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Sony Ericsson P1 Review

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The P1 is a candybar smartphone with average to small size, allowing it to fit in most pockets. It is smaller than the P990 in every aspect, and the greater difference is the thickness, which is ~35% slimmer.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review


Model

Dimension (Inches)

Dimension (MM)

Weight (OZ)

Weight (Gramms)

Sony Ericsson P1

4.17" x 2.16" x 0.66"

106 x 55 x 17

4,4

124

Sony Ericsson M600

4.2" x 2.2" x 0.6"

107 x 57 x 15

4,0

112

Sony Ericsson P990

4.5" x 2.25" x 0,98"

114 x 57 x 25

5,5

155

Blackberry 8800

4.5" x 2.6" x 0.55"

114 x 66 x 14

4,7

134

Blackberry Curve

4.2" x 2.4" x 0.6"

107 x 61 x 15.5

3,9

111

HTC TyTN

4.4" x 2.3" x 0.86"

112.5 x 58 x 22

6,2

176


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bottom - Sony Ericsson P1, T-Mobile MDA, Sony Ericsson K530, Latte
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bottom - Sony Ericsson P1, T-Mobile MDA, Sony Ericsson K530, Latte
Slim11b - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
from left to right and top to
bottom - Sony Ericsson P1, T-Mobile MDA, Sony Ericsson K530, Latte
Slim11b - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
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bottom - Sony Ericsson P1, T-Mobile MDA, Sony Ericsson K530, Latte
Slim11b - Sony Ericsson P1 Review

from left to right and top to bottom - Sony Ericsson P1, T-Mobile MDA, Sony Ericsson K530, Latte Slim11b


The P1 fits very well into the hand with the side keys being exactly at the place they should be, for either left or right hand usage. The combination of the materials makes it feel like a high-class device (which it is) and we specially like the rubberized back. Designed in silver and black colors, it looks very attractive and definitely more stylish than the boring all-black or all-white M600. The P1 doesn’t look like a smartphone targeted only to the youth, as it is more serious device with business appeal.
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review


The Sony Ericsson P1 uses a great touch-sensitive display with physical size of 2.55” and the standard QVGA 240x320 pixels resolution. Like other SE phones, this one is capable of showing up to 262 thousands colors. They are correctly reproduced and when the brightness level is set to 100%, the display is very bright, with good contrast and saturated colors. It remains visible outdoors but if the light is too bright and is directly reflecting in it, reading it will be very tough.


Below it is the hybrid QWERTY keyboard. Hybrid, because it is neither real full QWERTY, nor a standard numeric keypad. It reminds us of the BlackBerry SureType (one is used in the Pearl) as it is in 5 columns and 4 rows, but unlike the SureType, here each key is actually a two-way rocker – two keys in a common volume. Let’s take the first key (in the upper left corner) for example: press it in the left part and you will type “Q”, press it in the right and you will get “W”. This leaves you with something like QWERTY with small keys, combined in pairs, which actually is quite usable. Typing text is very fast and we really like it over a numeric keyboard. We are not sure if a traditional QWERTY with the same size could be that comfortable and easy to use. Of course it all depends on the QWERTY design and the person using it, but we prefer this one over P990’s. This keyboard is brightly illuminated and the characters are in white color, while the standard numeric keys (the middle three columns) have their characters (0-9, * and #) in FireBrick red.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review


Due to the touch screen, this keyboard lacks software and other navigation keys, including D-pad/joystick. For navigation during one-handed usage, help the jog-dial and the back key, located on the left. The jog-dial is a 3-way wheel which has been used in previous smartphones of the brand and in early Sony phones. Above it is located the connector for a strap and in the upper left corner is the slot for the non-retractable stylus which comes out easily when you want to. The glossy black surface on the right houses the @-key (customizable shortcut), the M2 slot with protective cover and the camera shortcut/shutter key. As auto-focus is supported, the key is two-step and is half-pressed to focus and then fully-pressed to shoot. The top has the power key and the eye of the infrared while the bottom houses the small microphone hole and the Sony Ericsson proprietary connector for headset/usb cable/charger which we would have preferred to be replaced by standard ports like miniUSB and 2.5mm stereo.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Codelicious (unregistered)


I've been following with this phone for quite some time now. They used to name it P700 in China. I'm in the high-tech category, so wifi is a must for a smartphone :"]

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 00:10

2. praveen (unregistered)


like the p1 but wen will w960i be released in india and wat will be its price..want to wait for it for sure

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 03:40

3. GMoney (unregistered)


You said yourself that it's a tri-band phone, including the 1900 band. In the US, 1900 is the primary band used!!! Check out this page:http://intouchsmartcards.com/unlockedgsm.htm

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 08:48

4. ralph (unregistered)


i know this fone will be compatible for US....but will it be compatible for the 3G umts 850/1900 of AT&T here in US???

posted on 21 Jul 2007, 05:45

5. Sebhelyesfarku (unregistered)


Still no profiles, call recording blocked, no HSDPA/EDGE/quadband GSM. only 15fps video recording. This is another overpriced SonyEricsson.

posted on 25 Jul 2007, 22:35

6. eman (unregistered)


i don't like it..the menu is still complicated..no profiles..no edge in it not easy to use..sorry i wasted my money i guess :(

posted on 22 Aug 2007, 21:33

7. Pat (unregistered)


I do not share the positive points of this test and especially on the photographs which are catastrophic, open to the eyes my friends.

posted on 06 Sep 2007, 02:51

8. 007 (unregistered)


i'm disappointed that this phone is not a quad band. i'm surprised that Sony Ericsson is offering this phone when it doesn't eve support 850 mhz. Right now i have a triband phone without the 850 mhz and in certain spots i don't have reception here in california. i really like the phone but just missing the 850 mhz. sad!

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 20:54

9. Owner (unregistered)


Don't know how you managed the long hours but my P1i with phone ONLY with Wifi and other features turned OFF will only get my ~2-3 days before recharging! Phone is too bloated esp. for a PDA! SE tried cramming too much applications into the phone so it's really clumsy and a power hog and still very price! It's a good phone for talking as reception is quite good in my area with good call quality and the camera is also very good. Too bad nothing else was that good!

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 208 MHz, ARM9 processor
128 MB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.16 x 0.66 inches
(106 x 55 x 17 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1120 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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