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I was lucky, i must say, to have used this phone. Lucky, not because it is the best in the market, not by far. It isn't even the best in it's category, which isn't well-defined anyway. Lucky, because, in some strange way, it was a pleasure to hold it in my hand, and a pleasure to use it.
I didn't own the phone. That honour belonged to one of my friends. But i often used it for gaming. Not that it is a particularly good gaming phone. But it can run some cool games nonetheless. I noticed that it has a "fast engine", whatever that means. My friend's words actually. What i noticed was that i could play some of the high-level games that i couldn't on my SE k608i. So its good to have it by your side, since you can pass away the time in those long bus rides, or on the train home. Or maybe even to escape your wife's chatter for a while.
On second thoughts, if escaping your wife's chatter is what you want to do, then you might want to put on the cool earphones provided with the phone and put on some music. It doesn't have the best sound quality, but its quite good. Sony Ericsson definitely knows what kind of earphones to provide.
And while you are listening to the music, don't worry about the battery running out. I don't know what the official figure is, but i am sure it runs longer than whatever it says in the user manual.
The user interface, as with every SE phone, is very good. in fact you can use the keypad only to navigate through the menu, not even needing the joystick. for example, to go to messages, you go to the main menu and press 5, or 8 if you want to go the organiser. Standard SE stuff. It saves you a lot of time, though.
The camera is pretty good, though you might not want to throw away that digital camera yet. It's useful if you don't need high quality images, but that's not saying the phone camera is not capable of it.
Internet borwsing is pretty boring, unless you live in a country like Japan(those who do will know what i mean). You might want to download opera mini or something similar if you are going to use the net often, which is not recommended on this phone in any case.
And apart from these features, it also has all the standard features you would expect in a high-end java phone, including bluetooth, infrared, flash-light, flash-lite, etc
I will concede that SE has really succeeded if making a great phone was their plan. I would happily trade in my P990(Which is a smart phone, mind you) for this one. After all, if you are going to use a mobile phone, you should have fun doing it. And this phone knows how to entertain you
I have had this phone for nearly a year now and it has served me very well! Its combination of both simple and advanced features means that it is suitable for a wide range of people, whether they just want a normal, good quality phone to use for calling and texting, or whether they wanted a hi-tech phone with a lot of nifty features.
The Sony Ericsson K500i has a lot of good and useful features, and they are not hard to use either. Its main attraction is good quality camera pictures and videos, though it also has other handy features such as a calendar, sound recording, an alarm, a stopwatch, WAP, a calculator and a setting that can remind you of tasks to complete.
First I will look at the integrated camera. The K500i enables you to capture both photographs and video clips, and both are great for recording memories. They are simple to use too, all you have to do is press one button! The camera lens has a protective slide on the back of the phone, which has kept the camera in top condition.
This phone is also WAP enabled, meaning you can surf the web wherever you are and have a world of information in your palm at just a small cost. It is also possible to send and receive emails on this phone which is a useful feature for people who are always on the move.
Quality sound recording is possible, and is also an easy feature to use. The wide range of other features I mentioned can also be used to your advantage, and I find the tasks section is particularly useful for anything important I do not want to forget!
Aswell as having all of these features, the K500i is very stylish, with a sleek and quite hard-wearing cover (it still has no scratches on after a year) that sits very comfortably in the palm of your hand. The only disadvantage of the stylish qualities is the joystick which can be quite hard to operate, but I found myself getting over this hill quite quickly.
I am also disappointed to say that I have not yet found a way to transfer data from the phone to a computer, though I have tried a few ways. This may still be possible though.
It is a great multi-media color moniter mobile phone!
It has blue-tooth and infrared transfer. It can also be used as a mouse when using the remote control function. The camera is very good quality, it also has flash. It has a tiny mirror for self-photo taking. The photos' resolution can be upgraded to higher quality for printing. The quick share function is equally cool too. You can share pictures with friends in a lightning speed. I have tried taking the video clip for 45 mins with voice recording.
I love the MP3 function, i can listen to radio and download different ring tones. The 3D games can be downloaded from the website too. You can even customized each friend's incoming call's ring tone. When you pick up the phone, it can show the friend's picture, so that you can recognized whose calling right away. When the labtop computer has blue-tooth function, the phone can be used as a device to connect to the world wide web. But this means of connection is not as fast as the broadband.
The weak point of this phone is the memory is limited, around 41 MB. There is also slot for card insertion. The camera does not have the anti-shock function. and it consumes a lot of battery. Since it has so many function, the phone tends to freeze very often. You need to take out the battery and switch on the phone again in order to prevent the data lost.
** If you try out all of the above function, the phone needs to recharge every day.
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The Sony Ericsson K700i was eagerly anticipated as Sony Ericsson`s most exciting offering to date. Add the promise of an MP3 player, video clips, dual-fronts (one side looks like a phone, the other a digital camera) and a massive 41mb of on-board memory to Sony Ericsson`s already impressive armour of bluetooth, tri-band, excellent cameras and ringtones and you can see what all the fuss was about. I was one of those people looking forward to the release. Having previously owned a T610 and the even better T630 I was pretty much converted to Sony Ericsson`s glossy, easy-to-use style. While I was waiting for the K700i`s arrival I got myself a Nokia 6230 - offering pretty much the same features as the K700i. Immediately I fell in love with my 6230, but was still a Sony Ericsson convert and couldn`t wait to put my sim card in when the K700i arrived. However, a few weeks down the line and I am back with my 6230. Why, you ask? Read on... - The menu on the K700i at first looks impressive, with glossy 3D icons. However it often freezes for a few seconds then plays catch-up with itself and does everything you asked it do all in one go. Something I`ve seen on phones before, but didn`t expect to see on a Sony Ericsson. - Then there`s the camera - as you are lining the picture up everything looks great. But take the picture and a grainy effect appears on the image - every time. Quality of video clips is nothing to write home about either. - The quality of speaker sound when playing MP3`s is good, just not as good (or as loud) as the Nokia 6230. - As mentioned the K700i has an impressive 41mb of memory. However, unlike the Nokia 6230 this isn`t expandable meaning you would realistically be able to store a maximum of 10 MP3`s - and then you would have virtually no room for photo`s games etc. Games are one area where the K700i DOES stand out - two excellent 3Dgames (Tennis and Darts) are included on the phone. These are a real step forward, in fact th
e tennis game was dveloped by Sega and has many similarities with Virtua Tennis. So is the K700i a challenger to the 6230`s throne? Don`t get me wrong the K700i is a great phone in it`s own right, offering features that only one other phone on the market can match, but bar the games is pretty much second best in everything it does to the Nokia 6230 - I just get the feeling that at the moment Sony Ericsson have bitten off a little more than they can chew on this one. Future software updates may well rectify some of the problems, and I certainly expect SE to fight back strongly with their next phone, the S700 which boasts a megapixel camera and is due in October / November. If you refuse to to buy Nokia then go and get yourself a K700i - you won`t be disappointed - but at the end of the day the 6230 is still king of the castle, and rightly so
I previously owned a Sony T610, so when it was time to purchase a new mobile I was torn between staying with Sony and purcashing the new K700 or going for a Nokia 6230. There was little between the two, so I decided to stay with Sony as I alwys like the T610. The K700 blows thw T610 out of the water. Although not the sexiest of phones, it is very useable and a must for all T610 and T630 users who may be thinking of upgrading. The camera and video facilities are excellent and a vast improment on the previous model. It also has a radio and MP3 player on board which is also of excellent quality. I also found texting much easier as the design of the phone has been improved. The one criticisim of the phone would be the battery life. However, don't let this stop you buying this great phone. Well done Sony!!