I seem to have access to a lot of phones! My brother works for a mobile company so he gives them to me to road test and review then I have to give them back lol!
I really, generally speaking, rate Sony Erricson phones. I think it is a quality make and again generally speaking make really well.
However, this phone has some good features like a cyber shot camera and email access but the phone's main special features are based around James Bond. But that doesn't really interest me at all. I would want a James Bond car definitely with all the extras but this is a phone which I use to call and text. The bond features include, screen savers, a ring tone, and a moving feature when you switch the phone on. I just feel its all a bit unecessary and a marketing ploy when the phone is good enough on its own.
The keypad is quite tricky to use the keys on the key pad are angled downwards slightly and I think if the were flat it would be a bit easier to use as you always seem to catch the next key as you are typing.
The phone is stylish to look at definitely and its a good size to fit in your pocket or tiny clutch bag! It comes on fairly good contract deals where you dont have to pay for the phone and its roughly with most providers £25 p/m Unlimited texts and calls.
I would recommend this phone as a functional one but please dont buy it expected James Bond incorperated in the phone because this may prove disappointing!
Well its been about two and a half years that I've had this phone for and until a couple of months ago I had never experienced any problems with it.
When I brought the phone from my local 02 shop, I went home feeling very happy as it was a very popular phones that fulfilled all my needs. It's 3.2 megapixel camera was what drew me to this particular phone back then. Its ability to capture the sharpest images with the bonus of flash and red eye reduction made it even better, so good that i sold my digital camera on ebay shortly after.
The phone has several other features such as:
Although the phone sounds great at the moment, there are its flaws. Firstly the quality of the radio is poor, no matter where I tried to listen it would be too unclear to listen too.
The keypad is also another flaw, the buttons are so close together that someone with large fingers would have difficulties using this phone. The phone itself is also rather large and I now call my phone 'the brick' due to its size and makes a huge buldge in your trouser pockets. On the other hand however you will know straight away if your phone has slipped at your pocket by mistake.
The biggest flaw by far is also common in other sony ericsson handsets and I would have thought they would of address the problem by now. The joystick doesn't work for me anymore. When I unlock my phone, the joystick automatically selects options without me holding it down, which has resulted in sending loads of blank texts, very frustrating!
Overall I will give this phone a 7/10 as the features on the phone are fairly good but the durability of it is quite poor. I would recommend that you choose Samsung and Nokia phones over Sony Ericsson.
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Sony Ericsson k800i Mobile Phone (Special Edition)
I have had this phone for about six months now and it really in my opinion is a great phone to have. However my friend also has this phone but not the special edition version and I personally feel that she has got the better phone.
Now you would think that a special edition phone would be far superior to the bog standard version. This is not the case however, the only difference that we have found between our phones is the fact that mine is a flashy silver colour and hers is a more slicker black colour. The bad side however to owing the silver edition of this phone is that is has a significant amount of chips and wearing to the edges where as hers looks as good as the day she bought it! We both shove our phones in our bags and let them bounce around but mine really does look worse for the wear. I wish I had got the bog standard one now!
However this phone has a load of great features and I still and pleased with it and proud to say I own it. The 3.2 mega pixel flash integrated camera was what initially attracted me to buying this particular phone. I have never owned a Sony Ericsson before but I am surprisingly pleased with the performance this unit is giving me.
The battery power is very good and there is also a button at the side of the phone which will let you know what percentage of phone battery life you have left, so even when the bar is displaying red you know that you still have around 15% of battery life which is good and prevents over charging.
The size of the phone is rather large compared to a lot of other phones that are out on the market these days but the weight is surprisingly manageable. I do like a larger phone however as I like to be able to find it easy in my Mary Poppins style handbag. The memory capability for photos and music is not very good at all but the fact you can buy a memory card to extend this memory is really fine and now I have purchased this said memory card I can store loads of pictures and sound tracks onto the phone making it a real personal data system.
It can hold so many phone number and contact cards, which gives you the ability to store addresses, numbers, emails, photos and so much more to just one name. The range of options available from the main menu is pretty good and there are so many options available. The amount of folders and subfolders held within the phone is great and it did take me a good while to navigate round the phone and familiarise myself with all the different options.
The photos look really clear and having the flash really does help to make this phone feel like a good proper camera as well as a good phone to use. Since having this phone I have yet to use my digital camera as this Sony Ericsson camera Phone offers all I need in the whole process of taking pictures and being able to edit them as I see fit.
The sound from the phones is not as good as some other phones that have since been released on to the market but for the ringtone and the small amount of use I have for it as a personal walkman it really does work well for me. I would say that I find this phone is more for people who are interested in taking a good quality photo out and about rather than interested in a good music capability.
I got this phone on a contract so therefore have not paid the retail price which I think was about £250. I would say however that I think £250 is a fair price for this great working mobile phone and camera.
Being on the hunt for a new phone I was drawn to the k800i mainly because of its capacities as a camera phone, but I didn't really like the black edition that was available on pay as you go. I didn't particularly want a contract phone, either, but I did think the limited edition silver version looked a lot nice than the black, and to be perfectly honest, after seeing Casino Royale and loving it, the fact that the phone appeared in the film and also contained James Bond content tempted me.
I eventually signed up on a contract with O2, opting for the 12 month leisure plan contract that offered 500 free texts and 1000 free minutes (only available for use between 7pm and 7am weekdays and all weekend) and 1 MB of internet use per month for £25. This particular phone was only available on O2 and is, as far as I know, available until the end of January and comes with a pack of Casino Royale playing cards and three free Bond DVDs (Goldfinger, The Man With the Golden Gun and Goldeneye).
The phone's main selling point is most definately the camera. I had hoped that I'd be able to ditch my digital camera once I had this phone as it even is equipped with a proper flash. Certainly, as far as camera phones go, this one is fairly impressive with an array of features to choose from including Best Pic mode where pictures are taken before and after you click and you can choose to save as many as you wish. It is fairly easy to use and after fiddling about with it a handful of times you should be familiar with the function and it is ready to use fairly quickly. Both the camera and the video functions are good, but by no means excellent and I don't know if I'd be able to get rid of my digital camera quite yet, although its more than adequate for catching those day to day snaps.
Its a fairly sizeable phone and probably not something that most people could carry around in their pockets without looking like they have a hernia, but despite its size, the screen takes up most of the room and the buttons are squashed down the bottom and it makes it quite awkward to text with, even though I have tiny hands.
It is easy to navigate around the menus, though, and most of its functions are fairly standard for phones these days such as bluetooth, a radio function, some basic games, a calendar/organiser function and an internet capability. You can, however, use it as a Walkman phone as it is able to store MP3 files, but with a fairly limited internal memory you wont be able to store many. However, you can buy a memory card for it which will set you back about another £30 for a 1GB card.
As it is a 3G phone it also has video calling capabilities, but I suppose this is a function that most people probably wouldn't use.
If you are buying this phone specifically for the James Bond content, don't bother. Although it does come with a few themes, a James Bond theme ringtone, some casino themed message alerts and a Casino Royale trailer, you can download most of these off the official Casino Royale website.
A nice touch is the camera lens cover. My previous camera phone didn't have this and the lens was always getting covered in fluff and dirt, but the screen on this K800i is not set into the phone even slightly, so will be easily scratched.
Sony Ericsson does seem to be on the rise these days and seems to be even overshadowing the giant Nokia. My lsat phone was a Nokia and I didn't think I could ever be converted, but I was pleasantly surprised by this phone's ease of use and functionality. However, I would have been extremely disappointed if I had bought the phone on pay as you go for around £250 as I don't think it is a huge improvement on the 3 year old Nokia 7250i I previously owned, or at least not enough of an improvement to justify the price tag. It certainly is all singing and all dancing, but I think it is so costly because it is 3G and I probably wont utilise the 3G functions much.
The K800i is slightly bigger than its predecessor but still remains to be quite an attractive looking phone.
The picture quality resembles that of a very good digital camera.
With video calling it makes it a great all rounder. I would definately recommend it to any one. As it is extremely easy to use, and i have had no problems with it. The video calling is easy. If you want to call someone via video call you just click on the option to video call... it's as simple as that.
The phone itself has a very good memory capacity and it enables you to keep a reasonable quantity of songs on it that can either be listened to using the media player, or used as a ringtone. So if you're not lucky enough to own an ipod it's the next best thing.
Sending ringtones to your friends and family is made easier and cheaper by bluetooth.
What more could you want?
I have had a sony Ericsson mobile phone now for 3 years, i have had the previous 3 models. The Features don't differ much with each. But the biggest difference would have to be the camera.
Now when i go out or go to a party i don't need to take my digital camera i just take my phone the picture quality is exactly the same and as you get a free data cable it's easy to download them straight on your computer.
The only things that i would say are wrong with it (they are only slight) is that the buttons are to close together, either that or i have fat fingers.. lets not go into that, and the slide on the camera moves very easily so when i put it in my pocket or in my bag the camera comes straight on.
I think it's safe to say that Sony Ericsson have done gone with this one.
Oh by the way if you're wondering whether you should have the James bond K800i or the black K800i... Then just go on whether or not you like the colour because the only difference is a couple of free pictures and The James Bond themed ringtone.