Sony Ericsson P800 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
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.
Features of the Sony Ericsson P800 include:
- Colour display (4096 colours; 208 x 320 pixels)
- WAP 2.0 (GPRS), built-in web browser
- High Speed Data (HSCSD - up to 28.8 kbps)
- E-mail (compatible with MS Outlook and Lotus Notes)
- Integrated digital camera (640 x 480 resolution)
- Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) & Multimedia Messaging Service
(MMS) - send pictures, sound and video like text messages
- Audio & video player
- Pen-based user interface & handwriting recognition
- Picture phonebook
- 12 Mbytes memory plus external 16 Mbytes memory stick
- Downloadable polyphonic & mono ringtones
- Bluetooth, infrared & USB connectivity
- Stereo headphones
- "Flight mode" option for use on aircraft
- 3D games & downloadable Java applications
- Wallpaper & screensaver
- Calendar, contacts, voice memo, synchronisation with PC
- Size: 117 x 59 x 27 mm
- Weight: 158g
- Battery standby: 400 hours
- Battery talktime: 13 hours
- Tri band
Sony Ericsson P800 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by adam from lincolmshire on 29th Dec
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
Reviewed by amir hosein from my lovely iran on
19th Nov 2005
very good phon.exellent
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
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.
Reviewed by Martin Amada from Thailand on 4th
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
Reviewed by BIG JOE from GHANA on 1st Nov 2005
I recommend this for anyone....wow this phone is everything...go for
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.
Reviewed by Jahania from pakistan on 18th Sep
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...
Reviewed by khawar chishti from pakistan on 10th
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 email@example.com thanking you in advance...
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.
Reviewed by Sandy Pike from Singapore on 5th Aug
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.
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.
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.
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
Reviewed by Dave from Manchester; U.K on 14th
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.
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
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.
Reviewed by Jaggi from NZ on 3rd Jun 2005
BEST PHONE! Now I am going to buy P910i
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,
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.
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.
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!!!!!!
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
Reviewed by ron evan from philippines on 18th
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
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.
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
Reviewed by Nathan Porter from uk on 25th Mar
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.
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.
Reviewed by Dery Nuranis from Indonesia on 18th
Great Mobile Phone with sooooo many feature!!! Long Live The King (Sony
Reviewed by Yossy from Indonesia on 16th Mar 2005
SONY ERICSSON P800 IS SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!! I REALY LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Reviewed by Lavinah Mapako from Zimbabwe on 19th
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
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.
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
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.
Reviewed by hassaan from pakistan on 7th Feb 2005
P800 does have bluetooth
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...............
Reviewed by ahmed from kuwait on 25th Jan 2005
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!!!
Reviewed by Bruce from Philippines on 18th Dec
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!
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 ;)
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
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!
Reviewed by Reza from Wales on 15th Nov 2004
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.
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.
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
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!
Reviewed by sweetrei from philippines on 16th
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...
Reviewed by Ibrahim Helmy from Egypt on 9th Oct
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...
Reviewed by Scott Gray from Great Britain on 2nd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
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.
Reviewed by Andy Lycett from England on 14th Sep
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!!
Reviewed by Wayne from South Africa on 23rd Aug
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
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.
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
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.
Reviewed by Harvey from Philippines on 20th Jul
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
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.
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...
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
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
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!
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 crap, 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
Reviewed by Fantoni Wijaya from Indonesia on 13th
Outstanding, SUPERB !!! Great Mobile phone, which you don't wanna miss
Reviewed by Love Sony from United States on 30th
When I bought my phone in Asia over the summer, I was very impressed
with the style, feature and color, unfortunately the internet T-Zone
service thru T-mobile,I could not get my email from AOL. Called T-mobile
several times, called sony several times then had the sony ericsson
updated my phone to the latest version of the software still could not
get my email thru the TZone.It is giving me a wap error which is my
WAP configurations. I checked carefully and they are the same nothing
changed. I actually gave up on the AOL service, not sure if T-mobile
or sony knows what they are doing
Reviewed by Andrew from Hong Kong on 25th Dec
I bought the SE P800 back in Feb 2003, since then I've been to the Sony
Ericsson Service Center about twice a month, I've swapped 4 or 5 Handsets.
When i first got the phone, the problem was that some people coudn't
hear on on their phone when i was on the line, when that problem was
solved, I had another problem where the screen began to flicker and
now I encountered another problem, my battery jumps from half full to
1 tiny bit left within a 1 minute phone call, so I thought it would
be the battery and went to buy a new one. Now both my batteries and
phone is with Sony Ericsson again, I was so much happier with my Nokia
8310, hopefully the P900 would be better.
Reviewed by Peter Dyson from UK on 21st Dec 2003
This phone really is superb, there's just so much you can do with it.
Poeple saying it is useless are wrong, they need to give it abit of
time so they can get used to the inter-face. The features of this phone
are near unbeatable, and if you shop around you can get it quite cheap.
I got mine off ebay for £205. But, a word of warning, this phone is
fagile and the screen needs to be taken care of!!
Reviewed by Steve from England on 10th Dec 2003
Hi all, I think the P800 is the best phone on the market, I have had
this phone for one year now and I am upgrading to the P900 next week,
if you like a good gadget phone with built in pocket pc then this is
the phone for you.
Reviewed by Kevin Taylor from UK on 10th Dec 2003
What a nightmare I've had - I've had non-stop problems with my P800,
including losing all the applications, being unable to use my HBH60
headset, my phone shutting down without any reason (ie full battery),
camera not working and settings for the internet & email keep dissappearing.
Coupled with all this, 2.5 hours in the shop on the phone to Orange
CC and they tell me to drive 100 miles to their repair centre as they
can't diagnose the fault. Both Orange and Sony Ericsson have been absolutely
useless....I'm off to buy something else. What a load of rubbish!!!
Reviewed by Mary Rowntree from United Kingdom on
7th Dec 2003
I bought the P800 to do e-mail while out and about. I used to have a
hanspring visor PDA with IR connection to a mobile phone and decided
on an impulse to upgrade to an all-in-one unit. I am delighted with
the P800 - I've used it faultlessly for e-mail in the UK and abroad.
I didn't even know it had a camera till I got it home, and never wanted
one anyway, but now I'm hooked! Have been e-mailing photos of my travels
like some kind of crazed teenager. Choice of text entry methods is OK,
but the virtual qwerty keyboard keys are a bit on the small side and
the handwriting recognition gets confused with tapping the commands
of the screen, but I'm slowly getting the knack of it. Whoever mentioned
that it is a shame there is no predictive texting is SO missing the
point - no-one in their right mind would type a text with the numeric
flip-pad when there are much easier alternative ways to enter text.
I LOVE the MP3 player, another unkown feature. I later splashed out
and extra £45 on the 128Mb memory stick and it holds hours and hours
of music (especially when ripped at a lower bit rate) Shame the P800
can't be used with regular earphones - only the hands-free kit supplied.
There is the built-in speaker which isn't bad for a phone, but not exactly
hi-fi. To the person who couldn't use the memory stick as they have
no slot for it on their computer: you don't need a slot for it, it is
accessible as a mass storage device when the phone is connected to the
computer with the cradle (or presumably with Bluetooth or IR, neither
of which I have used). The range of downloadable software is nothing
remotely like that available for the Palm or Pocket PC systems, but
having trawled through loads of Palm software in the past, I have always
be hugely underwhelmed by the usefulness of any of it. Maybe I'm missing
out and it's a boy thing. Overall, I'm thrilled with my new P800, a
doddle to configure, great for mobile communication and enough sillyness
to entertain on journeys. The jog-dial is worth the learning-curve.
The niggles listed are minor.
Reviewed by Jerry P. from United Kingdom on 7th
Where do I start on just how bad this phone is. 1. C**p reception. 2.
Rubbish size, way to big for your pocket. 3. Touch pad screen has finally
given up the ghost. 4. NO customer care from Ericsson. 5. If I had my
time over again I wouldn't of bought this phone. I certainly won't be
buying an Ericsson again. The one good point about the phone is the
interface with my PC, can't fault that, but they really need to attach
a phone that actually works to this.
Reviewed by Gareth from UK on 7th Dec 2003
This is by far the worst phone I've ever owned. Couldn't agree more
about the poor reception qualities. Around central London and Manchester
I can hardly get a signal. Sony Ericsson's customer service is very
poor/non existant. It would appear that anyone with a P800 is just a
Guinea pig for the P900. DO NOT THINK about purchasing this handset.
The only thing that was mobile about this handset was when I threw it
back at the shop assistant. (Who by the way was aware of the problems
but hadn't bothered to tell me, good job I returned it within 7 days
of receiving it!!!) Please Please Please trust me don't buy this handset
Reviewed by John Simpson from United Kingdom on
4th Dec 2003
average phone, couple of things wrong with it, but now Sony Ericsson
have realised this, and have brang out the P900, which i am buying.
same as the P800, but smaller, better, lighter, and has twice the amount
of functions that this has.
Reviewed by bunglebonce from Scotland on 3rd Dec
This is most probably the best thing i've ever invested in. Lack of
predictive text doesn't bother me; like a previous reviewer said it's
practically obselete with the handwriting recognition. There's an app
that gives you predictive text on the virtual keyboard. It's not that
big, and it's not that heavy. I'd rather know it was there than always
having to check my pockets when i'm out. The first few days i had it,
i thought it was manna from heaven. i've had it exactly 3 weeks now,
and i've noticed a few minor things, some that have been mentioned.
Not that it makes the phone bad at all, the only thing that'll beat
it just now is the p900 (which isn't worth upgrading for at the price
it is just now). The gripes. video playback's only 15 frames per second,
which is 10 short of the conventional 25. it's not really noticeable
unless you watch music videos, and the drumming/strumming is a little
unrhythmic. the docking station to the pc is a fabulous idea, but it
doesn't really transfer much faster than bluetooth. the bluetooth profile...
well, unlike every other SE there isn't really a bluetooth profile,
rendering some rather cool SE accessories such as the fabulous car-100
redundant. which is surprising to me considering it's such a top-end
phone. everything else i love about the phone, from the colour scheme
to the chess, but most of all the versatility of the phone. killer apps
i use: ogg vorbis player (better than mp3 at half the file size); chess
(pre-installed,); widescreen video (on later software versions); tracker
v3 (like having a mini operating system on the UIQ OS); Agilemessenger
(for using msn/icq/yahoo/aol messengers); NetwIRC (IRC on the phone!
amazing); Opera (disable picture downloads to save those Kbs, fabulous
app); QuickOffice for my lecture notes - can view & edit word, pdf excel;
Tube/Falk (city navigation apps, the latter has a free trial for london);
Strategic Assault (command & conquer for the phone)... as i said i bought
the phone 3 weeks today, i haven't found every great application out
there. If you're looking for a smartphone but wanting to budget a little,
the 3650's not a bad option. If you shop about though you'll get the
p800 for the same price - i did - which is a class above. if you have
plenty money the p900's the natural step up, but i wouldn't have anything
else but the SE PX00 series
Reviewed by anthony d. i. from philippines on
26th Nov 2003
S.E P800 IS THE BEST PHONE THAT I HAVE TRIED AS OF NOW! I AM LOOKING
FORWARD FOR THE P900!
Reviewed by Tim Chisholm from United Kingdom on
18th Nov 2003
NO, NO, NO, NO!! Sony Ericsson, listen to me! DONT EVER MAKE A 4096
COLOUR SCREEN EVER AGAIN!! NO-ONE WANTS A LESS DYNAMIC SCREEN. DONT
GO YET!, I HAVEN'T FINISHED WITH YOU! DONT MAKE ANOTHER PHONE 158 grams
EVER AGAIN! 125 grams MAX! AND DON'T MAKE IT THE SIZE OF A CHURCH!!
WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR GOING? IM NOT FINISHED! HAVE BETTER SIGNAL QUALITY!!
AND MAKE THE CAMERA BETTER QUALITY!! AND HAVE A BIGGER MEMORY CARD,
AND MAKE IT BETTER AND SMALLER, AND BETTER LOOKING. AND LOSE THAT SILLY
Reviewed by G.O. from UK - Manchester on 1st Nov
5 handsets later Orange finally agreed to swap the phone for a different
model. They agreed with me that the model was incapable of getting a
good signal around Manchester, and other areas of the UK. Doesn't bode
well for those other poor sods out there though. Customer care at Orange
was terrible though, and you can definatley forget about trying to contact
Sony Ericsson. The Bluetooth fetures on the phone aren't much better
either. I've got a Parrot C3000 in my car which I got upgraded to accomodate
the phone (V1.3) and it was no better than the original, my old T39
worked a treat, the P800 is a waste of space. In conclusion, DON'T buy
a P800. DON'T go with Orange.
Reviewed by Friedrich from Singapore on 20th Oct
Three days ago I bought the P800, meanwhile I have returned the phone
to the shop after spending a lot of time getting it to work properly.
SonyEricsson sells in Asia a P800 with an English/Chinese version of
the OS, which represents a major problem for the none-Mandarin speaker.
The P800 OS is more Chinese than English. Firstly, even when choosing
English from the settings, one can only find Chinese characters deep
down in some sub-menus. There is no choice between English and Chinese
for handwriting recognition under text selection in the settings menu.
It is either Chinese or none. One could manually change for each imput
(e.g. sms, calender etc.) from Chinese to English via a very well hidden
setting in each individual application but the phone always falls back
to Chinese recognition after some time. The SonyEricsson service center
I visited personally was incompetent and not very helpful. Finally after
a long morning of playing ?Spanish Inquisition? with them I found ou
t that the phone couldn?t be set permanently to English handwriting
recognition nor could the feature be installed, SonyEricsson is not
willing or able to flash the phone with a pure English OS and does not
supply any other OS version in Asia. In addition the English/Chinese
OS version takes up a lot of memory. SonyEricsson claims that there
are 9 MB of free user space before adding any memory expansion card
but not so with the P800 I bought. There were just 2.5 MB of free memory
left, shown under system information. So beware, if you buy the P800
check for the language first, especially the handwriting recognition,
not to have a bad surprise later. Apart from the language problem it
is a nice high tech toy reasonable in size, weight and with a lot of
features. One should be aware that buying such a device also means to
compromise on certain aspects e.g. quality of pictures is now match
for any digital camera, storage capacity for mp3 files is limited even
with expansion card. But if one needs mp3 player with a lot of storage
capacity or high-resolution camera it is better to buy a dedicated device.
The standard applications such as contact details, activity list or
calendar function are reasonable but not outstanding. Attaching a picture
to each contact is a nice feature. The blue tooth headsets are just
cool and expensive. Unifying so many different features in a small device
is well done allowing for some compromises. However there is room for
improvement. The lid of the battery compartment is rather fragile and
I doubt that it will withstand normal wear and tear very well. The stylus
attached to the side of the phone can easily get lost and is more like
a tooth pick than a stylus. Actually compared to Palm & Co. the stylus
is bad design. Finally SonyEricsson should have included in their desktop
software an easy to use tool to load data from Palm based OS for all
the users that might switch from Palm powered devices. For the not so
tech savvy person it is a cumbersome exercise to get the data onto the
new device. For its price it was just too much headache!
Reviewed by Marcia from UK on 10th Oct 2003
I bought this phone for its contact list details and the fact that it
was also an organiser and a phone all in one. Bonus games, and MP3 player
which I haven't worked out how to use as theres no slot in my computer
for the memory stick adaptor. I emailed the sony ericcson helpline and
never got a reply. I have never managed to catch a call unless I have
the phone in my hand because the volume is way too low.
Reviewed by Robbie from UK on 8th Oct 2003
I read all the reviews here up to the 22nd of September, and I was really
confused over what phone to replace my useless "Motorola A830" (on 3)
with. I was stuck between the T610 and the P800. Having gotten used
to the A830 for about 4 months, I preferred to have a phone with similar
features (MP3 player, Bluetooth, Triband, organiser, etc...) so in the
end, I went with my instincts and went for this beauty - P800. And boy,
am I glad I did. All I can say to those who gave the P800 bad reviews
is "bad luck". But then again, I would think that for some of you, the
P800 just simply had too many features for you to handle. Since taking
delivery of it 4 days ago now, I can truly say it's the best phone I've
ever had. I thought I would never leave Nokia, but now, SonyEricsson
have done me proud! My favourite thing about it is being able to listen
to MP3s, while playing a game of chess, or perhaps sorting my phonebook
or organiser out on those Loooooong train journeys! Its only cra shed
once when I was browsing a website - probably my fault as I kept clicking
different buttons! It's a phone after all. Who can honestly say Windows
has never done that!? lol I urge those who can, to get this phone. The
features out do ANY OTHER phone on the market right now.
Reviewed by Mike Pringuer from England on 30th
Ring tone not loud enough. Can't hear it in the street or in the car
with the stereo on. Used to have the Nokia 9110, and that was bloody
loud. The vibrate is weak - cant feel it sometimes and there is no predictive
text on SMS. Also, there are no phone profiles which is standard on
all Nokia phones e.g meeting, silent, loud, office. But the synchronisation
wiht Outlook actually works well. Anyone know how to get a really loud
ring tone and also profile software? email@example.com
Reviewed by Ian from England on 29th Sep 2003
This phone is amazing i am well into gadgets and i love a phone that
looks good and sounds good and this does both the only real problem
i have with it is the screen is easily soiled fair enough a quick wipe
with a soft cloth does the trick but u shouldnt have to do that every
5 mins i had a nokia 7650 before this and again loved that phone apart
from the crashes and slow software. i wouldnt give up this phone for
anything well possibly for the p810/p900 :)
Reviewed by jokes4mobiles.com from uk on 22nd
At last, I've found the phone I've allways wanted. I've allways found
text entry on the number pad on other phones very slow and cumbersome
and dreamed of having a proper keyboard but Sony have gone one better
with the handwriting recognition. If you see my review of the t68 you'll
see I had alot of problems with it crashing but I've not had this with
the P800. The only problem I've found so far is the battery doesn't
last very long, but considering what the phone does you cant really
blame it. One tip for using the internet - The Opera web browser is
on the CD that comes with the phone, install Opera and then go into
Preferences from the Edit menu. Go to the Display section and untick
the Load All Images box. This will make your webpages load quicker and
use less bandwidth. The phone is connected to a PC via a desktop USB
adaptor, you can then use an explorer type interface to drag files to
and from the phone. The camera does the job well but is a little out
of focus at the edges so you cant use it to get decent photos but I
dont think that is what it is intended for. It's fine for portrait photos.
All in all, this is the first time I've got a new phone and not been
dreaming of what to get next.
Reviewed by Jerry from New Zealand on 20th Sep
This phone is the best. The only thing it needs are complete profiles
and a 65k colour screen. For all those who complain about the lack of
T9 predictive text input, there is no need for it on this phone. Predictive
text is used for phones that have the standard keypad and is used to
make it easier than multitap to get the words you want quickly. Because
this phone has a touch screen with handwriting recognition there is
absolutely no need to have predictive text. Just write what you want.
Also, if you can't be bothered even doing that, which I found so easy,
then select the pop-up keyboard and just tap the letters you want in
directly. So don't let me hear anyone whinging about the lack of Predictive
text, is is obsolete on a phone of this type.
Reviewed by Justin from UK on 15th Sep 2003
Terrible phone - no spell check or predictive text. Keyboard and text
writing really difficult to use. The software supplied with the phone
was faulty and they refused to supply me with the new software. It is
big and bulky. The features are great for synchronising with the PC
and outlook - really quick. But I still passionately HATE it
Reviewed by xunvala from India on 12th Sep 2003
Well, the P800 is an excellent fone in all aspects. Features:lest just
say, mobile choice magazine said "if the P800 doesn't have it, its probably
not worth having." need i say more. OK, it is a bit big but it has to
be for a proper touch screen....other wise we wud hav a scribble pad
like the NOKIA 6108........ as far the durability goes....mines fallen
thrice...... once from a height of about 4.5-5 feet onto a hard marble
floor... and its intact so...... Jog-dial is amazing for one hand use.....
And all the ppl who say they dumped this beauty for a T610.....well
thats just personal choice.....if they settled for a T610 tht obviously
means that they didn't need/use all the features of the P800(which is
why the T610's features satisfied them) Triband, Bluetooth, Camera(decent
quality), Video/audio playback, internet, wap, jotter, and lots more
with memory stick duo slot what more could one want in a fone......
in my mind this in un doubtedly the BEST smart-fone.
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 11th Sep 2003
Far too bulky. Menu system difficult to navigate. Touch screen becomes
annoying when you want quick access to SMS etc !! I had this phone for
3 days.......3 days too long i hate it !!!! Going back to shop this
afternoon for a T610 !!!!
Reviewed by Ammar from UK on 8th Sep 2003
I've had the P800 on the Orange network for 6 months, this is my review.
Its a great phone overall but to save you some time, if you don't need
the PDA type stuff on your phone then don't bother getting this as it
is large for a phone. The jog-dial is a God-send and the email client
works really well to pick up messages over GPRS, very good to use as
a wireless modem (bluetooth), the calendar, to-dos etc can be synced
with Outlook nicely. MP3 quality through the headphones is excellent,
doesn't sound 'tinny' at all. The symbian OS is excellent - the user
interface is intelligently setup and the main screen shows lots of info
in one go If you need a fully functional phone including multimedia
and PDA ability then no other phone gets even close and by the looks
of things its gonna be this way for at least another year. Two things
stop me from giving 5 stars, the lack of T9 (bloody unbelieveable) and
although you can set it to silent and/or to vibrate, there's no proper
implementation of profiles (like Nokia's) There are rumours that a P810/P900
successor will be out in the next few months, it might be worth waiting
to see what happens. Ammar Mon 8th Sept 2003
Reviewed by Paul from Philippines on 5th Sep 2003
It's everything you need. It gives so much convenience compared to other
phones. Every feature is really a WHOA! My God! It gives everything
you ask for a mobile phone SE P800 has an excellent quality! Can you
still ask for more??? Beat that!
Reviewed by TheOne from England on 26th Aug 2003
I you have any brains buy this phone. It is the best phone on the market
and surpasses any contender. If you put down this phone grow a brain
and try and use it again.
Reviewed by Nick from England on 14th Aug 2003
Early adopter of P800 and what a god send. Took sometime to get things
configured properly (e.g. eMail / GPRS) but once sorted this phones
does everything I could ask for and loads more. Call quality excellent,
address book excellent, camera quality good enough for news letters,
audio (MP3) excellent, browsing good but not fully compatible with JAVA,
SMS and eMail a doddle with the superb hand writing recognition - much
better than competitors, good calendar, good games, ring-tones basic
but can use real music, plenty of good downloadable apps available.
Doubt it's bullet proof so if you're not prepared to look after it,
buy a rubberised phone. Camera sometimes hangs requiring a reboot, as
does OS (Symbian) occasionally, haven't found a compatible video download
site yet so can't judge it's usefulness for this, but we are talking
real leading edge and you have to take the rough with the very smooth!
Reviewed by John from Sweden on 8th Aug 2003
What a piece of junk! i used to have one but changed to T610 instead.
Much better in every way except the Audio/Video player and the Flight
Mode. But who needs those kind of things. Buy T610 NOW!!
Reviewed by Tutchang from Philippines on 24th
This phone sucks! It has been replace twice and its still has a defect.
If i were you dont buy it!!
Reviewed by Simon from Britain on 25th Jun 2003
Had one now for a fortnight, can't understand why folk are having difficulties
with the screen, look after it and it's OK, dropped it twice onto carpeted
floors from 1m, survived OK. Crashed a few times with downloaded apps
(AND OPERA browser, java isn't good from Opera!!), and haven't had a
chance to link it into a bluetooth network, but seems promising. MMS
excellent, camera excellent, email excellent, GPRS excellent.
Reviewed by - from - on 19th Jun 2003
Very bad customer service and bad warrenty honoring. They don't warranty
anything accept finding a way not to warrenty their phone. don't buy
Reviewed by - from - on 11th Jun 2003
Nice features, poor durability. Dropped the phone once from a height
of perhaps two feet. Screen is now completely useless. What good is
having a great phone if it has no resistance to damage at all?
Reviewed by floydian from - on 25th May 2003
ehhh i need to buy one p800 ..not easily available in gulf area though
i am turkey but its expensive in here,the proce diff is almost 400 dollars
from country to country,so far i have read the reviews for this phone
and its the best phone that wat i have seen from the reviews.
Reviewed by Sam from India on 22nd May 2003
it sucks . the touch screen gets spoilt so easily and the handwriting
recognition is no good
P800 software from Epocware