Sony Ericsson W580i Black Phone (AT&T)

 
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Product Description

Sony Ericsson shakes things up with its new quad-band W580i Walkman phone, introducing an innovative "shake to shuffle" feature that randomly chooses another song stored on your phone with just a flick of the wrist. This thin, slider-style phone also features a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, fast Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR connectivity with music streaming, Memory Stick Micro expansion, Web browser for viewing full Internet sites, email access, an FM radio with RDS, and EDGE data support.



With AT&T's Mobile Music service, you can access your Napster subscription service for music downloads to keep you booming out the tunes for up to 20 hours.
AT&T Service
The W580i operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via AT&T's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"), with availability in more than 13,000 US cities and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. This third-generation, high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.

The phone has a built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's MEdia Net service enables you to receive and send emails, read news headlines, get weather updates, download games and ringtones, and more. It also features AT&T Mobile Music, which provides access to the Napster subscription music service in addition to Music ID song-recognition software, music videos and The Buzz music news portal. (A MEdia Max subscription bundle is recommended for accessing AT&T's Internet, video, and music services.)

Phone Features
The W580i Walkman phone offers a full-function digital audio player that's compatible with MP3 and AAC files. The front of this slider phone includes dedicated music control buttons, and it includes Sony Ericsson's innovative "shake to shuffle" feature. With Shake control activated, press and hold the Walkman key and flick your wrist. A vibration lets you know that the track has been changed--a new song from your current playlist is randomly selected and automatically played.

With the TrackID service, you can identify any song that you can hear by just recording a snippet of sound using the microphone. After sending the file for recognition, you'll have the name, artist and album sent to your phone. Other Walkman features include MegaBass enhancement for added depth of sound, a flight mode that lets you keep listening to tunes with the phone's network connectivity turned off, and Disc2Phone software for easy transfer of song files between phone and PC. It also includes a built-in FM radio with RDS, which displays the name of the currently playing song (when tuned to compatible radio stations).

This phone provides Bluetooth version 2.0 wireless connectivity with EDR (enhanced data rate), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and audio/video remote control. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server.

The built-in 2.0 megapixel camera captures stills and video--and playback of video or still pictures is only limited to the memory card size. Picture effects and custom screensavers, backgrounds, and themes can be setup to fit your personality. It provides support for PictBridge technology so you can print your photos without the need of a PC (either using USB or Bluetooth). And the W580i makes it easy to send snapped photos directly to a blog or an online photo, complete with text. This phone is also compatible with RTSP/3GPP streaming video playback

You can even take your favorite tracks to the track with the W580i, which will count your steps, your calories and monitor your running speed/distance/time with the integrated motion sensor. Your workout results are stored in your phone so you can monitor your progress.

The phone also ships with a built-in email client with support for POP3 and IMAP4 protocols, while the included Access NetFront Web Browser allows you to surf full HTML web sites. It also supports RSS feeds, allowing you to use your phone to view up-to-the-minute news and other content from selected Web sites and blogs. Just subscribe to the feed and let it come to you. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, video, graphics and sound via messages.

The phone also supports the SyncML PC synchronization standard. This means the phone can be used with the included Sony Ericsson Sync Station software, which lets you synchronize your Microsoft Outlook calendar, contacts, notes and tasks on your PC with the phone.

Other features include:

  • 2-inch LCD with a 240 x 320-pixel resolution and support for 262K colors
  • Up to 1000 contact entries, each with five number fields
  • Built-in pedometer and fitness applications
  • Picture blogging with Google Blogger
  • Mobile email and messaging via AOL/AIM, Yahoo!, and MSN
  • Java support for online and offline 3D games (preloaded games include PacMan and Ms. PacMan)
  • USB 2.0 wired connectivity with mass storage capability
  • PIM functions including calendar, tasks, notes, alarm, calculator, stopwatch, and timer
  • T9 text entry technology
  • 72-chord polyphonic ringtones and MP3 ringtones
  • Digital audio file formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+

Vital Statistics
The W580i weighs 3.32 ounces and measures 3.9 x 1.85 x 0.55 inches. Its 930 mAh lithium-polymer battery is rated at up to 9 hours of talk time, and up to 370 hours of digital standby time; the phone will also play for up to 20 hours when in Music Mode. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.

The slim form factor of the W580 hides the Walkman 2.0 music player to make it simple to organize and play your favorite music. Easily create custom playlists. The Disc2Phone music management software and included USB cable make it easy to transfer music from a PC on to the phone. Additionally you can listen to favorite radio programming as the W580 offers an RDS-FM radio. The TrackID feature powered by Gracenote makes it easy to identify music tracks you don't recognize. The W580 also features a 2.0 Megapixel camera and functions as a portable photo album and pocket gaming device. A large 2-inch color screen is ideal for gaming as well as web browsing and viewing your camera photos. TrackID music recognition software Disc2Phone Music Management Software Multiple Music Format Support (MP3/AAC/AAC+/e-AAC+/WMA) A2DP (Bluetooth streaming sound) Music Illumination Effects Stereo Headset Speakerphone Connectivity & Messaging - Bluetooth 2.0, Java MIDP 2.0, Full HTML Browser with RSS, Instant messaging & USB Mass storage

Features:
  • Walkman 2.0 Media Player with one-touch music shuffle and dedicated music control keys on the front; integrated FM radio
  • Quad-band connectivity for global roaming and EDGE data network compatibility for AT&T Mobile Music streaming and downloads
  • 2-megapixel camera with video capture; Memory Stick Micro expansion; Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR connectivity with stereo music streaming
  • Up to 9 hours of talk time, up to 370 hours (15.4 days) of standby time; up to 20 hours of music playback in Music Mode
  • Includes: Battery, Charger, Headset, USB Cable, Quickstart Guide and User's Manual

Customer Reviews:

  • dont buy it
    this phone has a lot of cool features.i previously owned a sony w600i.it was an awesome phone.i never had any problems with that phone at all.i accidentally cracked the screen while goofing off with a friend.i called my mobile insurance provider.they did not carry this phone anymore so sent me the newer version.(580i)i started reading reviews and had read several times that it was cheapily made and the keys crack.like most people on here i thought it was worth a try anyways since i didnt have much of a choice.it has a lot of cool features and the menus were set up the same as my other sony phone which i had grown accustomed too.it was kind of cheap feeling but it was light and very thin which i liked.my first complaint was that unlike the 600i you can not set the mp3's on your phone as ringtones.this was a key plus on the 600i.after having the 580i for less then a month the #2 key cracked in half.i do text a lot but if it happaned that fast i would imagine it could happen later to people who do not text.it may take longer but probably just in time to be out of warranty.i called my service provider (at&t) they say that it is a phone problem and that they are not liable.so my only choice was to claim it on insurance again and pay another 50 bucks then loose my insurance due to multiple claims in a year or call sony.i called sony and they informed me that i could send it to them and they will fix it since it is under warranty.in doing this i would have to pay for the shipping and not have a phone for 7-10 days.i think that is ridiculous for a phone that is obviously having design flaws that have nothing to do with the consumer.i would save yourself the trouble and not fall for the flashing lights on the side.in closing,pros- this phone has great screen resolution,a decent camera,cool apps,great mp3 player with a loud speaker,and lights on the side.cons-it is very cheap feeling and very small buttons(which break easily-see countless reviews). if you dont text much and want to try your chances with the key pad,good luck!do not expect a service provider or sony ericsson to fix it for free if it breaks though....more info
  • just what i expected
    Wonderful little phone.it does everything it says it does.they must have made too many of the white(silver)ones because thats the only one that comes w/ a memory stick...get the white one!...more info
  • A very good phone with minor flaws
    I like the phone very much. Its sexy with great lights and the screen is bright. It is also my one & only mp3 player. I pair it with HBH-DS980 (bluetooth headset) or HPM-82 (wired headset). You have to buy both separately and I wish they put HPM-82 instead of the other headset in the box. I also use it to check the walking I do each day thanks to built-in pedometer. I also use it for my morning alarm and for occasionally used calender.
    Now coming to the flaws (though they are minor)
    1) The phone occasionally stops playing songs. I have to restart the device.
    2) The bluetooth pairing has few glitches. When I press the play button on bluetooth, sometimes it won't play songs immediately. Either I have to try to initiate a call or select the phone from the list of devices connected and then press the play button for the bluetooth device and phone pair to work properly.
    3) When I am walking, bluetooth audio drops for a sec or so and the frequency of dropping varies and sometimes it becomes very annoying. May be the builtin pedometer is using too much of processing power to count my steps. For walking and listening to songs, I suggest using the wired headset. In gym, its not a problem because I don't keep it in my pocket.
    4) Playlist navigation is so-so. It can be much better.
    5) Voice dialling fails even in little-moderate noisy environments. This irritates me the most. I can't do voice dialling (either with bluetooth or wired headset) in gym, car, or in any public space with muffled noises, a little music or one,two people talking. And voice dialling is needed mostly in those places. 100bucks spent for noise-cancelling bluetooth headset transforms my irritation into raging fury sometimes.
    6) The keys on the top look a bit flimsy, but I don't use them much. ...more info
  • Best phone with added features for the price!
    I was due for an upgrade on my AT&T wireless plan. My intention was to just buy a decent phone. I didn't need or want any extra bells knobs or whistles....just a phone. The salesman handed me this, and stated that it also had FM radio capability. It was cheaper than the others I was looking at anyway, and I figured, sure why not. Let me tell you, this is the best phone I have ever owned. I love the sliding feature, as I was never big on flip phones anyway. The sound quality and clarity is unbelievable. The FM radio is cool...but I've also downloaded most of my tunes onto this gadget and it has literally replaced my ipod. ( I did buy a memory stick) It takes really decent pictures at only 2MP. It's true, the key pad is a bit small and maybe a bit delicate and difficult to text for those of you who are hardy texters. The battery may die down quicker, which I have noted when using the media features...but that is to be expected for increased demands require increased energy. But remember it was a "phone" I originally wanted and I think I hit the jackpot with all it's added features!! I'm very rough on my phones and I have already dropped it twice with it falling apart, and battery flying out. I put it back together, and no problems! It's a great PHONE for the money, and it's extra features are an added plus especially for you ipod/mp3 users. ...more info
  • A step above garbage
    I've had this phone for a little while now and while mine isn't as flimsy as others here suggest it should be (it hasn't physically broken yet), the phone itself and especially the software's design is poor indeed. Typical of Sony. Here is a partial list of grievances:

    - The phone's software (Sony Ericsson PC suite) won't work with Windows Vista despite having been bought long after Vista came out.

    - There are 2 different walkman programs... one which takes 20 minutes to load up and one which takes 2 minutes. Guess which one was harder to find?

    - The phone turns off randomly all the time.

    - The battery lasts for 24 hours MAX.

    - The phone goes off "mute" after I turn it on.

    - I spent the first year not knowing how to backspace when texting. Incredibly this is not covered in the manual.

    - When I power the phone on (and touch no other buttons whatsoever), occasionally I'll be faced with a screen that says "do you wish to continue? this will format your memory stick - yes/no"

    - There is no 1/4" input jack for headphones, just a proprietary Sony all purpose jack. Glad I haven't lost that yet.

    - The software for transferring CDs in to MP3 format on the phone cannot accommodate enhanced CDs.

    - The phone randomly sends a busy signal when I try to answer it.

    - It also disconnects my calls regularly.

    This is a partial list. The full list goes on... and on... and on... Ahhh technology, you've made my life so much easier. I wish I had a phone that would just WORK. I don't care if it has a step counter or an alarm or a digital camera, or if it can translate this & that, or if it can do my taxes or put my kids through college. It would be nice if it would:

    a) Make calls
    b) Play music
    c) THAT'S IT

    The only reason I accepted a Sony product was because it was free. I won't make that mistake again....more info
  • great, not perfect
    This is a great, little phone that's gotten a lot of attention. After having a phone with windows mobile for 2 years, this UI is a little less user friendly with extra steps necessary in some parts (sending a text message is slightly slower, but not much). Other than that the phone is great and so is the camera.
    One person has commented on thinking it's a little flimsy, but I really don't feel the same way. The slide feels sturdy and the spring action is right about what you'd want in a slider.
    Highly recommended for non power users and for general use....more info
  • My Favorite Celly
    Superb phone & MP3 player combination. I am very happy with the phone and features. The build quality and finish are excellent. The ringers and speakerphone are very loud. Camera takes good photos although there is no flash.

    I love the extras and features of this phone. The Walkman MP3 player works well and sounds great. I have a 4GB memory card that holds all the songs I need. It comes with a headphone adapter that includes a microphone so this can be used handsfree also. The fitness application is really useful for tracking distance and calories.

    The only complaint I have is the regular speaker volume isn't loud enough when there is background noise. Very satisfied overall & would definitely buy another Sony Ericsson. The best part was I got it for next to nothing from AT&T....more info
  • Would be an awesome phone, BUT BREAKS EASILY
    My wife and I got matching phones (she got the white 580i) and we both loved them at first. They have awesome features, they look cool, and great call quality.

    We text a lot and as most people know already, the buttons crack. Not only that, I've had other buttons stop working all together. It's not a fluke either.

    In one years time, I've had to warranty replace my phone 4 times and my wife had to warranty replace hers 5 times. Don't bother with this phone....more info
  • it's a fancy phone, but failed to be a phone
    i chose this phone 'cause it's supposedly multi-functional and the battery should last forever....i cannot be more wrong. the reception is bad - the other person's voice breaks up all the time and i have about 10 times more dropped and blocked calls.... and i never can understand what the person at the other side is talking about, the voice quality is just BAD!! on top of all that, i had to call customer service N times to figure out why my phone's bottom lights would not turned off when it's standby, which eats up my battery life like crazy; what annoys me the most, is that the phone charm falls off all the time!!! how could that happen when the hook is inside the battery cover????

    but it's fancy, you can use it to listen to radio or MP3; it has cable and free software, so you can manage your files on the phone through your computer; the camera is 2mp, can take fairly good quality pics~~

    however, since i have an ipod, a digital camera and a laptop already, what i really need is a PHONE....and it fails to be a phone. I miss my nokia 6102, which did nothing fancy, but is fantastic as a phone....more info
  • Far too fragile
    This is a pretty good phone with a lot of good features when it works. Unfortunately, I will soon be on my fourth of these phones in less than 8 months, and I take good care of them. (My first replacement was sent DOA.)

    Add on the fact that AT&T cellular customer support is beyond dismal, and run away from this phone. The warranty is an absolute joke. If it's not a known issue, they assume you abused it and charge $100 or $150 (depending on who you talk to) and an extra $13 for priority shipping for a replacement.

    I would give this phone three or four stars if it worked reliably, but my experience has been terrible so far. ...more info
  • Works
    My wife has had this phone for over a year and a half and it still works okay. My mom went through 2 before she ditched this phone, but my wife has been pleased with this....more info
  • Great Phone
    Deciding to switch from Sprint to AT&T with the hope of getting an iPhone, I realize that I was making a hasty decision. Why because a new revision of the iPhone is due sometime early in 2008. So, in the meantime I picked the Sony Ericsson W580i. I actually got a good deal from my local AT&T store, where I ended up getting the phone with a 2 year contract for about $50.00.
    I must say, this is really a beautiful phone and has plenty of features that my other previous cell phones didn't have. I love the FM radio and music applications. I got a 4GB memory cardSanDisk SDMSM2-4096-A11M 4GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) which holds all my music, videos and photos. I also got a nice clear case, which to me enhanced the look and feel of the phone Sony Ericsson W580, W580i Transparent Clear Crystal Snap-on Cover Case with ClipThe voice quality is excellent and the included headphones are just as great. Battery life is of the best I have seen on a cell phone. I can go for about 3 full days on a fully charged battery.
    To say the least I have become attached to this phone. It might be hard to part from it when I plan on getting the new iPhone in the coming months....more info
  • good experience
    I've had this phone for about four months now and so far there have been absolutely no problems. I am still loving it. The music system is great, with a good interface and nice sound, although you will have to buy an SD card to put into the phone, as it comes preloaded with hardly any memory. But those cards really are not all that expensive anymore, so it's not a big issue. Also, I have a Mac, and although technically the phone isn't supported for Macs, there's bluetooth (which is quite slow) or as long as you have an SD card in the phone, when you plug in the phone the card will show up as an external drive, so it's really not an issue.

    As to the issues I've read about various people having with this phone (intermittent signal, static, cracking keys, etc), I have had none of these problems. I have great signal everywhere but the most out of the way places, the keys are still fine despite substantial texting, and personally I feel that the sound quality is excellent- much, much better than my old samsung A437 at any rate.
    Also the screen is beautiful- very large and bright, and the camera is the first cell phone camera I've had that actually takes decent pictures. The fact that the lens is covered up whenever the phone is in my pocket and so doesn't get covered in dust and lint probably helps.

    To be fair, I do have a friend who got this phone before me and had problems with three different copies before getting a different model altogether. But I feel that he and the people making negative comments are the anomaly rather than the norm here....more info
  • Excellent slider. Great Value. Slick Design
    A long-time Motorola phone user now converted. Not only is this phone lightweight and amazing looking, it's feature packed.

    Pros:

    - Crystal-clear calling. No static and loud when needed.
    - The screen is amazing. The resolution is awesome. By far the best I've ever seen on a phone this size.
    - This phone is tiny; in a good way. Super-slim and tucks nicely in your pocket. Being that it's a slider, you'll never have to worry about pocket-dialing. :)
    - The software is very easy to navigate. This is nicely improved over the Motorola interface of my older RAZR.
    - The MP3 player rocks; no pun intended. The Walkman software lets you sort by Artists, Albums, Tracks, Playlists and more. This is light-years ahead of the my old RAZR's MP3 player. This one rivals any standalone MP3 device I've used.
    - The stereo headphones that comes with it include a 3.5mm adapter. While the included headphones sound great, this adapter gives you the flexibility to use your Bose, Shure or other stereo headphones. A very nice option.
    - Unlike "some" other sliders, the camera is protected and kept under cover when the slide is closed. This works great in keeping dust off the lens.
    - The 2.0MP camera is actually pretty good. It takes great outdoor photos.
    - I LOVE the fitness/step counter. It measures distance in steps and calculated miles along with the calories you've burned. It also keeps a daily average and each days results.

    Cons:

    - No 3G
    - Sony Proprietary Memory Stick Micro M2 versus easy to find and less expensive MicroSD
    - No LED Flash or Photo Light

    In conclusion, if you are looking for a super-slim phone with great call quality and superb music capability, look no further. This Sony wears the Walkman name with pride.

    Note: I recently bought a SanDisk SDMSM2-4096-A11M 4GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) and it works perfectly. 4GB of music!!!

    ...more info
  • good phone
    good phone, happy with purchase, would recommend reading through entire description, compare with other models, esp accessories etc...more info
  • Love this phone!
    I bought the 4GB memory card as suggested by other reviewers and it works great! A big part of why I purchased this phone was because I was tired of carrying a phone and an iPod when I went running. Over the last 10 years I've only owned Motorola or Nokia phones, so I was a little worried about the quality and if it would last as long. Only time will tell, but I'm really not concerned about it now that I have the phone. I would recommend getting the little adapter to plug in your own headphones if you have a pair that you really like. They're only a few bucks and have the antenna to get FM radio. Most vendors won't say it has the antenna because not all compatible phones have the radio feature... but it does work. The headphones that come with the phone are good, but the wires are an odd length to use with your own set (and odd for running).

    Things I don't like:
    At first I really didn't like the menu screen because you can't personalize it by deleting or moving the icons around. I got over that (sorta). Once I setup my phone the way I wanted it, I use the "shortcut" buttons on the front of the phone for most things anyway. Using the menu isn't too bad if you only have to go there once in a while.

    I don't like how the bluetooth headset connects with the phone. If you turn on your headset during a call, it doesn't automatically transfer your call to the headset. Nor does it prompt you to transfer, so you have to hit a few buttons to get it there. It DOES ask if you want to transfer your call to the phone every time you start a call with the headset on. Should be the other way around if you ask me. I would have liked it to be more intuitive as my other phones were, but I guess you get used to it with time. It's still really annoying!

    The battery life is not very impressive either. I thought about getting a spare battery, but I'm afraid I'm going to break the battery cover each time I take it off or put it on. Once that sucker is on, it's definitely secure!

    I'm giving this phone 5 stars because I really love everything else. I usually just want to know what people DIDN'T like about a product when reading a review, so there you go. Pictures are beautiful, music player is awesome, love the address book features, phone looks great... I could go on and on. I would definitely recommend it!!...more info
  • Screen Internally cracked, AT&T and Sony would not replace
    I purchased this phone and 42 days after owning it the screen internally cracked. Both AT&T and Sony would not replace it because they said I physically damaged it. The phone was sitting on my desk and a call came in and the screen just randomly cracked. Now I have to wait for my contract to end so I can get a new phone. ...more info
  • Buy it!
    At first, I had huge reservations about buying this phone. Especially after plenty of negative reviews about the phones spotty quality etc. I've only had it for a couple of days but all I can say is I am incredibly impressed. The features packed in are incredible. I haven't had a chance to try the pedometer or the MP3 player (seeing that my 4GB microSD hasn't arrived yet) but everything else has been great. I get a kick out of just playing the songs that came with the phone (AT&T ringtones and such). To be honest, I think I might just use this to replace my iPods (I have the tiny shuffle, 30GB black, and the nano). Also the "shake" to change song feature works quite well.

    Battery life has been great. It's been over 2 days with me fiddling around with the phone and it's still at more than 50% battery. I imagine if I use it regularly just for calls it would last me 4 or 5 days (I talk roughly 300-400 minutes/month + 100 or so texts). If I double it as my MP3 player it should last 3-4 days per charge.

    Reception has so far been good. I now get service in my apartment building, which is an improvement already over my old phone (an LG of some kind). Sound on my end is OK. Not exactly crisp but good enough.

    Fit and finish is also quite good. Sliding mechanism is very smooth and User interface is very intuitive. The phone looks much better in person than it does in the pictures. In the pictures, it looks a little reflective/glossy but it is in fact really like a matte finish. There are so many lights on this phone it looks like a mini las vegas when the phone is open. The only complaint I have would be about the keys. They look like they could potentially crack (as has already been said in many other reviews). Note, I chose this phone despite reading many reviews of it breaking. Buttons are indeed a little small and takes a little getting used to.

    All in all, I am very satisfied and would get this over the LG Shine/iPhone again if I were to repeat my buying process. Best of all, the phone is so cheap!...more info
  • Sony Ericsson W580i vs LG Shine CU720
    Background: Over the past two months, I have spent a great deal of time debating between whether to get the Sony Ericsson W580i or the LG Shine CU720. After making numerous threads at various forums regarding this question, reading countless reviews, watching many videos, looking at hundreds of pictures, and mapping out the pros and cons of each one multiple times, I have settled on the Sony Ericsson W580i. Since my family just got a family plan with ATT (3 lines/550 minutes shared) and one of my sisters got the Shine, I was able to do a comparison between the phones.

    Battery Life: The claim that Sony Ericsson has poor battery life, in short, is complete bull ****. Those that say they had short battery life... you just got a lemon (or are trying to reason yourself out of the fact that buying a shine was actually a poor decision). My OTHER sister, who also got a Sony Ericsson, also gets great battery life with hers. Rather than the claimed "3-4 day charge" that many people on this forum and others are claiming, I have found that the phone will last over a week (11-13 days). The LG Shine, which is said to have poor battery life, disappoints: its battery life is indeed very short. The papers that the LG Shine comes with claims that battery life is around 3 hours of talk time, up to 240 hours (10 days) of standby time, is standard marketing bull ****: through a test of 10 different charges with three different batteries, the phone has lasted no more than 3 days before it required a charging.

    SE: 10/10 Shine: 3/10

    Durability: People say the LG Shine has a stronger build than the Sony Ericsson, but if you actually compare the two, you find that you cannot actually compare the two... Why? The SE is a plastic phone; the LG shine is a plastic phone with metallic components. One thing that is not usually noted is that the Shine actually has VERY little metal in its body; it's only the battery cover and some of the front. The LG shine doesn't really feel that much more durable than the SE. If you drop the shine, you will certainly damage the screen, and/or scratch the body, and/or break the phone. With something plastic, eg. Sony Ericsson, a drop will do no more than give a few scratches. Regarding the slider mechanism, the LG Shine's "snaps" when you open and close it, whereas the SE's slider is not as snappy. Due to the difference in the way that the phones slide, it isn't really accurate to say that one feels more durable than the other. Since the durability was one of my biggest concern in getting the phone, I did a test of each phone upon cracking open the box: I opened and closed each phone 300 times. Results: The LG Shine's slider remained the same; the SE's slider got smoother after the test.

    SE: 9/10 Shine: 6/10

    Fingerprints/Scratchability: The claims that the Shine is a fingerprint magnet could not be more true. The Shine cannot stand to be touched at all. Walking around with the Shine put in my side jeans pocket for a day, the Shine went in looking stellar and came back looking pretty poor. The back plate had obviously been rubbed on, the front plate exhibited small, but noticeable scratches. I'm sure you could prevent the Shine from getting scratched by getting a screen protector and/or case, but the hassle of one is not something that I'd want to deal with (not to mention such protection would take away the "beauty" of the Shine). The Sony Ericsson, as one may predict, does not scratch easily. Same jeans, same walk, and the SE still looked great after. There was something that looked like a small scratch on the front screen on the SE, but nothing a wipe could clean off. Speaking of which, with the LG Shine, you cannot wipe the phone with any shirt; it will scratch if the fabric of the cloth/shirt is rough. A BIG reason people get the Shine is because it looks good. Well, if you don't take care of it like a newborn baby, it's going to look like **** and ipso facto, it was a poor decision to buy the phone for its looks.

    SE: 9/10 Shine: 1/10

    Keypad: People always complain about the keypads of the Sony Ericsson and the LG Shine and say how small they are and how difficult it is to text with them... Most of these complainers are complaining from hearsay (they repeat what they read/hear from others, not from their own experience). The problem of cracking keypads is also a huge concern for potential buyers of the SE. First, to address the keypad. The size of the keypad is very usable for texting and other usage. I have 6'2" and have large hands and I can still manage to comfortable use the phones' keypads. Texting with both is very easy (albeit not as easy as texting on a RAZR). The SE's keypad is not as responsive as the Shine's, meaning the click down are not as solid, and that the row of numbers are connected so that one press on a number slightly depresses the row, but nonetheless, it is very solid. The LG Shine's keypad is like a smaller version of the RAZR. Regarding the cracking keys on the SE, I performed a test to see if this rumor was true. Over a period of 2 days, I had the phone off and during my spare time (which is a lot since it's summer), I've been clicking away at the keys (with a good amount of pressure I might add), and the keys exhibit no sign of cracking. Clearly the cracking keys is an issue with older phones (which you could potentially still buy if the reseller of your phone has old stock).

    SE: 9/10 Shine: 9/10

    Navigation: Those that say navigation on the Shine is difficult are clearly retarded: physically or mentally. The joystick on the Shine takes no practice to nail. It is very easy to use, and is not too small. The SE, with no joystick, as imagined, is also very easy to use. My only caveat with the SE is that there's no dedicated end call button like my old Nokia. The numbered menus in the Shine are very easy to use.

    SE: 9/10 Shine: 9/10

    Reception/Sound Quality: I live in Northern California in a well populated city, and everywhere I go, I get 5 bars with the SE and from 3 to 4 bars with the Shine. I have found the number of signal bars that you get has a big impact on the call quality (as it should)... The Shine frequently echoes what the other person says, and a background static seems to be present in all calls. To ensure that I didn't receive a lemon shine, I tested a friend's shine and sure enough, it was the same. My friend told me they didn't notice the static (he probably got use to the poor call quality)... The SE's reception and sound quality it top notch. No complaints whatsoever here. Even with 3 bars (in a tunnel), the call was still strong.

    SE:10/10 Shine: 5/10


    Features: SE wins hands down. Read the features at each phone's respective website; I won't waste your time here. The LG Shine is the most basic of phones. The only thing its got over the SE is 3G. The Shine is all looks.

    SE: 10/10 Shine: 2/10 (absolutely pitiful for a phone be so lackluster in features)

    Other concerns and notes:
    - The speaker on the SE kills that one which is on the Shine
    - Both phones have ringtones are loud enough to be heard
    - Both phones can [be modified to] receive games and , but with the SE, you have more options.
    ...more info
  • it's no iPhone but it does play music
    It's not a smart phone but it does support Java games which is a nice extra. Expandable memory is nice and the 2 megapix camera actually does a pretty good job in sufficient light. Good standby life and extra batteries are cheap anyway.

    Pros:
    Small Form Factor
    Slider is a nice design
    Decent Camera
    Loud Speaker
    Cool Color Pulse Options
    Easy to navigate interface
    Shake to Shuffle is neat but you have to still hold the walkman button to use it.
    Built in Pedometer that can track your walking and running.

    Cons:
    Seems to Ghost Dial even when locked
    Chirps like crazy when the batter runs low (always at 2am it seems too)
    Proprietary headphone jack means you'll almost never listen to music except through the speaker.
    Difficult to open Memory card slot (very tiny)
    ...more info
  • w580i over my beloved w810i
    Ok, if you're like me and you think that w810i is/was the perfect phone and thinking if this phone is any good, then I suggest you read the rest of the review. I'm gonna strictly compare this phone to my old w810i

    The good:
    1. Screen! you have to see it to believe it. Amazing clarity and quality. Blew the W810i away!
    2. Smaller (thinner) than the W810i
    3. Speaker is on the front side of the phone, so if you put the phone on the bed or carpet, you can still hear the speaker loud and clear.
    4. Internet/Media Net is improved. Since resolution of the screen is way higher, you can see more text without scrolling all the time. Also it now has a progress bar when you're loading a page.
    5. Walkman. This phone version's walkman (music player) is a lot easier to use than the old one. I also feel the sound quality is better on this phone. I now also listen my mp3 in my car through this phone.
    6. When you have your bluetooth earpiece connected and you press the answer key on the phone, it'll default to the bluetooth (which is nice for me) but you'll also be asked if you want to transfer it to the phone
    7. Picture quality of the camera is better on this phone
    8. Holds more text messages (my w810i can only handle 200 text). I don't know the exact limit yet cause I haven't reach it
    9. Five alarm set. You can configure each alarm however you like.
    10. You can set your task as a "call task". So it's easier without having to go back and find the actual contact in the adrdress book.


    The bad:
    1. One of the first thing I noticed was the phone feels flimsier. When I first started playing with it without sliding it open, it makes some creaking sound
    2. Texting! =( If you're a heavy texter, you'll be disappointed on how hard it is to text on this phone especially with one hand, mainly because the button is flushed, this part of the phone also very thin.
    3. If you're a fast texter , you'll notice that it lags when you try to text fast.
    4. Battery life is worse on this phone. I have my brightness all the way down to 50% and still worse than my old phone
    5. No flash on this phone. This is really a down side for me since I used the flash as a flash light all the time on my old phone.
    6. When paired to my plantronics 640, the bluetooth range is worse on this phone.
    7. No little mirror next to the camera to take a picture of yourself

    So all that said, if you ask me if it is worth it to upgrade from w810i to w580i my answer will be Yes! The screen and feature upgrade are definitely worth it.
    On the other hand, you might want to take into consideration if texting and having a handy flash light is a main priority for you....more info
  • Not a keeper
    This was my first 'slider' phone. At first, it was a good phone. Then after about one month it started to delay after clicking buttons. The buttons are very flimsy. The phone then started to shut off for no reason (the battery was charged!) The phone is also very delicate and cannot withstand hard falls. I dropped it once and the screen broke.
    Overall it looks good, but its performance is lacking. The only thing that was neat (i don't know how accurate) was the pedometer....more info
  • Sony Ericsson phones are the best...
    And this one is especially fantastic with its MP3 player, bundled usb cables, and everything else. Their interface is the most intuitive out of any brand I've ever tried (motorola, nokia, and lg). The only thing Sony could do to improve this phone would be to make it vibrate harder because I can never feel it ringing if I happen to be walking. Still, I highly recommend this beautiful kick-@ss phone!...more info
  • Mediocre Phone.
    First the good stuff

    -- The hardware design is pretty good. The phone looks good, it's flat and fits nicely in a pocket.
    -- Works well as a plain phone. Sound quality is good, battery life seems adequate to me. Sound quality of the included ear buds is also good.

    Now the bad.

    -- The software installed on the phone is extremely 'clumsy'. It feels like an alpha or, at best, a beta version. There are millions of usability issues with the phone that come from the bad software. For example, the phone is extremely hard to unlock. It often takes me 4 or 5 button presses to unlock the phone, which is extremely irritating.

    -- The media player interface is also bad. The controls are extremely unintuitive.

    -- The phone connects to a computer using USB 1 interface which is extremely slow. I bought a 4GB card to use with the phone and it took it all night to download mp3 from my computer. What is worse, the phone turns off (cannot be used as a phone or to receive phone calls) when connected to the computer.

    -- Finally the connector that is used to attach the headphones to the phone is just horrible. Sony chose to use the same 'universal' connector for all external connections -- power, usb, headphones. The result of this is that the connector is huge and flimsy.

    My overall conclusion -- no attention to detail. Spend your money somewhere else....more info
  • small, a great speakerphone, good battery life
    I was giving the phone a one star, because of a problem described below. But the replacement works great, so I deleted my old review (The text attached below.) It is the best phone I have had so far. I am amazed by the quality of the phone's speaker; the sound is better than my tabletop stereo.

    === My original one-star review
    The phone locks whenever I turn on the camera. Maybe I am just unlucky, but I have to give it a 1-star. Hope the replacement will be better....more info
  • There is no memory card inside
    my friend got one with a memory card, but when I got my phone, it didn't come with any memory card,
    and we all pay the same price, why didn't I get the memory card?
    I do not recommend anyone of you to buy this one....more info
  • Awful!
    I have never before been motivated to write a review in my life however this phone is the worst phone that I have ever owned in my life and AT& T has been unhelpful in fixing it. Lets start by saying within the first week I needed to get a replacement since the screen broke the second day. Then when I was on vacation the bottom part come right off and then the next day it just stopped working. My insurance refused to cover this since a part was missing and had to pay over 50 dollars to do this. And a couple days later the speaker just stopped working. So now my phone works fine but won't ring or make any noise. I talked to the AT&T and Sony Erickson people and they both refuse to fix my phone since the little dot under the battery went red. I never dropped my phone in a puddle or even had time to get wet in the rain before my speakers stopped working yet because the little red dot (moisture indicator) was detected they are at grounds to refuse fixing the phone. In my opinion this is the worst phone design that I have ever used and will go back to using the black and white phone I used before this which proves to be reliable. The W580i has only been a weight on my shoulders. If you are still convinced and set in your ways on buying this phone go to a store and check it out. Turn the phone over and try to remove the back cover (where the battery resides). When I brought the phone in the first time to get fixed the woman at the store took five minutes trying to pry it open and had to get help from another employee. She said that some of them are hard and others work fine. Thus from my numerous experiences I beg you not to buy the phone. Thanks -Sara ...more info
  • Poor basic funtionality
    As others have pointed out this phone has a number of design flaws. I'm a user that expects a phone to be a phone 1st and once it has that functionality down cold then start adding the bells and whistles. (Sounds a lot like what we've been wanting out of computer manufacturers for years, doesn't it?)

    1. The phone can easily become unlocked and make calls. My daughter's phone called me while she was sitting next to me in the car and her phone was in her pocket.

    2. The interface is not customizable. You cannot remove the unwanted icons (advertisements) from the interface nor can you change the icons to text.

    3. Speed Dial is poorly done. Having to push 2 buttons is not speed dial by most people's definition, at least not those of us who are used to 1 button Speed Dialing. Voice dial isn't any better, at least mine can't seem to understand what I'm saying so it's hard to set up and only has a 50-50 chance of working when I want to dial with it. This is probably because it uses voice tags rather than true speech recognition, but I don't know. Plus, the voice recognition requires that you wait for a tone that is so soft that it can only be heard in the quietest of conditions- certainly not in the car where you might want to use voice dialing.

    4. The menus are overly complex and convoluted. Even the "expert" at the phone store kept getting lost and basically stumbled on most of what she was looking for or trying to show us.

    5. There is no direct access button to the camera. All my other phones have had a button on the side that allows quick access to the camera or I could change the functionality of a button to perform that function, because isn't that what you really want with a phone camera. I mean, it's not high quality so shouldn't it at least be easily and quickly available?

    6. The only shortcuts that can be changed on the phone itself are the 4 direction buttons. Nothing else on the phone can be customized, so I have a number of buttons I don't need and would like to use for something else or just disable them entirely.

    7. As a another reviewer points out, it is really easy to press the wrong button or one when you don't want to. I keep hitting the down arrow when I slide the phone open.

    8. The keypad is small and I find the only way I can dial is with my fingernail. I don't have very large hands at all so this could definitely be problematic for those who do.

    9. I also haven't found a way to lock the phone except to open and then close it. And then, once again, I hit the down arrow (see #7) so if I'm not careful I stick the phone in my pocket and it's not locked.

    10. A small thing, but annoying: it's incredibly hard to remove the battery cover. As the lady customer who removed it in the store (for the salesperson!) said, "You've got to have fingernails to get this thing off." And even with her fingernails and experience doing it, it was difficult.

    The pluses to this phone are that it is attractive, sturdily built, and it sounds good when making calls or listening to music. Also computer access and loading music are both very easy.

    For those that have commented that this is a very basic or cheap version of the iPhone, I've gotta say that this ain't no iPhone.

    Other than what I've listed, this phone is fine as far as I know. Of course, I haven't had it all that long or used it as a browser.

    I realize that some of the things I've listed may not bother some people, but I thought I'd mention them.




    ...more info
  • Great phone but needs memory stick for optimal use as mp3 player
    Other reviewers have commented in detail on this phone's great features and I tend to agree. I only wish to add that if you are buying this phone and intend to use it as an MP3 player you MUST purchase a Memory Stick Micro M2 (SanDisk 2 GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) w/ Adapter (SDMSM2-2048, Bulk Packaging)). The base phone that was sold to us at an AT&T store did not include this, and more importantly, the rep that sold us the phone didn't warn us (nor did we think to ask) that we would need this "accessory". After struggling with the phone software for a day or so I finally called Sony Ericsson customer service and was told that we needed a memory stick. The rep was very helpful and their phone system was easy to navigate.

    One thing we really liked about the phone is that it comes out of the box with a partially charged battery - no more charging overnight before you can even turn the darn thing on. My daughter was happily texting away before we had even left the store!

    ...more info
  • Not as good as I thought - too many flaws
    The features were attractive - speaker phone, camera*, FM radio, stylish, good call quality. However, it has some serious flaws. Poor battery life is a big one. It has so many lights that go on, it really knocks the battery down. One or two long calls can drain half the power.

    The second is the lock function can be easily undone while the phone is in your pocket and you're walking around. When it unlocks in your pocket, all sorts of nasty things can occur - it will reset functions, call people, and even turn itself off. Its happened too many times.

    The third flaw: the buttons. When the phone is unlocked you can hit a variety of buttons that will suddenly take you to places unknown, where you can be charged for internet, etc. Suddenly I miss my old LG flip phone.

    It seemed like a poor man's iPhone, but you got to put up with the cheapness,like *not being able to download photos/video to a Mac (which was not mentioned when I purchased the phone)....more info
  • Amazing Phone!!
    I've had this phone for over a year and it's great! I was among the first people to get it at the AT&T store and it has a super sleek design, great functions (MP3, pedometer, themes, loading own ringtones, etc), and good battery life! When it was new the battery would last for two days without being charged and maybe a day and a half after talking. Now it lasts through a good day with lots of texting and calling in between.

    After seeing my amazing phone in use, a lot of my friends also got the phone. While most of them complained that the keys cracked within a week after they got them, I suspect that they text by pressing their fingernails onto the keys (attempting to use the tip of their thumbs) rather than the flat part of the thumb, as I do. Thus, I have never experienced cracked keys.

    I keep this phone on 24-7 and it's been well over a year. It's been great! I would highly recommend this phone for all the things I mentioned above. However, if you DO text a lot, this may not be the phone for you. I have the text message plan for 200 texts, so I only text an average amount. If you have the 1500 texts, consider another phone!



    *Note: I got the white one, which came with a memory card. Otherwise, remember to buy one!...more info
  • Good Sony Ericsson Phone....but...
    I had a z525a for some time, and after I experience the withe screen of the death, I was not really leaning towards a SE phone again...but, I gave it a try for an upgrade (and a 2 years contract extension).

    PROS:
    *nice look. black and orange go along really well.
    *great screen. excellent resolution, super bright even at lowest brightness setting.
    *nice sound quality, both for phone calls and ringtone quality.

    CONS:
    *the phone feels somewhat a bit cheap. it's not as light as let's say a LG chocolate, but parts feel like they could come off anytime. time will tell.
    *keypad is SMALL. if you're a TXT freak, forget about it, you wont like it. doesnt matter to me.

    CANT TELL YET
    *battery life: just went thru one charging cycle, I'll exhaust the battery and I'll update the review.

    Overall, a really good phone. not 5 stars because of the cheap feeling sometimes (too bad given the awesome appearance of the phone). the phone can be unbranded easily (google will help you) to get the original firmware without ATT limitations. (caution: this WILL void the warranty).

    NOTE ON ATT CONTRACT EXTENSIONS

    pretty smooth process. Amazon ships the phone and a new sim card (a 3G compatible one, which doesnt matter since this phone doesnt support 3G). you need to call ATT customer support, provide them with the phone serial # and the new SIM card number. insist on the fact it's an upgrade, and you wanna keep your current phone #. they'll deactivate your old sim in the 10 min, and activate the new one, with the same number....more info
  • Wanted to love it
    I loved the functionality of this phone. I bought it for the music player and everything there looked great, some cool little features like health monitor, step counter.

    But.

    The first one I had had a problem transferring music. Big chunks of the mix would be dumped in transfer. So you'd have no bass on a track, or no voices.

    Returned it.

    The internal mic and on the second one broke immediately.

    Returned it.

    I forget what happened to the third one but it broke too, software related so I switched it for an LG CU515 which works but which I hate.

    So if this phone had worked like it should have I would still have one because for the short time it worked I loved it.

    But it seems to be bug ridden and fragile.

    Avoid.

    ...more info
  • Great phone but could be better
    Had this phone for some time now and so far its held up great. Of course things could always be better.

    But those who say this phone is flimsy or breaks easily need to learn to take care of their things better. I have this in my pocket all day long while at work and it takes a beating in there and it still almost like new. Those saying it breaks easy must be dropping it constantly, slamming it down, throwing it, or bending it for it to break. I suggest for those people to get one of those rugged phones that are ment to take a beating.

    I see now why so many people go through so many phones, they just dont know how to take care of them....more info
  • Great features... INVEST IN THE INSURANCE!!!
    Let me start by saying I love the features of this phone.

    MUSIC:
    I love that I can create my own ringtones, and drag & drop them like it's a flash drive when hooked up to my computer.

    INTERNET:
    The internet is a little slow, so you wouldn't want to use this phone primarily for that. I do check my email on it from time to time, but it is very slow.

    TEXTING:
    As far as ease of texting, the buttons aren't a breeze to push. My razor was faster, and I hated that phone. My texting speed is definitely faster then these buttons can be pushed, so you have to go a little slower.

    CAMERA:
    The camera is pretty good, but it really needs a flash. I've seen an older Sony phone that looks very similar to this phone, and that phone had a flash. I'm not sure why they would discontinue that, because the older phone had a similar camera and the pictures turned out much better. Even in normal light, it seems like the pictures this phone takes are on the darker side. It's fine if you're just going to take a pic and text it to someone, but I've just purchase a separate digital camera to take more high quality pics.

    MAKE SURE YOU INVEST IN THE INSURANCE:
    Please be aware that the top buttons started cracking on this phone within 2 weeks of normal use. I never dropped my phone, or did anything besides normal phone use, and yes... all it took was 2 weeks for the buttons to begin to crack. I have now had this phone for 8 months, and some of the cracked buttons have stopped working. Luckily, the phone is still under warranty because I haven't had it that long, but it is still inconvenient to have to take it to the service center to get fixed. If you are unfortunate enough to have this phone past the warranty when the buttons stop working, you're out of luck, so I would suggest investing in the insurance if you purchase this phone.

    FEATURES IN GENERAL:
    This phone has a lot of features, but definitely focuses on music and ringtones. If you want a lot of features, I would suggest go for it but make sure you invest in the insurance. I was thinking of getting a different phone, but haven't really found one that has as many features as this one. I'll be taking it to the service center (which is not exactly conveniently located) with the next few weeks to get the buttons fixed....more info
  • slim and stylish if a little fragile
    I recently upgraded to this phone from the SE w810i. The w580i is about the same size as the w810, but a little thinner. The slider function works well, but definately makes the phone feel less solid than a candybar phone. The body is a little bit wobbly when extended and I don't want to think about what would happen to it if dropped on a hard surface.

    The screen is bright and higher resolution than the w810, and looks like it's covered by a plastic surface right on top of the lcd, rather than plastic cover "hovering" over the screen. This is good because it doesn't look like any dust can get under the screen.

    The sound quality on this phone is surprisingly very good, especially considering the slim area where the earpiece is located. Call voice quality is noticably clearer than on my w810i. The "loudspeaker" located in the middle of the d-pad can be set very loud. It's almost too loud at the highest setting as it causes a lot of distortion on music and speaking at higher levels. The new walkman music player is an improvement on the older one in the w810. It's very straightforward and easy to use. The shake feature is pretty gimmicky, but it does work if you like holding a button and physically shaking your phone instead of just pushing the "next" button.

    I like the auto lock when slid closed and auto answer when slid open features. The menus/interface are typical of every sony ericsson phone, which is a good thing. You can set the LED light effects to flash in a variety of colors when recieving a call and you can change the default LED colors using different "themes" that can be downloaded. Unfortunately only the the LEDs on the sides of the phone can be changed. The middle of the d-pad stays bright orange and the keypad stays bright white whenever the phone is lit up. It would be nice to be able to change these too, but this is more of a "fun" feature anyway so it's not critical.

    The only dissapointing thing about this phone is the camera. The w580i lacks any sort of light-assist LED for the camera lens. The light on the w810 would never replace a true flash, but it was nice to have in a dark environment since it allowed you to at least take a picture, as opposed to taking a picture of darkness.

    The good news is the lens is covered and protected by the back body of the phone when slid closed. This is a feature the w810 lacked and its lens was perpetually covered in gunk. The camera is a respectable 2 megapixels, as was the w810's, but it appears the lens in the w580i is even a little smaller than the w810's already pinhole-sized lens. The result is that the pictures from the w580i are noticably more blurry and muddled. The pictures from the w810 are quite bit sharper.

    Just about everything in the w580i is an improvement over the w810i, with the big exception of the camera. The w580's camera is just not very good compared to a lot of phone cameras nowadays. As long as the camera is not a big deal to you, you'll be happy with the w580i. ...more info
  • THE THIRD TIME'S A CHARMER!!! BEST CELL PHONE
    This SE W580i replaced my Motorola RAZR (POS) last week, and this is the BEST cell phone I've ever had! Let me see, a phone built in along with a mp3 music player - add to it a 2MP camera and FM radio with 3.5mm jack adapter for my BOSE Headphones. A flight/travel feature that silences the phone/FM radio while allowing you to listen to your mp3 Album list 35,000 ft. in the air...It's a multimedia powerhouse in a small package (About the size of a candy bar). Only drawback is two things - 1) The phone is not built like a RAZR - You drop it, you might regret it. 2) The key pad is poorly made, looks almost like they used aluminum foil to cover over brittle plastic keys. THIS PHONE IS NOT TO BE USED FOR TEXTING - IT'S A MUSIC PHONE!!! Add your contacts and use the middle wheel to call your family/friends/etc. The FM radio I just dig, and having my jazz albums accessable via mp3 is almost revolutionary. I say the iPhone is for those who like eye candy, this phone is an alternative to those who LOVE ear candy!!! Listening to Rickie Lee Jones will never be the same! Peace - JG...more info
  • Not a bad phone
    I have had This Sony Ericsson W580i for just over a month and it has been good. At first I felt that it was very fragile but it has proved to be slightly more rugged than I first thought. I like the size of the screen, though it is hard to keep clean. The walkman feature is fun to have. I do not text so the use of the keys isn't really a big deal for me. It takes pretty good photos for a phone. I purchased the card for additional memory. After spending quite a bit of time getting the slot open to install it I spent a little more time getting some music loaded. But that was probably the user rather than the phone or the card.

    Oh yes and it is a pretty good phone too. Calls are clear etc. It is important to be sure that you use the key lock feature as it is easy to connect to the internet inadvertantly. I should also note that a case for the phone should not have a magnetic closure as the magnet causes the phone to turn on or as least think that you have opened the slider. Apparently the slide mechanism uses a magnet. Go for velcro.
    Overall I think I am reasonably happy with the phone. ...more info
  • Nice phone but short battery life limits full usage
    Bought this phone after much online research but little was mentioned of the extremely short battery life. I find I must recharge about every other day. I have the display brightness on lowest setting; turned off the cool light effects and turned off the fun step counter which lets u know how many miles u walked each day. I talk to a couple of people each day, send a few text messages and surf the internet a bit but seldom use the walkman feature. I do have songs downloaded and I do take pics with the phone. Everything works well.... but whatever use u make of the phone just sucks the energy out of the battery; be prepared to recharge often. The sound on the phone is somewhat muffled... on both ends. My old Nokia 6102 had clearer sound quality on the phone and a much longer battery life......more info
  • DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE
    We have had this phone two weeks on a two year contract. It was dropped on a bedroom floor and part of the screen has gone black. I called AT&T, the carrier, and was told I could not get a replacement since it was dropped and I cannot get out of the 2-year contract, again because the phone was dropped. I have dropped other phones on cement and they still work fine! My only options from AT&T are to terminate the contract at $175 or send it to Sony for repairs at at least $185 or buy a $39.99 Nokia replacement phone with no bells and whistles. Unless you are going to treat this phone as if it were an uncooked egg, BEWARE!...more info
  • great mp3 player, terrible phone
    this phone has amazing sound & sounds similar to my ipod when i play it. also the screen has great resolution so my pictures are really cute. BUT as a phone its sucks! the buttons fall off, it will randomly stop getting service, only sends text every once in awhile. i live it the city where there are plenty of cell phone towers & there is always static in my conversations. why not just get another one you say?...because this is my 3rd w580i. i have had 2 others that had a completely different set of problems! unfortunately im in a 2 year contract so i will go back to my trusty razr!!!! ...more info
  • not the best
    I have had this phone for about 5 months. I insisted on a sony ericsson since I loved my last sony ericsson phone. However, I was foolish enough to pay $225.00 with a new 2 year contract at ATT. The biggest problems with this phone are that 3 keys are cracked in half, the battery life isn't very long, it often echoes your own voice back to you and it stores about 3 pictures without an added memory card (my last phone held hundreds). Needless to say I am very disappointed....more info
  • It's OK.
    It's a lot of phone for a penny. Lots of stuff that I really didn't need. And though it's a lot easier to answer than a flip phone (especially with one hand), it's still too thick. The pedometer keeps counting even when I'm driving. And I'm trying to figure out why the camera won't zoom. Worst part, when it's in my back pocket my bum seems to answer the phone. Let me tell you- hearing voices creeping up behind you is very, very scary. Then you feel dumb when it's someone trying to get your attention on your own phone. The phone is still a good purchase. I'm still waiting for that Giorgio Armani Samsung. Oh, AT&T charges $19 to CONTINUE doing business with them. It's just as stupid as paying for sending AND receiving text messages. In two years I'll opt for no contract and buy a mobile....more info
  • Extremely unreliable - not recommended
    My wife and I both got these phones new from AT&T with a service plan 6 months ago. Both were treated gently.

    My wife's died about 4 months after she got it. They replaced it. Mine now tells me to "Insert Smart Card" (which I'd never removed) daily, and I have to remove and re-insert the SIM card each time. Took it to the store, and they told me I had to buy a new phone. When I told them they had replaced my wife's for free, they said to "give it a try". However, if they judged the phone had been "physically damaged" (it is pristine), I would have to pay $325 for a new one. I'll update later and let you know...

    The phone has never been reliable, and the features are mediocre. I did like the stereo mp3 player when it worked. It also has a pedometer which is neat. However, based on 2 dead phones in less than 6 months, I'd never buy Sony again....more info
  • The Ultimate Phone!
    I'm not going to repeat what you can read above other than what is really, really special about this phone over others.

    It is a slider phone, instead of a flip, so I can have it open on my car's dash and it's slim to fit in any pocket. The buttons are small, but we are all used to that by now. Sure it also has the obligatory camera and video, but it is 2.0 mega-pixels which is better than most. It provides support for "PictBridge technology" so you can print your photos without the need of a PC, but again, 2.0 mega-pixels is good for the internet, built not great for printing out.

    It is a Walkman that shuffles the songs with just a shake of your wrist. With the "TrackID" service, you just identify any song that you can hear by just recording a bit of the song (using the microphone, like at `Starbucks'). Later, you can send the file for recognition. It gives you the name, artist and album right to your phone. That's cool.

    You have FM radio access and a slot for extra memory for songs, pics, video, etc. The ear buds are actually good quality and are attached along with a microphone (for hands free or finding that bit of song). It has all your high-speed mobile internet access, web browser, email, messaging, Java support needs and plenty of the basic games and is "Bluetooth" compatible.

    If you like listening to music while working out, the integrated motion sensor counts your steps, your calories and monitors your running speed, distance and time. Your workout results are stored in your phone so you can monitor your progress.

    There is even a calendar, place for notes, an alarm, a calculator, stopwatch and timer! There are plenty of good free ring tones and more you can buy on-line. There's more!

    But what I like best is this phone has one of the cleanest, clearest and brightest (adjustable for night) screens available. I intentionally bought this so I can use my "Allen Sports GPS" system with it. It just has everything but that silly kitchen sink!
    ...more info
  • Excellent technology, Inferior product
    Pros:

    MP3 Player with great sound with and without earbuds, comparable to standalone mps players I own

    Bluetooth built in

    Internet is fast

    2 Mega-Pixel camera with excellent quality photos and videos

    Fitness application which counts steps, calories, and records progress

    High Resolution screen

    Camera protected in slider

    Lots of Lights giving a cool futuristic look

    Slick look in general

    Shake and shuffle mode makes listening to your tunes easy and fun

    Memory card allows up to 4 gb of songs

    Video upload capablities

    Long talk time of 9 hours

    Great sound quality, the person on the other end of the phone sounds almost there


    Cons:

    I got mine last week and the 4 and 6 are cracked in half and the 7 is falling off also with little wear. The keys are made up of very thin plastic and crack if hit wrong; went to the AT&T store to find the store model also has cracked keys.

    The keys not only break easily with minor usage but are very crammed and you will find yourself punching in more numbers then desired

    The screen also isn't very well protected and very exposed which will most likely lead to future damage

    The whole body and frame is made of plastic and feels cheap and flimsy

    Memory card has to be a special one for sony phones only and are alot more pricey than the storage disk for competitor phones

    No flash on camera



    Bottom Line

    If you aren't a perfectionist, texter, or cellphone gamer and are looking for a cheap phone with incredible technology and mp3 playback and don't mind if the phone is cracked up this is the phone for you. If you are one of the previously mentioned look to the new lg shine cu720 slider phone offering almost all of the same functions in a stainless steel body and keys. It may be more expensive but it is worth it. It was not in sony's best interest to produce such a top of the line phone from a technological stand point and then skimp on the materials, they should of charged a little more to make a more durable, less delicate phone. ...more info
  • terrible phone
    have owned this phone for 6 months-it loses service frequently. you have to restart the phone to get service back. phone dies while you're talking on it. while pressing buttons, the phone will randomly shut off. the case is made of a junky plastic and feels very flimsy. about the only really nice features in my opinion are the FM radio feature and mp3s. however, even these have their limitations because you are forced to use the strange headphone that comes with the phone. if you want mp3s you need to get a separate memory card. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. ...more info
  • Good solid phone; lots of features
    I've owned this phone for nearly a year. My wife's started crashing on her, but AT&T replaced it under the warranty. Except for that, this phone has been great. It's quite easy to use, syncs to my Mac nicely, and has a nice screen. The battery life is fine for my uses (charge every 3-4 days, but I don't talk much). It will run java applications and whatnot. However, and this is sad, the best feature is that you can disable the stupid press-to-connect-to-the-internet button only by manually setting up about three different dummy internet profiles. If you don't do this, you'll accidentally start the web browser all the time because AT&T in their supreme greed force you to have a dedicated button for that (expensive) feature. So once you can disable it, it's a great little phone....more info
  • great phone, but physically not so great
    Ill be honest. This is one of the best phones I have owned. Ill be straight and to the point: Great phone, great menu and features. The only gripe i have is that it physically feels very cheap. Like all the other customers out there that bought this phone, my keypad started to crack too. Called AT&T today and they are sending me a new (referbished) phone, and well see if that ones any better. Overall, awesome phone but look out for cheap physical features. ...more info
  • Not that great
    I have had this phone for just under a year. The worst thing is that it inexplicably stopped turning on one day, I sent it to Sony, they sent it back and it was still broken.

    The advertising is somewhat misleading. I found that a lot of the things that sounded cool about it were things you had to buy, not included. You should also know that only the white phone comes with the memory card--for the black you have to buy one yourself. It was impossible to figure out how to get my iTunes music onto the phone because I have a Mac. It's also not very ergonomic in the hand or on the ear.

    The camera is quite good, I like the step counter, and it fits in my pocket well. But I would not recommend it....more info
  • FLIMSY
    Everything is cheap plastic with this phone. You could make a sturdier phone from a PEZ dispenser. I'm an agile fingered pianist with a sensitive touch, but nevertheless all of my keys have split in half. And, the menu keys have lost their sensitivity. Also, the sticker/emblem on back has popped off. All of this started just a few days after warranty (which is almost immediately)....more info
  • The Phone Contract for Sub-Prime Mortgage Holders
    Remember who that man behind the curtain was in the start of the Wizard of Oz? He's a snake oil salesman, all your ills cured with an inexpensive elixor. Other than a box of (rather outrageous) small print default terms, where on this page are the terms of the contract? What are the services and rates? What is the maximum and minimum use? What is AT&T's obligation to provide service? Subscriber recourse, not here. True and clear statements of fact, how about vague assurances. Hey, it's as good as a Countrywide mortgage....more info
  • very bad phone,..waste of money!!!!!
    ok this phone has MANY bad things about it

    battery life=HORRIBLE after about one or two long phone calls its dead. i text ALOT and if you do also this phine IS NOT FOR YOU!another thing on texting i that if you text alot then you may notice that the buttons will crack or split down the middle. this does not affect how you text but it does make your phone look "cheap".sometimes when you plug your phone charger in you will notice that the phone is not charging. this is a very big issue because over night when you are charging it or you think it is charging when half the time it really is'nt then you wake up and your phone is DEAD. ocasionaly when your phone is already off then it will continue to turn it's self off without ever going on first, so when this is happening you must take the battery out and then you cannot charge it. this is also very irritating because it will not stop and it is very very loud when it is in this process. i have even more small problems with this phone that may not need to be disscused.i have sent this phone in three times and got the same model and i always have the same problems so that just showes that this phone is not made well and is too expensive for the quality that you are geting out of it.another thing is that when you are texting sometimes you will send a messsage to a person and it will send to the wrong person and that is bad because then you have to re-enter everything you had and re-send it.i wrote this review to help you and try and presuade you not to waste your money i hope this review helped you


    thank you for reading!!:)
    ...more info
  • I like my Sony Walkman 580i
    I've had my Walkman for 6 months now and I'm very happy with it. This is the best phone I've used, it has good reception in low signal areas, the camera takes good pictues and video, the MP3 player and FM radio features are a plus, and battery life is good. This phone has alot more features that are also usefull. The slider concept is much easier to use than a flip. Don't put much emphasis on the negative comments you'll read in some of the other reviews, this is a good all around phone....more info
  • Great phone for call quality and lots of fun thing built in
    I have had this phone for 5 weeks now and its one of the nicest phone available in the market today. The call quality is very good and receptions are good and speaker phone is very good as well.

    You will love this phone for other features such as playing MP3, FM radio, video clips, games, light effects, etc.

    In a nutshell, you will not be disappointed. The one thing I hate is the battery cover and its so damn hard to take it out. Make sure you take a note of the battery model number, IMEI number etc written in the battery compartment so you dont need to open that again and again. Thats the most annoying thing with this phone.

    other than, I cant complain anything else. Good looking phone and ton of features you dont find in other phone....more info
  • Run from the Walkman
    Bought this phone when it was BRAND NEW...Never will I do that again. It was bad news from the start. Within 12 hours of receiving the phone, it died. It was immediately replaced by Amazon. Since last September, mine has been replaced an additional THREE MORE TIMES. My husband's has also been replaced twice.

    The problems that have plagued us with this phone include (but are not limited to) the phone freezing between on/off, number keys cracking, navigational keys completely falling off, phone speakers barely audible, lost signals, not connecting to the network, having to reboot the phone to get it to work, failed calls, and dropped calls.

    RUN AWAY! DO NOT BUY! ...more info
  • No Cliche Title Available
    At first I wanted a flip phone, like the Krazr v9. However, it was between it and this Sony. I went with the Sony because of how it looked. I am known to toss my phone into my purse and forget about it for days, so the slider left me worried that I would end up scratching the screen to hell. A valid fear because this screen will smudge and scratch almost instantly. However, what I did was get a small peel and stick screen protector, like that clear plastic you see on a lot of electronics to keep them pristine, and that took scare of the smudges and the scratches worry. The keypad IS a little small. I wish they made it either bigger or the buttons more distinct so that you could see what you were pushing instead of guessing. Your fingertip covers the buttons pretty well, but once you get used to it, it's fine. This is not a phone for texting unless you have very delicate fingers. Sorry but that's true. It IS a great phone if you want an all in one type phone without the BlackBerry charges or getting a SmartPhone. The browser is pretty nice. Not the best but not the worst. The Walkman feature is pure eyecandy. Why get an Ipod if you can pop in a 2-4GB memory card into the phone? (Yes it does pause the music when you get an incoming call) The display is pretty nice, it's large enough and the menu options are pretty straight forward. If you don't like reading manuals this phone is pretty easy to nagivate by trial and error. It has a lot of bells and whistles that might seem useless, like the different lighting features, some are nearly identical. You can make your own ringtones with the MusicDJ. You can make videos complete with text and music soundtrack with VideoDj. This phone has a great camera. I would have liked a flash, but it does have nighttime mode and you can edit your photos ON the phone with PhotoDj. Adjust light, contrast, etc. Even add frames and clip art. The computer interface is beyond easy. You plug in the USB cable and treat it like any external harddrive. Sony even makes it easy for you and already has the folders for Music, Video, Ringtones, etc., ready. All you do is click and drop. It does allow for your own MP3 ring tones, as long as they are 35 seconds or less. As far as it being a slider and doing some accidental dialing, all you need to do is put it on lock mode. What that means is after a few seconds of non-use the keypad becomes locked and you need to push two buttons (one after the other) to unlock the keypad and dial, or just slide the phone open, but that feature isn't as filmsy as it sounds since the slider pushes back slightly so it doesn't slip open by accident. Overall a good phone nine or eight and a half out of ten. ...more info
  • Tried six different phones -all bad!
    My wife and I both had 580i phones. AT&T customer service replaced both phones twice. That's six phones over a six month period. Audio was very difficult to hear. Unclear sound on two of the phones. Marginal sound quality on the others. Two phones would not take a recharge properly. Factory chargers would bring up " must use an Ericcson battery" when I was using the supplied AC charger. This happened on two of the phones. Battery could not be recharged. We are Mac people. The phones would not function with a Macintosh. The music function is is a PC only deal. All of our MP3 files were useless and could not be downloaded. We loved the size, the look, the slider, and the supposed functionality. It sometimes easily called accidentally from our pocket. The calling lock was not satisfactory. Finally all of the phones were stolen by an intruder. What a relief! AT&Ts customer service for this phone vascillated between terrible and great. Once they "forgot" to send us a replacement phone. Several support people hung-up on us - and never called back. They sent a phone to the wrong address. Others were wonderful- overnighting ASAP and treated us great! AT&T lacks oversight. Would only give us the same phones back. I am an executive with a company that includes Sony and AT&T as clients - otherwise I would leave my full name.
    Never, never order a 580i. Beautiful but... ...more info

 

 
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