Sony Ericsson W880/W888 press release excerpts
At just 9.4mm thin, the W880/W888 is the slimmest Sony Ericsson phone yet and combines the full WalkmanÂ® phone experience with a device that fits easily into your pocket. The 1GB Memory Stick Microâ„¢ (M2â„¢) provided in-box gives you room to store up to 900 full length tracks*, whilst the host of innovative music applications (such as WalkmanÂ® Player 2.0 & Disc2Phone) make it easy to get music onto your phone in the first place & search through play lists once its there. All of this, plus a 2.0 megapixel camera, is packed into a UMTS phone thatâ€™s as slim as a standard CD case.
The W880/W888 represents a milestone in the WalkmanÂ® phone portfolio. Although without doubt one of the slimmest music phones available with a 1GB capacity, the true beauty of its design is seen in the brushed stainless steel finish and the stand-out colour variants; either Steel Silver or Flame Black.
Of course, the W880/W888 is about more than just good looks. The Disc2Phone music management software allows the user to transfer their tracks easily and with no fuss from PC straight onto the phone. With Bluetooth Audio Streaming, all of that music can be enjoyed wirelessly on a Stereo Bluetooth Headset such as the HBH-DS970, or by streaming music directly to a home or car stereo (via the new Music Bluetoothâ„¢ Receiver MBR-100). Importantly for a music phone, all of this functionality has been introduced without having to compromise on battery life. The W880/W888 delivers up to 18 hours music listening time & features a Flight Mode which allows the phone to be switched-off in mobile-prohibited environments.
The W880 WalkmanÂ® phone is a UMTS 2100 GPRS 900/1800/1900 music phone and will be available in selected markets from Q1 2007. The W888 WalkmanÂ® phone is a GSM variant, minus the video telephony functionality, intended specifically for China where 3G services are not established.
Sony Ericsson W880/W888 Reviews
GSMArena has a review of the Sony Ericsson W880 and writes, “We are really pleased with the improved user interface. The sound is nice, too. The only negative side that the W880 has is the performance of the external loudspeaker when it comes to listening to music. It produces only the high and mid tones and there is not even a trace of the lower ones. What is more the sound is a bit hollow and metallic. But that is an inevitable consequence of the ultra slim shell which can only house a really small loudspeaker. Furthermore, there is a certain crack sound when playing music at the highest volume level. The Sony Ericsson W850 loudspeaker performs way better when it comes to loudness, and when it comes to great sound our all time favorite is the Sony Ericsson W950, but then again it doesn’t play music as loud as W850.”