While Sony Ericsson may well be focussing the majority of their efforts on the hugely successful Xperia range of handsets, they have got a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to producing more affordable, entry level handsets.
This latest offering from Sony Ericsson comes loaded with the slightly older Android Ëclair OS which can be a bit sticky at times, and we only have a 600MHz processor chugging it along. So the buzz word is functional, not fantastic.
The W8 Walkman handset does however come equipped with a 3.0 inch TFT display screen which also serves up touch screen capability. In addition the units display screen provides outstanding quality image display thanks in no small part to the 16 million colours the unit can display within a 320 x 480 pixel screen size. This nifty screen also comes with a scratch resistant surface, and uses the timescape user interface for purposes of navigation, also on board we have an accelerometer and proximity sensors.
Other standout features include a 3.15 mega pixel camera which takes effective snapshots style imagery and which operates at 2048 x 1536 pixels and incorporates geo-tagging for the purposes of locational referencing. In addition the same camera can be utilised to record VGA quality video at 30 frames per second, if you want to make some magical movie moments.
In terms of connectivity this W8 handset comes with Internet access via the on board Wi Fi and HSDPA connections, it also provides a useful micro-SD card slot which enables the user to upgrade the available memory capacitive unit up to 16 GB by utilising relevant cards. In addition the standard connections of Bluetooth, micro-USB, EDGE and GPRS are also present and correct.
But let's not heap too much praise on this new Sony Ericsson model, it's good, don't get me wrong but it is by no means exceptional. A steady 7 out of 10 would be a fair assessment.
If you are in the process of selling a phone, or better, still recycling old handsets with the aim of upgrading to the latest tech, then you could do a lot worse than plump for the W8 Walkman, but it may not have enough oomph for the serious high-end gadget lover.