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Sony Ericsson P800 review

 Review: May 2003  
 

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: A high spec PDA-style phone with integrated digital camera.



 

Review

The Sony Ericsson P800 is a multimedia phone with an integrated digital camera. It has a large colour screen with a pen-based user interface, making it appear much more like a PDA than a conventional mobile phone. The TFT screen has 4096 colours, and is of high quality, although it easily scratches.

The Sony Ericsson P800 doesn't just look like a PDA, it has many PDA-style functions. For example, its email manager can be synchronised with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, and can handle attachments including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, it also has polyphonic ringtones, Java games, multimedia capabilities and of course the camera. Now replaced by the Sony Ericsson P900.


Sony Ericsson P800 features include:

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Reviewed by walter f from UK on 7th Dec 2010
I OWN 2 P800'S and what fun they r far supperior than my LG VIEWTY in msging and other annoying fiddly bits on touchscreen phone pads etc ok the camera is not got the spec on LG but i can live it i always use my p800 whenever i can
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Reply by heavenlee kopa from australia on 27th Mar 2014
would you be able to tell me how much you payed for one of them please :) greatly appreciated! :)

Reviewed by vicky from UK on 23rd Feb 2010
sony ercisson p800 set is a very beautiful mobile but not uses to msges so dn;t like to p800 set
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Reviewed by Kimzyhoe from UK on 31st Jul 2009
I miss my P800 first cool mobile I ever got! :( and the first time I seen Internet on a mobile I mind google loading up slowly. I had a cam on my phone and I could fit WOW three whole mp3's!!!!!!!!! and on the train listing to the same song over and over tresured memorys.;)
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Reviewed by ANTHONY from UK on 9th Dec 2008
LOVE THE P800 BUTT NEED A CIRCUIT BOARD BECAUSE MINE IS DAMAGED, NOT CHARGING THE BATTERY AT ALL. NEED A NEW ONE AND CANT GET ONE. CAN SOMEONE FIND ME ONE.
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Reviewed by emma from UK on 9th Oct 2008
i was just given a p800 it seems ok only if i could get the bluetooth to work.
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Reviewed by tio from UK on 22nd Jul 2008
im a child now my phone is siny ericsson p800 its enaugh for me.with touch screen and mp3 thats very-very enaugh for me .with bluetooth and infrared im very happy have this phone because i want this phone from longtime ago..
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Reviewed by Sunday from UK on 8th Jul 2008
am realy enjoy sony ericsson p800. but i need to ask if someone can use another big memory card for it, becos the memory card in it is very small for application. thanks
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Reviewed by Teza from UK on 19th Jun 2008
Great phone had it since 2003 today June 2008 and it still works very well the cover is a bit worn and list some of the sticks but its still running fine. Best phone ever I wont change it until it is completly gone.
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Reviewed by Sunday from UK on 10th Jun 2008
I love P800 but is very complex to use. i bought it just recently and i will be happy to use it. please any guide to use it from u sir.
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Reviewed by magma from UK on 11th May 2008
i think this is a goos fone for kids
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Reviewed by Brotherjorge from UK on 20th Mar 2008
The phone is fantastic, had it for ages never let me down. I'd still be using it if I had not been given an i-phone. Only loses because of phone features available now.
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Reviewed by Shumail hussain from UK on 18th Jan 2008
I am using P800 for 3 years and i found it the very Good cell phone if you want more detail and software contact me its ep_kiyahota7@hotmail.com - shumail_smarty@yahoo.com I have many software for p800
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Reviewed by TB YIP from UK on 29th Sep 2007
I bought this phone back in 2003. I am a technological gadget lover. This phone is fantastic, still working perfectly in everyday use. Now I have bought the second battery. The original battery is getting weaker and only last for 2 days. I can't believe this phone can last forever. By installing several good application softwares (e.g. advanced music player etc.) this phone is still rocked. Bluetooth worked smoother with many other much more modern mobile. I have some of later version mobile/pdas (Nokias, Motorolas, O2 XDA series), I still prefer this classic P800. I never even considered to changed to the newer P9XX (Sony Ericsson might not like this). By the way, I am aware of the newer technology advancedment as I am a research academic in this field. Bravo Sony-Ericsson.
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Reviewed by evans from UK on 5th Sep 2007
im from seychelles and got a p800 in uk, im loving it, its great ,its like having your own window xp desktop computer... great job S.E
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Reviewed by Sibusiso Blessing from UK on 14th Aug 2007
When I tried sending MMS with my lovely P800,It just froze and did not want to turn on again and do not know what the reason behinde it.
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Reviewed by davender dahiya from UK on 2nd Aug 2007
it's a bad phone. screen tuch is only good optain. it's no other theam. any body know about other theam. plese tell me from mail at "sexyboy_dahiya@yahoo.com
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Reviewed by salman from UK on 2nd Jul 2007
damn good phone
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Reviewed by rafat from UK on 15th Jun 2007
that a good phone
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Reviewed by Dr M Afzal Malik from UK on 28th Apr 2007
has best performence but low speed in searching and for passport sites.
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Reviewed by ammar from UK on 16th Apr 2007
too old no video recorder
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Reviewed by Jake from UK on 4th Apr 2007
I bought this phone yesterday, its brilliant. The camera is a bit low quality but I'm a kid and I dont mind about the camera. I like gadgets, So anyone who likes phones like this should buy it.. BTW (The phone looks rubbish with the keypad on it like the one above!!)
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Reviewed by Bob Clarkson from UK on 14th Mar 2007
This phone really deserves better than the review above - it's a museum piece now, thanks to the white heat of innovation and all that, but it's still an amazing piece of kit really - the first true smartphone that really delivered the goods, combining a decent touchscreen PDA with a music player and camera, all wrapped up in a very useable phone. I had this phone for 2 years in the end, which is about a 1 year longer than I kept any other contract phone, and it was simply for the reason that the P800 just outclassed everything else. The follow-up models that SE replaced it with - the P900 a year later, and the P910 a year after that - may have looked a bit more corporate, and had a few cosmetic improvements, but really added nothing for the money. The P800 was so far ahead of its time, it's only really in the last year that the rise of things like 3G, Wifi, and faster processors have meant other phones catching up and exceeding the P800's abilities. And even then, the latest range of Sony Ericsson smartphones (direct successor the P990, and stablemates M600 and W950) have proven very dissapointing, with BIG reliability problems that the trusty old P800 never suffered from. I sold my P800 a year or so ago, for a reasonable price too, and I'm starting to regret it now. I think in years to come, this phone will be held up as an example of the humble mobile's evolution, and one of the real highpoints charted along the way.
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Reviewed by mina nabeeh from UK on 4th Mar 2007
i really loved that phone very much.
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Reviewed by scarface from UK on 18th Feb 2007
I LOVE IT ALL U PEAPLE SHOULD 2
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Reviewed by toneszolovidge from UK on 4th Feb 2007
good fone
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Reviewed by zura from UK on 3rd Feb 2007
this phone are VERYYYYY GOOOOOOOOd
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Reviewed by Anu from UK on 21st Jan 2007
Too bulky One of the poorly desined product Poor performance One of the worst produt by Sony Flip phone function is worst. PDa id good to some extent Overall-Not worth
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Reviewed by Paddy Sexton (daniel) from UK on 10th Jan 2007
i found this phone in a garbage bin. i stole the battery and charger. i use the school electricty to chrage it. even though its scratch, it still works perfectly.
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Reviewed by gomba1993 from UK on 10th Jan 2007
i hav p800 and this is a very good mobile not average. Exellent
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Reviewed by Carl Bonnett from UK on 15th Dec 2006
I bought my p800 in October 2003 and still have it. It is the best. The features on the phone are now appearing in other phones and not even all at once. I have recommended the phone to many of my friends, some of whom purchased it. I can't do without it especially when it comes to sending text. I do not intend going back to punching buttons in order to send text.
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Reviewed by adam from lincolmshire on 29th Dec 2005
was a good fone until the software went awol and shuts itself dwn,and thescreen goes white,if anybody is planning on buying one they are good while they last,if they last
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Reviewed by amir hosein from my lovely iran on 19th Nov 2005
very good phon.exellent
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Reviewed by Martin from Thailand on 13th Nov 2005
Hi Tara, to use music stored on your PC, first make sure it is either in MP3 or WAV format. If not, there are many programs available to convert audio files to these formats. The lower the bit rate you select for this, the smaller the file will be. I think the largest Memory Stick Duo that works in the P800 is 128mb which won't hold that much music. When you get your P900 I believe you can use a Memory Stick PRO Duo up to 1 gigabyte in size. All you do is dock and connect your phone, open Windows Explorer, and then the contents of the P800. Then drag the audio files from their location on the PC to either the internal or external (Memory Stick) memory. Once they're in the phone you can rearrange them.
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Reviewed by Tara from UK on 10th Nov 2005
I love this phone. I got a new Sharp with my new contract and couldn't get on with it so went back to the Sony. The touch screen is soo cool and does absolutely everything you need it to. I will be getting the P900 when i renew in February. Only thing is How do you put music from your PC on it? I've had it for 18 months now, never had a prob - ever and it works like the day i bought it. Buy the extra bit to sit the phone in to link to the PC - that's a fab idea & i use it loads.
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Reviewed by Martin Amada from Thailand on 4th Nov 2005
Anyone who doesn't want to keep buying new flip covers can replace the little tabs that inevitably break off. You need a CD, a tube of super glue, a mini hacksaw, a small pair of needle nose pliers, a small flat file, and a clamping device. Clamp the CD securely to a tabletop with a little bit hanging over the edge. Cut a small piece from it about the size of the tab that fell off. File one edge smooth, and file the vertical surface of the flip where the tab came off. Use a strong light so you can see well, and pinch the new tab with the tips of the pliers. Apply some super glue and stick it on, but be careful to maintain the correct distance from the tab to the flip's surface. It's critical. Practice a few times with the pliers before you apply the glue. It may not last forever, but if you do it right, you'll get a few more months, then you can do it again. Or, buy a P900 if you have more dough than me!
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Reviewed by BIG JOE from GHANA on 1st Nov 2005
I recommend this for anyone....wow this phone is everything...go for it
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Reviewed by Sunil from UK on 22nd Sep 2005
I've had this phone forover a year now. Great features and loads of downloadable stuff like handy day (fancy organiser) and handy safe (keeps personal info in secure way) but SO very bulky anda real pain to carry around. The flip broke after about 11 months but doesn't bother me. Cannot hear the phone if its in your bag or pocket. Camera is OK. Good features are bluetooth, MP3, expandable memory, loads of software available. I'm looking for something a lot smaller now.
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Reviewed by Jahania from pakistan on 18th Sep 2005
It is a dam boring phone dudes never buy this one.it has poor coulor quality and a low quality camera. only screen touch is its good feature...
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Reviewed by khawar chishti from pakistan on 10th Sep 2005
its a brialiant phone,,,having one problam it cant set mp3 as ring tones,or i dont know how i hav to set it,, if any body know about this problam kindly kindly reply me at may_be_yours@hotmail.com thanking you in advance... khawar chishti
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Reviewed by Steve from US on 2nd Sep 2005
Had this phone nearly two years now (longer than any other) and it's never let me down. Much more durable than it's given credit for, and very expandable also - it's stood the test of time as both phone and PDA for me.
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Reviewed by Maria from UK on 13th Aug 2005
This phone has some good features but for the most part it really sucks! I paid too much money and its absolutely a waste of $$$$$. The flip brakes easily( cheap material) and touch screen is so sensitive that I was calling someone 10 times or more w/o me even knowing it. SORRY BUT I DO NOT AND WILL NOT RECCOMEND THIS PHONE. THANKS!
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Reviewed by Sandy Pike from Singapore on 5th Aug 2005
I bought this phone in July 03. Just before the warranty ran out, there was a major software problem. I took the phone in and the complete board was replaced under warranty. Exactly 1 year later, the same problem has occurred (immediately after I went into the service centre to get a new cover put on the phone, as one of the hinges had broken) - and when I wanted to get the problem fixed, they told me in Singapore that the board had gone and it wasn't worth fixing, as it would cost me $800 to repair! (This was after they had had the phone for 3 days, and only after incessant chasing on the phone.) This phone cost me $1000 just 2 years ago. The service dept has been totally unhelpful and I will never purchase another Sony Ericsson phone. You don't expect something that you have spent so much money on to last such a short time! Imagine if the board had gone 2 weeks after the warranty the first time, instead of just before? The service agent told me "These phones are only made to last about a year". So my recommendation is don't buy Sony Ericsson.
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Reviewed by Mal Brew from UK on 4th Aug 2005
Simply a great phone. PDA very good, touch screen a good feature. MP3 in a class of its own. Camera and poor quality flip the only downside. Flip of poor quality and damages easily. Camera poor in low light and strong sunlight. So many features it will keep you busy for months.
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Reviewed by LJ from Wales, UK on 28th Jul 2005
I totally agree with all of the positive comments about this phone. A P800 that I bought 12 months ago was blacklisted, so I decided to look for another phone. Having scoured the market, nothing (even now!) comes close to this PDA/phone. So I bought another one! If you can live without 3G (which most people can), you can't go wrong. The power of a laptop in your palm.
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Reviewed by Dinos from UK on 28th Jul 2005
I think it is a great phone. I dropped it three times from 1m onto stone floor but it is perfectly OK. The only disadvantage is, according to my opinion, is that you cannot find apps in internet... Actually a GREAT phone.
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Reviewed by zach from usa on 27th Jul 2005
only thing i dont like it the poor signal...gona try one of those signal boosters sooner later only poor signal in rural parts or orlando (if there is such).....bought it used from a friend who now has the 910i...150 bucks cant go wrong...good phone good text
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Reviewed by Dave from Manchester; U.K on 14th Jul 2005
In all fairness the P800 is a reasonable performer but like all technologically precocious gadgetry the phone requires time and perseverence on behalf of its user to reveal the aspects that made the phone attractive in the first place. Yes it's relatively large, yes it's relatively heavy but after three years I've no major gripes with its useability. Initially it reveals itself as being, operationally at least, highly intuitive, but further probing uncovers so many features that blind intuition is no longer sufficient to maximise its potential; like it or not you have to read the manual!!! In all the time I've used the phone it has never locked up on me, but sometimes it does take an irritatingly long time to figure out exactly what it is supposed to be doing, even when to me it may seem patently clear. On one desperate occasion however the phone did take it upon itself to wipe clean all my data, but phones such as these are like offspring, they don't come without their im perfections, a fact that can be overlooked with a healthy dose of humility. In short, if you want a phone for idiots then don't buy a P800, but if you are prepared for some hardwork and tolerance then I really cannot see what more anyone could expect from a Phone/PDA. If you're the kind of person that REALLY makes use of your Phone/PDA and expects perfection then you'll be perpetually disappointed irrespective of whichever model you choose to buy, therefore you may as well go for one of the least imperfect models available. Buy a P800.
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Reviewed by Joseph T from UK on 25th Jun 2005
Outstanding except for Sony Ericsson's failure to develop and deliver the Camcorder Softwares for the P800 to all its customers that make Sony Ericsson!
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Reviewed by manuar from uk on 13th Jun 2005
I have owned the P800 for almost 2.5 years and the best feature I have found is the battery life is absolutely incredible. After such a long time of daily continuous usage, you would expect the original battery to falter, but this battery just keeps going on for days. Naturally, using Bluetooth for hours in the car for GPS purposes, I keep the phone plugged in. Other features of the phone are also excellent, as stated by most authors. I have not felt the need to 'upgrade' to the P9 yet as there is not a significant improvement and like most authors, I will wait for the next giant step in this generation of pda/phone.
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Reviewed by Jaggi from NZ on 3rd Jun 2005
BEST PHONE! Now I am going to buy P910i
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Reviewed by Johnny from Scotland on 25th May 2005
I've had this phone for about a year and it's one of the best things ever made !!! You can do EVERYTHING with it !!! Well done Sony Ericsson, well done.
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Reviewed by Tony from UK on 13th May 2005
I have had this phone for about a week now, it is really good, i'm @ uni and initially wanted to buy a PDA but then thought HEY lets buy this thing instead. Worth evey penny and has many outstanding advantages over a normal mobile phone. Well done sony ericsson, well done.
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Reviewed by Jack from England on 12th May 2005
The P800 is a great phone you need to buy one of these. It's got a great camera on it.I love the touch screen on it.
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Reviewed by jack from Holland on 26th Apr 2005
Its really bad, the screens gets mucked up so easily and i hate the touch screen idea IT SUCKS BIG TIME PEOPLE!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Doctor from Dubai on 21st Apr 2005
I am using this phone for more than 2 years and I love it. I keep thinking of upgrading my phone to P910i but neeah. I am going to wait few months as Sony might -just might- release a newer generation. The P800 has a very bad camera and I never used to play music (I assume it sucks!!), but it is great phone/PDA. It might seem pointless for new buyers to get this phone when there is a P910 on the market. Over all I the P800 despite the fact the flip is fragile and failed when subjected to pressure. I am keeping my P800 until Sony release its newer phone from this series, whenever that is. P.S. I mentioned all the negatives because they were few; it is not humanly possible to go through all the things I love about this phone. Any one else thinking of an upgrade
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Reviewed by ron evan from philippines on 18th Apr 2005
it's one of the nicest phones i ever had. my p800 is just a swap from my previous phone, nokia 6600. for me p800 is much better than 6600 because it is touch screen, pda and you can transfer files from computer..wide screen and you will enjoy playing games. mp3 is also good. but now i will switch and swap it to Sony Ericsson K700i. buy p800! it's nice to use!
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Reviewed by james ? from england on 14th Apr 2005
this is a rather good phone when it came out it was the best phone in the world better than any blackberry at the time now it is old and is still one of the best phones out there every time i pick up my freinds phone i keep touching the screen and they say what are you doing and it is because the screen on the p800 is so soft and good to use i personally cant use buttons now i now own a sony ericsson p910i it is a much better phone than a p800 but the p800 has more crurves it feels good in your hand and has loads of unique and distinced looks and has everthing you ever need on a phone mp3/video playback/jotter/internet/calenda it even has a control pannel which is impressive and lets not for get the camara or communicam it is just a brilliant phone full stop.
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Reviewed by Jetwalsh from canada on 13th Apr 2005
Well, i like the phone, my only issue with it. BIG ISSUE. very very bad signal strength... its horrible. also some people have a hard time hearing you, specially when you are in the car... The phone is selling for 200$ in canada, for that kind of money, you cant go wrong,, but i wouldnt pay much more. if you dont need the CAM or MP3, get yourself a balckberry.
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Reviewed by Nathan Porter from uk on 25th Mar 2005
this phone is the best in its class and i would buy one any day of the week the only thing is the bluetooth is not so good it wount conect to any think if its not sony ericsson but thats it i love this phone andthe prise is good about 100 used so thats outstaning so get one i bet you will love it.
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Reviewed by Tim from UK on 24th Mar 2005
It's a little sad to see some of the negative comments here; having had this phone for a year on contract, I liked it so much that when I got the next free contract phone I gave that to my girlfriend, and kept the P800. Why? Because nothing else compares to it, aside from the P900 or P910 - and even they aren't worth the extra. The P800 was one of the first cameraphones, and it was also the first phone to truly be "smart", in my opinion. This is a device that is just as much PDA as phone, and genuinely excels in both departments - in fact, the combination of the two in one package is far greater than the sum of its parts. It's a great contacts manager that also lets you call/sms/mms or email your contacts directly with the stroke of a pen - stick that in your ipaq. Far from being big, this device is SMALL, far smaller than the phone and PDA it manages to replace entirely. The convenience of having everything you need in one pocket is fantastic - once you've got to grips with one of these, you'll never look at anything less. The P800 is businesslike, and fiendishly clever, but it's fun too. The polyphonics are great (any old MIDI or WAV file off the web can be used, no paying for ringtones here) and the VGA camera is good, if not the best in low light. There are a huge number of Symbian apps available for this phone - allowing you to do pretty much anything from edit Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) to play a game of Lemmings. Even supposed "missing" features - like a video-camera mode - can be downloaded and added via 3rd party apps. There's simply no limit to the expandability of this device, or it's "communicator" credentials - I don't just browse the web through Opera on my P800, I help to maintain parts of it with my FTP client, Telnet to my web-server, and chat to friends on MSN at the same time. Physically the P800 is fun to hold and use, and with a bit of practice the stylus and built-in handwriting recognition work very well together - you won't need any other input method, although there's a "virtual" qwerty keyboard as a fall back. The flip down phone keypad is excellent in my opinion, acting as a quick and easy way to switch quickly between traditional "phone mode" and PDA, but can be removed entirely if you prefer - leaving that nice big colour screen out in the open. Despite some of the comments here, I haven't found that screen very easy to break or scratch, even after eighteen months - but then a little sensible care goes a long way. I won't be parted from my trusty P800 till the P910 gets a lot cheaper (ie free) - in the meantime it remains both the best mobile phone, best mp3 player, and most useful little PDA I've ever owned.
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Reviewed by Dery Nuranis from Indonesia on 18th Mar 2005
Great Mobile Phone with sooooo many feature!!! Long Live The King (Sony Ericsson)
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Reviewed by Yossy from Indonesia on 16th Mar 2005
SONY ERICSSON P800 IS SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!! I REALY LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!
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Reviewed by saj from uk on 2nd Mar 2005
dis fone is so nang.....functions are excellent and has a reasonable amount of memory..only problem.....size.....too big!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Stef from UK on 24th Feb 2005
Reading some of the 1 and 2 star reviews above it's hard to believe I have the same phone. Some must have been just plain unlucky but the rest are obviously idiots ("Dis phone really sucks") As for the phone not ringing when the headset's attached - read the manual or check the phone settings, it's configurable. My minuses would be that the handwriting recognition mixes up l, space and t, and that the pale blue colour scheme is insipid; otherwise it's a great phone and far better than the Nokia 3650 I bought it to replace.
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Reviewed by Lavinah Mapako from Zimbabwe on 19th Feb 2005
Ever since i started using this phone, everything about me has changed.I rely on this phone so much that i can never do anything without it.It is like my best friend, when im down it provides entertainment for me, when its business its my diary & my jotter.I love my P800
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Reviewed by ofosu from ghana on 12th Feb 2005
Ever since I had this phone,my life has really change,I used it almost everything I do,it is good for businessmen like me.I recommend this phone for everybody.
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Reviewed by vicky from India on 9th Feb 2005
Great phone man, just picked it up. Internet is simply great and is three times the speed of a nokia 6600. Battery stand by excellent. the camera is however is a big let down. Feel as though you are shooting in the dark all the while. Picture reseloution compared to the 6600, nokia is bad. With all the features and the kind of money you are paying, you sure will miss the camcoder. Apart from these aspects, this is simply the phone you must have. It is a companion and you will never know how time flies. MP-3 is out odf the world, very user friendly, great blu tooth, hand writing recogniser is simply good, MMS is fast, screen is is heavenly, but delicate. In a sentence to describe the phone- its a must have if you know the importance of technology
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Reviewed by Brendan from UK on 8th Feb 2005
I've had this phone for a year and a half. I cannot do my job without it. I use it to organise my life. I use the notepad to draw rough sketches and then download them to my PC to finish them off. The qwerty keyboard makes predictive text redundant. It even has a calculator that looks like a calculator. Oh and it has a reasonable game of chess, which was the main reason I bought it. And I can use it on a plane. And I can make notes on all my clients. Basically it is my PA.
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Reviewed by hassaan from pakistan on 7th Feb 2005
P800 does have bluetooth
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Reviewed by devesh from india on 4th Feb 2005
This phone sucks.I prefer nokia 6600 as atleast it has bluetooth.Dis phone really sucks...............
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Reviewed by ahmed from kuwait on 25th Jan 2005
veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nice
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Reviewed by Ross from England on 9th Jan 2005
Great phone, wish it had video recording and more internal memory! But ay, you cant have it all!!!
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Reviewed by Bruce from Philippines on 18th Dec 2004
I don't know who the heck supplies the other guys their P800's! I bought this phone last week, WHAM!!! I was more than impressed! At first, I thought the screen wasn't really that clear and I have to admit even the 7650's resolution is better than this one. But, what the heck! I'm not a photographer who takes pics all the time. I bought this phone for it's organizer and PDA funtions, and its worth every single penny i bought it for. The flip is sensitive and needs extra care in handling. Even though it's bulky, you're packed with features:) I wouldn't ask for anything in a phone that this one doesn't already have! To excellence!
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Reviewed by Philip McCambridge from Northern Ireland on 13th Dec 2004
Well... I bought this phone because I've always wanted one since the day the came out... For the first few weeks it was in a class above its own... I was able to surf the web via opera, was able to download many videos, take pictures and even install programs/games on it... Mt favourite being LEMMINGS! ( A classic ) The orginal converted exactly as it should be and works nicely on the small screen. After the initial firsdt few weeks to a month of using it the novelty wears of and I find myself going back to a T610 simply because the P800 is just too big... Plus my flip has since broken...so I have to use the virtual flip, which is slightly displeasing... To sum up if you want a phone to bring with you on long journeys like going on a train or an aeroplane ( turn phone onto flight mode ) then this IS the phone for you... But if all you want is a simple easy to use phone, that is small and has many features I would reccommend the T610/T630. No i wouldn't reccomend the K700i REASON: I said SMALL didn't I ;)
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Reviewed by ANTONIO from england on 12th Dec 2004
the 2 sides plastic tooths keeping the flip keypad slightly lifted from the lcd breaked so now any number i digit all the buttons are pressed at once making this phone useless, i know other 3 people with this phone and all had to buy a new flip, this is a manifacture defect and the Sony-Ericsson customer service keep avoiding to talk about it, i am in the way to take legal action against them and i would like to find other people interested on it, PANETTONE98@YAHOO.COM
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Reviewed by Amy from Guernsey on 8th Dec 2004
After swapping this from a T610, the initial excitement of having a flashy phone was a novelty. However..... soon after having the phone, the flip broke, swiftly followed by myself losing the stylus (ok, that;s my fault i know!). It is too bulky and runs out of battery too quickly. Being a hardcore Nokia fan, i was disappointed that it did not have t9 and the fact that the alarm would not sound unless the phone was on led me to being late for numerous days of school! Overall, a lot of money for a lot of rubbish!
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Reviewed by Reza from Wales on 15th Nov 2004
Excellent phone.
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Reviewed by dave sonic from UK on 8th Nov 2004
PROS : exellent kit. holds loads of date using the 128mb card. can get lots of 3rd party 'free' software / videos / games from various sites - the best being www.sep800.mine.nu. this is my diary, daily alarm, scheduler, camera and phone !. can also be used to copy files to/from bluetooth enabled computers as a drive. can use .wav files as ringtones and email alerts (great for taking samples from records !) CONS : a big big, screen only 4096 colours, no video recording (apart from 3rd party philips 3g video recorder which you can buy)
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Reviewed by EGG from DEN/ENG on 27th Oct 2004
DO NOT BUY, STEAL OR EVEN THINK OF DOING EITHER!!!! This phone is a complete waste of time due to the size, bulkyness, flimsyness etc. I bought this phone yseterday and returned it yesterday due to the whole thing packing up. firstly the flippy thing broke, and then i lost the stylus, and to wrap it all up the screen packed in and corrupted my sim card!!! What more could go wrong!!! The fact that i had a nokia before made it really annoying because that had predictive text on and this didn't. You would think when you fork out an arm and a leg for a phone you would at least expect it to have this!!! There is no point in having all of the features it has if you don't need it for work, and you will only realise this after the first hour of buying it, please please please take my advice if you do not want to waste your time, and worry about having it stolen.
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Reviewed by Nas from UK on 20th Oct 2004
This phone is really good for the features. GPRS is ok for basic emailing and IM, will improve by 2005 on nxt revisions. I had a nokia 6310i, which i still think is the best business nokia phone to date based on battery life, design, ease of use & reliability even though you cant surf net other than through wap. So when it came to upgrading there was only p800 else it was a step down. i got it, only to find out the p900 came out week late but was very expensive. Initially i had a bad battery with it, but this was minor. pros - screen size is good - quite expandable memory wise - gprs is good on phone (esp coupled with opera browser) - pda functions work just fine - can store lots of txts - handwriting recognition is brilliant - Alarm + rings are loud cons - screen could be better(p900 has improved screen color) - vga camera (this too is a let down) - keypad abit sturdy (improved on p900) - battery life is 2 days (or sameday if use gprs) - basic software included + trouble getting pc to work with it initially
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Reviewed by ross from UK on 20th Oct 2004
P800 is an amazing phone. got good features...Pros; wayyy cheaper than P900 and P910i, got touch screen interface, got great applications, got big screen for better viewing of pix,videos and gaming, got virtual keyboard(for those who doesn't need predictive text it's good), mp3 and video playback is good enough, no problem in syncronizing with my pc, good reception, good UI, fast internet access, and etc. etc. Cons: only 4K colour and quite wide to handle for a girl lyk me.
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Reviewed by tony.mon from London on 18th Oct 2004
Ok, bought p800 because I don't want to carry a PDA, don't need predictive texting so qwwerty keyboard excellent. Poor reception on T-Mobile, so getting O2 sim and unlocking it. For those who say ringtone is too quiet- try the "Old-Fashioned" tone- scares the **** out of people. None of the other tones come close for volume. I wanted to download my Outlook contact book info, but P800 doesn't allow Category based address book detail, so I can't get just employees, for example. I also wanted to download daily an Excel spreadsheet of clients, but it's too small to read on the screen without scrolling up, down and across. Too laborious. I was trying to get away from carrying peices of paper, and this phone just isn't good enough. Apart from that, the only fun I've had is storing pictures of zoo animals so they come up when my colleagues call in... That's gotta be worth the money! By the way, the Ericsson Bluetooth headset is great!
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Reviewed by sweetrei from philippines on 16th Oct 2004
It was very difficult for me to purchase a phone that will suit my needs and my personality. i was choosing between nokia and sony ericsson products. i was then a nokia user for quite a while but i got very bored with the phone and then i tried one of the SE products which is the T610 and upgraded it to T630. those SE products rocked my world BUT... i have decided to get a phone which is near complete to my needs. accidentaly, i saw a Nokia 6600, 3660, and a SE P800 at a mobile store. but on such comparison... P800 got my heart. it's all complete, a mobile and pc on your pocket! although the screen resolution is only 4,xxx colours but i think the other features just let me forget bout the resolution...but all in all it's a very good phone. but of course if you want better than P800 you can go for P900 or P910i... but if u have a limited budget go back to P800! Thanks for reading...
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Reviewed by Ibrahim Helmy from Egypt on 9th Oct 2004
I can not express with words how I adore this very smart phone, and I appreciate who rated this mobile fairly (5 stars outstanding), I advise everyone wants to buy this mobile to read their reviews, coz it's very usefull. And for the others who didn't understand this mobile and gave it bad rate, I say ...Brilliant P800 smart phone for only smart persons...
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Reviewed by Scott Gray from Great Britain on 2nd Oct 2004
Since I purchased my P800 in July '04 on my 15th birthday I have hardly left it alone. I love the looks of it, it easily the best looking phone i've ever owned and nearly the best looking i've ever seen. The endless applications and software available make it an unparallelled machine along with it sibling, the P900 and P910i. The games are 3D and fantastic. I've just put on a Camcorder which is of good quality, despite it doesn't record sound. The nonces saying 'wah wah wah it's too big' are imbociles, the size is just fine. It may be wide but I personally don't care. The Camera in my opinion is near perfect (despite the lack of zoom) and concidering this phone was released 2 years ago is spectacular. The video playing is fantastic and the MP3 music player is great. It also has hand writing recognition software that is better than most PDA's i've used. It also has Bluetooth and every other connection type, infra-red, cable to a PC or Mac, email, MMS and SMS. One of my mates who fancies himself just got a Nokia flip phone, we sort of argue regulary because the P800 is better than his, even after it cost me 220 and his cost over 350. He is really jealous. (If anyone else agree's that Nokia's are rubbish along with any brand of flip phone email me on scotay_se1@yahoo.co.uk). My brother is also jealous, his excuse for my 220 P800 being better than his 300 Motorola is, 'It's a PDA wah wah wah' (p.s. it's a flip phone to). I am hoping to update the firmware on my phone soon so it can have an even better camcorder, bluetooth and organiser functions. If you are thinking of buying one or can't stretch to the price of a P900 or P910i, I highly recommend you buy a P800, i promice you be disapointed. Thanx for reading!
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Reviewed by rich from on 1st Oct 2004
Can't beleive some of the comments. Although superceded now, the P800 wraps so much up into one package. How can you complain about the size? If you want a small phone it will have a small screen...The P800 screen works well for it's intended purpose. Handwriting recognition is superb and renders T9 obsolete (on this phone). Had mine in my pockets for over a year with flip removed and no scratches or other damage. Looks like there are quality control issues which gives patchy reliability for many people. For me it's been great.
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Reviewed by Andy Lycett from England on 14th Sep 2004
Great phone, does most things very well.Does crash every so often but like all technical equipment switch off/switch on and everything is OK again.Photo quality compared to Nokia is not fantastic but good enough.Simple to use but a little large but I suppose if you want all the goodies you have to have a lump in your pocket!!
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Reviewed by shivraj from UK on 11th Sep 2004
i've had a p800 for over a year now. i use it without the flip and treat it with no mercy.sure we've all experienced the 'hold power butten for ten secs' reset phenomenon but let me assure you that this is one of the best smart phones in the market. i have dropped it from various heights on various surfaces and apart from a few scratches it still rocks.my wife owns a nokia 6600 and she's got some serious issues with her phone. i also love the fact that you can upgrade to a 128mb card and fill er up with dozens of software and games.i do wish the screen quality was better and the bluetooth issues could be sorted with a firmware upgrade.
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Reviewed by Wayne from South Africa on 23rd Aug 2004
I must have been one of the first cell phone and PDA users in SA and have owned numerous models over this lengthy period.I've never experienced anything close to the amount of frustration from any supplier in any industry that would be even remotely comparable with that of my communication with Sony Ericsson South Africa.My main complaint centred around the scratching and the breakdown of the polymer coating on the screen after just 8 months of usage.I was told by an arrogant,ignorant and un-knowledgeable call centre employee that the phone is purely a cell phone and not a PDA. The other functions are just extras.In otherwords you're not supposed to use the PDA functionality too often because the phone is not designed for such use and the screen will deteriorate rapidly making the phone redundant.Is there something wrong with my interpretation of their marketing strategy?Perhaps I got it all wrong.Next time perhaps I must just buy a cell phone and a separate PDA.That way I ge t a far more compact phone and a PDA with a screen that last's longer than 8 months.Interestingly, I now use a Qtek product that manages to do both functions perfectly without screen destruction.The Pocket PC operating system is also an absolute gem in comparison to the P800's Symbian OS.My advice, stay as far away from Sony Ericsson products as possible.If they don't improve their customer relations and product support, there increased market share is going to crash out giving way to other more customer orientated competing brands.
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Reviewed by Alastair from UK on 9th Aug 2004
Phone works(ed)ok, reception is better than some have reported. Flip keypad is too flimsy and broke after 10 months. Touch sensitive screen has now packed up after a year - phone is thus RIP. Keypad buttons are too small and dialling is awkward. used with the flip open or off things are much better (using the "stick"). Outlook and synch with PC works ok and has been useful a few problems on network when refused to synch for a period but got better! (no apparent reason). Will probably go back to Nokia for my next phone, overall disappointed.
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Reviewed by Guin from Singapore on 6th Aug 2004
Biggest overhyped piece of donkey excrement I have come across! 1)microphone is TERRIBLE, often getting complaints that my voice volumn fluctuates even under normal usage. 2)sms is a pain! no predictive text. The handwriting recognition SUX! try getting your 'i' and 'L' correct is near impossible 3)the speaker is very soft. If you keep your phone in a pouch or bag or in your pocket, you will have to be in a library in order to hear it. 4)Once you insert the headphones, the phone auto goes to silent without the ringer ringing. so Pluging in and driving is impossible without sticking the plugs in your ears. 5)even low end LG phones have better speakers and sound reproduction! Waste of blardy Marney man. AVOID AT ALL COSTS
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Reviewed by Akshay from India on 2nd Aug 2004
All it's features are absolutely outstanding and deserve six stars......but the absolutely bloody downright pathetic screen (in terms of 4K colours and the delicate nature) is enough to knock a few stars off.....look before you buy.
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Reviewed by yannis from UK on 2nd Aug 2004
Absolute piece of garbage. I had one for nearly two years and it was beyond doubt the worst phone I've ever had the misfortune to own. The Bluetooth connection was spasmodic, signal frequently dropped out in good areas, one of the colours disappeared after a year, the menu system was ludicrous and the whole thing, on average, crashed twice a week. It finally died when I threw it out of the window.
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Reviewed by Harvey from Philippines on 20th Jul 2004
for me P800 is very useful but it SUCKS!!!! had a problem with the call volume - it retains in zero level. I brought it to Sony Ericsson Service Solution but they havent repaired it. My advise is that if youre thinking of buying P800 then dont! I guess P900 is better
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Reviewed by steoc4 from Ireland on 13th Jul 2004
Absolutely amazing phone, does everything you'll ever need. Phone reception is fantastic, loud speaker is brilliant for ringtones you'll hear in a noisy environment, PDA features are amazing, the amount of downloadable content on the web is unbelievable. As an organiser I can't think of anything else you could possibly want. The mp3 player is also great quality both through the loudspeaker and especially through the headphones. The camera is far better quality than I expected although the phone's screen doesn't do it justice, you have to upload the photos to your PC to appreciate them. The one major problem is the lack of predictive text. The qwerty keyboard and the handwriting recognition are great pieces of technology, and potentially faster than predictive text if you're writing a big essay, but if you want to write a text message to someone while walking down the road it's not very practical to flip the phone open and take out a pen and start writing.
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Reviewed by James heaton from uk on 12th Jul 2004
What a terrible phone!! I bought this thinking it would be so useful as it was a pda and phone in one! The signal strength is poor even tho I live in London. When I make a call people can't hear me even when I am talking. Sometimes my phone will ring and there is no one there later to find out people have been trying to contact me! The final straw came when it seized up completely and after 30 minutes switched itself on and announced it was corrupt. It then wiped every piece of data off. notes, addresses, phone numbers, messages, pictures etc.. all gone! Never will buy a sony ericsson ever again. And as for T-mobile..well the less said the better...
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Reviewed by Helene van Graan from South Africa on 9th Jun 2004
My husband, Anton, got his phone 2 May 2004. Within a month, but unfortunately not within the first 7 days, at the bottom of the screen (LCD) a half-moon appeared and slowly enlarged. We took it back to our service provider, Autopage, who said they've seen this before, and sent us to Ericsson (in VodaWorld). They've also "seen this before" and sent us to Ixia (where it is to be fixed). After two days I learnt that it will cost us R1663, no reason as to why we have to pay except "It is damaged". My husband is not a brutal man; he's a responsible, professional man and did nothing to "damage" it. But now I'm told they are VERY delicate and even opening and closing the flap or using the stylus can damage it. I'll pay, bring it back home, and put it on the shelve with my grandmom's antique glassware and look at it, because that is all purpose it's useful for. It's just possible that I'll have to pay another R1663 in another month, if used for what it is said to be used for - a cel l phone and PDA!!!
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Reviewed by mr. p from uk on 3rd Jun 2004
Some people get faulty ones, which is not surprising seeing as it is as complex and diverse as the best pda but you get a phone on triband with it. Those people who complain about predictive text have not studied the phone or given it any time, coz the phone is not for idiots! Give it some time providing it functions and learn how to use it, and u will never part!
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Reviewed by Matt Wood from UK on 16th May 2004
This 'phone' is absolutely amazing. it does everything you would ever want and then more. There are literally thousands of third party applications and more are still being developed. sure it may crash on the odd occasion but who can say their pc or pda has never crashed on them! Much better value than the p900 (i got mine for 140!) and basically the same phone. Anyone thinking of buying this phone should go and get it NOW!
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Reviewed by spooky from UK on 10th Mar 2004
What a nightmare I've had - I've had non-stop problems with my P800, abysmal reception compared to my wife's Samsung phone on same network, my phone shutting down without any reason, very tempramental usb syncronisation, bluetooth (less)is useless , and settings for the internet & email keep dissappearing. I'm off to try Handspring Treo 600. Wish Samsung would stop messing about and bring out their Palm PDA/Phone. What a load of overhyped rubbish!!!
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