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Briefly: Sony-Ericsson K850i review

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon March 17, 2008

K850i Review

Sony-Ericsson rarely supplies North America with its highest-end phones, which makes the K850i a rare treat for the continent: it comes equipped with 3G Internet access, a 5-megapixel camera, and a media player that draws on Sony's experience with its Walkman players. Electronista has tested the phone and in its full K850i review learns whether the phone lives up to the ideal or falls victim to its own emphasis on features. The handset is already available today on Rogers in Canada and may be available soon through AT&T in the US.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hard sell

    looked at this, but it falls between a real smart phone and a truly portable phone. I opted for the W890i instead. Much the same features, and lower 3,2megapixels camera is still capable of good enough shots, yet is a much smaller/thinner phone.

  1. imagine engine

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Current top model

    Currently it's only sold through Rogers due to it's a GSM phone supporting HSPA (3.5+ G) in over 25 cities and towns across Canada which is not offered by either Telus or Bell, both of which use EVDO on their CDMA networks which currently can't support video calling. It's also currently the only phone in Canada with a 5 MP camera. The $7.00 MSF Vision plan the reviewer commented about gives unlimited mobile WAP internet browsing on the phone as well 1 year unlimited local video calling. Note: All Vision plans have a data early cancellation fee which is minimum $25.00 to a maximum of $100.00. I don't know why the reviewer tried to compare this phone to a Blackberry none of which offer video calling or HSPA. Also a data device such as the HTC Touch, Blackberry and Palm Treo are targeting a different market which is high end data/email users as well corporate customers unlike the Sony Ericsson K850i. My hope is that Apple can resolve their trademark dispute with Toronto based company Comwave over the iPhone name so Rogers can finally offer the iPhone.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Thanks testudo about the clarification of whether Apple already has a prototype (you're right I wasn't saying they didn't, I was asking if this proves they do) and pointing out there there is nothing about a 2 sided transparent screen in the write up. In this case a picture is worth negative a few hundred words.

  1. dom2cool

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good phone

    im a SE fan after having trouble with almost all other brands although SE seems to have a slight poor reliability reputation but thats by far not the case. this phone is great. its light and a good size. fast and easy to use and the camera is the best out there for a phone. great for drunken photos.

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