Sony Ericsson K850i Review
In a nutshell: The eagerly awaited Sony Ericsson K850i should
have been the best camera phone ever, with a 5 megapixel camera, xenon
flash, autofocus & automatic lens cover. But problems with the keypad,
camera and firmware mean that we can't in all honesty recommend it.
Choose the Sony Ericsson C902 instead.
Review: October 2007. Last updated July 2009.
Sony Ericsson's Cyber-Shot range of phones have been a massive
hit. The K800i quickly gained
a reputation as the best camera phone on the market; the K810i
changed the styling but not much else; the K850i is the one that moves
the technology forward to the next stage, with its 5 megapixel camera
and high-speed 3G (HSDPA).
First, the looks. Looks like Sony Ericsson were determined to restyle
the phone. It's definitely less bricklike in its looks, and it's slimmed
down a lot since the K800i days, which is a welcome change. It has a
funky blue gizmo on the front and side, which you may or may not like
(tip - buy the "Velvet Blue" model pictured and not the hideous
"Luminous Green" option.) Now a word about the keypad design.
We're really happy to see that Sony Ericsson have finally dumped the
horrible joystick that marred both the K800i and K810i but whose idea
was it to position the navigation pad in the middle of the keypad so
that it overlaps the buttons? And why the small buttons when everyone
knows that bigger is better? Grr! And why have Sony Ericsson introduced
touch-sensitive keys that everyone hates? We have to say it: we hate
OK, so let's talk about the camera. This is tricky. On paper, the K850i
is clearly way ahead of the competition. It has high quality Cyber-Shot
optics. It has a whopping 5 megapixel resolution. It has a xenon flash
(superior to the LED flashes on other camera phones). It has autofocus
(to keep your subject sharp) and an automatic lens cover that fixes
the problem that the K800i had with the lens cover opening by itself.
The camera also has a BestPic feature which can automatically
take nine photos in a second, so that you can then choose which one
to keep. There's also a picture stabiliser, which helps to reduce camera
shake. A new switch on the side of the phone lets you switch easily
between camera modes, much like in a real digital camera. Used carefully,
the K850i can take pictures that improve on the K800i
and are even better than the Nokia N95.
Why then is the camera the thing that most of our user reviews have
complained about most? Read the reviews below for yourself: there are
a lot of disappointed Sony Ericsson fans who have upgraded to the K850i
only to find that they end up with badly exposed or totally black pictures.
The problem, we suspect, lies with the flash. The design of the flash
makes it very easy to place your fingers in the wrong place and completely
mess up the flash, resulting in a dark picture. To avoid this you need
to hold the edge of the phone (not the best way to hold a camera steady).
But we suspect that there's more than this behind the problem, and that
the flash itself may have fundamental problems. Whether these can be
fixed by firmware releases, we don't know, but for us, a product whose
unique selling point is potentially flawed is a fundamentally flawed
product. For this reason, we'd recommend that you stick with the K800i
or K810i or try the Nokia
Anyway, moving on to the phone's other features, the display is a very
high quality TFT ultra-high resolution screen and is very large at 2.4
inches. The media player is fully featured, despite not being a Walkman
phone. There's also an FM radio equipped with RDS. MP3 and AC ringtones
The K850i is also the first of the Cyber-Shots to support accelerated
3G (HSDPA), which enables you to access the web and download files at
broadband speeds. Nice to see that feature available to Sony Ericsson
users at last. As this is a 3G phone, video calling is enabled too,
and the video quality is pretty good, using a front-facing second camera.
Connectivity is excellent with full support for Bluetooth and USB,
so it's possible to listen to music on a wireless
headset and making it very easy to transfer music files between
phone and PC. Battery life is pretty good, with a quite high powered
battery to power the big screen and 3G. The built-in memory is just
40 Mbytes, but this is expandable to 4 Gbytes with a Memory
Stick Micro, and there's also support for the microSD
format cards too.
So, in conclusion, the K850i is a 5 star phone that fails to live up
to expectation. The flawed keypad design and problems that people are
experiencing with the camera mean that we cannot recommend the K850i.
Choose the Sony Ericsson C902 instead.
Features of the Sony Ericsson K850i include:
- 3G video calling
- 5 megapixel camera with xenon flash, autofocus, 16x digital zoom
and automatic lens cover
- Video camera
- Display: TFT, 262,144-colour, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- Media player
- FM radio with RDS
- MP3/AAC ringtones
- Voice recorder
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- 3D Java games
- Animated wallpaper
- Web browser, RSS feeds, blogging
- Personal organiser functions
- Flight mode
- Vibration alert
- Memory: 40 Mbytes plus support for Memory Stick Micro (M2)
(up to 4 GB) and microSD format
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB mass storage, modem
- Quadband (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) plus 3G (UMTS 850 / 1900
- Size: 102 x 48 x 17 mm
- Weight: 118g
- Talktime: 3.5 hours (3G) - 9 hours (2G)
- Video calling: (3 hours, 20 minutes)
- Battery standby: 350 hours (3G) - 400 hours (2G)
Sony Ericsson K850i User Reviews
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Average rating from 102 reviews:
Reviewed by Julie from UK on 2nd Mar 2012
I've had the K850i for 2 years now and after 12 months I should have
thrown it in the bin. The buttons have fell off one by one leaving just
5 still in place, so your fingernails need to be kept long and sharp
at one corner in order to depress the digits! The Camera is excellent
(hence the 1 star), but it's just a shame that you can't access the
brilliant pictures on the phone because the touchpad doesn't recognise
your touch! So it's impossible to get INTO the phone because you can't
get passed selecting Normal Mode. When it does finally decide to allow
you access, it's hit or miss whether it allows you to text. If you manage
to get a message inputted, you can't send it as it doesn't recognise
the Send touchkey. You have to switch on and off or release and reinsert
the battery to start all over again. It's a waste of time. Don't waste
your money too!!
Reply by anum ali from pakistan on
22nd Apr 2012
ya i agree with u, the keypad is so disappointed all the keys are now
broken even after a polite use
Reviewed by Naa B. Albert from Ghana on 9th Dec
Moving from k800i, i had high expectations for the k850i. I still love
it. improved screen resolution, nice design. i like the auto search
feature. same old software but i dont like the way they ve interchanged
the file manager with media. the file manager is rather inside organizer
and i think that is a poor choice. i have also noticed improved sound
quality. The camera is serious, i have not faced any of the problems
complained about by the other comments. My biggest problem and headache
is the screen goes off sometimes when in use and no amount of will power
has been able to bring it back unless you wait for some 10 - 30 minutes
and then you press * + unlock to unlock it and even sometimes after
pressing UNLOCK, it goes back again. I wannt to believe that it is a
setting that makes it behave so. i will keep coming back here so if
any one has a solution i will be grateful. I dont want to think that
the screen has a problem
Reviewed by LI from Wales on 1st Nov 2007
Amazing. all those ppl who are moaning about its qualities are because
they havent learnt to use it properly. this phone takes time to understand
but once ya learn how to use it i.e. proper quality 5MG photos its amazing!
Reviewed by John from England on 1st Nov 2007
Had it a week - love the phone in every way EXCEPT I AM INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED
WITH THE CAMERA! I had a W800i before and that was better than this!
Every shot I have taken in the dark has been total blackness even with
the flash - the flash "flashes" but the photo is pitch black. Inddors
but in good light, the flash operate sand the photo looks horrendously
"orange" - I've played with almost every variation of settings, Imade
sure my fingers are completely clear of the front of the camera - no
difference. For a phone that makes a big deal fo the 5Mp camera this
is slightly concerning. I've now arranged for it to be replaced when
they come back in stock with Vodafone... I'm hoping I've just a got
a duff unit at the moment and the replacement will restore my faith.
Reviewed by Glen from Edinburgh on 1st Nov 2007
Had waited for this phone for ages on the Orange network and after one
day have returned it. This is an awful phone buttons horrible and like
others takes dark pictures in a brightly lit room (Set to 5mp). Also
cannot transfer any previously stored media from old camera to ringtones.
Very Bizarre. Not recommended
Reviewed by CJ-Bowers from UK on 31st Oct 2007
Perfect phone, any smaller and the camera would not handle well. Very
good photo's - as for the black picture mentioned in previous reviews
- this is not an issue if you know how to use the phone, pushing the
button half down before taking the photo will focus the photo and make
the flash work correctly.
Reviewed by Andie F from UK on 31st Oct 2007
I can't understand why this phone has such an outstanding review. I
had this phone for less than one day before returning it. It was an
upgrade on o2. The blue square of light round the two top buttons is
quite off putting when trying to text, apart from the very small keys
being well spaced apart and the surface becoming very smeary. You have
to use the touch screen on the right of the phone to make the phone
go back, which takes a little getting used to. The phone I had froze
when trying to edit a picture. I managed to accidentally connect to
wap without meaning to, bill would have been scary if I hadn't spotted
it! When taking pictures you have to be very careful to hold the phone
by the edges only, don't touch the back of the phone at all or the pictures
will be very dark. Even being careful though the pictures weren't as
good as those taken with a K800i. Plus points it looks good, but apart
from that I was too disappointed to keep it so bought another w810i,
which imo is still a better phone.
Reviewed by amjad from uk on 31st Oct 2007
i got this phone last week and i like its shape and multimedia functions
but i dont like its music sound quality and camera sometimes gives dark
pics. also buttons r not easy to use. so overall its a not good phone.sorry.
Reviewed by robert from england on 31st Oct 2007
an old-timer here, had lots of mobiles since my first, a 1988 cityman
brick... what do I do! send this k850i back and swap it for a nokia
6500 classic or samsung g600 or keep it? greasy looking after 2 mins,
small buttons, doubts about the finger touch, but just a glance at this
baby after a going over with Mr sheen just makes me dribble...i mean
Reviewed by doooh from UK on 31st Oct 2007
Great Phone, Looks are ok, better than K800 anyway, has lots of features,
(check out the TRACK ID function which tells you the name of the song
you're playing). Camera is brilliant as well, for all those struggeling
with bad images, there is a whole section of settings which lets you
adapt the camera to the ambience, if your shooting inside and the picture
turns out dark you might wanna try a twilight preset.. Keys can be a
bit of a pain sometimes, especially the cancel key while texting I often
hit the top right touchbutton inadvertedly.. but workable.. Other than
that, no issues so far, had the phone for 1 month, no probs
Reviewed by Rhiannon from Scotland on 30th Oct
I too waited months for this phone, and after 5 days it was sent back,
same problems as previous people have posted. Buttons are FAR too small,
the edge of my thumb got sore from pressing the space button while texting
(I probably text more than the average person, but you shouldn't get
a sore bit while doing so?!) I am a girl, with average sized fingers,
and still managed to press the wrap around buttons (that go around the
2 and 5 buttons) when texting, how to men manage?? The touch sensitive
buttons sometimes worked, sometimes didn't. They often needed to be
pressed again, and then the next minute it would in the menu section
when I didn't mean to?! I also had the same problems with the camera,
inside photos were rubbish, subject was ok but the background was completely
black, even when daylight outside. I compared the same scene using both
the K850 and the K800 (my previous phone) and the K800 won every time.
The look of the phone is cheap aswell, how can people say it looks sexy??
It's plasticy and picks up every finger print going!! Apart from the
camera been better (apparently) there are no further developments between
the previous SEs, I have had the K750 and the K800 so was really looking
forward to this phone, I'm so dissapointed. I'm now back to using my
K800 until I find a decent phone, all the 5MP camera phone's seem to
have problems, in one way or another, so I'm going to bide my time.
Reviewed by SteveO from UK on 30th Oct 2007
Connor and Kelvin you obviously work for sony aand have place these
messages here to try and bolster up the K850's reputation - as nobody
here agrees with you... Please sony listen to these peoples problems
and update the firmware!!! I have just come off the phone from Sony
again and got nowhere - their customer service is pants!!!
Reviewed by MR X from UK on 30th Oct 2007
The phone looks great & the touch screen is a cool touch but tbh im
a little bit dissapointed with the Camera. The pictures sometimes turn
out dark in a perfectly lit room - im guna get on the phone to O2 and
see what they recomend ...
Reviewed by simon cowell from england on 30th
i love my phone ! for once in my life i am not going to say it's a disaste
Reviewed by Mike from England on 30th Oct 2007
I like others waited for this phone for a LONG time. previously had
K750i, and then the K800i. i LOVED these phones, and loved how each
one just got better. Hence my disappointment when getting this phone.
Maybe my phone was faulty as someone previously stated, but seems to
be fair few of them about. the camera was not as good as the K800i,
with side by side tests to make sure, both video and pictures. This
was so disappointing to me, as i had come to rely on good camera phone
as a norm, even using it as a primary camera on holiday. Could not imagine
that with this phone. Apart from the camera, the software just seems
slow. they really do seem to have put too much in that it can't handle.
and lets be honest, its not exactly a sexy phone. its big, and the buttons
are annoying. After so many years with Sony Ericsson, I am bitterly
disappointed, and whats worse... I have now gone to Nokia, something
i swore i would never do! Now got the Nokia 6500 slide. Now thats sexy!
Camera not as great as old K800i, the battery is rubbish, and it too
has some freezing issues. apart from that, its lovely, and still better
than the K850i!.... looking forward to the day when a decent phone comes
Reviewed by saqi from uk on 30th Oct 2007
this phone is really good, esp. the camera which is out of this world!
Other than the camera, it is pretty similar to the K800i /K810i so it
wont be too difficult to use.
Reviewed by Conner from Uk on 29th Oct 2007
This is a really good phone
Reviewed by waynofwolves from england on 29th
No goood points at moment bad points buttons to small pictures are very
very dark been told software problem avoid like the plague
Reviewed by connor from uk on 29th Oct 2007
i think the camera is excellent and it looks fantastic
Reviewed by Kelvin from England on 29th Oct 2007
HAve posted a review earlier and read peoples comments so thought it
was time for an update! Having got to grips with Sonys Media software
for the PC it is a very easy to get cds and album art on to the phone
now so I`m happy. One of the main issues (apart from the tiny keys)
that people have is the camera not working properly or not taking very
good pics. I have to say that these people either have a faulty phone
or they have not got the thing set to 5MP! It is easily the best phone
available at taking high quality pics (that includes using the flash
too!). If it doesn`t work properly get a replacement!! As regards the
return button that someone asked about - if you press the end call button
(next to the `C`) then it will return you to the main menu.
Reviewed by NickSeecharan from UK on 29th Oct
Has anyone else had the following problem: The phone crashes from the
"media" screen (via bottom left screen "media" option); specifically
when you opt for Photos. It turns the phone off for about 15 seconds.
In addition, the same Media summary screen lists me as having ZERO files
on the camera - no photos, no music, no video - even though these are
all visible via File Manager (which annoyingly is buried in the Organiser
- took me a while to find this). Essentially this bug makes phone unusable
as anything other than a phone - and I will have to send back ..unless
anyone has ideas/ fixes? The touch screen was a nice touch - didn't
realise it had this. The flash was appalling (unkeepable photos) last
night compared with the k800i. Only used flash once but early signs
not promising on that front.
Reviewed by just me... from uk on 29th Oct 2007
Waited 2 months for this phone to come out, used it for 1 day before
sending it back, i am so disappointed. I wanted it mainly for the camera
and although pictures taken outside are great, the pics inside are dark,
even with the flash. The keys are terrible to txt with and the touch
buttons are a nightmare, the automatic keyguard comes on almost as soon
as you put the phone down and there doesnt seem to be a way to change
this or turn it off, contacts and messages are stored to the phone or
memory card with no option of the sim card, there isnt a volume button
on the handset for when you are using the phone, and, the call register
and redial list only shows the last time a person phoned you or you
phoned them or the time of the last missed call - it doesnt show how
many times. I have been using a samsung and before that, a nokia, so
maybe a sony ericsson just isnt the phone for me.
Reviewed by Danny from UK on 28th Oct 2007
Had mine for 5 Days now and does what it says on the tin. I Can make
calls, text and take some pretty amazing pictures (for a phone). Its
different format to what I am used to (buttons) but getting better already.
no bugs yet (touch wood)..... Note: It doesn't do your laundry, walk
the dog or do the dishes!!!??? so might take it back as I expected t
least a butler attached :o)
Reviewed by Brian Mc from Durham,England on 28th
Got one of these and sent it back and reverted to my K810I which i like
better. K850i whilst having a better camera on it offers no other perks
and touch screen is not relevant. Themes and tones on phone are pants,
mine is returned and I await my I Phone.
Reviewed by Andy S from England on 28th Oct 2007
Before I have used a W810 and a K810, both of which were excellent.
After waiting months for this phone I have been very dissapointed. After
6 days I returned it, as it was so unstable. Camera playback mode kept
crashing, alarm didn't play MP3 file it just beeped, phone reset itself
twice and then wouldn't recognise sim, the menu was slow and unrepsonsive...
The new dedicated media menu is also very, very slow. If you have anymore
than 80 songs on your phone, you have to wait a few minutes for it to
even load up all the track names! Never a problem even on my old W810.
All other Sony phones I have used in the past have been excellent, rock
solid devices, but this phone just doesn't even feel finished! Maybe
in the future firmware updates will solve these issues, but why should
I pay £350 for a phone that I can't use out of the box? These problems
simply shouldn't exist. Such a shame a company the size of Sony can't
even release a phone that works. I think after many years of loyalty
I will be moving brands, as this has really put me off future products.
Reviewed by Colette from UK on 28th Oct 2007
Bought this phone last week & have to say quite disappointed. Bought
the phone mainly because of the camera but most of my photos come out
dark because the flash dosen't come on, also the 3 soft touch buttons
have a mind of their own.. when the phone locks it doen't matter how
soft or hard i touch the button to unlock it just doesn't work so i
have to take the battery out to re start the phone.. also when trying
to send a text the touch buttons freeze & again I have to take the battery
out. Spoke to customer services & they said to take phone back & get
a replacement but after reading the comments below this looks like a
common problem. This is a real shame as it could have been a really
Reviewed by Cat from UK on 27th Oct 2007
My K850i has really bad sound quality during a normal phone conversation...
At first I thought it was the person I was speaking to on the phone
but every single phonecall I have had has been such poor quality, maybe
the earpiece part of my phone is faulty but its soooo annoying- everyone
sounds like they are mumbling!! :-(
Reviewed by Steve from Uk on 27th Oct 2007
Had my k850i 2 weeks now and gave it a good testing on holiday this
week, and it failed in so many areas, but surpassed in others. Failings,
if you convert an mp4 or podcast onto the phones micro sd card play
it and then let it auto go into landscape mode as you turn the phone,
the lip sync will go out by up to 5 seconds, tried this on both my phone
and the wifes. The flash is poor I bought an addition to my w900i a
decent zenon flash, guess what this phone does not recognise it so I
have to make do with the poor zenon flash which decided when it wants
to work and when it doesnt! I have so many poor / dark pictures, there
is an auto mode a red eye mode and an off mode - there is not a mode
to just switch the flash on! as the auto doesnt seem to know when it
is needed or not! I get better pictures out of my w900i with the zenon
flash addon in the dark than the k850i, and there is 3 meg difference.
Good points,well it takes good pictures in daytime - just dont rely
on the flash!
Reviewed by Edd from Manchester, U K on 27th Oct
I bought this to replace my tatty K800I and first impressions on opening
the box were fantastic, this truly is a stunning looking phone! But
scratch under the surface and a few little niggles emerge...Firstly,
the buttons while well spaced are very small and not so easy to press
with big fingers. Secondly, the touch sensitive buttons are a nice touch
but too fiddly and over sensitive and you'll often end up going online
without realising etc. Thirdly, theres no RETURN button! This is probably
the most annoying thing, when you spend 2 years using this little button
that gets you to the main page and they all of a sudden remove it for
no reason, that IS annoying...If it ain't broke. Fourthly, The shiny
surface looks great when out of the box but after 2 minutes of holding
it, it gets smudged with LOADS of finger marks, not cool.... And lastly
(I think...), although it states it is a 5 megapixel camera I found
the that my trusty K800 (3.2 megapixels) took better pictures! It has
an weird light sensor thats a bit erratic and occasionally makes bright
colour full pictures dull, I think there has been a bit of cost cutting
involved...Um...Or maybe I've just got a faulty one.... Overall, Not
perfect and has its flaws (And ever so slightly disappointing) but still
very very desirable and much loved!
Reviewed by KNOBBY from uk on 27th Oct 2007
Received this phone today from Orange and i have to say next week it
will be going back. If anyone likes to make calls or txt this phone
is not for you!
Reviewed by chris from uk on 26th Oct 2007
Further to an earlier review, I have taken pictures in virtual darkness
with brilliant results, by putting the camera setting onto incandescent,
this shows a picture of a bulb, I would say that that was night mode,
also if you take a picture in twilight mode, the picture is ok.
Reviewed by twyfry from Hampshire UK on 26th Oct
Sorry, no good. Agree about black pictures - flash simply did not work
as far as I can see - have to use techno fix on all night pics. Also
signal reception much less than K750 or 800 (both of which I have had
and liked v much). And display seemed to flicker slightly and graphics
rather jerky. Did I just get a bad one? Anyway it's gone back. Nokia
again it would seem....
Reviewed by Rosie Bott from UK on 26th Oct 2007
i Love it
Reviewed by James from England/birmingham on 26th
OOOOOOHH!! tricky the buttons are :( but the camera mp3 b.t is sick,
i would have a good think bouh this phone, £300 :O dno bouh that email
Reviewed by Kayley from Manchester, England on
26th Oct 2007
I've had this phone a few days and I currently have a love/hate relationship
with it because of one thing. The size of the buttons. Sounds ridiculous?
I am an avid texter but the size [and stiffness] of the buttons makes
me thumbs hurt. Seriously. I am aware it sounds totally stupid but because
of the size and the shape it can become pretty painful. Other than that,
I love it.
Reviewed by Gari Hughes from england on 26th Oct
i got this phone two weeks ago (on release day) it has bugs, first the
volume keys stopped working properley and i had to restart the phone,
then it went haywire when i tried to use it as a modem, now the 3 soft
touch keys have stopped working great!! it is a great phone when it
works, but like all new technology if u get it when it is brand spanking
new then u are asking for trouble.
Reviewed by mike storer from england on 26th Oct
just had my k850i today i,ve just got one word to say FANTASTIC.I did
have a w910i i sent that back. this phone will be the one the others
will have to beat.highly recomended.
Reviewed by James from Uk on 25th Oct 2007
Waited ages then dissapointed that no one in SE research dept actually
bothered trying to make calls on phone, keep sending texts during calls
due to the touch sensitive buttons brushing ear and being too sensitive,
also answers calls waiting that don't want to talk to. Very disappointed
as otherwise an excellent phone and such a basic over sight!
Reviewed by Ali from Pakistan on 25th Oct 2007
really it is outstanding, if u want a digital camera u should bye k850i
i m lovin it
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 25th Oct 2007
Having been very used to the Sony K800, I found the buttons to be quite
difficult to use on the K850i. my messages look like that I have only
started to use predictive texting, mistakes and spelling issues all
over the place. The Buttons are alot smaller and need a bit of pressure.
I haven't got fat fingers but if I did I would hate to think what I
would be sending. Also the touch screen is either to sensitive or to
stubborn. Weird! The camera is totally amazing, although it could really
do with a cover over the lens like the previous phone. Handling the
phone can make it greasy thus giving a hazy picture when taken. Make
sure the back is cleaned before saying cheeeessse!.
Reviewed by Steve JW from England on 25th Oct
I can't live with this phone and have sent mine back. Why? Awful tiny
buttons which creek when you press them. Fiddly unresponsive "touch"
buttons which add nothing to the experience and remain active during
phone calls (I didn't realise my ear was so good at activating various
menus!). Slightly clunky response of operating system to key presses.
Occasional black photos (I'm not alone in this). Needless plastic cover
over lens cover. Shows finger marks very quickly. Poor quality plastic
which gives phone a cheap feel. Occasional system crashes and freezes.
I'm hugely disappointed with this phone. With a little more effort from
SE, this would have been the best phone on the market since its feature
set is extremely impressive. As it is, I really couldn't recommend this
phone to anyone.
Reviewed by steve from uk on 24th Oct 2007
for all u ppl who ar having problems with pictures in dark, if ur using
a flash, try placing ur hands back from the flash, i was told by an
assistant when i sampled one before ordering that u need to hold it
like a proper digital camera (i.e fingers on the sides not resting over
the back otherwise u cover the flash and it doesnt help pic quality
as u may know
Reviewed by Darko from Macedonia on 24th Oct 2007
Hmmm i can see ppl give five star or one star(nokia users) hhehe it's
nice 2 see you r jeleous.... damn best phone
Reviewed by Jan from UK on 24th Oct 2007
I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this to replace my W850i
- however I was sadly disappointed with it and will be returning and
replacing with the k800i. I love the touch screen, but dislike the tiny
keys and also the fact that 97% of my pics come out dark with or without
flash. I wanted this phone specifically as a decent point and shot camera
phone, but found it lacking in that department.
Reviewed by simon from uj on 24th Oct 2007
sony k850i sucks! small buttons, navigation crammed amongs keys which
is not great, touch screen has a mind of its own and does things if
your fingers pass near it...like cut you off or dial the internet! Surely
I am not the only bloke who wants a phone with buttons bigger than a
grain of rice!
Reviewed by Carl from England on 24th Oct 2007
Love the phone but.... so disappointed with the camera! I have had the
same problems as other users but after I had spoke to the customer service
rep at O2 she then informed me that the phone has no night mode. I am
not sure if this is just an error from the young lady I spoke to or
have SE made us wait for a handset that that camera wise is suppose
to be better than its predecessor but comes no where near it! Phone
will be going back if nothing is sorted....
Reviewed by Gemma from Wigan on 24th Oct 2007
On my second K850i and oh my god its going back! When in a call it has
a mind of its own and decides to disable the whole of the keypad and
touchscreen so i cannot end the call, keep having to take the battery
out to end the call! The amount of times this has happened is ridiculous,
i love se phones but they have made a complete mess of this! Im looking
at another phone to get and you know what not one phone i have seen
is good looking! All black or silver no Pink!!!! and all new ones seem
to only have 2 megapixel? Companys are meant to go forward not backwards!
Reviewed by James McDonagh from UK on 24th Oct
Had this phone for nearly two weeks now and is definately a pain to
use. Every time I am making a call it sends a blank text message to
the first person in my phone book because of the touch sensitive buttons
on the screen. The touch buttons do not always work either. Altogether
a major dissapointment.
Reviewed by David Roberts from UK on 24th Oct
Wow, what a phone. Like in Steve’s comment below, you should compare
this phone to other phones before giving your verdict. I went for the
Sony W910i and I took it back to the shop and exchanged it for a K850i
and I must say, I cannot find any fault with it what so ever. I don’t
understand why some people are having problems taking pictures in Daylight
with this phone. All pictures that I have taken with this phone came
out perfect. I did have the Nokia N95, and I must be honest with you,
the K850i beats the Nokia N95 hands down. I don’t know whether
if any of you have had experience owning the N95, but when I had one
the phone kept on crashing, I even had the software up-dated on it,
but it still kept on crashing on me. I believe, that if you want a phone
with a good camera on, is choose a manufacture that produces digital
cameras. Nokia do not make digital cameras, and this is why, Nokia could
never beat Sony Ericsson with camera quality on their phones. I can
also say that the Music player on the K850i is amazing the supplied
headset does the job but has a nasty pair of foam covered ear plugs,
so a adaptor bridging Sony Ericsson's Fast Port and a 3.5mm jack socket
wouldn't be a bad use of money if you plan on spending a lot of time
listening to music. Verdict Sony Ericsson's K850i is a fantastic piece
of design, well built, nice to use and with all the features you expect
from a top-end phone. I wish I could give this phone 10 stars.
Reviewed by Wayne from England on 24th Oct 2007
I have just upgraded from my k800i and im very impressed! I am a little
disappointed with the camera and small buttons but thats about it. All
in all its a great phone and has lots of features so id say go for it!!
Reviewed by Glenn from UK on 23rd Oct 2007
Just got the phone and it's great, even though the buttons are smaller
than the previous K800 and 810 there is more space around each key making
it much easier to use for those of us with fat fingers. The build quality
seems good and is pretty easy to use to. The camera seems better to,
once you have wiped all the finger prints from the screen. Constant
cleaning will be required to keep it finger print free but hey one wipe
on the shirt and that does the job!Unfortuantely however my luminous
blue lights on the phone aren't working so I have to send it back. damn
shame. It's great though, worth the change
Reviewed by Stuart from Scotland on 22nd Oct 2007
Just recived my phone today and it looks amazing but having problems
with the camera as did vicky below. it takes poor pics in bad light
and takes black pics in daylight. wots tht all abt.But features look
good like the new music player. But K800i takes better pics. Will have
to send back 2 o2 and see what they say.
Reviewed by steve from uk on 22nd Oct 2007
for all u ppl who say the phone is rubbish and then start to compare
it to another fone eg the nokia n95 heres some advice....dont! rate
the fone on its own coz rating it compared to other fones doesnt help
ppl, i dont think this fone is ugly its reli smart and not boxy brick
like at all...yeah ok its not as small as the k750i but that dont make
it brick like... and it does have a better camera
Reviewed by vicky from UK on 21st Oct 2007
loved the phone for 24 hours then wanted 2 smash it with a great big
hammer!!!! it developed a line of red pixals running down the screen.
also likes to take black photos even when its got a flash and its daylight!!!!
loves to collect fingerprints and creeks when txin!!!! a little bigger
than i thought it would be, but can cope in my handbag! received the
phone fri & already sent it back, now awaiting my NEW NEW K850i!!! hopefully
this time in workin order.
Reviewed by sHABAb from dENMARk on 20th Oct 2007
tHIS pHONE IS soooo nice iTS THE BEST PHONE sONY eRRICSSON eVER MADE.
iF u doNT HAVE iT yOU aRE nOT hOT! :D
Reviewed by chris from uk on 20th Oct 2007
Been waiting for the phone for months and months, and now its here not
disappointed. Managed to get hold of the phone with the blue trim,its
attractive to look at, Its heavy enough not to be a problem slipping
out of your pocket without you realising it. Battery life is very good,
And it also features a light, but couldn't find that out until the phone
arrived, (not mentioned on any site i,ve looked at). Apart from the
fact the phone gets covered in fingerprints because of its glossy finish,
I cant fault it. Well what are you waiting for? Get yourself one right
Reviewed by John from UK on 20th Oct 2007
Keypad is makes the phone extremely hard to use
Reviewed by everton chris from England on 20th
I've had this phone for a couple of days now and i have to say it's
excellent. There are only two things i can find wrong with it. The first
isn't a major problem (except to your wallet!) as it's simply the amount
of memory on the actual phone and the fact that they only give you a
512mb micro card (i have just purchased a 4gb memory card which i would
recommend) In all fairness to sony ericsson the phone does come packed
with a hell of a lot of software loaded into it s i guess that takes
away a lot of the phones internal memory. The other problem isn't so
easily fixed, The three soft keys at the top of the keypad and just
under the screen do take a bit of getting used to but then you realise
that they are a very good idea, the problem comes from when you are
speaking on the phone and the keys start working just from having them
close to the side of your face, mainly a problem when using voicemail
or something that you have to input numbers as you find yourself having
to go back through to the main screen before you can slect what you
want. This doesn't distract from the overal phone to much though and
i would deffinetly recommend it, hopefully soon I'll remember to hold
the handset a little bit away from my face and the problem will go away.
Reviewed by nikolas stephanou from limassol on
19th Oct 2007
its very good but very expensive than other mobiles in cyprus
Reviewed by Emma from UK on 19th Oct 2007
I love SE phones, but this one is driving me crazy. So much that I may
go back to my chunky but perfectly formed K810i - the touch keys on
the screen are totally crazy: i've managed to send about 6 texts to
my poor friend Adam who is first in my phone book, just cos when you're
on a call there's no way of deactivating the touchscreen, and my face
had been pressing buttons. I rang SE and there's no way of disabling
the touchscreen so that the phone bahves itself when you talk. I've
also had recordings made on the phone due to the 'face pressing buttons'
problem. It's a total nightmare. I cannot believe SE made such a high
profile and lovely looking phone (luminous green is HOT) and didn't
bother to get ppl to make calls on it first! Huge oversight, so I can't
recommend the phone. Steer clear.
Reviewed by lisa from england on 18th Oct 2007
Outstanding phone, great design,stylish and easy to navigate and use,
great camera, def the best phone i have owned so far!!!
Reviewed by BaronMarko from Croatia on 18th Oct
The phone buttons are small...And the mobile is ugly...I think to this
mobile is overrated....To me Nokia N95 have a little better design and
much more applications...On the first look n95 is like a everyday mobile
but when you search the all appliations you will se to it is much better
than this bad looking mobile....Disappointed
Reviewed by TOONfan from England on 18th Oct 2007
I have just received this fon today an i have to say i am very impressed.
I have read quite a few negative reviews about it but i dnt get all
the negativity, this fone is class! I love the touch sensitive buttons
and have taken to them so quickly it is hard to use normal buttons on
my other fone lol. The camera is great along with the flash, i also
think te fone is really suarve and sophisticated looking. I will be
honest though, I was expecting a few more features and also the buttons
are a bit small and the casing a bit tacky feeling and picks up too
many finger prints etc. However, these are minor issues and dont really
spoil the fone but just could of been improved before releasing, oh
well. This mobile is great and on o2 for 35 quid with the fone free
is a great deal, no network logo or dedicated network key either which
is good. I love sony ericssons and this has done them justice, the camera
is just awesome :D i was just wondering if any of you have a blue version
do the blue strips on the side light up at all? mine dnt Also clearly
on a leaflet inside the box it shows you not to hold the phone with
your fingers near the flash, that is why some pictures come out all
Reviewed by Darren from Essex, uk on 18th Oct
This is the best phone i have owned to date. It is well designed and
has kept Sony's DNA. Ease of use and good funcionality. would recommend
to buy!! Glad to see the annoying joysick has been deleted from this
facelift. why carry a digital camera when you have this phone.
Reviewed by Hass from UK on 18th Oct 2007
"It's definitely less bricklike in its looks", I totally disagree, I
got the k750 and it’s much smaller and better looking than this
phone. The phone is good but the design is extremely awful, in addition,
the keypad is very hard to use and navigate, the phone buttons are small
and flimsy. Overall I'm highly disappointed in this phone.
Reviewed by Matthew Roberts from UK on 17th Oct
Just received K850i , great features , but build quality down from k800i
in terms of plastic case and overall durability. Also the touch screen
controls are not responsive and can easliy be pressed accidentally.
Also why is this phone released on vodaphone when you cannot download
any games from vodaphone live as it refuses to recognise the phone,
a good phone as opposed to a great phone like the 800i
Reviewed by Gemma from Wigan on 17th Oct 2007
Just purchased this phone yesterday, charged it etc, and noticed a fault
already with it! I chose the blue one and the lights around the edging
and on part of the centre keys are meant to light up blue when you recieve
a text message or a phonecall and even when you turn the phone off and
on, but guess what the blue lights on my phone DO NOT light up! Also
i had a K800i and i have to say i honestly cannot tell the difference
in picture quality, and when you take pictures with this phone sometimes
its just a black screen no picture?? The keypad is awful, the buttons
are to far apart and the way that they are raised with tiny square pads
is unreal, im a mega fast texter and i cannot for the life of me text
on this phone, i dont like the fact that you cannot change the 2 short
cut keys what say contacts and media, the touchscreen is great but when
your in a call now instead of it saying end call in the bottam corner
you dont have that option anymore, you have to physically end the call
by clicking a button on the actual keypad further down, im sending mine
back after only 4 hours of having it due to its faults and im unsure
now whether to get another? Its also heavier than the K800i and wider
although its not as long. Its not a very stylish looking phone if im
honest, im really gutted cos i love sony ericson but i have to say im
very disapointed! :-(
Reviewed by Rob from uk on 17th Oct 2007
Had this phone for 2 days now and had no problem with it . Takes a bit
of use getting use to the buttons but after that all good . cam good
Reviewed by anon from u.k on 17th Oct 2007
Got this phone on sunday and i'm not very happy. The touch screen menu
button needs touching half a dozen times before it registers and the
speaker/ringtones stopped working. I've gone and took it back for a
replacement and i'll see how the replacement goes.
Reviewed by helen from uk on 17th Oct 2007
Very disapointed! looks like its from the 90's not a brick more a block!
cheap looking and feeling and the back panel scratches easily. my advise
is its a phone want a decent camera buy a camera!
Reviewed by Dave from Scotland on 17th Oct 2007
I have been buying mobile phones since the very beginning when my mates
just thought i was a poser and i can honestly say that this is the best
phone i have had,it is easy to use with great menus,touch screen, how
many times have we heard of a new mobile stating that it really is a
digital camera too, well take it from me, this is the first, it is like
half a camera and half mobile, but packed with all other goodies too,
i had the samsung g600 with 5mp camera too and it just wasn't the same,
i have sold my mp3,mobile and digital camera and bought the k850i, after
all you always take you mobile with you but not always the mp3 and camera
so it makes sence
Reviewed by Joan from England on 17th Oct 2007
I was left disappointed by it, and was an accurate reflection of the
reviews that have been written by reviewers and disappointed buyers.
The keypad takes a bit of getting used to. The camera was disappointing
- this is meant to be a cybershot! Some software crashes even on the
first day left a bad taste in my mouth. Do yourself a favour and don't
waste your money on this overpriced and overrated phone.
Reviewed by TommyInLondon from UK on 16th Oct
If you're buying this sort of toy you will accept the fact that comparing
to other mobiles this one is quite big and heavy. After my order was
delivered I was a bit dissapointed to see that the blue version has
silver edges, it looks stubpid, but after all I didn't buy it for the
looks. In fact I bought is as I was considering getting a good digital
camera and thought since this is 5MP I could actually get this and kill
to birds with one stone as at the same time I was tired of the fact
that my Samsung thinks slower than I do. The K850i is only missing two
things: WiFi and Windows Mobile (so that I could use skype on it and
forget about phone bills). The camera is not as great as I thought it
would be. The pictures are quite good but the colors might dissapoint
you. One thing I love about SE mobiles is the ease of navigating through
all the options. No Nokia, Samsung or other Motorolla (especially Moto)
is this easy to get used to. After my first K750i I just couldn't use
any other phone (had a Samsung and a few Nokias since) untill I finally
got this one. It's reliable, easy to use, looking good, with great sound
quality and lots of options, surely better than any NOKIA or Samsung
(not mentioning the never changing Moto) Just don't buy it for the camera...
Reviewed by SEAN from NORTHERN IRELAND on 16th
Ive had mobiles since 1995 and over past few years ive had approx 3
per year and i can honestly say that this is the best by quite a long
way.....it is a bit of a brick but look at wots in the phone and it
really needs to be big.. Dont mess with other phones..this is AWESOME...
But its not for the ladies....real mans phone...go on lads get urself
one...o2 30quid a month..free phone
Reviewed by Kelvin from England on 16th Oct 2007
Have been waiting a while for this phone and just recieved it through
o2. Was it worth the wait..? Well yes and no.. Whilst the camera is
easily the best yet on a phone there are a few niggles here and there
that stop this being a 5 star phone. Firstly it creeks! Whilst txting
or pressing buttons the back of the phone creeks! Whilst a minor matter
it doesnt give the phone an expensive "feel". It is also a finger print
magnet! You will be forever cleaning this phone as the back and the
front pick up everything! The keys are also a little small and the obvious
problem of wrapping the directional keys round the 2 and 5 keys becomes
apparant to anyone with large fingers! Having said all that it is a
nice phone and will do pretty much everything you`d expect and does
it with style. Little known is the fully fledged Walkman player with
megabass and the headphones supplied are of superb quality. The software
that comes with the phone tho typical Sony and is tricky to get to grips
with at first. So back to simple drag and drop! So 4 and a half stars
for me as the creek and finger prints are annoying!!!
Reviewed by dave from uk on 16th Oct 2007
poor pictures in low lighting conditions.will keep my K800I
Reviewed by johnny from uk on 16th Oct 2007
this phone is great good photos but the look is not really that good
but this phone is good im not sure if its better than G600 but it cant
match nokia n95 n95 is the best at the moments
Reviewed by Spasimr from Bulgaria on 16th Oct
This is nice telefon ,i love it.
Reviewed by Dave from Cheshire on 16th Oct 2007
Awful touch screen controls RUIN an otherwise good phone. I've had the
K800i and after using that I swore I would never purchase another brand
of phone. The K800i wasn't the lightest or the slimmest of phones, but
it "felt" quality, the build was awesome, the plastic had an expensive
feel to it, the camera was awesome. Sadly, it looks as if I'll be sticking
with the K800i for a while. I got the K850i the other day and near-enough
put it through the window within 15 minutes. The touch screen controls
are schizophrenic, they can't make up their mind if they wanna be ultra-sensitive
(push up on the dpad and it selects for you instead) or completely dead
to the world (20 pushes and NOTHING happens). The keypad overall is
TOO small - who do Sony Ericsson think we are, midgets? The phone itself
feels cheap, the plastic feels like it would break with the slightest
knock. In the mean time I'm going to have to look at purchasing another
brand of phone, probably my second favourite - Samsung. While I'm in
the minority, avoid this phone. Especially if you have big fingers or
get annoyed easily.
Reviewed by David from UK on 16th Oct 2007
What a phone! Touch screen, auto-rotate when viewing pics (u tilt the
phone and image will rotate automatically), camera quality second to
none! Perfect! OUTSTANDING phone!
Reviewed by Louise from England on 16th Oct 2007
Got the k850i yesterday and I have to say I am quite impressed. The
design is nice, although I have to say he keypad is going to take some
getting used to after going from the k800i to this. Very small, difficult
to use buttons but other than that fantastic. I previously had the samsung
g600 which i sent back bitterly dissapointed with the camera, the k850i
certainly lives up to the hype for me. Well done sony!
Reviewed by Aaron from England on 15th Oct 2007
I have just received the K850i and have sent it back to O2. For me the
keypad is a real draw back, navigation was cumbersome and sluggish.
I know specifications wise this phone is superior but if it is not user
friendly it is a waste in my opinion. Speed text with those tiny keys
is a no-go.
Reviewed by Ben from UK on 15th Oct 2007
Just got this phone and it's realy great. I have had an 810i previously
and didn't really want to ditch the walkman function but the 850i has
just as good a music player. Having a medium-end digi camera that has
all of the main functions of a seperate one means I don't have to carry
my camera with me when I go out now, and I have a great MP3 player.
The phone looks really futuristic and all the functions work really
well. The only gripes I have is that when using a 4gb memory card it
slows the phone down a bit and the buttons take a bit of getting used
to as they are pretty small. Also why do Vodafone insist on having that
stupid live button that gets hit now and then meaning you are connected
to the web? And how the do you get rid of the protected files - I don't
want rubbish game demos on my phone! All in all tho a great piece of
kit and highly recommended.
Reviewed by James from United Kingdom on 15th
I've just trialed 5 new phones and sent them all back Samsung u700,
Nokia N95 etc. But the k850i i kept with. I have one little gripe the
buttons take getting used to in time but other than that the phone is
responsive funky looking good screen, good sound and the photo quality
is brilliant ON A PHONE!. So take it from me trying the latest phones
i stuck with the K850i Brilliant! Also reliable.
Reviewed by Mobile guy from United Kingdom on
15th Oct 2007
Just got this phone at the weekend and I can honestly say that I have
never been more impressed with any other phone I had in the past (including
the P900 when it first came out) The phone itself is gorgeous and I
think the fact that the 3 touch sensitive buttons are an excellent addition(why
was it not mentioned in the review). The buttons are small but no where
as fiddly as the W580i. The touch sensitive buttons just make it cool
and stand out more. The phone itself is also motion sensitive so it
can stabilise your photos when taking them. It also has a rather cool
game that uses the motion sensors although it can be quite tricky. All
in all, this phone is the nuts!!
Reviewed by Andrew Knox from Scotland on 15th
Received this Phone friday past and it's by the far the most advance
piece of equipment i've had! The 5.0mp Cybershot camera is fantastic
and all the other features makes it up to be an oustanding phone! Definately
everything you need in a mobile!
Reviewed by tony montana from miami on 14th Oct
a,azing fone. beter than the n95
Reviewed by geo from uk on 14th Oct 2007
Reviewed by Steven Mckeown from Northern Ireland on
14th Oct 2007
Another fine job by Sony Ericsson. Have just upgraded from the W850
and thought as the camera on it was dismal (no auto-focus) and i thought
I was going to miss the walkman feature, but the K850i media player
is excellent and camera picture detail is superb. The touch screen is
a nice touch and the keys for texting are good, just the c & shortcut
button are a bit small and the phone comes with a 512mB card included
to get you up and running until you order your 4gb card
Reviewed by Emma C from Scotland on 14th Oct 2007
Have bn using this phone for 4days, and its great! Keys were a bit tricky
at first but after a days use I got the hang of them. This is the phone
that has everything and Im really pleased with it so far!
Reviewed by KMan from England on 13th Oct 2007
This phones is amazing, well worth picking it up from the DHL depot
at 8am this mrning before i had wrk. The camera is awesome!! video is
much improved over previous SE models. love the design, kicks the g600s
and n95s ass!!!!! get a k850i now!!
Reviewed by bradm from UK on 13th Oct 2007
The phone, feels cheap and the menu pad is a poor design, the touch
screen buttons are difficult, and require 1-2 or three presses to confirm,
the phone looks bulky and the buttons are of poor quality. Forget the
camera functions, you’re buying a phone and what ever Sony Ericsson
have done they need to undo and fast. This phone has no where near the
quality feel that the K800 had. Try before you buy !!!!!.
Reviewed by Rachelle from Noddyland on 13th Oct
AMAZiNG PHON3 xo.
Reviewed by James from Scotland on 13th Oct 2007
Got the k850 yesterday and so far have been really impressed with it.
There have been a couple of software glitches like the camera flash
going off out of sync with the shutter - producing a big black picture,
and then the volume button not working apart form showing the phone
status but they were sorted by restarting the application or the phone.
The accelerometer is fantastic and its that along with the other wee
details make it really cool; the light that comes on momentarily round
the lens when the camera is turned on is pointless but rather flashy,
and something really useful that I haven't seen talked about is the
tiny bumps on the edges of the back of the casing keeping the back off
the surface you put it on. I'd thought the touch sensitive buttons were
going to be annoying to use because of the slight delay but there's
a handy indicator on the screen round the button to let you know when
you do touch it. The media centre is also really smart but I'd better
shut up now.
Reviewed by CHRIS BECKETT from UNITED KINGDOM on
13th Oct 2007
AWESOME PHONE... TOP DRAWER!
Reviewed by Gary Sampson from England on 12th
What a phone, smashing, brilliant, cool, exciting, entertaining shall
I go on. The only problem is the keys but after a while you get used
to it. I cant believe how much better the camera is compared to the
N95. I'm also shocked that these guys havent got this phone on there
welcome page, this will in no doubt be phone of the year! Well done
sony you got it spot on!!!
Reviewed by ahmed mohamed mahmoud from Egypt on
11th Oct 2007
its an excellent phone in all features its outstanding
Reviewed by Ricky from uk on 9th Oct 2007
Great phone. Sony ericsson have proven us wrong again. I thought the
k800i was the best phone ever but this is just the best phone eve. And
by the looks of it, it going to stay like that for a long long time!!!
Reviewed by JJ from UK on 9th Oct 2007
All I can say is: WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!! This is an amazing
phone - Had a Nokia 7390 b4 which cost alot of money and was the pits.
I got this free with O2 and I can say I dont think i'll ungrade ever
again!! - BUY THIS PHONE :-D - (in blue;-p!)
Reviewed by ACKO from UK on 7th Oct 2007
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fantastic phone just upgraded from the k800i dont agree about the blue
colour been a kawasaki motorbike rider green is the only colour for