Walkman Phone Lands On Droid

Walkman phones have been famous under the label of Sony Ericsson.  With the wild fire like spread of android phones in the mobile phone market, these phones have lied low on the mobile phone scene. Finally, Sony has made a move to redeem the trademark that they once established and has lead this name on the android market. Integrating their walkman device into the android software, what do they have in store for the crowd?


One of the major and basic factors that people considers when choosing an android phone today is the Android version that it runs on. The standard acceptable version to date is the 2.2 version better known as the Froyo.  As for this handset, it only runs on Android 2.1 version Eclair which is obviously out of date and cannot stand a competition with any standard Android to date.  As for the physical aspect of this phone, the glossy finish makes finger prints highly visible making it look untidy.

Another flaw that Sony has intentionally or unintentionally overlooked is the limited internal storage and RAM that its equipped with.  Other features that can be considered as below the standards for Android phones to date includes the following:

  • No Multi touch gesture
  • No DiVX support in video player
  • No Secondary Camera
  • Lack of Auto focus  in its camera
  • microSD card storage is beneath battery cover
  • Limited internal storage to support several Applications. (If updated to 2.2, card storage can complement this flaw.
  • An Underwhelming music player which is not really expected from a walkman phone.
  • Being an Eclair device, the gallery interface is out dated.


To begin with, this phone features a revamped version of Sony’s Yendo(which is actually packed with full of non-sense).  It may have an unimpressive music player interface, but Sony never failed to live up to this phone’s trademark which is “Walkman Phone”.  The audio quality of W8’s music player is one of the best in the market, and it’s definitely something that you could complain about.


To begin with it is armed with a 3 inch capacitive TFT touchscreen which runs a resolution of 320×480 pixels (HVGA resolution).  It runs on Android 2.1v Eclair under Sony’s Timescape User interface. It runs on a 600Mghz processor with 168MB RAM.

As with any standard Android phones available on the market, the W8 also supports a GPS receiver and a built-in compass.  Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP for easy connectivity is also present.  It’s also proper for W8 to feature an accelerometer for Automatic Screen Orientation which is one of the basics of an Android device.

Talking about the hardware, W8 simply presents the basics.  A 3.5mm audio jack, a microSB port for easy PC to phone connectivity and a 3 Megapixel fixed focus camera at the back.


W8 may have underwhelmed its audience, but you cannot really expect something big from a phone that belongs to the low-end to mid-range family of Androids which is does not make big demands on the consumers’ pocket.  It maybe safe to say that W8 is a clone that’s made out from Sony Experia X8 that features Yendo’s youth oriented build and the wit of Sony walkman’s audio.

Sony’s attempt with this device does not aim to capture the attention of hardcore Android users, but then again it is certainly a good phone to start with for those that have yet to lay their hands on an Android phone device.

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