Sony Ericsson has emerged as among one of the major cell phone brands on the market, competing directly against some beefy handset makers like Nokia and Motorola. The Walkman line of mobile phones was perhaps the company's best recognized batch of cell phones, but that has changed in the last couple of years.
Sony Ericsson's head office is located in London, though the company is in incorporated in Sweden.
Two Heads are Better than One
Ericsson cell phones have been around for quite some time, but it was only after entering a joint venture with Sony Corporation that the Swedish telecommunications company really took off. It was in 2001 that the two electronics giants forged their relationship, and Sony Ericsson was born. After signing the agreement, both companies ceased making phones under their own names and only release new units under the Sony Ericsson banner. They say that two heads are better than one, and this appears to be the case with SE, combining Sony's global marketing expertise (and varied electronics background) with Ericsson's telecommunications prowess.
Sony Ericsson Cell Phones: Walkman Line
Music phones are all the rage, with just about every company launching a series of cellular phones that double as MP3 players. The primary appeal of musicphone is that it allows users to carry only one device with them each day, instead of two. Sony's "Walkman" moniker is synonymous with music playback excellence, and as such, Sony Ericsson's Walkman line of cell phones is incredibly popular for its exceptional audio quality. The phones also bring a full slate of mobile communications features.
- W600: This swivelling musicphone is typically clad in Sony Ericsson's signature "Vibrant Orange", and comes complete with Bluetooth 2.0, stereo speakers, dedicatedgaming buttons, MP3 ringtones, a 1.3 megapixel camera with video and flash, Java MIDP 2.0, and the Walkman media player.
- W810: This quad-band candybar is marketed as the W810c in China and W810i internationally. Available in Satin Black or Fusion White, this phone packs in plenty of features, including 20MB of internal memory, Memory Stick Duo Pro for extra space (512MB card included), a 2 megapixel picture taker, Bluetooth 2.0, and an integrated music/movie player.
- W900: It doesn't get much better than the somewhat bulky, but equally powerful W900. A 3G-enabled (UMTS) swivel phone, this handset sports an incredible 470MB of built-in memory, in addition to its Memory Stick Duo Pro expansion slot. Other notable selling points include a 1000-entry phonebook, 2MP camera with autofocus and video, a secondary QCIF video call camera, FM radio, a 900mAh lithium-polymer battery, built-in handsfree, Bluetooth, and much more.
More Cell Phones from Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson has offerings for just about every segment of the cell phone marketplace. From minimalist bargain basement entries to almost PC-like smartphones, Sony Ericsson is ready to approach just about any consumer.
- XPERIA X10: Sony Ericsson was a little late to the party when it came to the smartphone market, but the XPERIA line is getting more and more impressive by the day. The original Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 smartphone was manufactured by HTC and ran on Windows Mobile, but that has changed considerably with the X10. The newest version runs on Google Android and comes with a custom "TimeScape" feature for all the social networking enthusiasts in the audience.
- XPERIA Pureness: While it retains the same XPERIA moniker as the X10, the Pureness is a distinctly different phone. It doesn't have an extra large touchscreen or slide-out QWERTY keyboard. While it is 3G-enabled, the Pureness would look much more like a regular candybar phone if it were not for its unique transparent display.
- Aino: If you want a phone that is both productive and classy, look no further than the Sony Ericsson Aino. Released in October 2009, the Aino has an impressive 8.1-megapixel camera with touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, video stabilization, autofocus, and an LED flash. Going further, there's a slide-out keypad, touchscreen, accelerometer, and microSD slot.
- C901: Approaching the lower end of the market is this affordable entry-level phone. It's a basic bar-style handset, but it has been equipped with a high-speed 3G radio for faster data connections. It's not cheap, though, since it has a five-megapixel camera, Google Maps, MP3 player, picture editor, YouTube application, and more.