Sony Ericsson W810 Review: Released in 2006, the Sony Ericsson W810 was an interesting model of phone. The ‘W’ referred to Walkman as Sony sought to leverage one of their most famous brands. This was not the first Walkman phone. The Sony Ericsson W800 was released a year beforehand, as a sister phone to the Sony Ericsson K750. Both were similar in style and spec although targeted two different markets. Both were successful in their own right – a good phone is a good phone no matter what the marketing says.
The Sony Ericsson W810 was a similar phone but became the flagship model for the time. Truth be told, there were few differences between this and the W800 model. But the phone was marketed strongly and was available in a variety of options: both on network and pay as you go. Music was also coming into fashion, with more and more handsets able to play MP3 files with on-board players. Sony Ericsson upped the ante here by having improving the software, and adding physical shortcut buttons onto the phone. Another excellent move was to provide a branded pair of in-ear headphones. These were also fitted with a 2.5mm jack (which could be used in the phone via adapter) so could be used on other devices.
The Walkman brand was extremely strong and Sony Ericsson would use this as the basis for several more phones. Many were of different styles, although an unofficial successor could be the Sony Ericsson W880, which crammed the same spec into a very small handset.
Sony Ericsson W810 Review: Pros
The phone featured a much more standard design than the W800, which only came with a bright orange frame. The Sony Ericsson W810 was much the same size and weight, but came by default in a black colour with orange accents. The joystick navigation was swapped for a 4-way D-pad.
Music was the key difference on the phone. The in-ear headphones were a nice touch and the phone came with its own Walkman app. With physical keys to adjust the music, this was a good MP3 player. Topping this was the memory card slot which supported Sony memory cards of up to 4GB.
The camera was not ignored here either. The phone featured a 2MP with LED flash put the phone towards the upper end of specifications.
The W810 also added the EDGE protocols, which allows for faster data transmission. While not quite up to mobile internet, the phone could support Java applications.
Sony Ericsson W810 Review: Cons
The screen had no improvement over the previous version, and was just 0.1 inches bigger. By contrast the Nokia 6300 of later that year offered a far superior 240 x 320 resolution.
The phone needed an adapter to use the headphones: it may have been easier just to use the 2.5mm jack.
Unlike the higher-end camera phones the rear lens was not protected by a shutter. There was not a front-facing camera either.
Customisability of the phone was limited at the time. Changing covers was only possible if you were prepared to dismantle the handset.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
This was a popular phone at the time. The combination of features were likely to meet most peoples needs. As such the phone is still very recognisable. Good condition models are likely to attract a premium over generic phones of the same age.
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Sony Ericsson W810 Disassembly
If you would like to see how to take apart the Sony Ericsson W810 for repair purposes, an interesting page is here.
Sony Ericsson W810 Video Review
An cool video review showing off the features of this model.