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      08.02.2012 23:05
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      I brought this phone. it must be about 5 years ago now and when I got it i just loved it. I like flip phones, especially because its purple and that's my favorite colour. and that fact that i like sony ericsson better than any other phone brand names.
      This phone is a nice and slim compact size and it just fits nicely into your pocket. it is a nice deep purple colour which is lovely.

      On the front of the phone there are three buttons which are in braille. Play/stop, fast forward and rewind. When you want to listen to music those three braille like buttons light up so its great to see in the dark and if you have your phone in your pocket you can distinguish the buttons easily.
      On the front of the phone it also has a illuminated screen so you can see the time, date and any messages or phone calls that you receive.
      The sony ericsson w380i has a really cool little gadget as well. If you have a phone call and you don't really want to answer it than you can hover your hand over the front of the screen and your phone will automatically go on to silent, but its still ringing so the person that is calling doesn't know you are not ignoring them or to busy to answer the phone.

      As you open the flip on the phone you will notice that it is loose wobbly or about to brake, unlike some flip phones i have tried, this flip is very sturdy and doesn't feel as though its going to snap off in your hand.

      The keypad buttons are quite sunken in so it does take some getting used to. i have found that after a while of texting my fingers start to hurt at the edges of my nail it from pressing the buttons.
      There are your obvious buttons for answering and ending a phone call and you text and dialing keys.
      what i have found is that the on button is on the key pad and i have found it quite hard to press as it is sunken as well. there is a big circle button to use as your left right up and down to go through your menu.

      The screen is fairly big. not as big as the screens on the more modern phone but big enough to read messages and look at pictures.

      On the menu there is:
      downloads
      music
      entertainment
      media album
      messaging
      internet
      call history
      address book
      organiser
      camera
      alarm
      settings.

      downloads: on this phone this is were you can go and buy pictures and games. it is an easier way of getting to the games and pictures on the internet. its just a direct link.

      music: this is were the music store and your personal Walkman is were you put your own music on to this phone. it also comes complete with a radio.

      entertainment: this is were you can play on music dj which is were you can create your own little music beats
      this is also were the voice recorder lives.

      media album: this folder is were all your pictures, videos , games themes and web pages are kept.

      messaging: messaging is were all your inbox, outbox , sent and draft folders are so you can keep track of who you have text and what you said.

      internet: the internet is a mini computer.

      call history: the call history is a list off all the calls you have made and all the missed calls so you can keep track of who you have called.

      address book: is were you store all your phone numbers.

      orgainiser: the orgainiser on this phone as pretty much the same on any phone with calendar , calculator, stopwatch and timer.

      settings: the settings is to adjust your phone to the way you like it such as volume, wallpapper, ring tone and message tone.

      I have had this phone for a very long time and it still works in perfect condition. i kept this phone as a just in case i need a phone because my main phone has let me down and low and behold it has, but i can always trust this phone to keep me going.

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        15.11.2011 20:47

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        Looks good and has nice design features but is impractical and poorly constucted

        My primary reasons for selecting this phone were the flip top, Walkman branding and especially the magic 'invisible' external screen. Unfortunately, the quality of this phone was a real let down. The magic screen stopped functioning for the first time within 6 months of purchase, and after repair lasted only another 6 months. The sound quality from the internal speaker was far inferior to other contemporaneous Sony Ericsson phones, though the external playback buttons were good until the aforementioned problems with the magic screen. Some cracks have appeared on the case, after about 3 years of use, which seems comparable to my previous flip phone (Motorola). Also, the buttons became much less responsive within about a year and a half, and were not very practically laid out in the first place.

        Overall, I would not recommend this phone unless you are planning to keep it in a museum; it looks good and has distinctive features, but it does not stand up to daily use.

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        03.02.2011 20:54
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        User friendly and a fun little phone.

        If anybody is thinking about buying a cheap first phone... Then look no further!

        This neat little phone is both stylish and practical. When the phone is closed the touch buttons can be used to control the Walkman function without having to open the phone up again! These touch sensitive buttons do not break easily and are very convenient for listening to music whilst on the go. On the practicality side of things the phone comes with many standard features such as a calendar, stopwatch, alarm, checklist etc.

        On the negative side of things however the multi use port thing where the headphones, charger and USB cable plugs into can break after a year or so meaning the phone has to be propped in an awkward position to charge and listening to headphones whilst moving is impossible.

        Over all for a first phone or cheap alternative this phone is a must buy!

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          18.09.2010 11:29
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          Not a fancy phone, but still a good one.

          My sister gave me this phone ages ago after buying a new one. She always has to have fancy phones so keeps buying them. I'm not bothered about them though and would rather spend my money on other things.

          My phone is purple and pink - not grey and blue like on the pic. It is a really chunky flip phone and its really hard wearing as I've dropped it about 20 times now and its still fine. There aren't many scratches either - so its quite good for clumsy people like me!

          Its a good walkman phone and you can turn the music on from the front of the phone without having to go through the menus as there are the play, stop rewind and fast forward buttons down the front of the phone. The front lights up when you press the buttons and will tell you what song is playing.

          The music is good quality but not as good as most mp3 players so I don't really bother with music on the phone much.

          It has everything you want in a phone like internet and camera. The camera is ok, it's not amazing though and can't replace a good camera for taking pictures.

          You get a data cable for uploading and downloading pics and music which is really easy to use. You just put a disk in to get the software on your computer, you can then plug it in and use it straight away each time.

          The screen is quite small but it is big enough to see everything without squinting and it is very clear with bright colours.

          If you spend about half an hour or so going round the menus and finding out where everything is it is really easy to use the phone.

          I like this phone as it is quite cool and chunky. Its easy to use and does everything you need it to. It isn't a gadget phone and doesn't have loads of fancy features but it is long lasting and is a good basic phone.

          I think it cost about £80 when new but wouldn't cost you that now. You can probably get it on ebay for about £30 if you wanted to.

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          13.11.2009 10:21
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          Suits me, but its a pretty basic phone so depends what you want

          The W380i is one of Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones although I must admit that had nothing to do with the reason I bought it and I have never actually used this feature.

          I chose the phone as it is a clam-shell style, which suits me as I feel the screen and buttons are much better protected and because it was available on Tesco Mobile PAYG for £79.99. The fact that mine is dark purple with pink accents and is super slim and stylish was a bonus.

          The phone is not too big or heavy (100g), it is slim (about 1.5cm) and flat (about 9 x 4.5cm) and not so small that it gets lost easily in a handbag. The phone is easy to use for the address book, phone calls and texts which is what I mainly use it for. It also has a 1.3 megapixel camera which is very good at taking photos outside in good light and manages a fairly decent photo inside in good light but doesn't have a flash, just a night mode so if the light is not very bright the picture is terrible. There is not a lot of memory on this phone but you can purchase a memory card to increase it.

          As I said I haven't used the Walkman feature, it does have integrated touch control buttons to play and skip tracks on the front which is a nice feature and also allows you to see the time, battery, signal and message icons in a display on the front if you press them. I did try to put some music on my phone but only managed to put one track on before my memory was full (maybe its all the photos) and I haven't yet been able to work out how to play it. Admittedly I haven't read the instructions for this section, but I'm not an idiot and spent some time trying so its obviously not that intuitive and something that needs a little working out.

          I think this is a stylish phone and it suits me and my (meagre) needs very well. If you want a flashy phone with lots of features this probably isn't the one for you though.

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            21.10.2009 20:16
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            good but not great

            Sony Ericsson W380i is a stylish and lovely handset. Its two main features are solidity and style. It lights up when an sms or a call is coming in to get your attention. The touch-sensitive control buttons are just below this display. They are easy to use and the keypad features are well-spaced out. However it does not include a headphone socket. To listen to music you can either drag and drop MP3s through Windows, or use the media manager for all media types. You can access with Windows Media Player. Music is listed by artist and album, and you can create several playlists of tracks easily on the phone. Sony Ericsson W380i also features a 1.3-megapixel camera with a 4x digital zoom but no flash. Also included are a stereo A2DP Bluetooth, an FM radio, Java games, EDGE and 3G, but no HSDPA, unfortunately. install Opera Mini for free as the Sony Ericsson's built-in Web browser is not appropriate. Installation will make browsing the Internet a delight. Call quality is quite clear though not so audible in loud environments. Sony Ericsson W380i is a nice phone to use and will please many as it is quite affordable, though many music lovers would not easily recommend it

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            28.03.2009 17:13
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            Want looks? buy it! Want substance? don't!

            I didn't particularly need a new phone when I bought this but it just looked so good in deep purple with hot pink accents that I just had to have it!

            The coolest feature of this phone is the 'magic metal' surface. It just looks like a standard phone with a braille pattern down the front, but press it and the metal lights up in a little screen showing the time plus little symbols for the battery power, any unread messages, signal strength and whether the phone is locked or not. Amazing!
            ... You then realise that the braille is actually the walkman feature with rewind, play and fast forward buttons. So, at a single press of the play button the walkman will play the last track you heard, you can then skip forward and backward until you find the track you are looking for.

            The actual sound has room for improvement, it is a better quality than some standard phones but not what I would expect from a walkman phone (my mp3 player has a much clearer and less 'tinny' sound - and that only cost me a fiver brand new so make your own judgements on that one!).

            The phone comes with headphones, a data cable and installation disc, all of which are quite simple to use and actually work! (unlike a few other phones I've bought). Which mkeans you can easilly download content from your computer. If you like games on your phone this will be an important feature as the only games on the phone are free trials that you can play for around 30 seconds before requesting payment - very annoying!

            Inside the phone you will find quite a good quality screen and pretty wallpapers that are very in keeping with the phone's style.

            The phone has all features that you expect nowadays; camera (1.3MP), organiser, video player, radio, etc. Some of the functions are quite basic though. For example, I use my phone for calculations at college but this phone only has plus, minus, times and divide buttons so I end up using my old phone (nokia 7373), which has every function imaginable.

            I also find it quite fiddly to send texts with a lot of screens to click through, although this may just be me - if you are used to sony ericssons you may not find this a problem.

            All in all, a cute phone with clever features.

            Better for looks than substance though.

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              31.01.2009 10:56
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              Go for music

              Sony Ericsson W380i

              The walkman series of Sony Ericsson is most popular due to its high quality music player with Mega-Bass Cristal sound. Another series that is known as cyber-shot specially dominated for portable digital photography and that is also popular in specific community. I like most of walkman phones from Sony Ericsson as I am not satisfied with the picture quality in mobile cameras.
              Today I will discuss about budget walkman phone which can be useful for common peoples. The Sony Ericsson W380i, where W is foe Walkman series and I is for international version that is known as same name in all over the world.
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              The phone
              Phone has a beautiful folding design and the size is also easily pockatable with 92 x 49 x 16 mm, and the weight is almost 100gm. The important point here is that it has thickness about 16mm in folding dimension and that is considered as good as slim category phone in non folding phones. Almost this is slim in its category.
              Display is next point of attraction and here is something different than what we have in many other phones, meant there is no rule followed in this phone as it has some different screen size with 176 x 220 pixels, 1.9 inches. This size is some new in mobile phones as there is hardly any supporting application available for this display size. But the screen size is good with bright display with 256k color display.

              Memory
              There is a good memory capacity for this phone with 14Mh shared internal memory and Memory Stick Micro (M2) card support with up to 4 GB supported. The internal memory is only meant for Messages and JAVA applications as the external card support is for music storage. There is no doubt about memory size as it is good enough for this phone.

              Data Connectivity
              A next feature that is important for any mobile phone is its data connectivity solutions and this phone has adequate data transfer medium as per its middle category. There are GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB support for this phone and these features are fit for this phone.
              There is no scope f 3G and WLAN yet in middle budget range phones but I think that this also will be possible in future that every phone will have some advanced connectivity features like 3G and Wi0Fi. We are now moving toward 4G technology so that 3G is now going to be old age technology but it still the most popular medium for high speed data transfer in mobile devices.

              Music, Camera
              There is no importance of camera in this phone as it has traditional 1.3MP camera but it is only for timepass solution but the quality of photos is not satisfactory.
              Music player is the overall important feature of this phone as it has good walkman player and we can enjoy quality sound of it. But the quality sound of walkman player is only possible with compatible handsfree. Without that it is not possible in built-in handsfree. If Sony provides some good built-in stereo speakers in middle range phones also, than it will get more attention of customers.
              Battery life is also good and there is a adequate battery back-up with Standard lithium ion battery, Li-Ion 930 mAh (BST-39), with total talktime is about 5to 7 hours. The music playback time is also as same. It will reduce in video playback, but in audio it will be similar to talktime.

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              10.01.2009 13:09
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              I can't see me trading this phone in anytime soon!

              I got the Sony Ericsson W380i as a Christmas present from my boyfriend as I had been coveting it for ages-not for many of its attractive features, such as its slimline appearance, gesture control (more of that later) and music control buttons on the front, but rather because it was purple. Perhaps a pathetic reason for choosing a phone in some peoples eyes, but what can I say, I just love purple! And the shade of purple which the W380i comes in is beautiful. Electric Purple they call it, but if that's not your thing, it also comes in 'Magnetic Grey' and 'Blushing Silver'

              As mentioned before, the W380i is slimline, with dimensions of 92 x 49 x 16 mm and weighs just 100g, so it looks sleek and doesn't feel like a brick in your pocket. However, at the same time, it isn't so tiny and fragile that you feel it would fly out of your hand at any moment-I feel that it has a good balance between being light and slimline, without going too far.

              The screen is 144 colour TFT and is very clear and colourful, whilst giving you the option to adjust the brightness if you're feeling that it's too bright. It also contains 14mb of phone memory with the option to increase up to 2gb (which isn't as big as some other models, but still offers enough space for a semi-decent amount of music).

              I personally don't need my phone to have all the latest features and gadgets-all I use it for is texting, calling and listening to music, so I don't really need anything too technical. I feel that the W380i has struck a good balance in the features it offers-it's got lots of nifty little features on offer, but it doesn't overwhelm the user, which is great if you only want to make limited use of them. Most of the features are music related (quite obvious, given that it's a walkman phone!) but some of the non-music features are:-

              Gesture control-when this option is turned on it means you glide your hand above the phone and you can silence and incoming call or snooze your alarm clock. A nice idea, though I think its more of a novelty, and because you have to put your hand pretty damn close to the phone, it probably won't work first time-it took me about 5 swipes to silence a call, and it probably would have just been quicker to open the phone and do this manually.

              Flight mode-this is an increasingly common feature on new phones and on this setting the radio function is switched off meaning that your phone doesn't interrupt sensitive equipment such as that on a plane or in a hospital.

              It also has a lot of the features which are common to a Sony Ericsson- An organiser with alarm clock, calculator, calendar, stop watch etc; FM radio, bluetooth, multimedia messaging, and a camera. However, the camera is 1.3 megapixel which means it isn't great compared to other camera phones, but is handy for taking spur of the moment pictures if you don't have a camera handy.

              As mentioned before, this phone is a walkman phone, meaning that you can download, store and play music onto your mobile. I think that the W380i is particularly good in terms of the walkman facility. On the front of the phone are play/pause and skip buttons which are presented as little dots(kind of like the dots used in braille), and the song being played is displayed across the screen.

              There is also a phone lock button on the front, which means that if you hit a button by mistake, it won't matter and your music will play uninterrupted. the phone comes with 'Disc2phone' software meaning you can transfer songs straight from a music cd to your mobile phone. the phone also has a 'name that tune' facility whereby is you hear a song and aren't sure of its name, you can record a few seconds of it and use the track ID facility to send it away for recognition.

              MY EXPERIENCE
              As already mentioned, I got this phone at Christmas, and I have to say that I really love it. I've found it incredibly easy to navigate and the buttons are great for texting on (something which i was worried about as I text loads!) The buttons are a good size too, so are really easy to use. the screen is a good size and very clear, and the layout of the phone is pretty self-explanatory, so is very easy to figure out, even without the guide book. I found that it was very easy to put music onto the phone, and you're provided with a USB cable to help you do this. I'm not massively great at putting music onto things etc, but I was able to do this myself with no issues. You also get a set of colour co-ordinated headphones, which is great, and the best thing about this is the headphones comes in two parts, and you can actually disconnect them and add your own headphones instead as there is a little jack halfway down for ordinary headphones to go into. This was great for me as I prefer big headphones and not the ones you put in your ears.

              The phone is really comfortable to hold when making/receiving calls and the quality of sound is really good. Battery life has been fine for me-it needs charged every 4-5 days-although at the minute I've not been using the walkman facility too much, so this may change if you're using it or the radio for a long period of time.

              I really can't fault this phone too much-I'm so glad I have it and it does everything I need it to do, and it does it well. It's a really good looking phone, sleek and slimline without looking too posh, and its so easy and pelasant to use, so I can't recomend it enough. The only problem I would state is the camera quality as it's not up there with other models, but I don't use the camera so it has not been a problem for me and hasn't put me off in the slightest.

              I also hate how when you buy a phone from orange, they give you the price for the phone but make you buy a ten pound top up-very annoying as if you want to keep your old sim it means phoning up and transferring the money across-all a bit unneccessary I think! (I realise this isn't the phones fault-I really am just nitpicking now!)

              Sorry this review is so long, but I really love this phone!

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                27.11.2008 23:13
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                A decent phone

                The Sony Ericsson W380a features a flip phone design that is available in two colours. grey or purple. The exterior of the phone has the controls for the player. It is another thin phone following on from the original Motorola thin phones that started the thin craze. Only 0.62 inches thick, which is the thinest sony ericsson phone on the market.

                There is a 144 colour display which is of very high quality. The main features and advertising points of this phone consist of the walkman music player, a speakerphone, bluetooth and a FM radio. There is also a 1.3 megapixel camera which is decent, but with the high quality digital cameras available on the market these days, the camera on this phone can not be used to replace a camera, but just to record spur of the moment photos and videos. There is also a memory card slot if you are interested in increasing ur memory for MP3's, photos and videos.

                Overall a decent phone that I have only recently just started using, and will be updating the features and this review over the next few days.

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                  20.06.2008 18:29
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                  I had my phone pinched on holiday last year, and my brother gave me his cyber shot Sony Ericson phone because he decided to get the lg viewty on contract.

                  My friend got the w380i for her birthday from her boyfriend, and as I was looking round for a new phone to replace my brothers old one I asked her if I could have a go on it, I really liked it and decided to save up for one myself, it was £139.99 but the price depends on what network you are using.

                  The W380i is a Sony Ericsson Walkman music phone, this was a feature that I particularly liked because the Sony Ericson I had pinched was a walkman phone and it was a lot easier to listen to music but since I got the cyber shot phone I couldn't listen to music and search through my phone at the same time.

                  The Sony Ericsson's built-in Web browser is poor, and I strongly advise you to install Opera Mini for free from the opera website. This app makes browsing the full Internet a treat, and it's extremely quick on the W380i...

                  The phone comes with a stylish shell & with a beautifully finished casing. The handset is available in two elegant colours which include a purple and a magnetic grey colour.

                  The design of the phone is very stylish and practical as the phone comes with a touch control music keys and music information displayed on the casing of the handset. You can use the controls to play, pause or fast foward the music.

                  The W380i comes with a very cool key locking feature which is simple to activate and very useful because it allows me to to lock the external keys, so therefore music will not accidentally start playing when the handset is in my handbag.

                  I think that the Sony Ericsson W380i is a good sized phone it measures 16mm in depth, 49mm in width & 92mm in height which is around a standard size for a phone. The handset is solid without being bulky & heavy which weighs 100 grams including the battery. The battery is very good for this phone; it can last up to 7 hours of talk time & 300 hours of standby battery.
                  The phone comes with 14 Mbytes of internal memory; this wasn't enough for me so I bought a memory card to expand my phones memory capacity so I could put more music on and photos.


                  This phone is excellent for any music lovers, you can ring take photos and listen to your favourite music, I recently broke my mp4 player and this has really come in handy for listening to music in the tube. There's a radio on this phone which also displays information from the radio station.
                  Has always sonny Ericsson has delivered fun features for yet another great phone which includes Mega Bass, Play Now and TrackID. The Mega Bass these feature allows me to enhance the bass of the music im playing which provides a higher quality sound for me to enjoy.

                  The Play Now feature isn't really necessary, as I don't download ringtones, it is very fast however but something I would use in the future.

                  The TrackID is my favourite fun feature it is a music recognition service which allows me to record a few seconds of a song that I like the sound of and this system will provide me with the name of the song, the artist & the album within seconds.

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                    18.06.2008 20:45

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                    A stylish reliable phone fit for all

                    The Sony Ericsson W380i offers gorgerous looks and design, unique exterior touch sensitive music controls at a comfortable price. Prices range from anything from £59.99 to £89.99, my recommended price would be £75.00 to gather the most value for money, however paying more is no diaster as the w380i holds some key qualities. The unique gesture control means a simple hand movement over the exterior can mute any exterior sounds such as an incoming call or a alarm clock. My personal experience has good with this new feature and works surprising well and really is a fashionable extra. The camera although not the average 2 megapixel performs well due to the rescepted dony brand producing good quality pictures. The w380i has an excellent life lasting 300 hours on standy mode and a proven 7 hours talktime. The phone is easy to navigate and comes with the ordinary features, games, organiser, bluetooth etc. the only problems are limited memory (although offers memory card expansion which is included with some models) and the sound quality of the external speakers is less than that of its competitors.

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