Sony Ericsson K770 Review
You can select one of the four possible photo resolutions: VGA, 1, 2, and 3 megapixel. The pictures that we were able to take outdoors look good, the colors are authentic and the details are there. The camera does pretty well in the open even when the weather is gloomy; the scarcity of light results in more noise in the images, but they are still usable. We took a few shots in a sunny day and as you can see the images are better, brighter and the noise level is lower.
If you’re taking pictures in a very dark room, you can use the LED flash, which is enough to light close-standing objects and the result is still very good. It can be seen from the picture that the light is spread evenly and not concentrated in a single spot, which is due to the fact that there is a reflector around the LED itself, dispersing the light in this manner. This is just a small improvement, but the result is impressive. Even so it can not be compared with the xenon flash of the K800/K850 which is a step ahead. When you’re taking pictures from very close-by in a macro mode, you have to rely on an extremely steady hand if you want to take a usable picture. We made a few attempts that weren’t particularly successful and although the autofocus was showing that everything was OK, you can see that the results are blurry.
There are no options for different resolution when recording videos: it is the same as with the older company series – 176 x 144 pixels – and the respective rather unsatisfactory result, renders the videos unusable for anything but MMS.
According to information, supplied by the manufacturer, the music and video players of K770 support the following file formats: MP3, MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, AAC+, еAAC, WAV(16kHz max), Real 8 and 3GPP compatible streaming video. We tried the player with a few video clips in various formats and with different resolutions, bitrate and framerate. The phone dealt perfectly with all H.263-coded files and all that came outwhen playing the H.264 files was sound. Only when playing H.264 baseline in QCIF (144 x 176 pixels) resolution and 15 fps (frames per second) could K770 simultaneously show video including sound. Provided that the display is QVGA (240 x 320 pixels), this resolution is very low and is actually not useful.
The music player is the one from the non-Walkman smartphones. It can sort the music by artist/album but the interface won’t visualize album cover during playback. A very enjoyable extra is the Track ID application, which is located in the entertainment menu. This is a program, which records a sample of sound, sends it to a server, and tells the user which song they belong to. The application operated faultlessly – it recognized 5 out of 5 tracks! After vocal performances we decided to encumber it with a guitar solo performed by Joe Satriani – it guessed the track unmistakably. Then we ‘tried’ it with a little-known song from a compilation of electronic music (Sounds of Asian Underground), which was also recognized easily. Within around 20 seconds (including recording, sending and analysis) the program achieves very good results. You will rarely see a screen message that Track ID has not found any results for your music.
The sound from the loudspeaker is not loud at all and if you prefer to listen to music at higher volume levels, you should keep in mind that you would only be satisfied with the music output if the place you’re in is really quiet. Otherwise you should use the headset from the box, although it's not too loud either, at least the sound is somewhat better. You can’t use standard headphones with this phone, because there is no3.5 mm jack or even an interconnect. Because К770 maintains A2DP, you have another option for listening to music through a Bluetooth stereo headset.
The phone also disposes of an RDS radio, capable of storing up to 20 radio stations, either manually or automatically. However, if you wish to listen to the radio, plugging the “cable” headphones will be indispensable – in this case they serve as an aerial.
The phone comes preloaded with two applications: Face Wrap and Photo Mate. The first one is a very entertaining program that you can enjoy with friends. You take a picture of a friend (preferably, one with a good sense of humor) and then the program shows different variants of his face: insect, alien, boring, small nose, wide smile and some others. The game is really great fun and allows you to store the modified portraits. Then it’s up to you what you do with the processed pictures (maybe… caller ID!).
The other application will teach you how to take high-quality pictures with your К770, depending on the environment or, in other words, you’ll be introduced to the basics of photography.
The following games are at your disposal to enjoy in your spare time: FotoQuestFishing and Solitaire 4 Pack. In the first game you are an amateur underwater photographer, and your task is to take the picture you want to take before your air tank is up. The second game is a version of the well-known Windows games, only you have the chance to choose from four variations: Classic, Vegas, Freecell and Tri-Peaks.
Of course, one can always complement this software with favorite games or programs thanks to the Java MIDP 2.0 support.
1. kai (unregistered)
it seems there is no any noise reduction applied in the camera. very good. however, k800/k850 apply some
2. MRSHAH (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
it's an awesome set
unlike what phone arena suggests this set has superb call quality even in congested areas
secondly the still camera is probably one of the best in the 3mp sets though the result may not be as good as k800 but is much better than d900 and even smartphones like iphone 3gs, e90, n93i etc, though the video camera is a big disappointment
music player is brilliant as well delivering superb & clear sound though not very loud but it's not a music phone
other main key area for a set is it's messaging capabilities & it's brilliant in this area
gaming experience is very good for a feature phone..
over all this was an outstanding set a definite wolf in sheep's clothing