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      11.05.2013 18:27

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      Was Great In It's Day, Not So Much Now

      I can remember getting this phone it was my first ever mobile phone. Before getting this phone I had to share a really basic and featureless phone with my older sister. This was back in the days where if you had a camera on your phone you had one of the best phones out there. This phone was ideal for texting as the buttons stuck out and so with a little practice, in school you could text under the table without the teachers realising you even had a phone.

      Back then, Sony Ericsson was the Rolls Royce of the feature-phone world. I only ended up with one of these because my dad received a payout when his company was bought out and so he treated me to this phone I was only about 13. This phone was a small and a little bit chunky so you could feel it in your pocket but I absolutely loved it. After getting this phone I declared an allegiance to S.E. and continued to buy only their phones (Until very recently.)

      So would I recommend it?? Well No. The fact is Phones like this are so well thought of because of their links to the past but that is where I believe they should remain. if you need a temporary phone even still I wouldn't recommend it as you can get much cheaper phones out there which which will do the job. There aren't any particular vintage features which would make this a good buy except that it isn't touch screen. Perhaps maybe it would be a good investment for 50 years from now but unlike the 50's and 60's its on everyone mind that you should buy something and keep it and see if it will be worth a lot in the future so you may not get that much for it.

      I would say though the phone was solid and reliable and the battery could last for absolutely ages and the charger was solid and so never broke in all my years of owning it.

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      08.08.2010 14:57
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      good quality item

      I have had my Sony Ericsson K150i for about three years now and it has been a reliable, durable phone which has been dropped, fallen off the top of the car once when I drove off with it up there, it has been carried around in my bag without a case and has been played with by the grandchildren who like to play the games on it and it only cost £49.99 when I first bought it at the carphone warehouse all that time ago.

      Looking at the phone it is very simple to use with a large button in the middle of the front of the phone to navigate around the many functions the phone has.
      There are four smaller square buttons next to the round one for answering calls, ending the phone call, cancelling something you were doing like it you spell a word wrong when your texting and one button to go back to the previous page you were on.

      Underneath these control buttons are the numbers 1-0 and a hash and star key.
      These all work simply and easily and are displayed in black so that they are easy to see.

      The phone is quite light to caryy and easily fits in your pocket and there is a keypad lock to prevent you dialing people up if the keys gets pressed when its in your pocket.
      Looking through the menu you come to a page where there are clear pictures of the functions you can go to, on pressing the menu button the phone will instantly light up for you to see easier or if your in the dark you can see what your doing. Press and picture and you will go to that function.

      There is Media Album
      This is where you can keep your photo's as the phone has a good camera for taking pictures and comes with a USB lead and disc so that you can up load your photo's onto your computer, this is an easy process and takes about two minutes to do.
      The pictures are a good quality on the phone but look better on the computer.
      You can also keep your video's on your phone in the Media Album and there are the Ringtones, Themes, Video DJ where you can make your own ringtones and the web pages you have stored or games you have downloaded onto your phone all in this Media Album.

      This phone also has Orange World as it is a pay as you go orange phone and you can connect to orange online and get games and apps for a small fee.

      It has a built in camea which shoots different size photo's, can shoot photo's at night has a flash, a self timer and can be altered with the other camera modes.

      There is an address book where you can keep peoples details and can add new contacts and go to this function to ring people up. There is also a voice call function so you can just speak a person's name and the phone will call them.

      There is a calander where you can keep notes and put reminders on your phone for alarms to remind you it's someone's birthday or if you have an appointment that day.

      There is The Organiser where you can keep notes, use the stop watch, timer, alarm, calculator and other functions to help along your being organised.

      All in all the phone is a handy little tool, you can text easily with ordinary text or predictive text, which I haven't ever been able to master on any phone as yet.
      The ringtones are good and you can add your own, it takes good photo's and store lots of numbers.
      I find this a good durable phone as it has lasted me years and the battery has not had to be replaced.
      I have to charge it up every four days which after three years I think it's great.

      Although it's not a modern mobile I still like it and use it everyday, it's one of my gadgets I wouldn't be without.

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      06.07.2009 12:55
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      A good solid phone at a reasonable price

      I bought this phone as the one a previously had got dropped in a pint and I wanted a cheapish phone to replace it. When I bought it cost me £49.99 on pay as you go although I think you should be able to get it a lot cheaper now. Mine lasted me 3 years and it still works. I only replaced it because I bought a limited edition red one which looks a bit dated now.

      This is a basic good quality phone that has simple software which works well. The address book is simple and easy to use. It is styled as a classic bar phone and is solid enough that it can take being thrown about a bit. The buttons are just big enough for those of us with big fingers although I did have some difficulty with long texts.

      My one complaint about this phone is that the screen could have been bigger (it is about 2 inches) although it is clear enough to see even on the sunniest day.

      It does also have a 1.3megapixel camera which is good enough for the little photos you want to save on you phone but wouldn't cut the mustard if you wanted to use it for you family snaps.

      This is a very good solid dependable phone at a reasonable price I would recommend it.

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        03.07.2009 10:48

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        BEST MOBILE FOR THOSE WHO DONT CARE BOUT BLING

        I have owned this product for nearly two years and I believe it is one of those phones that will just keep going and going and never break. It is unbelievably durable - I have dropped it, stamped on it, chucked it, and even flushed it - yet the phone continues to survive, being just as good as the day I got it. Sure there are better phones out there, but with a high quality camera, easy to use interface, and a long battery life (I keep my phone on all the time, night and day, and only need to charge it every two weeks), means that this phone is world's apart from the rest. After previously owning a Motorola, which is known for having bad battery life, I was amazed that such a little battery in this mobile phone could last for such a long time. If you dont really care about all the flash and bling, and just want a simple phone, then this one is for you.

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        22.02.2009 11:03
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        A great little phone that is very reliable and durable

        I bought this phone a couple of years ago and was chuffed with my up-to-date brightly coloured phone (I had the Julian McDonald special addition casing for it). Then about 6 months ago I bought the K800i which was impressive but after losing that one recently I have gone back to using my trusty K510i.

        The phone has pretty much every thing you could need ...You can call people, text, access the internet, take pictures, record videos and sounds, send via Bluetooth and infra red, play games and has an alarm, organiser, calculator etc...

        It's pretty dainty too, considering some of the brick like phones in shops at the moment. It's not flip up or anything fancy, but is a lot neater than most Sony Ericsson models I have seen.

        The camera is very good when set to high quality (although you can't store many pictures). At 1.3 Mega Pixels it might sound quite low, but I have never had a problem with the quality of photos.

        Battery power is always reliable, I usually find that one charge for 2/3 hours is enough to keep you going for 2 or 3 days.

        The keys are of a good size, not too fiddly - perfect for bigger fingers. And the "joystick" style controller is easy to use and is much simpler than having four arrow keys to jump between.

        The only thing I can say would make a big improvement would be space for a memory card, because there is no slot and the phone only holds 28mb of music/photos/videos.

        The phone is VERY durable. I am one of the most clumsy people you could ever meet...this phone has been through A LOT and always comes out just fine. I've dropped it down the stairs, on pavements, spilt milk on it, and even stood on it but nothing has ever happened to it internally. Of course the casing is scratched up but that doesn't change the working of the phone.

        The phone is currently selling in shops for around £30/£40 which is surprisingly cheap considering it has Bluetooth, a camera and is (said to be) a walkman phone.

        In the box with the phone comes:

        Charger;
        USB cord;
        Headphones;
        Spare case;
        Computer software (to transfer images and sounds);
        Instruction manual.

        I would recommend this phone to anyone who is looking for the something that is easy to use, can call, text, take photos and above all is very reliable and durable.

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          26.09.2008 01:29
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          a great wee phone

          I've owned my Sony Ericsson K510i for over two years now and I decided to share my experiences of using this phone before I upgrade.

          This is from Sony Ericssons K or Kamera range, a partial cyber shot phone which has now been surpassed in quality by the C range.

          I chose this phone because of its 1.3 mega pixel camera. The camera is great to have when you are out and about, the photos come up clearly on the screen and are easy to transfer onto the computer. I have used these photos for things like ebay listings or sending to friends. The quality is great in daylight but despite the night shoot mode photos are not clear in the dark. Photos are good quality when printed out when you have used the standard camera but less so when you have used the 4 times digital zoom.

          The photo DJ tool allows you to add things like borders or change the effects on your pictures. It allows you to store around 100 photos. It also has face warp which allows you to make charictitures of photos, a fun little extra. I've just tried it out by turning myself into a professor, alien and making my nose huge!

          The phone also boasts a video camera allowing you to take short videos. Both picture and audio playback are clear.

          This is not a music phone, it has limited storage (and no room for a memory card) so you are limited in how much sound you can store. There is still enough memory to regularly change ringtones and the sound has always been great quality.


          It is easy to navigate through the menu buttons using the joystick. The main feature I have used is the alarm clock which allows you to set two alarms on a regular or one off basis.

          Internet access is provided but I only tried it a couple of times and found it slow to load, it's not a feature I would use anyway.

          You can even use the K510i as a phone. It makes and recieves calls and texts. I love the fact I can add photos of my loved (or loathed) ones into my phone book and their faces flash up on screen when they phone me.


          Connecting to your computer is easy thanks to the software and USB cable supplied. You can connect with other phones via infrared or bluetooth.

          The only niggles I have with this phone are the relatively small memory and the fact that the diary application does not remind you of events like appointments until they actually happen, telling me I have a dentists appointment when I am meant to be there is not much use.

          This phone has been really reliable, the only time I've had a problem is when my phone was so overloaded with pictures and videos that it ran really slowly and deleting some of my files fixed that.

          The phone has lasted well, over two years. The only problem I have with it now is it is hard to charge sometimes (might just be because the charging port is dirty) and its looking a bit bashed and tired. I use it daily and it just gets chucked into my bag with all my junk. I like this phone so much that I have even considered buying the same model again and certainly want another Sony Ericsson for my new phone.

          Because of its age the K510i is available for as little as £30 these days. It's a great wee phone which is easy to use and has some fun features. If you are one of the people who doesnt need all the latest gizmos and just want a good reliable choice for a bargain price then this would be a great buy.

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          15.09.2008 19:15

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          Fantastic everyday phone

          I'm so pleased I made the decision to purchase this phone (over two years ago now). It's lasted through many a fall and I've even spilt water on it a couple of times! The keys are just the right size to enable easy texting and the user interface is simple, logical and pleasing to the eye. The phone is compact without being too thin (I would worry with an ultra-thin phone that I might lose it) and the screen is big enough to see what you are doing. The camera is 2 megs so ok, it's not going to be ideal for panoramic shots and the zoom function is certainly nothing to shout about, but the quality is certainly adequate for your everyday snaps. Battery life hasn't been a problem, approximately four days if you're not making many voice calls, going down to about two or three if you are. I couldn't have wished for a more user-friendly phone, and what's more it's got a certain amount of street cred about it too!

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          03.06.2007 00:47
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          a simple little phone that is well worth it

          If you're a pay as you customer who can't be bothered any more with the whole "gizmo and gadgets" which you hardly ever use on phones anyway, then this K510i is pretty much for you.

          It's small, colour screen, compact, stylish and easy to use. The screen is nice and big and the interface is fine and although I have read many reviews and people have said that the joystick broke, mine so far hasn't and I've had it for 8 months and at the time it cost me £50 from an online website (might have been The Link or dialaphone.co.uk).

          As I am someone who relies heavily on texting, I find the text capability absolutely fine on this phone. However, I did used to use predictive text, but find it a bit slow sometimes to scroll down to the correct word and find that it is much faster without predictive text. Of course, it is fine for calls too.

          The K510i stores a lot of messages and it isn't very often you have to delete them all.

          It's pretty simple to use and it also has a 1.3 megapixel camera which I don't use (as I have a 5 megapixel Samsung camera) unless I want to take pics for wallpaper.

          You can store MP3 songs on your phone, and MP3 ringtones.

          A cable comes in the pack with your phone, as well as a sony ericsson CD Rom to install the PC Suite and file managing.

          It has an alarm and you can choose to hit snooze which leaves you a further 9 minutes to sleep.

          The battery lasts 3 - 4 days before it needs to be charged again so it's pretty good. A fault would be that, if you drop your phone once, the screen glitches and you can see this when e.g. your phone locks, instead of the background being e.g. blue it becomes patchy black. Over time I think it has been resolved by itself & my phone is now fine.

          This is a decent phone for those who want a basic phone without too much gadgety stuff going on. Good value for money.

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          06.03.2007 10:16
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          This phone is cheap (or free for contracts) but surprisingly satisfying to own.

          I have had a mobile phone since 1996 but only because I was living in places where I was unable to have a landline installed. I got a good contract in 1997 and am still on the same contract 10 years later because it is so cheap (an old One-2-One tariff that T-Mobile would love me to ditch)! But beyond the wondrous convenience of cheap mobile digital telephony I have never been terribly bothered about all the extra stuff that they keep packing into the phones and wondered how people could get so wrapped up in their phones and spend ages on their phones just talking about their phones. (As Marshal McCluhan said: the medium is the message... never more true.) And every year I get sent a new phone free of charge on my contract and every year I am less and less bothered. The K510i was still in its box 3 months after I received it because I just couldn't be bothered opening it. But I was very surprised when I finally did!

          The first thing I liked about the phone was its easy connectivity with my PC. Many of the novelty features of my previous phones (such as the camera) have been fairly limited in their use by the phone's inability to hook up with my computer, despite wasting money on USB leads, infra-red dongles and bluetooth. The K510i connected up effortlessly via the supplied lead and software and in no time I was transferring images and sounds between my PC and the phone, and I suddenly understood the geeky pleasure of being able to customise my phone. Bits of TV themes and sound effects have now become ringtones and message alerts, screen grabs from DVDs have gone via photoshop to become high quality wallpaper and screensavers.

          The next thing I was impressed by was the quality of the camera on the phone. I have had two phones with cameras in them and the quality has been terrible. The k510i takes beautiful shots in full size mode. Despite having only 1.3 megapixels the pics are very smooth and don't suffer from the terrible compression artifacts of its predecessors' images. I have printed a couple of the pictures onto A4 paper and apart from being a little soft the colour is vivid and the image undistorted. This is a very handy tool for capturing the moment, the media equivilent of the Swiss army knife. There is a video mode but the pixelated picture quality and the low frame rate is fairly horrendous. Having said that, it is still perfect for capturing the moment if you are stuck without a proper video camera, and is perfect for doing little family clips for YouTube. I am very glad of it when my little daughter is doing something cute and I want to upload it for my relatives to see. (What an incredible age we live in!)

          There are many other features that have come in useful such as the sound recorder which I use for humming song ideas when I get them, the Flash games that help to pass the time, mp3 player (which I'll get to later),VideoDJ which I will probably never, ever even look at, internet connectivity which I refuse to use and a programme that allows you to arrange your own tunes using basic MIDI templates with the phone's internal sounds. It's time-consuming nonsense but I'm sure someone out there has turned it into an art form.

          The battery lasts for many days without recharging, even if you've made a few calls. The things that really drain the battery are the Flash games, the picture editor, the video camera (and video playback) and keeping it in camera mode for too long. Fortunately the phone charges up very quickly.

          One gripe that I have with this phone is that although it is an mp3 player there is no standard headphone socket. Presumably the manufacturers want you to buy their own headphones, which are nasty poor quality things and an insult at any price. The phone comes with a mono hands free earpiece which I have never used.

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          27.02.2007 14:06
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          Great value phone.

          I got this mobile phone as a birthday present after looking around for a new mobile for a few weeks before hand. Here is my review of the K510i made by Sony Ericsson.

          What first attracted me to the K510i was it's nice styling and relatively low price for a phone of it's kind and it being made by Sony Ericcson, one of the best mobile phone makes with a string of highly regarded phones and add ons in the past two or three years.

          Like most mobiles nowadays this one has a built in camera which you can take pictures and you can store about 50-60 photos on your phone. It isnt as good as a normal digital camera but it does a good job and you are able to get good quality photos from it. The great thing about these camera phones is that they now have software which lets you upload them to your pc.

          Using the built in camera you can also record videos, for instance if you were at the local football ground you could record the play or if you were with your friends you could record each other doing comedy sketches for instance. the quality isnt as good as the pictures you get from the camera but it is still good for a mobile phone.

          Also like many other new phones this mobile has an MP3 player which lets you listen to a maximum of about one album. which isnt as good as some other phones but it's good if you are listening to music on a short journey. The performance of the MP3 player is very good as you would expect from something made by Sony. You can buy a clip that allows you to use your proper headphones if you want to listen to it.

          The software comes on a cd rom and it is Adobe software which contains things to help with your pictures like storage and receiving them. All you need to do is plug in tyhe usb cable in the port and then install the software and then everytime you connect the cable to your phone a box will come up with options.

          The Internet is relatively fast on this phone compared to ther WAP enabled phones and gives you a lot more websites that work than other wap enabled mobile phones.

          Music DJ is a music program much like E-Jay where you can make your own tracks using hundreds of bass loops, drum loops, guitar loops and other sounds. You can put these recordings on to your computer and can play them while you are using your computer.

          This phone is enabled with Bluetooth, for anyone unsure of Bluetooth it's basically a wireless transfer tool which you can use to send things like pictures and music to friends. For instance if your mate wanted you to send them a photo to their phone, you could send it free if you had both had bluetooth phones. You can also get Bluetooth on some computers and laptops aswell.

          Overall I would recommend this mobile to anyone looking for a feature heavy phone for under £100. It is available on all networks at various prices. I have it on Orange for £69.99.

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