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Sony Ericsson W380i review | Introduction

Published on: Friday, September 5th 2008                   Written by: Nanieke Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Ericsson W380 test

S ony Ericsson arose in October 2001 from a joint venture of Sony Corporation and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Ever since, the company's mission has been to become the most attractive and innovative global brand in the mobile handset industry. Thanks to the award-winning products at the 2006 Mobile Choice Awards, the company earned the title of 'Manufacturer of the Year'. The Sony Ericsson W380i belongs to the Walkman phone series and was introduced together with the W890i. Developers are meeting the interests of young, trend-following music lovers. The following review reveals all the pros and cons of this Sony Ericsson W380i clamshell handset.

Sony Ericsson W380i review

 

Sony Ericsson W380i mobile phone

Sony Ericsson W380i mobile phone

Sony Ericsson W380 retail package

The Sony Ericsson W380i comes in a small, square box, together with several accessories. You will find a USB cable and PC Suite software to transfer files to the computer. The included headset consists of two parts that have to be connected. The part with the earplugs features a standard connection, enabling it for use with more audio devices. If you use the earplugs for the Sony Ericsson W380i, you have to plug them into the microphone part of the headset, whereupon you connect it as a whole to the mobile phone. A quick battery charger and a number of manuals in German, French and Italian are also found inside the package. An additional leaflet with information about the 'gesture control' function offers a description about this interesting, innovative function. More about that later in this review.

Sony Ericsson W380i review

Sony Ericsson W380i review

Sony Ericsson W380i phone design

The Sony Ericsson W380i comes in the following colours: Electric Purple, Magnetic Grey and Tangerine Black. The W380i is a compact clamshell model with a striking design. The housing at the bottom is slightly sloping, which makes the part at which the monitor is positioned smaller than the operation part. A design like this would not be my first choice, as it inevitably leads to a smaller monitor size. The room that remains is taken up by a 262,144 colour TFT monitor with 176 x 220 pixels. If you are used to a mobile phone with a larger monitor, the one on the W380i will probably be disappointing. Striking are the Walkman music buttons on the front of the device, of which you would never think that they actually have a function. Yet, something really happens while sliding your fingers over the elevated tips. Furthermore, a Walkman logo and a camera lens are placed around the speaker area of the Sony Ericsson W380i. The back of the walkman phone contains a lock button for the Walkman music buttons, and on the side the volume control is placed.

 

Sony Ericsson W380 charger

Sony Ericsson W380 charger

Sony Ericsson W380i manual

Sony Ericsson W380i manual

Cell phone navigation

Cell phone navigation

 
 
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