Live photos of Sony Ericsson W350i
Contents of delivery:
- Instruction manual
- USB cable
- 512 MB M2 memory card
- Disk with Media Manager / PC Suite
This phone is surprisingly nostalgic for those who have been using communication for more than a dozen years. About ten years ago, flip phones were popular on the market, and Ericsson was the trendsetter. Such devices for various reasons have been forgotten for a long time, consumers, and manufacturers themselves, were carried away by the issue of folding beds, sliders. The Sony Ericsson W350i is one of the first attempts to arouse nostalgia, as well as the first device in a series of low-cost models for young people. I specifically mention that the models in this series are not combined on the basis of the presence or absence of a flip, but according to positioning by age group. Design decisions can be different, the main symptom is that the look of the phones is unusual and they are quite thin. That is an attempt to create small devices with one or another function. The W350i is music; there will be the same solutions with the camera and other applications. The idea is original and to some extent not hackneyed. The manufacturer is trying not only to create a model of the middle segment by cutting down the characteristics of older devices and adding some design, housing, but to create a model range. That is, everything is as above, but for a certain group of people (youth), with certain price limits.
Unfortunately, the creation of such series always leads to a compromise. You must choose either cost or functionality. Sony Ericsson decided to focus on the quality of design, materials, and secondly on functionality. So it turns out that solutions like W350i will not be massive, it’s a shot at a certain niche. Don’t let the word “collection” bother you. We can talk about a set of niche solutions, united by one idea. You might like this explanation more. This is the fundamental difference between the model and devices of the past, for example, Ericsson T10s.
At first glance it seems that both devices were created for young people, bright color solutions, orientation to the same segment, but the similarity is apparent. The Ericsson T10s model was very popular not only among young people, the price played a role, this advantage is not in the Sony Ericsson W350i. However, let’s see how Sony Ericsson sees the buyer of this phone:
“The W350i is great for young people from 17 to 25 years old who want a trendy music player and mobile phone in one device. They follow fashion, and they need a stylish design, high quality sound, as well as all the features that can be found in a modern mobile device. ”
Very clearly defined audience. From ourselves, we can add that these are users who are not concerned about the availability and quality of the mobile Internet, they do not need it. To a greater extent, these are people who choose a musical device, rather than a combination of everything and everything. First of all, a phone and then a player. This leads to the logical conclusion that the product is niche; it cannot become a mass product in the market where all-in-one devices are popular, and the majority of young people are trying everything and everyone, and are actively interested in new features. I have rarely met young people who already understand what they need in life at this age. From this understanding, it only follows the possibility of buying such W350i devices, which are not maximum in features, special. This is a kind of worldview, you need to come to it, you cannot be born and grow up with it.
Design, dimensions, controls
The unusual design of the model is striking from the first minutes of communication with her. Velvety plastic interspersed with bright inserts. The phone fits nicely in the hand, it is small. 104x43x11 mm, weighs 75 grams. A thin device, this is similar to the Sony Ericsson W880i, W890i, models from other manufacturers. To some extent, this is a tendency, people love such solutions, but do not want to compromise on ergonomics. The presence of a flip with music keys placed on it is a good compromise.
The flip is active, that is, by opening or closing it, you can start / stop the conversation. Music keys work not only in the player, but also in the radio. The design is amazingly thought out: close the flip and the player is on the screen in front of you. If you listened to the radio, you will see its interface. This is extremely convenient.
Flip thin, small. This is not to say that it gives the impression of an unreliable or, on the contrary, reinforced concrete, ordinary plastic. It is impossible to break a flip inadvertently, for this you need to make some efforts. A little secret not described by the manufacturer is related to how the flip works. Firstly, there are no contacts or wires in it. You can verify this by removing the flip from the phone at all. To do this, you can pull it in the joint and that’s it.
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Secondly, you see the left turning mechanism of purple. So it provides “activity” of the flip when answering calls. But how do buttons work without wires?
Everything is very simple: the buttons push through the plastic and press the keys below them. Cheap and cheerful. In the area of musical keys, a film is glued on the inside, it is easily pressed through, and the buttons press the numeric keypad.
The first question that comes to mind is the reliability of the structure in the event of falls. They tried to throw the phone from the table onto a hard floor, the flip sometimes flies off, it can be safely put in place. They did not begin to experiment indefinitely, it was a pity the device. Another thing is the mechanical resistance to pressing, how many clicks on the buttons the substrate will withstand. At least 60,000 withstands for each key. It is difficult to come up with a situation in which the number of clicks on one button approaches this number during the service life of the device. Therefore, doubts can be thrown away, the mechanical design is durable.
My moaning is that the phone cannot be put on a flip. That is, the opening angle is small, but sometimes I would like to use the flip as a stand. Gymnastic exercises for balance when the phone is on a flip (90 degrees of disclosure) should not be taken into account.
Designers tried their best and offered 4 color options. They have very symbolic names. Graphic White, Electric Blue, Ice Blue and Hypnotic Black. The first to enter the market is the Hypnotic Black color, the same was with us. This is black plastic with orange accents, which immediately recognize the color of the Walkman. The color variety in this model is excellent, good options, one another is better. In all cases, the headset has a microphone unit in body color. It is also nice.
A different type of plastic is used on the flip, it is not velvety, over time the plastic is wiped here, it becomes non-dull. This will be especially well seen in black, the plastic begins to shine. Not practical, but beautiful, you have to choose one thing, as usual, but it’s a pity. The flip opens with one hand, you can close it both with your hand, and on the cheek or on clothes. No difference.
A Walkman key was placed on the left side. There is also a standard interface connector.
The lock key is a ribbed slider, placed it on the top end, right there is a hole for the strap. A paired volume control key was placed on the right side. On the back of the device you can see the camera lens and the speaker of the phone.
The display displays up to 262,000 colors at a resolution of 176×220 pixels (diagonal. 1.9 inches, TFT, 30×38 mm). This allows you to display on the screen up to 6 lines of text and up to three service lines for most modes; To view Internet resources, when working with e-mail, with messages, it is possible to display a larger number of lines due to the smaller font size. In the sun, the behavior of the screen is pleasant, it remains readable.
The main drawback of the screen is its size, otherwise it is lively, the colors are not bad, the display is acceptable for its class.
Numeric keys are adjacent to each other, but comfortable, ergonomics are not bad. Unfortunately, the device is built on the A100 platform, which means it uses the return key, which creates confusion today. By pressing the End key, you do not go to other menus, this confuses. The navigation key is convenient. The keyboard backlight is white, not very bright. It is regulated by a built-in light sensor, it can be seen on the left under the screen.
The phone has a 900 mAh lithium-polymer battery BST-37. According to the manufacturer, it is able to provide up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time.
In Moscow networks, the device worked on average two and a half. three days at a moderate load (up to an hour of talking, about 30 minutes of games, 20 minutes of using a browser, a couple of hours of listening to music). In European networks, the operating time will be at least one and a half times higher in all modes due to better coverage of the networks. Music playing time is up to 20 hours. Full battery charge time is about 2 hours.
Memory, memory cards
The phone has about 14 MB of memory available to the user, the kit includes a 512 MB M2 card. Hot-swappable memory cards are supported, even though they are located under the battery cover. The maximum volume of cards is 4 GB (later and more with the advent of the corresponding cards).
With a USB connection, you must forcibly choose whether to access files on the memory card, this is the data transfer mode, or the phone will continue to work (Phone mode. work as a modem), or the Print mode (photo printing) is turned on, there is also a Media Transfer mode (work in MTP, for example, with Windows Media Player). In the first case, the phone turns off, you see a memory card and phone memory. Despite the declared support for USB 2.0, the data transfer rate does not exceed 500-550 Kb / s. In the second case, there are various USB settings for accessing the network, the phone acts as a modem.
Bluetooth in this model is version 2 and supports EDR, in the menu you can set the mode of increased energy saving. The A2DP profile is also supported, which allows the use of wireless stereo headphones. The data transfer rate is about 100 Kb / s. The model supports the following profiles:
- Basic imaging profile
- Basic Printing Profile
- Dial-Up Networking Profile
- File transfer profile
- Generic Access Profile
- Generic Object Exchange Profile
- Handsfree profile
- Headset profile
- JSR-82 Java API
- Object Push Profile
- Personal Area Network Profile
- Serial port profile
- Service Discovery Application Profile
- Synchronization profile
- SyncML OBEX binding
Typical performance for the company’s latest generation of devices is positively different from most models on the market. There are no restrictions on the size of the JAR file, the HEAP size is from 512 Kb to 1.5 Mb.
The simplest camera with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, it does not even have a video shooting mode. Three image resolutions are supported. 1280×1024 pixels, 640×480, as well as 320×440 pixels. There are two types of file compression effects (B&W, Negative, Sepia), white balance. Talking about the camera, in general, there is nothing, its presence is nominal, the pictures are average in quality for such a product.