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Sony Ericsson K850i review | Introduction

Published on: Tuesday, April 1st 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Ericsson K850i Test

S ony Ericsson stems from the cooperation between Sony and Ericsson in the year 2001, a so-called joint venture. It is Sony's know-how on the field of digital cameras that is used for developing Sony-Ericsson's cell phones. Worldwide Sony Ericsson is ranked fourth on the mobile phone market. The company is positioned directly after Nokia, Samsung and Motorola with a market share of more than 9 percent. Sony Ericsson offers a number of different lines to meet the various market demands. For example the W-series, consisting of Walkman phones, aiming at the consumer who uses his cellular mainly as a music player besides making calls. As for the K-series where our test model sits, Sony Ericsson put the emphasis on the camera. The Sony Ericsson K850i has everything to become a real cameraphone, just as its predecessors only this time with a higher resolution digital camera.

Sony Ericsson K850i review

 

Sony Ericsson mobile phone

Sony Ericsson mobile phone

Sony Ericsson K850i Phone Design

The Sony Ericsson K850 comes in a shiny black box. The shape of the camera's lens is shown on the box immediately emphasizing the main function of this cell phone: its 5.0 Megapixel digital camera. Upon opening the box there is a picture visible with a free space inside it to fit the mobile phone in. Underneath, separately wrapped, the battery charger, headset, data cable, manuals and software are found. The Sony Ericsson K850i has a beautiful and solid appearance. The division between camera and phone is obvious at first glance. The back of the cell phone is strikingly neat. Unlike its predecessors the K850 doesn't have extending lenses or protection covers; everything is integrated inside the back.

Sony Ericsson K850i review

Sony Ericsson K850i review

Sony Ericsson CyberShot K850i Touch buttons

The CyberShot K850i is the first of the K-series to be equipped with three-touch sensor soft-menu keys. We have seen them on the Samsung E900 and the LG Chocolate among others. But there is a vast difference. The latter devices have touch buttons that are heat-sensitive and not press-sensitive. It means that these buttons don't work when your fingers are extremely cold or when you don’t press them correctly. The buttons on the Sony Ericsson K850i work differently thus enabling operation by slightly touching them or pressing them a tad harder. This way Sony Ericsson facilitates operation for women with long fingernails who have encountered some difficulties operating the heat-sensitive buttons.

 
 
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