To load music, you use the included USB cable and the Disc2Phone software. The software can be a bit clunky, so we prefer to simply drag and drop music from a PC. Internal Memory is 27MB, which, strangely enough, is more than both the W580i and the W880i. But we recommend using a Memory Stick Micro card for even more storage space. You don't get the Music ID for identifying mystery songs on the radio, however, which is hardly a big deal. And in any case, you get a more useful FM radio.
With the VGA camera you can take pictures in four resolutions, from 640x480 down to an "extended" mode (whatever that is). The selection of editing options is fair, though as to be expected, you don't get all the options you'd see on a megapixel shooter. There's a night mode, four color effects, two quality settings, a self-timer, a digital zoom, and brightness control. For audio effects, you can choose from four shutter sounds--but there's no silent option. The W220a also includes a Face Warper application for turning your photos into surrealist art.
The camcorder takes videos with sound and offers a comparable set of editing options. Clip length is capped at two minutes for multimedia messages; otherwise length is limited by the available memory. Photo quality was sharp for a VGA camera. Thought the colors were a bit washed out and some objects were fuzzy, our images were still satisfactory.
You can personalize the W200a with a variety of themes, wallpaper, and screensavers. As always, you can purchase more options and ring tones with the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Alternatively, the phone comes with a Music DJ application for composing your own ring tones and a quirky application called Music Match that plays guitar chords and piano notes. Gamers can enjoy two Java (J2ME) titles, QuadraPop and Treasure Tow, with additional titles available for purchase.
Music quality is decent, for the most part. The W200a lacks stereo speakers, yet the volume output was quite loud. Our tunes were somewhat bass-heavy, particularly at higher volume levels, but the player should be fine for short stints. The included wired headphones will offer the best music experience.
The Sony Ericsson W200a has a rated battery life of 7 hours talk time and 12.5 days standby time. Our tests revealed a talk time of 8 hours and 15 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the W200a has a digital SAR rating of 0.87 watts per kilogram.