Sony Ericsson K610 Review: Small and Light 3G Mobile Phone

Sony Ericsson K610 Review: The K610 was released in 2006, and by this time Sony Ericsson had a very established range of handsets. This K-range of mobile phones ranged from the budget types (Sony Ericsson K300, Sony Ericsson K500), to the more expensive types (Sony Ericsson K700, Sony Ericsson K800). Such market segmentation was impressive, and it is perhaps testament to the success of these handsets that all of them gained successor handsets.

The Sony Ericsson K610 thus was the follow-up to the Sony Ericsson K600. This was a firmly mid-market handset. It did not feature the excellent imaging capabilities of the K800. But it did have enough features to be a punchy proposition, not least because it supported video calling with its front-facing camera.

Despite there being only a year in between the handsets, the difference was vast. Perhaps the most striking feature was the look. The upgraded handsets across this range lost large amounts of bulk. In the case of the K610, it lost almost 20% of weight and gained a slightly larger screen. That is impressive.

The improvements did not end there. Some oversights in the previous handset were now corrected, and the phone featured Sony’s proprietary memory card slot, and a camera resolution upgrade to 2MP.

Full specifications here.

This phone was popular in its own niche and offered a good compromise between quality to cost. The phone got the most frivolous of upgrades, as the Sony Ericsson K618 came out in the summer of 2006. This was essentially the same phone, but offered some software upgrades plus a relaid keypad for music functions.

Sony Ericsson K610 Review Pros:

The design was really nice for a mid-range phone. At the time many phones containing the front facing camera were quite chunky (for example, the Nokia N70). By contrast the K610 was no wider than a regular handset.

The phone possesses a decent screen. Whilst not as high resolution as the top-end model, the 1.9 inch screen was the same one found in the very popular Sony Ericsson W810.

Also welcome was the memory card slot. This allowed up to 2GB of music or video to be stored on the phone and the phone is compatible with 3.5mm headphones.

Sony Ericsson K610 Review Cons:

The navigational centre button was a cross between a standard D-pad and a joystick, but probably was as comfortable as neither to use.

The camera took a downgrade in some aspects. Resolution improved, but the K610 model lost the flash and autofocus functions seen in the K600. This resulted in worse photos being taken, dependent upon conditions.

Inexplicably the FM radio was left out on this model – a useful function that people were coming to take for granted on the better handsets.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

Many mid-range Sony Ericsson phones seem to blend into each other. This makes them a little difficult to tell apart to the naked eye. The K610 did not sell as well as some of its more popular brothers, but it should still arouse some interest.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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