The Good The Sony Ericsson W350a offers a Walkman music player and a decent assortment of features including stereo Bluetooth and a brilliant display.
The Bad The Sony Ericsson W350a has poorly designed controls and a flimsy construction. Its call quality was unimpressive and the tiny speaker doesn't do its music player justice.
The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson W350a isn't hopeless but it's not our choice for a Walkman phone.
Sony Ericsson W350a
When designing cell phones for its Walkman line, Sony Ericsson likes to spread the love around. While most of its music handsets are high-end models with fancy features, the company has made an effort to offer budget options as well. Though they have the full Walkman players, these basic models have scaled-down features and minimalist designs. The Sony Ericsson W350a is the latest phone in this group. Like the Sony Ericsson W200a and Sony Ericsson W300i, the W350a delivers on music, but it's not so successful on other fronts. We had quite a few issues with its design, and its photo and call quality weren't completely up to par. As such, we don't recommend it as a Walkman phone. The W350a is available with AT&T for free with service or you can buy it unlocked for about $175.
With straight lines and sharp corners, the Sony Ericsson W350a is just about a perfect rectangle, albeit a thin one at 4.7 inches by 1.7 inches by 0.4 inch. Sony Ericsson never jumped fully onto the slim phone bandwagon but the W350a certainly qualifies. It fits neatly in a pocket and it weighs just 2.8 ounces. The W350a comes in three color schemes: electric black, ice blue, and organic white. We reviewed the black model but the features are the same on both models.