Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson K800i
Member Name: EdgySurveys
Sony Ericsson K800i
Advantages: Excellent photo/video camera. Easy-to-use navigation. Large screen. Robust, sleek design.
Disadvantages: You could argue it's a little pricey given its age now, but I say it's worth it.
-- Introduction --
I first got this phone about two years after its public release; prior to it I mainly had Nokia's and so wasn't used to the format or functioning of a Sony mobile, but have to say, I was pleased.
-- The Phone --
I will go in to the specific features of this mobile; but to begin, as a basic overview of this mobile: I'd like to say that it's an easy-to-use, attractive, comfortable, quality mobile.
> It's got a nice big screen.
> It has a lovely little navigation knob (oi, don't laugh!) stick.
> It's got well-spaced out, well-sized buttons.
Okay, so let's get in to the specifics...
-- The Screen --
One of the more and probably most important things for all mobile phones is of course the screen, as it's what you will be looking at for months or years, navigating on; texting and looking at media on.
Spec: (240 x 320 pixels)
The screen on this mobile is fairly fantastic. When you look at the design of the phone, you can see that prominent space has been given to it, and this was before smartphones hit, so it was a little ahead of its time; when a lot of other mobiles had much smaller screens. I think that the navigation and button pad has been nicely condensed to allow for a lovely long screen that compliments the phone's shape.
-- The Camera --
In short: the camera on this phone is excellent.
Spec: (3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash)
A camera of 3.15 megapixels at the time I believe was pretty good, but all I know is that - regardless of the 5,6... 7,8? megapixel cameras you can get in phones now... it's pretty much just a numbers game of one-upmanship to me as, even at TWO megapixels... unless you're a professional photographer (in which case, I'm sure you wouldn't be using a mobile phone for your work) - there really isn't much need for resolution much beyond that.
Even at say 2MB as I said (which this phone has an option to take at, in order to save space): the photos are crystal clear and once you upload them on to your PC, they're fairly huge.
If you're going to be using your mobile phone mainly for taking personal snapshots of outings with friends and family, and even scenery or other such things for personal albums, this camera will easily suffice your needs. And its flash means that it can take high-quality photos under bad lighting also.
Video recording is also easy on this phone, and the quality is also very good.
-- The Battery Life --
Aside from ease-of-use and features, I know that at least for me personally and probably yourself, battery life is of pretty supreme importance when considering a mobile phone.
I can tell you that the battery life for this phone is fairly great.
Spec: (upto 7 hours talk-time / upto 350 hours stand-by)
I no longer have this phone, purely because I had it for so long that I wore it out; but the fact I did have it for so long (about four years) shows what a quality phone it is and what quality battery life it has. I rarely remember even having to charge this phone, obviously I must have had to at some points; but it seemed very infrequent in comparison to how often I need to charge my phone.
If you're looking for a robust phone with a solid battery life, this is surely one of them.
-- The Memory --
Memory can be important for a lot of people, as they tend to store a lot of photos and videos on their mobile. I'd say that the initial memory for this phone is average for its time.
Spec: (64MB internal memory, memory-stick space for upto 2GB)
This phone has an internal memory of 64MB, which doesn't seem like a lot of space these days to be honest, but there is a memory-stick slot so you can store an additional 2GB.
Unless you're intending to use this mobile as a serious MP3 player (which it is very good as by the way due to excellent audio quality) then even the basic memory I'd say is easily fine for the storage of most of your photos and short videos, which I'm sure you'll mostly be transferring as you go anyway.
-- Closing Statment / Overall View --
Overall this is an excellent phone which I used for a very long time.
I also know of a few friends who had this phone and also loved it a lot, and if you look around the net, you'll see many many people who loved and still love this phone.
It's a perfect size to hold, the screen is large, the navigation is very easy; the phone itself is very easy to use with excellent audio/video quality and it's very robust and well-made.
In terms of price, you're going to be paying about £80 for this phone still, which to be honest - isn't that cheap considering it's been out a long time now. But that really just proves how popular this phone is, as the demand for it is obviously still high, and I think the components in it are quality.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced but outstanding mobile for general and even occasional media use (again, this is very good for MP3 playback in particular), this phone is a great choice.
Oh and PS. It also looks the business!
Summary: Fantastic, sleek, reliable, quality mobile phone.
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