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★★★★★

“I've had the Sony Ericsson P800 for about 4 months,...”

Written on: 13/08/2003

Good Points
Excellent features, good display, upgradable operating system, fully changable menus, software, etc

Bad Points
Large size (in comparison with many other phones), slow transfer speed (memory stick/pc), poor inbuilt tones. Unstable operating system (crashes infrequently). "Echoy" speakerphone.

General Comments
I've had the Sony Ericsson P800 for about 4 months, and bought it primarily for the touch screen/pda/phone combination which was the first of its kind. I've had to exchange it twice using the "Orange Care" (thouroughly recommend this service also - next day replacement of my phone for £5 a month!!) because (1) phone got stolen, and then (2) camera stopped working and operating system kept crashing.



The features on the phone are excellent - especially as you can add and remove them as much as you like, provided you have a PC to link to. A growing number of sites provide different Symbian Operating System software, with everything from new games, to "bartender in a pocket" to recipe ebooks, to money management software. Apparently MS Office is planned some time....



The display on the phone is first rate, very clear and crisp. I've taken 100s of photos, and though they are small, in good lighting, they do the job of "capturing the moment" which is all you can really ask of a camera phone at the moment. The lack of versatility with the camera means that in poor light or at distances, you shouldn;t waste your time. If you're looking for a good camera though, buy a camera, not a phone!!



The phone itself was good. I always have good reception, and good volume control. The stereo headset that comes with the phone (with orange, anyway) makes conversations seem like the person is next to you. The 4-way nav wheel is somewhat clumsy to use until you get used to it - and even then can require two fingers or a firm grip on the phone to do what you need to. You can fully customise shortcuts on the phone, so the unfortunately placed "silent" mode (3 menus deep in the menu system) can be made a "one-touch" feature.



At the end of the day though, I'm now looking for a new phone. I don't carry bags or briefcases with me often, and the phone is just a little large for my liking, sitting uncomfortably in my pocket when cruising around. It feels a little awkward to use sometimes, and I can never get to the phone before the 3rd ring, unless I've actually got the phone out already. I don't really use the PDA functions all that much either!!



If you're considering this phone, go to a shop, take a good look at it (try putting it in your pocket and walking around the shop, sit down, etc) and ask to play with the features.



Decide this:



Do you want a small phone, packed with features, and a camera (try the Nokia 7250), or a good PDA/phone with an inbuilt camera (Sony Ericsson P800).



Cheers, hope that was helpful!