Product Type: Sony Ericsson mobile phones
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Sony Ericsson k810i Review.
Sony Ericsson K810i
Member Name: gingertilly18
Sony Ericsson K810i
Advantages: Good camera, nice big keypad, simple UI, decent and featured music player.
Disadvantages: Small screen, no 3.5mm jack, have to use m2 cards, lack of wifi
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.
Summary: A basic and budget phone that packs a punch when it comes to camera and music.
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