Specs summary

Screen
2.2"

The Sony Ericsson W100i's screen is 2.2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
5 MB

Internal memory is 5 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1000 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 20 days standby time, 270 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



An affordable handset that lacks decent web browsing but partially makes up for it with a great music player

- Libby Plummer , Pocket-lint 



Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


Cnet

Impressive build quality and decent media-playback

from Cnet

With such a modest specification, it's clear the Sony Ericsson Spiro isn't intended as a front-line device -- that rank is more likely to go to the Zylo, launched at the same time. With a pay as you go retail price of around £40, the Spiro is aimed at the lower end of the market, and this makes it easier to excuse its shortcomings. Despite the dismal camera and small amount of internal storage, the Sony Ericsson Spiro remains a likeable device, thanks largely to its impressive build quality and decent media-playback credentials.

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With such a modest specification, it's clear the Sony Ericsson Spiro isn't intended as a front-line device -- that rank is more likely to go to the Zylo, launched at the same time. With a pay as you go retail price of around £40, the Spiro is aimed at the lower end of the market, and this makes it easier to excuse its shortcomings. Despite the dismal camera and small amount of internal storage, the Sony Ericsson Spiro remains a likeable device, thanks largely to its impressive build quality and decent media-playback credentials.

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Tracy and Matt

It doesn't pretend to be anything it's not

from Tracy and Matt

The Spiro is sleek, well built and functional at with a price like this it is hard to knock. 3G may have been a nice inclusion along with the integration of Sony Ericsson's widgets but the Spiro as with so many that have come before is a solid entry and as much as I would love to see some progression from Sony Ericsson as I said in the Zylo review having found a winning formula why would they go and change things.

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The Spiro is sleek, well built and functional at with a price like this it is hard to knock. 3G may have been a nice inclusion along with the integration of Sony Ericsson's widgets but the Spiro as with so many that have come before is a solid entry and as much as I would love to see some progression from Sony Ericsson as I said in the Zylo review having found a winning formula why would they go and change things.

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Tech Advisor

A basic slider phone with good looks and a penchant for playing music

from Tech Advisor

The Sony Ericsson Spiro is available for £39 pay-as-you-go, making it a budget phone. If you are looking for a very basic phone that looks good and is capable of very strong audio playback, then the Spiro is a fair purchase.

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The Sony Ericsson Spiro is available for £39 pay-as-you-go, making it a budget phone. If you are looking for a very basic phone that looks good and is capable of very strong audio playback, then the Spiro is a fair purchase.

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TrustedReviews

The Spiro represents good value for money

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Overall, we think the Spiro represents good value for money. It’s sturdy and stylish, has a decent range of features for such a cheap handset, good call quality and long battery life. If you are thinking of buying it, however, remember to factor in the price of a miniSD card, as without one you can’t really load any music tracks on the phone.

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Overall, we think the Spiro represents good value for money. It’s sturdy and stylish, has a decent range of features for such a cheap handset, good call quality and long battery life. If you are thinking of buying it, however, remember to factor in the price of a miniSD card, as without one you can’t really load any music tracks on the phone.

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TechRadar

A simple, well-built Pay-As-You-Go handset

from TechRadar

We're so close to recommending the Spiro wholeheartedly, but we just can't. Even the voice quality wouldn't be a deal-breaker if it weren't for the software crashes.

We'd honestly say Sony Ericsson is onto a winner if it had only sorted out the software. Lacking fast internet is a shame, but many won't mind. Even the dodgy web browser can be avoided (though if it worked, that would be super).

What good is a phone – no matter how nicely made, no matter how good value for money it appears – if you can't trust it not to crash on you?

It's still worth a glance in the shop for those after a simple, well-built PAYG handset, but it doesn't get our vote.

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We're so close to recommending the Spiro wholeheartedly, but we just can't. Even the voice quality wouldn't be a deal-breaker if it weren't for the software crashes.

We'd honestly say Sony Ericsson is onto a winner if it had only sorted out the software. Lacking fast internet is a shame, but many won't mind. Even the dodgy web browser can be avoided (though if it worked, that would be super).

What good is a phone – no matter how nicely made, no matter how good value for money it appears – if you can't trust it not to crash on you?

It's still worth a glance in the shop for those after a simple, well-built PAYG handset, but it doesn't get our vote.

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Pocket-lint

Lacks decent web browsing but partially makes up for it with a great music player

from Pocket-lint

The Spiro is certainly a modest phone, and there's nothing wrong with that, particulalry if you're after something that won't cost an arm and a leg. The lack of Wi-Fi and the tiny built-in memory certainly don't help its case but then at this price, we think that the Spiro can be forgiven. It's generally a reasonable phone, thanks largely to its music playing capabilities, as long as you don't intend to do too much web browsing on the move.

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The Spiro is certainly a modest phone, and there's nothing wrong with that, particulalry if you're after something that won't cost an arm and a leg. The lack of Wi-Fi and the tiny built-in memory certainly don't help its case but then at this price, we think that the Spiro can be forgiven. It's generally a reasonable phone, thanks largely to its music playing capabilities, as long as you don't intend to do too much web browsing on the move.

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PhoneArena

A decent entry-level phone with a relaxing, compact design and good music capabilities

from PhoneArena

At the end of the day, the Sony Ericsson Spiro proved to be an average music slider. The handset did not stand out in any of the categories we tested it, but it also did not fail, except for the camera department, where we found it to be very unpleasing. Still, the Spiro is a decent entry-level phone with a relaxing, compact design and good music capabilities, aided by the 3.5mm headset jack and pretty decent music output quality. Well, the materials in use are by no means ground shaking, but you can't have it all when your choice is a low-end cell phone.

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At the end of the day, the Sony Ericsson Spiro proved to be an average music slider. The handset did not stand out in any of the categories we tested it, but it also did not fail, except for the camera department, where we found it to be very unpleasing. Still, the Spiro is a decent entry-level phone with a relaxing, compact design and good music capabilities, aided by the 3.5mm headset jack and pretty decent music output quality. Well, the materials in use are by no means ground shaking, but you can't have it all when your choice is a low-end cell phone.

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Electricpig

A decent Walkman on a budget

from Electricpig

On the surface the Sony Ericsson Spiro seems too lacking in modern features to really be worth considering, but then comparing the Sony Ericsson Spiro to other market-leading music-oriented phones is a foolish exercise – this is clearly aimed at a more humble sector of the market. Available on PAYG for around £50, the Sony Ericsson Spiro offers quality and features rarely witnessed on devices at the low end of the mobile spectrum, but those who make more than a few minutes of calls each month will want to pick up something with a little more clout.

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On the surface the Sony Ericsson Spiro seems too lacking in modern features to really be worth considering, but then comparing the Sony Ericsson Spiro to other market-leading music-oriented phones is a foolish exercise – this is clearly aimed at a more humble sector of the market. Available on PAYG for around £50, the Sony Ericsson Spiro offers quality and features rarely witnessed on devices at the low end of the mobile spectrum, but those who make more than a few minutes of calls each month will want to pick up something with a little more clout.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 16, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 5 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.03 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 270 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Contrast Black, Sunset Pink, Spring Green, Stealth Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.2 x 4.8 x 1.7 cm (3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 90 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson Spiro

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