Sony Ericsson K810i review: Sony Ericsson K810i

Sony Ericsson K810i

(Part #: CNETSony Ericsson K810i)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 11 user reviews

The Good Auto-focus and xenon flash on camera; new and improved camera cover.

The Bad Keys are a little too small on the keypad; Web browser could be better; no killer extra features over predecessor.

The Bottom Line Sony Ericsson made two of the best camera phones ever, so we expected a lot from the K800i's successor. Unfortunately, what you get with the K810i is a remodelled version of the K800i -- it's a good camera phone, but it lacks the wow factor of its predecessors. If you already own a K800i then it's not worth upgrading, although others will want to check it out

7.5 Overall

Sony Ericsson's camera-phone range has revolutionised the market and consistently pushed the boundaries between mobile phones and standalone digital cameras. From the K750i's auto-focus capabilities to the K800i 's xenon flash, Sony Ericsson has hit the nail on the head when it comes to giving users what they want.

Given its pedigree, it's no wonder that we had high expectations for the K800i's successor, the Sony Ericsson K810i. What would Sony Ericsson bring to the table this time round? And would this handset get closer to giving us the best of both camera and mobile worlds, or would it leave us yearning for more?

The main differences between the K810i and its predecessor are aesthetic. It seems that Sony Ericsson has been affected by the new wave of shiny phones that line the shelves of high-street mobile phone stores and given the K810i a glossy front section. It's also added a rather interesting keypad that features small circular silver keys.

The unusual circular keys are striking to look at, but aren't particularly easy to use

We were rather underwhelmed by the keys, which feel too small and too far apart, making texting less enjoyable than it could be. The navigation joystick also left us a little deflated, as it's rather awkward to press -- it doesn't stick out enough and in contrast to the keys on the keypad doesn't have enough space around it.

Other than that, it's still a candybar phone with a large colour screen, a keypad and a camera on the back. The new one is 5mm slimmer, though, due to a new and improved camera cover. This is set in between two ridges to stop it opening in your pocket, a problem many K800i users will be familiar with.

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