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This was my first phone I ever bought. Costed my 150 euro which was a lot of cash for a phone back then, but it certainly was worth it.
This phone is a great phone for the price because:
-You can drop it a lot, but it wont break easily (dropped it lots of times, still worked after 2,5 years)
-You can do a lot with the phone before the battery is empty (making a lot of pics, listening to music, play games, text)
-Texting works great on this phone.
-Games are fun that are comming with this phone.
-MP3 player has a great sound.
-Extended memory, you can put a SD card in the phone for more music, photo's, or games
-Camera is 2MP which you can't compare with the ones on the new phones offcourse.
Buy it for your teenagers, it's a good starting phone. Won't break easily and is pretty cheap.
The shape of the phone is quite small and rectangular and in my opinion isnt very friendly to hold but doesn't take up a considerable amount of space in the pocket (providing you have large pockets) however it does have a little rubber seal on the back and this makes it hard to drop.
Calls on this phone are of Good quality, no problems with either party, the speaker phone is quite good as well but I wouldn't recommend for calls.
as with all Sony Ericsson phones with there dedicated software the text communication is easy and fast.
The phones operating system is Sony Ericsson own and if you have had a sony ericsson phone in the past you will be able to pick it up in no time at all as most of the options and icons remain the same as previous models, this however doesnt hold much option to customising the user interface as many of the newer andriod operating systems do.
The phone is not very web friendly, it appears to be slow even using alternate applications, I find the screen a strain on my eyes when trying to view websites
The screen on the phone is quite small compared to many of the phones on the market now, not very usefull when veiwing pictures and watching videos if hard.
The keyboard is very practical and easy to work with, Sony moved a step forward with this phone replacing the joystick with a little button.
Battery life on this phone is of average quality, would require charging every other day with an average use.
The phone being a sony ericsson means you can add on features such as games and applications but they have to be for the Java format .jar and themes have to be in sonys own format but the content is limited compared to the android market.
The charger for this phone is the sony ericsson own, this is a very durable charger and does the job well, the only downside is that you have the charging port on the phone is fairly large and can often fill with durt if you work in a dusty environment such as a building site or workshop.
As far as the sound and music is concerned it is quite poor being one of the first phones to play MP3's, and as with all K models they lack the music recognition and only basic headphones are provided.
I have had the Sony Ericsson K750i for a good few years now, and even though my current phone is the HTC wildfire, this is the one phone i will never replace or sell on, as it is truly dependable, and reliable.
The phone itself is relatively simple, its a candy bar phone with physical buttons instead of more modern touchscreens and a joy stick that makes navigation of the phone flawless and simplistic. Mine was silver, but that is obviously down to individual taste, and in comparison to more modern phones it is chunky and has a bit of weight behind it. This too me is a positive feature/characteristic of the phone, as it is resistant to knocks and drops (trust me, mine has flown across a field or two before), and removes the fragility you seem to get with more modern phones these days where you are actually scared to use them in case they get damaged.
With regards to the phones primary purpose, i.e. sending messages and making calls, it was relatively quick and responsive to your key inputs, it didn't freeze up at all and generally was without hassle. The reception of making a call was of high quality and there was no unnecessary straining to hear what was be spoken down the earpiece.
Some of the entertainment features included Bluetooth, a 2.0 megapixel camera, and media player. The camera itself in comparison to the 14.1 megapixel digital cameras you can buy today is obviously shocking, but for when the phone was released it was more than adequate, and like i try to stress in all phone reviews, its not a camera, and the camera is only there for on the spot memories and as an additional feature not something you would take holiday snaps with. so in this case i do not believe this is a fault. the media player is incredibly simplistic and provides you with the ability to play and watch videos, music files or pictures, not really highly entertain-able, i would regard it as more of a glorified gallery than a media player.
Finally i used to spend all day everyday on my phone, texting, calling playing music and i would have to say the battery life is outstanding you will never ind your self running short if you forget to charge it one night as it has incredible stamina. and this is probably the best selling point of this phone as the reason the battery life is so much better than all these new, flashy modern models is because it does what it was designed to do, not much more, making it practical and efficient.
I would suggest this phone to anyone who needs something, reliable, cheap, easy to use, not over-complicated, and is looking for a solid long term investment.
I have never updated my phones as freely as most of my peers, and considering I am only 21, I've seen some of my friends update their phones 2-3 times per annum. I bought the original Nokia 3310 and then this was the next step up for me a few years later.
2.0 megapixel camera:
Although now a 2.0MP camera on a phone is a bit old hat, at the time the camera did what you wanted it to, too take pictures in situations where you would not have or need a real digital camera. The picture quality is good and it included some effects so you could edit your images - perfect for the Myspace culture of the time.
This was the reason I probably bought the phone to begin with. With bluetooth I could send all of the files including pictures, contacts and games to any of my friends and it would cost me nothing. This is a very useful application for a phone because sending files using memory sticks has always been a bit of a hassle and it is a massive time saver.
The name for this section of the phone is a bit of an overstatement, of course it does allow to view your own videos and stream straight from online, but as an integral part of a phone the fact that it has its own menu slot all seems a bit glorified. Add to that the the picture quality of the video camera is quite poor.
Multimedia Messaging Service:
This service allows you to send multimedia such as pictures and videos by way of a text message. Very helpful for things such as interactive birthday cards or funny clips.
Access to the internet is what this jargon actually means. While it is an excellent idea for phones now for the sake of finding places, checking prices and even keeping up to date on the news; back then it was awful with ridiculous loading speeds and high prices.
One of the best parts of the phone. I could not commute without some sort of media player and this did the job. You will find that you will have to buy a much larger memory stick than the one offered and being a Sony it would have to be a specific, more expensive memory stick (the ProDuo). Very expensive when I owned the phone, far more accessible now.
This phone is a beast. On one full charge the battery could last you days at a time with limited use. Yet, even with high usage the phone would last a very long period of time. I wish phones now were made to last like this one.
Ease of Use
Very simple and easy to use phone. Just click on the menu button and use the joystick to navigate around the pages. My only issue from experience was that the joystick could often get dirt in it and then become unreliable. It was not an easy to fix problem.
Practically a tank. You could probably kick it across a field and it would survive the journey unscathed. Just do not drop it in water.
My own opinion
I had this phone for a long period of time and to be honest it did everything that I wanted it to do. It took pictures, played games and played music. The video camera was lacking, the phone memory (34MB) was tiny and the joystick problem was a big one. But, overall for its time it was a very good piece of kit with only a few flaws.
I would only advise buying this phone if you only really need to do the basics. This would be a perfect first phone for any young teenagers and now can be bought for a very small price.
The sony K750i was the top phone of it's time, when it was released everyone wanted that phone with the 2.0 mega pixel camera. It almost seemed as though it was a professional camera to some, ignoring the stupidity of this back then this is actually a very good phone. This was one of my phone's quite a while a go although i do still tend to use this whenever I go somewhere where i feel my phone may be at risk, such as holidays and festivals. It is also useful for if my main phone at the time is broken. This phone is a lot more resilient than it may at first look, when I first purchased this i sort of expected it to be a bad decision as i could see that it was going to be one of these temperamental things that was just going to have countless problems and drop at the first drop on a trampoline. I have been proved wrong on many occasions. I have dropped this phone more times than I can remember and yes, it is covered in dings and dents but no real damage, no hardware or screen/camera damage to the phone. It has all your phone features that you'd expect in a phone of this age and it handles them quite well, really quite a good phone for it's price tag. For just a 2.0 mega pixel camera the image quality is still quite good although don't expect to be making posters out of the images it produces. In my opinion a good value phone, especially if you're clumsy.
I had this phone for around 4 years, when everyone else was upgrading to smartphones I held back, avoided being a sheep. Why? You may ask. Well, the reason is I vowed not to get a new phone until this broke. Over the period of 4 years, it was dropped onto concrete, took a few dips in the sea and was thrown around everyday, but it never broke. You have probably seen some phones advertised as indestructible, such as the JCB phone for builders, and I'm sure they are very difficult to break but the only reason you would want one is if you are intending on jack hammering your phone. Those phones are very expensive for very little features. The K750i on the other hand has loads of features such as FM radio, which iPhone doesn't have, Flash light, which iPhone doesn't have, and a camera. Where this phone really excels though is, as I've already mentioned, is the durability and price. If you buy this phone for around £20 it will last. Even when it does break, which I would find hard to believe without some serious neglect you could easily replace it. The actual using of the phone is surprisingly pleasant. The scroll wheel in the middle is easy to use and allows quick navigation. While it won't win beauty awards for the huge camera lens protector it does infact provide very good cover for it. The built-in speakers aren't great, but it's unlikely you would use them to listen to music out off but the ringtones are very loud so would be good for the older generation. Overall, this phone is for someone who maybe doesn't want the plethora of features a smartphone offers, but just wants a cheap, reliable, easy to use phone.
I had the phone for a period of around 2 year and I was not the most careful of owners, it often got dropped, sometimes into water or sand and it managed to survive somehow. The only time I ever had real issues was when it got dropped in sand as some grains got stuck behind the joystick, making going up and down very difficult for a few months untill the sand worked loose.
I paid around £90 for this phone as I got it when it was still relatively new. For a phone at the time it was very well equipped with a 2MP camera. It took good photos, or at least as good as they can get from a 2MP camera anyway. It didn't cause too much blurring if your hand was shaky like my newest phone and the flash was very useful.
Calling and texting is obviously what most people buy a phone for and it did both just fine. The in call features were quite good, with the ability to record calls if you needed, and the loudspeaker was of good quality.
The speakers were okay for a phone when playing music, although when compared to my friends Walkman equivalent, they seemed very shoddy, but then this was not a phone built for music.
The menu system was good and I have always liked the Sony menus on phones. It was well equipped with features and has bluetooth, a permanent flash you can use as a torch, good calendar functions etc.
Although the internal memory wasn't tiny, I utilised the expandable memory on the side of the phone for playing music etc.
The overall build quality as I mentioned before was very good, it didn't ever break from many drops, just developed the odd scuff or scratch. The phone itself continued without any malfunctions.
The battery life was quite good, nothing particularly special, but would last for a long enough period of time, perhaps 4/5 days of light usage.
Overall it was an excellent phone and I only upgraded due to my contract running out, got a newer Sony that was much worse and liable to breakages. Wish I'd stayed with this one now.
This is a really good phone. Very attractive for its time, has a nice slide over the camera which I think is a really good feature. It doesnt have a walkman but still has a great music player. It isnt as loud as a walkman on the other Sony Ericsson phones. This phone is a really good price. It was £100 when I got it about 4-5 years ago but nwo you can pick it up for under £30. This phone is really good because the way it is laid out, for example the files are really easy to access where ever you want to get to. It doesnt have a lot of internal memory but you can get a really cheap memory card from Amzon for under £5. This is great for a first phone if your not up to date with all the new technology. Really easy to use. Would recommend especially as the price is so low! The camera is 2 mega pixel. Its quite good for a low mega pixel camera. You can video also on this phone and send your videos and pictures to other people by text or bluetooth. The java games you can get on this phone are really good. I had about one hundred. You can get Sony Ericsson discs with games and pictures and screen savers on. You can also download a 'theme' maker. Which is compatible with a lot of sony ericsson phones. The phone speaker and microphone are good quality, people can hear you well and you can hear them well while your on the phone to them.
Bought this phone about 3 years ago, then gave it to a friend after buying a new phone. To be honest I wish I kept it!, it's a very decent all rounder.
You have to realise this is not a high end phone, so not made out of the finest materials. The keypad although a little bit cheap feeling,is pretty good. Many people have also reported that the middle joystick thing break off after a while but I didn't experience that.
The phone itself has a nice interface, easy to switch between application. The camera is a decent 2mp with a light. Memory card is a Sony M2 type thing which is a pain if you don't have an adaptor and you want to plug it straight into your laptop etc. Saying that transferring files is very easy through bluetooth.
This phone was my first Sony Ericsson after owning Nokias, and I'm sticking with SE because I send a lot of texts and texting is a dream with SE, and also they are very user friendly.
If you are thinking of buying this now then I would seriously consider the K800i as it is better built and as better camera etc.
4 out of 5
This was my first 'real' phone. Before this i had a Sagem phone which was a flip one (can't remember the moel, it was like 5 years ago!). That one was one of the basic phones you could possibly have - Just simply call, text and.. well that was it really. Anyway, i needed a new one to get up to scratch with the current phone market at the time and so went for this.
It was around £200 if i remember correctly but for some reason one weekend when i went phone hunting this was on offer for £100 in the Vodafone store and Phones4u, and £120 in Carphone warehouse. Everywhere else was still £200 when i went to look that day and to this day i don't know whethr in the next few days everybody dropped the price or if it was just those specific stores. Anyway, to me this was an utter complete bargain for one of the best phones at the time.
It was very popular the Sony Ericsson K750i. Many people walking around had it and there were advertisements in many shops and leaflets and the internet etc.
I opted for the Silver version rather than the black one. I intended to buy the black one but it didn't appeal to me when i seen it in my hand as it wasn't a shin black, rather a dull black which didn't look particularly attractive, well not to me atleast anyway. One the black version also, the sliding lens coer for the camera was silver and it just didn't really suit it in my eyes so i bought the silver and looked pretty cool to be fair.
The first thing i noticed and i'm sure that everyone else did was the lens camera cover. Most if not all (i'm pretty sure this was the first of it's kind) had just a camera one the back and that was it. No cover nothing. This however has a sliding cover which protects the lens and pretty much makes this phone look like a digital camera. This was the main reason why i went for this phone rather than something else. all the adverts were showing this mechanism off too.
The sliding lens cover protects a 2MP camera, which once again at the time was great. Nowadays obviously some phone camera's even go up to 8MP - maybe even more i just haven't looked recently! But at the time, about 4 years ago, a 2MP camera was the next big thing. But the lens cover has another great use - Instead of just protecting the camera it allows you to get into camera or video mode instantly. When you slide it open, it goes straight to the camera whatever you're doing on your phone so you can quickly open it up for any moment which will only last seconds and you need to take it quickly!
Another good thing about this phone is the memory card slot. It takes Memory Stick Pro Duo which is the same as the Sony PSP - after all they are both Sony products. This allows you to store some music and videos on your phone, or just to take lots of photos or videos using your precious camera. These memory cards were expensive at the time, cost me about £13 for a 1GB Official Sony card, but that was from Amazon marketplace and in reality most places sold this around £20! That's really expensive for only 1GB and they are still expensive compared to other cards such as SD cards these days but i don't think they're as much now.
This phone has all the other features such as FM radio - i'll talk about this later, Bluetooth, Music player, Video playback, Internet, Voice recording, Games, Memos etc.
The FM radio proved to be very useful to me. This was the function i used most on the phone. I know it's not anything special but i used it alot especially when i listened to the radio at night through headphones rather than on a radio. Like every phone which has an FM player, you need to use headphones to act as the antenna. They provided the hands-free kit in the box with the pohne so i just used that, although they brokes after only 3 months (one side stopped working). I just then bought a cheap piece that goes into the socket on the phone (unique one for Sony Ericsson's) and that allows me to put any 3.5mm headphone into the jack. This is what i then used and it's still working, although i haven't tried it for over a year but i'm sure nothing has happened as i haven't touched it.
The sound on this phone from the music player is top notch! There is alot of bass and treble and you can still hear the artists voices very clearly from both sides. Also, the actual sound that comes out through the phone itself it pretty loud and decent too. It's situated just above the camera's sliding lens cover and is about an inch long.
The battery life is superb. Compared to these days, this phone seems to last extremely long, but i suppose the reason for this is because of the touch screen features and 3G internet cabailities that cuase the new ones to drain battery life quickly.
The build quality on this phone is also extremely good. I've dropped it many times and is still hard as a rock, with a few scrtaches but no dents or chips of that sort which is great.
The screen size complements the overall size of the phone well. The keypad buttons are well placed and are not too small, but not overly massive either. The joystick was probably my biggest fear about this phone, as i had heard that these can break easily but after having it for about 4-5 years, i haven't even thought about it in that way!
On one side of the phone, there is the camera button which allows you to take the picture or video, and on the same die there is also the zoom in/out button, which also acts as the volume up/down button when you are playing music via the music player or using the FM radio. On the other side there is the play/pause button - this allows you to go straight to the music player and start playing music without having to press any other buttons, but you do need to have the headphones in for this to work. Also, at the bottom of that side is the slot for the Memory Stick Pro duo card. It is a rubber piece which you pull and hangs off securely, then once the card has clicked in or clicked out and taken out, you just press it closed and will not open without force! Very secure.
On the back, as i have mentioned already is the sliding lens cover protecting the camera, just above it the speaker. Also, on the other side of the lens cover, is a flash light. This can be used while taking videos and photos, or it can be used simply as a torch which can come useful and handy at night. At the bottom on the back is the cover for the batterry. When i first go it it was quite tight and secure, but now it is loose. However, it won't come out if i just swing the phone etc, but if i take it out of my pocket then sometimes it catches onto my jeans and comes off, although not as easily as it may sound. However, the batter will not fall out though so it's not too much of a problem in reality.
Overall, a great phone at the time is pretty great still, although many now want to use 3G internet etc on smartphones. However, for anyone else , this is genuinely a superb phone and is pretty cheap nowadays, around £35 on amazon! Absolute bargain for this piece of kit and definately your full moneys worth. I can't thing of any downside really, apart from the obvious like it hasn't got 3G etc but this at the time was all a phone could have, and it had everything!
After writing this review, i've just realised how good a phone this actually is! It's robust, strong, pretty nice looking with the digital camera style, simply superb for what it's meant to be. Great phone. 100% recomended to anyone wanting a phone for everything apart from internet use really. It won't let you down.
I have had this phone for over three years and it still functions near perfectly. It is a hardy phone as I have dropped it on a regular basis and it has never caused more than a slight scratch on the surface. The only problem I have had is with the joystick 'sticking' occasionally, however the phone is still useable when this happens. The buttons are a good size and layout for texting, and there are no touchscreen buttons. The camera is not the best (2.0 mega pixels) but still takes a decent developable photograph which can easily be transferred onto a computer. The phone also allows internet access and can be used as a radio with the provided headphone and aerial combo. It has a decent amount of storage for both text messages (around 300) and photos (not yet reached the limit!). It may not be a very technical, modern phone but I would recommend it to anyone who wants a basic phone for calling, texting and taking the odd photo.
I got this phone towards the end of 2006, after having loved my brother's which he'd already had a year, and it was my third mobile phone. Obviously technology wise it bettered those that I owned before it but even putting that aside it was, and still is, my favourite mobile phone. I never had any problems in the two years I used that phone, and I then passed it on to my mum who for the past 18 months has again, had no problems.
I'll admit that my Dad has always thought this phone was ugly, but what do parents know about style?! I think it looks great!! It's a little chunky when compared to slimline phones but that certainly was never a problem. One fault in the design which was only a problem for me when the phone was new and somehow stopped being one is regarding the joystick. As you can just about make out from the picture there's a small gap around the edge of the joystick which collects dirt meaning it can stop working. My brother's for example, after several months didn't like going up.
One thing I love which you can't see on the picture is the protective cover on the camera. It not only acts as protection but looks good and makes you feel like you're taking photos with a real camera as oppose to a phone.
I never had any problems. I can't remember the phone ever crashing (although my memory's not that great!) and I'm sure the phone will last a long while yet despite heading on for being 4 years old.
It has a radio which although I rarely used it I like knowing it was there. It's a feature most phones seem to bypass for some reason or another. It also has Bluetooth, infrared and everything else you'd expect from it really. There certainly isn't anything missing.
Whilst I love every other aspect of this phone the camera is definately the highlight. It's 2MP which at the time was a very good quality camera for on a mobile, and when compared to other mobile phone 2MP cameras the pictures are much better quality than any I came across. There's no flash but there is a light you can turn on which effectively does the same thing. The light's great for using as a torch as well, and I miss not having it on my new phone! (you can even get it to flash SOS in morse code which is always reassuring!). The video quality is slightly less which can be expected, but it's still perfectly satisfactory.
This phone made me a loyal Sony Ericsson customer, and my only reason for replacing it was that as you would expect technology moved on. But I made sure I bought another Sony Ericsson, and whilst I do love the C902 I now use, I think this will always be my favourite phone, and I will truly be sad the day it dies (if that day ever comes!).
I had this phone for a couple of years before replacing it with a newer model. The black version I had looks very stylish and goes well with the silver on the side and the back.
As you expect with a Sony Ericsson, the menu is very simple and clear and takes no time at all to learn how to use. There are enough buttons to allow you to navigate around the phone quickly without it being overcrowded and complicated. The middle toggle button may take a bit of getting used to but I found it ok after a bit of use. This is probably the first thing that will fail on the device and it is incredibly frustrating not beging able to go 'up'.
The camera is 2 MP which was good at the time as still gives reasonable pictures by today's standards. It comes with a few games which is a bit of a bonus and all the usual calender etc. that you would expect. Overall a very good phone.
I owned this phone before I got my G1 smartphone, and miss it to some extent. It was, and still is an excellent phone. And although about every other person in England had one at it's peak (they were quite literally everywhere), there was a good reason for it.
The phone looks good. A nice, compact, black rectangle with rounded edges, with a silver slide on the back to protect the camera lens. It is a very hard wearing and robost phone (I dropped mine a lot), with a decent size screen on it compared to the size of the phone.
Ease of Use:
The phone itself was very easy to set up and get to the battery. The buttons are a good size, and with the joystick and various shortcuts which could be set up - the phone was extremely easy to navigate. A nice feature was that if you slid the silver plastic on the back, to expose the camera, then the phone went straight into camera mode. This meant that you could go from locked to taking pictures in seconds without pressing any buttons.
As a phone:
Making calls and texting was extremely simple - and the keys seem to be designed so that you could type very quickly (as opposed to really tiny keys, or keys to close together). Battery life is also amazing, it could last weeks with extremely light usage.
It has a very good, 2 MP camera on it with auto focus - which meant perfect photos every time. It also has light on it, for a make-shift flash. The video capture isn't too bad either.
Photo galleries were quick to load and look through, and the phone has a good media player/speaker on it for playing music - albeit a little bit quiet.
FM radio, torch, bluetooth (which was sometimes a little unreliable), games (stock games were terribly made, but could download some classics like Pacman) and a sound recorder.
The only things I will say against it is that after a good 2 or 3 years of service to me, it did pack up on me fairly unexpectedly. Although, by that stage I was getting close to needing a new phone - and so it wasn't too bad.
In conclusion, a nice little sturdy phone, which works well as a phone, camera, and media player. No wonder it was so popular back in the day!
This phone was probably one of the most popular phones since the Nokia 3310. Everyone I knew had one, including me. The phone looks great and is so easy to use, it is the ideal phone for anyone. It is a classic candy bar shape, meaning there's nothing to flip, slide or twist to answer the phone. It has a 2 megapixel camera which was very good when this phone was released, and still is today.
The candy bar shape is probably my favorite phone shape, its just simple and what you need. I can see that making it flip or slide allows there to be a bigger screen, but with this phone the 1.5" screen does the job perfectly.
The camera is still very good for a phone. It is 2 megapixel, allowing you to be able to capture those spontaneous moments (when you don't have your camera with you), and still not lose any of the memories and much of the quality. This camera also has auto focus which is very useful in stopping that inevitable motion blur that most camera phones get.
The phone comes with everything you could need on a phone; MP3 player, games, videos player and all the random accessories you could ever need. My favorite and most used of the accessories is the light on the back. This very bright light is sources by 2 LEDs, which can be used to aid a photo opportunity with some light, or just as a handy torch.
This phone has Bluetooth, which makes sharing with friends and devices easy and quick!
This was all well and good up until around 5 months after purchasing the phone. After this point stuff stopped working and the picture quality reduced.
The main thing that stopped working and restricts use of the phone was the joystick. This is very temperament and very rarely works first time. I have found this to be a very common problem with this phone as it has happened twice to me and to most of my friends. You are now able to buy replacement joysticks from shops like Amazon.co.uk, but you don't want to buy a phone know at some point you will probably have to repair and replace stuff.
It is a good little phone, but not very durable, which is very disappointing.