Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
Newest Review: ... of the red phone. The colour has started to wear away on mine now but it is about 5 years old and has really been through the wars and do... more
A reliable old phone
Sony Ericsson K610i
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Sony Ericsson K610i
Advantages: Reliable, some useful features
Disadvantages: Old model now may not suit those who are used to smartphone models
This phone is a few years old now, I bought it whilst on holiday in Ireland and got it unblocked and I now use it as a spare phone, my partner uses it on holidays as his smartphone battery just doesn't last long enough and he used to have to leave his phone charging in apartments half the time.
When I bought it it cost me 99 euros, which included 20 euros of credit. This was on the 3 netwrok and if I had wanted to continue to use this sim card I would have also got 10 euros per month free for the next 8 months. I actually gave the sim card to an Irish friend so they could make use of the free credit each month.
The phone is now available on ebay for around £30 which is a good price considering the reliability of the phone. It doesn't have as many fancy features as some of the new smart phones but it's a very good option for someone who just wants to call and text and take the odd picture.
The shop which I bought the phone in only offered a choice of red or a purple/silver colour. I went for the purple/ silver colour. It is a dark metallic colour so it isn't girly or anything and I didn't like the shade of the red phone. The colour has started to wear away on mine now but it is about 5 years old and has really been through the wars and doesn't look too shabby. They are also available in black and silver. I would think the silver would be the one most likely to not show any wear and tear badly.
My phone came with a battery, charger, earphones, USB cable and a CD Rom. Also available to purchase for this phone is a seperate flash which you plug into the charger point and use it like a flash on a camera. If you want to take many pictures this would be useful as the night mode isn't that impressive. They are only a couple of pounds now but I never bothered to get one as it was just another thing to carry around. The camera is 2 Megapixels which was good at the time I bought it but the newer phones have a much higher quality picture. To be honest I have had some fantastic daytime holiday pictures from this phone and would ignore any MP qualities.
There is also a video camera on the phone and using the USB cable you can transfer your pictures and videos onto a laptop to save memory on your phone and to see them on a bigger screen. There is also a bluetooth function and picture messaging to allow you to send your pictures and recordings to other phones.
You can also remove the memory card, which means you can insert a bigger one or put your memory card into a photo machine (found in lots of camera shops and chemists, cost from as little as 5p per print) to print them off or transfer to disc.
The camera also has a zoom, brightness setting, night mode, self-timer, quality setting, the ability to include the time and date on your picture if you wish. On the video recorder you can choose to have the microphone on or off.
There is a shoot mode setting which allows you to add frames to your pictures, join lots of pictures into one and a burst setting which takes a few pictures straight after one another so you can select the best one. You can also add special effects and distort the pictures for fun.
Text messages are easy to type and send and for those who want to use predictive text this function is available. You also have the ability to send a text message to an email address. You can also add a contact in a text message to forward someones contact details, or add a picture to your text message.
The phone has internet where you can search the web or read your emails.
This phone came with two games, Quadropop which is similar to tetris and Tennis which can be played as a single player, tournament, or against friends using the bluetooth function. Other games are available to download onto the phone.
Other features include video calling, Alarm clock with a choice of 5 tones, calendar, task list, notes, timer, stopwatch, calculator and a code memo which remembers your Pin numbers.
You can download songs on your phone, use your cable to transfer songs from a computer to your phone, or receive songs from bluetooth which you can then listen to using earphones. You can also use any music as a ringtone or message tone.
You can set up groups to send messages and emails to several people at the same time.
Other accessories available to purchase for the phone include in-car chargers, bluetooth headsets, hands-free kits and earphones.
I've found this phone to be very reliable, I have 3 old sony ericssons which have been the same and I can't bring myself to let go of any of them, which is more than can be said for the newer models which are lucky to last a few months and have poor battery life.
Summary: A trusty old Sony Ericsson
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