Specs summary

Screen
2.2"

The Sony Ericsson W518a'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
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
100 MB

Internal memory is 100 MB. An external, Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
920mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 920 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 240 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).





Reviews (4.5/10 Avg. rating)


Softpedia

Pretty decent clamshell, with nice multimedia features and a medium price

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Even if Sony Ericsson W508 has a standard clamshell form, it can attract fans of the Walkman series through its slimness and price. The only thing I found annoying was the big size of the phone when you actually unfolded it and put it to your ear. Otherwise, I think W508 is a pretty decent clamshell, with nice multimedia features and a medium price.

The Good

Some of the best features of the phone are multimedia-related, but also regard the connectivity ones (such as HSDPA) and battery, which has a very high lifetime. The design of the phone is also nice, but the size should be much more reduced. The sound and keypad are also some of the good points of the device.

The Bad

Contrary to what I thought, the size of the phone does matter, but only when the phone is folded. That is one of the negative sides of the phone, the huge size of the device. Also, the low quality of the module camera, as well as the low speed of the phone are found among the not-so-good points of the clamshell....

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Even if Sony Ericsson W508 has a standard clamshell form, it can attract fans of the Walkman series through its slimness and price. The only thing I found annoying was the big size of the phone when you actually unfolded it and put it to your ear. Otherwise, I think W508 is a pretty decent clamshell, with nice multimedia features and a medium price.

The Good

Some of the best features of the phone are multimedia-related, but also regard the connectivity ones (such as HSDPA) and battery, which has a very high lifetime. The design of the phone is also nice, but the size should be much more reduced. The sound and keypad are also some of the good points of the device.

The Bad

Contrary to what I thought, the size of the phone does matter, but only when the phone is folded. That is one of the negative sides of the phone, the huge size of the device. Also, the low quality of the module camera, as well as the low speed of the phone are found among the not-so-good points of the clamshell.

Even if Sony Ericsson W508 has a standard clamshell form, it can attract fans of the Walkman series through its slimness and price. The only thing I found annoying was the big size of the phone when you actually unfolded it and put it to your ear. Otherwise, I think W508 is a pretty decent clamshell, with nice multimedia features and a medium price. 

Even if Sony Ericsson W508 has a standard clamshell form, it can attract fans of the Walkman series through its slimness and price. The only thing I found annoying was the big size of the phone when you actually unfolded it and put it to your ear. Otherwise, I think W508 is a pretty decent clamshell, with nice multimedia features and a medium price.

The Good

Some of the best features of the phone are multimedia-related, but also regard the connectivity ones (such as HSDPA) and battery, which has a very high lifetime. The design of the phone is also nice, but the size should be much more reduced. The sound and keypad are also some of the good points of the device.

The Bad

Contrary to what I thought, the size of the phone does matter, but only when the phone is folded. That is one of the negative sides of the phone, the huge size of the device. Also, the low quality of the module camera, as well as the low speed of the phone are found among the not-so-good points of the clamshell.

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CNET

Lives up to its Walkman name

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The Sony Ericsson W518a has great music quality, a brilliant display, and a respectable feature set. It lives up to its Walkman name, but call quality and internal performance didn't quite measure up.

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The Sony Ericsson W518a has great music quality, a brilliant display, and a respectable feature set. It lives up to its Walkman name, but call quality and internal performance didn't quite measure up.

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sasha

Worst phone ever!

I use to love this phone, but that was when I first got it . it was like the newest thing out there . I've used it a lot, but I am starting to really want to throw this phone out the window.every time I try to send a message it says" Out Of Memory"! I really hate this stupid phone , and I suggest that you do NOT buy it!
I use to love this phone, but that was when I first got it . it was like the newest thing out there . I've used it a lot, but I am starting to really want to throw this phone out the window.every time I try to send a message it says" Out Of Memory"! I really hate this stupid phone , and I suggest that you do NOT buy it! Less
Good things about the Sony Ericsson W518a: -Supports YouTube videos. -Supports Opera Mini. -Great music quality. -Bluetooth. -M2 Memory Slot. -Minimize/Hide your apps and leave them running. -Hear your music while using an app. -It has auto rotation sensor. -Supports themes. -It has FM radio. -Quick d...More
Good things about the Sony Ericsson W518a: -Supports YouTube videos. -Supports Opera Mini. -Great music quality. -Bluetooth. -M2 Memory Slot. -Minimize/Hide your apps and leave them running. -Hear your music while using an app. -It has auto rotation sensor. -Supports themes. -It has FM radio. -Quick download/send/receive And other stuff. Bad things about the Sony Ericsson W518a: -Bad Call Quality. -A little oversized. -Takes some time to power-up. -The memory slot is M2, so its not like others. (My W518a has never froze, has never lagged, doesn't have bugs and it's really fast. So i don't believe in some reviews. (NO OFFENSE)) Less

Total Rubbish!!!! Lousy!!! Worst phone ever!!!!!!

I have had my phone for 2 years, thank God my contract is expired! It has given me nothing but trouble since two weeks after I bought it. The phone has been replaced, the SIM card replaced who knows how many times and I keep having the same problems. It freezes, it drops calls, it shuts down, loses...More
I have had my phone for 2 years, thank God my contract is expired! It has given me nothing but trouble since two weeks after I bought it. The phone has been replaced, the SIM card replaced who knows how many times and I keep having the same problems. It freezes, it drops calls, it shuts down, loses service in random places, often it does not get messages (voice or text) for hours after they are left, in general it's COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE!!!!! I am a substitute teacher, so I have to have a reliable phone. This one is nothing but a headache. It nearly made me leave AT&T after 15 years. I have had no problems with my provider or any cell phone I've owned until this hunk of junk. TRULY AWFUL!!!!!! I would give it a negative number rating if possible. Less
Amazon

Worst Phone Ever

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do not buy this phone. The phone constantly freezes up on me and I have to remove the battery to reset the phone. I have gotten no support from Sony Ericsson or AT&T. I bought the phone for the Mp3 and FM radio, but I should have just gotten another phone. Sony Ericsson has no customer service, and they cannot fix the problem. Terrible phone.
do not buy this phone. The phone constantly freezes up on me and I have to remove the battery to reset the phone. I have gotten no support from Sony Ericsson or AT&T. I bought the phone for the Mp3 and FM radio, but I should have just gotten another phone. Sony Ericsson has no customer service, and they cannot fix the problem. Terrible phone. Less
Amazon

Starts out strong, fades quickly!

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loved this phone at first. Keys were a little difficult to hit by touch (not much relief on the face), but loved the music and FM radio options. The camera takes GREAT photos. Although it has some quirks - some lack of customization with menus,etc - it was a good phone for about a year. I've not had m...More
loved this phone at first. Keys were a little difficult to hit by touch (not much relief on the face), but loved the music and FM radio options. The camera takes GREAT photos. Although it has some quirks - some lack of customization with menus,etc - it was a good phone for about a year. I've not had much of the freezing problems that other reviewers have mentioned. Response time is often slow, but I've only had to pop out the battery a few times. Early problems - nothing big. the slide that locks the buttons on the face gets loose and all of a sudden your pocket is playing music. Sometimes I'd have random call termination. Still haven't figured out why - maybe a connection on the hinge?? Then the connection to the USB cable stopped working - I could get it to work with some wiggling of the wires and then the same thing with the headphones. Now, it's almost hopeless. Now, the same thing is happening with the charger cord. Car charger still seems to work, but I'm often left to swap batteries with an identical phone and charge that one and then swap back (not the most convenient for me or the other person). Same port for all devices. Also hearing a very ominous loud CLICK when I open the phone. So, I'm left with a phone I can't easily charge, can't connect to the computer (so can't easily download the GREAT photos), and can't listen to music or the radio (the primary reason for this phone). I also am not a heavy user of the accessories - maybe a few times a week. Certainly not daily use. If you are someone who upgrades frequently (and doesn't wait for a 2 yr agreement to end), this phone may be for you. If you expect it to do well after a year, forget it. Less

Stay away from this good-for-nothing piece of garbage!

I bought this phone in March 2010 to replace an older LT unit that was falling apart. I liked the S-E's style, the camera, the size, and ease of handling. I am now awaiting my second replacement. Why? It locks up several times a week, requiring one to take the back off, remove and reinstall the battery...More
I bought this phone in March 2010 to replace an older LT unit that was falling apart. I liked the S-E's style, the camera, the size, and ease of handling. I am now awaiting my second replacement. Why? It locks up several times a week, requiring one to take the back off, remove and reinstall the battery, and power the phone up again before it will work again. It also won't send photos to email or to another cell phone, nor can I receive photos. It sometimes fails to ring when people call me. Volume is terrible. While trying to fix it, the AT&T rep reformatted the unit to its original configuration -- which erased all my ring tones and all my photos from a 2-week vacation on the Oregon Coast. Less

I am now getting my 3rd warranty replacement 518a. It constataly locks up and and the battery needs to be taken out to reset the thing. It also has issues staying connected to my bluetooth. Went to AT&T store on Friday. They tried to connect to 2 different bluetooths and it would not even connect to them. They are now having warranty send me another remanufatured 518a. Not sure where to go from here if the next one is also a dud.
Amazon

Keep freezing after only 6 months

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I bought this phone in January. I really liked it till last week. It just kept frozen. Every time someone called me, just kept ringing, and can't answer and can't stop the ringing. I checked for software update and even re-installed the software (lost all my paid games) and still won't help. I did...More
I bought this phone in January. I really liked it till last week. It just kept frozen. Every time someone called me, just kept ringing, and can't answer and can't stop the ringing. I checked for software update and even re-installed the software (lost all my paid games) and still won't help. I did a google search and found that many many people have the same problem. I really regret that I didn't do a search before I bought it. I have to go back to my 5 years old Nokia phone which is still working fine. It's a decent phone if it doesn't freeze. Buy it if you are willing to take a risk. Less
Amazon

VERY Dissapointing

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SONY used to mean quality at some point but apparently this is not the case anymore. This phone died after being near some condensation...not even next to it. I would recommend stronger phones like my tiny little Pantech that can survive an accidentally dunk in water... and my friend's i-Phone that spe...More
SONY used to mean quality at some point but apparently this is not the case anymore. This phone died after being near some condensation...not even next to it. I would recommend stronger phones like my tiny little Pantech that can survive an accidentally dunk in water... and my friend's i-Phone that spent the whole night outside in the rain. So clearly a small amount of moisture should not be a challenge for a well made phone. I used to be a SONY fan, but will not be any longer. Less
Amazon

Ulcer-inducing

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This is my first review ever. I felt so utterly compelled by the grief this phone has caused me. I purchased it because I was seduced by all the nice features this phone has, as I'm sure you're considering at this very moment. Even now I must admit that the camera is superb. But that's probably the o...More
This is my first review ever. I felt so utterly compelled by the grief this phone has caused me. I purchased it because I was seduced by all the nice features this phone has, as I'm sure you're considering at this very moment. Even now I must admit that the camera is superb. But that's probably the only thing good about this phone. I believe the positive reviews were written once their cell phones were out of the box and with only a few minutes of tinkering. I've had this phone for maybe 4 months now, and I will never purchase a Sony cellphone again. It freezes. All the time - as in, several times a day. You will miss all calls to you during that freeze time, which will probably have been a while unless you check your phone constantly. It doesn't unfreeze, so you're forced to take the battery out and put it back in. To add insult to injury, it's impossible to silence the phone's rather loud welcome tune, which can be a problem in classrooms and such. I've also experienced problems with the phone recognizing it's being charged, but that pales in comparison to the freezing issue. In the name of Consumerism, save yourself the immense frustration and don't buy this phone. Less
Amazon

Hate this phone

from Amazon
I rue the day I let the customer rep talk me into this phone. Keypad is small and hard to accurately manuver w/ out hitting the internet key (for which I am charged a fee), the speakerphone is barely audible and comes from the bottom part of the phone (where your mouth is), picture quality is poor, MP3...More
I rue the day I let the customer rep talk me into this phone. Keypad is small and hard to accurately manuver w/ out hitting the internet key (for which I am charged a fee), the speakerphone is barely audible and comes from the bottom part of the phone (where your mouth is), picture quality is poor, MP3 player sound is poor quality, and menue items are sometimes difficult to find. Do yourself a huge favor and BUY A DIFFERENT PHONE!! Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 15, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 100 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 0.85 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 920 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 240 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Mineral Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 5.1 x 1.5 cm (3.7 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 99 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 Monochrome OLED, 36 x 128 pixels, 1.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light
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 T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, SYNC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3.2x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Geotagging, Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID No
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Ericsson W508

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