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Sony Ericsson K800 Review

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Interface:

The stand-by screen is a standard one as small areas at the top and the bottom are “darkened” to make the system information (signal strength, battery and soft buttons) easier to read. An interesting option is that the clock can be displayed with large semi-transparent digits over the background image, which may also be an animated. The four directions of the joystick act as shortcuts, while pressing it opens the main menu which is displayed as a 3x4 grid of icons (they're not animated but when one is pointed at, another larger image is displayed). Unlike Nokia phones, their number is only twelve and there's no scrolling.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review



The submenus are viewed as a list and there's support for numerous tabs, but the numeric keys have no shortcut functionality here and by pressing any of them, you move to the last option in the list. The letter of the button is displayed (like when entering text) but in fact you cannot use the letters to “jump” to various options - i.e. if we have a field called “Videos” at the fourth row, then we can't reach it neither by pressing 4, nor the 8 button (“TUV”) - only by navigation with the joystick. Not only entering and moving through the various menus is slow, but it's the same story when you want to go back to the stand-by screen - you have to press the “Back” key numerous times or you have to hold it for a while - either way it takes way too long.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review



For personalizing your phone, you have several preloaded themes, but they only change the background image and are definitely not as good as the W810's ones, which also change the way the menu is displayed and its icons. To say it, the K800's themes are mundane and boring - at least the four that came with the phone.

Phonebook:

As far as saving numbers to the phonebook is concerned, there's almost no difference with the previous models; you can save up to 1000 contacts, while each of them can store several numbers, e-mails and web addresses, as well as a personal picture and ring tone for indication when you have an incoming call. You can add contacts to groups but you have to do it one but you cannot set a common ring tone or a caller ID to a given group. As a whole, this function is planned to be used only when you want to send a message to more than one contact for example. Finding a contact is done by directly entering letters from the keypad, but unfortunately only the first word of the name considered during the search. However, an option we really liked was to sort the names both by first and last name. Symbian S60 phones lack this option and contacts are always sorted by Last Name, so they are displayed as “Last, First” and there's no “First, Last” view.

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

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review





Organizer:

The Organizer offers the standard functionality for a Sony Ericsson phone of this class. You have five Alarms that can be assigned different ring tones to and a Calendar with an option to set a reminder to the appointments, while you can also save Tasks and simple Notes.

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

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 menu also houses a Calculator with basic functionality, a Countdown timer and a Stopwatch capable of storing up to nine results. This type of Organizer can never be compared to the one used in the N73 for example, which features a practical active desktop and is simply a few ideas ahead, more convenient and useful.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review

Sony Ericsson K800 Review




Voice commands:

The voice commands are activated by holding the “Volume Down” button, and you must hold the phone next to your head in order to use them - they do not utilize the loudspeaker. This makes them absolutely inconvenient to use and we even had a problem with only one contact saved. To sum it up - the system simply does not work and it's completely useless, there's no room for making a comparison with the one used in Symbian S60 phones like the N73 (a K800 rival as a multimedia device) that has speaker-independent voice commands for making calls and opening applications. The phone has about 70MB of internal memory that can be expanded through Memory Stick Micro (M2) cards, which are Sony's smallest dimension-wise cards at the moment.

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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