Friday, June 29, 2007

Sony Ericsson K850 video preview!

This is the first video about this exciting new mobile from Sony Ericsson, enjoy!

He's first in line for iPhone!

June 26th, 2007 by firstinline

Greg Packer

My name is Greg Packer. I’m first in line for iPhone in New York City at Apple Store Fifth Avenue near Central Park. I showed up on Monday morning, June 25th, at 5am.

Please reach out to me by leaving your comments, leaving me a note on MySpace, sending me an email, or even calling my mobile phone while I am sitting in line. Or, hey, come by and just visit!

Email: grego11743@hotmail.com

Mobile phone: 631.291.2603

My Space: Greggoes

Want to help make my experience sitting in line more comfortable? Anything you can donate via PayPal (grego11743@hotmail.com) or drop by for me in line will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you to the iPhoneDevCamp guys - whurley and Raven Zachary, for creating my site, noneck noel for the video work, and OuterNet for the domain registration. And, of course, the WordPress guys for hosting my site.

Also, please check out my new friend, David Clayman, who is documenting his experience on his own blog, the iphone adventure. He’s third in line!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sagem X-3

This is the mobile of a mate at the university...

Sony Ericsson W200




Size comparision between Samsung's e256 and Sony's w200

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sony Ericsson K850 goes 5 megapixel

Sony Ericsson reaches for the 5 megapixel barrier with its new Sony Ericsson K850 Cyber-shot cameraphone. The handset features all the goodies seen in the previous Cyber-shot handsets but besides the resolution punch it also packs in full HSDPA (3.6 Mbits) support.

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Sony Ericsson K850

The Sony Ericsson K850 Cyber-shot is the next generation of powerful cameraphones by Sony Ericsson which have long kept the first place when it comes to camera-in-phone performance. Today they are making the next step and move on to using a 5 megapixel camera.

Beside that, the Sony Ericsson K850 comes with a number of updates over previously released handsets: it has an automatic camera cover, a 3-LED video light, a renovated camera interface, and a spanking new media browser with picture auto rotate feature. It has a larger, 2.2" TFT display, and features extended network support such as tri-band HSDPA (3.6 Mbits) and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE. That sort of a solution is uncommon for Sony Ericsson since up until now they offered identical EDGE-enabled and UMTS-enabled devices separately. Now for the first time we see 3G plus EDGE all-in-one.

Other than that, the handset retains all the original K810 specs such as a xenon flash, a secondary video calls camera, stereo Bluetooth, USB support, FM radio and a M2 memory card slot (with a 512MB card to be included in the retail package). The memory card slot deserves a special attention since this is the first SE attempt in using a dual card support - it can host both a M2 card as well as a microSD card. In terms of its size, the new K850 will be identical with the Sony Ericsson K810 keeping the same measurements and adding only 3g of additional weight. Sony Ericsson K850 carries a really innovative design solution - the navigation D-pad (marked by the green rectangle on the photo) is made part of the alphanumeric keypad, while the softkeys are really small. The most probable reason for such a solution is obvious the need to fit a larger display while keeping the older size and form factor.

In regards to video capabilities Sony Ericsson has finally made a mark in their portfolio - this is the the second of their handsets to feature video recording in QVGA resolution at 30 fps (the first one being Sony Ericsson W900). Regular feature phones produced by SE so far were well known with their meager QCIF@15fps video recording, while even the latest smartphones Sony Ericsson P1 and Sony Ericsson W960 record video at QVGA@15fps only. The new Sony Ericsson W910 feature-rich Walkman phone would also record video in QVGA@15fps only. We certainly hope that VGA@30fps will not be far away since QVGA is already outdated.

When it comes to music the Sony Ericsson K850 is equipped with Music Player 3.0 which is almost the same as the newly announced verion 3.0 of the Walkman player which is to be seen in Sony Ericsson W910 Walkman phone. Further on, the K850 comes with stylish light effects to suit the rhythm of the currently playing track. Again, much like the W910, the Sony Ericsson K850 has a built-in motion sensor but whether it can be used to control the music player (the Shake control described here).

The Sony Ericsson K850 will be available in Velvet Blue or Luminous Green in the beginning of Q4 2007.

Sony Ericsson P1 review: A smart sharp-shooter

The Sony Ericsson P1 is an exciting new smartphone that is to undoubtedly reign in the current Sony Ericsson portfolio. Powered by Symbian OS and featuring a QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen TFT display with QVGA resolution and a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, it represents the next level of the development of UIQ smartphones. As such, it seems that the Sony Ericsson P1 will be the flagship of Sony Ericsson smartphone line overrunning even the Sony Ericsson P990 and we were more than curious to find out how it performed in real life.

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Sony Ericsson P1 official pictures

Key features:

  • Symbian 9.1 OS with UIQ 3 user interface
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 2.6" 262K colors TFT touchscreen display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus
  • Memory Stick Micro M2 memory card slot
  • UMTS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, USB, Infrared
  • Secondary camera for video calls
  • Walkman-grade MP3 player and FM radio with RDS
  • Jog Dial navigation

Main disadvantages:

  • Awkward keyboard
  • No HSDPA support
  • No EDGE support

A P-series or a M-series one?

The Sony Ericsson P1 bears the design line of the already available Sony Ericsson M600. The same form factor but without a QWERTY keyboard was used in the music-oriented Sony Ericsson W950, too.

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Sony Ericsson P1

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Sony Ericsson M600

Naming the device P1 seems rather logical, since the next SE super smartphone should have come as P1000. But 1000 sounds really trite, so choosing the device model to be P1, is a good move. Rumors had it that the device would be called P700, and even our test handset reported being P700. We guess that the decision must have been taken in the last moment. The Sony Ericsson P1 seems more of an upgraded M600, but then again we suppose that the wide range of features it boasts motivated including it in the P-series. So the P1 would definitely be the flagship among Sony Ericsson smartphones, but hardware wise, it seems to be powered by the same 208 MHz processor as seen in M600, W950 and P990.

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The P-series evolution

We were very excited when we got the opportunity to make a review of the eagerly awaited Sony Ericsson smartphone P1. It turned out though that the test handset is obviously a rather early prototype since we experienced frequent crashes in various situations and applications. Nevertheless, we have a great deal of confidence that these will be fixed in the final version.

The retail package will include a desk stand, a USB cable, a stereo headset, a protective pouch, a spare stylus, and a 512MB Memory Stick Micro M2 card. Of course, as with any other mobile phone, the contents of the retail package remain strictly market and country dependant.

Silver framed

The P1 smartphone measures 106 x 55 x 17 mm and weighs 124 g. The central place in the body is taken by the large 2.6" touchscreen TFT display. Above the display you can easily see the eye of the frontal VGA video call camera. Next to it, right in the dead center is the in-call speaker grill. Below it is the QWERTY keyboard that is almost a Sony Ericsson trademark - we haven't seen a similar design in the common mobile market. Three or four characters share each key and it depends on your pressing its left or right side or pressing it in a combination with the ALT key, that determines which character gets printed. A clever design, no doubt about it, but we would see if it's user-friendly enough to serve its purpose.

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Video calls camera • Sony Ericsson P1 keyboard

The left side of the Sony Ericsson P1 features a hand strap eyelet, a Jog Dial and a hardware back key, which comes in handy when used in combination with the Jog Dial. The Jog Dial wheel itself is a three-way navigation solution - scroll up, scroll down and press to select or activate.

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Left side view: strip eyelet, Jog Dial, Back key

The bottom side of the device is bare - it hosts only the usual Fast port and a microphone aperture.

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Bottom side view: Fast Port and microphone

The right side incorporates the camera shutter key, the Memory Stick Micro card slot and a shortcut key, which can be assigned several available applications. The default one is to start the Web browser.

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Right side view: camera shutter key, memory card slot, personal shortcut key

The top side of the device features the Infrared port and the On/Off key.

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Top side view: Infrared port and On/Off key

Just below the On/Off key is the slot for the stylus. It's more obvious when you take a look at the back of the handset.

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Sony Ericsson P1 stylus

Speaking of the back, there is a certain thing down there that can really attract your attention. We are talking about the lens of the 3.2 megapixel camera which features autofocus and as you may have probably noticed, a dual LED flash. We saw that kind of flash used in Sony Ericsson K550. Obviously, Sony Ericsson are keeping the xenon flash for their high-end cameraphones only. Right above the camera lens is a silver line that in fact covers the loudspeaker.

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Camera lens • loudspeaker cover

When you remove the battery cover, you will see the standard Sony Ericsson BST-33 950 mAh Li-Polymer battery that is rather frequently used by the manufacturer in a number of different handsets. According to official numbers, the battery should provide the P1 with enough power to keep it going for up to 350-440 hours of standby time or up to 5-10 hours of call time depending on whether you would use it in a UMTS network which takes its toll on battery life. Unfortunately, we could not test the phone's battery life since we used the phone heavily during our tests and thus the battery life we experienced was not indicative for the real-life performance of the handset. The SIM card slot of the P1 is not your regular Sony Ericsson one and the card itself slots into a place next to the camera lens.

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Removing the battery cover and the battery

The Sony Ericsson P1 is nice to work with both your left and right hand. If you use the Jog Dial you would need the stylus rarely since it represents a rather adequate navigation solution. We enjoyed using the P1 and it surely feels nice when held in hand.

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Sony Ericsson P1 held in hand


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