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Sony Ericsson K800 Review

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The K800 is in a stylish candybar design with straight lines and right-angled contours mainly, and the only movable parts are the camera's protective cover and the battery cover. This makes the construction of the phone very solid, as our only remark is the battery cover's minor movement, which is really insignificant.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The used colors are black, dark grey and the contrasting metallic silver, and we really don't like the fact that the three of them are shades of dark grey (black) – something that spoils the idea of a classy and expensive phone and gives it a somewhat cheap look. The front side is made of metal with black brushed finish, while the rest is made of cheap-looking matte plastic. An exception is the camera's protective cover with its glossy surface, but it's easily sullied with fingerprints that give it an unpleasant look.

The handset feels solid in the hand although it's not that heavy - 4 oz (115g) and when carried in the pocket it is clearly noticeable due to its thickness of 0.9”, which definitely does not classify it as a “slim” phone according to today's standards, set initially by the legendary RAZR V3's 14 mm and reaching the noteworthy 6.9mm of the X820 by Samsung.               

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The display of the K800 is a major update to its predecessor - while the colors are still 262k, the resolution is two times higher as the 176x220 of the K750 is upgraded to a QVGA one - 240x320 pixels. Combined with the small physical screen size of only 2 inches, it makes the pixels really miniature and thus gives the displayed images a very detailed look. The display is a high-contrast one and relatively bright, and you can clearly see it and read text on it even in direct sun light, but as the surface is very smooth and reflective, it is easily “stained” with fingerprints which reduce the visibility - you should often clean it. Unfortunately, the K800's display is not as bright as its rival's (the N73) one, which also has more saturated colors and a bigger size.      

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The keyboard is not as good as the display at all - it occupies a very small part of the phone which in turn means the physical size of each of the buttons is reduced. Just below the display are the typical Sony Ericsson keys – two software ones, Back, Clear, Shortcut and Internet. The latter two are so small that you have to “look for” them before pressing one of these, while in order to do it you have to use the top of your finger. It is very hard to distinguish the separate buttons by only touching them, while only the joystick feels different as it is raised and the surface surrounding it is slightly lowered. Yet, using it is definitely not a great pleasure because it's hard to move and press, which is also the case with the rest of the buttons. The stick is lowered at the center, which makes its edges “sharper” and thus very uncomfortable to use for longer periods of time as it hurts your finger. This shape is designed to prevent the joystick slip when your hands are wet, but it would've been far better if Sony Ericsson had just used some other material - like some special rubber for example.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The numeric keys are rectangle-shaped with very little space left between them and they're slightly angled so you can feel the separate buttons by moving your finger over the keypad's surface from top to button. But they're quite hard to distinguish if you move your hand in the opposite direction or horizontally, so you would find it very difficult to dial a number without making a mistake if you're not looking at the keypad. Having in mind this and the fact that the buttons are hard to press, we think that the keyboard is very uncomfortable to use. The only positive thing we found about it was the backlight - it is in pale violet that is almost white at the area behind the keys and the light is equally spread, so the symbols are easy to read even in complete darkness.         

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The rest of the buttons are the Play/Pause (located on the left side) and volume keys and the camera key (on the right), while at the top is the Power button which also acts as a shortcut to the profiles. The keys' locations are the same as with previous models like the K750, W810, etc. However, there are two new miniature buttons located above the display, at the two sides of the speaker and the front facing camera for video calling. These two are shortcuts for the camera and despite their ridiculously small size, they're probably the phone's most comfortable ones. As for the camera, it is located on the back, under a glossy protective cover, which slides open when pushed in the down direction (considering the handset is in horizontal position) and thus takes up less space than the K750's one, which slides to the left. Opening the cover is not hard at all although there's no mechanism to help you. When opened, it stays put in one place as there's almost no movement and no chance of it sliding back accidentally. Just next to it is the flash which does really well despite its small size. The memory expansion slot is located on the left side, under a plastic protective cap, which is relatively hard to remove and you should not worry about it falling off, at least until the phone is still new.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.10 x 1.80 x 0.90 inches
(105 x 47 x 22 mm)
4.10 oz  (115 g)
Battery900 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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