Im writing this review mainly because some people have been requesting it. Sorry it took so long to write, I’ve been really busy (sorry dookster!).
I got my new phone some time ago. I was previously using the SE K800i Cyber Shot with 3.2 MP. Yes, I really do like Sony Ericsson Cybershot Phones. I like having an all in one device – phone, camera, organizer, music player – because its easier to bring around.
First the technical stuff. This phone is quite big – 104.0 x 49.0 x 18.0 mm to be exact. It weighs 136.0 grams and comes in Night Black, Ice Silver, Copper Gold and Tender Rose – tho I’ve only seen the black and White one here in Malaysia. It has a 240×320 pixel, 262144 color TFT QVGA screen. The screen is also scratch resistant. It supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA. The phone comes with a 2GB M2 card but officially supports M2 cards as big as 8GB.
The box set comes with the phone, a charger, a simple hands free (not the in ear one), a wrist lanyard, a Sandisk 2GB M2 card and a very nice USB M2 Adaptor. The phone itself comes wrapped with some protective plastic on the screen, the camera slider and the back cover. Sorry I don’t have the unboxing photos (forgot to take it).
Next, the camera. Its a 8.1 megapixel camera, which takes photos of roughly 3264×2448 pixels and 1.6MB in size. I like how the camera buttons are all located on the side so you can instantly activate the camera without having to unlock the phone. The lens is protected by a sliding mechanism of two metal plates.
The camera comes with a Photofix function – think of it like an inbuilt Levels adjuster (like in Photoshop). Photos can be corrected in terms of lighting and color. Photos will then look much better. Below is in example. Original photos is on the left and the Photofix-ed photo is on the right (click for bigger pics).
This is an example of a closeup shot. I wouldn’t really call it a macro shot. The tube is roughly 2.5 inches in length. You can see the that the colours are very bright and striking.
There are some things the phone doesn’t have. This doesn’t mean that its a flaw, it just means that these functions are missing. It doesn’t have a front facing camera – which seems to be one of the reasons why people don’t buy it. The phone is capable for making video calls but just no frontal camera (must like an
overrated phone by Apple). It also doesn’t have a button for manual keypad lock so the only way to lock the keypad is to wait for the auto lock or slide the phone up and down.
The main question i get asked is, “Is the phone laggy/lagging?”. My answer is Sometimes it does lag. I’ve experienced lag in the contacts. Example when I type a sms and I want to open the contacts to look for the name, its a bit slow to load the list of contacts. Note that this is based on my personal experience. The lag seems to lessen after i updated my firmware via SEUS. But its not laggy to the point that its annoying.
Don’t really know what else to say about this phone. In short, I’m quite satisfied with this phone. When i got it before chinese new year, it was RM17xx. not too sure how much the price is now tho