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Sony Ericsson K800 Review

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Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The K800 focuses mostly on the multimedia and it's sold mainly as a camera phone because of its 3-megapixel camera with Xenon flash. It is located on the back of the handset, while the part where it stands is slightly raised. It increases the phone's thickness a little and spoils the overall design that consists mainly of straight lines, but maybe that was unavoidable as the camera's components had to fit in somehow.

Three or four seconds after removing the protective slider of the shooter (or by holding the dedicated button on the right side), the landscape interface of the camera is loaded and shows indicators about which mode it is currently in (taking pictures or video) and the amount of photos that can be taken with the memory available. Pressing the left soft key opens the Settings menu which is displayed as horizontal list and allows you to change any of the options: here you have Shooting mode, a great variety of scenes, effects (B&W, Negative, Sepia, Solarize), White balance.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


We didn't like the animated icons as it's hard to understand what each one is for, so you have to read the label describing it, but it is displayed only after you point at the particular icon. When this menu (Settings) is closed and then entered again, it is pointing at the last option you've used - this is very clever and convenient, as it may save you a lot of time if you often change the same setting (“Focus” for example).

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 two buttons above the display act as shortcuts to two of the menus - the upper one is for Scenes, while the lower is for Shoot Mode (Normal, Best Pic, Panorama, Frames). Scenes change the settings that the phone uses when taking a picture, as Sports for example increases the shutter speed so that a moving object can be captured and not show up blurry on the photo. Yet the Shooting Modes are of greater interest. Best Pic takes nine shots in a row and then lets you select which one to save, as this could be very useful when taking pictures of “objects that you have very little time to frame”. The Panorama mode takes three pictures which the phone combines in a single one with panoramic view, i.e. with much greater width than height. However, the there's only an option for a horizontal panorama and we'd have liked to see a vertical one included too. The last mode is Frames and it's very funny as it has 15 preset frames that add extra mood to your pictures.

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


Pictures:

The quality of the pictures taken with the K800 is one of the best a mobile phone can offer, and after a comparison with four more 3-megapixel camera phones, it shared the first place with the D900 slider by Samsung. Despite the fact that the images were not very detailed and color reproduction was not quite correct, the K800 was one of the best in the night shots test and the undisputed winner in taking pictures indoors with low or no light – that's where the Xenon flash demonstrated its undeniable capabilities, surpassing the weaker LED “flashes” on the rest of the tested models. As a whole, the pictures taken with the camera are very good for a mobile phone, but unfortunately the situation with the Video is totally different. There's only support for a 176x144 pixels (QCIF) resolution, at 15 fps, which makes taken videos really awful. Yet you will read a “High-quality video selected” notice when choosing the video mode. You have a digital Image stabilizer at your disposal, but it seems useless, as no matter what you use, at such a resolution, you will still be unable to see anything.              

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Audio:

The phone's music playback functionality is not bad at all too - the Audio player supports the most popular file types, including MP3, AAC and WAV, and lets you sort them by Artist (and then also by Album).You can also create your own playlists and organize your music the way you want. There are Loop and Shuffle options during Playback, as well as several preset equalizers which you can also fine-tune manually. The Playback interface is quite simplified but still displays all the information you need. However, the fact that FastForward/Rewind is done through the same buttons used for Next/Previous track, can be very inconvenient as you have to hold these buttons to use them this way, and once in a while you just change the song unintentionally.

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


When talking about music reproduction, a major disadvantage is that the headphones from the package do not have a 3.5mm jack as with the W(alkman)-series and you have to use the earbuds from the box - you cannot replace them with something better. The quality of the sound they produce does not impress at all: there's no air, everything sounds flat, and the high frequencies are distorted and instead of clear drum instruments you hear something quite different. The sound quality can be classified as average and coming close to good when compared to other phones, but there's no way to compare it to a good music player equipped with adequate headphones.

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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 testing the video player, we sent two video files via Bluetooth - a MP4 one encoded with the H.264 codec and the other was the same file but converted to .3GPP (the file size was reduced from 17 to 4 MB consequently). The first (high-quality) file was saved in the Music and the other in the Video folder, and thus only the latter could be viewed. The high-quality video could only be listened to, but there was no picture. The choppy 3GPP video could be viewed in fullscreen (landscape) and the sound could be heard via the headphones, but the quality of this file type is just much lower than the far better MP4/H.264. So we just cannot talk about watching high-quality video with the K800, which is a pity. You can only use MPEG4 with H.263 encoding, but the image quality in this case is still not good enough.    

The FM Radio is an addition to the music player, and it offers a nice interface and RDS support for receiving information about the stations. You can save up to 20 of them with the option of storing their names too. Of course, as an antenna you have to use the headphones from the package and they must be plugged in even when you want to listen through the speaker of the phone.

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


Software:

Sony Ericsson K800 Review
Sony Ericsson K800 Review


The K800 supports JAVA applications and the phone comes with a few amusing games (which will suit various people as they're different types) and a hilarious application for editing pictures (applying funny effects to people's faces). Games are loaded pretty fast and they might “cost” you a lot of time because they don't get you bored too quickly and offer some nice graphics. But in case you do get bored with them, you can easily download new JAVA games.

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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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