CNET First Look
Sony Ericsson K850iThough its navigation controls and keypad aren't up to par, the Sony Ericsson K850i is one of the finest camera phones we've seen.
>> Hi I'm Kent German, senior editor at CNET dot com. I'm here today to show you the Sony Ericsson K850i. This is a 5 megapixel cybershot Sony Ericsson camera phone. Now that's a lot to say but it is one of the company's most powerful camera phones out there and as a camera phone, it does really well. As far as the design goes, it has a pretty standard Sony Ericsson design; basic candy bar shape. Pretty attractive though, I like the black color, kind of a green highlight around here on the edge which makes it nice. The display is great, Sony Ericsson usually does a fantastic job with the displays and this phone's no different. Very bright, colorful, really great color resolution. Menus are also pretty simple, easy to understand. The only thing I did notice this when we were opening some of the menus, especially the main menu page. It just opened a little slowly, not a really long lag but it is noticeable definitely. Unfortunately I wasn't in love with the phone's navigation controls. They're very unusual but probably a little too unusual for their own good. You can see here that down on the bottom, we do have some touch controls. You'd never know that because they're not really marked as such. I didn't mind the placement of these really, but you have to touch these in the right place which is just on that little white line. This isn't a touch display so you can't touch the display and use it; gotta touch it on that white line. Even when I did that, sometimes I had to press it a couple times; just kind of a funky interface there, didn't really love it. Navigation control is also odd. It is a green ring. This is interesting because while it's pretty easy to use, it is raised with the surface of the thumb, the 2 and the 5 keys don't work as any kind of menu keys so usually you know, you see these toggles, there's a button in the middle that actually opens the menu or does something like that. And the 2 and the 5 keys don't do that. Also the keypad buttons, they are raised above the surface of the phone which is great, and they're spaced pretty far apart but they're pretty small. Really not the best controls and I really held the phone back as far as getting any sort of editor's choice award. However the phone does have great ergonomics for a camera. See if you hold it up like this, kind of looks like a regular camera from behind. The lens does have a sliding cover. It opens automatically when you turn on the camera, also have a flash, no self portrait mirror, but pretty sad as far as a camera goes. Great features inside here, almost anything you might see on a regular camera. Another interesting thing about this phone is it does have a motion sensor that's a little similar to what you might find in the iPhone. It allows you to play a game by moving the phone. So if I move the phone forward, I can move certain things forward in the game. Onboard we do have bluetooth, we have everything you might need. There's a music player, there's messaging, email, all though high ends; organizer functions as well. So a really feature packed phone, good call quality, very good photos, and good camera, but it's really those controls that just hold it back. I'm Kent German and this is the Sony Ericsson K850i. [ music ]