Pros Snazzy look, good applications, nice audio quality.
Cons A little slow and very little help on the know-how.
Summary There is always a mixed feedback from different people on various things. But it totally depends on us, to take the final call. I read thru a lot of opinions from various websites on P1i, but i finally bought it. Simply because, it is what i wanted to do. Well now about the phone, this latest craft of sexy, sleek, super helpful, simply great and SMART, from Sony Ericsson is one of their best. There are a lot of applications that really help and are useful in our daily lives. What a GUI man. The last time i really liked a GUI on phone was with Moto Ming. But i think SOny has done wonders. My only complain is that the phone is a lil slow and there aint much help from Sony Ericsson on the know-how and guidance about the P1i. Cheers.
Pros Slim, good camera
Cons very poor battery life, gets stuck very often
Summary Sony has disappointed its consumer's with its P1i. The phone did not satisfy its expectation. Very bad battery back up.Max for a day the battery dies. The server is too slow and the phone gets stuck very often,had to remove the battery and then restart the phone. This resembles the same problem with the Nokia N series.
We cannot change the radio FM stations on the go. We had to login each and every time to FM radio and select stations, incorgible.
No carry case available for this exclusive with any sony outlets.
one line to say
" Think Twice before you leap"
Pros compact design for business series, Good combination of multimedia and business features, combination of keypad and tocuh screen, 3.2MP camera, microsoft active synch, good speakers,
Cons bad camera quality, problematic keybord, complex navigation, very basic email features
Summary I was using Windows mobile 5 HTC phone, then was using Nokia E61i series business phone and now i have got this P1i phone. My comparision is my experiences with other phones. I found that this is a compact phone with partial QWERT keyboard, Microsoft Exchange mail, pop mail, 3.2MP camera with touch screen. This speacification is fantistic. But i realised that this keyboard with two letters on same buttons is extremly difficult. The error rate is 30%. I mean i keep typing wrong letters. Very high learning curve. May be it will take months to get use to. It has a touch screen but the stylus is located on the wrong side. IT would have been good to be on right side. The menu buttons are missing. So you dont see any 4-way navigation keys nor, the two option buttons. So it feels strange to navigate. You need to constantly use the jog wheel on the side. This wheel is very sharp and it pierces the finger. The press effect is very hard. If you use your fore fingure of right hand or thumb of left hand, you will constantly get confused with what fingures of which hands to use for rest of buttons. But i liked the big option menus appearing on the screen. They are fingure friendly. I mean they are big enough to be pressed by fingures. Unlike the windows mobile menu that is very tiny and only stylus can pin-point the location. But the menu of P1i - symbina UIQ 3 is very complex. It has 3 levels of canscading menue. You will not find the desired action on the first menu. eg- if you want to zoom the text size for surfing, you need to press more>setting>zoom> then drag the bar. So you see.. all the functions are hidden. even the copy and paste is two level deep every time you have to do more>edit>copy and then more>edit>past
Such a stupid way.
Most of the screen size is unnecessary used by the status bar on the top, followed by a big context specifice bar. Eg. big Email icons and the name of folder. So the effective usage area is just 60% of screen size. Also this screen is smaller then the HTC O2 or Nokia E61i. IT has very few hardware buttons that can be mapped. Nokia E61i have dedicated buttons for email, web, and volume, and a customized button. This has only one customize button, a jog wheel,camera button and return button ( which is again very hard to locate and press as it flushes with the side surface)
Feature vise its limited in every function. Eg. in email, there is no spell check, you cant define keypad lock time, the text size in the emails is very small even after you set to max size, the touch screen with handwriting recognization dont have transcriber, meaning.. only single letters are recognized and not whole sentence like in HTC windows mobile, there is no single screen that controls bluetooth, wifi, gprs, etc. I liked the windows mobile connection manager.
The camera quality of 3.2MP is less then Nokia 2MP E61i. The pictures appear edgy with white noise, The focusing is not proper. Also the camera opens in landscape mode and menu are in potrait. Such a stupid design. Video quality is also bad. It shows frames. The battery is very weak. It drains in a day. The video recording is in 3gp. You cant play that on dvd. you need to convert that in mpeg or mepg4.
But the sound quality of speakers is good. The FM radio is good. Over all a good combination of business and multimedia but lacks the best design in all functions and usability
Pros pros... the looks are okay. the build-in qwerty keyboard took awhile to get used to. Came with a pouch to put the phone in. unfinished pros. will go on opinions.
Cons Cons.. the pouch has lots of glue.. it'll paste onto the phone. took 3 days for the glue to dry up.
Summary I would prefer this phone to people that loves technology and touch screen. My previous phone was a touch screen too. it was the motorola e680i. costed me 300 only. but someone stole it. and its still in perfect condition after 2 years. Bought the p1i and loved it. the easy Qwerty keyboard. fast response. i would play music, text, and play games at the same time. there would be a popup screen "Message from (name)"
while you play the game. and the game will pause. thats a good thing about it. the battery life is awesome, i text about 250 a day. and after 16 hours of use. the battery was at around 50-65% 10 minute of that tretris-like game.. drained 1-2% of my battery life. which is kinda good/awesome.
Pros QWERTY Keyboard, sync with outlook, Jog wheel...
Cons Slow interface, poor quality of communications, TrackID doesn't work right.
Summary Lets face it... if a phone has a MILLION good attributes, but a few you CAN'T deal with, its eliminated. First off, I loved my Z710. It worked pretty fast, learned words quickly, and people heard my voice moreso than the background noise.
My fingers out pace the speed at which the P1i can process my requests. I don't care what the cause of this problem is (slow CPU, poor compiling, etc) as I'm a CONSUMER, and i can't upgrade the hardware. A phone is something that should enable INSTANTANEOUS reaction to native applications/features. If it has to retrieve info off the net, of course there are delays... but the phone needs to move through the layers of the UI, and even text messages at the rate I press the buttons.
2nd Crisis: The damned mic is at my effin CHEEK! This means, as opposed to a flip phone, that the beginning of each sentence, and after pauses, it will CUTOFF the first syllable. It also "hears" background noise just as well as it hears my voice. I had HOPED that Sony had found a way to address this, but it's entirely possible that it simply cannot be addressed. Meaning, in order to have a relatively compact design without the flip feature, you have to tolerate crappy quality of conversation induced by polluted audio. This defies the primary purpose of a phone, period.
3rd on my list of disappointments is that TrackID feature is buried, and when you DO find it, you cannot send yourself the ID you've just acquired via text. Thus, you can either whip out the stylus and try to copy the page (if it'll even do that) and add it to a note... or write it down, because I'm sure you have a pen and paper handy. My old Z710 allowed me to text message it to myself... and so I could just look at my messages later and download songs if I actually really liked it later...
For those of you waiting for the Z750, I've now used one, and it's a disappointment too. After having waited 5 months since I became aware of that phone to finally get one in my hand, it sucks. The first one was actually broken, however, I was able to verify that it's NO smaller (why are all phones not slim like a razr?? Men don't carry purses, and have to put these things in our pockets) no faster, and lacks the battery cover lock that the z710 had. I had never once accidentally removed my battery cover on that phone... whereas even with the DEAD ON ARRIVAL Z750, it came off accidentally, twice.
Ultimately, it's disheartening to have a list of desires that no mfg will address all in one phone.
2. Add words to dictionary
3. A mic that reaches my mouth so BG noice is limited, and I don't have to yell to be heard (people who do that are annoying).
4. Fast-ish download speeds.
5. Thin enough to fit in my pocket.
6. Sync with outlook.
I could go on... but I feel so many of the features I desire are COMMON DENOMINATORS of others preferences, and ALL phones should meet those standards. It seems phone manufactures will always demand that you CHOOSE the good features, at the expense of tolerating another annoyance.
How about a flip phone, where the flip separates a full qwerty keyboard, and the display is oriented horizontally, spanning from the speaker - mic.?
The ocean was good, it's just twice as thick as is useful, and it's needlessly rounded, making the keys difficult to hit. Also, the thickness interferes with touching the buttons nearest the display when opened in QWERTY mode.
When will someone get a phone right? I liked the P1i, for the most part, until I realized how crappy the quality of voice was to the person I called.