Sony Ericsson T650 ReviewSony Ericsson T650 7.4
The Messaging menu is the one that we are accustomed to seeing in most Sony Ericsson models, providing the opportunity to create text, multimedia or voice messages, as well as e-mails. In order to keep you informed on the latest news at all times, you also dispose of an RSS reader.
Sony Ericsson T650 is a tri-band GSM/GPRS device (900/1800/1900 MHz), which limits its use worldwide: only one of these frequencies is applicable in the USA. The unit can also work in 3G networks but once again with the restriction of the only supported band – UMTS 2100 MHz.
In order to exchange data with a computer, you can rely on several options. For wireless connection, there is the Bluetooth v2.0; the cable from the set will do as well.
The Internet browser was able to load www.phonearena.com with a comparatively good visualization and only a few “intertwining” texts. As a whole, viewing and reading larger pages will be trouble-free.
Although the phone is not of the Cyber-Shot or Walkman brand, it has quite a lot of their multimedia functionality.
The first noteworthy feature is the 3.2 megapixel camera, supplied with an auto-focus and a flashlight as in the Cyber-Shot series. It is activated from the menu or directly from the camera button and the time lapse pressing and actual activation is less than 3 seconds. The camera is landscape-oriented and the standard information is displayed on the screen: number of photos in the available memory, resolution, and location of storing. Activating any additional functions will be presented by the respective symbol. It is interesting to note the option to pick various “scenes” of taking pictures, which sets the camera according to the specific features of the object shot.
One can select one of the four possible photo resolutions: VGA, 1, 2, and 3 megapixel. The camera does a very good job of taking pictures indoors: the images have almost no noise even at scarce illumination; the flashlight is quite strong and capable of good lighting. Short distance photos pose no problem for T650, the results being very good, detailed images. Not so with taking outdoor pictures: we were disappointed by the results since the shots were unclear, with neither good focus nor detail. When they are resized to smaller resolution are usable, but if you compare them to other 3-megapixel cameras (like Sony Ericsson’s own K800 for example) they look mediocre.
One has no choice of resolution when doing video-clips: it is the same as with the older company series – 176 x 144 pixels – and the respective result rather unsatisfactory, rendering the videos unusable in reality for anything but MMS.
music and video players of T650 support the following file formats: MP3, MP4, M4A, 3GP, AAC, AAC+, еAAC, WAV(16kHz max) and Real 8. We tested the player and see that it doesn’t have any problem with MP4 H.263 video but H.264 play only the sound as on other phones. Viewing streaming video is also possible due to the 3GPP support of the device. To enjoy music, one can also make use of a Bluetooth stereo headset since the phone supports the A2DP profile, providing a wireless stereo signal.
The music player is the one from non-Walkman smartphones. It can sort the music by some artist/album but the interface won’t visualize album cover during playback.
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 headphones are one of the similarities to the Walkman series: the hands-free has a transition connector for a 3.5 mm jack, enabling the user to plug standard headphones and respectively – transmit the signal to an audio-system.
The phone comes with a preinstalled web based application, called AccuWeather, providing information and weather forecast after connecting to the Internet. And killing time is secured by the Lumines Challenge game – a modification of Tetris.
Of course, one can always complement this software with favorite games or programs thanks to the Java MIDP 2.0 support.
I picked up a T650i today to replace my k800i. It's smaller, it's better built, it's sturdy and those strange looking buttons on the keypad are actually really good for text input. they work great. the animated light themes are a nice gimic but it's an idea that's not been properly implemented yet. i just spent an hour remaking a theme i made for my k800 because from the 3 installed, i can't use any of them.. they are all dark with neon colour combinations... at least to my eyes...which makes it hard to use them on a daily basis... Also, there's some kind of funny time related easter eggs in this phone... tonight (31.10) i've got a screen full of animated pumpkins! i wonder what christmas has in hold for us? :) the newly designed desk stand is a joy to use, sturdy, secure and it looks great... along with the new ringtones, it looks like SE have finally accepted that Apple do a great job and have let themselves be infulenced in a positive way (imo) by the design and audio dept at apple... check out how similar the ringtones are to the iphone... my only gripe, and it's a big one is that the backlight is VERY YELLOW. It will add its own lovely tint of ochre to all your beautiful photos that you've made with the 3.2mpx camera. ALL my photos and background pictures have a yellow tint on this phone. SONY, if you're out there... please correct this problem with a firmware update in the near future. this is a fantastic phone but please make the colours bright and white again! Maybe it's only my phone but i don't think so... ? if you need a phone to make calls, sms, make snapshots, it has to be small, and with a super calendar to boot (that you can sync on a mac with isync), you can't go wrong with the T650i. I hope this review helps you to make up your minds. Bear in mind, i am extremely fussy when it comes to phones and if i find any problems or cool features over the next few days, i'll update this review... have fun :)
2. amras (unregistered)
I know why the display is so yellowish. Coz the light sensor is working and it decrease your screen brightness up to 50%!! This is ridiculous since K770 light sensor - when working - only reduces the brigthness up to 10% so the screen will still look bright and crisp.
3. fishy (unregistered)
sorry to say that without 3rd party commercial software this thing won't sync with iSync. Returning mine for that reason alone...