Sony Ericsson K800

The K800 is a 3G phone with memory card slot with hot swap functionality (no need to switch off when swapping cards), a great MP3 player, stereo Bluetooth support, FM radio with RDS, integrated image blogging service and Google
search – and a great 3.2 megapixel camera with an integrated real xenon flash (as used in many digital cameras).

You think we liked it? You’re right. But there are some quibbles; it’s a bit oversized and the keypad design is a bit uncomfortable.

It records video only in the ancient QCIF (176×144 pixels) format. It’s a bit quiet on ringing, and the vibration alert also isn’t that impressive. And its memory card is the tiny Memory Stick Micro(aka M2), which is still very new and not especially popular.

Still, the K800 is undoubtedly an exciting phone – a feature-packed 3G handset with a superb display and high-level still camera functionality. Sound quality during calls was fabulous and we were pleased with the reception at all times. Construction quality deserves a compliment, and the weight is perfectly balanced.

And in the dark the whole keypad glows evenly in purple: very classy, and the kind of thing that wins a sale.

Shame about the bulk, but it’s another winner from SE.

FEATURES – 90%
SALEABILITY – 80%

SPECIFICATION

  • Size                        Length 105mm
  • Width                     47mm
  • Depth                     22mm
  • Weight                   115g
  • Main display        TFT, 256K colours, 240×320 pixels, 30x40mm
  • Camera              3.15mp, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash; secondary video call VGA camera
  • Connectivity        3G, triband GSM, USB 2.0, IR, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Battery                  Standby 166h
  • Talk time              4h
  • Features              RDS FM radio, music player, picture blogging