Sony Ericsson K600i Review
Original review: October 2005. Last updated March 2009.
The Sony Ericsson K600i is a 3G phone offering the full range of 3G
services, including video calling, video and audio streaming and high
speed internet access. It's a well-specified 3G phone with a 1.3 megapixel
camera, 262k colour screen, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and bonus
features such as an FM radio.
The K600i is available in an aluminium silver casing. It's a smart
looking phone, although the keypad and joystick can be quite fiddly
to use. Looking at it, you'd never even guess that it was a 3G phone,
as it's compact and super-slim, with classic good looks.
The camera is excellent, incorporating a photo light and a 4x digital
zoom. The video recorder is also of high quality, and the VideoDJ
application lets you combine video clips and add music and sound effects
to make your own videos. The display is a large 262k colour screen and
once again is of excellent quality. The phone comes with a media player
(MP3 and videos), a sound recorder and an FM radio. You can compose
your own polyphonic ringtones or download tones via 3G.
The K600i is a capable business phone. In addition to the full range
of messaging options, including email, there are extra features such
as multitasking, an excellent phonebook, a built-in speakerphone and
Battery life is excellent for a 3G phone, and switching to 2G will
give even greater performance.
The phone's memory stands at 33 Mbytes, which is adequate, but an extra
memory card would have been the icing on the cake and would have made
the phone even more useful.
The main downside is the fiddly keypad. The audio quality is also not
up to Sony Ericsson's usual quality. However, all things considered,
it's a good 3G phone and one that should appeal even to those not necessarily
interested in the advanced 3G functionality. The Sony
Ericsson K608i is the same phone, but is available on the 3 network.
The Sony Ericsson V600i is very
similar, except that it has an improved keypad, and is available on
Features of the Sony Ericsson K600i include:
- 1.3 megapixel camera with picture editor, photo light and 4x digital
- Video camera & sound recorder
- Display: 176 x 220 pixels, 262,144 colours
- 3G video calling
- MP3 player
- FM radio
- Polyphonic ringtones
- MusicDJ (MIDI ringtone composer)
- Voice commands
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, email
- Java games (downloadable & embedded - Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2005)
- Wallpaper & screensavers
- Picture phonebook
- Personal organiser functions
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, Infrared, SyncML
- WAP 2.0, GPRS, HSCSD
- Memory: 33 Mbytes
- Vibration alert
- Triband + 3G (UMTS)
- Size: 104 x 45 x 19 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Talktime: 8 hours (2G), 2 hours (3G)
- Video calling: 1.67 hours
- Battery standby: 370 hours (2G), 290 hours (3G)
Sony Ericsson K600i User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by karthikeyan from india on 24th Feb
i have the k600i from last 18 months.it is a best cell phone. the sound
quality excellent.-ve memory .
Reviewed by nemiah morgan from jamaica on 22nd
Well its a great camera phone. Would have been much better, if it the
memory could be expanded.
Reviewed by william from england on 11th Feb 2007
I've got one thing to say about the k600i it's great
Reviewed by sarah ingham from england on 11th
this phone has caused nothing but caoes
Reviewed by michael from england on 7th Feb 2007
i think the phone is really good
Reviewed by Zac from england on 30th Jan 2007
i dont care what these other people say they will complain about anything.
i can hear the phone, the picture is good with lots of extras were you
can play about with the picture and the joy stick doesnt stop working
if you clean it. the screen size is good and the keypad is fine. the
txting isnt slow and it does have good batery there's only one small
problem that the memory is not good but overall a really good phone.
great phone but so are all the other sony ericssons so go for them.
Reviewed by Attila from Romania on 13th Jan 2007
1. First, the biggest problem...the lack of a memory card expansion.
It pretty much defeats the whole idea of a 3G multimedia phone. There's
not much you can store in 33 megabytes. Let's face it, as long as older
phones include a memory card by default, SonyE has bright idea to leave
it out, justifying the decision saying that they didn't want to compromise
the sleek look. Come on, like how thick can a mmc card get :) 2. Second...battery
life. About half of the official specs, if you actually use the phone,
not just keep it as a toy. 3. Camera delay. If you use the maximum resolution
setting, there is a maximum of 1 second delay from pushing the button
to actually taking the shot. Pretty annoying sometimes. 4. Keys. Design-wise
its a good idea to hide the keys, but for somebody with big hands, writing
a sms gets ****evil***. Good points Nice all around design, acceptable
camera quality, fine fm radio, nice media player *if you have the space
for it*. Well configured, bluetooth setup is hassle-free, compared to
other present generation phones. Browser is pretty standard, altough
I do recommend using a 3-rd party software, like mini-opera. Bottom
line: Good all around phone, reliable. If SonyE would find a way to
get around the memory issue...
Reviewed by melonie from Philippines on 11th Jan
I bought this phone from a retail store...and told me its refurbished
(whatever it is)...so far the phone's spec is very good (I do love sony
ericsson) love its cam,the sound and so does its media player..the downside
is the battery life...but in general its the phone I hope will last...for
a 3g phone this is the cheapest.
Reviewed by Kesavan from Malaysia on 15th Nov
it is very very excellently created but if it could come with a memory
card it would be much more outstanding
Reviewed by Tony from Finland on 26th Oct 2006
This is best mobile of 3rd generation! Do you what? This mobile phone
outstanding!!!!! I really recommed this mobile for peoples what needs
good mobile phone and can trust that this is mobile phone is that. This
is best mobile phone from Sony ericsson.
Reviewed by Chelsea from UK on 29th Sep 2006
I recently went onto contract, and beforehand I had the Samsung e800
that cost me £220 and was NOT worth it. When I got my K600i, I was ecstatic,
the phone is brilliant, definately worth buying! All the functions you
need, good reception on three network. Only problem is that it has a
small memory, but other than that the phone is well good.
Reviewed by TEB300968 from England. on 29th Sep
Phone features not too bad though however the keys are very poor and
joysick is rubbish. reception on Ornage seems to be pretty good too.
Reviewed by Darkboy from Iraq on 21st Sep 2006
Actully it's great & it has alot functions,but I don't know whats wrong
whit my mobile every time it's getting restarted automatically without
Reviewed by someone from scotland on 20th Sep
This phone is emense the signal s good the features are good so evryone
who does not like it can be quiet becoause everything is good except
for the memory (33mb)that is still average this phone rocks
Reviewed by `jo from UK on 19th Sep 2006
Terrible battery life, and struggles to get good reception on Orange.
I have never been able to make a video call on the 3G Orange network.
On the plus side, the camera is good. But the phone side of it lets
it all down.
Reviewed by Sam from England on 3rd Sep 2006
FOr the price its perfect, fast and reliable with a decent batterie
life. its got all the features you could need, and can work like an
mp3 player. Pity about the total space and the fiddily joystick though.
Reviewed by YA DNT WANNA KNOW!!!! from - on 27th
This phone is wicked man its got everything ya kno bluetooth u name
it its there :-)
Reviewed by Shahriman from Malaysia on 5th Aug
An excellent phone with lots of features and still pretaining the likes
of a candy bar, an eye-catching phone and easy to use. Just a lack of
storage that annoys me. But for all, it is an all rounder in perfection.
If the MP3 is too big, just convert it into RealPlayer format with about
the same quality but less space usage. It will fit almost 28 songs in
it (without saving any pictures, videos and some ringtones etc.) Besides
that, it has a radio as an alternative hearing gadgets to get you going.
The camera is ok, but if added features such as autofocus would be better.
I have been printed the pictures and they look nice. I LOVE MY K600i!
Reviewed by DARREN from ENGLANG on 4th Aug 2006
THIS IS THE BEST EVER PHONE I EVER HAD. IT GOT PRO GOLF 05 WHITCH IS
SO COOL. SO BUYYYYYYY IT .
Reviewed by Sunny from England on 30th Jul 2006
this SE K600 is alrite, you know. If you want just a normal everyday
phone then this phone is probz ideal for you. Not the best quality of
everything , but still, you cant say tht its awful. i upgraded to the
SE K750i - a brill phone, look at the reviews.
Reviewed by Tom Norman from UK on 30th Jul 2006
It works well and is well built but it boasts an MP3 player but with
only 33Mb it hardly is!!! Also the reception is pathetic, I often have
no signal or even no network when I'm with people on the same network,
but different phones, and they have full signal. Also the joystick works
badly and eventually fills with dust and ceases to work; meaning I have
to use the numbers to navigate!! it's a good, well built phone but the
small details annoy me. The 3G is ace though!!
Reviewed by Klayy from Slovakia on 29th Jul 2006
This phone is great. Ive just glanced through the reviews and only read
the ones with the lowest rating. For the person who thinks that there
is only short video - NOT TRUE, that is you laziness and not reading
the manual if you cant figure it out yourself. You see, the 12 second
video is made for mms sending, because it isnt too big. But you can
easily set the quality to high and you can record a video even 20 minutes
long, including zooming while recording. And to the person with signal
problems.. I know a few people who have this phone, no one has problems
with this. And the battery life is connected with it, since the phone
struggles to connect to the operator you have and that drains the battery
Reviewed by Shajan Daniel from India on 26th Jul
Well to begin with I have purchased and used many phones when they come
out on the launch itself. I even have a Samsung P300, Motorola Razr
V3, but my baby is this K 600i. Cool, its an outstanding phone. Wel
built, well finished and packed with all features i want. If i want
a great camera, I would go and buy a camera and not a phone, like wise
for a Mp 3 player. So in a phone, the features they have packed is quite
adequate and that too easy to use.
Reviewed by nix from philippines on 24th Jul 2006
my only problem with this phone is that it has poor camera quality when
it is dark even with the light on. i just bought this phone 2 weeks
ago, so far it's doing great. and if anyone could please help: i do
not know how to set the video to unlimited. anyone please help.
Reviewed by D Lloyd from UK on 11th Jul 2006
I am now on the 3rd version of this phone. I have had nothing but problems.
The reception is terrible - I can be sitting next to a friend who is
on the same network as me, but has a Nokia phone, and he has 3 or 4
bars of reception; I have none! This is a regular problem. Other times
there will be reception bars showing on the phone but there is "no access
to the network" - once again a friend on the same network but with a
different phone has got reception and a network. The battery life is
very poor and seems inconsistent. And the phone doesn't seem to want
to turn on sometimes - this has been an issue with all 3 versions of
this phone which I have had in my posession. I was originally with Vodafone
and I had problems with a number of different Sony Ericsson phones -
I thought it was the Vodafone software. But I have recently switched
to another network provider and the problems still exist with the Sony
Ericsson phones. What are they doing to them??!!
Reviewed by Rommel from Philippines on 10th Jul
I bought my K600i just few weeks ago. What i like best about this phone
is that its small yet full of functions. Not to mention being a 3G.
Its cool! 33MB capacity is fine with me. I have an IPOD. If one breaks,
I still have the other. I also have another phone.... Nokia N70. Amazingly,
I use my 600i more often.... because its sleek. Its even prized half
that of my N70.
Reviewed by SAM from ENGLAND on 8th Jul 2006
GREAT VALUE,PHONE COST JUST 59.99 GBP.PHONE IS QUALITY,TONS OF FEATURES.ONLY
33MEG BUT FOR THE DOUGH ITS A WINNER.
Reviewed by Luke from England on 4th Jul 2006
I bought it for 60 quid and it was worth every penny. I don't find the
joystick or buttons hard to use there absolutely fine and the phone
has so many features. With the video DJ you can have hours of fun makin
movies and with bluetooth you can exchange pics and sounds. If your
looking for a phone in the 50s to 70s price range definetely get this
phone. Its absolutely amazing!
Reviewed by Rouel from Philippines on 28th Jun
I'd say if you want more memory then go for the high-end models with
memory card expandability. Personally, I think this phone is the best
bang for the buck...you get video-calling, 1.3M-pixel camera, FM radio,
mp3 ringtones, bluetooth etc. I've owned Nokia before phones and my
last was the Nokia 6600. But the Sony Ericsson's K600i speaker is much
better than the 6600 (you could hardly hear the mp3 ringtones with Nokia
6600). What can I say, I like the phone and if I wanted more space for
my mp3, I'd rather go get an iPod or Creative Zen series. I find it
a bit of an overkill that a phone should be a "be-all" gadget...simply
because if it breaks down later...you also lose you mp3 player, your
camera, etc...because you've so much relied on one gadget having all
Reviewed by Zed from UK on 23rd Jun 2006
A very competent phone, the craftmanship is just great the aluminium
face gives it a nice quality feel, however the back cover feels quite
flimsy, the camera is generally very good but struggles in lower light
conditons even with the light on. The sound quality of mp3s is great,
just a shame you can only fit a few songs on it, and no expandable memory
(oh, well, can't win them all!) I can't belive so many Dumb-a**s haven't
figured out how to get unlimited video recording after owning the phone
Reviewed by ruben.cravid from portugal on 18th
WELL, GOT DIZ FONE 'BOUT 2 MONF$ AGO AN'I JUST FOUND MY LO$T TREA$URE.
WHAT I WAS DREAMING 4 I$ IN FRONT OF ME! BLUETOOTH, INFRARED , mP3,
& A CAM 2die4.IT'S SLIM SLEEK QUICK UNIQUE SICK!!! 2words4U: BUY IT
!!!! LOVE Y'ALL XXX
Reviewed by Akhilesh from India on 7th Jun 2006
had a tuff time thinkin abt da rating.....gave it a 4(as u ken see)....a
bril fone...great functions,and pretty user friendly....HOWEVER...yes,however,the
sound quality is hideous....sounded more like a HOME MADE fone...and
da limited memory..wuzz da pt of havin an mp3 func if it only offers
33 mb space??yeh it iz more dan a few odrs,but it is less...i kinda
liked da sturdiness..jus abt 100 gms...so dazz lite....anyways,it is
a quite capable fone,and value for money...BUY IT IF U WANNA...
Reviewed by G unit from new york on 7th Jun 2006
i lke this fone its got neally evry fhing you wnt. I A,M TELLING YOU
THS FONE GETS REAL PICS.nOT LKE ATHOR FONES CARTOONS.IT GOT INFERED
BLUETOOTH USB SNCH.MP3 PLAYER RULES YOU CAN ALSO GET THE PLUG THAT COMES
WITH IT IN THE BOX AND PLUG THAT IN YOUR FONE THEN IN THE TV.aND YOU
STARTS RECRODING ON YOUR FINE ITS FOR..........GANGESTERS GUNIT FROM
Reviewed by Andy from Scotland on 7th Jun 2006
Simply the best phone I've ever had! Yes, the keypad is a wee bit fiddly
at first, but after that it's perfect - great reception too
Reviewed by isha from philippines on 5th Jun 2006
got this one in dec last year. the camera is fine. the keypad, well,
you can well adjust to it. the audio's nice. the memory's fixed in 33mb
so u can't expand to a larger storage space. i would have rated it 4
as excellent with these features. but with the latest introduction of
3g tech in our country, i am now getting network connection problem
especially in our area. calls nor texts can hardly pass through. i still
have to find good location for the needed signal. the phone seems to
have no setting where u may choose only the regular call and text feature.
also, i find it hard to get immediate connection to file manager. now,
i may rate it down 2 stars.
Reviewed by TUX from Indonesia on 1st Jun 2006
Just got the K600i after a series of 5 Nokias. Good looking phone. Things
are all pretty there. However, the camera (1.3 megapixel) is not really
good. Pictures taken are full of noise and blur. There's no extra slot
for memory card, so the music function is limited. The screen is good
but rather small. And I got difficulites in texting, due to the flat
keypad (fashionable, but less useable!). The UI of SE phone is also
less friendly compared to Nokia ones, but I'll try to get use with it
soon. Besides that, the Radio, the sound quality and the connection
is very good. 3.5 round up to 4 stars for K600i
Reviewed by Mark from France on 29th May 2006
A very good phone ruined by the lack of ability to add extra memory
- major screw up by Sony Ericsson who're usually very good at this kind
of thing - AND I have now had the second one on Orange and reception
is still VERY POOR!!!! Look out for this if you are getting the phone
for an area where Orange reception espeically is weak as you WILL BE
DISSAPOINTED!!! What a shame that an essentially great phone is let
down by the most important feature and the easiest thing to get right.
Shame on Sony Ericsson!
Reviewed by Carlos from Portugal on 24th May 2006
Is a phone with good quality of construction, the access to the menus
is fast the Battery life is excellent the bad one is don't have a an
extra memory card
Reviewed by Daniel from London on 23rd May 2006
It has 2 cameras. One so you can see yourself without turning it around
+ it has a camera on the back to view others. The camera at the front
is handy for video calls, but it gets let down by the one wobbly navigation
key. The rest of it looks nice.
Reviewed by Holzi from U.K on 20th May 2006
This fone iz fab ma dad got it but he didnt need it so he gave it 2
me i thought it was goin 2 b rubbihs but it is a gr8 fone to every1
out there hu wants this fone and has seen bad wortes up ignore them
>>>>>>I THINK U SHOULD BY THIS FINE!!!<<<<<<<
Reviewed by smee... from scotland on 4th May 2006
bought this fone for my daughter she seems to like it only 1 thing it
does get a lot of scratches easy..im having a problem trying to use
the bluetooth option i can receive and send through bluetooth but i
can't actually browse anyones files and they can't browse mine it does
give me the option to browse other peoples bluetooth but when trying
to connect to files it's losing connection does any one else have this
Reviewed by Magda from Poland on 20th Apr 2006
SIMPLY-IT'S THE BEST PHONE FOR ME;)
Reviewed by Ally K from United Kingdom on 7th
As it was a free phone upgrade I can't ompare a value but the K600i
is simply superb. Reading most of the downside reviews I found most
to be Ok ie 8 second video - (read the book and you can have much longer)
Image quality very good not outstanding but very good for 1.3MP Burst
mode great for actin shots Panorama simple to use great results. MP3
player very good but not for the music lovers with only 33MB ram. One
way around this is to download the Nokia Media converter and convert
your MP3's to much smaller size and get more fitted on your K600i :)
Internet very quick and easy to navigate. text messageing agree fiddly
keys if you have large fingers if not it's easy to use. Shortcut button
on the right hand side is a great idea and works really well. Overall
out of 10 I would give it 9 as anything can always be improved but if
you are looking for an upgrade to 3G this is worth looking at. easy
bluetooth download to pc makes it simple to put your pics ready for
printing. Video DJ - Music DJ Photo DJ are fun to use and work really
well. Media Player great fun. great games Vijay Singh golf works really
well for a phone game good graphics. This is a very useful phone - great
signal even in the car (handsfree) Very good organiser (plus). I use
the recorder a lot and it is easy to use with loud playback with a great
pickup. Neat and slim great looking but watch you don't scratch the
screen no cover so no coins in the pocket.Some say poor ring volume
- raed the book and turn it up and it will work pretty well to noramal
ears i'm a bit deaf and still hear it well. have fun with this Sony
Reviewed by V from Malaysia on 2nd Apr 2006
This phone is really great! I bought it with a cheap price(RM999)in
the market, and it is original! Nice sound, cool design, 1.3MP camera
is enough to capture a wallpaper-size photo, friendly-use function plus
3G! The only weakness is 33Mb space is not enough. The camera also dont
have auto-focus function like k750i. (although the function is not too
important). other feature is so great!!
Reviewed by squalo from Australia on 30th Mar
fantastic phone, great camera 1.3 MP, good speaker, good menu, good
dictionary, and nice and small. However, 2 let downs the memory is crap,
need a SD slot for good sterio. Needs bigger buttons, took a while to
get used to but if they were indented a bit it would make it alot easier.
very good camera, good photos always, great features, nice screen size.
If this was a duel screen flip i would of payed an extra $200 for it.
Good 3G use, only needs a remote for the tv, but the bluethooth remote
for the media player can come in quite handy. Good email use too. Great
phone, recemmend it to any 15-16 year old.
Reviewed by Kate from England on 25th Mar 2006
I bought this phone today on PAYG, and it is the best mobile phone i
have ever had. Quality megapixel camera, bluetooth, everything you could
need in a phone. Downsides are its memory capacity for people who would
need it for use as an mp3 player, and the keypad can be abit fiddly.
Reviewed by kate from England on 11th Mar 2006
This phone is okay but it does not have long video is has about 12 seconds
long. It also scratches easaly. I thought it was good but den i found
it was a waste of money i hav had it for 3-4 months now and i am lookin
for aa new 1 dont get it.GET THE LG U880
Reviewed by JASON SPENCER from UK on 5th Mar 2006
I CANT SEE WHY THIS PHONE IS GETTING MIXED REVIEWS, THERE MUST BE 2
MODELS, I NEED A CAMERA FOR MY JOB AND THOUGHT WOW A 1.3 MP PHONE ,
HOW WRONG I WAS , THIS IS THE WORST PICTURE IVE EVER SEEN ,VERY GRAINY
AND MY OLD SAGEM MYV55 IS BETTER, MAYBE THERES A PICTURE OPTION ID BETTER
CHECK AND WHATS THE POINT OF A 8 SECOND VIDEO CLIP AT THE SAME PICTURE
QUALITY , IM ALSO HAVING TROUBLE DOWN LOADING MP3S FORM MY PC MAYBE
YOU CAN ONLY DOWNLOAD VIA VODAPHONE LIVE AND SPEND MOST OF MY CREDIT,
ALSO THE DOWNSIDE TO THE VODAPHONE NETWORK IS THAT IF YOU MISS A CALL
THEY WILL SEND YOU A REMINDER ABOUT 4 TIMES THEN A TEXT MESSAGE THIS
IS VERY ANNOYING WHEN ITS RINGS AT 3AM IN THE MORNING
Reviewed by Danny from UK on 5th Mar 2006
We recently got a K600i on the O2 network as an upgrade for the wife.
Key requirements were Bluetooth for headset/handsfree use and 3G as
there is little point carrying on with 2G for another contract year
(other family phones are all 3G, this was the last). We read up on the
K600i BEFORE accepting the upgrade so knew what to expect in terms of
features/design. Initial impressions of the handset were favourable
- compact size, attractive design, functional buttons, excellent and
intuitive SE menus and accompanying help. Setting up was a snap, within
a few minutes it was customised for use. Sound quality is superb - as
was the volume for ringtone that some complain about on here (I suspect
they have faulty handsets and should get them serviced/replaced). Bluetooth
functions perfectly, limited by the functionality of the headset and
not the phone (headset but no handsfree!). Keypad is initially fiddly
to get used to, but it did not take long. We don't use T9 and that has
been no issue either. The camera is good quality and works well. Memory
size is fixed and limited - this is not a handset for the big MP3 user.
But the FM radio does go some way to making up for this. The only gripe
that I have a the moment is the K600i's use of 3G - we have a transmitter
mast fairly near us (within 200m) but it insists on dropping to 2G regularly.
We are investigating this with O2 as it is most likely not a handset
issue, but it is irritating nonetheless. Outside of the house the K600i
holds on to 3G signals much better - but again, O2's 3G network is by
no means ubiquitous yet (35% cover the last time I read). So all in
all, a four star rating because of the 3G/2G issues but in all other
respects the K600i comes highly recommended from me.
Reviewed by handyfreak from Germany on 28th Feb
first: it´s just great phone. second: it´s rediculus that
so much people are sayin´ that this phone isn´t good. i
think it´s one of the best you can buy. okay there´s the
thing with the memory, but 37MB are a lot if you take songs/videos into
a smaller size with a special program. My songs are always less then
600KB. So my result is that this phone is just the best. it´s
Reviewed by M.C from UK on 27th Feb 2006
Qaulity phone, everything brill except texting
Reviewed by Adrian from UK on 26th Feb 2006
The phone is very attractive but thats one of the very few good points.
Ring volume is very poor any background noise and you can't here it.
Reception seems to be poor, i have a Nokia on the same network as well
which seems to pick up signal much better. The keypad is a joke with
the flat buttons i am always hitting the wrong button which makes texting
annoying! I like the camera and FM radio is very good as well but i
can't get over the keypad and poor reception.
Reviewed by GaneshKumar from India on 20th Feb
This phone looks very stylish and has a good grip to hold. The comments
about not able to get used to T9/texting looks like adaptability issue.
Once u r adapted to this, you will find it quite fast and when you move
to other fones, you will regret that they are not as good as this is.
This fone looks quite decent for corporate executive. Very clean designs.
Speakers ARE GOOD and good enough to spk and drive your car. FM too
is good in reception. Camera is good too and almost offer range of options
that a digicam will do. The screen and memory could have been bigger
and this fone would have been a killer at the price point. But you cant
get a merc at a price of a ford. I like this. The K610i is even more
Reviewed by Davin from USA on 8th Feb 2006
Overall this is a very good phone. Great design, packed with pretty
good features as along Sony Ercisson can do. My only gripes with the
phone are the camera quality could have been better...not sure why the
camera in either the k750i or even the s700i wasn't used. Also, as cool
as the design is, for people with larger hands and who grip their phone
firmly when using it, the edges does feel slightly uncomfortable after
a while. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a solid phone with
good all-around features.
Reviewed by Chris from England on 1st Feb 2006
This phone is absolutely fantastic! Was a little unsure after reading
other negative reviews, but i risked it and it was so worth it. Cost
99 quid and was blown away by how great it was. Really good features,
Radio is crystal clear, camera is very good as is the video clip function.
Never had a problem with the 3G, have'nt used it often yet though. Ringtone
was low to being with, but i turned up the volume and it is fine (a
lot louder if you leave it on it's back with the speaker shown). Talking
is perfectly clear, all the additions (being able to assign ringtones
to certain contacts etc) are really excellent. It looks lovely - and
is lovely. Anyone considering getting a phone in this price range the
K600i is the one
Reviewed by Suzie from UK on 25th Jan 2006
I thought this phone looked fantastic and seemed to have everything.
The problem is I traded my previous phone for this because I needed
automatic bluetooth connection. The K600i is useless for this, it seems
to work at random but mostly not at all resulting in the phone freezing
and unable to connect again even manually.
Reviewed by Dimitris from Greece on 24th Jan 2006
The ultimate phone! You get: style, small size, full connectivity pack,
radio, mp3, sufficient RAM, perfect screen, perfect camera! It is simply
the best companion to my perfect PDA: the Fujitsu-Siemens LOOX 720!
As for these guys who faced problems with the low volume, simply try
the volume buttons on the left side of the phone while playing a ring
tone to bring the volume up! Oh, and it has speakerphone, very very
handy if you are driving. No need for ANY kind of crappy earphone...
Why bother with other phones... get this one and make sure it is unlocked
(stay away from branded K600i: V600i and K608i they are both rubbish).
Reviewed by Madalin from Romania on 24th Jan 2006
Great phone !!! It's the coolest phone ever!!!
Reviewed by phil from england on 23rd Jan 2006
great phone, but!!! there seems to be a recuring theame with some of
the sony ericsson handsets of late, a problem with the microphone, its
great with the hands free, but there seems to be an intermitant problem,
it seems the handset mic turns it self off and making calls people keep
hanging up because they can't here me. the same problem as the k500i.
though it seems if i blow into the microphone port for half an hour
before i make a call the extra noise turns it back on. it's anoying,
but otherwise a great phone so i guess i'll live with it
Reviewed by Scott from England on 22nd Jan 2006
its extreem iluv it id recomend it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 15th Jan 2006
Recently changed from a Samsung wish I had not Ring tone very low missing
calls frequently, texting fiddly and cumberson. Camera good stylish
looking but no good if missing calls
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 12th Jan 2006
For the money, this phone packs a decent number of features including
3G support and mp3 player. It's relatively light in weight, if a little
bulky, and the screen is of a good quality. The 1.3 megapixel camera
also gives more than acceptable shots, providing of course you're in
a well-lit environment. If not, you'll end up with lots of 'noise' on
your images, even with the built in light active (although this is a
complaint that can be levelled at almost every camera phone). There
are two major downsides to this phone. The first is the quietness of
its inbuilt speaker. Even on the highest volume you'll most probably
miss a few calls - who on earth thought putting a (weak) speaker on
the back of the phone was a good idea? The vibration function is also
rather 'weedy' - if you're walking down a busy street with the phone
in your pocket, you'll be hard pressed to notice when you've received
a text, or if someone's trying to call you. The second is the speed
of the processor. I use predictive text and often have to wait for the
processor to catch up with my input. The impreciseness of the joystick
compounds this problem, requiring slow and deliberate movements to register
your presses. For those who like to text quickly, this very quickly
becomes a massive pain. In brief summary, if you don't use your phone
for texting a great deal and have way above average hearing capabilities,
this phone will probably suit you down to the ground. For the rest of
us, it's probably a "try before you buy" situation. Me? I'll stick with
it, but will think very long and hard before choosing another Sony Ericsson.
Reviewed by Tom from Spain on 11th Jan 2006
I got the Sony Ericsson K600i 10 days ago and I'm very happy with it.
But let's go straight to the weak points of the phone. First, there
is no memory card, so it won't really serve you as a portable mp3 player
unless your music library is really really concise. On the other hand,
it comes with an excellent built-in radio which surely is my favourite
tool up to now. Second, if you are a typing person, you might struggle
with the keypad. I can't really tell because I never was. Thinking in
other phones I had, I even enjoy typing with the K600i because its keys
are very precise. I'd say battery live is comparable to an avarage 2G
phone. But you certainly can finish up the battery quite fast using
all the fancy tools the phone has. Speaking quality is excellent, reception
very good and I am really happy with the screen. Bluetooth and 3G is
working completely smooth. And for the first time a mobile does not
look like a toy to me. The finishing quality is just incredible... it
is the "AUDI" in the mobile world. I love it!
Reviewed by J from Malaysia on 6th Jan 2006
An excellent phone! I've always been a Nokia fan (mainly due to the
texting ease) but I really have no regrets getting this. It has everything
I need in a cell phone. The only downside is (being a former Nokia user)
the text function takes a bit of getting used to. I keep making mistakes
with the t9 function. And the sound is low. Other than that, I'd recommend
anyone looking for a 3G phone to consider this model.
Reviewed by ross from england on 28th Dec 2005
I have only recently recieved this phone after upgrading from a motorola
v500. This phone seems to be amazing and the features it has to offer
are brilliant. I would have gone for the 700i but as it did not have
pay as you go on so i had to choose this model. Still I am happy and
it is a great phone.
Reviewed by sirc from Philippines on 20th Dec
I found this cellphone great! It has all the features I wanted... And
besides, it is affordable! Hope you get guyz avail one...It's nice!
Reviewed by Kev from Uk on 18th Dec 2005
I have just upgraded my Nokia 6310 Pay as u go fone to a monthly Contract
one and chose the K600i. I wish i hadnt chosen this fone to be honest,as
im one of those people whose always textin someone or other,and its
just sooooo slow to write one,and you have to be really careful and
metticulous in ur typing or the mistakes keep coming and coming!So,its
NOT a good phone for texting(which seein as i get 500 free texts a month,aint
good!).....The battery life once charged is terrible too,toure lucky
to be on half a bar half way thru the second day of its use!so NOT good
there either...The memory is way too low,.with all these songs,video
clips,etc etc that are available to download onto ur fone these days,u
need much more space,which this fones lacking,so NOT good there!...The
sound is Low,witha capital L!!..If its in your pocket,unless your sat
in a library or in a church,your going to have difficulty hearing it!NOT
good there!,..not doing too well is it!..On the plus side,it do es look
very xpensiv,smart,stylish,sexy,..and the camera is great,..but the
bad points for this fone really do outweigh the good ones and for me,it
was a mistake choosing it..Ive still got my 6310 on pay as you go,and
feel more at home when texting or using that,and im glad ive kept it!
Reviewed by lewis smith from uk on 10th Dec 2005
this phone is great i strongly advise that you get it. the phone has
every thing you need. i really dont know why everyone is saying that
it is rubbish when it is very very good
Reviewed by Ian Reynolds from Scotland on 29th
I have just received this phone, and it has to be one of the best I
have used. The features are well laid out, the software seems relatively
fast and it is a joy to use. I particularly like the feature whereby
you can get information on a feature before you use it, so no longer
are you thinking "I wonder what that thing does" you press the button
marked "info" which appears as a "soft-button" every so often and it
will tell you. The camera seems to be quite good with both indoor and
outdoor shots, and produces very good results (for a mobile camera).
I partly agree with other users who say the buttons can be a little
fiddly, but providing you dont have fingers comparable to sausages this
should not prove to be too difficult to master after a couple of days.
The only problem I have had with it so far, and albeit a minor one -
was syncing it with my PC. After about 2 hours of fannying about I got
it working. The instructions that come with the sync software are horrendous.
The user is left to guess at most of it, and find things out by trial
and error. If it helps anyone.... The phone connects through a virtual
serial port (Com 7) in the Phone Monitor settings, set Com 7 to be "enabled"
but NOT "Reserved". This was my mistake, and I got all manner of errors
up on the screen. All in all this is an excellent phone. The only downside
was the sync software, but when you get it set up, it runs beautifully
and keeps all your Outlook contacts and calender entries sync'd with
your lovely new mobile.
Reviewed by PhoneGuru from UK on 23rd Nov 2005
By far the best phone on the market at the moment. It's sleek, fast,
durable and useable. Some say the keypad is too small - I say these
guys must have fat fingers, got a extra big dial pad phone at home?
Anyway - this phone is packed with fingers - I'm a high level user and
am constantly using this phone and it is great. If you don't believe
it - stick on jbenchmark and take a look at the results! Whhhoowhiii!
Now THAT is power! If you've got such huge fingers that you need an
extra large easy push dial pad on your phone then you might want to
avoid this one. Otherwise your going to love this phone...... and quite
rightly to. However I have one small issue with this phone - side buttons
annoy me. They are so easy to hit accidently, if they did this phone
without side buttons then I would be moaning about the need for a six
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 17th Nov 2005
I have been using sony ericssons for 3 years and this by far the best
phone i've had from them if want to be boring then i would get a nokia
but i want a phone that is fun and different from the main stream. The
only let down for me is the lack of a card slot hence it only gets four
stars. And when i come to up grade again i will continue to use sony
Reviewed by rio from usa on 10th Nov 2005
good good good good good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Paul Maxwell from UK on 3rd Nov 2005
This phone is just awful i had mine little over two months when it just
started turning itslef off all the time so had it replaced and the replacement
is doing the exact same thing!!!!
Reviewed by sameed from pakistan on 3rd Nov 2005
it is an excellent mobile,it's camera is worth dying for and it's memory
is also good.it's colors are amazing.my dad bought this mobile for himself
but i loved it so much that i exchanged my K500i with him
Reviewed by graham from australia on 28th Oct
I have just received this phone as an updte from a motorola E1000, so
naturally I was overjoyed to get it, but on the whole I am really dissapointed.
The moto had its faults but being a work phone at least I could hear
it when it rang,I laughingly read the warning stating loud ring tones
might damage your hearing, am I missing something because I just cant
hear mine. Fiddly buttons and that damn joystick, no memory all in all
I expected more
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 23rd Oct 2005
Fair do's, this is a half tidy phone. Having upgraded from the superfantastic
(if over-noisy) Samsung E700 it took a little while to get used to the
smaller keypad and different interface but after a few days practice
it's almost second nature now. The camera is excellent, it certainly
looks the part, it's very easy to use and there's tons of features keep
all but the most nerdified of folk happy. A minor gripe is the texting,
not (as you might expect from comments above) because of the tiny little
keys, but the predictive texting - it throws up some very odd words
as the 1st choice, for instance try to type "MY", as in 'my phone is
great' and the phone will give you "OY" instead so you have to select
"MY" from the list - come on Sony, who uses "OY" more than "MY"?!? I've
also yet to figure out how to record more than 8 seconds of video, but
this is probably because I am a man, so have yet to read the instruction
manual! Overall, whilst I still miss my trusty old Samsung; as a change,
I'm sure this one will be just as good as a rest.
Reviewed by Connor Langford from England on 22nd
I just got the phone yesterday on conract. I love it. I am new to sony
erricson phones yet i find the menu's so easy to use. I recommend this
phone to all people who want a phone thats compact for what it does,
brand new design, modern applications, suberb screen resolution and
great connectivity. this is much better than the k750i (my friend has
it). Thank you sony erricson.
Reviewed by sameed from pakistan on 22nd Oct 2005
a really good mobile.it has a camera worth dying for.most of all it
has a very strong alumunium casing.the shape is also really unique.it's
memory is not bad but this mobile phone is like a friend i ur pocket.
Reviewed by Zed from UK on 21st Oct 2005
Good phone, I love the fact that the face is aluminium, gives it a nice
quality feel, unlike all those tacky plastic Nokia phones. It has just
about everything you could possibly want on a phone yet still manages
to be tiny. On the down-side the battery has a limited life, you'd be
lucky to have it last two days without charging. I personally don't
have any trouble with the abnormaly small keys, but I can see it proving
difficult for people with fat fingers. Some argue that it does not have
expandable memory, I personally don't care.
Reviewed by gary from uk on 18th Oct 2005
Looks very sleek but is actually quite fat compared to non-3g bar phones.
Like the other reviewers have said the keypad isn't very comfortable
to use when texting and the quality of the camera is also a bit disappointing.
You can't really use it as an mp3 player either cos there's only about
33mb memory but the radio is a plus which is absent in the samsung z500
which I exchanged mine for. Overall i find the z500 smaller, it has
better camera and also t-flash memory slot which u can use for the mp3
Reviewed by Nathan from UK on 12th Oct 2005
I've had one of these for a week now and I genuinely love it. What none
of the reviewers point out is that the keys feel really nice IF your
fingers are small enough. They're not bad per se, they're just a nightmare
if you're rocking four toulouse sausages and a plum tomato on the end
of your hand.
Reviewed by bob from england on 10th Oct 2005
oh my gosh
Reviewed by mark from england on 9th Oct 2005
not abad phone from the outside , but after using it for a few days,
i realised the k750i would have been a much better choice . as this
was an upgrade i'm stuck with it for a full year . upsetting!!
Reviewed by Sameed anis from Pakistan on 8th Oct
my father bought this mobile for himself and a t630i for me.both of
them are good but i liked the k600i so much that i exchanged my mobile
with him.th best thing about the mobile is the video dj and the camera
quality.the sound quality is also really good.it has everything u want.it
is like having a small,smart friend in ur hands.
Reviewed by Mr Angry from United Kingdom on 5th
I have had to give this one star as there is no option for zero.....
So this is progress? I had been using my Nokia 6310i for as long as
possible. Seeing that poor thing was coming to the end of its life I
decided to 'upgrade'. The only function I felt I now needed extra was
3G. Could not find a phone without a camera which have TriBand. I need
access to the internet occasionally and thought that the phone could
act as a modem. So to the phone.... Advantages. It is small. er, thats
it. Disadvantages. Dire battery life, I am having to carry the charger
or a spare phone around with me in case the thing dies while I am out
at clients. Do not get tempted to use the bluetooth or the 3G unless
you have a bag load of spare batteries with you! I cannot trust the
Alarm clock as I need to leave the phone on overnight and chances are
the battery will fail! Dire call quality, Dire design, So as to place
the ear speaker to hear the thing the sharp edge digs into your ear.
There are buttons all over the place so when making a call chances are
you end up pressing either the camera button or any of the others on
the side of the 'phone' Buttons are tiny. To dial a number you have
to use your thumbnail. That tit thing in the middle used to navigate
is as accurate as a five day old carrot. The case is a delicate as filo
pastry. There is no facility for extra memory, 30 Meg on board so the
idea of MP3 or the camera is a little limited? The FM radio while in
London while stationary only found 5 stations. Although the phone dial
tones are at full volume it is more luck than judgement whether you
actually hear the thing when you are called. I did promise myself after
the experience of a T68i I would avoid Sony...but stupidly enough I
have been tempted by a function - 3G which makes the rest of the package
unusable. Thank my lucky stars I did not bin my 6310. Unfortunately
because I was away during my 14 day cooling off period, I am stuck with
the thing for the next 18 months! Serves me right!
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 1st Oct 2005
The build quality is excellent and the front metal casing has a lovely
finish. It has all the functions you could want including a light on
the back that can send an SOS. The camera is easy to use and produces
excellent snaps etc. The 3G functions are great. Video calling, fast
data for my Palm T3 and as an added bonus a good quality FM radio. It's
fantastic! The design put off sum like the rabid texters but to me it
is perfect - easy to use phone, nice camera and works beautifly with
my T3. I love it!!!
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 30th Sep 2005
I recently upgraded from the K700i and the T610 before that. I wasnt
sure whether to go for the K750i or this one. A few of my friends have
the K750i and despite its great features, I thought it just looked bit
boring, so I went for the stylish K600i. After reading the keypad was
a bit difficult to use, I tested it out in the shop before committing
myself, but I have absolutley no problem with it (I suggest u do the
same). The 262k screen is super clear. The 1.3MP camera isnt as good
as the K750i, but is still great. Video capture can be improved by changing
a setting, but to send a video message you have to use the lower quality
setting. 3G video conversations work great so long as you have a 3G
signal (not the phone's fault). I have been able to both see and hear
the other person very clearly and with very little break up. Lots of
other features work perfectly as described. It could do with more fixed
memory or a memory slot, but is not a problem for me. Battery life is
longer than my K700i due to the improved 900mah battery. Overall its
a great, stylish phone. Would give it 5* if it had more memory.
Reviewed by JAMES from ENGLAND on 27th Sep 2005
MY LAST PHONE WAS THE SPV C500 SO WHEN IT CAME TO UPGRADING ANYTHING
WAS GOING TO BE AN IMPROVEMENT. I AGREE WITH THE KEYPAD ISSUES BUT AFTER
FIGURING OUT THAT YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO BE CLUMSY, I GOT THE HANG OF IT.
3G WORKS PERFECTLY, ALWAYS GOT GOOD RECEPTION AND THE WHOLE FUNCTIONING
OF THE PHONE IS SPOT ON. IT LOOKS BETTER THAN THE K750i TOO WHICH JUST
RESEMBLES A FORD SIERRA CENTRE CONSOLE TO ME.
Reviewed by Mark from England on 13th Sep 2005
Such a poor design. I decided to buy this instead of the K750 cos I
thought 3G would be more interesting than a top quality camera. I didnt
really get the chance to try out the 3G stuff cos I was too busy being
appalled at the useless keypad. And I am not exaggerating when I say
useless, you really cannot use it. It is so flat you have to press really
hard and even then you dont get that assuring click feel so you keep
pressing things twice to make sure that it worked the first time round
which half the time it does and the other half you miss. Sent it back
after two days and ended up with the K750 afterall. No problems at all
with the keypad even though it's less spaced out than the K600. Just
goes to show how much difference a good design makes.
Reviewed by jon from england on 11th Sep 2005
Well, it's a sony, so i though good start, but not so fast. Very stylish,
and well thats about it, texting is so slow, unless you want to spend
hours writing your texts, 3G a little slow, and not that great reception.
A little disapointed with the camera, especially after the lastest k750
and w800 coming out. So personally i'd avoid, i am changing this tomorrow.
Reviewed by jonny from uk on 7th Sep 2005
without question the worst phone you could ever buy! the things that
should be easy calling and texting are excrutiatingly painful, the end
call button is so small you'd need a 1 yr old's finger to hit with any
regularity.... no i can't go on anymore i do not want to think about
this appalling phone any longer.
Reviewed by Kam Parmar from UK on 23rd Aug 2005
The design of this phone sold it to me. It's stylish & sleek. It feels
silky an smooth in the palm and even looks like a proper designer camera
from the lens side when taking shots as opposed to a phone. The finish
is superb - cool silver with a touch of matt black and chrome. Very
impressive sound quality with nice treble and no distorion or dull sound
like some Nokia's. Also has a built in graphic eq. Picture quality is
not that great and disapointed that it only has a built in 33mb memory
and no external memory. The joystick used to navigate through the menu
is outstanding. The buttons are flush with the front cover which has
it's pros and cons as when dialing quickly, you can easily miss a number
or 2. All in all, it's a great phone and I am very happy with this stylish
Reviewed by Tony Williams from UK on 14th Aug
Got this phone recently on 3 in the uk and it's definitely one of the
best phones around. I've used the k700i before and this model feels
the same in most respects, apart from: The camera is better, the look
of the phone is fantastic, the joy stick in the middle is easier to
use, shutter on the back to cover the lens and the flash seems to work
fine in low level conditions. The phone looks better than the new 750i
because up close the tube look with the flush buttons seems to look
alot classier with the sleek metal finish, but the screen is smaller
than most modern mobiles and battery life still limited (2 days at the
most). All in all i'm very happy with my new mobile and i can't believe
some idiots are reviewing this phone without having even used one, Doh!!
Reviewed by callum 4 sarah from scotland on 14th
i just gt it and i find it very poor i had da k500i and i thought i
would be gettin an upgreade how wrong could i be. AVOID THIS PHONE.
Reviewed by Farhad from India on 23rd Jun 2005
I bought it a week back and not very much satisfied. Although its shape
is attractive but the screen size is too small in context of the overall
size of the phone. It is very expensive as well atleast in india.
Reviewed by Johneboy from UK on 10th Jun 2005
Only two stars as even though its a 3G phone it doesn't have 3G features
I would expect. Good points: Size is good - Not a brick! (Could account
for missing features) Works very well as a modem and battery life isn't
bad. Video calls work very well. Built in camera is very good. Flash
is blindingly bright! RDS radio is a good feature. Good call sound quality.
Bad points: Uncomfortable to use due to a hard edge up by the ear-piece.
It actually hurts to make a long call on it! Keypad is slow to use and
you find it easy to hit multiple buttons. Buttons on either side of
the phone are easy to catch by mistake which is VERY annoying. Not having
an HTML browser is very poor. Can't charge it through the USB port.
No memory card slot!!!!! Summary: A nice looking phone with good points
and bad points which go together to make this nothing more than an average
Reviewed by Richard Woods from England on 30th
it'alrite got it 2 weeks ago after a few days the fone got boring so
i got myself a nokia 6230i and thats way better than the k600i, my sister
Marlynne hated that fone she said it felt like a brick.lol
Reviewed by HatoNahoto from India on 26th May
Poor quality, very small screen from todays standard
Reviewed by jack from australia on 22nd May 2005
a good 3g phone with 1.3 megapixel camera. Dont know why its called
k600i. Should be above k700i as it features way more. Strange i though
this wouldn't even be near release. Theres still a few month wait, at
least here in australia. (very unadvanced country. :(
Reviewed by Martin from Bulgaria on 19th May 2005
Excellent but still expensive