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Sony Ericsson K850i Review

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Sony Ericsson K850i Specifications:-
  • General:-
    Announced:-2007, June
    Status:-Available
  • Size:-
    Dimensions:-102 x 48 x 17 mm
    Weight:-118 g
  • Display:-
    Type:-TFT, 256K colors
    Size:-240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
    - Wallpapers, screensavers
  • Ringtones:-
    Type:-Polyphonic (72 channels), MP3
    Customization:-Composer, download.
    Vibration:-Yes.
  • Memory:-
    Phonebook:-1000 x 20 fields, Photo call
    Call records:-30 received, dialed and missed calls
    Card slot:-Memory Stick Micro (M2)/microSD , 512 MB card included
    - 40 MB internal memory.
  • Data:-
    GPRS:-Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
    HSCSD:-No
    EDGE:-Yes
    3G:-HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps (K850i only)
    WLAN:-No
    Bluetooth:-Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
    Infrared port:-No
    USB:-Yes, v2.0.
  • Features:-
    Messaging:-SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    Browser:-WAP 2.0/HTML (NetFront), RSS reader
    Games:-Yes + downloadable.
    Colors:-Luminous Green, Velvet Blue
    Camera:-5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, video(QVGA@30fps), xenon flash and 3LED video light; auto lens cover, secondary videocall camera
    - Java MIDP 2.0,- FM radio with RDS,- MP3/AAC/MPEG4 player,- Motion sensor (with UI auto-rotate),- TrackID music recognition,- T9,- Image viewer,- Picture editor/blogging, – Organiser,- Built-in handsfree,- Voice memo/dial.
  • Battery:-Standard battery, Li-Po 930 mAh (BST-38)
    Stand-by:-Up to 400 h
    Talk time:-Up to 9 h.
  • Key features:-
    5 MP autofocus camera with automatic lens cap and three dedicated hardware keys
    Tri-band HSDPA (3.6 Mb), EDGE.
    New Media Center, smart search, Manage Messages application
    Monolith body with digicam-like battery cover
    Brand new three soft keys
    Innovative D-pad layout
    Dedicated call and end keys
    Large crystal-clear 2.2″ display
    Memory card slot with dual card support and hot swap functionality
    FM radio with RDS
    Bluetooth (with A2DP)
    Multi-tasking support
  • Main disadvantages:-
    Awkward D-pad
    Reversed soft key funtions, atypical for Sony Ericsson
    No Wi-Fi and infrared
    Fingerprint magnet.
  • High level telephony:-
    Sony Ericsson K850 is great at making and receiving calls. The loudspeaker is one of the loudest and crispest we’ve tested in a Sony Ericsson and you certainly wouldn’t miss an incoming call even in noisy surroundings. It’s excellent at bass and treble. This shouldn’t surprise though, as the phone is media oriented too, featuring a Media Center with interface similar to Walkman 3.0.
  • Multimedia:
    If we have to pinpoint the major novelty in the phone, it should be the Media Center. It is important enough to have a dedicated shortcut on the left soft key in standby. The interface, with its totally renovated dark-blue design, reminds of Sony PSP. Sony Ericsson K850 is equipped with Music Player 3.0, which is almost the same as the newly announced version 3.0 of the Walkman player to be seen in Sony Ericsson W910. The player supports MP3, AAC, and AAC+, E-AAC +, WAV, WMA, M4A and MIDI file formats and sports the MegaBass equalizer preset. The player can naturally be set to run in the background. Sound is audible, crisp and even – as long you’re using the player with a good headset, that is. Further on, the K850 comes with stylish light effects to make listening to music on the handset even more enjoyable.
  • Camera:- 5 megapixel Cyber-shot monster
    The Sony Ericsson K850 has a thrilling 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a powerful xenon flash and automatic lens cover. Upgrades are serious in both interface and ergonomics. There’s only one thing the Cyber-shot logo, the 5 megapixel sign and the digicam-like design and keys can’t make up for. And that’s a common drawback of all cameraphones: the lack of real quality optics. As the megapixel count in cameraphones will continue to go up, de

    veloping quality optics should be the first thing to address to give cameraphones some competitive edge against low and mid-end digicams. As to the interface, Sony Ericsson K850 is the first Sony Ericsson cameraphone to offer Cyber-shot SE v2.0, inspired by Sony’s T series digital cameras. The major amendments are the pop-up sub-menus enhanced with icons, or even embedded color photos, for even more intuitive performance, and the Multi Menu packing all the available settings.

  • Tasks & more:-
    The Sony Ericsson K850 offers many time-management features. There is an Organizer icon in the main menu and it contains several applications: File manager, Applications, Video call, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Synchronization, Timer, Stopwatch, Light, Calculator, and Code memo. The Calendar offers monthly, weekly and daily views. When you add a birth date in the phonebook, the phone prompts adding it to the calendar. Tasks can be two types: simple Tasks and Phone calls. Notes are written similar to messages; T9 dictionary can be used here as well. The Light application let’s you control the LED video light and use it as a flashlight.
    The Alarms are part of the main menu. There are five alarm slots available. Each one offers a lot of options – you can choose to repeat the alarm on chosen days of the week or everyday. Text and a picture can be added to the alarm
  • Final Words:-
    We believe the Sony Ericsson K850 lives up to the responsibility of being a landmark product in the company portfolio. With rich camera settings, the K850 comes incredibly close to stand-alone digital cameras. The novelties in navigation suggest the K850 will not resort to simply being an upgrade to older Cyber-shot handsets and will be aiming beyond the brand-loyal consumers. However, the first 5 megapixel Cyber-shot will be forced to handle a lot of pressure. It’s been a year since Nokia N95 was introduced, which indisputably outruns K850 in non-cam features. Other tempting 5 megapixel mobiles as LG KU990, Samsung G600, Samsung F700, and Nokia N95 8GB will soon be crowding the cameraphone market. With an expected price tag of about 430 Euro, some users will think twice before buying a K850 at its very release. If the mentioned rival phones get launched at the same time, the domination of Sony Ericsson K850 will be put to a serious test.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently pursuing Masters in MIS and he loves writing about technology. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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