Westlake Village (CA) – It’s a phone, it’s a camera – It’s Sony’s W800 Walkman phone finally hitting US shores. Sony’s all-in-one phone was announced back in March, 2005 and consumers can now buy them at retail stores and online. In addition to being a tri-band cellular phone, the W800 is a 2-megapixel camera and MP3 music player.
Sony’s W800 continues the trend of integrating PDA, camera and other functions into the previously lowly cell-phone. Recently, Motorola announced their competing phone, the RAZR V3, which also has music playback capabilities. Sony includes CD ripping software that promises one-click ripping and transfer of songs to the phone. Users can also purchase songs Sony’s online music store.
The 34 MByte of internal memory can store a few songs, but removable a Memory Stick Duo device is meant for storing most of the music. A 512 MByte Memory Stick Duo is bundled with the W800, but users can also use an optional 1 GByte stick. In addition to having MP3 storage and playback, the W800 has an integrated FM radio tuner.
The W800 is currently selling for about $500 through online outlets.