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Controlling the unit is rather familiar; this is the traditional user interface of SE. Pressing the navigation button in the middle reveals the menu, arranged in three columns, of four lines each. For quick access to some of the sub-menus you can also use the buttons of the numeric keypad, whose positions correspond to that of icons on the main menu.


The phonebook disposes of the standard options and this is why we will not dwell much on it. One can enter up to 1000 contacts with as many as 2500 numbers. Several phones (mobile, home, work, fax, or other) can be memorized with one name; commands for voice dialing, photo, ringtone, and a lot more can also be added. Regrettably, there is once again the “traditional” drawback of the telephone book: one can search for contacts using only the first name.


Sony Ericsson have taken care to provide you with an organizer, featuring an abundance of functions indeed, so that you could put your everyday jobs in order and not forget anything important. Video Call, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Synchronization, Timer, Stopwatch, Calculator, Code Memo and Alarms are all at your disposal. Up to five alarms can be set with the additional options of picking a different signal for each as well as setting them to go off on certain days of the week or just once. You can easily initiate a video call, during which the display is partitioned in two in the usual way: on the larger section you can see the other participant, and in the smaller one – yourself.

The remaining functions of the organizer are standard and well-known from previous models of the company, so we will not discuss them.

The phone features about 16 MB free built-in memory (depending on the installed software) and an option to add a Memory Stick Micro (M2).


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.

Connectivity and Internet:

Besides the standard GSM networks (900, 1800, 1900 MHz), the phone is operable in the 3G UMTS 2100 as well, and the front panel camera enables the users to make video-conversations with their loved ones. Supporting only one of the American GSM bands, the K530 will be limited only to areas with 1900 MHz coverage.

The full Internet browser allows for various view settings in accordance with the personal preferences for convenient work. Both landscape and portrait orientations are also feasible. In this case the high-resolution display can aid a more convenient page viewing. Through the Smart-fit option, pages can be set to appear in one column, thus eliminating the need to scroll horizontally and making it easier to go over pages of wider format. At opening our site we noticed that the browser was not able to correctly visualize all the elements of the page.

For instant access to news and reading it at the time of breaking, the phone disposes of an RSS reader.

Connecting to a computer is done in the normal for Sony Ericsson way – through a data cable or wirelessly, via the Bluetooth version 2.0, supported by the phone. In contrast to the earlier K 510, we can easily make out the absence of an infrared port here – it is no longer needed.

It is possible to use the unit as a remote control for compatible Media Player, Desktop, or Presenter. To this end you will need a Bluetooth device on the computer.

Sony Ericsson K530 is one of the models that can work with HGE-100 – an external GPS receiver, integrated into stereo headphones, a function that is typical for units of the highest class. Since it has not been released on the market yet, we were not able to test this option.

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