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The Sony Ericsson K810i is a reliable and intuitive phone to use. Although not the most exciting option, the battery life is very good and the looks are sleek and minimal.

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      03.07.2010 12:26

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      A basic and budget phone that packs a punch when it comes to camera and music.

      The k810i was my upgrade of choice for my w850i as I figured I was already used to Sony ericssons own OS so while it was a fairly big upgrade hardware wise, it would be familiar ground on the software front.

      The k810i is your typical candybar style phone with a 2" screen and a 5 way mini joystick sort of thing. I had no issues in any direction and clicking felt sturdy. Surrounding the joystick are your shortcut keys and back and cancel keys. These looked rather cramped but I found them easy to use eventually not having to look at them. There is also a volume rocker, a camera shutter button on the phones sides and 2 shortcut keys on the top of the device for photo gallery and last photo, quite handy.

      The keypad is very stylish with it's spacious round silver buttons which are very easy to hit, I found I was essentially touch typing with t9 enabled, meaning I could send a text while in lecture with my phone under the table not even looking at it. This phone is the epitome of simplicity.

      This does not mean that the phone is basic, not by any means. It packs a 3.2 mp camera with a xenon flash AND a lens cover ( which activates the camera when opened ) I must say that this camera is better than others I have used, even those with higher mega pixel counts like the htc hero.

      The menu interface is your typical Sony ericsson layout 9x9 icons and is very easy to navigate plus you can assign quick launch buttons e.g press left for new message, down for contacts and up for facebook which is nice to be able to quickly reach your most used features.

      The music player is very simple but also very good, no 3.5mm jack but the supplied headphones are of top quality. The eq allows you to make your own custom setting which is handy if you're an audiophile. The feature that I loved most and I'd love to see on other devices is the ability to skip tracks by holding a volume key. This means that you can skip tracks without getting your phone out of your pocket you can also play/pause with the dedicated button.

      Playback was of the highest quality my only real gripe was using m2 memory sticks after having pro2duo stick in the w850 luckily Sony Ericsson are a little consistent now which is a good thing considering their m2 memory cards are a fair bit more expensive than micro sd cards.
      Transferring data is as simple as drag and drop but you can use the official Sony Ericsson media manager if you like, which is supplied in the box.

      Battery life was very good lasting a good few days with a fairly decent amount of usage (music facebook camera and games)

      Not being a smartphone means that it doesn't have a dedicated app store but most java apps an games will work and you can find plenty of them on the web but I'd check the resolution before downloading anything as the k810i supports 240 x 320. Anything. Smaller will play but will not fill the screen fully.

      You can browse the web on this but it is slow despite having 3g support and it is quite clumsy so I'd recommend downloading the gmail java client and the facebook bookmark and staying away from any heavy web browsing.

      In conclusion I found the k810i to be very reliable and simple to use. If you want a simple phone with a very good camera and music player that can be picked up for under £45 second hand, I'd recommend this phone.

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      10.01.2010 22:29

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      A great all round phone that has lasted longer than most Ive had previously.

      I have had this phone for nearly 3 years. It is simple to use with great applications. The camera takes a very clear picture and is easily accessed through a sliding cover on the back. The features such as recording sounds and photo warping are great fun. The phone comes with a very simple to use software disk that allows you to transfer files to and from your pc at the click of a button whilst all phone functions are still available. The built in FM radio works suprisingly well with the hands free kit supplied, but I found the earphones to be slightly uncomfortable. Ive found it very easy to transfer tracks from cds to my phone to use as ringtones, and to select photos of people in my phonebook to appear when they ring. The phone is very durable, I have a 1 year old that always seems to have it in his mouth or is hiding it in the smallest of places and the screen hasnt scrathed at all and the sound quality hasnt differed from when I first had it. A great buy if you are looking for a phone that doesnt have a touchscreen.

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      10.01.2010 17:06
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      If you can look after it and keep it in a case, I would highly recommend it.

      Some time ago, I purchased two Sony Ericsson K810i's - one for myself, and one for my partner, for two reasons : one, we needed a good quality camera for taking pictures of the baby, and by all acocunt the Sony Ericsson's were the best on the market; and two, the K800i had received persistently positive reviews, and seemed to hold it's value reasonably well on places such as Ebay.

      When the phones arrived, they looked modern, and didn't seem at all as bulky as many reviews would have you believe. The camera was indeed of the highest quality, and after a little use both indoors and out, I came to the conclusion that the K810i had, by far and away the best quality camera of any mobile I'd owned over the years (including my current mobile, the Nokia 5800). Images were crisp and clear, and the quality remained excellent when transferred to the PC for full screen viewing. The camera options also contain an 'infinite' option, so rather than the camera focusing before shooting (which often means you will miss those special moments, especially when it comes to photographing a baby!) it will instantly shoot the scene, and although the image quality is occasionally blurred with this option, nine times out of ten the pictures are perfect!

      The camera is the biggest plus about the Sony Ericsson. Other features, however, are a preference thing, which sadly neither myself or partner were particularly impressed with. The buttons are... strange. They are small and round, and appear, upon texting for the first time, to be spaced just that little bit too far apart. Ther are more pronounced than standard buttons, and texting can become a little bit of a chore. We could just never get used to the K810i keypad; it felt so awkward to use, and was undoubtedly (as you will find out from reading many impartial reviews) the phones' biggest detractor.

      Sony Ericsson - bafflingly - have chosen to keep the hidesouly unreliable joystick for navigating the various menus and screens, and it's as annoying as ever. This is the second SE I have owned, having sold the first due to the very same joystick feature eventually ceasing to function (or at least, i functioned in two directions, out of the four by the end), and Sony need, as they seem to with their more recent efforts, to ditch the joutsick completely, as it's a breeding ground for bits of fluff and other nasties clogging up it's functionality.

      The K810i also suffers from a very weak screen, meaning scratches, over time, will severely impact upon the screen's visibility. And, the final gripe, would be to have with the phone housing. The earpiece cover had fallen off at some point, and the level of dust which then got into the phone was unreal, rendering it utterly unuseable due to the screen being completely covered. Every couple of weeks, I needed to take the phone apart, and clean the back of the screen, as it was thick with dust, solely due to this one little imperfection in the housing.

      Overall, the Ericsson is a fantastic phone in terms of the camera. It's fairly reliable, but suffers from a very awkward keypad and poor build quality, once you get past the exterior. If you can keep the camera in a case, and can live with the funky buttons, I would absolutely recommend it for the right price. Calls and texts were rarely problematic, freezing up occasionally, but certaibnly not enough to cause an issue.

      Not bad.

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        02.01.2010 03:32
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        very good phone that is still going after nearly 2 years

        I am personaly a big fan on sony erricsson phones as i find them well mad and last alot longer than other phones.
        I have had the k810i for about a year now and it was second hand off a friend who had it for about 8months it is very good and still working very well.
        It has a sliding cover to protect camera which is really good as previouse phones i have had the lence has always got scratched.
        It holds quite a few pictures without a memory card but has a slot for what ever size memory card you want to put in there.
        The keys are quite small but spaced quite far apart so still easy to use. The volume can go quite loud aswel which i have always found handy when i have been in town as i always hear it ringing.
        I would recommend this phone if you want one that will last and is quite solid and NOT easily broken i have dropped it so many time and dropped in water a few times but it is still going.

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        30.11.2009 15:11
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        Not bad at all

        I got this phone second hand from a friend who had it for a year and now I have had it for 6 months. Considering it's age only 1 thing has gone wrong.

        This is the slimmed down version of the K800i. It has an autofocus camera and a flash. There is a music player, 3G video player and is avalible in black, red or ivory. It is good to see it has slimmed down because that was the main issue with the K800i. On the other hand the kay pad is a lot more fiddley now and the annoying joystick is still in place.

        The sceen is standard for high-end phones at 320 x 240 pixels and 262k colours. It's a pretty good display. The MP3 player copes with MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and WMA formats.

        My faveroite feature is the Bluetooth and this is because I have bluetooth on my computer. This means I can use my phone as a remote control for my computer. The phone supports video calling and high speed downloads up to 384 kbps. Internal memory is 64 MB but you can insert a Memory Stick Micro Card, which range up to 2GB.

        The best bit about the phone is the battery life. I rarely have to charge it and it doesn't take very long at all for it to charge. The battery life is supposed to last 350 hours on standby, I recon it lasts 3 days for me, two when I am using it loads and loads.

        The tennis game is terrible, the snowboarding game is quite a lot better but very limited.

        It's a decent phone that does what it's told. It's a bit dull and boring and probably made for blokes but generally, not bad at all.

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        11.09.2009 23:01
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        Good value reliable phone

        I got this phone as a replacement for a k800i that I had stolen in 2007. It's the 4th k series phone I've had as I find them easy to use and well built (the phone's been dropped more times than I can remember and still works without any major problems).

        The menus are navigated using the joystick, and are easy to find your way around, with both icons, and a label for the icon provided). The 2 major uses for the phone - text and phone contacts, are found in the middle of the menus, so are particularly easy to find.

        I use the 3.2mp camera regularly and it's great for taking good quality pictures, without having to play around with settings (although settings can be changed if you want). The video facility is on a par with other phone based videos, with both sound and picture being ok, but not outstanding.
        Memory for the photos and videos is provided by a removeable m2 card. The phone came with a 128mb card, which has held up to around 90-100 pictures, and i've never felt the need to upgrade to a larger card.
        A usb cable is provided for downloading from the camera, but I've found it just as easy to use a bluetooth dongle.

        Battery life seems good, with the phone needing charging around 2-3 times per week for regular use (phone switched on 24 hours a day mostly). One area i've found uses the battery very quickly is mobile internet. Using the internet for maybe 10 minutes per day sees the phone need charging almost every day.

        The main problem I have with the phone is that the joystick and shutter button for the camera have become stuck after time. As a result I don't use the camera so much, but as the joystick is the main way of navigating the menus, this can be a bit of a pain.
        That said, I've had the phone for nearly 2 years now, so to criticise the phone for this after this long with regular everyday use is maybe a bit unfair!

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        20.08.2009 21:39
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        Highly recommended camera phone,reliable,long battery life, quality camera! Nicely priced!

        I go through phones quicker than an F1 car does laps.

        The Sony Ericsson K810i is a quality phone, solid built, brilliant battery life and to top it off all the features you need like bluetooth, mobile internet and a brilliant 3.2 megapixel camera. The camera is taken from the K800i which received awesome reviews. It has autofocus and flash. I took this phone on a lot of nights out and have captured some unmissable moments which I would not of got without this phones amazing camera.

        I used this phone a lot when fishing as well and it more than stood up to the challenge of being at the side of a lake in mostly rubbish weather. I am a carp fisherman so need a phone that can last a few days without needing to be charged and the K810i fits the bill.

        Also, worth a mention, is the fact that when you connect the phone via the USB cable provided to your computer, you can use it like a USB pen drive which does come in handy and can be useful when printing photos off

        Basically, If you are looking for a cheap mobile phone with a decent camera that still looks good and is "hardy", the Sony Ericsson K810i is the phone for you.

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        05.06.2009 11:52

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        Great phone with lots of features

        I've had the K810 for over a year now and it is still working as well as it did when I purchased it. The 3.2 megapixel camera is very good and creates great quality photos that I have been able to use in design projects at my university.
        The music player is also a useful feature and is easier to use than media players I have used on other phones.
        This is my third Sony Ericsson phone now, and the reason I keep buying them is the sturdyness and easy to navigate menus. It is also very easy to personalise the phone with themes and backgrounds, aswell as a memory card slot for additional storage.
        The only slight problem I have encountered is that some of the keys have become a bit less responsive which can be irritating when text messaging, however I do use my phone a lot so I expect a little wear.
        Overall, a great phone with lots of useful features.

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        04.06.2009 23:25
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        Great phone and Camera Phone

        Sony Ericsson K810i

        Overall this phone is a good buy for several reasons; its great quality camera with a variety of different settings and modes, its easy to navigate menus, and well spaced buttons.

        Camera
        It's 3.2 mega-pixel camera is fast and easy to use and can capture some great photos in light and dark conditions with its xenon flash. It also comes complete with photo editing software on the phone so remove red eye etc. It also records videos which are no where near the same quality as the camera and slightly dissapointing.

        MP3 Player
        It has Sony Ericsson's walk man style MP3 player utility which allows you to listen to music with very good sound quality and its easy to create play lists and adjust the equaliser.

        Other features include internet access which is easy to use and navigate between pages. It comes with 64MB memory on the phone with the option to buy an M2 memory card of 2GB which these days you can get for under £10. The battery life for everyday use is rather good as I only charge it from empty to full once a week however watching videos, taking photos and listening to music drains the battery considerably.

        My only disapointment with the phone so far after having it 3 years is its joystick which sometimes becomes stuck and annoying at times. However overall I would really recommend this phone and its multiple functionalities.

        Thank You For Reading.

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          13.02.2009 10:38
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          A good phone

          The Sony Ericsson K810i is the second mobile phone in the K series class and is also my second Sony Ericsson. It is an updated version of the K800i, a phone that whilst I haven't personally owned, friends of mine have expressed enthusiastic reviews of. Like the K800i this phone features a 3.2 megapixel built in camera.

          This phone has a 262.144 color TFT screen, which unfortunately is hard to see in bright sunlight. At 106 x 48 x 17mm it is quite a large phone and does feel bulky in your pocket. The phone memory is only 64MB which is poor however the phone does feature an M2 slot meaning the capacity of the phone can be upgraded.

          I have been impressed by the 3.2 MP camera which can take photos in a variety of modes , with different scene presets, focus modes, flash settings and special effects. It also has a self timer to take them shots of yourself for your myspace profile, and can capture video.

          The phone itself has a lot of the modern features ; 3G video messaging (though I've never used), Bluetooth, infared, mp3 player, Internet, FM radio. Camera, Games, organiser etc.

          Overall I have been very happy with this phone, it's easy to use, stylish and is packed with a lot of features. There are some downsides though, as mentioned you lose the screen in bright sunlight, the battery isn't the best, and the button to boot up the internet is located next to one of the most used buttons on the phone, so I am constantly accidently turning the internet on. Other than that, this is a very good phone and I highly recommend it.

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            05.02.2009 21:53
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            Great Camera Phone

            I'm a really big fan of Sony Ericsson's. After years of staying faithful to Nokia I decided it was time for a change and decided on investing in a Sony Ericsson W800i which was the best phones I've ever had.

            When that died after years of abuse I invested in a K810i. The phone isn't much to look at and isn't the most hi-tech of phones but the camera quality is really good.
            The phone comes with a 128MB M2 memory card as standard, but if you like to have lots of photos and music on your phone I'd suggest investing in a 1GB card. I have a 1GB and have tonnes of songs and pictures and haven't had any problems so far.

            Overall this phone is very reliable as I've had no problems what so ever with it in the last 2 years and the picture quality is great

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            06.12.2008 12:16
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            the phone my brother bought

            My brother's mobile phone.

            My brother had this phone about half a month now and he is enjoying using it. His reasons of purchasing the phone are design and camera. He said the design is very stylish and very elegant. He really is flaunting it. Being a cybershot and all, its camera is superb. You can't say anything about it. It has this xenon light that will brighten the background of the picture.

            What i don't like in his phone is it is very bulky but not that heavy for its size. Its bulky such that when you put it in your pocket, you will surely feel something big in your pocket and other people will notice it too. Another thing is that its keypad color is fading fast. Very bad for a stylish phone. Because of this, you might want to change the keypad or worst, buy another phone!

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              19.11.2008 21:04
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              good phone

              I have had this phone for about 16 months now and everything is still working fine. Well it das have some severe scratches on the display but I guess hat is my fault and does not tell anything about the quality of the phone ;)

              When I chose this phone my main criteria was the 3.1 mega pixel camera combined with lots of storage space. Now, after more than a year I have to say the phone did not dissappoint me.

              I still take pictures and videos with it and the quality is gernally really good (for a mobile phone). However, this changes when there is not enough lite or so. It does have a flash funtion but that doesn alsways help. The overcomplicated menu doesnt make it easier either (just the options for the camera are a bit confusing, the normal phone menu is ok!).

              Another advantage of the phone is that it has infra red as well as bluetuth. This especially useful if you have a laptop with one of these functions. I do and it is really easy to upload your pics that you have taken with your phone to your laptop.

              The screen of the phone is quite good. but the clock is sometimes diffecult to read and it is annoying that you then always have to turn the light on to see what time it is.

              But generally it is a very reliable phone and I dont regret buying it.

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              06.11.2008 12:26

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              Good phone, great camera!

              I have had my sony ericsson K810I for just over a year now. I got it as a replacement for a motorola phone. My main criteria was to have a good camera, as I was just about to have a baby and wanted to be able to send family pictures of him.

              And i must admit the camera on this phone is brilliant, it was better than my actual sony cybershot camera at the time. (so much so we went and brought a new camera as well). They also print out very well using my photo printer.

              I don't tend to use other features on my phone ie radio, mp3 player so i can't comment on those. However this phone has survived a year of abuse, with no damage to the casing or buttons (despite being chewed and dropped by my son). Battery life is excellent, and i've had no problems with sound which i have had with previous phones.

              A great little phone, which if you can get on contract is well worth it.

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              15.10.2008 15:27
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              good simple easy to use phone

              I have had this phone now over a year and it is very reliable. Only problem i have had with the phone is one of the buttons fell off in the first week of getting the phone. Even though this happened i would have no problems in reccomending it. Photos it takes are of good quality. The battery last longer than any phone i have ever had. I had the model below this before and there was always a problem witht he little joystick on the old model but on this no problems at all with the joystick.
              It is easy to use the software provided with the phone and to take the photos of the phone. It is just as esy to put songs and photos onto the phone using the cables provided. The screen is very hard wearing and does not seem to show the scratches it picks up.

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              The camera button is located on the right hand side supporting its claim to be a serious digital camera. It has buttons at the top which are shortcuts to the camera albums. The memory card slot is on the left hand side. The camera lens cover is a small smooth slider, that is unlikely to come open in your pocket.

              The menu
              It is very easily scrollable, with the messaging and contact book icons centrally placed for easy access. Messaging is a doddle, there's a ready selection of smilies in the insert symbol section. When you send a message it suggests a list of your most recent recipients for easy access. The K810i also supports picture messaging and video calling. There is a decent array of organisational features including calendar, alarms, timer, stopwatch, notepad, task pad and a password protected area for personal information

              The contacts book
              You can scroll through it using the letter keys. You can add several numbers for each contact, and it shows if one of your contacts has multiple numbers. It's easy to copy between the phone and sim card memory.

              Even though the K810i isn't famed for its music playing capabilities, it still has an excellent MP3 player, and this is hardly surprisingly coming from the same family as the popular Walkman phones. The technology is the same, and with an external memory card (M2 Memory Stick Micro) the K810i can double as a capable MP3 player. There is also an FM radio, but you have to use Sony Ericsson's own headphones for this as the headphones serve as the antenna.

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              The world is full of pictures. The compact K810i Cyber-shot phone has all you need to catch the moment - and make it look as special as it was.

              The 3.2-megapixel camera comes packed with features. Get sharp with auto focus. And don't let poor lighting worry you: use the Xenon flash.

              Use BestPic to snap nine photos in a second. Keep the ones you like. Share them via picture messages or by posting them on your blog site.

              With Photo fix, you have that extra, magical dark room touch. Adjust light balance, brightness and contrast in one go, and see your good shots turn great.