Sony Ericsson K800 Review: Released in 2006, the Sony Ericsson K800 was the successor to the popular Sony Ericsson K750. This was a remarkable phone in its own right, and one of the first to focus on the imaging aspect of mobile phones. At a then-high 2MP, the camera featured a dedicated lens cover which could activate the camera by retracting. It also came with a flash, and picture quality was among the best in class at the time for a phone.
With competitors closing in quick on any aspect which made phones successful, the K800 provided some pretty substantial improvements over the older model. It’s already great camera gained an upgrade and now also featured a front-facing camera for video calling. It also retained the active lens slide cover, and upgraded the flash to a more powerful xenon type. The Cyber-shot branding also added a degree of trust to the phone, with this brand being the same as used in Sony digital cameras.
Aside from this the phone was improved on the software side as well. It featured an MP3 player much in line with the Walkman series of phones. A new blog-type software was also introduced, designed for the uploading of photos taken from the phone.
This phone was a great success, being one of the first Sony Ericsson phones supporting video calling. It was also a great all-rounder device, offering pretty much a top-end spec in every department and such was attractive to many users. This featured a minor upgrade in the K810 the following year, but the real successor was the Sony Ericsson K850 in 2007, which featured a slimmed-down size and further upgraded camera.
Sony Ericsson K800 Review Pros:
- The camera was the biggest selling point of the phone. A 3.15MP camera featured even better images than before, especially when combined with the powerful flash. The phone was also capable of video and video calling.
- The screen was improved on this model, featuring an improved size and resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
- Bluetooth was upgraded and now was capable of supporting audio headsets.
- The memory card slot was now the newer M2 variant, which offered the same level of storage in a smaller size. The phone also now supported USB for ease of file transfers.
Sony Ericsson K800 Review Cons:
- The larger screen and design made this a larger phone than its predecessor. At 115g this was certainly quite bulky.
- Video recording was not in the same league as the picture stills; only offering a very poor QCIF resolution – other phones managed better.
- The default velvet covers offered something different from other phones but in the longer run were not a great design, attracting dust and being harder to clean.
- Phone accepted the same battery as the K750 – with a slightly larger screen to power this resulted in shorter standby and talk times.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
This was a notable phone for the reasons mentioned. However, much like other models such as the Nokia 6230, this was produced and sold in some very large volumes. This large supply is sure to result in lower prices for the foreseeable future although one day they are likely to be highly regarded.
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