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.



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




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.


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.



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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