The history of Sony Ericsson in phones: from the first color screen to the K series, the Golden Age

The history of Sony Ericsson in phones: from the first color screen to the K series, the Golden Age
The Swedish-Japanese joint-venture Sony Ericsson stood for premium design, camera innovation and some innovative form factor ideas, and now as the first devices coming under only the Sony brand (sans the Ericsson), it’s a good time to take a nostalgic look at the past and remember some of our favorite SE handsets of all time. 

We've divided this look in two parts, and this is the first one covering phones released from the beginning of the SE partnership and all the way until 2007. The second part will look at phones released after 2007, a breakthrough moment for the industry marked by the launch of the iPhone and all other phone makers starting to adjust to it or forced to adjust. 

The first period is when the Sony Ericsson brand was born and quickly grew popular, a true Golden Age for SE. Here's how it all began.

Thumbnail image courtesy of SE-nse.



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I still have Sony Ericsson K750i in my drawer. :)

11. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I still have P910i with me. SE was very innovative from the start.

12. kindkin

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

my mum is still using k750! :-D

18. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

ahhh! The sweet sweet memories of my SE K750i will always be with me! ;) Was a gift from my brother!! B-)

2. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

I had the K850i. I used to love that phone.

3. fenixsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My first SE phone was the 1st ever 3G phone. It was really thick and you have to twist not flip the keypad. It's camera was good at that time. I forgot what model it was. W something. Too bad it's not on the list.

4. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

This is a pretty good one comparing to the Nokia one

5. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

great phones.innovartive.but now,sony is not innovating.they are not giving us quad core and 4.7 inch screens. why,sony!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sad. :(

15. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Whats innovating about something everybody is doing? I find their designs to be very different in a good way. Together with Nokia they are the only 2 companies who actually try to differentiate.

17. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Sorry, but fitting 4.7" screen and quadcore in a handset is not an innovation.


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

hahahaha t68i oh my... that was the 1st colored phone i've seen and got envy with! HAHAHA! :) AS WELL AS THE WALKMANPHONES the Good old days of sony how i hope they will be able to come back with a bang :) before there was only nokia SE :)

14. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

My first colored phone as well. I still have the T68i phone. If they ever start a mobile phone museum it will be housed there. Funny how far we've fast. Keep it up PA.

24. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My first colored phone was SIEMENS M55. :)


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

wow really siemens? amazing.. imagine 10 yrs ago? the camera are 2-3 megapixels all are with alphaneumeric keys and the video capability are horrible..!! and honestly SE are one of the 1st who gave us an impressive imaging capability to a phone k800i I just miss you haha good old days were people still practicing a low sense of fulfillment.. phones dont have browsers or 1ghz processors simply talk and text :) nostalgic..


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

oops! sorry i got carried away i mean K810i hahaha

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about the camera, SIEMENS M55 had possibility to connect external camera, here is example:

8. wsker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

W810i .. Still have it... one of the bests, now, Neo is doing the job,

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Ericsson T10 was my first , currently on a Arc ..Sony E is one of the proudest legendary companies out there

10. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012


13. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

My first two phones were sony - 1 . T610 2. K850i

16. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

P990i tank of a phone.

19. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I still have my W580i.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

My first phone SEGH388. Them days.....

21. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

W800 still rocking on my table, and waking me up for work everyday...battery still like a champ, one week And Nokia 6310 in the drawer

22. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

R.I.P. Sony Ericsson - had much fun with W810, W995, X10, Play, and Arc. Arc S is gonna be my last SE phone :)

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The best SE product ever IMO was C 702. Had they released it with 5mp camera, xenon flash, and Wi-Fi (instead of K850 model ), it would be a legend. Besides thatI had T 630, K750, C 502, Vivaz, and now arc. They're all still in use, never had any problem apart from joystick repair on K750.


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i also miss my c902 titanium and in our class most of my friends would ask is that the phone james bond used in quantum of solace? and i was just like well the phone speaks for itself hahaha

29. scottspa

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

It's awesome to see this. Before Sony Ericsson, it was just Ericsson, and still pretty awesome. The R280LX, and the t28 world phone. Then I had the t68, the t68i, the t610, and finally, the w750. Still have the t68. I loved Ericsson. I think that was when my preoccupation with phone tech began, with the t68. Thanks for this article of great memories, and paying credit to Ericsson ;)

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