Written on: 08/06/2003 by James Hardman.
Big and pricey
Sony Ericsson's P800 has Bluetooth, is tri-band, does picture messaging, has a camera, has a touch-screen, does web browsing, offers GPRS, and even lets you speak to other people that also have a telephone.
The fact that you can draw a map and send it to another picture-enabled 'phone is a nice touch. The camera and screen are pretty good and larger than most. They don't compete with a proper camera or the screen of a laptop, but then they're not in the same price bracket either.
Though we say the 'phone's screen is bigger than most, it still isn't big enough to do web browsing. All web pages require an awful lot of scrolling making it almost useless as a portable web browser.
We had some difficulty getting our Bluetooth HBH-30 headset to work with our P800, but after removing it and adding it back a few times it magically started working all on its own.
When collecting your voicemail, remember to leave the lid closed so you can press 3 to delete that message from your mother-in-law. This foxed us on the first attempt and though we might have been a bit thick, at the same time the phone wasn't terribly intuitive.
The biggest drawback with this monster is its weight. It's easily twice the weight of competing 'phones. Surprisingly, Sony Ericsson didn't take the opportunity to maintain the mass of the battery as a proportion of the whole, and like most 'phones, with Bluetooth enabled the battery is dead about 36 hours after a full charge.
All in all, this 'phone is disappointing, particularly once the price tag is taken into account.