Shiny Sony Ericssons in a shiny box

These phones are so pretty, they came in an equally pretty box.

What's in the box? Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

It's been a while since I received any new cell phones from Sony Ericsson. So when the company called to tell me they were sending me not just one, but three new handsets from the last CTIA show I was very excited. But leave it to Sony Ericsson, which takes its handset design very seriously (and to great success) to make the packaging equally as exciting.

While most of the review cell phones that I receive come in the standard box, Sony Ericsson packed the new models and a couple of accessories in this fancy faux leather container in jet black. It's not what I expected at all and for a second I thought the company had sent me a pair of shoes.

Pretty cell phones! Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

Lifting the lid revealed the Sony Ericsson W880i, the W580i and W200a all set into foam padding with the Walkman logo. What's more, they sent me the MPS-75 speakers and the MPS-70 speakers, while just under the foam padding were user manuals, chargers, USB cables, headphones and memory sticks for each handset. There was also an oval-shaped space in the padding with nothing in it besides a piece of filler foam; it left me wondering what gadget Sony Ericsson didn't include. But it didn't matter at all as I felt like a kid at Christmas opening the biggest, prettiest box under the tree (even if I wasn't the only one to receive it).

And accessories Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

In case you're not familiar with the phones, the W880i is a super slim (less than half an inch thick) Walkman phone with a 2-megapixel camera, the W580i is a sexy slider Walkman handset, also with a 2-megapixel camera, and the W200a is a low-end Walkman model with a VGA camera and a simple candy bar shape. Stay tuned because we'll post reviews of each model next week.

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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