Sony Ericsson W200i White - Basically.....

By: Darren Evans

The Sony Ericsson W200i is a basic lower/mid-range handset that is designed to appeal to those looking for a device that can make calls and texts for a low price with a minimum of fuss.

First thing to take a look at is the build of this handset, which considering the price of approximately ?50 & under SIM free or Pay As You Go is exemplary and much better than I was expecting.

In terms of the dimensions, the W200i is a pretty standard size, measuring at 18mm thick and weighing 85 grams which makes it good to hold in hand and is relatively decent all-round. The only part that I had issue with was the joystick. With the W880i, as well as the forthcoming W890i, I was hoping that Sony Ericsson would follow their recent trend and abolish joysticks in favour of the more conventional (and usable) standard 4-way D-pad, but with the W200i the joystick unfortunately still remains.

As is commonly the case with controls of this kind, the joystick feels stiff and a little unresponsive. As well as this, it is a little too easy for your finger to slip off of the joystick possibly onto one of the nearby soft keys or cancel button which does prove to be very irritating.

Now that the only real gripe I have with the Sony Ericsson W200i is out of the way, we can get onto what features you get with this budget mobile phone. For the price, you would expect the features to be relatively basic and this is the case, but there are some little quirks here that do make it less boring than it might otherwise appear.

Included is GPRS; a VGA camera; 1.8" display; FM Radio with RDS; Walkman music player and compatibility with the Sony Ericsson M2 memory card format. You also have USB connectivity and infrared, but bizarrely Bluetooth isn't present; I suppose for the money you can't expect this, but still this is something that many people will miss having.

As this is a W-series handset, you would expect it to excel in the music functions and this does prove to be the case as even though the features themselves won't stand comparison with the higher-end Walkman phones, this still performs well enough to consider using this function regularly. The MegaBass sound-enhancement feature does also add to the appeal of using the W200i as a stand-alone music player.

Overall, the Sony Ericsson W200i is a good basic handset that is only really let down by the irritating joystick and lack of Bluetooth, but it may be worth bearing in mind that at such a low price (approx ?50) you can't really go wrong. Well worth recommendation.

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