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Sony Ericsson W580i White 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.

The slim slider W580i measures just 0.55 inches thin and features a brightly colorful QVGA screen, external music keys, and a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder.

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

  • 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
  • Built-in web browser for MEdia Net downloads and Internet surfing; mobile email and messaging via AOL, Yahoo!, and MSN
  • Includes: Battery, Charger, Corded Headset, USB Cable, 256MB Memory Card, User's Manual and Quick Start Guide

Customer Reviews:

  • Good phone but.....
    This is a really neat phone, however, the reviews claim it has excellent battery life....I did not find this the case. Compared to other phones the battery life was very short. I have to charge this phone every night. Another negative about this phone is it's not very text friendly. I would not recommend this phone for frequent texters. The key pad is cramped and the symbols are kind of hard to get to. Those are the only two negatives so far...but I've only had it for about a month....more info
  • downloading
    When I first got this phone a week ago I loved it and was just what I wanted. Now a week later after listening to my downloaded music and my downloaded games (I bought from AT&T) and all of my pictures were all erased. I called AT&T and they contacted Sony and found that it is a problem with the phone. I got a new one now but I'm afraid to take any pictures or do anything with it except return it for my money back. I'm still unsure what to do yet. ...more info
  • Excellent technology, inferior constuction

    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


    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
  • Cool LOOKING phone, okay features
    I only gave this phone a 4, because they didn't have 3 1/ I rounded up. But now I wish I had only given it a 3. Anyways:

    I've had a Sony Ericsson before, and my older one was waaayy better. The only thing that seems different about this phone is that it's a little bit more pretty, and it's slimmer than my w600i that I had. It does feel kind of flimsy and cheap. The picture quality is quite satisfying however but only during the day or when there's a lot of light. There isn't a flash, which also sucks. And even for my LITTLE fingers, the keypads really SUCK. So for you texters, like me, look somewhere else or get a different walkman. Also, now the company is regulating what you are able to use as your ringtone, so even if you transfer your own music into the phone and want to use those songs as your ringtone instead of the dinky tones that come along with the phone, you aren't able to because of the new "regulations." With my old 600i, I was able to use my songs as ringtones perfectly fine. Now, if you want to use your own songs as ringtones, you'd have to modify them and cut them down to about 30 seconds. Then they'd work perfectly fine. But for now, I'm stuck with those funky songs or downloading them ($$).

    Also, some people have been saying that the phone does not lock and that that's a problem because the internet button is on the very front face of the phone. However, it locks in either two ways: automatically when you slide it back down into position, or you can press the little black button on the top of the phone once (which is also used for turning it on/off) in order to get an option to lock your phone. All in all, just make sure your phone is locked before you put it in your pockets or where ever you put it. Otherwise, you're going to be paying a hefty bill for accidental internet usage, unless you have a media plan.

    Otherwise, it's a pretty and slim phone, and the shake control is nice. The white isn't "pure" white however. It's more of a pearl, silvery white...still nice though. The company has also included applications for "active" folks also, like a pedometer, etc...

    Summing up, the features are pretty much the same as previous walkmans. Nothing new, not much difference, except in looks. ...more info
  • Neat little package.
    First of all, phone is light grey and NOT white. I like the slider phone better than a flip phone. Much easier to use with one hand. And it's my first camera phone so have really enjoyed that feature. Haven't had time to read up on the walkman feature yet but am excited about downloading music. Highly recommend this phone....more info
  • Cute phone, but has problems
    This is a really cute phone. However, I have encountered numerous problems with it. Maybe I am just unlucky, but the problems I have encountered include:

    1. The keys have started to develop a crack.
    2. The phone freezes one me at least once a day.
    3. Sometimes when the phone freezes I have to take out the battery to restart the phone because it won't turn off.
    4. The battery cover is really, really hard to take off. You need some fingernails and/or more hand strength than I have.
    5. Sometimes this bubble pops up asking me if I want to reformat my memory disk. No I don't!
    6. Sometimes a window pops up telling me that I have to insert a SIM card, when my SIM card is definitely still inserted.
    7. I'm not sure if it's the signal or the phone, but on numerous occassions I have either dropped my calls or have not received calls (only voicemails and not even any missed call messages).

    But, besides those problems, the phone is really attractive. It worked well when it did, but I am likely replacing this phone now (it's only been about a year, but it's past the warranty and the problems are even worse than before but I can't get it replaced)....more info
  • Beautiful phone with great interface, excellent all-round quality
    I have the white version of this phone and I couldn't be happier. It's not a smart phone, but it performs exceptionally well on everything it's supposed to.

    CALL QUALITY: This is an important aspect for me because it is a phone after all! Call quality is great. Not as good as a land line, but voices are plenty loud and very clear. I'm a little hard of hearing, and the volume is good enough for me. So long as you have a good signal (which my phone has no trouble finding), you'll be pleased.

    MUSIC PLAYER: The music player is the real highlight of this phone. I was using a Creative Zen mp3 player and the sound out of my W580 is just as good. The interface is pretty simple and doesn't have as many functions as a stand-alone player, but the interface is still very intuitive and gets the job done. The included ear-buds are sound-isolating and produce excellent sound: deep base and rich, clear tones across all pitches. I installed a 4GB memory card which holds about 750 of my mp3's. With the excellent sound quality and decent storage capacity, this phone has replaced my stand-alone mp3 player.

    CAMERA: It's only a 2 megapixel with no flash and autofocus, so the camera isn't as good as it could be. But it takes great pictures in good lighting. The color and sharpness of the pictures is right on, and quality is good enough for printing. Don't expect too much in poor lighting; in night mode, you have to hold your hand very still and hope your subject is also very still. The lack of autofocus makes close-ups difficult as well. But for typical use in good lighting, the camera performs admirably.

    MESSAGING: Messaging is smooth and intuitive. The lack of a qwerty keyboard doesn't bother me, as the intelligent-tap system works very well. It guesses much better than the itap on the RAZR I recently used. Many users have complained about the keys cracking and splitting, but I haven't had this problem. I've only had the phone for a couple weeks, though, so maybe long-term use will reveal a problem.

    DISPLAY: The display is fabulous! 320x240 resolution in only a 2" display means the screen is very smooth-looking and very easy on your eyes. Colors are vibrant and accurate.

    CONSTRUCTION: The phone is very light-weight, yet still feels well constructed. The slider mechanism is smooth and solid. There is a small wobble when the phone is fully open, which has been a minor annoyance.

    All-around, I'm very happy with this phone and would highly recommend it, especially if you're tired of carrying around a separate phone, camera, and mp3 player!...more info
  • White phone vs. Black/Gray Phone
    Love this phone! The sound is clear, the pictures (outside of course) are great, and the fact that the white one comes with a memory card and adapter is wonderful. I only purchased the white one b/c my husband ordered the grey one! I didn't read far enough to see that the White one had the memory card! What a bonus......more info
  • I love my new Sony Ericsson W580i phone
    I absolutely love my new phone. There are so many features I didn't even know about before I purchased it.
    I had a few problems at first getting the SIM card installed correctly, but after calling Sony customer service I got some good instructions and it has worked perfectly ever since.
    Everyone should get this phone!...more info
  • Great phone/mp3 player - Horrible for Texting
    I loved this phone with easy to use menus and excellent controls. The mp3 player was really nice with features comparable to itunes. It was super easy to get music on the phone and play them. The speaker was surprisingly loud too.
    But once I started texting everything went down hill. The keys began to crack after 3 weeks of use and the buttons are so flat it's just not comfortable. I'm on my third warranty claim and it is just so frustrating. Everything about the phone is amazing, but without easy texting it just kills the deal for me...
    But if you don't text I would greatly recommend this product. It's really worth buying with all the features it includes....more info
  • W580i Slick phone with a few problems
    When I first got the phone I was amazed at the types of things I could do with it. The phone feels heavier than I thought it would, but the weight is balanced in your hand whether open or closed. As other reviewers stated, this phone is more of a light silver than pure white.

    The reason this phone gets a 4 over a 5 has to do with AT&T. And since this product description includes AT&T I will comment. Many features that come with the phone are locked or altered. An example the games. Sure, you could unbrand your phone, but that is something that some people would feel very nervous about doing. The real problem (and something I was aware of when I purchased it) is that you can not use regular MP3 songs as ringtones without modification. I chose to edit my MP3's down to about 30 seconds and they work just fine. There is also a small circular button on the lower right of the face of the phone that opens up a connection to the internet. I found this out when I removed my phone from my pocket only to find I had inadvertantly connected and was on for about 30 min. This just seems like a money grab by AT&T and a sneaky one at that. I fixed the problem by creating a "fake" profile for all applications that would access the internet.

    Overall, I would recommend this phone. Despite a few problems with what AT&T did to this phone, most problems can be worked around and the functionality of the phone doesn't suffer too much (at least for what I use the phone for)....more info
  • fun, small, cute, but texting is a little unwieldy
    I just got this phone about 2 weeks ago and also switched from T-mobile to AT&T.

    The only problem I've had with the phone is an issue with the SIM card not going in all the way when I tried to install it. Note that it is almost impossible to remove the SIM card once you insert it. AT&T Customer Service told me to take it to a store and have the phone replaced, but I just kept trying and eventually got it to work. I discovered that I should have pushed the SIM card in more firmly than I did initially. I had to use my fingernail to push it in the thin slot. If you just tap the SIM card into the slot with your finger tip, it might not be in far enough.

    I haven't used the music, walkman, or bluetooth functions yet although I plan to. I don't plan on using the camera for taking pictures. I got a Canon SD1000 for that.

    The battery lasts me about 5 days and I talk maybe 2 hours or less total during that time but text a lot and leave the phone on the whole time.

    I agree with some reviews about the phone being slow to use for text. I had a motorola v360 for 2 years that was super fast for sending text messages, but maybe once I transition completely, I'll get faster at it. One shortcut I learned is to just press the "up arrow" side of the circular navigation button to jump to message creation.

    Also if you press and hold the back key (little backwards curving arrow), you can jump back to the 'desktop' screen.

    One really nice thing is that the voice mail options for AT&T are pretty similar (identical so far) to the T-mobile ones which made it super easy for me to transition in that respect.

    This phone also allows you to block any number not on a user-specified list {Settings | Profiles | | More | View And Edit | Accept Calls}. I like this so I don't waste minutes picking up calls from people not in my contact list during the day. You can save this setting to one profile (maybe "work") and not to another one (maybe "home"), so you have some flexibility if you don't care who calls you after 9 PM, for example. I could not do that with my v360 so that is a feature I appreciate on this phone.

    And FYI: On the AT&T Set Up instruction sheet that Amazon packages with the phone they publish the wrong number for AT&T customer service. (it's the single page with all the info for all the different carriers) I looked it up online instead....more info