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This is an excellent phone (reviewed in 2007). The phone runs the Symbian OS, means means there are lot of programs available for it. (think of it as Windows for your phone, but only much better)
I wanted a smartphone that was both a phone and a PDA. In the years of using it has never let me down and has been a solid phone!
I like the flip screen which opens up, which is great for web browsing and other applications e.g. photo viewing.
You can also view full length movies. Though you are limited to the memory slot which is 128MB (of course you can buy more memory cards).
It also has a stylus, so great for navigation and you can 'type' in keys like on a mini-keyboard. Ideal for people who can't text.
There is also a roller switch on the side which use to navigate.
You can sync your email with your destop/laptop PC.
I also runs nice programs which will work out travel routes. You can also get Travel Master for the phone.
You can view Office documents on your phone, but I
recommend a program called REPLIGO, which allows you to convert documents such as Office, Word, Autocad and view them on the phone. It is super fast.....
This is a great phone, it is small enough to be a phone, but also big enough to do the job.
Even though this phone has been newer models e.g. P900, P910i, P990 it is still a great phone.
Phones such as Blackberry, Palm are TOO BIG and don't have a stylus. And also some Nokia phones don't have a Touchscreen or Stylus, which is a pain - how can you navigate applications?
You can also browse the web and you can get Opera for it, the screen is bigger then most phones, but it is still a bit slow on the Browsing... of course techonology has to catch up...
You also get a desk stand, which you can use to sync your PC. But I would rather get a Bluetooth for the PC....
Oh and when you connect your phone to your PC - you can drag and drop PC files e.g Word, JPEG etc...
You can view movies on the PC, have to 3GPP format... you might need to buy a convertor...
And the calllist is huge! Great if you need to track down who called you last week.
The only bad things is that the ring tone is a bit quite low...
Battery life is great...
I am not a fan of the blue cover, but I have seen covers for sale.
Still worth getting....
I bought this phone about 2 years ago now, and as far as I am concerned, it does what it says it does, its a pretty good phone, and the other features are also pretty cool. I did have to get it replaced with Orange Customer Care because the speaker and microphone stopped working, but that was done quickly and easily.
My other concern was that I happened to drop the phone (you do now and then when you have something for 3 years that you use every day!) and the small retaining semicircle of plastic which holds the flip in place broke off, meaning that the flip wasn't aligned properly and I was pressing the wrong key. Pretty annoying and I could probably have bought a replacement flip, but I just use it flip free now, which is quite a nice option to have.
I have found that the support from sony ericcson wasn't that wonderful, I have had some very rude and impatient staff trying to solve problems before, but then it might have been a bad day!
Recently I've been getting quite a few kernel error messages and program crashes, not sure if its like windows and needs a reinstall of the OS every now and then!
I would definitely recommend this phone, although it is a little on the chunky side, the things it can do is very very useful. There are also shedloads of programs which run on it available from the internet.
I bought a Sony Ericsson P800 in October 2003 and I have mixed feelings about it. At the time of purchase, I thought the sun shone from the behind of this phone but since then I have discovered one or two gripes with it, so this is a kind of good vs evil review of the P800. First I'll start with the good points. Basically, the phone is a good phone packed with both useful and not to useful features. It comes equipped with a camera which is always handy. The pictures aren't brilliant but they are about as good as most camera phones. The phone also has both bluetooth and infra red which makes for both easy and cheap exchanging of pictures and stuff. You can also make a bluetooth connection between the phone and your PC which is handy for putting ringtones, pictures, WAV's, documents, utilities and documents on your phone. You can also synchronise your phone with your computer too so that all of your tasks, contacts, schedules and emails can be on your computer and your phone. Another communication feature is the fact that you can back your phone up onto your PC so if anything goes wrong with the phone and you lose everything, you'll be able to restore it all from your computer. One of my favourite things is the phone's flexibility and range of files that you can have on it. You can download stuff from the net and transfer it to your phone either by bluetooth or cable. At the moment I've got a Sega Emulator and games, A Gameboy emulator and games, Lemmings game, Tetris game, a video camera, a music player and some other stuff. You can even transfer video from your computer to the phone, and the fact that you've got 8mb of internal and a 16mb memory card with the phone means you can store quite a bit on it. You can also buy bigger memory cards too so the fun is endless!! Let's talk ringtones now. The phone comes equipped with a number of polyphonic tones which are cool but what's really c
ool is that you can download any midi file from your computer and make it your ringtone. But wait, whats even cooler than that is the fact that you can have WAV files as ringtones too. You'll need a converter on your PC to reduce the size of the WAV which generally means lower quality but you can hardly notice the difference. At the moment I've got a 4 minute song thats only 1.2mb as my ringtone! The schedule feature on the phone is very useful too. I write all my schedule information on my pc then synchrnonise it with the phone so that it all transfers across. The phone also comes equipped with a document viewer which means you can view word, excel and powerpoint documents on your computer. Very handy for all you executive types out there, but pretty useless to me! I haven't even mentioned the thing that'll blow yer socks of yet! One word - Touchscreen! Yes, this phone has touchscreen but don't run out and buy one until you've finished reading and rated my review though ;-) The phone's keypad flips down and you have a little stick to tap stuff into the phone. Touchscreen menus are useful and the fact that you can write on the screen using the stick and the phone recognises the text is cool too. Now I've hammered on about the good points, now for the negatives. There aren't that many really but here goes. Size - this phone is BIG and very uncomfortable when you're on a night out and you've got it in your jeans pocket. I was forced to go out and buy another, smaller phone to take out. Another negative is the battery life, it aint that good! Plus, when you're using some applications and you don't exit them properly they will continue to run in the background thus killing the battery quickly. The bluetooth is a big battery drain too so don't leave it on all the time. My last gripe is random crashes. Now I don't know if it's just my phone bu
t about once a week the phone crashes and I get a warning sign telling me I need to switch it off and back on. This does not come in handy if it happens through the night and you're relying on the alarm to wake you up for work! All in all, I would always recommend buying this phone if you don't mind the size or battery life, but for me it's the size thats the problem. Negatives apart it is a really good phone and definately one to look at. Although the P800 now has a bigger brother, the P900. I haven't seen this phone so can't review it but I'm sure it'll be on Dooyoo!
i bought this phone as i thought it would save me lots of hassle! simply put, it did now forget its: a) bulky, not like my nokia 8310 b) battery is poor c) got this annoying flip (which you can remove) d) cant wedge in your shoulder as you might press the buttons by mistake e) software not as easy to use as other phones to navigate through, eg nokia software f) cant think of much else ok now thats over and done with......... the phone saves me carrying a mobile and pda its very easy to use (eventually) good toy in using the phone dont ever have to worry about missing an appointment dont ever worried you arent carying a telephone no or address the "virtual" phone is easy to use even with my fat fingers you also got the stylus for those who get a bit nervous sync with your phone, so you can always use a keyboard so many different ways to do the same thing, so its use can suit anyone basically, if they could make this phone thinner, i would never have considered another one minor point, hey mr sony drop the price and you will shift a load more!
Heard the expression 'neither fish nor fowl'? The P800 is too big for a phone, too slow for a PDA, not really a camera, but this is as close as you can get for an all-in-one device. It has its faults, but it isn't bad! Get a BlueTooth headset to go with it, though. As a phone, it works. Sound quality is good, reception is good (better than quite a lot of Nokias). Battery life is good if you don't use BlueTooth for headset; if you do (and you should), it's a couple of days per charge. It's a little bulky but (and here's the punch line) if you use a headset, the brick bit lives in your case/pocket/dashboard. No problem. As a PDA it's very average until you install and pay for some extra software (HandyDay should have been installed from scratch). The P800 will crash sometimes, and worse still, a crash can keep the phone on and drain the battery until you hit the reset button. I've charged my phone ready for a big day, only to find a crash in the morning has drained the battery by midday. I now carry an extra charged battery though I like the sound of the SideWinder. [BTW, have heard that P800 crashability is nothing compared to MS SmartPhone, a platform as solid and stable as a blancmange on acid] The camera is no better than the old fold-out 110 cameras of old (and should be considered as such by anyone trying to use it creatively - hang on, does anyone remember them?), but it is integrated well and I've used it a lot for email. Overall, I am happy with it, the phone has delivered its value to me, and I can survive for a year or three with its features. It's better than the MS SmartPhone, the Nokia 7650 and its other siblings, and deserves its higher price if you need a PDA/Phone. I just wish Nokia and Palm could do something. :-) FURTHER DETAIL: - Things that work really well - Good Points - Bad Points - Where I started from T
HINGS THAT WORK REALLY WELL: - Silly, but actually very effective, use of WAV files for ring tones. Polyphonic can go spin - gimme farmyard noises any time. Wait until the day your phone accidentally rings in a meeting by crowing or mooing. No hard feelings. :-) - Little stylus thing that slips out easily but doesn't fall out unintentionally, and the fact that you can use a gentle fingernail for most menu work (you need to, thanks to the interface). Not everyone likes it, but I do because it works (and I have lots of spares) - Camera is a visual notebook and so quick to use in a hurry. Emailing pix is a breeze. It's not for art, you'll never publish the pix, it doesn't replace a digital camera or even the embarassing DV camcorder stills you could get. But it's there. 'That's what it looks like' should be on your mind when you press the button - Included headphones are pretty good (wot, use your own? It's a Sony! Of course you can't use your own!). An iPod this is not, but with a 128 Mb card it's a reasonable teenaged MP3 player. Transistor radio sound if MP3 played back on phone in hands-free mode. Hey, it's a phone! And it plays back as loud as an AM transistor radio! GOOD POINTS: - It actually works, it does what it says on the tin - you really can carry a copy of your Outlook data, get your email, view well-designed web pages, and (once you've learned JOT) can be used for short notes. - The P800 is a better *phone* than other Ericssons I've had. They have a long way to go to match Nokia ergonomics, but I think they'll have an easier ride with a tap-screen interface. Just don't blow it, chaps (see below). BAD POINTS: - Ericsson ergonomics still lurk behind the screen like a bad smell. Every time your call connects, a full volume beep tries to puncture your ear drum (not on the Sony headset though!). Every command requires a couple of m
enu choices. On-screen items that should be clickable require OBSTINATE ADHERANCE to number interface in Virtual Flip mode. I threw away the real flip as it is not a nice thing to use. Ericsson ergonomics could induce angina in an athelete, it could stress out a trappist monk, and if it weren't for Motorola, it would be the worst interface in the world. - Sony fetish for requiring addons and accessories is irritating. For $89, some enterprising soul has made a back cover that takes a full memory stick rather than the silly half-stick (MemoryTwig?!), but of course Sony has instead invented a new SonyStandard. I don't want to carry an extra adaptor with my phone. - Sony fetish for making things uncompatible with its own product range - Got a BlueTooth Sony Camcorder? Nope, doesn't work with Sony BlueTooth phone. You need a special Sony BlueTooth gizmo. Grrrr. - Some third party software (and - by the sounds of it - recent phone updates) can reduce your P800 to a gibbering wreck. Backup early, backup often. If it works Out Of the Box, don't f- mess with it. The Nokia 7110 suffered in a similar fashion where successive updates patched the patched patches (hey, sounds like a Macintosh!) until it ran on an Operating Bedspread rather than an Operating System... Don't update the OS until you hear everyone raving about the new version. - The JOT implementation is sub-standard. You'll end up cursing it, as Grafitti - whilst being cryptic to start - was a good system that understood the limitations of the medium. JOT tries so hard to be like real handwriting, but you have to slow down so that the double stroke system has time to register. Sony, in their INFINATE WISDOM have not included the JOT trainer that can help raise JOT to Grafitti standards. Neither can you write the GBP or EURO symbols, ligatures, advanced punctuations and accurate single-glyphs for certain challenging characters (T rather than L-space for exa
mple). - A satisfactory - nay, witnessable - vibrate alert seems strangely elusive. Nokias, in comparison, could be registered on the Richter scale. A dormouse with a mild case of the giggles could do better than the P800. - a 128 Mb card should have been included from the start. WHERE I STARTED I replaced a Nokia 8210 and Palm VX, and on top of this feature set I required proper internet email and web access with the ability to take photos and email them. I've had Palms and Psions for too long to be without Outlook sync to notes and contacts. I've got rather more than that for less than a Clie or PocketPC. Phones want to be small, fast and simple. PDAs want to be (relatively) full featured, ergonomic and powerful. It's as if we were comparing motorcycles and cars. So, what is the P800? Smart car? No. Goldwing.
Public Service Announcement: This is likely to be quite a long op, sorry, as I'm very very very impressed with this thing. Consequently, anyone who's only after how to get them cheap should take my endorsement as read, and skip straight to the bottom now... Well, there is quite a lot to write about here... I've had a mobile for about 5 years now, and whatever the handset, it's always been my most treasured possession. I think it goes back to when I was a kid, reading Dan Dare in the Eagle comic, and watching Star Trek. I was always deeply disappointed that I'd been born far too early. In the future, people would be able to do absolutely everything - walking in space, hurtling round the world, vanquishing Mekons without even breaking sweat. All we needed to turn ourselves into these comic book super-beings seemed to be the right technology, but the digital watches and chunky calculators that we swooned over in the early 80's might as well have been flint tools in comparison with Spock's Tricorder or Buck Rogers' spaceships. Then came mobile telephones. They might not be the most advanced device the human race has ever invented, but I think they're the most "futuristic". A human with a mobile is suddenly able to reach out make their presence felt nearly anywhere on the planet. We can talk to many more people, much more quickly, and as a result we can affect many, many more outcomes. No longer do we need to think "I wish I knew what was happening", and what we want to do is limited more by what we can think of than where we are, or how much time we have (This is of course not always an advantage if, like me, you can't think of anything in particular, but I digress). So, for me the mobile became a symbol of empowerment, and no longer having to wait for some distant future to arrive. Imagine then how happy I was then to learn at a text messaging conference (yes, I know that
9;s rather sad in itself) about this time last year, of the planned development of the mobile to end all mobiles, the SonyEricsson p800. Looking at the specification for it all made sense. We've built up so many gadgets by now, that convergence was due any minute - all our little silver toys would inevitably merge into one "personal empowerment device", a sort of digital swiss-army knife, if you like. The phone that is more than a phone is also a: MP3 walkman; Digital Camera; Video viewer; Dictaphone; Notepad; Address book; Diary; Games console; Emailer; Web browser; Calculator; File storage; Modem ..and pretty much whatever new software is made for it Given my mobile fetish, it's hardly surprising that I was practically camped out on the doorstep of Carphone Warehouse for a year, begging "Is it here yet?" so regularly that I had to make sure I kept going back to different branches so that the assistants wouldn't notice it was me again. Eventually, the launch date of September 2002 was announced, and I started scraping together pennies, and infuriating my poor partner with my entreaties to be allowed to buy it ("It's only £400. If I don't have another pint, does that mean we can afford another half a percent of it?"). September came and went, and my anxious emails to SonyEricsson (those poor customer services people) stopped being returned. Another date was set for Christmas, which similarly over-ran. Finally in February they started to appear on these shores. I stepped up my campaign of Carphone Warehouse-bothering, returning day after day to find missed shipments, shipments without O2 compatible handsets, and shipments that had gallingly sold out minutes before I got out for my lunchbreak. Anyway, it's May now, and I am in finally in possession of my very own blue and silver marvel. Jo can't entirely identify with the way in which I cradle it, tuck
it carefully into its docking station at night, or that I've stopped talking to her to play with it - but at least I'm happy. On a more level-headed note, it is a very useful and very well made phone. I used to use a Siemens SL45 (because it had an MP3 player for the tube journey) and an old windows PDA to organise my life. Merging the two into one saves me filling more pockets, and charging more devices every night. I get to work, synchronise my appointments in the phone with my Outlook diary (so my colleagues can see just how little I'm doing in the next week), and I always have a contacts book with me whenever someone asks me for a phone number or email address. I was worried about synchronising it, as my PDA had never worked properly - deleting reams of work email in the attempt - but this worked perfectly and set itself up without a hitch. (One caveat to this is that the phone as supplied doesn't work with Windows 98, and if you want to connect to this, you'll need to download hours' worth of extras from the SonyEricsson and Microsoft sites - Linux and Mac users are damned even further with no support I know of) The controls took a little while to get used to, and I very quickly dispensed with the optional keypad/cover flip thing - easier to use the jog-wheel on the side, and virtual buttons on the touch sensitive screen. Handwriting recognition wasn't as tricky as I was worried (the Palm-style graffiti input is less sophisticated than a windows PDA's script recognition, and only takes one letter at a time, but it is very simple, and it's hard to make mistakes, which is always a good thing). The fiddly and lose-able stylus has come in for a bit of stick in reviews, clipped to the side of the phone, but I actually think it's the best solution for quick access - and in any case they do give you 3 spares! I've used the browser several times for work and amusement, and the phone's l
ong screen makes great clear viewing (especially if you download the excellent free Opera browser for it). Likewise, the reader software for email attachments is very useful. The camera's a decent if unremarkable one, and the MP3 player's good. On the rather major down-side, the phone only has 11MB of memory, with a stingy 16MB Sony Memorystick expansion. This isn't enough for much music or synchronised email, quite infuriating when you consider all the neat stuff you could carry on it if you had enough memory. Memorysticks are also the new Duo variety, which you can't buy anywhere yet, grr, and even if you could, they would be much more expensive than the non-Sony alternatives. If you haven't balked at the price tag of the phone, do beware that you'll still have to pay another £100 probably for the extra memory to make it properly useful, and a second cable to synchronise at work as well as at home. Much has been made of the phone's 3d chip, and the swanky games you can play on it, though of course these will be dependent on enough developers writing them, and there's hardly anything at the moment. I did download a remarkably fun strategy game (a la Command and Conquer) to play on it, as well as the 3d racer and shooter supplied with it. For the boring stuff, the phone's very small considering what's in it, but larger and heavier than most these days (kind of like a phone from 2 years ago if you can remember that far back). The batteries charge very quick and last at least 2 days of fairly good use. The screen is clear and bright, with a powerful backlight. Construction is sturdyish, though I've seen some people's p800s already with scuffed paint (they evidently don't love theirs as much as I do mine). The Bluetooth functionality I have yet to try (as I can't afford any other bluetooth toys to go with it, sob). What you're probably wondering though is: "DIDN'T
HE SAY I COULD GET IT CHEAP?". The answer is yes (sort of). Read on... I've bought all my phones from Carphone Warehouse (they get another glowing op from me for customer service), and they're pretty much ubiquitous, so when a new branch opened in a new discount village in my home town of Portsmouth, I didn't think much of it. I don't like "discount villages" on the whole. They seem to be a way of offloading stuff that designers couldn't sell a few years ago, onto people who've been blinded by the label and a tiny reduction (If you told most of the blokes going in that they'd be coming out with a pink shirt, 3 sizes too large, they'd not be best pleased, but the XXL fuschia Ralph Lauren Polos seem to fly out at 20% off). Anyway, in keeping with this discount theme, CPW at Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays offer a 30% discount on all phones. Not sure why, as they're the same phones as sell for more in their Commercial Road branch, rather than the out of season tat peddled by the likes of Calvin Klein's outlet, but ours is not to reason why... 30% off a £350 phone is a rather generous £105 discount, which happily paid for my £20 train fare from London, and made a very profitable visit (and Mum & Dad thought it was to come and see them - bonus!). CPW have another 6 of these outlet shops around the country, so check out your nearest before buying a phone. Plus, a lunch in a nice Portsmouth harbour side pub, and a walk up the pier can't be too bad, eh? Anyway, thank you very much for reading all this, you've helped me pay for 0.0075% of this wallet-crippling phone now. I hope I've convinced you of the absolute necessity of buying one of these wonderful devices - If only because I don't yet know anyone else with a colour phone that I can send photos to!
I recently updated my old phone for the sony ericsson p800. What everyone must be thinking at the moment is that this phone is the most stylish and modern looking phone available. right? Well it is and it has many other noticable advantages. The menu system is extremely easy to use and very clear. The colour (baby blue) makes it a good summer phone, but in the winter the cover can be exchange for a more suitable colour such as grey or dark blue. Unfortunately apart from looking good this phone has little else to offer the owner. The operations are slugish and prone to occasional crash. The stylus pen, unlike the pens that come with PDAs is thin, uncomfortable to handle and you get the impression that you may break it if you push too hard. The removeable keypad is extremely flimsy and will often get caught on the inside of your pocket when taking your phone out. I have settled to have the keypad permanently removed. The quality of reception is good in almost all conditions. The battery time could definately be improved. Charging is slow. But as stated above. If you want a phone that looks good then this is the phone for you. If you want a phone that is usable and a worth while investment then maybe this is the wrong phone.
Hello again, sadly...my T300 has been demoted...welcome in to my life the S-E P800... ***Takes big breath*** WOW...phone..ok...MP3 player...from head phones or built in speaker...interesting...Built in camera...been done...Personal organiser...very useful...multimedia messenging...email...can read WORD,EXCEL and POWERPOINT attachments....GULP....surf WAP...so what??? SURF GRAPHICALLY ENHANCED INTERNET....OH MY GOSH... Seriously folks, this is a tremendous tool, it is easy to navigate...I can even read HOTMAIL using the inbuilt browser...but if you do get a chance...download the "OPERA" browser for the P800...it formats the internet to the screen width...very clever....screen is colour...and brilliant handwriting recognition with it..similar to my SONY clie....I have only had it for a week...and I have been on it for hours...there are some games included in the package...which are quite impressive if you like that kind of thing...but the interlinked organiser, to do list, calender are very impressive...there is even a voice note facility on this...as well as a free little memory stick for extra storage....a stylus attached to the phone...plus 3 spare....I have noted elsewhere that people find it hard to use compare to PDA stylus' but...the point they get at is that this stylus is plastic and shaped to fit on the phone's side....unlike a part plastic and part metal stylus of a conventional PDA..I really do not see the problem...it is very easy to use..the navigation around the phone is very similar to a WINDOWS therefore very easy to adapt to...oh..it has video streaming facilty too!!Camera quality is very good considering it is a phone camera...The phone is slightly heavier than conventional mobiles...and wider to...but you would forgive this....for all it can do for you....Open the "Jotter" and write or doodle something...in colour as well as black and white...the styling even reminds me of Audi TT interior which for me...is no bad th
ing....Although it is around £499 sim free.......a PDA is at least £99, a MP3 player again is about the same...a camera phone....is at least £200 and the ability to browse the "proper" internet....it is about £80 for AMSTRAD emailer plus....I think the sums do add up...even though the initial outlay is hard to swallow....it is worth saving up :)
is this a phone or a computercameraphone! there is just so much that this phone can do and is a brilliand example of just how far ahead sony ericsson are from the likes of nokia whos photo/etc phone must be about twise the size and weight and very square at that. one of the big fetures of this phone is that it has bluetooth now this has been used on phones like the t68i but the p800 actualy creates uses for this like bluetooth connection for an in-car kit so there is no need to put the phone in a chunky holder, just get in and it will be connected, also with bluetooth you can comunicate with other phones and computers. the phone has been made to support java programming so more games, messaging programes (anything really you can think of!) can be programmed and downloaded from your PC via cable of bluetooth if you have it in your PC. right lets give you some of the great fetures of this phone... well as you can see from the picture about it has a large colour screen where the buttons fold over, this is because the phone has been made to be used upright like a normal phone and use media applications with the screen on a 90 degree angle with the keypad folded away, there is an onboard camera that you can take pictures (obviously!) and send them via e-mail, mms, link cable or bluetooth. i predict that this will be a very popular phone when it is released into the shops in a month or so time because it just has so much to offer. quick price rundown: o2 contrace about £295 bought on own with no sim: £525 Mr.C