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Sony Ericsson W980 review



The "1-Minute" Review


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Aiming to meet some high-end demand, Sony Ericsson W980 brings the cream of the music centered niceties of the house.

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
MobileBurn

The Sony Ericsson W980 is a great phone, especially if you're after a device with a top-notch music player. With its included high-quality headphones, 8GB of storage, motion controls, and stereo Bluetooth, there aren't many phones on the market that equal this device's music abilities. Throw in an F...

- Russell Jefferies, MobileBurn


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Sony released the Ericsson W980 on February 11, 2008.


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Sony backs up the Ericsson W980 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
2.2"

The Sony Ericsson W980's screen size is 2.2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
930mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 930 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 15.5 days standby time, 540 minutes.

Ericsson W980 Specs

Overview
Release date February 11, 2008
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 930 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 540 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Opera Brown, Piano Black, Violin Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.2 x 4.6 x 1.7 cm (3.6 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 176 x 176 pixels, 262k
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Touch sensitive music keys on the front cover
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR
Radio Yes
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV Yes
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


GSMArena

Flaunts a number of unique extras that make it stand out

As time has come for us to part with Sony Ericsson W980, we are left with quite positive impressions. The latest Walkman clamshell has a really nice feature-pack and great user interface to back it up.

The camera functionality was the only serious disappointment - the lack of auto focus and the ridiculous camera interface are anything but appropriate for a high-end such as this one...

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As time has come for us to part with Sony Ericsson W980, we are left with quite positive impressions. The latest Walkman clamshell has a really nice feature-pack and great user interface to back it up.

The camera functionality was the only serious disappointment - the lack of auto focus and the ridiculous camera interface are anything but appropriate for a high-end such as this one.

However the Sony Ericsson W980 manages to flaunt a number of unique extras that make it stand out. The piano black front, light effects and the FM transmitter are not something to find on every other phone out there. Identity is getting more and more crucial in the overcrowded mobile market. That alone is enough for a well deserved pat on the back for Sony Ericsson W980.

The only reason for a cool-off is the lack of information about the expected price of Sony Ericsson W980. We can't help anticipating a rather hefty price tag on the new Walkman flagship. This might just be enough to throw it in the pool with some big sharks and we are not quite sure if the W980 will make it there. We do like it enough though to hope it proves us wrong.

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MobileBurn

There aren't many phones on the market that equal this device's music abilities

from MobileBurn

The Sony Ericsson W980 is a great phone, especially if you're after a device with a top-notch music player. With its included high-quality headphones, 8GB of storage, motion controls, and stereo Bluetooth, there aren't many phones on the market that equal this device's music abilities. Throw in an FM transmitter, stereo loudspeakers, and album art/visualizations and it's difficult to think of a superior music device. Sure, the iPhone initially springs to mind, but it loses the in-built FM transmitter and motion controls, and comes with inferior headphones.

It's a shame that the W980 doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone port built-in, but with the included in-line adaptor this isn't too much of an issue. If I could add anything to the W980 it'd be a flash and autofocus for the camera, as the 3.2 megapixel unit would be much better with these additions. A larger display would also be nice, as the smallish screen hampers web browsing and video playback somewhat.

Overall I give this device a "Highly Recommended" rating, as it aims to be a great music device, and undoubtedly scores a home-run....

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The Sony Ericsson W980 is a great phone, especially if you're after a device with a top-notch music player. With its included high-quality headphones, 8GB of storage, motion controls, and stereo Bluetooth, there aren't many phones on the market that equal this device's music abilities. Throw in an FM transmitter, stereo loudspeakers, and album art/visualizations and it's difficult to think of a superior music device. Sure, the iPhone initially springs to mind, but it loses the in-built FM transmitter and motion controls, and comes with inferior headphones.

It's a shame that the W980 doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone port built-in, but with the included in-line adaptor this isn't too much of an issue. If I could add anything to the W980 it'd be a flash and autofocus for the camera, as the 3.2 megapixel unit would be much better with these additions. A larger display would also be nice, as the smallish screen hampers web browsing and video playback somewhat.

Overall I give this device a "Highly Recommended" rating, as it aims to be a great music device, and undoubtedly scores a home-run.

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