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Sunday, September 13, 2009

sony ericsson k850i


As one of the first handset-makers to toy with the idea of cameras combined with phones (back in the days before Sony came along, and Ericsson built a clip-on camera for the T39), Sony Ericsson have a reputation as one of the guiding lights of the camera phone world. That reputation was cemented even further with the release of their first phone to carry the Cyber-shot branding, the K800i. That was the first phone that combined a phone with the high-end features of a Cyber-shot digital camera.
But now there’s a new kid on the block, a new Cyber-shot phone taking the brand to a whole new level. It’s the first 5 megapixel Cyber-shot camera phone to be released, and it goes by the name of
Expectations were very high for this phone, upon release, and as Sony Ericsson’s first 5 megapixel phone, it was always going to be very much in the spotlight. But the big question is: can the K850i live up to the hype, and actually be as good as everyone hoped it would be?
Design & Construction


The anticipation as I opened this phone was heightened by the exquisite box the Sony Ericsson K850i comes in, mimicking the gloss black body of the phone, complete with green detailing.
As for the phone itself, it is definitely a descendant of the early Cyber-shot phones. You can see that just in the layout of the phone’s body, the chunky, solid feel of the handset and the smooth lines. And then, of course, the Cyber-shot logo itself is a big clue.
The Sony Ericsson K850i I’m reviewing here is the green variant, which differs from the blue version in 2 key ways:
The green insert round the sides of the phone, as well as the green nav-key on this phone, are rendered in blue on the other variant.
The surround on the sides of the phone, around the coloured strip (here in gloss black) are silver on the blue variant.
How aesthetically pleasing you’ll find the phone will depend on what your taste is, and for sure, the gloss black won’t appeal to everyone, nor will the single, smooth surface covering the back of the Sony Ericsson K850i. However, it does sit very nicely alongside the beautiful screen, and the body as a whole, to my mind, is visually stunning.
However, it’s not without issues. The gloss black body is very shiny, to the point that it shows every single smudge and fingerprint, which the surface of the K850i picks up all too easily. A more immediate and noticeable issue, though, is the nav-key. Unlike previous Sony Ericsson phones, this stretches around the 2 and 5 keys, which in itself takes some getting used to. Combine that with the touch-sensitive pads just below the screen (instead of hardware-based softkeys), and it makes the middle touchpad a little too easy to accidentally catch when you actually meant to press up on the nav-key. It’s not a huge problem, but it does take a little bit of patience (not to mention a lighter touch, when using the phone.) Now, personally, I like the touch-keys, as I’ve used a touchscreen phone for the last 5 years, but I can see how a lot of people wouldn’t get on with them

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