phone

      A couple of months ago I went out and bought myself a fancy new phone. It was an exceptionally clever piece of technology, not only could you call and text but it could go online and even had an application which could identify the stars in the night sky. The problem was that my brain was not advanced enough to cope with this technological wonder so I took it back to the shop and went back to using my trusty Sony Ericcson W 300i.

      The W300i is unlikely to give you any street cred with its dated clamshell exterior and it does feel bulky compared to the latest phones but I am too old and practical to care about how my phone looks. The design means it is impossible to dial when the phone is in your bag and it is also sturdy as I have dropped it numerous times and it has stayed intact.

      The keypad has circular shaped buttons which are a decent size so can cope with fat fingers. I have always found the menus to be intuitive to use and scroll through to find what I want. The screen is 1.6 inches and has a crisp display which is easy to read. I have used this phone for sending texts and making calls for around 2 years and it has always performed perfectly. The call clarity is good with no crackles or noises on the line and it always connects well to the network. Texts can be embellished with smiley faces should you desire and picture messaging is available too.

      As well as the basic phone and text functions, the phone also functions as a Walkman, camera and radio. The quality of the speakers is pretty excellent but the fact that the memory is so small (a 500Mb memory card is supplied) means you can only hold around 15 or so full length music tracks. The radio is accessed by using the supplied headphones as an aerial and the reception is better than my car radio as I was able to connect to more stations in a rural area. The Sony Ericcson headphones are really good quality but the fact that the phone has a funny shaped connector instead of a standard headphone jack is a bit annoying.

      Battery life is excellent if you don't use the music player and keep Bluetooth turned off and I can easily go a week between charges if I just talk and text. Using the Walkman features gives you a couple of hours of music before the battery dies.

      There are a few other features which are not really worth bothering with. The camera has a puny 1.3 MP resolution which produces mages which are clear on the phone screen but blurry and dotty if you put them on a computer screen or try to print them out. The internet browser is painfully slow and the tiny screen means it takes a very long time to scroll through a page of text. This is a basic phone which plays some music but not a smart phone.

      I like my W300i; I want a mobile primarily to phone and text and am not bothered about other features too much. Because of how simple it is to use, it is a great choice for technophobes who only want to keep in touch with their loved ones and don't need all the added extras of a smartphone.

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        28.07.2010 22:50

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        This is an OK phone but it has a good MP3 player!

        The Sony Ericsson W300i is a walkman phone - a phone specifically designed for listening to music. The internal memory on the phone is not really sufficent to hold enough music to class as a MP3 player; however you can expand the memory of the phone with a memory card. The menus are easy to navigate and the volume is easy to adjust mainly because of the buttons on the side of the phone. You can tell the song you are listening to by looking at the mini-screen of the front of the phone ( when the lid is down ). The supplied pair of headphones are in-ear headphones. These have decent sound quality and block a lot of sound out, which is handy for listening to on a plane or train etc.

        Texting on the W300i is difficult at first due to the unusual shaped buttons (they look quite good!) . But after a while texting becomes alot easier and quick. A annoying feature about texting is that you can only send a message to one person, so you can't send a group text.

        I would describe the camera as average and I mean average. It is certaintly not good. But it isn't really Bad.

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        13.03.2010 14:49

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        Great Phone for Listening to Music

        The Sony Ericsson W300i mobile phone is a great phone if you're interested in playing music through your phone. This is one of the most important things for me because it means that you don't have to carry around a separate MP3 player to play your tunes. The earphones that come with the phone are really good - the best I have ever used. They are in the ear with little rubber ends (it comes with 3 sets of different sizes, which is great if you lose one of the ends or if you want to swap the size for your own comfort), which almost totally block out external noise so give a fantastic sound quality and great if, like me, you travel on trains or buses quite a lot and want to block out other people's chatting, etc. Also, it means that your sound is kept to yourself - you won't be "leaking" sound to everyone else around you.

        The memory card that comes with the phone is fairly limited - I would say that it holds around 3 - 4 albums maximum, but I replaced it with a relatively inexpensive (I think it was around £8) new memory card with much more storage and I never run out of space now.

        The rest of the phone functions are fine as far as I'm concerned. I've never had any problem making or receiving calls and the phone is fairly sturdy. It has a camera on it, which isn't great, but there are other phones out there that have much better cameras - you get what you pay for.

        The problem with my phone is that the connectors at the bottom where the charger and earphones plug in have been damaged. This is probably due to my baby daughter getting her hands on it. So it is now very difficult to charge and connect the earphones, which is making it unusable for me. I will need to replace it soon but will definitely be looking for another good MP3 player phone - possible a Sony Ericsson again for the "Walkman". Without this problem, I would have been happy to stick with this phone for a number of years to come.

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        07.02.2010 19:50

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        Dull and reliable phone. Good if flawed mp3 player.

        This phone's best feature is probably the mp3 player / walkman features it is fairly easy to use and the sound quality from the built in speaker is good for a built in speaker in a phone of this price. However it is downhill from there. The phone uses a proprietary headphone port instead of the standard 3.5mm this means that one must either content oneself to using the bundled headphones or use the adaptor which, while thankfully bundled with the phone, makes the headphone cable far too long to be easy to useable.

        Another flaw in using this as a walkman phone is that it takes the proprietary m2 cards which are considerably more expensive than their SD counterparts meaning that if you wish to upgrade from the paltry 256mb bundled memory (and you will if you actually want to use it as an mp3 player) it will cost.

        As a phone it is average if unexciting it does all the things you would expect a phone to do now (camera, games etc.) in a satisfactory if unremarkable way.

        However it does seem to have been made well and the bundled headset come earphones work well and are comfy.

        Overall it is an average phone and a potentially good mp3 player let down by proprietary hardware.

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        08.11.2009 14:31
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        Great value, but would advise spending more for a phone with better camera

        This is a value model phone from the Sony Ericsson walk man range, and i have found it to be a very good, reliable and easy to use phone.

        Although it is basic, you get a huge range of features for your money, and due to it being a fairly popular phone, there are large numbers of free programs and games which can be put on it.

        The camera is acceptable but not great as you would expect from a phone of this value. The music player on it gives good sound quality and it can be used with all the normal speakers and headphones that other phones of the brand can use. One bad point is that it does not have a normal headphone jack, which ties you in to buying specially made sony headphones and speakers.

        Overall i would recommend this for a value or entry level phone, but would recommend spending more if you want more features.

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        15.05.2009 20:34

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        Great MP3 starter phone

        This was my first mp3 player phone ever and has been a great product for the three years I have owned it. The battery life is great lasting over 3 weeks most time after charge. The headphones supplied are excellent providing a great base for any song. Unfortunately lacking in internal storage and also a small flash memory card was supplied. The phone is rugged and durable taking many-a-knock in the past and still survives to this day. I do find the buttons on the side a little bit annoying which are easily pushed when scrolling the menus. I am really struggling to see many flaws in this phone and is a must for any music lover who want one device for calls, text and music.
        Had to get rid of this in the end after 3yrs due to battery fail, but a great product and one of the better Sony products for many years.

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        27.02.2009 14:56
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        A Great Mobile phone!

        I bought this sony Ericcson w300i from my local Orange shop for a price of £120.It was meant to cost £130 but because I handed in my old orange phone for recyling , I got a £10 discount which I thought was pretty good and I was helping the enviroment.

        * Appearance *
        The w300i is black with bits of silver on it. Because my phone is and Orange one the orange symbol is on the front along with a little orange symbol. It's a flip phone. There is a screen on the outside of the phone where you can see the time and date , your battery bar and signal bar and it also shows up with an envelope if you have a message. 'Sony Ericsson' is written above the screen.

        *Price *
        When it first come out this phone cost £130 - that was just over a year ago now.So I expect it can be bought at a cheaper price now.

        *Features *
        This phone has many features :

        *Camera / video *
        The camera on this phone is ok but I have seen better.There are effects which you can apply to your photos , such as black and white and negative. I like the black and white effect because it looks good.The phone also comes with a lead that you can connect to your computer.I think this is good because you can send the pictures to your computer off your phone and then print them off.One thing I like about having a camera on your phone is the fact that if your out and about and want to take a picture of something but don't have a normal camera , then you can use your phone.You can also choose what sized picture you want - small ( 160 x 120 ) , medium (320 x 240 ) and large (640 x 480 )

        The video is clear and good to use if again you've forgotten your digital camera.The video length is quite long as wel which is good , because it means you can film something for quite a while.Although I like this feature , when playing a video back the sound isn't that clear as it would be on a normal digital camera which is a shame.
        * music *

        I'm not sure how many tracks this phone will store , but I currently have 18 tracks on my phone and I think it will take a few more.
        You can also watch music videos on your phone , they're good but not that clear. The sound of the music on the phone is really clear , just like if you were listening to your cd player - so that's an adavantage.You can also play the radio on this phone which is good.You just have to put in a special cable with a little ariel which attaches to your earphones.
        *Entertainment *

        There is an entertainment section which has features such as :
        orange plus - you can contact orange from here and get information etc.

        Games - This phone comes with three games ( Neopets , puzzle slider and quadro pop ) Quadro Pop is my favourite.You can download more games from the orange website.
        video Dj - with this you can add pictures and text to it (I'm not quite sure what the point of this is )

        Picture Dj - This is where you can add things such as effects to pictures you have taken and have stored on your phone.This is a nice feature.
        you can record a sound under the entertainment section and can also take a demo tour. There is a remote control here as well.

        *Messages *
        You can store many messages on your phone.At one point I had approx. 200 which I thought was good - but it does slow down the speed you recieve messages if you have to many , therefore I delete my messages when I get to a certain amount such as 50.

        *Internet *
        You can recieve the internet on your phone.I never go on this , because it's quite expensive .It costs approx £1.50 - and that's just for each time you use the internet. I can use the internet on my computer 24/7 just for £15 a month. On the internet you can download games , music , ringtones ,images and search the internet. It costs approx. £1.50 (I may be wrong but that's what I think it is )

        *Call History*
        Here's where you can see the times and dates and call length of all the people that have called you can also your missed calls and people you have called.

        * Organiser *
        This phone has an alarm clock which is really handy .One thing which is good (but it really annoys me at 6 am ) is the fact that if you don't switch it off the first time it rings , it continues to ring every few minutes.

        There is a calender where you can put in when you need to be reminded of things such as birthdays or appointments - this is handy.The phone rings if it's that day.
        There is a calculator on this phone which is really handy , especially if your in a shop and need to know how much the items you want cost.

        On this phone there is also a timer and stopwatch.
        * Phonebook *

        You can store many numbers on your phone book which is good.You can also click on the name in the phone book then click on more to go straight to 'send message' straight to that person for example.
        *Settings *

        Here , you can choose what ringtone you want for example.You can also turn your blue tooth and infared on and off here .
        *Bluetooth / Infared *

        These features are great because if your friend has something such as a song on their phone and you want it , to save time they can send you it , as long as you both have your bluetooth/ infared switched on.It's also free which is an advantage.

        * Conclusion *

        I'm very happy with this phone because of it's many features.I think this phone is great for nearly every one because it has something for everyone , music , games , the internet etc. One age group I would not reccommend it for it the elderly as they may have trouble using this phone because it is quite high tech and they may prefer a phone which just calls people rather than have games and the internet on it.
        Other than that I give this phone a 10/10
        Thanks for reading and hope this review helps!

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          19.12.2008 20:10

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          Not recomended

          I've found this phone a little unreliable; it occasionally pauses mid track when playing music and displays a "failed" message plus it has crashed a few times - showing the same screen until it runs out of power.
          This only happens quite rarely, maybe once a month but it is still annoying and I haven't had these problems with other phones.
          The photo and video quality is very poor and the features they've selected are not very useful or even prestigious.
          The sound quality is good and the head phones effectively block out ambient sounds; unfortunately the tips to the head phones come off and are easy to loose (the box does contain spares)
          That said it is very easy to use: it easily connects to your computer and it is simple and fast to sync tracks and it does have a long battery life.
          Overall I would not recommend.

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          25.09.2008 15:10
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          I wouldn't go for it.

          This phone is now nearly two years. But that doesn't matter nowadays much, since I see many people who still use K750i, or W800i, which is over 4 years old. I would say this though, this is a low-end phone, and I really don't like it.

          I realise it isn't about having the most expensive phone, or the phone with most unbelievable features, and I have reviewed many low-med-range phones. However, I must say this is a phone I genuinely disliked.

          The phone is a flip - now generally, Sony Ericsson makes terrible flips, and they don't make many. The main thing that put me off, is the big thick joining point of the upper flip and lower part. It reminds me of the terribly old Motorola V525, and even though that Moto is 3-4 years older than W300i, W300i doesn't prove to be any better.

          The front screen is somewhat pleasing however, mono-display showing the track playing or the date. The inside screen which is the main disappointer, of 128x160 pixels, small and horrible. Well, at least it's still a Walkman, and thank God, the memory is expandable through the memory card. Battery life is rather good, and it does have a radio.

          Keypad had some faults, and my friends had some too, some weren't very responsive after some time. And the phone is so thick, it is 24mm, and the great N95 8GB which was around 600GBP and is literally a small computer is thinner, at 21mm. The camera is unusable, it is still a VGA camera for God's sake! Really, I mean it's better for you to give a pencil to a 3 year old and ask them to draw it.

          The sole factor to cover all these dismay, is the price, which is around 40 GBP now. But with an addition of 10 or 20 more pounds, you will get a much much better deal, like say S500i, or K750i.

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          21.09.2008 20:22
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          Fine, if you don't want to take photos

          I decided to get a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone purely because I didn't want to buy a whole separate MP3 player. And this phone didn't let me down in that respect - I bought a 2GB memory card and I'm perfectly happy now that I can take music around with me all the time.
          The phone itself seems to be quite durable; I've had mine for almost 18 months and there are only a few small scratches on the front, but not even on the outer screen.
          The battery life is brilliant. I've known it to survive about a week or so, with me listening to music on my way home on weekdays. But BEWARE! Don't leave it on the walkman "now playing" screen (for example, if you paused your music and then put your phone away without properly exiting the walkman screen) as this will EAT the battery completely! Even if the music isn't actually playing.
          The shape of the phone is surprisingly well designed - it's a good size for hands and pockets.
          But this phone does have downsides.
          First of all, the camera is a joke. It would almost be better if they just hadn't bothered - they obviously only put in the camera so that they could officially label it as a "camera phone". But with a 0.3 megapixel camera, you probably won't find yourself using it very much.
          My only other quabble with this phone is something that I think all Sony Ericsson phones suffer from - lack of proper controls for playing videos. But I soon gave up on watching videos on my phone, so it doesn't matter to me anymore.

          So overall, I would recommend this phone to music lovers who don't care much about taking photos

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          14.09.2008 22:26
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          A decent budget phone

          The Sony Ericsson w300i is quite outdated now, but it is still sold in many places - often at very low prices.

          The phone is quite thick, at about 2cm. When I bought it I thought it was quite stylish, but compared to more recent phones it is chunky and slightly cheap-looking. It is a flip phone, which is good as it means that it won't be phoning random people in your pocket!

          There are two screens, one on the inside and one on the outside, and neither are brilliant. The main screen is too small and has a very low resolution, and as such is no good for video or photo viewing, but it is fine for texting and making phone calls. The external screen is small and isn't colour, but it does it's job well enough and the orange backlight looks nice.

          Though nothing special, the w300i is fairly full-featured. It has bluetooth, infrared, a FM radio (the headphone cable must be plugged in), a camera and a music player.

          The camera, though, is a bit rubbish. It is 0.3mp, which basically means every photo will look horrid. It seems to me that Sony Ericsson only put it in so that they could advertise the w300i as being a "camera phone". It really isn't worth anything at all, even for quick snaps.

          The "w" in "w300i" stands for "walkman", which is Sony's music player brand. What this basically means is that you get get a music player on the phone. It is certainly better than most low-end phone music players, but it isn't as good as a dedicated mp3 player. The internal phone memory is no good for music, but there is M2 card slot which is a very welcome feature. Mine came with a 256mb M2 card which is reasonable, but you will want to buy a new one if you use the phone as a proper music player.

          The keypad is good in my opinion, but the keys are very smooth and close together which may be a problem for some people.

          The battery life is excellent, and I often found that it would keep it's charge for weeks at a time. Obviously though, the more you use it the faster the battery will drain.

          Believe it or not, the main purpose of a mobile phone is to make and receive phone calls. I know, it's crazy! I no expert, but I thought that the sound quality was good when both making and receiving calls. I've never had any dropped calls that were the fault of the phone, and people sound loud and clear. There is also a speakerphone if you like such things.

          When I bought the w300i, I naturally went for the cheapest deal I could find. The problem was, it was a "Robbie Williams Special Edition", meaning it had Robbie Williams wallpapers, video and music clips on it. I don't like Robbie, at all, and the music clips weren't even full songs. I tried, and failed, to delete all this content. For some reason it is locked onto the phone and cannot be deleted. I'm now stuck with this rubbish on my phone, and this even includes a permanent shortcut to the Robbie Williams webpage on my phone menu. I was not pleased. Avoid this special edition.

          The w300i, though, is a decent budget phone. It is nothing special, but at a low price it is definitely a good purchase.

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            03.09.2008 14:12
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            Good value phone, get more than what you pay for.

            I've had this phone for a year and a half now, and i have to say, for the price i got it at...There are very few complaints.

            I purchased the w300i at woolworths, for just £49.99. It offers many features, and is great for those on a budget looking for a phone which offers alot.

            It's a fun, user friendly phone and is also very durable.

            The MP3 player provides a satisfactory sound, and the extra memory which is able to be stored means you can store more than enough tracks on the small phone.

            The camera was a bit of a let down, although it isnt the worst in the world, and for the price i wouldnt have really expected anything more flash.

            The mobile's also WAP enabled, meaning you can check your emails while you're on the go.

            It has somehow managed to withstand the wear and tear, and from all the phones that i've owned, this one has lasted the longest.

            Its not a bad looking phone either, and it slides in your pocket quite comfortably.

            Other features include:

            WAP, push to talk, bluetooth, infrared, games, organiser...

            Like i said, for the price, durability and reliability; Its a good buy.

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              18.08.2008 18:28
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              A decent easy to use phone that'll suit those of us who aren't after anything too complicated

              I acquired this phone nearly by accident. My aunt bought it for my 14 year old cousin in February, but being 14 he was just too cool for it. So my aunt decided to pass it on to me as a birthday gift. It may have been an afterthought, but hey who is complaining. At the age of 29, I'm slightly past caring about the most recent model of just about everything. Besides, its a decent enough looking phone that it doesn't look like something my grandfather would have acquired at a car boot sale.

              Its approximately 8 by 4 cm in size, but doubles when it opens, being a flip phone. This makes it smaller than the most recent models, and much harder to accidently phone people at 2 in the morning when you're dancing about in a night club. Not that I club so much now, being 29 and a bit uncool and all that. In appearance, its silver with a black ID screen on the front. When you open it, you have a much bigger screen that doubles as a caller ID and a camera screen.

              The phone initially came with a 256mb memory stick which allowed me to store some music. However, when I got tired of carrying around my mp3 player and a phone, I decided to upgrade to a 2gb memory stick which cost me £11.99 from ebay. That now allows me to store enough music so that I can leave that great irritating other contraption at home. The memory stick also allows me to store more photo's as well.

              The best thing about the mp3 function is that it sorts your files by artists, albums, tracks, playlists in the same way that a more sophisticated mp3 player might. You can click on your favourite artist and shuffle their music, or click on one particular song. You can also listen to your entire music playlist and shuffle the songs about.

              The phone also comes with an earphone pack which doubles as earphones for your music and an ear-piece and mic for you to conduct your phone calls if you are caught short with a phone call whilst listening to music. I must warn you though, if you have a sister as loud as mine, god help you with those earphones in. I have to turn her down quickly to preserve my hearing.

              The sound quality of the phone is pretty decent, very ocassionally in poorer reception area's, the sound can become slightly muffled. All in all though, the tone and clarity of the phone is pretty clear. There is also a decent battery life on it. I have always had problems with batteries in the past, and in my last phone found that I had to charge it all night every night. Despite the huge amount of use my phone gets as a phone and an mp3 player, the battery can last for 3 or 4 days. I recently took it on a long bus trip with me, approximately 8 and a half hours. My mp3 player ran out on a full charge after about 5 hours of use on my way down. My mobile phone still had a small amount of battery left over after 8 and a half hours of use on my way back home.

              The camera is the least pleasing feature of the phone. The photo's taken can be slightly grainy and certainly is only recommended if you are out in daylight. None of my photo's are good enough quality to be printed or kept. Where it does come in handy though is for the nifty little caller ID function that many phones now have. You can attach people's photo's to their phone number and when they call you get to view their mugshots. Although, that depends just how attractive your circle of friends might be. If you are so inclined to mock at their expense, there is a little feature which allows you to play around with the picture and add cartoon features.

              The phone also has a radio function attached which is handy if you are fed up with your own music, or if you're one of those blokes who listens to the football on your weekend shifts. I rarely use it, but its functional enough when I do on the rare occasion that I listen to the real radio wind up in the morning on the bus to work.

              Other features that I rarely use is the Entertainment function which consists of no games that you'd ever bother to play, and a slow pointless web access that I have used once to obtain an email I was waiting on. Most people have access to the internet either at home or in work, its getting pretty desperate if you want access in the pub as well. And anybody who might use it for internet access in a work capacity might well be better served by buying a better model.

              Along with the facility to personalise your contacts with pictures, you can also personalise with songs. I have applied different songs to certain people, which serves only to allow you to avoid certain people if you fancy a night without chat. It doesn't really do anything that the caller display doesn't do, but if you are as lazy as me on your days off, then you'd understand why it serves its purpose. The phone also has the obligitary Calls tab which allows you to view your received, made and missed calls. This isn't a feature that other phones dont have, but its laid out nicely and allows you to differentiate between your missed and answered calls at a quick glance.

              Along with this, there are also various organising features, such as a note section, calender, calculator, an alarm function which is used often with me. Especially that all important SNOOZE button. Who can live without their snooze button? You can also switch the phone between silent, your personalised ring tones and a vibrating signal if you want to hear your calls without disturbing half the world. People on the bus at 8 in the morning should take note. You can also have a different ringtone or signal for incoming text messages. Again, feel free to switch to silent in public.

              My phone is with o2, but I'm sure you can go with any network you choose whether paying as you go, or opting for a contract. For those of us who dont need the most expensive flashiest model's, this is a simple to operate godsend that's only downfall is a slightly below average camera.

              I would enlighten you to the price, but I've always felt that it was cheeky to look up the price of something that was given to you as a gift. So despite my curious nature, this is one area where I dont break my own rules. But I'm sure the phone is widely available as I've seen quite a few people with them, so go on have a peak at the price and see if its the perfect phone for you.

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                25.04.2008 18:24
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                • Reliability

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                Functional and pleasing to look at and hold, decent audio functionality

                Well I bought the W300i not expecting much for £70 from a Wolverhampton store nearly a year ago now... and was I proved wrong! Everyone that I've without thinking shown has approved and were surprised at how an oldish phone can feel so right to hold and look at.

                So yeah, indeed I am impressed.

                The flippy-noise is the highlight for me... little things...
                But with the Sony's custom themes including (the one I use/downloaded from their mobile site) a purple vibrating menu option one... you can't go wrong.

                It's also a very versatile media player. No hassle. Just connect to the computer through USB and wahey! Music!
                Very cool.

                It's one of those phones that you can't help but play with all day, even if it's just opening and closing the thing!

                The camera works to a satisfactory standard, nothing to shout about but very useful when you run out of batteries with your digital.

                So yeah, overall a good, pleasant, piece of kit.

                Ogre out.

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              • Product Details

                The W300i is a fun Walkman music phone. It comes with everything you need to enjoy your music wherever you go. It also has a camera and easy text and picture messaging. Take, save and share pictures of where you are. The W300i has Bluetooth built-in and supports USB connectivity. With a USB cable (supplied in kit), move music from your PC to your phone and synchronize the phone calendar and contacts with your PC.