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      20.09.2012 13:20

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      Would buy it without the touchscreen keys any day

      The Sony Ericsson K850i is probably the best phone I have yet to use. The phone was extremely well built, although this did make it a little chunky and heavy. This phone was able to perform all the usual functions you would expect from a phone. At the time of buying this phone I also wanted a camera, so I could take pictures on the go. With this phone it was the perfect compromise. This had two important things I needed in one.

      With it being in the Cyber-shot category you can be rest assured that the camera is well made in this phone. Even if I compare its pictures to a 'newer' phone the cameras still can't compete and with the 5 megapixels there is more than enough clarity in the picture. Not only does the nice big screen show the pictures well but put them on your computer and they are just as good as digital camera pictures.

      Sadly the major downfall for me was the 3 touch screen buttons. I have always been very dubious of touch screen and this phone only seemed to really put me off touch screen phones. I was out on day in a small shower and had to take my phone out. Obviously rain got onto the screen. This seemed to send the phone crazy and it started to do all sorts of things on its own. In the end that small shower had managed to water damage the phone and the touch screen buttons no longer worked, making this great phone no longer usable.
      I will admit that touch screen has come a long way since then so I may change my mind. For me if they remade this phone without touch screen buttons I would 100% buy it as it suited me perfectly.

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      12.03.2012 09:52
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      Has ticks in all the right places

      I have the K850 as a backup phone which comes out when the other phones break which alone says alot about the durabilty of this phone!

      The shape of the phone is rather bulky and square in my opinion and does take up a considerable amount of space in the pocket however it does mean that it is very hard to drop this phone but if you do it wont break easily

      Calls on this phone are of average quality, you can here the other people but sometimes it seems a tad quiet, however I have never had a problem with it not being able to connect a call or dropping out during a call.

      Texting on this phone is quick and easy as it is the same as all previous models of the sony ericsson

      The phones operating system is sony ericssons own and if you have had a sony ericsson phone in the past you will be able to pick it up in no time at all as most of the options and icons remain the same as previous models, however this doesnt hold much option to customising the user interface as many of the newer andriod operating systems do.

      if you plan on using this phone on the internet alot then you wont be too dissapointed however i would recommend you download an application such as opera mini to make accessing the internet faster and more structured compared to the phones own browser.

      one of the main features of this phone is the camera and to this day it is by far the best camera I have ever used on a phone, many options to choose and change and the flash works perfectly for low light situations or photos on nights out, the picture quality is amazing!

      The screen on the phone is fairly large for the type of phone, very usefull when taking a veiwing pictures or watching mobile video clips, however it is not as viberant as some of the newer phones out.

      The keyboard is fairly practical, easy to get to grips with however the only downside is the two soft keys which are intergrated into the screen, this sometimes is a bit strange when coming to use the phone but a good introduction into minor touchscreen

      Battery life on this phone isnt amazing, i would recommend replacing the battery every year to get the most out of them, sometimes it gets very hot when in use alot!

      The phone being a sony ericsson means you can add on features such as games and applications but they have to be for the Java format .jar and themes have to be in sonys own format, however for this phone they have to be model specific which the bigger screen resolution and the touch softkeys.

      The charger for this phone is the sony ericsson own, this is a very durable charger and does the job well, the only downside is that you have the charging port on the phone is fairly large and can often fill with durt if you work in a dusty environment such as building.

      the only down side of this phone is that they have not put any real emphasis on the music part, the speaker is quite poor and it lacks the music recognition software that makes the W models quite special, also the headset provided is a basic set of earphones.

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      16.10.2010 23:40

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      It's the one I keep coming back to.

      I have had this phone for a little over two years now, and apart from a few days trying other makes and models, I've always come back to this one.

      First of all, the phone is very robust. I have dropped it so many times, even in water a few times, and it is still going now, with only slight water damage to the screen. I did have the blue ring of death after a couple of months, however a little bit of internet searching provided me with everything I needed to fix it, without having to spend additional money or send it away.

      My main use of this phone is for texting people. The predictive text is pretty much the best I have come across, and it is simple enough to add extra words to the dictionary.

      The 5mp camera was a real selling point for me on this phone, and I have taken some stunning pictures with this phone, although the autofocus does have a few issues on deciding where its focus should be sometimes, especially in crowded places, such as a rock gig. Unusually, the camera supports not only Sony's M2 memory card format, but also microSD. I have been running happily with a 4gb M2 card for ages, which I now mainly use for when I'm out shooting pics.

      The phone has a decent Mp3/WMA player, although the headphones provided aren't the best - that said they do double up as your aerial for the FM radio.

      When this phone was released, it was unashamedly high end. Even now it can hold it's own against many newer phones.

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      06.09.2010 14:11
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      Great phone for texting and making calls

      Sony Ericsson are a massive name in mobiles and this phone did not disappointed when it was released. nearly 3 years on I cna now say that it was well ahead of the times in some ways but now seems like the world of smartphone and full touchscreens have moved us in another direction with phones. Even with all the new gadgets and "apps" if you want a phone that makes calls and sends texts (with the ability to browse the internet limited by the screen size) then you have found the right phone in the Sony Ericsson K850i.

      Straight out of the box this is what you get:

      Sony Ericsson K850i Cyber-shot
      512MB Memory Stick Micro (M2)
      Charger
      USB Cable
      Stereo Headphones
      Strap
      CD with Software
      Manuals

      The main features of the phone are, a 5mega-pixel camera (photos and video) a radio, a few games and other applications. The texting uses predictive text which is very good. The phone also features 512mb of storage for music and has a decent music player.

      There is an attachment to take regular (3.5mm jack) headphones which is available on ebay.

      The three touchscreen keys at the bottom of the screen are good but can be a bit temperamental at times which is the only reason I would mark this phone down in any way.

      Call quality is great and the phone demonstrates great reception. All in all a great phone if a bit outdated now.

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      20.08.2010 20:30
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      Not a phone I'd recommend having read numerous reports of similar faults from other users.

      I upgraded from the w850i to the K850i as it promised a better camera and I love taking photos while I'm out and about. The phone comes with a 5 megapixel Cyber Shot camera which doesn't disappoint. Photos are crisp and clear, no matter the lighting conditions and, thanks to the 5mp, can be reproduced and blown up to your hearts content (well, within reason!). My only negative is that the digital zoom is a little annoying but, as I've not found a digital zoom that's any use, this is forgiveable.

      I was excited to be getting this phone as it was my first touchscreen mobile. This is marketed a little cheekily though as it isn't a proper touchscreen at all. It seems three markers at the bottom of the screen are touch sensors and this is what you're actually using (the sensors correlate to whatever is directly above them on the screen itself) but it's a nice effect either way.

      Menus are straightforward and easy to use in the standard Sony Ericsson style. Despite this not being advertised as a walkman phone it has a music player and memory capacity equal to other Sony Ericsson walkman phones on the market at the time and I was very impressed with it's function and ease of use.

      I had this phone on contract for 18 months, it was under warranty for 12 months. In typical fashion after 12 months everything started to go wrong, and by everything I mean the touch screen. To begin with the touchscreen merely required a little extra pressure to activate, it ended with the touchscreen being completely responseless however and rendered the phone difficult to use. This was compounded when the actual buttons on the phone started to malfunction. The 'scroll down' key failed to function eventually leaving me having to scroll up through every menu screen to reach what needed only one press of the down key. A press of the 7 key also stated typing d,e and f and dialling 3 - I was then unable to dial any phone number containing a 7 (that's a LOT of phone numbers!). Needless to say it became very frustrating and time consuming. A shame considering the phone's other attractive qualities.

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        19.07.2010 09:37

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        Good, but would be better

        I bought this phone with the intent to make make use of the 5 megapixel camera because at the time it was the best one around!

        Under the correct conditions, the camera works just as well as a standalone 5megapixel digital camera, however, for the best quality photos I would still reccommend purchasing an actual digital camera!

        The Orange homescreen annoyed me from the start, so I immediately disabled this function! I found the homescreen menu slow and difficult to use, pretty unresponsive and useless.

        Overall though, I love this phone, and like most other Sony Ericssons, it is very easy to use!

        There is, however, one massive disadvantage.

        During my 18 month contract, I had a grand total of FOUR, yes, four Sony Ericsson K850i handsets! This was due to the phone breaking, and every single time it would be something to do with the touch screen.

        It often became totally unresponsive, thus making the phone itself useless.

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        20.03.2010 10:00
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        worst phone i've had

        Sony Ericsson K850i- This has been the worst phone that I have ever bought. It has been returned to the manufacturers many times. All I have had is problems with it since the first month. It has been returned twice because the screen was going blank. Each time I was loosing everything that was saved to the phone, including my baby's first photos. Then the touch screen stopped working. Eventually the screen went blank AGAIN and it stopped charging. Also, it made a lot of strange noises - as if to warn you that the battery needed charging, when that wasn't the case - very annoying during the night! I couldn't be bothered to send it back again, i've accepted that it's never going to work properly for a long period of time. This was such a shame because it had good photo and sound quality. This phone wasn't cheap either, i bought it for £150 as a Pay as you go. Complete waste of cash and caused a lot of inconvenience. Not recommended.

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          24.02.2010 23:15
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          Disadvantages, where do I start?

          Following recommendations from friends, I purchased a Sony Ericsson phone. I have always used Nokia in the past and was looking forward to trying something new. I was extremely disappointed by the phone and it's features. The handset itself was bulky and quite heavy. The buttons were difficult to press down.
          For an avid texter such as myself I soon discovered that I had an aching wrist and a sore thumb! I had hoped for much more from the 5 mega pixel camera. The quality of pictures was extremely poor. Pictures were blurred, often appeared dark, particularly indoors and after altering the settings (many times). Outside, the pictures appeared too bright. After approximately six weeks of usage, the hand set began to switch itself off for no apparent reason and the screen would frequently freeze. I would then have to remove the battery. I returned the set twice but it was replaced with a refurbished hand set. I would not recommend this phone and would not purchase a Sony Ericsson in the future.

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            12.01.2010 22:09
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            great product. a must have!

            Ive always valued sony ericsson phones for their durability and ability to withstand the pounding i invariably put my phones through on a daily basis. I have treid other brands, but always had them break on me.
            This phone has an amazing camera built into it, and has been designed to function as a camera as well. turn it on its side, and its as if you are holding a digital camera, with its own on/off switch and capture button. IT also records videos which i have not used much but can say that the quality is good as well with active zoom options availiable.
            The phone itself has many of the normal sony ericsson features along with a few games that can be played by actively moving the phone.
            The buttons takle a while to get used to, my thumb hurt for the first few days, as these are more like pressing pegs than keys, but now i find them easier to use than normal keys.
            there are some touch screen functions, which give a glimpse of the future and how phones are now being manufactured.
            Battery life is very good, and the bottom of the phone has a handy drop down section which allows you to take out your sim and memory card, independantly of the battery. they slot and lock into place, no more fiddly sim under the battery lark here!
            the screen is large, and there are numerous colour schemes you acn download from sony ericsson direct if you dont like any of the stored colour schemes in the phone.
            I am yet to find something wrong with this phone, and ive had it over 2 years now. it even has a very handy super bright LED torch that you can turn on when walking in the dark. this isnt a backlight, but an actual LED, that gives off a phernomenal amount of light. it also doubles up as the camera flash.

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            10.01.2010 23:43
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            standard phone good many features holds it own

            2 years old and still going strong software was a problem so make sure the upgrade is added, my fiance is still using it after i had it, 5 meg camera is good quality, has cyber shot technology which means you can get some really good shots when using it no need need to take a digi camera out with you when your on a night up upload photos to facebook on the go if you wish, i prefer to use the t9 writing function while texting which as some phones predictive text goes it is easy to use and easy to edit if needed, as an all rounder phone it is getting dated but over all can hold its own still stylish and functional, 3g is slow depending on location for network conection but is fun to use if you bored great feature to impress your mates, and great for naughty calls ;) .

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            16.11.2009 13:24
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            Great allrounder for those with a mid level budget

            Having used the k850i for the previous 12 months untill i upgraded recently this is how i found the phone to be.
            The actual phone is very simple to use, the menus are all simple and intuitive making adding contacts and finding files very simple unlike some other phones i have tried.
            The call quality is very good with clarity not an issue though the handset volume maximum is a little low for noisey environments but thats what earphones are for i suppose.
            The quality of the camera is superb and for most people would be enough to remove the need for a seperate digital camera, though the quality isn't always apparent on the screen.
            The internet connection is good especially in 3G+ areas abd the phone deals with resizing web pages etc very well so browsing is quite easy.
            The only negatives that i have experienced with this model is that it froze a couple of times which was easily solved by the faithfull turn off wait 30seconds and turn back on solution.
            All in all this phone provides a good allround experience that some more modern handsets may struggle to give.

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            08.11.2009 19:32
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            Good all round phone, very reliable.

            I have had my Sony Ericsson K850i mobile phone for just under a year and overall I am quite impressed with the phone.

            The phone is very easy to use in terms of making calls and sending text messages. I find that the 'predictive text' function on the phone is very easy to use. I find that the phone is quite clear and I can hear callers with great clarity and there is no problem with hearing them or with interference.

            The phone has a lot of features that you can expect to find on any standard mobile phone, such as a Bluetooth feature, an internet access feature (GPRS), a digital camera feature, an FM radio scanner, Track ID, and an MP3 Player.

            I would point out that the camera function on the mobile is second to none, and has five mega-pixels to play with. The picture quality is very clear, particularly when compared to my old phone, but I do find that the photo editor function on the mobile phone really helps to improve my picture quality.

            The only problem I find with the camera function on the whole is that the touch screen on the phone makes it quite difficult to 'time' a photo opportunity correctly. The touch screen is quite slow, and this means that timing is crucial when taking a picture, which of course isn't always possible!

            The buttons on the phone are easy to use for the most part, although I find them to be a bit smaller than other models of mobile phone that I use on a regular basis, so this might make this model of mobile phone a bit difficult to use for anybody who has hands that aren't particularly small!!

            The MP3 feature is really easy to use and I find that it is particularly easy to upload music files onto the phone. I find also that it is easy to select and play music from my phone whereas other phones that I have used before aren't so easy to use.

            I would say that the Sony Ericsson is very durable and robust as I know of at least two occasions when the phone has been dropped and it has not sustained any damage to either the screen or the keypad, whereas I think other mobile phones would have.

            All in all I would thoroughly recommend this Sony Ericsson phone as I have had no major problems with it and I find it very easy to use and all of the features are easy to utilise.

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            12.10.2009 15:09
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            Good phone with great camera, beware buying 2nd hand though

            I got this phone as a free upgrade for my k800i about 2 years ago and have been really pleased with it so far.

            Intially I was delighted with this phones, all the features have made my life much easier.

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            *5Mp camera - great for all photos
            *Xenon flash - makes any photos taken in the dark look great - it really is the difference between photos looking like they are taken on a 'real' camera and taken on a camera phone.
            *Expanable memory through M2 memory cards is very handy.
            *GSM 850 - means you can use this phone in america as well as europe which can be handy if you are a bit of a jet setter.

            To be honest, everything else on this phone is pretty much standard for any new phone being sold for more than about £50 or £60 at the moment.

            The only real thing different thing on this phone from others out there is the touch buttons which are fun but ultimately pointless, and this will be the last phone i buy with touch buttons.

            The real test for any phone is the durability, if you are on a contract it aslong as the average lifetime is over about 18months this wont really matter for you, but if you are on pay as you go this will be very important for you.

            After 2 years, of VERY careful useage my precious k850i is starting to show signs of old age. Recently it crashed and I couldn't turn it on, which was resolved by updating the firmware via the p.c., which unfortunately meant loosing everything on my phone. And the screen has started flashing randomally for no apartent reason, a problem I have yet to discover how to fix.

            Overall this is a good phone and has a great camera, which is the only reason to buy it. If you are just using your phone as a 2nd camera then you really don't need more than a 5Mp camera phone (aslong as it has a xenon flash and a good lens).

            One point to note is if you are buying this phone second hand then be certain it is in great condition before you buy as you can never tell how long 2nd hand phones will last for.

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              09.10.2009 01:14
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              if you after a cheap batphone this is the one

              I love this phone, i used it for about 2 years previously and still have it as a backup phone should anything go wrong with my older model. I did have problems in its early days with it rebooting etc as many users have reported however this was fixed with the latest software releases and a quick upgrade offered by most manufacturers sorted that out.

              despite some negative reports i personally as an extremely heavy user had little or no problems with the device. it offers many more features than any other device of its time (excluding the n95) and the camera quality is excellent when compared to others on the market. especially for the embarrassing shots of friends in dark pubs and clubs.

              design wise it looks good but if you txt a lot the keys can be a little painful on the thumbs. my handset has been dropped in pints of alcohol and had the back none removable case broken off and super glued back to the circuit board and again the phone functions without a single problem. highly durable and for the prices its available for now its a phone that you cant really go wrong with.

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              04.10.2009 05:27
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              Buy it, you wont be disappointed

              Have had this phone over a year and if you believe the reviews you wouldnt touch this phone with a barge pole. Its a great phone in my opinion . Fast internet (download opera and use that) and 5mp camera. I text a lot and at first thought it would be awkward but its fine you get used to it and its its quick. It is a bit chunky but have dropped it a good few times and its very durable, the only thing I could fault it is when you take a photo and the flash sometimes doesnt go off.

              You can also download something called Vradio which lets you listen to all radio around the world, including sports which is cool.
              MP3s are easy to download as ringtones and message tones. I love this phone so much have turned down an upgrade!

              You can pick them off ebay for about £80 and in my opinion thats a bargain

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            The K850i Cyber-shot phone is a true digital still camera - down to the very last of its 5 megapixels.