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I bought this phone in 2008 as a pay as you go handset. I was really excited when I purchased it, as I know it had been an expensive handset when it first came out and had heard nothing but good reviews about it. When I first began using this handset I was really happy with the features. The Sony Walkman feature was excellent as I like music. I was impressed with many features of this phone, text messaging was a doddle, with great emoticon features for added intonation. The camera was of a good quality and I was able to take some arty images as there were many effects I could use, plus features for editing pictures. The sound quality during phonecalls was great. The browsing feature also meant I could access networking websites with ease. I was really happy with this phone and would have had it for a couple of years, but unfortunately after 10 months the handset died without warning and for no apparent reason. It would turn on, but I could do nothing with it, it was completely frozen. For the features I would recommend this handset, but because it was so fragile and did not last like I would have expected, I would tell people to avoid this model.
I bought this phone several years ago when it was still quite new for £75 and it's the only 'new' mobile I've ever had. At the time it was a mid-level phone with a good camera and did everything I needed a phone to do. I still use it today and it has outlasted a smartphone I owned.
The k800i is a 'candy bar' phone meaning it is a traditional rectangular shape with a screen filling the top half and a keypad below.
The phone typically comes in black although some limited edition colour variations were available. The trim and buttons are detailed in silver.
At the very top of the phone above the screen are two slim horizontal buttons, the left hand one brings up the most recently taken photo and the right hand one brings up the picture gallery in grid format. Between these buttons is a speaker and small camera used for video chat.
Below the screen are silver navigation and call buttons. On the far left is the green 'make call' button and at the far right is the red 'hang up' button. Central to this area is a silver joystick used for navigation which can also be pressed to select items. Surrounding this from the top left in a clockwise direction are: Select button, options button, cancel button and back button. Below these silver 'soft keys' is the standard phone keypad with numbers from 1-0, star and hash.
On the rear of the phone is the camera which is activated by sliding the shutter cover across and is operated by a button on the right side of the phone. Above the camera lens is the flash (if the phone is held horizontally), right of the lens is a speaker and the Sony Ericsson text and logo are to the bottom left.
On the right hand side at the top are the volume up/down buttons, the camera button is below these. The left side has a play/record button for the music player and below this is a covered slot for M2 memory cards.
The top of the phone has only the power button and the bottom houses a hole for a lanyard or charm, a charging cable/headphone inlet and a microphone.
Size: 106 mm x 47 mm x 20 mm (22mm at camera cover)
Memory: 64 MB internal, expandable to 16 GB with M2 memory card
Camera: 3.2 megapixel
Internet: Full HTML, includes download manager
Email: POP3 and IMAP4
Display: 2.0 inch QVGA (240x320) TFT LCD, 262,144 (18-bit) colors
Camera with autofocus
Video recording and playback
Java based games
IN THE BOX:
Sony Ericsson K800i
Lithium-Polymer 3.6v 950mAh Battery
3.2 megapixel cybershot CMOS with autofocus and and macro modes
Red eye reduction
32x digital zoom
Pictbridge and DPOF
3GP video at 15 fps - resolution: 176x144
Audio: MP3, WMA, RealAudio, AAC
Video: MP4, 3GP, RealVideo
Whilst no longer manufactured it is still readily available in store and online. It can be bought second hand in good condition for around £25 - £30 but costs anything from £45 to £105 new!
I know there's an old Nokia phone that is known for being practically immortal but I think the k800i is a good contender for that title! I've had mine for 6/7 years and in that time I have not had one problem with it. The keys/buttons all work perfectly and the screen is still vibrant with no dust trapped underneath.
The 3.2 mp camera takes better photos than a smartphone I had. The Cybershot camera includes different shoot modes that allows you to take good pictures in all lighting conditions and also features a built in basic photo editor for when things go wrong.
The sound quality for music play-back is superb, well, it is with headphones at least. I've only once played music through the speakers by accident but it was clear and LOUD!
I think what I like most about this phone is that it is predominantly a PHONE and a very good one. The signal always seems strong except when in the middle of nowhere and I often get a low one then. The sound is clear, the microphone picks up my voice well and the buttons (whilst small) are clear and unfaded and texting is a doddle with no auto correct to trip me up. Although I keep it in a separate section in my bag it has been knocked about a bit in pockets and suitcases yet it still looks practically new.
The build quality is excellent and it just feels sturdy, all of the functions work very well and I can't help but feel a lot of care and attention went into designing and building this phone.
It has quite a lot of built in functions and the ones I find most useful are Calender, Tasks, Alarm and Calculator. They are simple to use and customisable with different audio alerts which means I can stay on top of appointments and never forget the milk again!
Compared to the current apps available for smartphones the games are very basic but still fun. I think the best example would be the Assassin's Creed game I downloaded a few years ago. It was in platform format but the graphics were detailed and vibrant and it didn't feel like a small java game. Lemmings was also available and a million miles away from Snake and other 'old phone' games in terms of quality are variety.
The bluetooth has a very good range. Should I happen to take a picture of the cat in the living room I can easily beam it to someone on the next floor of the house and hear their amused chuckle coming through the ceiling.
Lastly the battery lasts for absolutely ages even after several years. One full charge and I can leave the phone on with a screen time-out of 30 seconds for three whole days! Should I go away for the weekend and forget to bring the charger I know I'll still be able to get in touch with friends and family back home.
Yes, if you're looking for a more basic phone then you can't go wrong with this one! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a phone with some extra functions but doesn't want to buy a smartphone yet.
-- Introduction --
I first got this phone about two years after its public release; prior to it I mainly had Nokia's and so wasn't used to the format or functioning of a Sony mobile, but have to say, I was pleased.
-- The Phone --
I will go in to the specific features of this mobile; but to begin, as a basic overview of this mobile: I'd like to say that it's an easy-to-use, attractive, comfortable, quality mobile.
> It's got a nice big screen.
> It has a lovely little navigation knob (oi, don't laugh!) stick.
> It's got well-spaced out, well-sized buttons.
Okay, so let's get in to the specifics...
-- The Screen --
One of the more and probably most important things for all mobile phones is of course the screen, as it's what you will be looking at for months or years, navigating on; texting and looking at media on.
Spec: (240 x 320 pixels)
The screen on this mobile is fairly fantastic. When you look at the design of the phone, you can see that prominent space has been given to it, and this was before smartphones hit, so it was a little ahead of its time; when a lot of other mobiles had much smaller screens. I think that the navigation and button pad has been nicely condensed to allow for a lovely long screen that compliments the phone's shape.
-- The Camera --
In short: the camera on this phone is excellent.
Spec: (3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash)
A camera of 3.15 megapixels at the time I believe was pretty good, but all I know is that - regardless of the 5,6... 7,8? megapixel cameras you can get in phones now... it's pretty much just a numbers game of one-upmanship to me as, even at TWO megapixels... unless you're a professional photographer (in which case, I'm sure you wouldn't be using a mobile phone for your work) - there really isn't much need for resolution much beyond that.
Even at say 2MB as I said (which this phone has an option to take at, in order to save space): the photos are crystal clear and once you upload them on to your PC, they're fairly huge.
If you're going to be using your mobile phone mainly for taking personal snapshots of outings with friends and family, and even scenery or other such things for personal albums, this camera will easily suffice your needs. And its flash means that it can take high-quality photos under bad lighting also.
Video recording is also easy on this phone, and the quality is also very good.
-- The Battery Life --
Aside from ease-of-use and features, I know that at least for me personally and probably yourself, battery life is of pretty supreme importance when considering a mobile phone.
I can tell you that the battery life for this phone is fairly great.
Spec: (upto 7 hours talk-time / upto 350 hours stand-by)
I no longer have this phone, purely because I had it for so long that I wore it out; but the fact I did have it for so long (about four years) shows what a quality phone it is and what quality battery life it has. I rarely remember even having to charge this phone, obviously I must have had to at some points; but it seemed very infrequent in comparison to how often I need to charge my phone.
If you're looking for a robust phone with a solid battery life, this is surely one of them.
-- The Memory --
Memory can be important for a lot of people, as they tend to store a lot of photos and videos on their mobile. I'd say that the initial memory for this phone is average for its time.
Spec: (64MB internal memory, memory-stick space for upto 2GB)
This phone has an internal memory of 64MB, which doesn't seem like a lot of space these days to be honest, but there is a memory-stick slot so you can store an additional 2GB.
Unless you're intending to use this mobile as a serious MP3 player (which it is very good as by the way due to excellent audio quality) then even the basic memory I'd say is easily fine for the storage of most of your photos and short videos, which I'm sure you'll mostly be transferring as you go anyway.
-- Closing Statment / Overall View --
Overall this is an excellent phone which I used for a very long time.
I also know of a few friends who had this phone and also loved it a lot, and if you look around the net, you'll see many many people who loved and still love this phone.
It's a perfect size to hold, the screen is large, the navigation is very easy; the phone itself is very easy to use with excellent audio/video quality and it's very robust and well-made.
In terms of price, you're going to be paying about £80 for this phone still, which to be honest - isn't that cheap considering it's been out a long time now. But that really just proves how popular this phone is, as the demand for it is obviously still high, and I think the components in it are quality.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced but outstanding mobile for general and even occasional media use (again, this is very good for MP3 playback in particular), this phone is a great choice.
Oh and PS. It also looks the business!
I had this Sony Ericsson K800i for 1 year and I LOVED it!
It is easy and simple to use and especially great for people who don't like touchscreen phones. It is easy and clear how to navigate the phone. Things are easy to access. It is strong and the keypad is built in properly. The screen is bright and very clear. It has the keypad buttons are big for people who have big fingers/thumbs, buttons are easy to press.
It has a 3 megapixel camera, which is Cyber-shot. It has a very useful shortcut button feature. For example, if you are using any application and hold the back button it will say, "End application" and "Minimize" and if you minimize the application and want to go back to it when you're using another application you can just press the 2 square buttons and it will let you go back to any application you had running which I found very useful.
It has an internet browser and is very easy to look through and go to your favorite websites.
There is also a built in radio and you need headphones to use it.
Another great feature is video calling people. There is a small built in camera at the front of the phone which is for video calling other people. It is fast, accurate and clear. You can hear the other person loud and clear.
This was one of my first mobile phones ever. Seeing the age of the phone however, it is quite obvious that it cannot compete with the likes of iphone ore Galaxy S.
However, as a prepaid phone, or people who don't require a smartphone, there is some sense in buying it. The speclist of this phone is relatively short, you get a 3mp camera with a video function (which is not worth mentioning because of its catastrophic quality) and little extras like an mp3 plazer and an SD-card slot.
The one thing which made me nearly hate this phone was the joystick. Initially it worked fine and was nicer than the simple buttons on other phones of this type, but after a year or so it stopped working. instead of going left or right it would only press down. this made the phone more or less unusable.
However, this phone can definately take a punch. It has been dropped several times by me, it was stepped, sat and jumped on but showed no sign of breaking.
Not a word of a lie this is the best phone I have ever owned and that surpassing the Nokia Luna (phone from the matrix) the Nokia n8 and HTC desire S and it only cost me £30. Not often that a brick is better than a smartphone but this is why. Your smartphone will do everything you would ever need your mobile to do but unless you are extremely careful, it won't do it for long. Back when this phone came out it could also do pretty much everything possible with the technology at the time and this phone lasted me 6 years.
Back in 2001 this phone was the frontier of cutting edge design as well with the first above average camera on a phone. It looked good, it felt good to hold and it was fast. It's about the same speed as my HTC which is quite impressive considering they were released years apart. The layout of the home screen was also one of Sony Ericssons best ideas and was to be the template for nearly all mobiles up until about 2009. The little joystick controls your position on the screen to scroll over the icons on the screen and then press the joystick down to select it. The idea is very simple but genius.
I would say now that I'm going to go on about what is wrong with the phone but honestly, maybe it's my pure dedication to the k800i but I can't think of a single thing bad thing to say about this phone. It's bulky maybe? But then again that makes it nicer to hold. It's a revolution in phones.
I got the K800i around 6 years ago after a recommendation from my brother who had been using the K800i himself. I had had a good look at his handset and played around with the camera and mp3 player and was very impressed with its processing speeds and quality. As I was on a contract I just upgraded to the K800i free of charge so I was happy. At this time the Sony Ericsson K800i was around £300 from Orange if you wanted to buy it.
The K800i is a light solid handset, with a telephone keypad and additional menu buttons and a 'joystick'. With the joystick you can control the menu and play games easily. The phone also has quick access buttons on its side which will control the camera and music player easily. The phone is very easy to navigate and set up, and has instructional tutorial option. The phone has a large screen that is both bright and sharp, and more importantly for me strong, as I have a habit of dropping my phones no matter how careful I am.
The phone has a built in memory, but this can be extended with the addition of a micro M2 memory stick that is installed from the side. I found I needed the additional memory for all my photos etc. The handset also is Bluetooth enabled and can access the internet at a click of a button. The internet on it is pretty standard and could not compare with the smart phones of today, but 5 years ago it access was astounding to me.
The K800i has a built in RDS FM radio feature along with an MP3 player. The sound quality when playing MP3 is ok through your headphones if you bear in mind the phone was pre-Iphone's etc. I found that I rarely used the MP3 player as I would have needed to get a much bigger memory card as it would only hold around 10 songs as standard.
The camera on the K800s is Sony's legendry Cyber-Shot as is an impressive 3.2 mega pixel. At the time this was up to spec with a lot of the digital cameras around and even had a 32 x digital zoom feature. The camera had an impressive flash, auto focus and red eye reduction which meant I took a lot of quality photos!
I was most impressed with the camera on this phone and often used instead of my camera, the picture quality is great.
The K800i is a strong and sturdy handset and mine lasted 4 years before it started to show signs of age. For me this 4 years was amazing as before phones would only tend to last me 1-2 years before problems emerged (mainly a nokia user). To be honest the only problems I started to come across was due to the 'joystick' which seized and meant it was difficult to get through the menu. Apart from this the phone was still as good as new! And a year ago when my Nokia 5230 packed up I returned to the K800i while I was waiting form my new phone to work, and even 6 years on it still works!
For me Sony Ericsson has been in the top 3 of mobile phone manufacturers for a good few years now, having been a fan of the simplicity of Nokia handsets, Sony Ericsson was second to best with the easy layout of content and features within the handset.
The first thing that really appealed to me about this handset is the stylish black design, with the slide camera cover and the mini joystick on the front, to the eye it just appears like the perfect business persons phone!
The camera is very good, having taken many photo's with this handset its pixels are not quiet those of the new handset releases but live up to the standard for the time that it was released. The phone also accepts the M2 micro SD memory card which allows plenty of storage for your images, videos and music.
All the usual stuff comes with this handset Bluetooth, MMS and mobile internet etc, again the internet is not comparable to what you would expect with a new Blackberry or I-phone but it still does wonders for mobile internet converted websites and social networking etc Facebook.
Battery life is generally quite good, during standby mode the handset can last for days. With regular use you may be looking on a day or two at the most before the battery is flat out.
In terms of playing back your music and videos the quality of sound is very good with the original Sony Ericsson headphones however isn't to great with the built in speaker. The quality of the video is not the best either however is watchable given the circumstances.
I would recommend this handset to the user who does not need to do much other than make and receive calls and text messages and take the odd photo's, and listen to music. If your looking for something a bit more advanced then the newer release's would be much more suited.
I remember seeing this phone in one of the many product placements in Casino Royale. I think as a phone for Bond it is perfect: Decent size, Sturdy, functional gadgets and a superb camera.
I have owned one of these from the year they were first released and only recently had to replace it after dropping it one too many times. I immediately bought another one the same!
Basically, this mobile does everything that you would realistically want from a phone and does it well. It doesn't have the functions of new smart phones, but still has a camera with a real flash that produces better images than almost all more modern phones (including Sony's newer models).
The MP3 player is functional - but if you have an IPod, who needs this on a phone? Likewise, the internet is basic, but I'd rather not have that function on a phone.
Ignore the modern phone upgrades and grab yourself a classic that will last you for years.
I started using this handphone since 2003 and for simple person like me who expect a gadget which have good digital camera 3MP cyber-shot, big space memory also support with bluetooth,infrared to send and receive data from others also not forget about good sounds speaker to play the music.. , its really affordable.. coz this handphone is more than simple , it easy to carry wherever and the best performance about K800i is the camera u can capture and edit the photos to what you'd like..
The shape and design K800i is not too old and modern neither.. so for everyone who need a gadget which can support you in doing activity such travelling , business and etc you will not regret it as long you give good treatment to this handphone.. for information that i still using this handphone, seven years i've put on this handphone. i often use 3G system to make video calling with my friends, family and especially my girlfriend, its fun and easy to use. more over u can do browsing at anywhere with K800i. trust me it works and there's still a lot of features that u can find out on.
i never buy new one until this handphone out of order.. so if it still works, i think i will never buy something else lol.Overall i'm satisfied.
This phone was my main phone for around 3 years. I got it to replace a K750i that I killed in a torrential rain storm. By modern standards this phone is an absolute brick but when it was the phone to have it was about normal.The phone is simple to use with very responsive buttons. The joystick was especially responsive and simple to use and made menu navigation brilliant. The big reason to buy this phone is the spectacular camera. For a phone this takes rather impressive photos. A fair few these days seem to be fixed focus with a small aperture so they don't have to make the phone more expensive but this had fully working and pretty efficient auto focus. For a phone the image quality was impressive and second to none as well. The image files that came out of the camera were good in low light compared to most phones and the camera interface was fantastic as it allowed the use of so many options. This phone will make you want to use it to take photos, make no mistake! The build quality is also pretty impressive with this phone having taken an excessive amount of knocks during my time using it. The battery life remained pretty good until the end, in fact, most of the features on the phone did. however, the phone eventually developed a problem with accepting calls probably due to the heavy use for a good amount of time and that was the only reason I stopped using it. I still would be today if it was fully working!
I have had this phone for 5 years and it still works fine and used to this day!
I purchased this phone for £70 new at the time as it was the the phone with the most features for the price point. Smartphones were coming into the market but I felt that this will do the primary functions of a phone, texting and calling.
This phone is a joy to use although it may be a little fiddly due to the joystick navigation of menus. It has a very good build quality and the screen is clear and readable... although using in sunlight is pretty bad. The phone comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera which is good, but the quality can be a little washed out when it comes to taking pictures. Texting is easy enough with T9 functionality enabled and traditional texting is good to do too.
The phone memory can be expanded with the use of a Sony Ericsson M2 memory card. This is good when you want to use the in built music player to play your own music on the go. The phone has a proprietary input that can only be used with certified products that are compatible with the phone, this can be a pain when wanting to buy other types of earphones and products for the phone.
Sony Ericsson have been around for many years and this phone is one that has been praised muchly by reviewers and critics at the time where this phone was considered a high end phone. Nowadays it is a good mobile that does the primary functions well if you want a cheap phone that does everything well.
This phone is set a great affordable price and has all the basic functions that any consumer could desire. I received this phone as a gift and it has never once let me down. It is very durable and great to take out and not worry about breaking. The Camera is a great feature and takes high quality photos in any sort of words. The USB of this phone is it's great camera and this certainly does not fail to impress, the auto focus allows for even extreme weather conditions not to be a hindrance. It has great connectivity to the internet and the 3G aspect is great for downloading multimedia content from the wed as well as all the latest updates that the phone has available. The games on this phone are also very good and amusing to pass the time. The video calling that the phone has on offer was especially useful when i moved away to university because then I could talk to family and friends from back home from anywhere and everywhere. The ability of it having two cameras, one on front and one on the back was a very innovative idea that now features on many others products coming to the market. I like the simplicity of the way the phone is designed aesthetically and it has a classic but yet modern look about it which was the main reason why I asked for this phone in the first place. On a whole I am very impressed with the Sony Ericsson K800i but with other phones out on the market now with much greater levels of technology and features on offer, I would advise to look elsewhere but this should definitely be a consideration.
Just when you think you have the latest handset the phone market throws out another! This seems to be the story with most technology nowadays.
The K800i was launched in July 2006 and from what I remember it was a very popular handset. One of the great features of this phone is that it has an inbuilt 3 Mega Pixel camera and a xenon flash which was thought of as extremely high quality in a phone at the time. I have to say I was impressed with the camera when I used to use it. By no means could it compete with my point-and-shoot camera but it was great for taking a quick picture of something.
~ Features ~
The phone boasts a 262,144 colour TFT display which at the time was superb! Even by todays standards for a handset of this style it is by no means bad! Another great feature about the phone is that it takes Micro SD cards meaning that you can upgrade the memory for all those snaps you take with the inbuilt camera.
Furthermore, this phone is great because it fits in your pocket without being bulky or heavy:
- 105.0 x 47.0 x 22.0 mm
- 115.0 gr
This phone is packed full of great features... The camera even has a 'Best Picture' feature which means that the camera can be set up to take a few pictures allowing you to then choose the best. I often found this very useful as due to the camera being only 3 mega pixels it can be hard to get the perfect picture.
The phone also has the usual features such as Bluetooth, MMS and even email. I did try using the email feature but to be honest, unless you have a data plan which are a lot cheaper nowadays then it can be really expensive.
After doing some reading it now seems that this phone can even be synced with iCal on a Mac allowing you to keep your calendars together in one place on your computer.
~ Problems ~
I am not sure if it is to do with the software version which may have now been updated, but unfortunately my K800i has now died, one day I was using it and it simply turned off. What is interesting is that my brother had the same phone and it happened to him as well. I had the phone for around 3 years, but having read some things online this is quite a common fault which can however be fixed.
~ Verdict ~
I would personally class this nowadays as a middle end phone. It doesn't have all the features of a modern smart phone but at the same time it has many features which many modern handsets today do not offer! I often used to use this phone as my backup phone when something goes wrong with my other phone. This really is a great handset and I am sure that it could be picked up nowadays at a bargain price. It's just a shame that they seem to die after a while! Maybe the newer software version solves this problem though?
The Sony Ericsson K800i is a great phone. It is very easy to use with loads of great feature such as 3g video calling, t9 predictive text, pretty quick wap browsing, and a 3.2 mega pixel cyber shot camera with built in flash. The camera has excellent picture quality and also very good for recording videos. Also it is very easy to customize with downloadable ringtones, themes, wallpapers, screensavers, ringtones, apps and games. It has around 70mb internal memory and also takes M2 memory cards. This phone can also be used as a modem via either bluetooth or USB connectivity. The only drawbacks I have found are the size of the handset as it is like a house brick and the speakerphone quality isn't fantastic. I would greatly recommend this phone for those who like to browse and for the camera but if you are looking for something to play music on or something compact then this is not for you.