Pros Great audio quality and signal strength, good feel and form factor, great browser, execellent camera. And I really like the nav keys!
Cons Pricey, video is a bit laggy sometimes
Summary I'm glad that CNET have finally reviewed this phone. I've had mine for about 4 months now and I have got to say that SE did a fantastic job. The phone feels very nice in the hand and the display is superb! Under the hood, there are lots of things in the software that really show the thoughtfulness that must have gone into designing this. The OS can multitask and can minimize applications. The menu system is pretty easy to use, and there are many "info" spots that can give you a quick overview of specific apps, functions, or options. There are also many little, subtle things that show off the phone's tech - for example, two of the themes have wallpaper that responds to the physical orientation of the phone.
In terms of the phone, the speakers are loud and clear, and call quality is excellent. I don't text much, so I can't comment on that, but the browser handles both wap and html and is really quite zippy (even on EDGE). The audio player is great (as you'd expect).
The camera is, without a doubt, the best I've seen on a phone. The flash is bright and the shutter lag is short. There are way too many options to comment on for the camera. That said, while you can tweak away with it you can also just "point and click." I've taken some really good shots - good enough to print (4X6) and send out to family and friends. The video has been a bit laggy (thus the 9/10), but I think that the latest firmware is supposed to improve this (I haven't upgraded it yet). Still, its servicable, and certainly no worse that the video on most other phones.
In total, I think that its a fantastic phone. I have been far happier with it that any other bit of personal tech that I've bought for a long time.
Pros This phone has it all, GPS, MP3, Camera, Video, 3G, decent memory looks great and "feels" solid.
Cons Not solid, broke two times in 6 months
GPS is not turn by turn,
Touch buttons stopped working
--If the touch buttons stop functioning, then the phone is completely useless
Freezes often, shutdown on it's own
Summary I purchased this phone brand new in Feb 2008 and since, have returned it TWICE to Sony for repairs. For something to break twice with two completely different issues within six months should go on the LEMON list!
I have treated this phone like a baby, and took extra care of it since phones are like delicate computers these days!
The touch buttons stopped working thereby making the phone completely useless without them. Then after returning it for repair, the second time the phone would restart on it's own, and freeze until finally while placed my couch cushion next to me I saw it light up on it's own and make a strange fade to black and from that point on never start up again.
Turns out similar issues are posted all over the new for this phone!
Now this seems to be with a lot of Sony Ericsson because the same thing happened to my w800i. Just simply stopped working. Though like a fool didn't register it so that will cost me more money to fix! And since I was stuck with all the SE Specific accessories, I bought another SE, the k850i.
A friend of mine had a new SE where the buttons cracked and would shutdown on it's own until it stopped turning on!
At least I registered my k850i so that I can get Sony to repair it for free, but I still pay $25 or more to ship it to them. The THIRD phone is expected to arrive tomorrow. So we'll see if I can get it to stay working for another 2 months! Who knows what will happen when it stops working again after my one year warranty is up??
The true bottom line is that if this phone were to stay working, I would totally love it.
If you are in Europe and get it for free with your new account, cool, but if in America and have to pay full price, MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER IT!
I just don't think SE is making some quality gear. So I think I might move to Sharp, Samsung or Nokia!
Pros Attracitve, beautiful crossbar Media menus (like PS3 and PSP), 3G, Awesome 5.0 mp pictures, stereo wireless bluetooth.
Cons Simcard obviously plug and play, but Internet Settings and Picture Mail Settings takes knowledge and patience (non-techies would have trouble).
Summary Great overall - worth the money, stereo bluetooth headset for music and phone calls is a great accessory to buy (Sony Ericsson HBH-DS200).
5.0 megapixel camera is more phenomenal than expected. I have bought Sony digital pt and shoot cameras for the past decade. Indoor pics are never that great (soft /and bad flash) This phone camera based on Cybershot processor is truly amazing. I couldn't believe the pics it took in the lousiest indoor lighting. It lights the subjects perfectly with the xenon flash. (YES THIS CAMERA PHONE HAS A REAL QUALITY FLASH) Every camera phone I've ever had or seen has some cheesy flash. Not this one. This even has a red-eye reduction feature and much more. The pictures were clean and crisp and gurus (yes even Sony engineers) I've shown can't believe it.
Track ID is amazing. Hear a song playing on the radio or in a club, etc... Dying to know who sings it? What the title of the song is? Just "start" track ID and in a few seconds of the phone hearing the music, it will report the title, artist, track info, album info, etc.... I was amazed when I tried it.
Cool factor: Cyber-nerds can take a picture, and send it directly to their blog page. Yep - when have you ever seen "blog" as a selection on your phone after you've taken a picture?
What I said on the con list: Not a big deal, had to set my proxy settings and port settings, and the menus to get there are sort of hidden, and had to set Media Net settings, and Message server settings. I know if I sent my mom this phone, she would not be able to do it and since this is not a phone that Cingular/AT&T or T-Mobile offer, they would not help her trouble shoot this, and the manual does not go into any details about these settings, yet they are imperative to use the Internet, or picture mail.
Very important to me: My previous phone (Sony Ericsson W810i had lousy earpiece quality and speaker phone quality. Too low - very frustrating to deal with. This K850i has amazingly LOUD and clear earpiece and speakerphone quality. Finally!
The fact that this is a quad band GSM phone, I'm sending one to my sister in Germany where T-Mobile is actually great.
The 4 gig Sony Memory Stick Micro card is a must. You can store plenty of songs, plenty of video, and plenty of pictures.
The blue version (what I have) is very sleek and attractive. Every aesthetic of the way it looks and lights up has been thought of very thoroughly. I really enjoy this phone.
"Its perfect"on by shebeeb1900
Pros 5 MP camera, Sound clarity, Size
Cons none but its navigation keys
Summary I think itis the best phone available in the market. Before the launch of sony ericsson K850 the nokia N95 is the only phone which were preferred by the people. But 850 is amazing and its small size is pretty good and its sound clarity is also wonderfull.
Pros Nice display, intuitive menus, useful features.
Cons Bulky headset for the radio, proprietary connector.
Summary I was looking to replace a phone, an mp3 player with built in stereo FM radio, and a camera with one gadget, which also had e-mail capabilities. That is how I became a satisfied owner of a Sony Ericsson K850i phone. It has all the features and then some. The display is crisp, clear and bright. The menus are intuitive and easy to use. Navigation becomes “automatic” after a few hours; keys are small and take a bit to get used to. If you have big hands, this might not be the phone for you. The camera takes excellent pictures outdoors, indoors it requires a lot of light, and even so some pictures are dark. Not sure, but I think that the built in zoom is digital only, because zoomed pictures are grainy.
My BIG complaint is the headset that comes with the phone. It is the antenna for the radio so it must be used. The wire is long and stiff. I have a Sony Bluetooth stereo headset which can not be used with the radio, only with the phone and the mp3 player.
I highly recommend the Ericsson K850i, well designed and thought out (except for the must use headset) multipurpose gadget.