Sony Ericcson W580i Grey: Soft, Yet Solid

By: Bradley Ben

W580i Grey is a stylish slider phone version launched by Sony Ericcson with features such as Walkman 2.0 Media Player, exclusive music control keys, inbuilt FM radio, global roaming facility, 2-megapixel camera, fast internet surfing etc. Bluetooth technology supported by the handset makes data transfer smooth and effective.

Sony Ericcson W580i Grey is slender-designed and weighs merely 94 grams. As its name indicates, the handset is grey clad with blue and silver tinges and side panels of glossy black. The slanting bottom edge ensures easy handling even with a single hand. The circular cluster of media player keys are placed below the handset screen that has 2" TFT display. The plastic-capped slot meant for the additional M2 Memory Stick micro card can be seen at the top edge of the handset. You can see the camera sensor at the backside of the front panel when the phone is slid open.

The part around the camera sensor is enveloped in grey pattern on blue plastic. A close observer is sure to find the reflections of models like Sony Ericcson k790 and 800 in W580i. Both entertainment and communication purposes get equally highlighted in this version. RSS reader, file manager, email client, Web browser are a few other reasons for its increased mass appeal. Sony Ericcson W580i is also endowed with a sophisticated Walkman. Of course, there are certain features unique to your handset. One such privilege is a pedometer that keeps track of your movements wherever you may carry the device. The Shake to Shuffle system installed in W580i makes it possible to move through your stored music tracks by shaking the phone.

Java games, Blogger integration, an FM radio, graphically improved music sequencer programme etc adds to its popularity. The shortcut buttons ensure easy access to internet destinations, favourite programmes and also to Events log. That there is no need to press keys to clear multiple layers of menu is a great relief. Worldwide roaming is facilitated by its quad-band connectivity. EDGE data set-up makes music downloads and streaming smooth and quick. Transfer of data and synchronisation is made possible by the USB cable that can be connected to your personal computer.

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