Friday, August 12, 2005

Sony Ericsson w800i joins the ranks

When this phone was first announced I was really disappointed to read the specs on the SE website and see that it didnt mention Flash Lite as a feature. It really is a nice phone and what better excuse to buy one than for development purposes.

The w800i is the first in the line of 'walkman' marketed mobile phones. I comes with a 512mb Memory Stick and has been hyped up over here in the UK like no other phone before it. Even to the extent that no one was allowed to sell it until today (12th August). It had its own psuedo launch party at 00 hrs today (or rather last night), accompanied by Jay Kay selling and signing some of the first Walkman™ phones sold at the Oxford Street Carphone Warehouse in London.

Well as fortune would have it, in this case at least, the SE specifications arent always that accurate. After a few investigations it turns out it does indeed have Flash Lite 1.1 installed. So loaded with a good excuse off I went to buy one.

It supports Flash Lite 1.1 as per most other SE devices in browser, screensaver and wallpaper modes. And unlike previous implementations by SE, with this version you can send a swf as a MMS message and receive and view in the message pane itself!

Having played around with it for a couple of hours I can see how this type of device can habour a really well defined market for Flash Lite developers. Its clearly aimed at music loving stylish people. The buttons, the design and subtle features make it a really interesting brand of phone. SE will make a big splash with the walkman line of phones. 10/10

launch video (bbc report)


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Blogger Russ said...

Hey man:
glad to see some other w800 +flash lite supporters. downloaded some games from, I copied them via bluetooth to the memory card, in the Other folder. My question, is there a way to fullscreen the games? also they seem sluggish. Is there a different wat to open them up rather than the phone's file manager to make them a bit faster?
Love this phone!
- russ

2:03 AM  
Blogger Nick Gerig said...

Hi Russ,

yeah its a really nice phone, the best feature being the Camera - you can get some reall nice quality shots. Anyway on the Flash side no you cant get them full screen, and the performance is not good, its just the way it is with sony ericsson phones and flash lite at the moment. They are the worst peforming of all FL phones. So the type of games you can play really have to be custom written with SE as the target phone. Also I imagine most games you can download are sized to series 60 so will be scaled slightly. I have been working on a few example games for the SE phones - they have to be real simplistic. I'll post here when they are available. cheers, Nick

4:34 PM  
Blogger uzumaki naruto said...

hi.. i just want to know if w800i does support flash file as screensaver and wall paper.. because my w800i is not supporting swf files... can you pls tell me how to enable it on my handset..


8:53 PM  
Blogger Nick Gerig said...

unfortunately SE removed FL from the firmware of the the W800, so the chances are you don't have FL on your phone. SE phones are now a mishmash of different levels of FL support, with the latest phones not supporting FL at all.

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