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I got the Sony Ericsson K700i back in 2004, so before my reviewing days. However, amazingly I still have it, and have used it fairly recently while my current phone was being replaced after dying. It is the only phone I have kept as a spare, and although it is probably coming to the end of its use, I will always have a certain nostalgia for it.
This was my first mobile phone that had a camera with a 4x zoom (and 1.2 megapixels), and also could record videos of 15 seconds. This sounds like nothing compared to today's phones, but at the time (to me at least) it seemed like cutting edge technology. Th pictures of course look grainy now. However, at the time it was fantastic being able to take photos of my friends and attach them to my contacts in the phone.
My absolutely favourite aspect of this phone was that it was the first time I could use an MP3 as a ringtone and as an alarm clock (even my current phone doesn't do the alarm clock). I used to have Eiffel 65's "Move your Body" as a ringtone, and as an alarm clock for a while I had "Shut you F***ing face uncle f***er" (from South Park the Movie), but then found it was waking me up in a bit of a bad mood. The phone had 41 megabytes of memory, which is nothing compared to today's standards, so unfortunately couldn't be used as an MP3 player.
I primarily use phones for texting, and this was good at the time, with good predictive text. However, I struggle to use it now as it's an old number texting phone, and i am used to using a keyboard set up for texting. However, after a day or so I do get back into the swing of it. As a phone for making and receiving calls though it was easy to use, and I never had any problems with it. In addition to this battery life was great, and still is when I use it now. I think though this is mainly because I spent so much time on the Internet on my current phone that it eats the battery, so needs charging every night.
Other good features were the FM radio and headphones which came with it, and it was also really easy to navgiate around the menus.
This was a lovely looking phone, a perfect size, and very easy to use. Sometimes I look back in fondness for these early days of mobile phones, but I just wouldn't be without the Internet on it today.
Nevertheless it gets 5 out of 5 stars as 10 years ago it was an amazing phone!
Reliable, long lasting, strong and more importantly packed with features for it's time - i can't recommend this phone enough. After three years of ownership the only issues i have uncovered are minor software related issues and a failure of the directional pad - apart from that everything else is working fine and i have literally put this phone through hell!
Not only that, but despite many of my newer phones packing up within a few months - this one has always been there as a back-up firm and usable even though it's over five years old as of now. The camera is not too bad, video quality isn't great but at the time it was a fantastically spec'd machine and for the price which it is now you can't really go wrong.
Solid, reliable and more importantly it will not let you down - just the thing you want if you're looking for a decent phone.
Unfortunately, this has now become my secondary phone. When I first bought this, I really liked all the features, however, after about 4 or 5 months, I got very bored of this phone.
Firstly, there isn't even a USB port where you can connect it to your computer; luckily my laptop had infrared, and this was the only way for me to transfer files, although this took a very long time indeed!
Secondly, the camera quality is not very good. Any picture you took would be blurred, and not to mention the loud sound it makes after each photo.
The games included were pretty decent, although they were very easy to complete. On the plus side, you can listen to the radio, and the hands-free kit supplied with the phone were of good quality, although I had to change this after 3 months because they broke.
Personally, I wouldn't buy this at this moment of time, unless all you want is a phone that can make and receive calls, and send and receive text messages, although at £15 on amazon it is probably worth the money (whereas the £80 I spent for it probably was not)
I bought the Sony Errisson K700i for £89.99 ($154) in the UK. In the store, the K700i had the most features for its price.
In terms of design, the K700i has a nice candybar design. From the reverse, the phone looks a camera, and from the front a phone. The K700i is averagely thin, with buttons on the sides (a volume rocker, camera button, and online key etc.). At the base is a charger and headset jack (the K700i comes supplied with a wired headset which can be used to listen to music, radio and used as a headset during calls). At the top is a dedicated power button.
The K700i performs all the usual calling, texting, and Internet services well, although some will miss no dedicated talk and end keys. The joystick is nice, but over time it will begin to be less responsive. The keypad is slightly cramped, but it is quite tactile and great for texting. However it feels quite poorly built.
In terms of features, there is a media player (which can be minimised for multi-tasking), radio, 41MB of in-built memory, Bluetooth®, infra-red, a VGA camera, video recording, and Internet services. On the down side, some networks lock the ability to set your ringtone as an MP3. Also sometimes the operating system is a bit sluggish when the memory is near-full.
Overall, the K700i would be a near-perfect phone, if it had a 2.0 megapixel camera, expandable memory and the operating system was not so sluggish.
I would recommend this phone to anyone who is interested in a balance of features and style, for a great price.
Launched in 2004, the K700i was eagerly anticipated at its launch as the first of the Sony Ericsson K-series. It featured a highly revised menu system over previous Sony Ericsson models, a better camera, a better screen and several other firsts for the company. It went on to be a best-seller, and is still competitive today. So competitive, in fact, that when I was looking for the best possible phone to buy for a friend for the princely sum of 40 GBP, there was little competition.
This was, in fact, my second K700i, and was in slightly worse condition than the first one. When new, the K700i used to have a flap over the charger/connector port at the bottom of the phone, and this had gone by the time I got the second one. Needless to say, the phone had been charged quite a few times and someone had been using the built-in FM radio and MP3 player quite a lot. Still, it held together fine, and I suppose that this testament to the build quality for which Sony Ericsson is rather famous. The phone itself has always been an attractive device, being smaller than the previous T610 and T630, and seemingly being principally made of brushed aluminium. It was one of the early 'dual front' devices which was produced by the company, so it does look a little like a camera from the back, and indeed comes with its own dedicated shutter button. But what is the K700i like as an actual device for making and receiving calls and for sending and receiving text messages?
The K700i seems to have a fairly good aptitude for keeping a decent signal in comparison with other phones, despite its relatively small size. In addition to this, the battery level and signal strength are always displayed at the top of the screen, so finding a good place from which to send text messages is not the guessing game that it can be on other phones in an area with poor signal. Making calls is very straightforward once one understands that on a Sony Ericsson, there are no dedicated 'send' or 'hang up' buttons for calling. There is also a speakerphone (which at the time was a first for the company), and this works quite well too. Sending and receiving messages presents no real problems, apart from the fact that some people with poor eyesight may find the text a little bit difficult to read. It is also possible to copy messages to and from the SIM card, which is an option I have only seen on a small handful of phones. Admittedly, however, the phone has no option for displaying its memory status with regards to how many text messages are on the SIM card or phone, until either becomes more than 90% full.
But there is more to the K700i than just being a phone. The phonebook alone is a vast improvement over previous Sony Ericsson phones. Here, at last, it was possible to have the SIM card entries as the default ones, and to add individual entires to the SIM card, something which was not possible on previous models. There is also a photo phonebook option, which makes the pictures look superb on the 176x220 pixel 65,000 colour screen, which was market-leading at the time when the phone was new. The Siemens S65 and Nokia 6230. which were its main rivals, had quite poor displays in comparison, and only the Motorola V600 and later Samsung D500 could match this. Admittedly, even the more modern Sony Ericsson phones with this resolution have tidied the picture up somewhat, but it still looks fine today, and the white backlight for the keypad is a very smart addition.
The built-in MP3 player and FM radio, whilst falling short of the standard set by the later Walkman phones and the natural successor to the K700i, the K750i, are easy enough to use, and both can be played through the loudspeaker. There is even an option to activate the Sony proprietry 'Megabass'! With 41MB of on-board memory, the K700i shames many more modern models, including many of the Walkman series, but it is worth pointing out that once this is gone, there is no way of expanding it. However, if you are not intent on using a lot of MP3s or videos, this should be adequate for the casual user. The FM radio works well, but needs the handsfree kit to be plugged in to activate it, and this is something of a design flaw in itself: the connector will very often loosen itself, and this was only corrected when Sony Ericsson decided to entirely change their connectors for the next generation of phones.
The phone also has both Bluetooth and infra-red (a tradition introduced with the T68, and still continued to this day on many models), and these ensure that it is compatible with pretty much everything else on the market. The Bluetooth is version 1.2, however, so it is not wise to expect amazing file transfer speeds, but for headsets and the odd picture it is fine. What a shame that there was no data cable in the sales package, and additionally, the only way to perform the now very common procedure of updating the firmware via data cable was to buy the very expensive Sony Ericsson desk stand, which was probably 30 GBP on its own. Thankfully, things have changed since then.
The phone can use MP3s as ringtones, although sadly users would have to wait for the K750i before they were able to have a custom text message alert tone, rather than simply picking one from the predefined selection, something which is still an issue with Samsung models to this day. The K700i also has Java, and Sega's Super Real Tennis is pre-installed on the phone, which is nice but not very easy to play.
The phone can also take video, which incidentally comes out at the same resolution as the much more modern K800i (QCIF), but these normally look terrible. The camera is a standard VGA unit, but it does have a flash and also a mode whereby the 640x480 pixel resolution picture can be stretched to One Megapixel. This was probably to make up for the lack of a 1.3 Megapixel camera as featured on the contemporary Siemens S65, and it works reasonably effectively, given that the S65 never had that good a camera in the first place!
The K700i seems to be fairly well-built and reliable too, although the standard problem which has afflicted Sony Ericsson phones in the past, that of the joystick suddenly freezing up and becoming ineffective, was not uncommon on these. Neither of the ones which I have had, both of which were more than a year old, were that bad, however.
After almost three years, the K700i still stands the test of time. If this was sold for 50 GBP on Pay As You Go, Sony Ericsson would still be selling them at the same rate as they did when they were popular on contract. Even the mid-range Pay As You Go replacement for this, the K510i, is nowhere as good. There are some slight issues with the joystick and data cable, but neither of these can cloud over the fact that the phone still does what the majority of people need extremely well. It also does this with a touch of class which only Sony Ericsson seem to be able to bring to the market. If you are looking for a sub 50 GBP handset, then this is probably the best one that can be got for the money. Unless you manage to get a very cheap K750i, of course!
Joseph Lloyd (tomshanks)
The k700i has served me well over the last few months.
I bought the phone base on the looks and bluetooth capability,the phone is well built and feels solid and of a decent enough weight in your hand,the screen is large enough to view pictures clearly and the colours are nicely saturated and bright.
The keypad is of a nice size and the buttons are well spaced and allow quick texting and gaming.
The phone has som very nice features and they are all easy to get to and use,the fourway joystickesque button can be pressed in to enter a main menu with links to messages and pictures etc,the menu is picture based and intuituve and very easy to use,when the fourway button i pressed in another direction when on the screensaver it works as a shortcut,for example pressing up will open up a text,right the voice recorder,down the phone book and left the voicemail.
The camera on the phone takes pictures that are decently clear and videos that have an average frame rate on par with most modern phones,the bluetooth works great for sending pictures etc and has a good range.
Ive been very impressed with the battery time,the battery charges in only a couple of hours,3 at the most,and lasts a good few days of average use.
The reception quality is very impressive with only minor crackle,again this is on par with most good modern mobiles.
For ease of use,battery time,looks,gaming(3 games included,tennis,darts,rafting and many more downloadable)and texting my k700i hasnt let me down.
A great mobile!
After owning a sony ericsson previously I stuck with them so that it was easier to learn how to use this phone. I was disappointed.
The features were all good and well and worked perfectly for around 6 months, then slowly deteriorated!!! The phone tended to turn itself on and off randomly whilst I was in the middle of writing text messages. It also became difficult to select features due to the scrolling stick, you have to push it in the direction you want rather than pressing arrow keys, this feature began to stick and after 11 months of owning it I could only use the phone to call people as it was so frustrating to use the scrolling stick that didn't scroll!!!!!
the k700i is the average mobile phone and the average sony, it has its advantages and disadvantages but i also think it is value for money and is available for about £130
this phone is relaible and has a few features such as:
Bluetooth, Colour Screen, Email / Web, GPRS, IRDA, Infrared, MP3 Player, Polyphonic ringtones, Radio, Streaming video, Vibration, Camera:640 x 480
this phone is also a good design considering the time that this model of mobile phone has been on the market, although it does have its disadvantages:
not a lot of memory
camera not that good
screen could be better
not as many features ( but it is a old model )
although their are this many disadvantages i recommend this phone becuase of its advantages and its price.
thanks for all your comments and ratings
Had this phone for about 1 year. I have it on T-mobile but I think it's available on every other network. In summary I am pretty happy with it - I'd say 8 out of 10.
General use of the phone is straightforward - I picked it up qucikly anyway. getting to some of the features is a bit longwinded but I suppose that's the price of simple and clear (and therfore limited) menu options. Also some features don't actually have a menu option - for example to get the zoom on the camera you have to press 1 (it doesn't tell you this on the phone or the user manual).
I've heard people moaing about the battery life but I reckon it's ok by today's standards - around 3 dyas without charging seems to be fine for me - especially if you are kind to the battery and let it go completely flat before charging again. I think the battery life has actually got better the longer I have had it since I always do this.
Generally a good phone which you are most likely to be very happy with!
I bought this phone 13 months ago to the day. I am on a T-Mobile U-Fix contract which is great and really works for me. (That's not forbidden advertising, is it?!) I love the dinky little thing but there are a few drawbacks.
I like the little 'joystick' or whatever it is instead of standard arrows, and I enjoy the benefits of a large-ish screen. The camera quality is only OK, as the pictures come out fairly fuzzy, but what can you expect from a phone??! The colour menus are great and I'm not sure why but I adore the way that the little icons on the main menu move when hovered over! I just think it, although highly unnecessary and really when I think about it a waste of time, a nice quirk to make the phone that little bit more 'loveable'. Well, as 'loveable' as mobile phones go...
However, the main problem with this phone is its BATTERY LIFE. I had heard people saying this before I bought it but dismissed their thoughts, thinking that they were just grumbling old tekkies with nothing better to do than time how long exactly it took for the battery to die out. (no offence intended). I find that one day its full charged, vitality-full, and then say three days, without using it for more than a few texts and phone calls its dead. Completely. this can become pretty annoying, especially when phonecalls have been cut short more than a dozen times...
I would recommend this phone but not to anyone who has large thumbs, as the little 'joystick' mentioned earlier is not easy to use if you have thumbs of the larger persuasion (help me out here, trying not to offend is HARD) then the little thing can be pushed in too easily and will become rather irritating to say the least.
Also, if you are confused by a lot of shortcuts then really this phone could be unsuitable. There are buttons all over the shop which one minute lead you to text messages and the next to the calculator.
The phone's overall functions are good and easy to use, the contact book part is easy to edit/ add contacts/ ring or text contacts from. The texting section is manageable although I find my inbox allowance fills too quickly. There are a number of different functions on the phone that I won't go into as they are similar to other phones, but yet different in their own quintessential way.
the sony ericsson K700i is good value for money, the fact that it has not only infared but bluetooth aswell. it has a good memory able to store many messages, videos, pictures and even mp3 songs. its colour screen gives the screen icons more detail.the battery lasts a long time allowing it to last all through the day with only half a battery! the camra on this phone has a fantastic quality and unlimeted video time so you can film for as long as you would like to. in the bottonm of the phone can be added a handsfree, a head set, and a charger. there is easier access to the internet on the side of the phone, along with volume and a camera shortcut. it is also lockable so that you just don't ring anybody whilst it is in your pocket.
I was a Nokia user from 1998 to 2003. I've had 6 Nokia phones and my family are all Nokia users. I decided to switch to Sony Ericsson starting with T610 because I was attracted at how it looked. I was surprised at how durable Sony Ericsson is. I keep dropping mine but I never demaged the LCD screen or have the phone pieces come apart.
So when the K700 first came out in July 2004 (in Asia), I did not hesitate to sell my phone and buy the new one. I remember after a week of playing with the phone how i was ready to propose and never let go. It was a marriage between me and my phone. It's so easy to use.
As a phone, it has great voice quality. I can hear pretty well (although Nokia might be a bit better with louder volume) and I receive strong signals (If I'm in a place where Nokia don't have signals, my phone would still pick up). I love how it is so strong and sturdy that despite it doing a lot of the matrix stunts, it never ever smashed or fell apart or gotten a broken lcd. It does not look as fragile as other phones. It lasted me longer than my other phones even if I dropped it the most.
I love it because it is easy to use! I love how it looks.
I love the shortcuts, I love how I can store real music and assign each person or group, a specific tune I want. (I had maybe 10 songs).
I love how i can take pictures and videos (no time limit!) and use the camera flash light as a flash light. I love how it looks like a camera. I love how I can take pictures and make a landscape or make comics using the frames.
I love how there is an FM radio with automatic tuning (up to 20 stations).
Plus, I love how it could survive three days without charging it! Battery life was pretty good and I never had to buy a spare batt unlike with other phones. Note that if you keep the camera on accidentally (which can happen easily given the external button), it can drain overnight.
The bluetooth and infrared also is good for transferring files. But don't keep it on too long as it can drain your battery, too.
The cool thing about this feature is quickshare! So you can copy themes, pictures, music and other extra features your phone might not have.
Address book editing sucked! I could never fix the contact list as easy as with Nokia. I had trouble editing the contact list or changing status of number types (mobile, home, work).
Also, there is no speaker so i can't use it handsfree unless I have the the headset with me (which did come free with the phone). If you do keep the headset on which also acts as antenna, you can set the phone on to speaker to play music out loud, but i'm not sure if you can take calls that way.
Also, I wish there was a message counter so I can keep track of how many messages I sent. I can only keep track of the minutes I call.
Camera resolution was also not as great as other phones and should probably have a cover. The worst downside is once it does broken bad, there is no fixing it back. It is my fault though for making mine an action star, but dropping it damaged the signal receiver which meant I could not use it anymore. Too bad since it is really better than other phones.
When you take a picture, it makes a loud sound, to get rid of that, I have to put my phone on silent each time I want to take discreet photos! But then it only takes 2 seconds to change it to silent mode.
Also, I noticed the ringing volume is higher if I use built-in songs or music. But the ones I downloaded are not as loud. Still, I can hear it well so I don't mind.
Overall, I'd recommend this phone. I've used Nokia, Motorola satellite phone, and Samsung, and SonyEricsson is still the winner for me. The K7001 may not have as much memory or camera resolution as the other phones out there, but it has great features and is still pretty good. I suppose the higher Sony ericsson range would give the same performance so if you want more memory, go for the K750 or higher.
All I know is when it first came out, i thought it was already cutting edge for me. I think if it were alive, I'd still stick to it. I'd probably use a real camera and a real mp3 player anyway, just to preserve the battery life. But if you do go out and forget to bring your player and camera, this will still do the trick. Take care of it and it should last you years...
I have always stuck with Sony Ericsson phones because they are easy to use but don't lokk like something out of the middle ages either. I've broken down the most important aspects of a phone below so this review is easy to read:
Not the best. Limited and some are very cheesy e.g. a baby laughing - why the hell would you want that?
Not very many, but the ones they have are entertaining. I especially like playing on darts and super real tennis
Excellent. All the pages are loaded quickly and are extremely easy to use. There is a wide variety of pages to access.
The worst bit about the phone. It is only VGA and so if you are taking photos at night, even with the night mode on, it struggles to pick anything up and there is a huge amount of blurring even in the daytime
Very clear and excellent reception. You can get nearly all FM stations on it
It has 41mb of memory, which is ideal for saving all those pictures, videos and messages. The only problem is that Sony have put some random pictures into the memory that cannot be deleted!
THE PHONE ITSELF
Very light and fairly small, it doesn't stick out in your pocket. It is also very durable when dropped on the floor, to which I have found out on many a drunken night out!
It has bluetooth and Infra red which are extremely easy to use and the quality of the videos sent from other phones is good. As I've said before the phone's ease of use is perhaps its best feature.
All in all a good phone that will no doubt be upgraded to the newest Sony Ericsson when my contract is up
The sony ericsson's K700i series comes with a buit in Music player and radio with only 41MB memory capacity its the main drawback for the music lovers because you can store only 8-10 good quality mp3 song and there is also no memory slots provided for external memory upgrades.
basically the set runs on java platform so there no way to use symbian applications here . the picture quality is also not so good after it got transfered to the PC. we can use some java applications like Dictionaries, 3rd paty internet browsers, instant Messengers, 3djava games and many more
The main brawback is the battery life because when you browse in the set for upto 2-3 hours the charge gets completely down
Additionaly it come with a powerful light for taking pictures in the dark.
So one day i loose my K750i , i dont have enough money to buy a new one so i had to downgrade to K700i and to be honest theres not a HUGE downgrade happening , i mean compared to the K750i the camera is awful and it has a little less memory but still i was able to play my mp3's share files over bluetooth and do all the things i used to do with my K750i yet there is a nearly £150+ price diffrence , and as far as i see it its just for the better camera , unless you rly want an amazing camera on your phone get this instead of the K750i the money you will save is worth it.