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Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Sony Ericsson P1 8.5

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Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Camera interface

Although it is a smartphone, the P1 comes equipped with a good camera that can compare with some of the best cameraphones on the market. Located on the back are the lens with the information on the resolution, the autofocus and the flash, which consists of dual LED. We sorry this is not the Xenon found in Cybershot phones but at least it has auto-focus, which makes great difference on most photos.

The camera's interface is in landscape mode and starts for 3 seconds. It gives information for the settings chosen, and you can change them with the touch screen or the jog-dial. There are four resolutions available (3,2,1,0.3(VGA)MP) with three compression levels. The options for white balance, color effects and frames are nicely present as they were with other camera-oriented Sony Ericsson phones.

The auto-focus locks for a second and another 5 are needed to save the captured image and start shooting another one. The images from the camera are pretty good and are definitely usable, when taken in bright sunlight. Unfortunately, even then there is noise when you preview them in full size, but the detail is also good for a phone. Like the P990, the P1 takes very good macro shots and gives lots of detail from tiny objects. Indoors, the quality decreases due to the lower light amount. More noise appears even if the flash is turned on (it can be on or off, lacks AUTO option) and the latter will be usable to illuminate the object you are capturing if it is nearby.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Outdoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Outdoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Outdoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Outdoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Outdoor images

Strong light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Medium light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Low light - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Flash ON - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Macro - Indoor images - Sony Ericsson P1 Review

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Medium light

Low light

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Indoor images

Like the P990 and just new SE non-smart-phones (K850, W910), the P1 can capture video clips in QVGA resolution which is 4 times less than N95’s VGA but can still do the job. Like in the U100 and U300 by Samsung, some artifacts appear due to the compression but here the colors are realistic and the videos look better. The quality is high enough for online usage, for example in a blog like YouTube.

Sony Ericsson P1 sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution

The captured images are previewed in the Picture Gallery which has fullscreen mode, for more convenience. The phone is pretty fast and opens the preloaded images almost instantly, while the camera shots (which are larger) took a moment more. Still they rendered pretty fast, and previewing them is not slow and boring operation.


The Music Player isn’t branded with “Walkman” name but is better than the one used in non-smart-non-Walkman phones. It offers the standard filtering by Artists/Albums/Playlists/Tracks/My recordings but the now playing interface is improved: On the top is the album name, below are the controls which unfortunately are with rather small buttons and you may press a wrong one if not using the stylus. Almost half of the screen is occupied by the album cover and the file name – artist – album and the soft keys. There are 10 equalizers, including Mega Bass, Loudness, Treble boost and others. The player can be left to work in the background and in this case the homescreen will indicate this with a line of the song currently played.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review

Strangely, the player didn’t show the album cover image of songs we transferred through Windows Media Player from computer with Windows Vista. Later, those songs had an album cover image, but not the one they have in the Windows Media Player but an image stored on the phone’s card memory – image that has nothing in common with the songs.

The sound coming from the phone’s speaker is neither the strongest nor the one with best quality, but could do the job for using a song as a ringtone. Playing music on it, it will suffer from distortion when at maximum level and has typical “phone-speaker sound quality”.

For listening to your favorite music, headphones will be more suitable. The ones from the box are with mediocre quality and average volume, so when you want to replace them you will need an adapter to connect standard ones (with 3.5mm jack) or just use Stereo Bluetooth headphones. As the phone supports A2DP profile, we connected wireless speakers with no problem. They sound with much more power and clearer sound with higher quality.

The Video Player is exactly the same as the one on P990. There is no problem previewing a QVGA video encoded with MPEG4 H.263 but when additional features like changing the volume for example are applied during playback, the video and sound lag. Like with the Music player, we transferred the sound to Bluetooth speakers. The higher quality H.264 compression is not supported.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review

The P1 also has a FM radio built-in but in order to use it, you must connect the headphones, to be used as antenna. Once started, it will propose you to automatically scan the whole frequency range and save the found stations. You can then transmit the sound to the phone’s speaker or to Bluetooth device, which we did. The supported RDS has options for displaying AF (Alternative Frequency), News announcements and Traffic announcements and once it retrieves information about the station’s name, automatically adds it in the saved list.


Like the P990, the P1 comes with a couple of games preloaded: QuadraPop (Tetris like game) and Vijay Singh Pro Golf 3D (3D golf game). You can add additional games and applications, either written for UIQ phones or JAVA games for phones with QVGA resolution. We installed an Instant Messenger for UIQ, as the phone doesn’t have one preloaded.

Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review
Sony Ericsson P1 Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Codelicious (unregistered)

I've been following with this phone for quite some time now. They used to name it P700 in China. I'm in the high-tech category, so wifi is a must for a smartphone :"]

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 00:10

2. praveen (unregistered)

like the p1 but wen will w960i be released in india and wat will be its price..want to wait for it for sure

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 03:40

3. GMoney (unregistered)

You said yourself that it's a tri-band phone, including the 1900 band. In the US, 1900 is the primary band used!!! Check out this page:http://intouchsmartcards.com/unlockedgsm.htm

posted on 20 Jul 2007, 08:48

4. ralph (unregistered)

i know this fone will be compatible for US....but will it be compatible for the 3G umts 850/1900 of AT&T here in US???

posted on 21 Jul 2007, 05:45

5. Sebhelyesfarku (unregistered)

Still no profiles, call recording blocked, no HSDPA/EDGE/quadband GSM. only 15fps video recording. This is another overpriced SonyEricsson.

posted on 25 Jul 2007, 22:35

6. eman (unregistered)

i don't like it..the menu is still complicated..no profiles..no edge in it not easy to use..sorry i wasted my money i guess :(

posted on 22 Aug 2007, 21:33

7. Pat (unregistered)

I do not share the positive points of this test and especially on the photographs which are catastrophic, open to the eyes my friends.

posted on 06 Sep 2007, 02:51

8. 007 (unregistered)

i'm disappointed that this phone is not a quad band. i'm surprised that Sony Ericsson is offering this phone when it doesn't eve support 850 mhz. Right now i have a triband phone without the 850 mhz and in certain spots i don't have reception here in california. i really like the phone but just missing the 850 mhz. sad!

posted on 18 Jul 2008, 20:54

9. Owner (unregistered)

Don't know how you managed the long hours but my P1i with phone ONLY with Wifi and other features turned OFF will only get my ~2-3 days before recharging! Phone is too bloated esp. for a PDA! SE tried cramming too much applications into the phone so it's really clumsy and a power hog and still very price! It's a good phone for talking as reception is quite good in my area with good call quality and the camera is also very good. Too bad nothing else was that good!

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Single core, 208 MHz, ARM9 processor
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.16 x 0.66 inches
(106 x 55 x 17 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery1120 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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