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Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman Camera Phone
By Justin Ong
Category : Mobile Phones
Published by Zachary Chan on Monday, 12th December, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Fusion of Design and Form Factor

You know that when Sony Ericsson decided to license the 'Walkman' name from Sony Corporation for a brand new and undisclosed mobile, something good was about to surface. That something was subsequently unveiled in the form of the W800i, Sony Ericsson's first camera phone that was purposefully designed as a lifestyle gadget with telecommunication capability. The W800i was put together in light of the popularization of MP3 players and a booming industry of online music stores. As more and more consumers take to the streets with hundreds, if not thousands of digital tracks in audio gadgets of different shapes and sizes, it became apparent that the lifestyle of modern day city dwellers is veering fast towards that of digital entertainment, even when they are on the go. Knowing the inconvenience brought about by an increase in gadget count for these users, the arrival of the W800i was very timely to say the least. Although it was not the first camera phone to boast of MP3 playback functionality, it was however the first camera phone to leverage on the Sony 'Walkman' branding and along with it, the first 'Walkman' camera phone featuring a dedicated MP3 media interface, controls and impressive audio quality; for a phone.

The new Sony Ericsson W550i 'Walkman' camera phone.

Two months on and the latest Sony Ericsson handset to be given a 'Walkman' makeover is the new W550i. There are many similarities between the two models, chief among which is the user-friendly MP3 playback interface, the signature orange theme, and a couple of carefully placed 'Walkman' logos to give it its distinct digital audio playback persona. As for form factor however, the W550i comes in a different twist, literally. Based on the now defunct S600i that drew its own principle design from Sony Ericsson's first swiveling handset, the S700i, there are two modes of operation available to the W550i. Before we delve further into the handset though, let us brief you on the technicalities of the new W550i 'Walkman' camera phone.

Sony Ericsson W550i Technical Specifications
Network frequency
  • Triple Band GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
Antenna
  • Integrated
Display
  • 262K colors TFT
  • 176 x 220 pixels
Storage
  • 256MB Onboard Shared
Address book
  • Stores up to 1,000 contacts
  • Supports Photo ID
Messaging
  • SMS
  • EMS
  • MMS
  • Email
  • Instant Messaging
Imaging
  • 1.3 megapixels CMOS Camera
  • LED Flash Strobe
  • Video Recording
Alerts
  • 40-channel Polyphonic Ringer
  • Vibrator
  • MP3 Ringtones Supported
Radio
  • FM Radio
Hands free talking
  • Yes
Java Support
  • Yes
Mobile Internet Access
  • WAP 2.0
High Speed Data Transfer
  • Class 10 GPRS
Data Exchange
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • USB Data Cable
Software
  • Alarm
  • Calendar
  • Notes
  • Tasks
  • Calculator
  • Picture Editor
  • Image Viewer
  • Flash Light
  • Stop Watch
  • Voice Memo
  • Video Player
  • World Clock
Games
  • 3D Worms Forts: Under Siege 3D
  • 3D Extreme Air Snowboarding
  • MidwayÂ’s Gauntlet
Battery Rating (Standard Battery)
  • Stand-by Time: Up to 375hrs
  • Talktime: Up to 8hrs
Weight
  • 120g
Dimensions
  • 93 x 46.5 x 22.5 mm (L x W x H)

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