Sony Ericsson K750 review
On an initial glance of the K750i, you could cause a case of mistaken identity with a black Sony Ericsson T630. The buttons are laid out in very similar fashion as well as the screen sizes being identical. Thankfully, the similarities of the two screens in question ends here, as the K750i has a dazzling display of 262K colours, giving a much more crisp and sharp image projection. The keypads buttons similarity between the above two models is however a good thing, as the keypad layout of similar Sony Ericsson phones are usually applauded by owners of their devices. The buttons feel good when pressed and respond with a gentle click. They (the buttons) are in between being flat and slightly raised, which means they maintain their compactness but at the same time are good and easy to use. There are three keys directly underneath the screen; one on the left and right with the other in the middle of the two. Underneath these are another two keys (on the left and right) with the traditional Sony Ericsson joystick (which I'll come to shortly) in the centre. The alpha-numeric keypad follows this.
The joystick also feels a lot better than on previous Sony Ericsson models, most notably the T600 series & the K700i. Some customer feedback on these previous models was that the joystick felt flimsy and after a while became intermittently uncooperative to presses.
No problems here with the K750i. It seems to be much stronger and gives the impression that its sturdiness will withstand heavy usage during gaming and menu navigation. This however does not compromise its responsiveness, as when it is shifted either left, right, up or down as well as being pressed inwards, the relative corresponding function or menu is performed effortlessly.
In addition to all these keys, there is the on and off button at the top of the phone, approximately a finger print space away from the infrared port. On the top left hand side of the handset, there is a button which is a quick access shortcut to the media player and/or radio. Staying on the same side but towards the bottom of the phone there is a hotswap' slot for a Sony Memory Stick Duo or Memory Sick Duo Pro. On the top right hand side of the handset, there is an up/down volume key, used for controlling the volume for audio; both music wise and for voice calls. There is also a shortcut key assigned to the camera on this same side but further down on the handset.
The charger/USB Cable/Stereo hands free port is at the bottom of the phone and is now a combined port, creating both pros & cons of this design strategy. The advantage being that the new style charger ports has the complete opposite feel to the older ones. They (the older 2 pin' design), didn't feel very strong and was sometimes a cumbersome task plugging them into the phone; often resulting in damage of the charger, damage of the handset or even both. The new design feels so much more solid and plugs into the phone with relative ease. The flip side to this is that the new charger port now occupies the whole of the phone base. This means you are no longer able to simultaneously charge your phone and have a wired hands free kit plugged in, unlike the old design which allowed this. Not a major problem as it is very rare that the above two actions are required simultaneously but still worth a mention.
At the back of the phone is a tiny back cover, under which the battery and sim card is fitted. The loudspeaker is at the rear, again for audio & voice calls. The active lens slide cover which when closed protects the concealed 2.0 mega pixel camera lens, takes up around two-thirds of the back of the handset. There is also a flash/light' next to the camera lens but on the outside of the protective slide. A very useful and purposeful function, but more on this later.