Sony Ericsson W580 Review – Mid Range Slider Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson W580 Review: Released in 2007, the Sony Ericsson W580 was an update to the 2005 Sony Ericsson W550. These were more or less in the same market segment – both mid-range mobile phones featuring a slider mechanism. However, since that phone was released, the Walkman branding had really caught on – spurred on by the success of the very popular Sony Ericsson W810i. A load of phones were released in various styles.

The slider phone had some advantages in that more buttons could be housed on the front of the phone. This allowed phones such as the W580 to feature Walkman-style music controls, so that the music player could be operated without retracting the keypad. Such features were present in the candybar phones, but with a smaller space to work from, the dedicated music keys ended up being fiddly to press.

There was a giant leap forward in the memory department. The W550 featured no memory card slot, and only 256MB internal memory, thus limiting its use as a media phone. The W580 added support for Sony’s M2 memory card, which allowed up to 4GB of media. Combined with the high-quality Sony headphones bundled with all Walkman models, this was a credible alternative to an MP3 player.

Full specifications here.

Coming in a range of bright colours, this mid-range phone was pretty popular. It gained a successor in the next year. The Sony Ericsson W595 was similar in design but featured a larger screen, better camera and additional music player options such as shake control.

Sony Ericsson W580 Review Pros: 

  • The design of the phone was good. Despite being a slide phone, this was much slimmer than the previous W550 and also much lighter at 94g. This was despite an increased screen size.
  • On that note, the screen size had improved to 2.0 inches and resolution gained a boost to 240 x 320 pixels.
  • Software was improved on the handset, featuring a new Walkman media player, fitness apps and support for Bluetooth headsets.
  • Memory card support was included and with up to 4GB available, this could hold a lot of music.

Sony Ericsson W580 Review Cons: 

  • Build quality was lacking compared to other handsets. A predominately plastic housing design kept weight down but sacrificed a premium look.
  • Imaging was slightly weak on this handset with a 2MP with no flash – presumably to keep a gap between this and the K-models.
  • There was no standard jack still, and headphones had to be connected through a convertor socket.
  • Only 12MB of internal memory was provided, so this necessitated purchasing a memory card which were more expensive than the generic microSD variants.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

These are quite interesting models which were popular in their day. There should be plenty of them with a healthy amount of demand, but it may be difficult to find many in really good condition owing to the plastic housings.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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